Thursday, December 25, 2008

december twenty-five

So last night, trying to figure out how to make a Christmas tree and put presents on it (since we're not in Toronto (Mississauga) this year for Christmas with Jamie's dad & step-mom and the rest of his step-family, I had to be creative. We have this Ikea Easel in our playroom, so I pulled out the markers and started drawing. Not the most beautiful thing in the world, but definitely better than nothing. And I piled the presents for my three guys under the tree and went to bed.

This morning after we got up, I entertained the boys as long as I could in the bedroom. Sean had his milk, Mack had his "baby juice" (formula), and we watched morning cartoons (like we do on most mornings) and eventually after everyone was fully awake, we headed to the playroom, where Sean discovered there was presents.

Sean had a field day opening gifts.

Mackie wasn't sure what the heck was going on, but he got some great loot from Santa (aka his mom and dad). I didn't go overboard as we already have so many toys in the house, but I felt it was unfair for Mack to just get hand-me-down toys from Sean. He deserves some things of his own, right? (Yes, that's a Monopoly in Jamie's hands. I got him MY NHL Monopoly - which we'll probably play on New Years Eve). Basically you chose 22 of the 30 NHL teams for the board, (we already decided that the Habs will be the last spot on the board (Boardwalk). What is really cool though, is that the team labels are removable and reusable so, if you choose, you can play a different game each time! (Though, the Habs will remain Boardwalk.... of course!)

Monopoly is kinda a game we collect. We have serveral versions of the game in our possession.
-My NHL Monopoly
-Cat in the Hat-opoly
-Here and Now World Monopoly (MONTREAL IS BOARDWALK - how could I not get it?)
-Habs 100th Anniversary Monopoly (we got it when we went to the game 2-3 weeks ago, it's only available to buy at the Bell Center in the Habs store)(No link available)
-Star Wars Monopoly
-The .com Monopoly
-Wizard of Oz Monopoly
-Disney Monopoly
-LNH (League Nationale Hockey (french) Monopoly (though the game is bilingual (Montreal Canadiens are Parkway Place and Toronto Maple Leafs is Boardwalk - which will NOT happen in MY NHL Monopoly once we open it. Toronto may not even make the board, and if it does, it's going in the cheapest spot. Rivals!)

We don't even have an "original" monopoly. Must get one.

So, yesterday I mentioned I got my package from the Single Sock Swap I hosted on Ravelry, from my pal, Bertha. I love love love love everything. Here's my loot:

The sock she knit for me, is the Heart Ribbon Lace Socks by Evelyn A. Clark. Gorgeous! The yarn is Hazel Knits Artisan (Etsy Link) in Beach Glass. LOVE IT!

She also sent me a skein of Mama Blue Troika Sock in Siren. Wow, thank you Bertha!

Oh, and it gets better, she also sent me a skein of Fearless Fibers in Chocolate Pink Cherry. I love it. Now I can cross off wanting a skein of Fearless Fibers off my list. I need to update my wishlist on my sidebar. (I'll get to that shortly).

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU BERTHA! I have been really spoiled. Love it all! And I can't wait to cast on sock number 2! (After some of my deadline knitting is done, but I'm going to email you to see if you have any notes on the pattern, from when you knit sock number 1? Or did you follow the pattern 150% to the tee?)

I also received in the mail yesterday, 2 pouches from Lillian's Etsy shop. I must not have read what size they were, as they arrived a lot smaller than I thought they'd be - but that's okay. I'll find use for them (knitting notions!/lip gloss and stuff like that for my purse). I totally thought they'd be big enough for a sock knitting project. Whoops. My bad. Regardless, they're gorgeous and I admire Lillian's sewing skills.

Tonight I sat on the couch, got way advanced on my Moss Block Cardigan that I'm knitting for Mackie, and am loving how it's coming out. I should definitely be finished this project before 2008 is over. (That's the goal). I still have time! Working a lot on it! I finished one of he front cardigan panels and I'm half way through the 2nd front panel. After that, it's just the sleeves and some picking up of stitches and creating the button band! I can do it! I see the end in sight!

While working on the Cardigan, we watched Burn After Reading. Interesting. It's with George Clooney,Frances McDormand,John Malkovich, and Brad Pitt. I don't even know where to begin. If you haven't seen it, you should - for the contraption that George's character is building in his basement. Interesting. I was speechless.

I leave you tonight with this cute picture of Mack.
I'm not sure how he finds this comfortable. KIDS!



Amelah said...

ahaha I have dog-opoly but Mark wont play ever :(

Nice creativity with the Tree there lol. Pretty clever!!

LOVE the sock. I am still waiting for mine to arrive..

Not An Artist said...

Merry Christmas (belated) Robyn. Looks like you and your boys had an awesome day!

I am so going to get that verson of Monopoloy now...

Nell said...

Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas! (Even though it wasn't what you had planned.)

Bea said...

Wow your single sock package rocked! I'm glad you had a very Merry Christmas despite the change in plans.

craftlover said...

Oh, you mean, you want a bigger size? I shall think about it though.
As I want to make it bigger too.
let me try and see. :)
thanks for posting it.. and glad to see that they arrived safe!!!

Big Girl Feet said...

Nice package of goodies!! And I'm glad you had a nice Christmas- very cool idea with your "tree"! xo

Kimber said...

Looks like it was a great Christmas! Mack is adorable!!!!

Jenny said...

Craig and I went to see Burn after Reading in the movie theatre and I admit that 'contraption' gave me the same surprise when I first saw it!

Looks like Xmas went well and that sock is just beautiful. I love the color.

jeloca said...

LOL- last NYE Yannick and I played board games too...we spent too long playing the Game of Life so our Monopoly game got stalled around 3am when we crashed.

We have a cool one- Make-Your-Own-Opoly. I'm waiting until we're done having kids to customise it, though, so it is still sealed in the box.

p.s. that was a GREAT tree idea!

g-girl said...

i knew you'd figure out something! :) i didn't know you were a collector of monopoly games! wow, bertha certainly spoiled you! don't you just love the feel of the fearless fibers yarn?? burn after reading? no comment. we watched that around christmas too..and my sister and I were delirious enough to follow it up with tropic thunder!

Tara said...

I saw that movie a few weeks ago, and I practically peed myself when I say the "surprise". I thought Brad Pitt was hysterical, too.