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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Goodbye 2008 - Hello 2009!!!

As this year ends and a new year begins,
I want to wish you and yours many blessings and love!
(Our old house looking from the road up the driveway)
Sweet Hubby and I will be leaving first thing in the morning for St Louis. We'll meet up with some family and just get away for a coupla days. We will be playing at City Museum & eating at The Olde Spaghetti Factory at Laclede's Landing. We hope to wander over to The Hill as well.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Pink Girl and Christmas Cookies

It's time for another PINK SATURDAY thanks to Beverly at

I've begun to notice that I don't seem to have a whole lot of PINK things.
But I don't have a shortage of pink girls!

Here's H decorating Christmas Cookies:

Baby Jay sure approved. She kept wanting her cookie reloaded with frosting.

H has been very busy with several crafts.This has nothing to do with PINK, but the girls love this cabinet.

Usually it's H who wants to set the table with the plastic ware.
But Baby J has discovered this cabinet and she had a blast. Very busy!
And H likes to play her "ABC" game.

It's a Scrabble-like game and she plunks away and is so proud of herself!
Here's some more PINK.
H and her sweet momma are modeling the masks that H and I painted!

Happy PINK Saturday!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas To All!

The little ones have left to go visit the other side of the family.
The eldest and her little family are cozy in their home in upstate New York
and I am sitting here reflecting in the quiet.

The frenzy of the little ones running underfoot is thrilling and fun.

Enjoying the light in their eyes is priceless.
The messes to clean up later today are worth it.
More about the last few days and weeks to come at a later date.
But Christmas is really about God sending His Son oh so many years ago, and we celebrate at this time of Winter each year. Don't forget that the Birthday Celebration is really just the beginning of the Story
...of Calvary and Easter!

Christmas Blessings from Our Home to Yours!

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Angel or Star or ???

Which do you put on top of your tree?
Way back when, our First Christmas in 1977, I found the most beautiful angel treetopper at a local boutique.
She was gold and sparkly and had a burgundy velvet dress.

There was no way on Earth that we could afford $40 for such a frivolous purchase
so I decided to make an angel just like the one I'd seen. (photos from 2007)
Um, that proved rather difficult.
Oh sure, I can sew (Home Ec degree y'know)

and I craft lotsa things,

but finding an innocent doll proved to be
the largest obstacle to overcome.

I looked and looked and finally found the "Sunshine Family".
A rather hippie looking 4-some but the Momma was just fine.

So I snipped and glued and there was my angel.
Sweet Hubby configured a cone shaped form for the skirt out of a large yoghurt tub after dismembering Momma Sunshine's legs! Hee hee!
I made wings out of white lightweight cardboard
and covered them with clear glitter.
Had to pierce her head for the halo!
I chose a nice sized pretty box that
our wedding invitations came in for her off-Holiday home.
After the kids each came along,
they took turns
placing the angel atop the tree
when all the decorating was complete.
The year and name of whose turn it was
is still written inside that box lid.
One of her arms keeps coming off. She IS 31 y'know!
A year or two ago, tif requested either MY angel or one like her.
The hunt to find an innocent doll began again.
This one is a little more innocent than Mrs. Sunshine
and also a little smaller.
Unfortunately, I kinda got her angel halfway done
and then scooted the box under a cabinet and forgot about it.
I pulled it out this year and was determined to get it done and have.
I used storebought craftwings this time
and just mailed her off to New York this a.m.
I forgot to take a photo of the new angel,
so will depend upon tif to snap one when when she arrives

Christmas Blessings!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Exterior Experimentation

Here's the STAR that Sweet Hubby built. This year it is an experiment. We decided it needs to be angled a little. No one can see the star except the neighbor directly to the south. Cant's see it from the road, can't see it from the valley, can't see it from across the lake, only the neighbor. We have 4 lit trees on the bank and dock.
You can see them from our bedroom windows,
from the dam,
from the neighbor's,
from across the lake.
We hope to add to the lights each year.
Have any suggestions?

