Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings

What a wonderful holiday we had!  I hope everyone has recouped from all the cooking, cleaning, decorating, wrapping, shopping, cleaning, cooking, shopping, wrapping, cleaning........woah!!!!!! I was getting dizzy there for a moment....sorry....
~whew~
I'm still floating around the house, picking up papers and boxes and gradually putting up holiday dishes and what-nots.  The tree won't come down until after the New Year, usually not until after January the 5th.  Don't know why but I've always waited till after the New Year.

The weather here is yucky, to put it nicely, and the kiddos have been couped up in the house.  The rain is here and looks like it will be here for a few days.  woo hoo...NOT!  I don't know if we will make it through the weekend.  At least I don't know if I'll have any hair left after this weekend!

~Any-who~

New Years plans anyone?
I usually don't make New Years resolutions but I've been thinking about it the past couple of days and I've come up with a couple of pretty simple ones.  Does anyone make resolutions anymore or kiss their someone special at the stroke of midnight?  I've always been near Mr. MB (my UPS man as I call him) every year at the stroke of midnight and we've always shared a special moment.  11 years this year.  I can't think of any other way I'd want to start off my year than being by his side! :)

I'd love to hear from you all out there if you have any New Years resolutions!

I've also been wanting to do a giveaway and was hoping to get something out to you all in January so be on the lookout for a little something special in the next couple of weeks!  Until then, go check out Tammy at Type A.  She's doing her first giveaway sponsored by Everyday Blessings. 

Well I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and safe and Happy New Year!  

Cheers!

See you next year!

Many blessings, 
Laura 

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Stockings Are Hung.....


The Christmas stockings that is but i'm about to prop my stockings up on the couch and snuggle down and watch A Christmas Story with the family. 

Before I wind down, I just wanted to wish all my new blog land friends a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you all are enjoying your family and friends.

And giving thanks........

giving thanks for those who to a leap of faith and traveled afar.

And of course, giving thanks to the one who carries our burdens, even though most of the time we don't know realize it.



Merry Christmas and many blessings,

Laura

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas tablescape

Here's my simple Christmas evening tablescape.  Just a good cup of coffee and maybe some pecan pie to ensure sweet dreams.  Reflect on the days events and of course the real meaning of Christmas. 
I think my setting says it all.
 
God said let there be light, and there was Jesus......These platters, bowls and coffee setting all came from Lifeway Christian book store a couple of years ago during an after Christmas sale and they are some of my favorite pieces.
My only nativity set
This is a Fitz and Floyd angel that a former parent at work gave me for Christmas quite a few years back.
She's beautiful and opens up at the bottom to be a little treasure box.
 Coffee anyone?
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14
Just a little side note: if you get a chance look up this song, Glory in the Highest by Chris Tomlin.  This is one of my favorite songs and beautiful lyrics.
Glory in the Highest
Apart from You there is no God
Light of the world, the brightened morning star
Your name will shine for all to see
You are the one, You are my glory

Glory in the highest
I love this bowl! 
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
Isaiah 9:2 
Yes, that's my ginormous pine cone!  What do you do with something like that anyway?  I just stick it in a bowl or basket! :)
 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:6

and he is all those things and much, much more. 


Hope you enjoyed my Christmas tablescape.  I can't wait to browse through some of yours also.  You guys out there are so talented!  Of course i'll be joing Ms. Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday.  Stop on by and check out some other beautiful Christmas tablescapes!

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and many blessings,

Laura






Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Family time!

Well we went to my husbands brother and sister-in-laws home this weekend.  The boys went hunting and cutting wood and I took a few pictures.  Then me and my sister-in-law played catch up!

They have some beautiful property.  I believe around 350 acres.  Mostly wooded but so peaceful.  Here's a view out her kitchen window.  I did a close up on these hand crocheted snowflakes.  She said a customer made them for her many years ago.  She has several hanging from her curtains in the windows of the breakfast nook of the kitchen.

