Just a quick look at our week before I show you my 'decked-out' halls.
Monday, the 8th was Hailey's actual birthday so I took some cupcakes to her classroom. She loved that and we even illegally lit a candle and sang Happy Birthday! She has really loved every minute of being 5! What is it about that number that makes them grow up all of a sudden??
Tuesday night Grandma-Great & Grandaddy-Great pulled into town with their R.V. and car in tow. They camped down in Perry and would drive to our houses to visit each day. My kids were counting down their 'sleeps' till the day the could see them!!
They also brought their new addition to their family. Daisy is the sweetest little puppy!! The kids couldn't get enough of her and Pedro and Dudlee even became fast friends with her. She was much too fast for my picture taking so I was only able to snap this while she took a breather at the water bowl.
I wish I had taken more pictures while they were here but when you get visiting you kind of forget about the camera. We enjoyed our time and hope they can escape some of North GA's cold and have a warmer Christmas in Florida.
Moving on to my decked halls....
Here is this year's tree! We are sadly not growing our own like my resourceful friend Sarah. I had to do some light work on it and there is yet another section out, thankfully it is in the back and hidden. I think the tree is blowing fuses. When stuff like this happens I have the 'just throw it away' moments. Then I remember to breath and go eat another Christmas cookie :-)
My friend Tabby tagged me to share some of my favorite ornaments. I loved seeing her's and hearing why they are special to her family.
I'm a Hallmark Ornament addict, but when taking these pictures I realized the REALLY special ones aren't all the series ones...they are just cute. And my kids of course like the ones that 'do' stuff but these are the ones that mean more to me.
I hung this one from a wreath on our living room mirror. It says New Home 2008.... This is our 1st Christmas in our new house and it is so exciting. We actually have a chimney for Santa to come down now!
Here are some more 'FIRST'S'
We adopted Pedro last year and found this ornament that Christmas. It says New Home 2007 and the dog has a key in his mouth. I thought it was perfect for him. The silver snowman spoon is Hailey's First Christmas ornament. It has 2003 engraved on it.
This is one I had made once we became a family of 4. All of our names are on the hearts the the snowmen are holding.
Once Jack was born I realized that we all had 1st Christmas ornaments except for Darren. So I had the same lady that made our snowmen family one make this for him. It's a blue piggy bank with his name and birth year on it...
While living in Cheyenne, Wyoming the first two years of marriage we visited Colorado a few times. We went to Estes Park and the Rocky Mountain National Park. I got these as mementos.
I can't wait till my tree is FILLED with things like this. I have two of these little reindeer. One from Hailey's K-2 year and one from Jack's. They are just so sweet!
It's getting late so I'll just show you what my Grandma gave me to put on my table. She made me and my mom these center pieces! They are beautiful. It went perfect with what I already had on the dinning room table. My mom put her's on her mantle.
I love my plates... I got them at Target a few years back. They still make them but each year they are a little different. This year and last year they put a big ornament or tree right in the center. I like mine plane and simple. I hope this style comes back around so I can add to it.
So that's it for now... I need to hit the bed. Jack's fever was much better today but he still had a low one before bed tonight. I'll be keeping him home from preschool tomorrow. Thanks for checking on us. I hope he is feeling better tomorrow though... we have our annual Nursing Home party that the church sponsors and Papa always is Santa...we HAVE to go to that!!