Monday, November 26, 2012

winner and a giveaway

How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I loved reading about all of your favorite highlights in the comment section - without a doubt a common theme was time spent with family and loved ones. I wish we could have Thanksgiving every month for that reason alone. And also for apple pie ;)


A few pics of the Lilybird from the weekend...


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And as usual, these are all Instagram photos. You can follow at aperfectlily on IG. Instagram is fun and addicting. Is it bad that I'm cropping and editing photos in my dreams? Hmmmm...



But speaking of fun....



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...how 'bout another giveaway ??

My beautiful daughter-in-love Naomi, married to my oldest son Jason, has a gorgeous Etsy shop called Annie's Nest Designs. She sells the prettiest necklaces there, and all proceeds go towards their adoption fund.

One reader from the comment section will win the necklace pictured above...just leave a comment telling me one of your favorite holiday traditions.

I'll start it off....

Every year we build gingerbread houses from graham crackers and decorate them with candy. We don't eat them (unless you count munching on all the candy as we decorate), we display them on the piano for the month of December. It's my favorite tradition, and one I look forward to every year.


How about you? What's something that makes you happy during the days leading up to Christmas ? Leave a comment to be entered to win.


And if you just can't wait to see if you won, or if you want to do some Christmas shopping, you can go to Annie's Nest Designs to see a host of other stunning necklaces for sale.


P.S. I almost forgot !! The winner of the $25 gift certificate to e Diaper Cakes chosen by random.org is....

Team Lando said...
Oh, I LOVED Thanksgiving. My little girl sitting at the "kids table" with the neighbors, the getaway Matt and I went on, the turkey.... And I LOVE LOVE LOVE those diaper cakes. We have a friend who is expecting soon who would LOVE it!

Team Lando, I will put you in touch with e Diaper cakes via email to get your gift certificate!


23 comments:

my family said...

my kids have a cookie decorating party with all of their friends jus tlike my mom did for my sis and I when we grew up....also love making gingerbread houses like you all do with the graham cracker at my moms

Becca said...

As always, the pictures of your littlest (for now!) are just DIVINE!!!!! We're still trying to establish traditions. Nothing really yet, other than having an advent calendar full of chocolates for Sammi to open every night, and her putting cookies and chocolate milk out for Santa. Oh, one thing we also do is put a present at the foot of her bed for her to wake up to in the morning. :-)

SolaceMama said...

I grew up in a family that always made sure the "strays" in the community had something to do on holidays. Seems I have continued he tradition. You never know who is going to show up!

Mariah said...

Hi Patty! You met my daughter and her husband over the weekend. They had a WONDERFUL afternoon with your family. Thank you for your hospitality! My favorite tradition is that each year since they were born I've given each of my kids an ornament for the tree. Sometimes handmade by me, sometimes something representing something we did that year, and sometimes just something pretty. My mom has been doing the same thing for them, and so now, as adults, they all have a set of special ornaments for their trees in their own homes. (I still have my son's ornaments though. He said he wants to leave them with me until he's married...I guess as a single guy he still likes to "do" Christmas with his parents! LOL Thank you Jesus for that!

Coraly said...

Our favorite tradition is making our advent calendar. My husband and I sit down and plan out every day in December an activity to do with our kids they are as simple as dinner by candle light or going to a play. We alway have a day where we give each child 20$ and they can pick out what ever groceries they want and then we go give them to them to the food bank. I love watching my kids open each with so much excitement, but even more I love that my husband and I plan it together!

Deanna said...

I do a gingerbread house party, but I usually get all kinds of crazy about making the house from scratch and unintentionally intimidate everyone else so they just end up watching me work. fail. This year's party is going to be better. I hope. Well, maybe...

Dylan'sMommy316 said...

I seriously love the tights Lily is wearing in those pictures.

Hmm, I seriously adore the holidays. Some of my favorite things to do are: going to the zoo to see the zoo lights, decorating gingerbread houses, baking holiday goodies with my Mom (and now son will be included), driving around different neighborhoods to see holiday decorations, etc. :-)

Lindsey Wagner said...

We always get a live tree and watch "Alabaster's Song" on Christmas eve!

Erin Beaudette said...

I love pulling out the big plastic tub with all of the Christmas decorations...with my daughters' help. I remember decorating the house with my mom and am so excited that my girls will have the same memory. We LOVE CHRISTMAS!!

Team Lando said...

WHOOHOO! I just won!

