Sunday, December 25, 2011

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Favorite quote of the day...
David: "Sam, what is Christmas about?"
Sam: "Jesus"
David: "And what did Jesus do?"
Sam: "Blow out candles."

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Jewelry boxes from Grandpa prompted a sprucing up of their dresser.

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*Favorite green chair, $22 from Mama's Happy

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fun was had by all...

Tonight, a good 40 of us got together to go caroling through the neighborhood.

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There was a lot of traipsing through the streets in a not so orderly (or quiet) fashion.

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There were new neighbors to welcome.

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And a sweet woman who had just been told today by her oncology Dr. that she has a reason to celebrate. Her bone marrow test showed no sign of disease. She was excited to tell one of her nurses that was caroling with us. She took a photo of us and passed out candy canes to the kids.

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All in all everyone had a wonderful time.

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We can't wait to do it again next year.

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A little Christmas decorating...{Part III}

I'm in love with the new baskets in place of doors on my hutch. I've always wanted a convenient place to store potatoes and onions. It's the simple things that make a girl happy sometimes.

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Ahhh...The hutch that still needs a paint color. Black? White? Turquoise? I love the idea of black, but worry that it will be too dark when I'm trying to lighten up the place. Turquoise was my first choice, but when I put out my Christmas stuff, I don't know again. Maybe if I just lost the green dishes and the yellow/orangey platter it would still work and I wouldn't get sick of it year round. But then I start wishing I hadn't sanded it in the first place and just left it brown. Hey, who said that? Was that really me? Although the finish was pretty bad and the bottom of the hutch part has some water damage to it, so it at least needs refinishing. *sigh* What's a girl to do?

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Here is my favorite view in the whole house. Standing here always makes me look up and just enjoy it. It won't be quite as pretty once the tree is gone. Since we are still waiting for our white Christmas, we for sure need to keep it up until it finally snows.

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I love the nativity on top of the cake pedestal this year. Just a little bit further away from tiny hands.

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And I can't beleive that our Christmas cards have stayed here this long without wandering away. These little slots have been empty for the past six years (with the exception of the occasional Little Pony) and now I envision them full of cute stationary this spring.

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Three more days! As my kids keep reminding me. Are you ready?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Hollidazzle Parade

We finally took our kids to see the Hollidazzle parade downtown Minneapolis.
We've decided that we need to do this every year.

Thankful for no snow this week as we froze our bottoms to the curb. It was only 20-some degrees.

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Let the parade begin!

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The kids loved touching all the characters that came by.

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We knew a band was coming and I couldn't figure out how anyone could blow on an instrument in the cold. Turns out, they don't. Glad to see it was just a drum core.

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Only the backside of Hansel and Gretel, because the front had a HUGE scary witch on it. Yikes!

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Three huge pigs, Little Red and her wolf.

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The view down Nicollet Mall.

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Downtown is gorgeous at night.

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Thank you Target for putting on the Hollidazzle parade, giving us a fun family night out.

Hooray for Baby Jesus!

*Please excuse my photos. We were sitting halfway back and the only way to take pics at all was to take them of the tv monitors on either side of the platform.

You put 60 plus four to six year-olds up on stage for a Christmas concert and you never know what you'll get.

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Waving furiously at Daddy because she had been so worried she wouldn't be able to find us.

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Singing at the top of her lungs. Yes, the one that was louder than all the rest. That's my girl.

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Mesmerized by the giant screens on either side of them. Afterall, isn't it more fun to watch yourself on tv than pay attention to your director? Of course it is.

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Now you see her, now you don't. Both girls kept sitting down between songs and even verses. But I heard from another parent that her little one did the same thing.

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And here, Emily had actually moved down to the riser in front of her because a boy behind her had said something mean. Watching it happen, we were wondering what she was thinking. She want back to her spot less than a minute later. I guess she was over it by then.
Never a dull moment.

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The did have a lot of fun learning all their songs. And since everyone got a practice cd to play at home, Sam knows most of them as well.

We stayed for the big kid choirs and their musical called "Dude, you hear what I hear?" It was super cute. We are excited for the girls to graduate to the full fledged choir next year.

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I hope you get to hear the sweet voices of children singing praises this Christmas.


Friday, December 16, 2011

A little Christmas decorating...{Part II}

Another fun find from Mama's Happy.
A Jell-o mold wreath with sheet music roses.
Perfect in my kitchen!
I think this can stay up all year. What do you think?

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And these beauties came in the mail just yesterday. Five in all for $15, and already made. I had been stalking this kit to make them myself, but it's been $45 for a good year now. I kept hoping I'd find it cheaper. And when I did, I thought there was no way I'd win this set. I turned out to be the only bidder!!!

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Merry Christmas to me!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

A little Christmas decorating...{Part I}

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This is a nativity set that my mother had painted for her mother-in-law, about 1973. My grandma recently passed it on to me. This is my first year putting it out now that the kids are older.

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My little felt and sequin tree skirt makes for a fun table topper at the end of the hall.

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And a new piece for the dining room that my mom picked up for me at Mama's Happy a couple week-ends ago. Thanks mom!

I'm thinking I'll swap out the plaid ribbon for turquoise velvet. Yum!

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A dear friend had given me a gift certificate to Mama's Happy for my birthday and my mom and I had fun checking out this fun, new-to-us, spot. Kim thought this store would be right up my alley and boy was she right! It's like a mini Junk Bonanza, that's only open one week-end a month. I saw prints there from this favorite Etsy seller too. I had forgotten she was local until I saw them on display.

I have 3 more pieces from here to share with you.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

MY wreath is fixed...my wreath is fixed!

My first attempt kept nagging at the perfectionist in me. I just had to fix it.

See all those uneven, big ends?

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It looks heaps better now, don't ya think?

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I finally figured out how to roll them to a tiny point.

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Then I added another layer, closing that center gap by half and covering up all those big ends I had before.

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Before:

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After:

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What a difference!