Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My Christmas

Hard to believe that another Christmas is in the books. I never feel like it flies by, since I enjoy the whole month and I pack alot of stuff into it, but as I take down decorations and pack them away for next year, I shake my head and I realize, it is over. :( I do love my Christmas. I am like a little kid, and I want more surprises and more laughter and more fun! To say that this Christmas was exceptional is an understatement. There was a freedom to celebrate, a feeling of wanting to, in a word, spread joy and it made me feel so light and happy. 

I am really lucky in that I get to have my two daughters here for the holiday. We spend Christmas Eve together, and twice on Christmas Day (for gifts, and then for dinner and game playing). I prepare my Eve buffet and we feast and chat and listen to Christmas music. This year my hubby found these trinket balls (he and his sister had them as children) and he bought them for the girls. That was so much fun to share. And the girls loved them!

My Christmas's with my hubby began 37 years ago. I was in college and since they close the dorms down, I was going to have to move back home, and away from my new love. Not good. But I landed a job, house sitting for a couple for a week. Yay! We spent our first Christmas together in this little house on 5th Street. So this year I made an ornament to celebrate our very first Christmas. We both got a bit teary recounting the time and incredibly, we live only 3 blocks from that house! I pass it every day on my way to work. :)

I couldn't have asked for a more picturesque Christmas with all our snow. It sets the mood. The girls gave us such lovely and thoughtful gifts and they gave us a memory. We love to give each other memory gifts. Sometimes homemade, sometimes something bought in an antique store or something from a person who has passed on. This year, while they shopped a vintage market, they spied two vintage Christmas candle decorations and they remembered our tales of our Christmas in Sheridan, Wyoming. I was pregnant with my oldest and we had decorated our home and we had these two candles on the step and each night my hubby had to run outside and unplug them. For a month, in very very cold temps and snow! No timers back then...LOL As we began to move around with the company they got sold or given away. And now we have them back.We were so thrilled! 

Plus, my oldest daughter made me a wonderful charm bracelet recalling the time we had in New Mexico this year. She designs the charms herself, with her own artwork and using photos. My youngest made me an "Ellie" Adventure Book from our trip to Disneyland, with lots of pics of the two of us. So thoughtful and so wonderful!

So there you have it. A wonderful Christmas as ever there was one! I leave you with the latest Santa in my collection, lovingly carved by my hubby each year. He calls this a New Jersey Santa, a nod to my home state....LOL  I love it! Always, Kit

Monday, December 21, 2015

The week of Christmas!

Finished the season at work and we have a lovely 2 weeks off. I was so blessed and had a visit from my youngest each day and she gave me her version of the 5 days of Christmas. Each day she would visit and give me a little gift. What fun! And the best part, she would hang around and chat while I worked and she would chat with the students and the staff too. They love her. Also, had our annual Christmas Party for my husbands company and that was such a nice evening. A night to dress up and visit with old friends. :) 
A lovely quote block from Cinderella, a gorgeous Pashmina to wrap myself in, look at the wonderful ornament too! Hubby, myself and a good friend at the party.

 Friday was a special day for our family, it being Star Wars Day! When my hubby and I were dating, Star Wars was the very first movie he took me to. Not only was it the best movie ever, but my future husband was the one I got to snuggle with. :) In honor of the day, I made up little surprises for my girls (remember? I told you I would show you) In a little bag, I had a Star Wars ornament, a box of Star Wars jelly beans and $20 to buy a ticket for the movie. On the outside a Star Wars pin to wear proudly. The girls loved them and were so surprised. Hubby got his version too, and scored a Darth Vader ornament. He looks very menacing on my tree right now, and seems to be intimidating the ornaments around him. Stand up to him Tigger!

Saturday, I took a step away from all the preps for the holiday, grabbed my hubby and we went downtown. We had just had a fresh batch of snow (6 inches!) and it was very festive to say the least as we wandered about. First lunch at a great bar/eatery called the Iron Horse. Very hip and very busy, and the best hamburgers and sweet potato fries in town. We sat in the outside atrium where we could watch the snow and scored a table near the fireplace. Perfect. Then up and down Higgins Ave., where we went into virtually every shop there was. Lots of wonderful displays and unusual wares and inside everything smelled like cinnamon. We even ran into Santa who was carrying a boom box and promoting a new radio station in town. I didn't know he did that too!....LOL

Well, today I am off to a luncheon with a good friend, where we will exchange presents and eat wonderful Asian food. A few errands to run and then home to work on a few projects. I get these ideas at the last minute, and want to try my hand at them. Let's see if I can make a go of it. Always, Kit

I am linking up to Mosaic Monday!Hosted by Lavender Cottage.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Awoke to Snow!

