Spy Garden Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is still in full swing around here as we abide by the rule of:

Thou shalt keep thine Christmas decorations up through New Year’s Day

hahahahaha

This kohlrabi looks like the grinch's head!

Doesn’t this kohlrabi looks like the grinch’s head!?

We've been doing lots of painting, gluing, collaging, crocheting, etc., etc. around here: Christmas always makes me want to create!

We’ve been doing lots of painting, gluing, collaging, crocheting, etc., etc. around here: Christmas always makes me want to create!

Here is Babyzilla protesting the very un-wintery (nearly 70 degree) weather in the days prior to Christmas

Here is Babyzilla protesting the very un-wintery (nearly 70 degree) weather in the days prior to Christmas

Chalk tree

Chalk tree

December weather

December weather

See the paper airplane hanging

See the paper airplane hanging

Paper airplane (made by the Spy)

Paper airplane (made by the Spy)

Smoochie painting

Smoochie painting

Decorating...

Decorating…

Tree of toys!

Tree of toys!

I will miss these lights and may need to pick up a few lamps once we take them down!

I will miss these lights and may need to pick up a few lamps once we take them down!

In the front yard

In the front yard

Dexie's chair haha

Dexie’s chair haha

Getting a hair cut (to even out her handiwork)

Getting a hair cut (to even out her handiwork)

Star light

Star light

Gingerbread time!

Gingerbread time!

First I made the base and allowed it to dry completely before adding the tall pieces

First I made the base and allowed it to dry completely before adding the tall pieces

Click here to see last year’s gingerbread (Eiffel Tower) and here for my basic recipe. This year’s version included garam masala and ground flax in the dough and fresh Meyer lemon juice in the icing; mmm!

Leftover building materials! Spicy and delicious!

Leftover building materials! Spicy and delicious!

Here it is drying (hence the chair holding it up). It is hollow and has spots to put in little battery operated lights

Here it is drying (hence the chair holding it up). It is hollow and has spots to put in little battery operated lights

It still dried a bit crooked like the leaning tower of Pisa; it is leaning back so its not too noticeable from the front

It still dried a bit crooked like the leaning tower of Pisa; it is leaning back so its not too noticeable from the front

Fini!

Fini!

This is me after finishing the gingerbread hahaha

This is me after finishing the gingerbread hahaha

Yawning, pre-service (7PM Christmas Eve service)

Yawning, pre-service (7PM Christmas Eve service)

The kids all did a great job!

The kids all did a great job!

After the service

After the service

And then it was…

Christmas

Christmas!

How did Santa get this 16' canoe in here?!

How did Santa get this 16′ canoe in here?!

Woo hoo! Canoe!

Woo hoo! Canoe!

Dexie enjoying her present

Dexie enjoying her present

Babyzilla

Babyzilla

Juggling scarves

Juggling scarves

Choo Choo!

Choo Choo!

The most Christmas-y train station!

The most Christmas-y train station! (Lionel train from 1953!)

Christmas Dexie

Christmas Dexie

Driving the train

Driving the train

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Trying out the unicycle!

Trying out the unicycle!

Watching A Christmas Story

Watching A Christmas Story

Cozy

Cozy

Choo choo

Choo choo

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

Christmas dogs

Christmas dogs

Christmas in the garden

Christmas in the garden

Smoochie set right to building a canoe rack on Christmas

Smoochie set right to building a canoe rack on Christmas

Christmas Canoe!

Christmas Canoe!

New clothes

New clothes

Leopard is a neutral

Baby says leopard is a neutral haha

Sunset

Sunset

Playing...

Playing…

Jenga!

Jenga!

Christmas boy

Christmas boy

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

 

12 thoughts on “Spy Garden Christmas 2015

  1. narf77

    I can see a wealth of New Year adventures in that canoe. I am thinking that (not-so) Babyzilla and The Spy had a great time and your weather echoes ours. It’s been very hot here for us and we are a bit shell-shocked with it’s intensity and relentlessness. I am starting to think we must have accidentally moved to Texas it’s that hot! I love the photos of Dexie and her friend. It looks like they have been brushed for hours. I doubt that even 3 days worth of brushing would allow Earl to be anywhere NEAR as photogenic as those two. Here’s to a happy, blessed and hopeful New Year for everyone and plenty of chances to take that awesome canoe out and teach it some Spy Garden tricks ;)

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      We are very excited for the maiden voyage of the S.S. HMMmmmmmn what will we name it?! We will give the kids that job of course. The dogs certainly have not been brushed for hours; Dexie can usually be found covered in mud (and much worse) ahahah but yes, in that photo they do look quite shiny; great winter lighting! haha Thanks for the comments and the well-wishes. I hope you, Steve and your family have a wonderful 2016!!!

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  2. Eliza Waters

    Santa brought you a canoe – how awesome! :-) Love ‘Zilla’s new coat – such a fashionista!
    The kids in the Christmas play are adorable.
    I love ‘A Christmas Story’, so many great lines get quoted around here. “Daddy’s gonna kill Ralphie!” “Double Dog Dare” “Shoot your eye out, kid!” ;-)
    Happy New Year to y’all!

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    1. Spy Garden Post author

      We love watching A Christmas Story throughout the day on Christmas; you’re right it is a VERY quotable movie! We look forward to the maiden voyage of the canoe haha;) Happy new year to you and your family!!!

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