Monday, December 28, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
This 6 ft beauty was won at the fair by my cousin and given to E when she was 3 or 4 years old.
At the time, she loved watching cooking shows and decided to name her new neon green sting ray, Rachel Ray.
She use to play with her all the time. We finally had to put her in the attic because who really has room for a 6ft stuffed animal?? Since RR has made her debut this week, the little kids have loved playing with her all over again....I fear that I am now stuck with a 6 ft neon green sting ray for life!!!!
Monday, December 14, 2009
We were only able to take a few things over at a time, in case we were not able to have it all unloaded before the next wave of rain pours came down.
This is only the first of many loads that we will be doing the next 2 weeks..... and for those wondering, yes, huge rain drops fell from my eyes too! It is becoming a reality that we are actually moving and the emotions lay close to the surface!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
S whispered, "Mom, we are Christmas Caroling to E." They stood there for a few minutes singing Christmas carols, then they trotted off to their beds.
I am not sure who thought of the idea to go caroling IN our house, but it sure did bring a smile to our faces and created a special memory of the silliness of our kids.
Friday, December 11, 2009
We officially signed the contract yesterday! Yippee!
We got the keys to the rental on Wednesday and have told the landlord that we start moving our things in on Saturday. So the craziness of moving will begin then! I am excited... and sad. I am hoping that being busy will keep my mind off of it for a little while longer.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
I am so happy with the way the mantel turned out this year! What do you think?
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
I just love ornaments.
I love getting ornaments from places we visit or things we do.
I love that we get the kids ornaments each year that mean something to them or represent something about them during that year.
I love, when we decorate our tree, to relive the memories of years past through our Christmas ornaments.
E's first Christmas ornament to her daddy
We have all kinds of ornaments...hallmark keepsakes, playful ones, handmade ones, etc. Each one is bought specifically as a reminder of our children at that age whether it is an activity they were into or just something that they love at that time.
Nana got B this on his first Christmas
I write a little message on the box telling why we choose the ornament that year along with their name and the year. So when we pass out the ornaments to hang on the tree, I read the message or say "oh, remember how you did so-and-so". It is such sweet memories and so much fun for everyone!
1996 - our first Christmas - a starfish Santa because we lived in Pensacola, FL
I thought I would share a FEW of the ones we have collected over the years. Trust me when I say we have lots of ornaments and these are just a few....
E loves to collect the snowball and tuxedo ornaments. This one was of them sharing coffee. When I saw which one it was for last year, I told her it was fitting that she get it because she would always steal my coffee....of course, she says it is hot cocoa so it doesn't count...*smile*
This one is one S got a few years ago when she learned to ice skate for the first time. Oh, we have such fun and sweet memories of that day!
This one was for B when he was 3 and was SO into planes and rockets and anything else that flies!
What about you? Do you give ornaments each year? Does your tree tell the story of your family through the years?