This was such an emotional project for me. I'm sure I've shared this tradition with you before. It is something that was started by my grandmother when I was young. Every Thanksgiving, she would hang up a santa curtain that she'd painted. We kids were always excited to see it go up because it meant… Continue reading Sharing The Tradition
I got the first item on my holiday project to do list finished! There were quite a few trial and error tests I had to run on scrap fabric before I could get my final design worked out. I wanted these to be a good quality that would last a long time, so I decided… Continue reading 1st Project Done: Santa Hats
It looks a little different than normal around here. We aren't carving pumpkins or handing out candy this year. Instead, we are going to do our first big Family Night since MCG moved in. I'll be doing our traditional finger food/junk food buffet while we play games or watch movies (still on the fence as… Continue reading Happy Halloween!
Today is our annual movie, games, and great foods day. It looks like we will also be ringing in the new year with a lovely winter storm. Depending on how it tracks, we will either get more ice and yuck or we will get upwards of 6 inches of snow, so it could be interesting… Continue reading Icy Lights
I did a whole lot of procrastinating, but these finally got done. I do love doing these, but I HATE mixing up all the batches of icing and getting them colored. It just really seems to take forever. When you are still feeling like crap, the thought of having to put in all that work… Continue reading Cookie Day
This is another photo from last year. Tonight will be our annual drive to look at lights. I'm kind of shocked that my 16 year old AND my 18 year old think this is still something awesome to do and are excited to do it. I honestly thought by now that they would think it… Continue reading Night Of Lights
May you be safe, healthy, happy, and warm today with plenty of good food while surrounded by love, even if that love is only through a phone or a video.
My guys are coming up out of storage today along with all of my other outside decorations. It is a little early for me as we usually wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving, but I'm opting to take advantage of the nice weather today to work outside. I'm standing firm that there are no indoor… Continue reading Bring On The Nutcrackers!
May that jolly old elf bring you happiness, joy and all the good things in life!
Tonight we are going to do our annual tour of driving around and looking at all the holiday lights. We have been doing this since our kids were little and even now that they are both teenagers, this is still an activity they love and look forward to every year. We start with grabbing dinner… Continue reading Annual Holiday Lights Tour
I spent the entire day getting all of my indoor decorations up. I love it when it is all done, but my poor body really doesn't. Doing this every year the day after I spent the previous two days on my feet in the kitchen really doesn't help. At least we had all the outdoor… Continue reading Can I Sit Down Now?
My pies are done! And... They look like they turned out really well. I'm kind of shocked. BG insisted we do an open lattice apple pie, though I'm pretty much the only one besides BG that actually likes apple and I've never done a covered pie before, but... sure! No problem. Let's do something new… Continue reading Did You Say Pie?
I'm breaking a bit with my normal tradition, which is to put up decorations the day after the US Thanksgiving. I decided I didn't want to risk trying to do this in sub-zero temps when I have a nice, mid 50s day to work on them now. Nothing will get turned on until the normal… Continue reading Today’s Project: Outdoor Decorations
For the first time since my kids were tiny, Halloween feels so different and I just don't have the motivation to do everything I have for years. I'm not doing the garage this year. I'm not dressing up this year. I barely got up the energy to do a pumpkin (mine's on the left), though… Continue reading Happy Halloween
My house is back to quiet today. Hubby almost always takes the time between Christmas and New Year's Day off, but not quite the same days as the kids are on their winter break. He normally goes back to work a day or two before the kids so I get a gradual return to normal.… Continue reading Cold Restart
I realized this morning that, if my math is correct (that is always in question), it is 18 years ago today that my grandmother passed away. The realization has me thinking back on my memories and relationship with her. So many of my memories of family gatherings and the traditions I follow today all revolve… Continue reading Reflection
I have been getting at least one nutcracker a year since I was 16. When Hubby and I got together, he took over the tradition. A few years back, he started giving them to me on the day we decorate instead of on Christmas so that I'd be able to have it out for the… Continue reading This Year’s Nutcracker
Today is decorating day. Normally that means both inside and out, but we got the out done early because they were predicting crappy weather. It is kinda funny how insane my kids are about this tradition. They have been talking about it for weeks and bounced off the walls when they got up this morning.… Continue reading Frosty Leaf
Today is insane. I had a nearly 3 hour call with my editor (notes on that to come). Now I have to deal with the aftermath of having a haunted garage for Halloween and still wanting to put the cars in after it is all over (and that is only a small portion of what… Continue reading Aftermath