Wednesday, November 30, 2011
For those of you who have elves visiting, what are some of the things they have been up to this year, and do tell what they did last year. I say we help one another out, what do you think?
(Oh, and yes, Lil has been thoroughly enjoying this--as have Jori's girls.)
1. I found another hairstyle for Beanie:
2. I had a lovely visit with my friend Christy and her little guy this morning.
3. Lily's Advent paper chain today was to make popcorn and eat it as a family. That combined with "The Grinch" sounds like a wonderful evening. :o)
4. We've been eating in the dining room and I'm really enjoying it.
5. More time with family, less time wasting time on the internet. Yay!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
|Obviously a view from the bridge.|
Meanwhile, the loveseat is now in the kitchen. As I wrote yesterday, it works. :o)
The bookshelves are filled with all sorts of Christmas-y goodness.
Three of the snowmen are tea light holders, but I can't light them on the shelf like that. Instead, I'm using LED tea lights. I found them for a song at Costco and snapped them up. I'm so glad I did!
Then, last year, we decided with Bean in the house this was the best choice. It was prelit and steady on it's feet. I could manage an artificial tree for a couple years, couldn't I? Well, I'm thinking I'm a convert who won't be going back. This bad boy went up in 3 minutes flat. We brought the pieces in, B snapped 'em together and we plugged her in. No fuss, no muss, and a pretty tree to boot.
I always love going into craft stores this time of year because they smell so yummy from the cinnamon pine cones. Since I have no evergreen smell in my house these days, I decided I should have some yummy pine cones--which I got on BIG sale from JoAnn along with the basket holding them.
I wasn't sure where I was going to put my snowman card holder. He seems to be working out fine right there for the time being. We'll see what happens as he becomes more filled. He's rather Beanie height, you see...
The wall hanging was a birthday gift from my dear friend, Julie. We had to hang him low because there is a button you can push that makes the snowflakes light up, and well, the girls like to be the ones to push that button.
I swear to you, I had no idea I had this snowman thing until around 5 years ago. How could I not have noticed I had a collection of them?!? :shakes head:
Thank you, once more, to all of you who sent in ornaments. I smile every year when I get them out and hang them on Hannah's tree. They are all perfect and wonderful an it means the world to me you all thought enough of us to send an ornament that reminded you of our girl.
Now, why the chuckling? This is the tree that can be seen through the sidelight, NOT the living room tree, lol. :o) That angel sits up there and flashes on and off, on and off and that's what people see as they drive by. Ha!
Dani brought this star from Germany. It too is a lovely addition to the sparkly tree.
Do you see Georgie-boy down there? I love looking off the bridge at night and seeing the downstairs all lit up and gorgeous.
So, we're all decked out and ready to be merry. Now to work on the cards and candy...
1. I got a text from Jori asking if my girls would like to do a daily elf report with her girls where they would share photos of what their elves got into the night before. I thought it was brilliant, snapped a quick pic of the Fibmeister and sent it on (he got into the makers last night--he has pretty neat handwriting for an elf). Buddy (the Jeps elf) tried to go ice skating on a metal cake stand. Oops! Lil is going to LOVE this!
2. Speaking of loving, she is loving Fisbee more than ever this year. So far I've been pretty good about not forgetting him. We'll see what happens as mid-December rolls around...
3. All the Christmas decor up and the tubs and boxes put away. I can sit and admire and enjoy without feeling stressed from the clutter. Whew.
4. Tacos for dinner. I love easy dinner nights.
5. It got cool again--finally!
6. Sparkles galore! My entire house seems to be glitterific. ;o)
Monday, November 28, 2011
I set out all of my tabletop decorations--"activities" (Lil speak for nativities), snowmen, candles, etc.--including the girls' nativity. Ellie fell in love. She comes downstairs and races over to push the angel on top to make the star light up and "Away in the Manger" play. And then she presses it again. And again. And...again. I'm getting tired of "Away in the Manger". ;o)
Dolled up in their pj's, the girls got to open their gifts from Amy and then start to put the ornaments on the tree.
There are the silk Chinese ladies and the Nutcracker collection. There are the treasures that were mine alone--my little girl with the bell that Papa gave me, the brass girl with pigtails like mine were and Ellie's are, and so many more. There were all of Hannah's ornaments, and those that were given to us by Grandma.
Lil loved watching me get them out and add hangers to them, ready for her to place carefully on the tree.
|How funny is the shadow there to the left of Beanie's right pigtail? Hee hee!|
Is there anything more precious or wonderful than the family tree with all the homemade ornaments and kids' hanging? I have a "fancy" tree set up in the dining room (I bought a little 3' tree for the Hokies tree year instead of the one in the dining room and put it in the living room this year. I'll post tomorrow) and will decorate it as soon as I get the ornaments. But, this tree is OURS. It's our family and has our history and memories hanging on it. It is truly perfect. :o)
1. I got a super duper deal on ornaments from the 'Jay today. I needed (yes, it was a need, not a want, drat it all!) them for my mantle and thought I was getting ripped off at $18 for the 9 that were in the box, but was willing to just suck it up because, really $2/ornament wasn't that bad a deal, right? Well, tickle me happy when they rang up at $6 for the box. Sweet!
2. All errands are run for the week. Whew! Now I can just sit back and not relax as I work on cards (okay, you got me on that one, that one's fun) and prepare the candy making factory.
3. Christmas movies and Christmas music. My "White Christmas" Pandora station has been playing non-stop today. :o)
4. The arrangement of my living room furniture. We had to swing the loveseat around into the kitchen, and I rather like it. It gives a cozy seating area other than the table and B and the girls sat there while I was cooking last night. I loved it.
5. I know it's silly, but I got a new pressed powder compact today, and it makes me happy, therefore it goes here. ;o)
ME, the new Mass was interesting. Fr. Pete made us all laugh as we goofed up "And with your spirit" pretty much every single time. It mostly sounded like, "And also with your spirit" throughout our congregation. We're learning it, though, and our parish is able to roll with changes fairly well. :o)