my week in review: 12/13-19//2013

Sharing the pictures I captured with my phone this past week and telling the stories behind them.

On Dec. 13th, which was St. Lucia Day, we went to IKEA for dinner. They served up a Swedish Julbord (pronounced yule-board), which is a Christmas smorgasbord filled with all sorts of fishy things and pickley things.

On the drive there, we had some fun trying to convince our kids that going to a furniture store for dinner was going to be worth the 1-1/2 hour ride. It's not just a furniture store. It's so much more!

We met up with some of our family including my cousin Kari, pictured here next to Kaitlin.

There was even special entertainment. It was quite nice. Totally worth the long drive to a furniture store for dinner.

And of course after dinner, we walked the store. Like there was even a chance we wouldn't.

Kaitlin's been asking to go visit this cute little baby since he was born last week. We finally got to meet him on Saturday. (He's the one I made that knock-off Pottery Barn growth chart for.)

I decided I wanted to make some of those delicious Rosettes that I enjoyed two weeks ago, so I borrowed the recipe and Rosette irons from my Rosette-making resident. Look at that old recipe card, covered in oil from all the many times he's used it while making Rosettes.

We went over to my mom's to make the Rosettes as well as some Krumkake.

In this picture Kaitlin and Oma are manning the Krumkake irons. The Krumkake turned out great and were delicious. 

The Rosettes on the other hand. They didn't turn out very pretty. Those things are HARD to make! Total new level of respect for my Rosette-making resident. Then the Rosettes got burned because someone put them in the oven to keep them away from the dog, then someone else pre-heated the oven without knowing the Rosettes were in there. So we didn't eat the Rosettes, but we had the experience of trying to make them, which is something every descendant of Scandinavians should at least try.

While we were there, we did some Christmas puzzling.

Sarah and I made snowflakes this week. I made so many that my hand is bruised from the scissors.

Sarah also helped me make some paper chains while we watched The Voice finale.

I made the snowflakes and paper chains for work. On Wednesday I had a Christmas party for my residents and I got it in my head to transform their community room into a Christmas winter wonderland.

I have parties for them throughout the year. But for these Christmas parties I close the doors and tape up plastic on the windows so that they can't see from the lobby into the community room. Then I go to work decorating the room. One of my joys is to see their expressions and hear their exclamations of how wonderful the room looks. 

I couldn't do it without my mom. Each year she has come and helped me decorate and serve. This year my aunt Barb came too. I'm glad they were both there setting the tables, because it took me a long time to hang all the snowflakes and garlands.

We use real tablecloths on the tables, not the usual plastic rolls. And set out our own dishes from home. Each year the residents tell me that I don't have to go through all the trouble of hauling our dishes from home. "Just use paper plates," they say. But that's part of what makes it special. It's worth the trouble I think.

Each year I've had entertainment for the residents. This year I was trying to figure out who to ask to entertain the residents when the local Kindergarten teacher called and asked if the kids could come and sing to the residents. I said, "can you come on the 18th at 2pm?!" They could, and they did. They were such little cuties! When they were done, they handed out cards with Christmas trees that they'd painted for the residents.

Mom and Barb did such a good job of plating the treats.

The residents asked me to keep the decorations up so they could enjoy them longer.

Remember how I thought I'd lost the stamp I made along with the carving tool? Well. I found it.

When I went to the store to return this box of Christmas lights, the worker-lady thought it felt funny and made too much noise when it was shook. She opened it up and there were my stamps & tool & ink. Because of course that's where you put your stamps & tools & ink when you are done using them. Gah!

I'm @annebickle on Instagram, linking up with @jeannettg for InstaFriday.


Rose said...

I made a bunch of snowflakes this year too and got a huge blister! It was ridiculous so I'm glad i'm not the only one. I love how you made the day special for your IS worth it. :o)

Stopping by from Instafriday linkup! Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Love it! Ikea is my favorite place!

Joanne B said...

The residents are very lucky to have you, you made them such a special day!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Natalie Jane said...

What a sweet day!

Merry Christmas :) Stopping by from Insta-Friday

Bethany said...

That was great for the Kindergarten class to come, sing and hand out cards to the residents!

You've picked up on mom's knack for decorating. It's all in the details, like using real dishes instead of plastic ware. It's the details that really make the occasion come to life and memorable - as proven by the fact that they want to have the decorations, that you put extra time into making, around a little while longer. Well done!


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