Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Toys, tops, books and bears...

And as the closets are emptied I am finding more and more goodies - and running out of places to put them!
This one is old, homemade and in my early bear phase - and still one of my favorites.
I should get a better angle so you can truly appreciate it!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas

Decorating is just fun - happy in your heart fun - no doubt about it.  I am a collector of things and very sentimental when it comes to decorations.   As a result, I have multiple trees and way too many boxes of ornaments.   After visiting your blogs, I suddenly feel much better about it as I now realize I'm not alone! 

I am joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Mondays.  Please join her to see more lovely mosaics.

It Sparkles and Glitters

Saturday, December 5, 2009

In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman - Winter has arrived!

Our first snow - 8 plus inches with schools closed!
Isn't is beautiful - I can say that as I'm not driving in it or shoveling it.
Can't wait to get out there tomorrow and see what snapshots I can find. 

And it just goes to show I should have moved the deck furniture BEFORE I put up the tree!

"Scarlett Syndrome" kicked in again - "I'll worry about it tomorrow!"

Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Traditions

Traditions are such an integral part of us and the approaching holiday brings out special memories for all of us.  Each year, those traditions become more precious to me.  As I thumb through magazines looking at beautifully decorated trees, my heart soars...then as I unpack the decorations, sentiments kick in.

Who can resist the ornaments made by our grade schoolers?   Am I the only one who has a paper plate angel (made by my 40 year old son when he was in 1st grade) as a tree topper?  They just don't make those Dixie paper plates like they used to!    Or the pictures glued on paper cups or styrafoam cups?

Yes, my tree is beautiful and one of our holiday traditions is the festive crowning of the paper plate angel - which all kids participate in!  And if you look closely, you will find nestled in the tree among the glistening ornaments those homemade ornaments from years gone by.  Truth be known, I treasure those more than anything.

And I've found that multiple trees are the perfect answer.  One for each room!  And this year, we added a new tradition for Grandpa and I.  Our 4 yr old grandson and 18 month old granddaughter put up their own trees in our family room...one 6 ft tree and a cluster of five little trees...the first of another new tradition.  Just watching them in their excitement will be a moment I will forever cherish.   They ran out of steam long before I ran out of ornaments... it was pure delight.  Topped by a special showing of "Tinkerbell" - can you think of a better way to spend the day?

I'm curious - what is your decorating style?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
You can feel the excitement in the air.
People are starting to smile and look you in the eyes
saying "Merry Christmas"
This time of year seems to bring out the best in all of us.

It is time to rejoice!