Monday, December 21, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
After the girls got out of school in June this year, we were fortunate to take a trip to California for a family wedding. While we were there, we surprised the girls with a day trip to Disneyland! We had taken them to Walt Disney World in Florida twice when they were younger, but our little one was 2 the last time we went and she has no memories of the trips. We were so thrilled to be able to take the girls to Disneyland and our little one now fondly remembers it as one of the best days of her life! Money was tight on that trip -- as was space, with how expensive it is to bring luggage with you on a plane these days!! So, I used my spending money on souvenirs for the kids but when my dad and stepmother were asking me what I would like for Christmas this year, a Disneyland ornament popped in my head immediately! And they were the perfect ones to ask for it, because they went with us that day! We celebrated Christmas with them last week and this Mickey & Minnie ornament was one of my favorite gifts!
The girls and I helped our Girl Scout troop decorate a tree for our town's Festival of Holiday Trees and we had a theme of "Winter Wonderland." This adorable hat is one of the ones we made for the GS tree and now it has a nice home on our family tree! Our tree is also filled with handmade ornaments that the girls have made over the years, which makes it even more special to me!
We have another new ornament on our tree, to commemorate another important event in our life this year -- this beautiful ornament was given to us by my aunt and it comes from the hospice organization that cared for my beloved Gram in her last days this past October. It is a beautiful ornament to remember a beautiful life.
Your "memory" ornaments can be anything -- handmade, store-bought, etc. -- whatever they are, try to keep your tree in mind throughout the year. You and your children will cherish the memories of times spent together and it makes such a nice tradition to get to reminisce while you are decorating your Christmas tree!
Friday, December 18, 2015
We have made it a tradition to send a photo card out as our annual Christmas card. Some years I get a great idea and a great photo and I get the cards ordered and out early to mid-December. Some years, we are lucky to get it all together before Christmas! This was one of those years... We have had no snow here and for some reason it has left me less than inspired for the Christmas card picture -- which is funny, because we almost never do an outdoor photo, so what does it matter if we have snow or not? Anyway, last night I finally got a burst of energy and had the girls put something mildly holiday-ish on (red sweater, "Smile it's a snow day shirt", Santa hats) and set them up by the tree to get some pictures. Here are some of the outtakes -- I did get some good ones and ordered the card online last night, so we're getting there!!
|Nothing like a little holiday wrestling match for the Christmas card!|
|I was trying something -- did not look as good in reality! And my eldest daughter looks like "Elf on a Shelf" here!|