So how about those snowflakes?? The vision and art direction was a la moi, but the talent and skill came 100% from my very clever and artistically gifted husband. Can you believe some of those snowflakes??? Did you see the little house? Did you see the swirly tree?? He cut those out with an Exacto knife. I am in awe. Julia and I really wanted a tiny gnome to stand by the cottage, but he wasn't sure how do that. Maybe next year we'll have a tiny gnome. We had a winter snowflake window last year, but I decided that MORE IS MORE, and we needed to step up our game this year. Several evenings were spent in cutting (Andrew) and taping (me).
I have to say, the whole thing brings me great joy. I did not grow up in a house where there was kid art on the walls, or paper chains, or any kind of seasonal whimsy. The idea of decorating to please a child's sensibilities was just not something that ever occurred to my parents. Somehow even without paper chains, I survived my childhood, but it was very important to me to bring that element of kid friendliness into our lives when Andrew and I had Julia. (The funny thing is, I'm not sure how wowed she is by any of it LOL. She was like, oh next week can we put up Valentine's hearts?) I hope on some level, even if it's much later, she remembers and is happy about the way we've tried to honor the seasons/holidays and make them fun for her.
This is how printing one's photos becomes Very Important (print your photos!!) - in addition to serving as Memories, photos also serve as Evidence. If she complains about anything she didn't like about us when she's an adult, we can grab our photo album and say, "But look! There were paper chains!"