Monday, December 28, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

We decided to put up two trees this year. This one is in the front room.
The view of the banister.

Chani went to a birthday party and came home painted up like this.

Our visit with Mrs. Claus.
Chani giving silly faces.
Finally seeing Santa.

Christmas Eve with friends.

Santa Came!!
Round 1
Daddy with his new trash can.
Time for a quick snooze.

Her final gift.
Which she LOVED.
Getting it all cleaned up.
My pile.
Our main tree.

Saturday, December 19, 2009


Myspace Christmas Graphics

I've been thinking about traditions a lot lately and decided to list mine. These are the ones that started once we came home from China. What traditions do you have?

1. Elf on the Shelf. We started this one last year. Chani is really into it this year and gets so excited when she spots his new landing spot. I find it hard to remember. She isn't so good on behaving and since she's been sick, that compounds it. We named him Sam.

2. Paper chain. You know, the red and green that you tear off each night, counting down the days. We've done this two years in a row now.

3. A new one this year, thanks Amy for the idea! Collecting Christmas books and wrapping each of them. Each night we open a new one right before bed and read them. I had several from last year that I used and added a few new ones this year. I'll put them away after the holidays for next year. They will be "new" again next year. Matt thinks I'm crazy but I'm loving seeing the excitement of her getting a new one. I didn't get started quite as early as I had hopped so now I have too many. She gets one at nap time too. They will be finished by Christmas Eve.

4. I put up two trees this year. One in the front where passer-byers can see it and our ginormous one in the great room. I'm have to say I enjoyed decorating the smaller one. It was so much easier and faster. Under it are gifts for friends, family and others. The big tree will be pretty empty for Santa to fill.

5. Along with her books, there are three gifts under the tree. These are our Eve gifts. Chani and I both get some new pajamas. Matt, on the other hand doesn't wear them. He does have a pair of holiday pants that he'll wear that one and only morning. So, each year, I rewrap the same pair for him. He doesn't think it's fair but I'm thinking it isn't practical. Guess who wins!!

6. Christmas Eve dinner is ALWAYS Chili. It always has been and always will be. Unless of course we're not at home.

7. Christmas balls. - Every Christmas since I left home at 18, my Grandma would buy me a dated ball to hang on my tree. It's been over 20 years now and I still have every one. She hasn't been able to buy them herself anymore so I'll buy them with the money she sends.

That's about all. I can't think of anything more at the moment.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Blog? What blog?

Well, it has been over two months now since I've updated my blog. Since then, we've been on a cruise in the Caribbean, traveled to Pennsylvania, celebrated our 2nd Gotcha Day anniversary and decorated for Christmas. I've also done two bow shows and two home parties. I've been mapping out my schedule for next year and hopefully will have the majority of the shows set and on the calendar. I'm going to literally venture outside my realm of shows and do some outside ones too. I'm needing to purchase a canopy for that.

Then, on top of it all, we've been getting ready for Christmas. I think we're almost done with that. I'm done with the decorating, shopping and wrapping except for that which is still being shipped. The only thing I have left to do is some baking which I'll tackle next week. Both Chani and I have been pretty sick. She had pink eye and a cold that just will not go away. I've had strep and the flu and it doesn't appear that has gone away either. I'm thinking a revisit to the doctor is in order for both of us. I'll tackle that next week as well.

Due to our sicknesses, we've had to cancel three holiday parties. We have two more coming so we can at least get in some fun.

Here are some random photos over the past couple of months. The little boy is our new neighbors and the two of them are quite smitten with each other. It's just adorable!