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They say it is better to give than to receive, and never is that more true than when you're excited about giving a gift to one of your kiddos.  I had many memorable Christmas moments this year, which you can be sure I'll blog about ad nauseam in the coming days, but that'll have to wait because all of my blogging time today was taken up by posting the tutorial for how to make one of Zoe's gifts on Hollow Tree Crafts, The Crafty Blog of Choice By Crafty Folks Everywhere, if I do say so myself.

Zoe made the mistake of saying she wants to be a teacher when she grows up, which had the unintended effect of sending me into a craft frenzy to create a school playset for her.  Actually what she said was, "I want to be a teacher when I grow up so I can tell kids what to do," but a tear of pride welled up in my eye nonetheless.

So I made this


to hang on her wall, so she can teach all of her dolls and stuffed animals how to read and write.  Finally.  Because those guys are a bunch of illiterate freeloaders, if you ask me.

She had exactly the reaction I hoped she would have, which was a mixture of awe and excitement with (let's be honest, here) a dash of You Are The Most Amazing Mommy On Earth.  I mean, who doesn't  want that on Christmas morning?


She was so enthusiastic, she wouldn't even wait for me to hang it on her wall before she started playing with it.



Anyway, my point wasn't really to tell you about Zoe's school playset, it was to explain why I'm not posting to this blog (yet again) today, except that with all this rambling now I am  sort of posting today, so the purpose of this quick entry is quickly being lost.  Come back soon to hear more about our Christmas Festivities, and in the meantime head over to my other blog and throw one of these playsets together for your kids - just be forewarned that it's likely to get you roped into many games of Pretend School, in which you'll be required to play the role of Troublemaker so that the teacher has an opportunity to give you multiple demerits and tell you what to do.  Now I better get back to it; I told her I was taking the hall pass to go to the bathroom, but I've been gone so long that I'm going to get sent to the Principal's office for sure.


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