Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Memories

Probably Christmas '87- at my Granny's house

Probably Christmas 1989

Santa looks a little down...I was too little to even notice!
'89 or '90

We had several rounds of matching pajamas through the years
'91 or '92

Nessa wearing the dress I had on in that first picture up there.

My daddy and his two little girls- he wished would have stayed little forever (well...somehow or another he got that wish, we're neither very big!)


probably close to Jason's first birthday- 1983

Jason & Michelle- probably '85

Michelle & Jason - probably '87

And this is where "ugly sweater Christmas parties" got their name!
Jason, yours is awesome!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

My Christmas Eve Baby

Happy 27th Birthday, Jason!
I love you!

Our next door neighbor's tandem bicycle-
Sunset Sunday block party in October

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A little bragging on my Mom

One night last week or so when my parents were out I snuck in and took photos of all my mom's beautiful Christmas decor~

My mom LOVES snowflakes
... in January she should do a guest post on her "Snowflake Necklace Story"

Jason and I bought this nativity on our 'first date' 5 years ago in Mexico. (That is another story too! ha!)~ mom's first nativity from Mexico was falling apart so I made it my mission to get her a new one when I went to Juarez in 2004.

Always ready for dinner!

I've started my own collection of Waechtersbach Christmas dishes- I love their simple design!

breakfast nook

this is one of my favorite displays she does every year!

My mom's handwriting is so perfect- like a font!

more snowflakes on the mantle

She decided to decorate one of their small evergreens instead of an indoor tree this year.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cookie Day 2009

A couple Saturdays ago was our 2nd annual "cookie day" at Jason's Grandma's house.

His Grandma Yvonne got us all matching aprons this year.

Yvonne's mother-in-law, Ellen, joined us this year. She helped frost all the sugar cookies and sprinkle the spritz.

His Aunt Karla made 20 dozen sugar cookies ahead of time for us to frost.

Grandma Yvonne just adopted a new stray kitty- Mikey. He was downright adorable and very loving. I told her if he came up missing, don't come looking at my house....Finnigan needs a buddy!

Rosettes are my favorite of the Norwegian cookies.

Karla's Peanut Butter Ritz cookies are my favorite too!

One more picnik photo for the fun of it!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Elf Ourself!

We are full of last minute surprise decorating efforts this Christmas season.

We knew we were going to a Christmas party at our friend Thomas' on Saturday night and I had our 'formal' attire all picked out.

Well Friday morning Jason says he's decided he thinks we should dress in costume for the party. He says we should be elves and I told him, "Perfect, you can be Buddy the elf from the movie Elf! He's a huge elf and you're really tall!" So I google Buddy the Elf and we work off this photo:

I called 3 costume shops in Tulsa and no one has a Buddy costume, so we get to work figuring each piece out, after all, if we are going to do this we are going to be spectacular!

Jason goes to Salvation Army and sends me this photo of a coat he's found.

Next he goes to Academy Sports and buys some white long johns.

That evening after I get done babysitting, we head to Hobby Lobby. There we buy green spray paint, fake fur, yellow dye and lots of stiff felt. We came home and began elfing ourselves! I started right away on the shoes. They took an hour each (4 hours). Meanwhile, Jason spray painted his coat out in the front yard with his truck headlights giving him light. Then he sewed his belt and buckle together and dyed his long johns bright yellow.

About midnight we call it quits and head to bed. Saturday after several necessary errands I ran back to Hobby Lobby to get more hot glue sticks and stiff felt. I continued working away on his last shoe, our hats and the fur trim of his coat.

At 3pm I was done costuming (about 7 1/2 hours in total) and I began baking about 100 pancakes. I'd called our good friends Matthew and Jessica earlier and told them they had to be home at a certain time for a 'Christmas surprise'- we put on our costumes and took them all the pancakes for their freezer. They were so excited to see what our surprise was they opened their front door with camera in hand and snapped a photo of us! Needless to say, they loved our costumes, especially Jason since this was so out of character of him!

Then we stopped by our neighbors house to show off our efforts before heading to the Christmas party. I wish I'd had a video camera of our entry because Thomas laughed hard for a good long while. His reaction was worth every single hour and dollar we spent making this happen!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gingerbread House Competition

Friday afternoon we received a last minute invite to a gingerbread house competition by our friend, Brenda, whose daughter Bella was the crazy cute kid we stayed with back in September. (Bella was one of the judges and she said I was going to win when I walked in the door with my 'pretzel tree' in hand!)

Rules were:
Everyone was given the same basic house to work with, but we could alter in in any way.
Everything had to be edible except we could use hot glue.
All had to be done within 2 hours.

We used:
Twizzler bites cut in half for the shingles
Rice Krispies cut into "bricks"
Black Twizzlers for the trim
Pretzels for the shutters, door and tree
Royal Icing for the snow
Skittles for the doorknob, greenery and bird

1st place- a classic gingerbread style

2nd place- went the route of altering their structure into a barn

We had very little time to prepare and make our game plan, so we were surprised to get 3rd place out of 8 couples~ we ran out of time and didn't even get to finish our colonial cottage.

We took it home and of course had to finish it- adding black licorice to the eaves and windows plus a red bird for my tree.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


We spent Thanksgiving at Jason's parent's farm~ this is all of his immediate & extended family.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


It's no secret that I like to decorate...

Here is the one room of my house that has any cohesiveness to it right now, the living room.
My sister's new job is at an interior decorating company- they had just moved locations when she started and they were getting rid of several large furniture pieces. Nothing incredible, but the price [free] was sure right. Boy let me tell you how much my husband appreciated being called in the middle of the day to go pick up bookshelves...multiple days in a row! One of those days it was POURING rain...he's a pretty great guy!

Our first "us" Christmas tree~ I've borrowed a small one from my mom for the past 3 Christmases.

The more I babysit the more I appreciate my $25 sofa...I tried to tell the lady I'm babysitting for that I don't know anyone whose furniture has made it past toddler hood unharmed. (Let's just say her furniture cost way more than mine...)

This was Jason's idea- one wall in the dining room is all family pictures, so he asked that we have a "friend" wall too.

The quote in the middle, by Abe Lincoln

This is my most recent estate sale find! When I posted this photo on facebook several people responded that they can't wait until I refinish it to see the outcome.
But I love it the way it is!
(Plus there's not much left to work with if that was my intention!)

I got this at that same estate sale!