December 20, 2009

All Dressed Up & Nowhere To Go: How We Spent Our Snow Day


We caught the tail end of a fabulous snowstorm that dumped record amounts of snow all along the East Coast. We got so much snow, in fact, that church was cancelled (since the storm was at its peak during the time everyone would have been trying to get there). So, we got to enjoy one of the greatest pleasures of winter: a Snow Day. Because there is nothing better than a beautiful winter day with no where to go!

Now, the twins both have some adorable Christmas outfits. We missed church last week because they were sick, and then with no church this week...we were running out of opportunities for them to wear them. So I decided they would wear one of their outfits today - regardless of the fact that no one would see them!

Allie's dress is so adorable! It was a hand-me-down, and I almost forgot we had it! Thankfully, it surfaced in time to wear before Christmas. It was amazing how much she looked like a princess (we called her "Princess Alethea" all day...because we've always thought Alethea sounds like a princess name, and it seemed especially appropriate today)! While wearing this dress, everything she did looked like a picture. It made me want to dress her in frilly dresses every day, but she had enough trouble crawling that I won't!

Ryan looked like a little lumberjack to me. His whole outfit was also a hand-me-down, and I thought it matched pretty well with Allie's considering they didn't come from the same place! Button-up shirts always make him look so much like a little man...and he talked like one today! He babbled something at Lucas and me and I turned and said, "oh, ya?" and he shrugged and said "ya" before turning back to his toys. I wonder what he actually said...

And so we lazed the day away. The babies wore their festive attire. Daddy shoveled a lot of snow, and then had to leave for the Sr. high youth Christmas Party (so he didn't get to enjoy a full snow day). And me? I worked on a project I've wanted to finish for a while. I was inspired by a tutorial on a friends blog (http://monkeys-on-the-bed.blogspot.com/2009/12/tutorial-tuesday-foot-and-hands.html). Normally, I look at crafty tutorials and think "I'd love to do that, but don't have the time." But she used her daughter's hands & feet as a template to make a reindeer shirt, and mentioned how much fun it would be to see her hands & feet grow through the years - and I'm a sucker for anything that measures their growth and serves as a keepsake!

Mine is a little different (I put the reindeer on PJ's that my mom gave us, and I changed the design a little to make the reindeer more manly for Ryan). I also still need to add a few finishing touches (googly eyes and a bow on Allie's). I think they are my favorite things I've ever made, and I really can't wait to make them next year and see how much their hands & feet have grown!

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful pictures!!!
Great way to spend a snow day. Loved the idea for the reindeer.
Poppa & Gigi

Anonymous said...

Oh Kim...these pictures are so so adorable. I would love to make them bigger and put them in frames. Are you going to add them to snapfish? I knew there would be a snow day blog. We came home from the Christmas program that the Klanns invited us to go to and the internet was down so I finished wrapping presents. I'm finally done!! Yay. So I was going to get ready for bed and I thought I'd check one more time and it was working. The pjs are so cute, where ever did you find the time to do this? You are wondermom! Enjoy your quiet evening. Love and Hugs...Nana * Poppy

Lauren and Jeff said...

It cracks me up that you dressed them up "regardless of the fact no one would see them" and then posted pictures on the blog so pretty much everyone saw them! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Kim, I checked your blog several times yesterday and evening and you sneaked right in later! Love the snow picture of your house--a fun memory for you. Allie looks so pretty. It's true that dresses just aren't very practical but it was special. Ryan is getting more a big boy every day! Isn't it fun to have things canceled and then you get a free day---even if it is church sometimes! Love and prayers, Grandma

ldmiller said...

Ah, Lauren, you saw right through me :) I figured the blog was the best way to showcase their Christmas-wear! I guess I'm not as sneaky as I thought! - Kim

Lauren and Jeff said...

Kim - I would have done the same thing! :)

the monkey's mama said...

Soooo cute!!!!

Mimi said...

I love the princess and lumberjack! So glad we got to see them in their Christmas outfits. Great idea with the reindeer PJs. Beautiful pictures. Nice work.

mimi

Alethea said...

From one Princess Alethea to another, let me say you have two beautiful children. I hope your holidays were the best, and I wish you all a happy 2010!
~Alethea