Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Because it's been too long...

Since you saw some of this...
A little baby love to tide you over while I get my act together...
We are all well!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Rundown...

I had not meant to be away so long...

My days have been full and long....but, good.

David has been traveling for work and with two kiddies, snow storms and trying to get ready for the holidays...blogging has been pushed to the back burner.

I get up around 5:30 a.m. each day...that time is a bit fluid due to the inconsistency of my alarm. Whether due to human or mechanical error (most likely human), it often fails to go off as planned and I usually get less time then I need in the morning. Hmmmm, maybe I should do something about that..but no time!

I get myself ready for the day, make coffee, and then Elijah and Evelyn must be readied...fed, changed, and bundled for the trek next door. Yes, it's true I have daycare with my neighbor. She is kind and loving to the babies. And the commute to drop them off is literally a few steps from my door to hers.

As soon as they are dropped off it's of to the races and I drive about 40 minutes to my office. And when David is not traveling we drive together. Me with my coffee, he with his V8, we drive listening to NPR. I love NPR...they have such interesting stories and I feel well briefed on what's going on in the world by the time I get to work. I must admit that I am a political junkie. After the election was over I went through a wee bit of withdrawal. And now with the recent events of my state's governor being indicted I can't stop following the news closing and regularly checking in with CNN(dot)com for the latest updates...it's a bit of an obsession. Although I never listen once I'm home or watch the nightly news. Anyway, I digress...
Then it's work , work, work...I do love my job. It can be fast paced and highly entertaining with all of the different types of people that I come into contact with, plus, I work with some wonderful ladies. Most of us are stuffed into a large room on the top floor of an old building. We yell things across the room and joke about how the building is going to fall down around us one day. We can hear pieces of the building crumbling between the walls. At lunch we have what we lovingly refer to as (and if swearing offends you, now is the time to close your eyes) "Stitch and Bitch." It is such fun to sit around the table, each of us with a project in our laps or clutched in our fingers, working away laughing and talking. Never does an hour fly by so fast.
After driving back home...the kids are picked up, dinner made, dishes washed, and then I settle in to work on projects, give baths, spend time with David and/or cuddle with the babies until Elijah's bed-time. Then all too soon my eyes get heavy and I know that it is nearing the time for me to go to sleep for a few hours until Evelyn wakes me up.
And this time of year it gets even busier what with cookie making, gift creating, gift wrapping, parties, cooking and on and on...but, I am enjoying it. I may get to bed a little later, but I am enjoying the creating and doing of the Holidays this year. After Elijah went to bed I made a delectable peanut butter cookie last night for a cookie exchange I am hosting on Friday all while watching Top Chef (love this show), gift wrapping, and nursing Evelyn.
Full, lovely days. Please forgive my blog neglect. It is not for lack of wanting to, it's just lack of minutes in the day...speaking of...I must be off! I hope to check in with everyone soon!

Friday, December 5, 2008

A little peek...

I have been decorating the house for Christmas.
There is snow on the ground.
Christmas music playing.
It's lovely...
A dish of vintage Christmas ornaments.

My nativity in celebration of Jesus' birth.

A folk carving of an angel done for me a few years ago by a sweet older man where I used to work.
A Santa Claus bell.

Three lovely tins I found at Joann Fabrics last year.

The mantle...Lets take a closer look shall we?

Bottle brush trees...I just adore bottle brush trees.
The vintage spools of thread are for color and because I like the idea of a handmade Christmas and that ties into that.
Ribbon spools...to represent the wrapping of packages perhaps. I just love how the colors looks stacked there.
The scotty dog is a letter/bill holder that I got a couple of years ago at an antique mall. It is ready and waiting to hold any Christmas cards we receive.
Elijah looking at the tree for the first time. I hadn't put any bulbs on yet.

The tree is covered with shatter proof bulbs and many lovely felt pieces like this one. I was given them a few years ago. It seems as though someone tried to create the "Twelve Days of Christmas" out of felt. There are partridges and maids-a-milking, drummers drumming and geese as well as stockings, bells, horses and trains. I ended up with a themed tree by accident, it's kid friendly, and colorful...it makes me smile.
The bulbs and garland are Martha...of course. I got them at K-mart four years ago for my first Christmas tree when I moved out on my own.

The finished tree last night.
I hardly decorated last year. I was dispondent and uninterested in Christmas. This year I have a renewed love of it and what it is all about...Jesus birth and his great love for me, my children, my husband, for all. Maybe all of the decorating and gift giving is unneeded...it's secondary. But, it is a way for me to celebrate with my family and friends the great gift the world was given...a Savior. To thank him for the bounty we have been given and to enjoy the gift of him in my life.
Such joy, such peace, such hope...

Monday, December 1, 2008

Pictures...








Here is a just a small sampling of the pictures that were taken on Saturday. These were our first done as a family.
All I can say is that I adore them.