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Life of an Ornament

It took me two hours plus to put all the ornaments on our tree away in their neat little boxes. My mom keeps Hallmark in business during the months leading up to December buying ornaments and the rest of the year buying greeting cards. She has a clever knack for choosing unique and cool ornaments for each member of her family however. As I’m taking the ornaments down from their perches on our tree I can’t help but notice that  parts of my life are reflected a little bit in each one. I have a few ornaments that were purchased for me as gifts the year I was born, at over 30 years old I am really careful packing these away. Some years you can see what sport I may have been involved in, like this one –

Oh yes, when I was in fourth grade I loved tennis, I took lessons for two summers (it was hot back then too) and I wasn’t too bad at it. Then in sixth grade I found basketball.

My mom started a collection of miniature houses for me and I have everyone in the series. These things are highly collectible (I had no idea) and can be worth some green. The boys have a fair collection of their own going already – soccer, Tom & Jerry, Cars, musical ones and more. Funny how little things can tell a part of your life story. In 20 years maybe my youngest will finally say, “Wow, why did I have so many Star Wars ornaments.” Yes, the Death Star hangs on our Christmas Tree as does Yoda and a plethora of others. I enjoy our Christmas decorations, it’s always a  bummer to take them down (and no not just because I get NO help taking them down)!

It took me two hours plus to put all the ornaments on our tree away in their neat little boxes. My mom keeps Hallmark in...

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A Hotel Christmas

After just spending just over 12 hours in the van today (covering over 700  miles) I am typing this as I sit in a hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My most charming husband convinced me that leaving at 4am this morning (meaning we woke up at 3:30am) and by the time we stopped for breakfast we already had 5 hours of travel behind us.

What are we doing in the middle of New Mexico the day before Christmas Eve you might ask, well we are on our way to have a white Christmas. Tomorrow we’ll get to our final destination of Durango, CO. And we are staying at a — Best Western. Yep, you heard right. This year’s trip was something we’ve wanted to do since this summer but funding of the trip was always up in the air. Funding prayers were answered about two weeks ago and after much looking I found that staying at the Best Western was almost $800 less than a private cabin or lodge at the ski resort. This option will give us so much more money to spend on other fun things like skiing, snowmobiling, etc. We made the leap, paid for the King Suite room near downtown Durango and didn’t look back. I calculated the cost of each activity we wanted to do so we could have an idea of what we would be spending. This is our first ever Christmas away from home, about 1,000 miles away! To say the trip has added to the excitement of Christmas for the boys is a huge understatement!

We’ll get into Durango with plenty of time to go find a Christmas tree and we’ve brought construction paper to make garland and popcorn to string up on the tree. We also purchased a few small ornaments to hang as well. We’ve made sure that Santa knows where we’re staying too. At 8 and 9yrs old we’re hoping that maybe this will be a Christmas that will stick out in the boys memories for a very long time. Plus for us, it’s sure to be a White Christmas.

After just spending just over 12 hours in the van today (covering over 700  miles) I am typing this as I sit in a hotel...

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Glowy Christmas Lights

If I make one more promise to get caught up on this blog I may have to hurt myself. Let’s face it, I’ll never get caught up. Lately each time I sit down to write a post of finish a post I get lazy or Big C puts some movie on this –

42" LCD

and I get all distracted by the wonderfulness of this new TV set and glue my resisting eyes to it.  I’ve been trying since Christmas day to write the Christmas post and each time I sit in the TV room to write well you can guess what happens. First movie was “The Dark Knight” and oh holy cow was that great. Then it was “No Country For Old Men” not as impressed but still wow. Last night it was “The Pursuit of Happiness” and now it’s “Little Miss Sunshine”. Oh it’ll never end.

That was Santa Claus’ gift to himself this year, that and the nice little surround sound package Mrs. Claus picked up for the TV room. I’m working on the post to explain the new TV room we have. I’ve got what the room looked like from before we tore everything out to how it looks right now. Pretty darn sweet, it’s a no toys allowed room.

Down to business – Christmas time came on seriously fast and I think I almost missed it. We got fairly busy at the shop and I didn’t even get started on the Christmas shopping until the week before Christmas. The boys would have made Dick Clark proud with their daily countdown to Christmas day, first thing when the little one would pop up out of bed would be to announce how many days left until Santa Claus was comin’ to town. I did the initial reconnaissance mission to the Target for the man in the big red suit and then after asking multiple times what they wanted for Christmas and getting the exact same answer we had to do some blacks ops mission back to Target to find the two special gifts.

It was midnight before this elf headed off to bed and the two little dudes decided 6:30am was as long as they could sleep that morning and came bounding in exclaiming for us to come see what Santa had brought them. We both groaned as we rolled out of bed to document the morning for all of prosperity. Needless to say the boys were thrilled with the big man in red.

Millenium Falcon

Yeah Christmas

We had twelve total people over for a late lunch on Christmas and had a really good time. The boys spent a lot of time playing with the really awesome Millenium Flacon they got and their action figures. Z Man has even come up with an idea to make some mini movies with all their action figures. We spent the last weekend having Christmas at Grandma and Grandpa’s where we came home with a van full of toys. I got to hold squishy cheeks a lot and the Casey J even got along with Miss Riley Roo.

Don't eat the paper
Aidan aka “Squishy Cheeks” eating some yummy wrapping paper.

If I make one more promise to get caught up on this blog I may have to hurt myself. Let's face it, I'll never get caught...

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Wise Words on Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! A quick sharing of some great Christmas time quotes. Pictures of this morning (way to early for me) coming soon!!

“Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” — Dale Evans Rogers

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.” — Bing Crosby

“He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” — Roy L. Smith

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! A quick sharing of some great Christmas time quotes. Pictures of this morning (way to early fo...

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Home, Please Mom

Never have my two boys wanted to go home so badly from Grandma’s, not because of anything Grandma did but because they got so miserably sick there. I can only assume they just really wanted to be sick on their own couches, in their own house. They both slept the entire 1.5 hour trip home, with the Z Man using the seat belt to help hold up his head. It was supposed to be a weekend of fun and fishing but we never made it past the Friday night trick-or-treating fun.

Casey J figured it all out quite early – very sweetly say “trick-or-treat” and then hold up your baggy to have it filled with lots of yummy candy. The Z Man had fun until the house where the woman built a mini haunted house in her garage with a life sized robotic freaky dude scared him. He could care less what kind of candy she was handing out, he wanted out of there and was clinging to me like static electricity. Which also led to him begging to sleep with me (which I suppose was good since he got sick and I was able to get a towel to him in time to spare the sheets in the bed). That was their first real trick-or-treating (since we live out in the country without neighbors) and Z Man said he’s done with it until he’s 16 and Casey J has sworn off candy because they got sick.

Ha.

Into November and the flooding of Christmas into the local stores. I am so not ready for it…

Blue Eyes
Aidan in his adorable puppy costume! What beautiful blue eyes!

Never have my two boys wanted to go home so badly from Grandma's, not because of anything Grandma did but because they g...

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