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