Grandma gave them $10 each to spend how ever they wanted, this meant for me 30 minutes waiting in the Lego/Nerf aisle at Target, waiting for a decision to be made. I could have used a cocktail by the end of this process.
I think S is really rocking the newsboy cap. J didn't get one, so he has been wearing my beret (which I haven't worn since the whole Clinton/Lewinsky mess). J is using his loom for the first time. He really wanted one for Christmas, and he got it from the other Grandma. I really think he will be an artist of some kind when he grows up.
One of my favorite stories about my Maternal Grandfather was about him returning a Christmas gift. My mother gave him a Pendleton wool shirt, and he didn't like the plaid pattern. So Mom, Grandma and Grandpa went back to The Hub (a store in Madison, long gone) to choose a different one. Grandpa explained to the salesman that he wanted to choose a different shirt, and the salesman said that was no problem, took the first shirt, folded it and put it back on the shelf. Grandpa took quite some time choosing the perfect shirt, one he raved about. The colors were great, he loved the plaid pattern... this was the perfect shirt. The salesman said he made an excellent choice, and sent the threesome on their way. You see where this story is going, don't you? Yes, my Grandpa choose the same shirt he had just returned. Mom and Grandma didn't say a word, just winked at each other and smiled.
We took the boys to seeThe Nutcracker at the Overture Centerin Madison on Saturday. The dancing was amazing, and the set was absolutely beautiful. They loved the ballet, especially the sword fighting part. When it started to snow on stage, S turned to me and said, "It's magical." It truly was. I think this is the beginning of a wonderful tradition.
This gorgeous ribbon I found at Nell Hill's in Kansas City. These built ins were the reason we bought the house! The silver and crystal are looking pretty sparkly.
Dinner table set with Lenox Holiday china, Francis I silver, Waterford ice teas, which I use as water glasses, and my great-grandmothers wedding wine glasses. The huge silver punch bowl was found at an antique show in Illinois a couple years ago.
I love the tablecloth, which is humongous, found at The Company Store Outlet.
A place for the Christmas cards. I would have started a fire and taken the picture then, but since it's 10 degrees below zero, it's too damn cold! The silver dishes will have greens and roses in them on Christmas Eve. B gave those to me a few years ago, and they are so beautiful.
The Dept. 56 dickens Village. S REALLY liked helping with the trees and snow. He has a good eye with decorating, and so does his brother. And, not to brag, but they didn't get that from their dad.
S plays Beethoven in front of an audience for the first time.
Good practice for his spring recital.
Third grade performing at Barnes and Noble.
J at the piano.
We had a school fundraiser at Barnes and Noble on Saturday. We had a great turnout, and hopefully will raise a lot of money for our school. I spent the gift wrapping for tips, watching the weather for the impending storm. Luckily the snow waited until I got home. If you plan on shopping at a Barnes and Noble store or online, before December 15, please use voucher number 10259307. Thanks!!!
Today was the third grade piano recital. He had his piece memorized, and was so proud of himself. We have been listening to "Bubblegum" for two months (frankly, I am SO sick of it), and he practiced that song almost every day. Good job, J. I am so proud of all your hard work. You did great!
I saw these yarn turkeys in a blog (forgive me, but I can't remember which one)
and thought they would be perfect for the first grade classrooms this fall. They will have feathers stuck into them, as each child reads their allotment of books to qualify to go to the next Lunch Luau. I think they turned out cute.
Today I pre-ordered the newest cheese from Uplands Cheese. They make the Best Cheese in America, really, they won an award, for Pleasant Ridge Reserve.
I have loved this cheese for years, especially on a piece of baguette with fig spread. On Friday they are releasing the second cheese by their dairy, Upland Rush Creek Reserve. It will be saved for Christmas Eve. How many days away is that? If you have to try it, call Fromagination, the most beautiful store in Madison, right on the Capital Square. And make sure you order both, I know you won't be disappointed.
Update: November 11
I scooped the New York Times! See their review of the cheese here.
We especially liked the shuttlecocks on the front lawn. The Thinker, Flat Stanley and S. We brought Flat Stanley on our trip, he is part of the first grade program at school. They chart all the places he visits. We took him to Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone National Park this past summer too.
Isn't it a beautiful building? It had wonderful exhibits, and it's free! Plus, the gift shop had the best selection of design, art and cookbooks I've seen outside of Rizzoli's Bookstore in NYC. The Nelson-Atkins is launching on online store this fall. Our weekend also included the World War I monument, a Toy and Miniature Museum, and Union Station. We will definitely go back to see more of the city.