But I'll tell you may favorite tradition anyway. We make breakfast in bed on Christmas morning, and we bring stockings upstairs. (Actually, I make breakfast, and it's always something fun like waffles. But I get BACK in bed. And I bring up the stockings.)

APA said...

My favorite tradition is setting up our Dicken's Village. The Village was started by my mother in law (who is no longer with us) and I was lucky enough to inherit her set and my husband has added to it each Christmas. Every year the village changes, but I love that its something both my husband and I enjoy and it is a way to keep my mother in law's memory alive!

cara said...

As always I LOVE, LOVE these pictures of Lily. I will never tire of looking at your pictures. Lily is just TOO CUTE for words. I know I have said that many times.

We also do the gingerbread house. My little Mary is SO excited for that this year. She really thinks she is going to eat it!! One of our favorite traditions out here is going to the Back to Bethlehem Experience. This church puts on a beautiful Bethlehem experience with real, live camels and all. You never get out of your car. You drive through it. It is SO much fun. Everyone is in costume and the whole nativity scene and before the birth of Jesus is being acted out with all of the scenery, etc. As you are waiting in line, the actors come and talk to you in your car in their wonderful accents. And they walk the camels around up close and personal. We always go and buy hot chocolate to take with us for the experience. The kids LOVE this. There are SO many traditions that I love this time of year!! We usually drive out to WA for Christmas to be with my parents, but not sure if we can this year. I am sad about that. But I may be too HUGE to go and too close to baby coming. We will see.

Julie said...

Our Thanksgiving table typically includes at least one or two new people every year. People/friends who can't travel home, singles, couples, college friends, etc. everyone at the table receives a Christm ornament for their tree. It started with just family and as the kids grow and leave home, they also take 20+ years of ornaments for their new tree. This started when I was a child and 54 years later, my ornament box is very full and full of memories.

Kathy McElhaney said...

Personal favorite - spending 1-2 days in the kitchen baking all my family favorites. Then giving 80% of it away!

Also, our church hosts a Toys for Tots giveaway each December. It's an incredible time. We have a service, sing Christmas carols, our pastor speaks for a few minutes, then the US Marines hand out gifts to over 100 children. Afterwards our church provides Christmas dinner to all the families in attendance.

Lena said...

I like attending Christmas Morning Mass when the world is joyful.

Patti, I think that when you are not blogging you are spending the rest of your time creating cute little outfits for Lily. : )

Stefany DeLorme said...

It's hard to pick just one :)I love baking cookies with my mama every year. My other favorite is that every Christmas Eve, my siblings and I have a sleepover on our dad's living room floor. I love that we still do it even though all but one of us is an adult. I do graham cracker houses too :)

aimee said...

My favorite Christmas tradition is taking our snowmobiles up the canyon on Christmas eve. The whole family comes and we pull the kids around in an ice fishing sled. We go sledding on the hills and take the trails all over seeing the beautiful countryside covered in snow! (There isn't any snow yet this year, not typical in Utah, so I'm hoping we will get to go!)

nicole said...

Lily is cute as usual! Does the little pink coat fit yet? I really like the gingerbread house tradition.

Each of my kids love that they get a new ornament every year when we are putting up the tree. I try to find something that reflects their personality and when they leave home they'll have a little collection to decorate their own tree.

Tami said...

One of my favorite traditions (so far) is having a shopping day with my oldest (he's 5). We start early and have breakfast at a restaurant, shop for family gifts, and then end it with a movie at the theater. He talks about it all year!
-Tami

Kelly Marin said...

I love all of Christmas, so its so hard to say which is my favorite, tradition, I think it is though when I see all of my family, kids, sisters, mom and dad all around on Christmas day, just being together knowing how blessed I am.

Crystal said...

I love singing the Christmas hymns at church while the kids in bathrobes tromp down the aisle reenacting the Nativity. :-)

Holly said...

We love our hot chocolate adventures. we fill a thermous with hot chocolate and drive around enjoying Christmas ligh displays

Charlotte's Mama said...

My grandma baked the entire month of December. The cookies and cakes were fantastic, but what I remember (and miss!) was the kolachi (nut roll).

I had a special plate that I was only allowed to use on Christmas morning for breakfast. It had a teddy bear with a red bow around his neck on it. The mug that matched had a chip on the edge.

Charlotte picked out her plate and mug yesterday. I'm scouring the internet to find a kolachi recipe that is gluten free.

I can't wait! Love to you and Lilybird!