More Pinterest Adventures.

Feeling confident with recent Pinterest project success, I decided to give it another go using this as inspiration:


An adorable snowman made out of all those socks we never seem to be able to find the match for!

Using the instructions available here, Adrian and his nephews and I were able to come up with these little snowmen:
Imperfections and all, I think they're wonderful. Plus we honestly had such a good time making them.
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Be Merry.

In my family, there are holiday rules, which include only taking up enough space on the couch for one person. This means no laying down post-Christmas brunch. Rules are strictly enforced.

May your Christmas be filled with as many loved ones as can fit on one couch, sitting up. 
And may your couch be ginormous.

Merry Christmas, my loves.
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Update: Pinterest Inadequacies.

Perhaps you're thinking that I've been spending the majority of my vacation lounging around. And while you would be mostly right, you would not be entirely right. And I ought to receive credit for that. 

Last week, I posted about my attempts at Pinterest glory. I was quite pleased with how my last ornament turned out so I decided to make a couple more. Adrian even figured out how to how do a two-color combination, which I adore.

If you haven't tried this little project, I definitely recommend it. It's actually quite relaxing.

What are you doing to enjoy the last few days of the season?

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Pinterest inadequacies.

I, like most everyone else in the world, love Pinterest. Not only does it provide me with endless hours of brainless entertainment, it also offers me numerous opportunities to feel entirely inadequate, leaving me wishing for a grander bank account, an enviable talent and an ability to consume any and all baked goods without gaining an ounce of weight.



Please feel free to check it out, in hopes that you, too, might feel just as terrible as the rest of us.

Every now and then, however, I actually venture out of my living room and into the world in search of materials to create whichever craft I have found on pinterest that piques my fancy. Generally, I more or less gather said materials and, without ever reading directions (as that would require effort), I assemble the craft. Being that I have little to no craft know-how, I fail miserably, vow to never post pictures of failed attempts on the blog and throw out the evidence.

Thankfully, I do have one talent. And that is that I rarely remember the awful feeling of failure for more than four to six minutes. Which, conveniently, is just enough time to scout out a new inspirational photo on Pinterest.

So, my friends, this all brings me to my main point. Before I post any pictures, I would like to mention the pictures I won't post. Those are of the failed attempts that preceded. Einstein (I think...) said that insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. That's roughly how I like to tackle projects. Luckily for me, a friend of mine was over and tried the project once, thoughtfully reflected on what went wrong, and decided to try again but with a variation in the method. Success. I then merely copied her. Thanks, Lexi!

Alright then. Source of inspiration:



Yes. Glitter on the inside, making it possible for my husband to decorate the Christmas tree, manhood intact. No chance of glitter escapees residing on his face ever again.

And mine:

But an ornament isn't an ornament unless it's on a tree, right? Right. I hoped you'd say that.


So there you have it. A Pinterest project come to life. For full instructions, click on the inspiration picture. I recommend reading them prior to rather than after. 

For more Christmas excitement and photography, click on over to the Tolton Center Blog in the next couple of days to see some ridiculously cute kids.

*quotation and inspiration photo via pinterest.com. Click for links. Other photos are mine, mine, mine. Photo template via puglypixel.com. That woman is a genius.
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Breakfast with Santa.


This weekend my pre-marriage roommate and I threw a little Christmas party. It was delightful. We wanted to do something a little different than we've done in previous years so we invited everyone to join us in their pajamas for a Breakfast with Santa! We provided homemade eggnog mini donuts, sand dollar pancakes, mini quiches, cinnamon buns and everything lovely and breakfasty. And if that wasn't wonderful enough, Santa made an appearance. He passed out gifts and stockings. He even stuck around to take photos with guests. Such a good party. 


We may have started a new holiday tradition. 
Holler if you'd like eggnog donuts because they were amazing. 

*photo template and little extras can be found at puglypixel
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Happy December!

I am in shock that it is December. Every year December seems to sneak up behind. Not unlike my little brother. When we were young, he used to entertain himself by alerting me to an impending scare.

"Em, I'm going to jump out around the corner and scare you in 30 seconds," he'd call out.

And sure enough, in 30 seconds, he'd jump out and scare the living bejeeeeeezus out of me. Every time.

December is like that. Every November, I look at the calendar, make my plans, and book a flight home as December calls out to me, "Emily, just like last year, I will arrive in approximately 30 days and scare the daylights out of you." And every December 1st, I'm caught entirely off guard. Honestly, every year.

And though I knew in my head it was coming, I am found utterly unprepared. Our tree remains in its box. Advent calendar tucked away. Ornaments in their little plastic tubes.

After every good scare from my brother, an even greater laugh always followed.

And just like that, I intend to have a good little laugh that somehow I let time slip away from me and then I'll start to celebrate the season. To set aside my other responsibilities for a bit and enjoy December. With a tree. Lights. Ornaments. And the little traditions Adrian and I began last year.

Happy December, my friends!

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