Sunday, January 9, 2011

Christmas Aftermath

I really enjoyed the week after Christmas. It was a busy but yet relaxing week. 

My big gift from my parents was my KitchenAid mixer!!!

I am so thankful for my parents and all they do so I invited them over for dinner cooked by yours truly. Ever since we moved into our house over a year ago, I kept meaning to invite them over but it never happened.

I started with baking a cake from scratch. I messed it up because I used the wrong attachment on my mixer but they still ate a slice anyway. :)

It didn't stay together very well :(

This is what it was supposed to look like.

With the icing

Ta Da!?
I also made salad, chicken, and mashed potatoes.

I love the lazy susan on our dining room table.
We then taught my parents how to play Settlers of Catan.
This game is so much fun to play but it has a lot of rules and it takes awhile to get the hang of it. Needless to say it was pretty funny teaching my parents how to play.

Since Blake and I really enjoyed our first set of pull out shelves, we decided to set another set that was on sale since now is when I have time to install it. Thank goodness it did not take as long as the first time.


This time I started sawing in the middle so I wouldn't be sawing at a weird angle.

All done! It only took me an hour this time to get the shelf down.

All the stuff in the drawers

I love these drawers!!!
I also started another project that week. My Christmas stocking. I have been doing cross stitch on and off since 5th grade. There is actually a video of me "helping" my mom cross stitch. I was about 2 years old and sitting on her lap while she was cross stitching. She would put the needle down and up and then I would pull it all the way up. I would also try and poke my mom with the needle when I brought it up. The camera pans to baby Kevin on the floor and my mom goes down there to spend time with him. When the camera pans back to me on the couch, I am putting the needle in and out of the cross stitch wherever I wanted. Hopefully my mom was able to fix that. :)

Since I have already started my stocking, I hope to have it done by next Christmas. I am trying to take pictures as I go and was trying to keep track of how long it takes me to complete it but I'm pretty sure I have lost count. I'm not going to post all the pictures here but here is a sample.
This is what the final stocking should look like.

Since school started back again, I haven't had as much time to work on it but I hope to get in a few hours here and there during the week.

Man, my life is so exciting. Cooking dinner, installing shelves, and cross stitching. But for whatever reason I enjoy all of it. :)