I hope you all had a safe and Merry Christmas. I am very Blessed that we had another great Christmas with My father. He is very sick but was able to spend time with us and we even snapped a few pictures. I love having family pictures but after losing his hair from chemo he isn't as comfortable with them.
Christmas eve we went to my mother in laws to exchange gifts. It was a nice time.
My children are ages 18, 14 and 6. I woke up to the 14 year old next to my bed and then heard the 18 year old stirring around so at 6 a.m I had to wake my 6 year old. Kids are funny I would have expected the 6 year old to be the first one up. We headed down to see if Santa came....good news. I let them look in their stockings but then we light the candles on the cake and sing Happy Birthday Jesus. Santa is fun but it is important to me that my children know the reason for Christmas. We had some happy children that day. Then it was off to my parents home. What a wonderful day. Me with my sisters , I am on the right. and we got a great shot of all the grandchildren. They are growing up so fast. My hope is this new year holds good health and joy for you all.
I just had to end with this picture of my baby girl with her daddy.
Where does the time go? I have been getting up and getting my youngest off to school and then heading to my parents home all week. I have really enjoyed the time with them and am quite pleased to be able to help out. Still,Somehow it seems like where did the week go?
I did get over to my friends home for our Christmas exchange. Jacqui and I have been friends since we were 14 years old. We had such a nice time and she gave the most thoughtful gifts. Her home was decorated so nice for the Holidays. Jacqui just adores Scrooge...A Christmas Carol, and has been collecting this theme for some time. Her tree is full of the most wonderful unique Scrooge and Marley and all the others as well as beautiful other themed ornaments. She was kind enough to allow me to take a few pictures to share with you.
In her foyer she has a table with her minature Halmark tree and ornaments. We both purchased these together quite a few years ago. We have so many memories of Halmark shopping together and getting up early the day after Christmas to get 1/2 price ornaments. I didn't put mine out this year so I really enjoyed seeing hers.
As you enter her living room she has this wonderful cabinet that usally is full of Willow tree figurines but now for the Holidays host her Byers Choice figurines.
Jacqui has little displays all around her home. It is a good size place so it flows well and doesn't look cluttered.
This is the WE FOREST FOLK collection. I just adore them but they are just too expensive for me to buy. I dream of her tireing of them and passing them along but I don't see that happening! I am sure her daughter would get first dibs if she did.
This is her formal tree. Oh how beautiful.This picture doesn't do it justice.
This is the scrooge village displayed in her kitchen.
Well this is just a taste of her decorating. Her family room has another tree with colored lights and special family ornaments as well as her Anna Lee's collected over the years. I decided to end with this beautiful nativity that she recieved from her sister, baby Jesus will be added for Christmas.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you had a good week as well.
Today is a snow day. I love having the kids home. We are lucky that Our school district called school last night so there wasn't any getting up early only to find out you can go back to bed. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday we went into Boston . We went to the presidents brunch at Simmons college. My daughter has been accepted there. She was awarded the deans scholarship which would pay 1/2 the tuition. How nice . She hasn't decided , but we went to check things out. The high lite of the outing was afterwards we went to China town to eat. We found a place that served Korean food and really enjoyed it. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Christmas decorating is underway as Matthew decided to decorate my feather tree. He was so proud of himself, I had to leave it like this. After all isn't this smile what Christmas is all about?? We finally got a tree. We chose to get a real one this year. It smells so good. We decided to make the ornaments this year instead of pulling out the family ones. Matthew and I made dough ones and cut them out in shapes of stars and mini gingerbread men. This is the recipe I used.
2 cups flour 1 cup salt 1 cup cinnamon 2 cups vanilla
I put it all in a zip lock bag and kneaded the dough inside the bag. I added a little extra vanilla till it was the right consistency. I then dusted the counter with cinnamon and rolled out the dough and cut to shapes. I used a tooth pick to add a hole for stringing and baked in oven at 300. time depending on size and thickness. They smell heavenly!! I thought we could make more ornaments today as we all are snowed in. However play station has won out and I am doing it myself. I made the candy cups out of Pete cups for gardening, I love all the different things you can do with these. I just added wire for hanging . tucked in a little red tissue and added gum drops . My tree is sad but I am sure as the Holiday approaches the kids will come around and we will add to it. Hope you all are making the most of your day.
It's been a great week. Sunday was such a fun time out with friends and the rest of the week flew by. I went to the movies on Tuesday with a friend and saw A Christmas Carol 3D. It was good but ofcourse my favorite part of the movie was looking at the set loving the shelfs and scrooges bedding. It was Prim eye candy . That night my hubby took me to see The Blind Side. That was excellent. I do not go to the movies often so 2 in one day was something!!
I have started to put some holiday touches around my home. I am not in any hurry for the big tree but I do enjoy greenery around. This is the great bunch Bonnie gave me on Sunday. I love it in this wonderful old pitcher and bowl. I made up this long wood box of faux fruit and greens for my dinning room table.
This table betwen the two front windows in my living room is always being tweaked. I guess because I am always looking at it. I started out with it like the picture in my header then I changed it to this.. It now looks like this..
Over at The pickled pepper patch I saw where Char spray painted her "too green" trees to prim them up..Thank you Char your ideas are amazing!!! http://charsethman.blogspot.com/ I had this one that kept looking off to me so today I got out the spray paint .
That looks so much better!!! I found this wonderful wax dove at Primitives Thymes. It is so sweet. I love this large old wooden bowl filleed with grennery and a candle. My Santa is a Greta Chirco-Sew be it doll. Try hard and you can see the picture of me and my sister with santa when I was just 3. I treasure it. I almost forgot to share my wonderful surprise from Hubby. They found these old glass bottles burried at a job site. I can't believe they are not broken or even cracked. This is the way they looked 5 minutes after getting them. I have them soaking to clean them up . This is just my kind of love present!!! Hope your week is going well.