Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wishing for Snow

We had a wonderful Christmas weekend with our family and dear friends. I have to say though, I am not sad that it is over. The mini-pearls and I are laying low and enjoying their school holiday. Fisherman and Sweet Pea have school projects to get caught-up on and a trip to the country is on tap for later in the week. All is good and calm. The only thing missing is a little snow. The sun is shining and it is going to be sixty-plus degrees and sunny here today. I know, perfect weather, but a cozy snow day would be the icing on the cake of a lovely Christmas break. Oh well, I will go out and enjoy the sunshine, after I indulge in these pictures of snowy goodness.

Have a wonderful one!


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a blessed and joyous Christmas!

Blessings and joy,


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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Stockings Are Hung...

Our home is ready and my presents are all wrapped. Can Christmas really be this weekend? The mini-pearls and I had some dear friends over to decorate cookies and sip hot cocoa this afternoon. I worked hard to make sure that all of my "to do's" were checked-off by today, so that this would be the official kick-off to my Christmas celebration. Nothing left to do now but cook and enjoy! I hope all of you are able to say the same.

We are preparing for the big move in January, so I didn't go all out in my decorating this year, but it is pretty festive around here, so I thought I would share.

Merry! Merry!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree lovely are your branches.



Friday, December 16, 2011

Flashback Friday - "Crying" to See Santa

I originally posted this last year, but it's worth repeating. We did not see Santa this year, alas, that chapter is completely closed. However, I have some beautifully written lists. The minis made sure that there is no question as to what their wishes are. Merry! Merry!

Mr. Pearl circa 1971

Fisherman circa 1999

Sweet Pea circa 2002

Sport Cort circa 2004

The crying table display

Please don't call CPS on me. I can't help it. I think the pictures of my terrified, bawling babies on Santa's lap are precious! They are in cute frames and displayed on their own table in the living room. There is a bonus, too! I have a picture of Mr. Pearl looking the same way when he was a babe. It's priceless! Now, some of you may be wondering where the pictures of me are. I had abusive parents, as well. We did the Santa torture thing, but I can't find the pics! My mom didn't force it too much, as Santa looks a lot like a clown to a small child and well, I am terrified of clowns, but we did go once or twice! I don't blame children for being afraid!

We are constantly warning our children of "stranger danger" and then forcing them to cheerfully sit in the lap of a strange man with a long, itchy beard and weird red suit who is going to sneak in their house while they are sleeping is just wrong. It's confusing! It's scary! No wonder they cry! This year was the first year in thirteen years that the minis didn't want to see Santa. The oldest two are feeling too cool, yet still want to receive presents from the old boy, mind you. Sport Cort didn't want to appear uncool, so he went along with the older two. He informed me when I asked him to make me a list of what he wanted Santa to bring him that Santa can read minds, so a list isn't necessary. Ok. I let him know that Santa is not God and list is a good idea. A list has yet to materialize.

So, are you abusing your children this holiday season? It's worth it! (wink wink, nudge nudge) Have a wonderful weekend!

This picture is from four years ago. There doesn't seem to be any lasting damage.
The minis are all smiles!



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Joyeux Noel

So lovely!

Au revoir,


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