Charlie can never figure out what I am doing when I pull out my camera.
I had the white rockers nicely flanking each side of the porch
when Sweet Hubby pulled the dog igloo up onto the porch for the pooches.
Ah, well, now they are warm at last.
Happy Christmas

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

lightbulb moment

Do you ever have one of those obvious observations that just HIT you all of a sudden and you wonder why you never noticed before? That happened to me last week. After scraping and scraping the windows so I could see enough to make it out the driveway to get to school, a little ways down the road I noticed...
...that my side view mirrors had defrosters. Cool!
shut up Jay!

Holiday Decorating!!! as if

Christmas Blessings to All!!!
I know, I'm late to the party.
Too much going on and house too messy to do much.
I have wreaths on the front windows and the front door.
This is obviously the wreath on the front door from inside.

Entertainment center in the living room.

Cloche inside near my front door:

A little cloche detail:

Umm, this is where the Christmas Tree will go...
when we get around to getting it.
Usually the 10th is the day.
Right now there is
snow and ice on the ground
and I'm not venturing out
and risking my life just for a tree.

My dining room:

Wreaths on the kitchen windows:

Outside the kitchen, a little Holiday Spirit!:

This is just a little computer rendering
I did to show Sweet Hubby what I wanted for outside
lighting this year.
There's also a tree on the dock.
We didn't quite get any up on the roofline
but did get a star on the chimney.
See it below when Sweet Hubby was constructing it.

Isn't he just the epitome of Holiday Joy?

That's it for now!!!!
Go to these gals for
more Holiday Home Tours:
(sorry, couldn't get the links to redo or whatever it's called)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pink Saturday, Happy First Birthday Baby Jay & 100th Post!

I know, I know, it's been quite a while. What a happy way to blog again but to celebrate three things at once: Pink Saturday! Thank you Beverly!! Baby Jay's First Birthday last Saturday!! And my 100th Post. Sorry, no prizes or gifts... I gave them all to Baby Jay. The real reason I have been absent from this blog is the pressure of that 100th post. Those who have time (and blogger that will actually upload photos) have set the precedent so doggone high, that I waited and waited trying to come up with something stupendous for the momentous occaision. Well, Baby Jay did that for me, Thank you my girlee!

As you can see, Pink was the color of the day! The Birthday Princess (read the ribbon) was gorgeous as always!

I bought the girlees a pink Christmas tree. Jay griped about it being silly, but hey, gotta go with it when you around surrounded by females, son! I didn't imagine that he would use it as part of the decor for the party! And Baby Jay loved the Pumpkin Head Princess too!

When she woke up from her nap, the room was alight with the tree and draped with pink crepe paper. She ooooo-ed and ahhhh-ed!

Oh my did Baby Jay enjoy her birthday cupcakes!!! Again, her Daddy freaked out that Nana would dare to super spread the frosting. Hey, a girl only gets ONE first birthday!!!

There were plenty of gifts... pink ones too, but Blogger won't load them. Maybe another day!
LJ brought her Guitar Hero World Tour and Birthday Girl is our future drummer.

H is our singer. She hogged that mike! It wasn't plugged in but don't tell her that. And she kept singin', "Nana brushes my hair! Nana brushes my hair!" ?????? Don't ask me where that came from!

The Star!

Nana and the girlees:

We were all in brown! I had bought the girls' outfits the nite before and actually wore a leopard sweater so all us girls were coordinated!

We went to the Upper Crust for brunch. It's tucked into a teensy strip mall and we weren't sure what we would find. Unfortuneatley, I forgot to take photos inside. And couldn't upload them if I had! (hrrumph)

Isn't this just the cutest sign?

This sign says, "Life is fast... Bread is slow." Just tickled me!

One photo I did take inside. This little chickee LOVES food:

After brunch we went to a flea market down the interstate.