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Dec
28

Ah…Christmas Reflections

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

What a different kind of Christmas for the Sherwood family!  Traditionally, the immediate Sherwood family (parents, sons, and wives) spend Christmas together.  Last year you may recall our family adventure to Japan (Kiori’s homeland). This year, our older son Aaron and his wife Kiori are living in Abu Dhabi. They could not join us in person but definitely in spirit via Facetime. What a wonderful way to help bridge the gap between time and distance with a face to face conversation!

This Christmas was different for a very big reason.  We welcomed Jackson Volkan Sherwood into our family on November 12, 2017.  With his arrival, the whole Sherwood world has changed.  How could one person steal your heart, time and energy?  The new Christmas routine (or lack thereof) revolved around ESPP (Jackson’s eating, sleeping, peeing and pooping).  WOW!  What a difference a year makes!

But with this came a real appreciation for the meaning of family and that all presents do not come in a box.  Here is a quote from How the Grinch Stole Christmas that has been replaying in my head.  This was our sons’ favorite Christmas book.

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow,
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

So the gift of a new life certainly means more.  Thank you, Jake and Elif for such an amazing gift! 

Here are my favorite photos from Jackson’s first Christmas!

BEFORE:  With all the ESPP there was no time to decorate!

AFTER:  During nap time, G-Mom added a little Christmas spirit!

Later two additional touches were added…fused glass trees with LED lighting.

Mom and Jackson in his comfy K’tan carrier out for a holiday stroll!

Definitely one of Jackson’s favorite activities!

Jackson’s silly giggle!

Winking and joking already!

Three generations of Sherwood men sharing a beer.  (Not the baby, yet!)

A great family photo despite the lack of Jackson’s full attention!

Stretching after all the effort of opening presents!  Whew!

I leave you with thoughts of wonderful memories and anticipation of this year’s new adventures as we keep the meaning of Christmas alive all year!

Happy New Year!

Mary

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Nov
29

Another Great Gift Idea!

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Last year this time we were preparing for our much-anticipated family holiday in Japan.  It was difficult to decide on an easy gift idea to give here and in Japan.  Here is last year’s gift idea blog, Easy Gift Idea in case you missed it.

This year our holiday travel takes on an entirely different focus. We are visiting our newest family member (and his parents) in Santa Monica-our cute, adorable grandson, Jackson.  Here is Jackson’s latest picture.

 

For this season’s easy gift idea, here is a recipe for a wonderful nut and fruit granola.This recipe was published by Nicole Hunn of “Gluten Free on a Shoestring”.  Every time I have shared this granola with family and friends the very next question is “Can I have the recipe?” I just sent a care package of granola to keep the new parents energized for “Jackson” duty.

Here is the link to Nicole’s blog that explains the recipe in detail.  Forget the Paleo or the gluten-free labels if you are not interested in these dietary aspects.  It is a delicious treat for anyone who is not nut sensitive.  The recipe was prepared per her instructions but I increased the cinnamon to 1.5 tsp. Don’t worry about beating the egg until frothy.  It does not change the outcome.  A slightly beaten egg works fine.  Also, the granola doesn’t clump (for me) but the flavor is so incredible it doesn’t matter.  One word of caution.  DO NOT place the craisins or dried fruit in the mix before baking.  They become very hard nuggets. Trust me, I learned from experience.  One more tip…the bigger the baking sheet the quicker it browns.  Here is my favorite simple baking sheet, 15″ x 21″, given to me by BFF, Patsy Cuthrell!  Thanks, Patsy!  Even if you don’t make this for gift giving and are not a huge granola fan, try it and you will be surprised. My favor way of eating it is with a sliced banana and almond milk.  Pick your pleasure.  Nichole’s post shows several ways to enjoy.

 If you decide to add granola to your gift giving list, a simple way to package it is in a standard mason jar tied with ribbon and an ornament.  This is how I plan to package mine using our handmade fused glass Christmas tree ornament from our Art Glass website.

 

Happy holiday prep!  Embrace your hygge – a Danish concept that means enjoying life’s simple pleasures (like granola) with family and friends in a warm and cozy atmosphere Read more about how to enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season by Kate Scarlata.

Peace to all this holiday season!

Mary

 

There is still time to purchase this fused glass 2017 Christmas ornament and other gifts at www.marysherwoodartglass.

 

 

Nov
01

I’m Back with Exciting News!!!

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After a long hiatus from writing this blog, I am happy to say “I am back”.

Exciting things are happening in the Sherwood family.  In March we joined our son Jake and wife Elif in Mammouth for a look at real snow!  I had never seen that much snow.  They had over 400 inches this past season.

The very best part of that weekend was the surprise announcement in our birthday cards!  We are going to be grandparents!!!!

 

Very early on Baby Sherwood was nicknamed Huevos because it all began with an egg. It has been great watching the changes is Elif and Jake as they grow closer together to welcome this baby. They chose to be surprised by the baby’s sex at the birth.  Today, Halloween, was the due date.  Huevos decided he/she was not ready to face the real world just yet.  Elif says he is still marinating.  Haha!

Here are some fun things happening as we becoming a G-mom and G-dad:

  1. Receiving text messages and ultrasound pictures after doctor visits.  Is that really a baby in there???
  2. Shopping with Elif for the baby’s room at the Land of Nod.  Love that baby store! (Not so fun for G-dad)
  3. Jake designing the mural for the baby’s room with the fun finishing touches on video. Don’t miss this video Huevos’ Room 
  4. Working with Jake and Elif’s friends to surprise Elif with a baby shower.  
  5. Creating fused glass favors for the shower.
  6. Talking frequently about Huevos’ progress including a video today of a very energetic baby kicking Mom’s belly. 🙂  Here is how the future Mom and Dad spent their Halloween Due date!

This is what I aspire to be next Halloween!

Life is such a miracle.  We are seeing it in a whole different light through this baby experience.  Now I am beginning to see why all of you who are already grandparents say it is so wonderful. 🙂

Thanks for reading about our family.

Lot’s of great renovation posts to come in future blogs.  (Hint-you can see a sneak peek in the background of the birthday card photo!)

Great to re-connect!  You will be the first to know about baby Huevos’ arrival!

Mary

 

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