 You can see a few more here.  This is looking out towards the front of the house
 Her Christmas cactus in full bloom!  I love this.  If I thought I wouldn't kill it, i'd try to take a piece to regrow at my house!
These are her hand painted glasses.  Her mom painted them and she has them in this really unique cabinet.  It reminds me of one of those faberge eggs. 
 
 This is a clay pot that they brought back from Mexico.  It's huge!  She has a few different ones like this around the house with glass tops on them.  this one stands like 2 1/2 to 3 feet tall.  Can you see the stuffed bob cat in the background?  How would you like to run up on that joker?  My husband did and actually killed it with his bow!  I would have passed out while I was trying to run away like a mad woman!
She loves her roosters!  She has them all around her kitchen.

Here's what you're looking at while relaxing by the fire in their family room!  That is their tree and a shot of the full moon that night.  Check out the clouds floating by...it's really beautiful and the deer were jumping like crazy that night!  Not the ones on the wall but the ones outside :) .......  I think it's so cool that they just go out in the woods every year and hunt up a Christmas tree, cut it down and drag back on home!
Here's a shot outside the back of their house.  They call it the runway because it's really a runway.  Her mom and dad have a couple of small engine planes that they used to have "fun" in and they would land out there on the runway!  That's my man on his way back this morning from hunting.  Notice there's no buck deer in tow!  That's ok, we've been blessed this year and got the early ones and have a freezer full of meat.  Now I'm ready for turkey season!
After a rough week and some cold weather, I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend with the family.  I can't wait to get back down there Christmas evening.  I've been ordered to bring my Pancho's dip, seafood dip and Champagne punch for some snacks and game night.  This ought to be fun!

Thanks for stopping by and come back to visit me on Thursday when I join Ms. Susan for Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP.

Have a wonderful week and many blessings!

Laura

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Slowing down in the mad rush!

As most everyone is, I am equally busy around this time.....it's crunch time and I can't win for loosing this year.  My fancy 1 year old embroidery machine locked up and I had to take it to the shop (BOO!) and of course they are like on a three day back log (BOO BOO!).  Then I had to leave my laptop with them (because the fancy machine runs off the laptop) and I just about thought I was going to have withdraws!  No embroidery machine!  No laptop!  ARGH!  I felt like Lucy just pulled the football out from under my high kick!
ok......sit down by the wood stove......coffee......breathe........it's ok.....look the Christmas tree is so pretty......ooooo is that the Dolce and Gabbana commercial with Matthew Mcconaughey....i'm starting to feel better now.....that man makes my teeth sweat!
I have to stop and regroup.  Stop.  Pray.  I feel better.  God is good.....every day.
Go back and get the laptop until they can take a look at my machine next week. 
Call my last 2 orders and offer them something else in exchange for what I was unable to finish for them.  They were great and totally understood (note to self, remember to give them a little "happy" for being so understanding when most would not have been).

ok look around, there's many things going "right" this week!  awe, Bubba made me his first Christmas gift from school....I love it (even though it's glittered beyond belief!)  I promised him I would take a picture of it and "put it on the internet". 
 I thought i'd share a couple of "firsts" since I took a look back at this year and as my first blog reads....this year is a year of "firsts".  My youngest child's first day of school.  First football game, first cheerleading game.  First time being a stay at home mom by choice.  First time being a grandma...g-ma lala :).  First time blogging and many, many, first time blogland friends!

Here's Bubba going to his first school Christmas party.  This week they got to do different "fun" things like silly sock day and today was silly hat day.  He wanted to wear his daddy's reindeer hat (yes it really is daddy's).  I just wanted to share a few pictures of some fun ornaments that my kids made this year and are added to the tree.  Bubba (aka Jackson) brought home some cool things and he wants me to save EVERY piece of paper and craft he makes and for the most part I do.  He was very proud of his Santa hand print ornament and it had to go immediately on the tree.

