Reading List Summary, December 2015

Mom's List
Born Standing Up (Steve Martin)
Push (Sapphire)
Holidays on Ice (David Sedaris)
Guts (Kristen Johnston)

Jack's List
Sabotaged (Margaret Peterson Haddix)
George (Alex Gino)
Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
Mission Titanic (Jude Watson)
Mission Hindenburg (C. Alexander London)

EJ's List
Arctic Freeze (Kristin Earhart)
Rocking Out! (AJ Stern)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (J.K. Rowling)
Winter According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)
The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party (Shannon Hale)
The Wright 3 (Blue Balliett)
Merlin (Cynthia Lord)
Appleblossom the Possum (Holly Goldberg Sloan)

Olivia's List
How A Book Is Made (Carol Greene)
Chanukah (David F. Marx)
Bowling Alley Bandit (Laurie Keller)
I Lost a Tooth (Lisa M. Herrington)
Surprises According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)
Astronauts (Allison Lassieur)
Bees and Wasps (James Maclaine)
Winter According to Humphrey (Betty G. Birney)
The Chicken Squad (Doreen Cronin)
The Space Shuttle (Allison Lassieur)

Read-aloud List
Lisa and Lottie (Erich Kastner)
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Barbara Robinson)

Holiday Spirit

December has been fun and busy this year (and cold of course).  We proved that You're never too big to talk to Santa.

Olivia got lots of space-themed gifts to go with her astronaut aspirations.

Visiting the gingerbread competition

Candy cane bombing a parking lot

The Elf got in some tight spaces this year.

Making reindeer food on Christmas Eve

The girls making scarves...EJ learned to crochet with a huge hook and Liv used her new Zippy loom.

A finished cowl...

We left our scarves at a city park for people to grab to keep warm.  The bag on the line was left by someone even more prepared.  They were sets of hats and gloves and sometimes scarves put in the bags to protect them from the elements.  We'll have to remember that for next year.

Jack all dressed up for his holiday band concert.

Mermaid & Shark Blankets

I decided to make some fun lap blankets for some special little people for Christmas this year.  The mermaid blanket looks super tiny on Livie, but should go all the way up to the shoulders on the recipient.  So, that should give lots of room to grow, so that blanket can last for a few years.

I played around with the patterns for both blankets, taking ideas from this pattern, this pattern, and this pattern.  The mermaid is mainly done in shell stitch and the shark is just double crochet.  The mermaid pattern was done in Caron Simply Soft (the two blue colors) and Red Heart Party (the shiny, glittery white).  The shark is Impeccable Dark Gray with red and white yarns that I had in my stash.

The actual crochet wasn't too tough, but weaving in the ends of the mermaid blanket was another story!