In the wee hours I looked out the window and saw SNOW! And happily slid back into bed, cozy and grinning from ear to toes. Just a small dusting but it made the world look so pretty.

 So I got up early and snapped on all the Christmas lights and enjoyed the morn with just the cats. Hubby has a cold, so he was sleeping in. But I feel a sense of excitement today that comes from a great night of rest and a planned trip to the Antique Mall today. Isn't this a cool looking mall!?

I haven't been in a while and look forward to seeing Vintage Christmas. My favorite kind of decor. My dream is to find one of these big fat Santa's for a reasonable/sold for a lark price, to plunk down in my front yard.

It was such a busy week for getting cards mailed, the rest of the decor up (tho I keep moving things around, till they are just right) and work, the students are getting squirrely early this year. That I didn't plan too much for this weekend, just a little baking, my regular chores and some fun. I only have one more week of work to go before the holidays. And I am so lucky to have the week before Christmas off. Thank you, school district!

 I am of the mind set, to celebrate the whole month and not just yearn for the day, (keeps me sane) and I love to plan little surprises for my girls and hubby and other special people. In the past, it was to keep my children calm before Santa came. And to keep me from constantly hearing, "I can't wait for Christmas!" I find Christmas CD's, or special candy, I make up December survival kits or buy unique ornaments and they all of a sudden appear on a kitchen counter or in a mailbox, or are attached to a door knob. It is what makes the season for me. I love to imagine the surprise and delight the givee feels when finding it. Hopefully, it makes a hectic season a little bit easier to bear. :) I have something very cool planned for the end of this coming week. Shhhh, I will share next weekend. :) Always, Kit

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Haul out the Holly...

Well, it has been a very very busy week. But as my notes from years past said, "just stay home the first week of December and get it all done!" And for the most part I listened to my past self and I did get it mostly done....LOL  I did take a break and go to lunch with my oldest (so worth it) and I did run to the store one day for needed cookies and snacks (again, so worth it!). I have a few last touches to do: put up the creche, make a surprise lit tree for hubby when he is in the hot tub, and put the orns on the dining room tree. Which is what I will do today with the help of NFL football. There is just something about listening to a game that gives me the energy to keep on task. :)

Last night my girls came over and we had our little tree trimming/eating/drinking/chatting party of the year. It has morphed more into the later 3 and hubby and I did the majority of the tree trimming. It is a job, I don't see it as a job, but I think my girls do now. LOL We gave them special ornaments for their tree (a sea turtle for the oldest and a silver pocket watch for the youngest) and it was fun to just sit around and hear about their days.

I am hoping for this week to sit and enjoy my home. Maybe watch one of my holiday movies, wrap some candy bars for my delivery drivers, and start some baking. And maybe I will sneak out, and visit a store or two. My notes do not say I can't. :/ Always, Kit

Monday, November 30, 2015

Our Holiday

Ahhh, a moment to sit and sip some tea and relax a bit. Though I can't for too long, since today I finish clearing away our Thanksgiving and start our Christmas decor. :) It is a big job but I am up to the challenge. I never look on it as work, to me it is like greeting old friends. And I just love all my lights and sparkle about me for the month.

But back to Thanksgiving for just a bit. It was totally awesome! From the blizzard we had on Tuesday (I could enjoy it to the fullest, knowing I didn't have to go to work the next day), where I cozied in with my tea and cookies and literally just looked out the window, and watched as my garland kept blowing away...LOL The next day dawned sunny but very cold and I got to work, baking and cooking. And working on cookie bags and candle arrangements.