Here's two ornaments that Bubba got from his Kindergarten teachers.  Ms. Dancy and Ms. Jennifer.  His class is Dancy's Dragonflies so the dragonfly ornament is very fitting as is the big dump truck ornament Ms. Jennifer gave him with his name. 
Here's a little angel from my little angel, Katrina.  And me and Katrina at her classroom party yesterday.  I'm her room mom this year so we had a big ol' time at her classroom Christmas party.  I had the kids make snowmen ornaments out of spoons, reindeer food and they ate cupcakes and juice.  They also made Christmas cards that got sent to the Walter Reed Medical Center for the wounded soldiers that are there in recovery.   
Does anyone remember these!  The shrink-it ornaments?  We used to do these when I was younger.  I didn't think they made them anymore but I found these packets last year at Michael's on clearance and picked them up.  You just color with colored pencils and put in the oven.  Then in about 4 minuets they shrink up and get hard.  The first set we did we forgot to poke the holes in them for the ribbon to hang on the tree.  We got it right the next time.
The kids had so much fun today they were all tuckered out.  Bubba and Gerttie passed out on the couch! :)

 I guess after this week's mishaps I could've thrown in the towel but when I look back at all that I really have....a wonderful husband, healthy and happy family, a warm home, my sweet blogland friends and a God who loves me no matter what, I can't complain but be thankful.  So, I'm off to my brother-in-laws for the weekend for some family time!  The boys are out hunting and cutting wood and i'm going to sit by the fire with my sister-in-law and catch up!  I'll try to take some pictures while i'm there, they have some beautiful property and home!

So remember when things get crazy (and they do this time of year), remember what you have and what's really important to you and enjoy the little moments for the memories of these little moments are what warms our hearts and souls on the days that bring us down.

Many blessings and have a great weekend!

Laura

p.s.  If you get a chance, please stop by and visit Kara at Elements Interiors.  Her family received some sad news this week and she could use your prayers of peace and well wishes.













Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Timeless Table

Thought I'd show you another surprise we came across while cleaning out this old house.

Dishes :)

We knew my MIL had this set.  She had brought them back from Italy while they had been stationed there in the military.  My husband came many, many, many years after that little trip.  He was a late, late, late in life surprise!
The plates were in her china cabinet but the dessert plates, saucers and I guess they are bread plates maybe, they were tucked away in a cabinet unknown and hidden.  I'm guessing they had coffee cups with them but i'm not sure where they could be.
It's really weird there's like 9 plates, 4 dessert plates, 8 bread plates (i guess that's what they're for) and 4 coffee cup saucers....who knows what's up with that!


They are kinda delicate so we don't use them.  They have these little delicate "flowers" on them, if you wanna call them that.  They remind me of those dandelions that you pick up and make a wish and blow and all the little white fuzzies float away (then mom comes out fussin' to stop cause it makes them spread and grow more! oops).  They have a gold trim and there's one plate that has a little chip on the edge but still all in pretty good shape.
It has a gravy boat too...I've never seen one attached to a saucer but this one is....At first I thought it was just stuck but um, it's not
Here's the stamp on the back...it reads...
Eschenbach
Bovaria Germany
101
I thought i'd add these to some of my dishes I found at an estate sale
I love my green plates!!!! They are a real soft green and I think just beatuiful!  They're heave and thick too.  Not a scratch or chip :)
I don't know anything about my plates other than I got 4 of them for $15 at an estate sale and my girlfriend thought I was CRAZY!  She just don't understand but i'm sure some of you do :)  They have Made in Italy stamped on the back but no other markings.
Here's one of my snowmen and tree that I got after Christmas a couple of years ago from Walmart.  I think he's very handsome!  My son want's to know why he doesn't have a carrot nose or black eyes....I told him
he was a fancy snowman....he seemed to accept that excuse!  Whew!
I had to let the baby deer come join us for this setting.  He has a momma and daddy that are Christmas decorations.  The glasses I got from World Market (during their closeout sale...BOO!)  I loved that place.
I hope you all enjoyed your stay and I hope you come back and visit me soon.  Like most of you, I'm going to be busy, busy, busy the next 7 days.  I'll definately do my best to check in on you all when I can.
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Many blessings,
Laura