Friday, December 31, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
I woke up early to start the Christmas Eve baking. I even made authentic french toast for breakfast. After that the goody trays were assembled and wrapped to take to the neighbors.
I am going to Disney World!!
(Thanks Cami, Jacob, Cali and Travis!)
After Christmas Caroling we came back to the house and opened Secret Santa gifts. Gideon loved his hat from Aunt Jesse and Uncle Kelly.
Our beautiful Christmas morning. As I looked at the pictures I tried to figure out why the date says Christmas Eve. I just realized there is a clock on the camera and mine was 12 hours behind. Believe me, it was Christmas Day.
I hope you had a Wonderful Christmas too!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
I have been thinking about posting some pictures of Christmases past but then realized I will needs Jake's help to get the scanner going on this computer. Until then I have 2 fun memories I would like to share.
Christmas 1981 - Cami and the Doll House - Santa and his big elf Bill had spent days working on a doll house for little Cali, Shiloh and baby Cami. On Christmas Day the girls were delighted when they woke up and found this huge house for their Barbies and Strawberry Shortcake dolls. Later that morning while I was in the kitchen I heard Cami crying and giggles coming from the girls. Cami was 7 months old and had crawled in the back side of the play house and had tried to go out the door. Her head was stuck! It was so funny. I am pretty sure I have a picture of that. OH.... and we just turned her shoulders sideways and she came out the door just fine. That kind of gives you an Idea of how big that house was.
Christmas 1995 or 1996 - The Perfect Christmas Tree. - If memory serves me correctly I think Jesse, Skye, Cody and Hillary went out and chopped down (to the horror of some of their big sisters) an 8 ft. tall Charlie Brown Tree. I believe it was Skye (always so tenderhearted) who thought the tree was lonely and the other trees would make fun of it. The trunk was about 2 inches in diameter, the gaps between branches were 12 - 18 inches and the needles were long, soft and sparse. We decorated the tree by putting stuffed toys and Santas hugging the trunk, popcorn strings, Cranberry strings and homemade ornaments. I also remember how quiet and peaceful Christmas time was with the oil lamps burning and the Garber's coming over and singing the night away with Linda at the piano and Jimmy on his guitar. And it seemed like every other day we would come home to a package on the porch, from a Secret Santa, full of toys, clothes and even groceries.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
The atrium is a little sparse of plant life right now, but the garland and the pointsettias help.
I have lost one piece to this beautiful set, the angel which would attach to the top of the original stable that my mother had made for this Creche.
My snowman village
My collection of pillow covers and my music boxes. So far Gideon has been too busy with the stuffed Santas in the cradle and the Elf Guard to bother with the musical pieces. I am sure that will change.
And Finally .... The tree.
I know, it's not our normal 23' tree but there is a reason for that. A day or two after Thanksgiving I asked Darryl if he was going to cut down a big tree for the courtyard. He looked at me like I was crazy (in his defense the temperature outside was in the single digits with below -0 windchills and 18" of snow on the ground). I said to him "That's not gonna fly next year". To Which he smiled and replied, "Next year he can go out in the cold and cut down the tree!"