Last January we talked to our kids about letting Santa help with a trip to Disneyland instead of toys that break and fill their floors (and not the toy buckets!) this year. They were all for it.
So we decided instead to make this year a "Homemade" Christmas with strictly handmade items to exchange with one another. I'm enjoying the concept and hope that my children understand how much love and sanity (leaving me with insanity) I've put into their gifts.
I've made: stuffed animals, jean quilts (made from their old jeans and patched with fabric that has special meaning to each of them individually - for example one patch is a picture of the family at adoption day and another is of the Provo Temple where we were sealed as a family for time and all eternity), and matching pj's for Darin and the boys and Rosalie and me. Plus girls are purple camo and boys' are black/grey camo - so as a family we match too. The pj's will be opened Christmas Eve. It's exciting for me to see how the kids like it.
But the work on top of school has left me with little energy for anything else in my life. I get up, go to school, come home, sew, do homework, sew, and then go to sleep only to get up and do it again the next day. I'm using skills I was taught in a 4th grade 4H class with a sewing machine Darin got me last year for Christmas. Now the circle is complete. Although I worry about the health of my little Brother sewing machine. I hope it makes it through one last jean quilt for Ty and Rosalie's pajama's otherwise I have no funds for a replacement sewing machine before Christmas.
Please pray for me and my Brother sewing machine!