|Where much our of living is done. You can see the start of a 1500 piece puzzle on the right.|
Part of our family time is working picture puzzles. Each year we get at least one new 1000+ piece puzzle and work it up. We usually end up working two or three spread out over a couple of weeks as family comes and goes. When a puzzle is underway we usually just work around it. When mealtime comes a place mat goes down and we eat over the top of it! The nice thing about a puzzle is you can work it and talk and laugh and drink your tea, coffee, cocoa or wine all at the same time. Usually two or three can work at once. You can come and go as you please (or when you need a break), let someone else work the puzzle, or just hang out on the other side of the table. There are always the jokes that a small pile of pieces "don't go with this puzzle" (they always do) or pieces that are "missing" (usually not, or found under a place mat or on the floor). As with the cookies, it's not the completed puzzle that makes doing it worth-while: Its the time we spend together that makes it special.
|Fannie Mae's General Store - Lot's of work in this one!|
This year we played games with the girls (which included some work on letters and numbers) at the table. Age appropriate games with them are such a hoot!
|Playing a "matching" game. Harmony knows where to find the match!|
A new tradition (2nd year) is making a molded chocolate Christmas house, although this is actually done around Thanksgiving time. It's similar to a gingerbread house, only made with chocolate and decorated with candy. This is De's thing and fits well with her doll house hobby. You can see a couple of her 1/2 scale houses and part of a castle in the backgrounds. (There are 50+ dollhouses and room boxes scattered around the house. You can see her latest project at De-Lightful Minis )
|Somebody is snitching the decorations!|
|Grandma helps with the 'glue'|
|Getting the roof just right.|
|Tada! The final product!|
How wonderful it is to come together and just 'be family'! These times are so precious to us and are a part of what makes the Christmas holiday so special for all of us. We are blessed!
Tomorrow: Happy New Year! And the last of the 'Catching Up' series.