Thanksgiving morning is all mine. My hubby goes to a Turkey Trot run and I bake up some orange rolls and grab my tea, the newspaper and flick on the Macy's Day parade. I just adore it. Tho this year, it seemed like every male singer had this odd dark kewpie doll hairstyle, that made it look like the same guy just kept appearing on different floats. Fascinated me to no end. Then Santa comes to town and I burst into tears, don't know why, maybe all the good feelings the holidays give me. Happens every year. :)

The girls came over (my oldest made it back from her business trip, just in time to watch the parade with her sister. Ahhh) and we enjoyed our feast, but mostly the time together chatting and playing games. The evening ends much too quickly but we have to be sane and get to bed early, since hubby has to be at his store early and my youngest and I head out to shop at 5.

Yes indeed on Black Friday. But it isn't like you think it is anymore. Now that a bunch of stores are open on Thanksgiving, boo! (Note: my hubby will not allow his store to be open on the holiday. Yay, hubby!) instead of having to wait in a crowd in the cold, we just waltz right into the stores and there are no crowds! Just nice, calm, happy folks, wearing fancy Christmas sweaters and big smiles, and they are following their old tradition too. My daughter and I love the "magic" of driving around in the dark, in the cold, sipping our hot coffee and listening to our Christmas music. We buy our gifts and spend a lot of time chatting and laughing and we always finish with a stop at Daddy's store for donuts and a visit. Then I get to come home and crawl into my bed for a lovely nap. A great tradition for sure!

We finish this fantastic weekend, with a college playoff game (that we won! Go Griz!) while I address Christmas cards (I opted to stay home and give my ticket to my youngest) and I cook up many turkey fixins' for dinner. I cook one day and I am good for 4! Well, off I go, it will take me the whole week to get Christmas in place and so that means I better get out of this chair. Always, Kit

My loves!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

It's Getting Closer!

Next week. My wonderful break from work and the Holiday! I think Thanksgiving is so under rated. It has everything I need to make a perfect holiday. 6 days off, Calm (at least at my house), Fall colors, a Parade, lots of great food, a wonderful shopping experience with my youngest (followed by the best holiday nap ever!), the college playoffs begin and I get to start decorating for Christmas on the last day. Yay!

 I have all my fixins' bought, and I am now in house cleaning mode. Even tho it is just the 4 of us. I call us the Core Four. It has to be sparkling around here. Next I will fix up a special take home gift for my girls. Make sure my linens are pressed and ready and re-think the centerpiece of the table.

Come Wednesday, I will happily be in cooking and baking mode. I can hope for some snow, but just a little. My oldest is on a business trip and I do not want her snowbound in someplace other than home on the big day. She is in Kansas right now and should be here for dinner on Thanksgiving. Keep your fingers crossed!

There is nothing I love more than spending the evening with my family. The talk flows well as do the laughs and we eat till we can eat no more (and yet we still nibble). The games are fun and it brings out the creativeness of all and goofiness too! We sip our cider and beer and read the ads and plan what stores we will shop at come 5:30 Friday morn, (this is the only shopping allowed on Thanksgiving) and part way too early for all of us. But first, a goofy selfie amongst the mess of a well used kitchen. :) Always, Kit

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Oh November, how I love you!

Ahhh, this month to me is pure bliss. The crazy fun of October is past, the hectic and busy December is yet to come, but for now, I have calm, collected and relaxing November. We still have some color to our trees but most of my leaf duties are over. The air smells like camping and it is so nice and cool. I am even in long pants today! Lots of cups of tea are drunk and I even roasted a chicken the other day. I feel very domestic. My hubby is wondering who this new lady is. I tell him, I can play Little House on the Prairie a little bit easier when it is not 98 degrees and I am not constantly outside watering and tending to my gardens. :) 

 I spent last week decorating for Thanksgiving and saying hello to all my glass turkeys. I have a huge collection now and I have to blame Martha Stewart. I remember when I first discovered her and she was planning her Thanksgiving and all along this stretch of table, were these lovely and incredible ceramic turkeys. I was sold! So I started looking, and I have been lucky to find quite a few at yard sales and antique stores. The one below is a salt cellar with a pepper shaker in the top. 

