Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Kids trees

Both Ella and Shep have trees in their rooms. Small ones. With colored lights. Each tree displays their personality so well. Ella's is a Charlie Brown looking tree. It is scraggly and messy and colorful just like her. TO's has tractors on his.  We all know tractors are his life passion right now.  I found a four pack of tractor party favors at Walmart for $2 and hung them on his tree. Score!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas tree

Since the tornado damaged our trees beyond repair, we opted for a real tree this year.  It's been up a few weeks and we we've enjoyed it so so much. We headed over to Wadsworth Christmas Tree Farm hoping to chop down a tree. Little did we know that the type tree we wanted is grown up North and shipped down South.  With all of the ornaments we have, we weren't going to be able to use a cedar or pine so we settled for a precut tree. At the Christmas tree farm.  Go figure.
So, we get home with the tree. Check. In the stand. Check. Lights on. Check. Ornaments. Check.  Ornaments are in the attic, right?  Umm, no.  They are NO WHERE TO BE FOUND. Now, these aren't just any ornaments. They are the ornaments that mean nothing to anyone but us.  Our sentimental ornaments. Scott and I have had a yearly Christmas ornament since 1992. Heartbroken was an understatement in describing my feelings. We aren't sure what happened to them other than knowing it has something to do with the tornado. It seems the tornado still affects us. So, the ornaments you see on the tree are just ones we've had (with the exception of a few) but have no sentimental value. It's a beautiful tree but when I look at it, it just looks store bought. So, with this tree, we are starting over...

Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas cards

I love receiving Christmas cards each year. So much fun watching kids we know grow. I scrapbook so usually after the Christmas season is gone, I put them in our scrapbook so we can look back year after year at the cards. One idea I recently ran across that I think is worth mentioning... After you take the cards down, put them in a basket near the dinner table. Each night, pick out a card and pray for that family. We may do that this year. Ella enjoys anything like that.
Here is a pic of our cards on display. This is only the beginning of a slew of cards!


Just testing my iPad.

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Ella received her Christmas piano books a few weeks ago and it's been nonstop piano playing around here. While I love hearing her play, I can't help but think about the movie "It's a Wonderful Life". You know, the part when the Dad comes home distraught and little ZuZu is pecking away at the piano? Yeah. This is how we sometimes feel when things get busy and have a lot going on... Here it is... If you haven't seen this movie, it's a must see!

Looks like I linked the wrong vid. Sorry!