I found this glass ornament when we went shopping a couple weekends ago for antique Christmas decorations. I had to have it. Not only does it have a wonderful, painted scene, it's also my favorite color - aqua!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Picked up some of my baking supplies today, even though I probably won't do any baking until the weekend before Christmas. My only challenge with this shot was to keep Kitty Coconut and her sweet tooth away from the sprinkles!
I forgot to mention the other day that Lauren keeps telling me, "You're Santa!" While this is news to me, having to deliver toys to all the children of the world would explain why I'm so stressed out this time of year.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
We picked up a couple of cute fleece blankets at Five Below for the dogs.
As you can see, happiness is a warm blanket.
No matter what season, there's nothing Cookie loves more than getting snuggly in a blanket.
She especially likes getting completely covered, face and all in her blanket. I'm not sure how she breathes under there, but it seems to work for her!
I also took some photos of Coconut today, so she will be featured soon. Still trying to figure out how to work Marcus into this Christmas business...
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Today we went to pick our real tree. Mark found this tree lot in the next town over that where every tree was priced at $30. It was the smallest tree lot that I ever saw, but they did have really nice trees. I'm sure there are some tree connoisseurs that visit multiple places to find just the right tree. Not us - we purchased the first one we saw. The entire process took less than five minutes.
So naturally a small tree lot would have a junior sized nativity. One of the houses on the main road in our town had this nativity in the front yard, and I thought it was the cutest thing ever. A few years ago, the occupants moved and took their nativity with them. I miss that little nativity, so I was happy to see it again. And now I even have I photo of it!
Here's our tree waiting to be decorated. It's just the right size for our dining room. I hope that tree lot does well because we'll be going back next year!
Friday, December 6, 2013
Boxed ornaments again. I actually had something different in mind, but I was playing around with my camera settings and liked how they sparkled. So I scraped my other idea and went with this. I promise that there will be more variety to come!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Last Friday, we visited Kennywood's Holiday Lights for the first time. It's really amazing to see how they transform the park, especially considering that they only have the month to do it after Fright Nights ends. The whole park is covered in lights, and they even alter some of the rides like Ghostwood Estate, the train and of course the Grand Carousel so they have a holiday theme. It was a great time, and I'd definitely go again. And that's coming from someone who doesn't do so well in the cold!
Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos because I was doing my best to just live in the moment and have a good time. I snapped this one real quick because Lauren was yelling that the guy was waiting for me to sit down so he could start the ride.
Lauren didn't want me to take her picture riding the carousel, so instead I took one of my cousin Noreen. I love that she's having such a good time!
Monday, December 2, 2013
The weekend after Thanksgiving had become the traditional time to decorate our home. We won't pick up a real tree until next weekend, but there's no reason to delay putting up the white tree.
Oh boy - here comes one of Santa's little helpers.
I guess you could say that the whole family gets involved in the event.
Just a few more years, and Lauren won't have to stand on her tiptoes. This was a good decorating year - we had only one ornament causality, and I did not break the Baby Jesus when we set up the nativity. I think that makes four, maybe five years running!
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Here we go again. I feel terrible that I went the entire month of November without an update, so I'm going to do this to make up for it. I plan on taking it easy this year, so don't expect too much - lol. The little guy is from this year's crop of new ornaments. He flew in from Pier 1 just to spend the holidays with us.