Saturday, December 27, 2008

Merry Christmas a few days late...

Yay! Christmas is finally over! Don't get me wrong-- I LOOOVVVEEE me some Christmas. But I am so relieved that it's over so I can semi relax. December has been one crazy month--especially the last two weeks. First was Sarah's passing (this is a whole other post) and a 15+ hour drive to Utah for the family memorial service and burial, 15+ hour drive back, friends coming to stay, Christmas shopping (that really didn't begin or finish until about December 23), vomiting all night, and trying to finish projects, projects, projects!

My BIG project this year was Christmas stockings. You're saying, "Big project???" Yes. They were extremely time consuming, but all worth it. I wanted to make three, but only finished two. Good thing Ruby doesn't know better so she wasn't disappointed. These puppies got finished just minutes before Christmas Eve dinner. It was a close one.

(Notice the fabulous velvet Ric Rac ribbon on the top)

My Mom told me I should make some more and sell them next year for Christmas. NOT gonna happen for a few reasons. (1) They take wayyyy too much time, so to make it worth my while they would end up selling for at least $50 each. I wouldn't pay $50 for a stocking, would you ? (2) By the time I finish them I'm so giddy and want to just stare at them all day. I think they are Carrie originals and sticking in the fam. If you like them, maybe you can bribe my kids some day to hand them over. But good luck. This may be the only thing they get when I die.

Then there were the Christmas jammies! It's a Christmas Eve tradition in the Giles fam to open new jammies (usually sewn by Rita herself...sometimes complete with slippers!) so I made pj pants for myself and Nick. Too bad the "ho ho ho" on the front was upside down. Oops... Grandma Giles sent Ruby her Christmas jammies.

Christmas Eve at Nick's Uncle Greg & Aunt Cheryl's house for dinner

Ruby with Daddy flashing her "Merry Christmas" smile
(Notice her top 3 teeth? That makes 5 total!)

Then there were the projects like a table runner, an apron for a friend, a wreath that didn't even get started, and just general holiday decor like these chair wreaths and bows. My color scheme was red & gold this year.

This year Christmas was a blast with Ruby. We saved all the wrapping paper from our gifts and put it in a big pile in the middle of the floor. She went to town. So cute.

She also learned how to clap on Christmas! I still can't get enough.

We bought Rockband 2 for Nick's family for Christmas. We figured this would be hilarious for everyone to rock out. And we women in the Warner family don't hate the Xbox anymore. But only because we are amazing at this game. My personal favorite is the drums, but I also had a blast doing vocals for Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" and Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger." You will have to imagine this because thankfully, I have no photo documentation.

Hope you all had a VERY Merry Christmas!


Triana Ord said...

It looks like you guys had such a wonderful Christmas! Ruby gets so much more pretty every time I check your blog!!! You need to come back to Utah for a longer visit so I can meet that beautiful little girl! Hope everything else is going well for you guys!

Schoenstars said...

Ruby is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!! I'm glad you guys had a fun Christmas!

M-Ware said...

wow, looks like you crafted yourself into a coma. i'm very impressed. the stockings are amazing and i LOVE the chair wreaths and bows. great work! ruby is hilarious.

Christine said...

Dear Carrie,

It has been so long since I have read your blog. THANK YOU for the post on your trip to Houston. You are such an amazing Aunt. Thank you for showing such love and concern for our family. The pictures are so precious! Thank you for writing about what you learned from our little Sarah. I am so impressed with your beautiful stockings and cute p.j.'s! We sure love you guys and are SO thankful for you.

Luke and Casey Jackson said...

Carrie---Wow Ruby is so big and cute:) I havn't looked at your blog for so long. You and Nick have a perfect little family. I need your address because I'm getting married!!!! If you could e-mail it to me that would be perfect. Cute stockings.

Lindsey from The R House said...

she is so darling in here wrap around cardigan! miss you guys.

Unknown said...

OH my gosh! Your family is so stinkin cute! Ruby has the most beautiful eyes. Nice work.=) It's good to hear from you, blast from the past. Yeah back in UT and I am freezin my buns off... I'm glad to have your blog on my list. =)

Marcae said...

I'm a little disappointed that you guys didn't stay with us when you were in Utah. We gave Nick the personal invitation and he gave us a definite "yes." Maybe next time :)
It was so great to see you and the rest of the Giles clan. I hope you guys had a Merry Christmas.
P.S....are you for hire for decorating my house for Christmas next year? PLEASE???

Giving In Blogger said...

Hey Carrie! I've been absent from blogging for a while, but loved reading this post! And, I just might pay $50 bucks for those stockings, just to subdue my jealousy. They are so cute! Rubes is so adorable, as always.

How did your breakfast turn out?

Megan Gubler said...

It was so good to talk to you last night. I am so glad that we got to be friends thanks to MODBE :) I love the stockings those look difficult you are getting good with the sewing machine. I love love the wreath on the back of your chair so cute. I am glad you had a good Christmas.