Very Merry


We are having a lovely, quiet holiday season this year.

Until Sunday, I had a pretty bad case of the grumps because Will and I couldn’t afford to buy each other presents. I was feeling pretty lousy, especially because I worked my ass off on sewing commissions to pay for Christmas but the children come first, of course. I mean, that wasn’t even a question. But sometimes being the grownup is no fun.

Then my dad’s gift–cash–arrived and we split it up to spend on each other.


We made our traditional Christmas Eve pizza. This year’s came out so good that Grace devoured hers down to the crusts. I use the olive oil dough from Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day (I have the older edition and a case of the wants for this one), and this year I bought Trader Joe’s jarred sauce instead of making it from scratch (I could barely tell the difference). I made Sam a loaf of bread from the same dough, because he is horrified by pizza. (He doesn’t like cheese or foods touching. Pizza is a nightmare.)


Sam scored bigtime, with a new watch, his very own camera, video games, and lots of other stuff. But his favorite gift seems to be the two Jeff Smith comic books we bought him, Tall Tales and Rose. He loves Bone the most of everything on earth and was so excited to find out there are more stories in that world.


This pictures shows Grace’s fifth or sixth setup of the day. She immediately integrated her new toys in with her already-beloved things, except for her new rainbow blocks which CANNOT BE USED TOGETHER WITH THE BROWN BLOCKS, SO DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT IT, BUSTER.

P.S. Not only did Will get me exactly what I wanted, but my in-laws sent us Amazon gift cards so I also ordered a fitbit and hiking shoes. And, um, a ton of baking stuff. Heh.

5 thoughts on “Very Merry

  1. Ewokmama

    December 27, 2013 at 11:56am

    So glad to hear you had a lovely Christmas!

    Jack loves the Bone books, too! My friend bought another one for him that I can’t remember the name of at the moment but I can find out if you’re interested. He loved it. He’s also been reading the Geronimo Stilton books and likes those quite a bit.
    Ewokmama´s last post ..2013 Reads

    • Annika

      December 27, 2013 at 11:58am

      Yes, please! I’d love recommendations. Sam’s other favorites are Order of the Stick and Calvin & Hobbes (of course).

      • ewokmama

        January 1, 2014 at 8:37pm

        Okay, just looked and the other book that looks similar in style to Bone is called Chickenhare. :)
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  2. ~zandra~

    December 28, 2013 at 8:44am

    I got the Artisan bread book for 2012 Christmas and am ashamed to say I’ve never used it! Your post may be just what I needed to finally break it in.
    ~zandra~´s last post ..Or not a relaxing day

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