Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006


It is so sad. My family will be here in 4 days and our Christmas Tree is DEAD!!! Our house is so DRY and the best place to put the tree is pretty much in the direct blowing path of the pellet stove. Oops. If you even so much as touch a twig, ALL the needles come off in your hand. Some of the ornaments are falling off because they are touching the twigs, which makes the needles fall off sending the ornaments to the ground.

We moved the tree over about 4 feet (away from the window and pellet stove), but it is already too late. She is hardly drinking anymore. Her branches are turning brown, and you can definitely tell that she is thinning out -- a lot!!!

next year - the tree STARTS further away from the pellet stove!!!

I'm sorry, Tree!!!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Christmas Decorations

Here we are, one week until Christmas. (Until Boxing Day, really...)

We are all decorated for Christmas. Well, we never got to outside, but things are so busy, we're just counting that as a "not-going-to-happen-this-year" thing. Like so many things in life - "maybe next year"

It doesn't *feel* alot like Christmas we are finding. Jer and I have talked about why that may be.

1- Neither one of us are near our families.
2- He is so BUSY he doesn't have time to "feel" Christmas yet.
3- He is so busy that I am not feeling like Christmas yet.
4- There hasn't been any snow yet (this is my reason, not his... growing up in Arizona, snow is not really a big part of Christmas anyway)

Anyway, it's Christmas whether it feels like it or not. We'll celebrate with all we've got anyway! Happy Birthday to the King of kings!!

This is the base of our banister. This little guy greets us first thing in the morning.

This is Santa with our unity candle.

Here is a close up of the gum drop string that Jer and I made together. What fun!

This is our tree - simple and beautiful - speaking of which, I bet it needs to be watered... The pellet stove is just to the left of that sign on the easel - needless to say, our big green baby needs lots to drink to stay alive!!

Here are our "love monkeys". They came to be at our wedding (where they sat at our head table). From there, they have participated in 4 wedding receptions, and even a few days away. They love to celebrate with us :)

Mary, Joseph, 2 wisemen, and an angel - reminding us of of the first Christmas.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A woman in the presence of a good man, a real man, loves being a woman.
~Stasi Eldredge

Christmas and whatnot

Well.. For starters, I just updated to the new Beta Blogger and I don't like it already. It shifted everything but my top picture over to the right and now you have to scan your page over to align it properly.. Does anyone know how to fix that??? Does anyone know any benefits to this "beta blogger"??

So Christmas is almost here. Jeremiah and I have the inside of the house all festive. We are going to buy some more decorations in the after Christmas sales, so things are sparse in some areas, but we both had quite a bit of stuff, so we're not lacking... I will take some pictures and post them soon. Our tree looks pretty cute. We found this really cute string of fake gum drops at Walmart, but they only had 1 string left (on a tree - but they told us we could take it off...) but it was only 6 feet long or so.. what were we going to do with ONE 6 foot string of gumdrops... So we decided to string our own. After finding some spice drops (cheaper ;)), fishing line, shelack, and needles, we headed home, popped in Over the Hedge, and we were on our way. Only afterwards did we realize we should have invested in thimbles. Now the tree looks very festive with about 25 feet of freshly strung gumdrops. Definitely a memory for years to come!! :)

On Monday night, I went to Fort Fairfield for a cookie exchange at Melinda's. it was lots of fun. I was really glad to get out of the house. I don't know a lot of people around here, and am not the kind to just pop up to someone I don't really know and say "Hey, let's go out!" so I was very appreciative of Melinda's invite (Thanks again, Melinda :D) I made cute little lollipop sugar cookies. I'll try to get a picture of them as well. And I came home with ginger, molasses, and thumprint cookies, and pumpkin bread! What a good trade off!!

Last night, we had the board over for supper. Lasagna, garlic bread, Caesar salad, and cinnamon bites for dessert. Yummy yummy.

So, our lessons for the week - we need to start doing more things with people. I really had a good time visiting with the girls at the cookie exchange and then again when Wes and Jeremiah joined us. And it was a lot of fun to have people in.

Now if only I could keep my house clean enough to not be so EMBARASSED when people knocked on the door!!!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Please tell me if I'm ever this stupid...

Please click here to hear some ridiculous mathematical logic. Seriously. If I am ever this off my rocker, please tell me!!! This is awful!!!