Happy April 25th! We’re counting down the months until Christmas, and today marks just 8 months to go. It’s springtime, so you know what that means… it’s baseball season! Wait a second—there’s baseball at the Northpole? Well, kind of… Santa, the elves, the reindeer, and especially Raymond love to watch baseball on the TV.
Not only does Raymond love baseball, but he also loves many other sports. Remember when Raymond went to London, England during the 2012 Summer Olympics?
Raymond has been very excited about baseball for several weeks. He watches it whenever he can, talks about it quite a bit, and pretends to play baseball with snowballs.
One afternoon when Raymond was taking his mid-day nap, he fell into a deep sleep and dreamt about baseball.
In his dream, he went to a baseball park.
He stood on home plate, pretending to slide into home, scoring the win!
Then he trotted around the pitcher’s mound.
He even dreamt he got a signed baseball by his favorite player.
He wanted to try on the fielder’s glove, but it didn’t fit him. Silly Raymond! That’s not how you wear a baseball glove!
When he woke up, Raymond excitedly told everyone at Santa’s Secret Village about his dream!
Later that night, Raymond found a baseball next to his pillow. Maybe it wasn’t a dream after all
Greetings, folks! Our Christmas countdown continues, and to celebrate today—March 25th—I’m sending you a hearty salutation, saying “Happy 9 months until Christmas!”
As you probably know by now, Raymond loves to travel. So when he heard that I was traveling to California, he eagerly offered to accompany me on the trip. While we were there, we took a stroll along the coast in Ventura, CA. We enjoyed the salty scent of the Pacific Ocean and the peaceful surging and ebbing of the waves on the beach.
After gazing at the beautiful scenery, Raymond trotted off to play in the sand. He dug a hole in the sand with his shovel and guess what happened next?
He covered himself with a mound of sand… with a little bit of help from me
Then Raymond spotted some seagulls.
He was tempted to chase after them, but just as he realized that wouldn’t be a kind thing to do, the seagulls flew away.
Greetings! It’s February 25th… just 10 months until Christmas is here! I bet you all are bustling about—thinking about school, work, and family. I’ve been busy drawing, sewing, and crafting—making all sorts of fun things. (There will be more about that later. ) As I walked into the workroom the other day, look what I stumbled upon…
Yup! You guessed it. Raymond.
He eagerly came to the workroom to help me pick out some ribbon for my most recent project, but he got all tangled!
I could go on and on about all the wonderful things happening at the North Pole, but I’d like to hear from you.
Happy New Year!! And Happy January 25th—Christmas is exactly 11 months away! I hope you all brought in the new year with much joy. This time of year, there’s usually a buzz about eating healthier, exercising more, spending more time with family, etc. What are your plans or resolutions for the new year?
I did make a resolution to eat healthier (again), but what I’m more excited about is (drumroll, please)… trying a new recipe every week. So far so good! I’ve tried a handful of recipes from a healthy cookbook, and I found my new favorite cookie recipe! They are called Carnival Cookies. They’re primarily made from bananas and oats, so they’re super healthy and you don’t need to feel guilty if you’ve eaten 5 or 6! I shared the first batch of cookies with the other elves and reindeer here at the North Pole, and everyone loved them!
Raymond loved the cookies so much that he begged me make another batch of cookies. It didn’t take much prodding for me to agree to bake some more. (Who can say no to cookies?) So Raymond and I headed to the pantry to gather the ingredients.
But first we needed to put on our aprons.
Then we got all the ingredients together. Raymond mashed the bananas while I mixed the dry ingredients.
After we added all the ingredients, we put the cookies on baking sheets, and then popped them in the oven to bake. About 15 minutes later, Mrs. Claus took them out of the oven. In the meantime, Raymond and I eagerly waited for the cookies to cool.
Christmas is a faaaabulous time of year! Brighten up any area with this wintery pink arrangement of branches and icicles. This quick & easy centerpiece could be on your table in no time. Pick whatever type/color of winter branches you like from the craft store. I got about 4 stems of a linear branch (hot pink), and 4 stems of a bushy branch (light pink). You may need more if you have a large vase. (My vase is 10.5″ tall with a 4″ opening.)
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Although Mrs. Claus won’t tell us elves the secret ingredient in her chocolate chip cookies, we think it’s the flour. When we bake, we prefer to use King Arthur Flour. Their baking mixes are top notch and very yummy! In addition to the edibles, you can also find pans, tools, and gifts galore at KingArthurFlour.com, which is why giving an e-gift card makes so much sense!
Christmas is a great time to build memories, and what better way to combine the fun and cheer of the holidays than with these glitter photo props? Take them to a Christmas party or simply set up a photo booth at home and have fun taking pictures!
This is a great project for kids! Perhaps you are making a centerpiece for your dinner party, but your little ones want to help. Here’s a fun idea—jazz up the branches with a few accessories and wiggly eyes and use them as centerpieces for the kids’ table. I used the leftover pieces of tree branches from when I made the tree card holders. You may also recall my earlier posts about burlap runners, balls, bunting, and yarn pompoms. These cheery, little, tree characters are a great way to have the kids’ table decor match the adult table!
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For His stocking: The MagnoGrip Magnetic Wristband holds nails, screws, and small tools, freeing up a hand while he’s working on DIY projects.
For the munchkin’s stocking: LEGO Minifigures are perfect for anyone’s stocking, not just the kiddos’. The LEGO Pilot Minifigure is shown here, but there are 16 different figures to collect from the LEGO Minifigures Series 3 (such as mummy, baseball player, rapper, space alien, and more).