 Pretty soon my notes for the holidays will come out and I will start making my shopping lists. But for now, I am content to curl up, read my latest Country Living and just chill. Always, Kit

Saturday, October 31, 2015


It's here! I am loving it on a Saturday this year. No rushing around. Got to sleep in, enjoy my cup of coffee and listen to the rain. Yep, it is raining, supposed to all day. But I have hopes of it lifting a bit for my trick or treaters. Listening to some of my fav Halloween music. Take a listen to this one:  The Pumpkin Waltz

 Hubby and I will set up our display in the front yard, I will arrange my table in all it's orange and spooky glory and even fit in time to watch our Griz football team on TV. I put out an invite to any live wandering souls to stop by and say Hi tonight. It will be fun. I love the kids who show up every year and exclaim about everything and pose for pics. That makes me smile. Our home is in someone elses memories. :) Later after we take everything down, we will have a drink and talk about Halloween's past with our girls, all the costumes and all the fun! Happy Halloween!  Always, Kit


Monday, October 26, 2015

Back home!

Yep, I have been away again. Had a wonderful trip with my oldest girl. We decided to visit New Mexico for 4 days, since I had the time off. Both of us are HUGE Breaking Bad fans and we decided to take a tour of all the sites used in the series. Since she had been there before, she had a detailed list and map. Once we picked up our car, we were on our way. We started with Los Pollos Hermonos and ended with The Dog House. All in all about 25 sites. It was a blast! And so unreal to stand outside Walt's house or the Car Wash and think back to the show. I felt like such a groupie! At one point while we were outside Jesse's house, a group of German tourists showed up and were excitedly pointing and talking. We were all "one" with our love for Breaking Bad. :)

( Los Pollos Hermanos, Walts House, Hanks House, the Car Wash, Janes apartment, the Laundry, Vamonos Pest, Jesse's House, Tuco's Hideout.
In addition to our tour. The first evening, we took advantage of the lovely weather and rode the Sandia Mtn Tram up 10,378 ft to a restaurant at the top. Incredible views of Albuquerque and the sunset. So beautiful and we had a tasty meal too! There is nothing like sipping a beer with your kid as the lights of the city click on below.

One of my favorite sites was at To'hajillee. It is on the Reservation and the countryside is just so darn beautiful. All those lovely red rocks and green scrub. We were the only ones there and it did seem a little spooky considering what happened in the show out there. A walk thru Old Town Albuquerque was a must and it is so cute and very Mexican, we found a great bar to take a break and visited the Candy Lady to partake of a little crystal blue meth (blue rock candy) and some fun role playing....LOL

(restaurant where the Whites meet the Schraders, drug deal, the Rio Grande, the phone Walt calls from in the last episode, the Dam, the site of the first cook, Curious horse, Lydias cafe, the motel where skanky Wendy works her trade.

On our third day we diverted from our tour and headed to Santa Fe. I had always heard it is so lovely and filled with art and history. I just loved all the terracotta looking adobe homes and Old Town Santa Fe is just wonderful. Our first stop was the oldest church and house in the United States. Lunch at La Plazuela followed next where I had a tasty salad and melon soup and my daughter was in heaven with her Chilies Rellenos. We wandered the shops and we found 2 lovely pairs of turquoise earrings, to remember our stay in this incredible place.

Then off to the Georgia O' Keefe Museum. Such beautiful pieces of art! What a fascinating life this woman had, and it started in middle age! We traveled home via the Turquoise trail, a slower road, and quite pretty. Sipping our coffee and listening to our tunes and we arrived back to Albuquerque as the sun set. A perfect trip! 
Always, Kit

Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith of Lavender Cottage.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Year's Birthdays.

We do love to celebrate in our family and each one of our birthdays is very different and very special. First up is my oldest girls in May. She loves to keep it simple and organic. Not too much fuss and just loves to get together for the evening. And she loves Legos!

Now me, I just love to have my family about me and a good cake. :) My kids do a bang up job coming up with a theme, and it is always such fun to see how they executed it. I am never ever disappointed. How could I be with a Breaking Bad birthday?

My youngest had a landmark birthday and turned 30! She loves getting anything sparkly and pretty and is such fun to buy for. I like to make up her table with extra pizzazz and fun. Notice the ceiling streamers made from cups? They were a big hit.

Now, my hubby loves a good party and he loves getting toys! This year I went Fallish and it came out really pretty. He loved his Legos and Star Wars items. And my girls spoil him wonderfully! Always, Kit