Monday, December 15, 2008

Winter Cold

Mornings here have been chilly. The sky casts a grey blue on everything, but we are keeping toasty warm inside with slipper socks with bows and flannel pajama pants. Today the weather has been crazy, it's been storming for hours and everything is drenched. We have leaks in our old slat beam roof, and in our ancient windows, so we have been stuffing towels around to keep us all dry. Most mornings are quiet and cold, you can barely even hear a bird. But this morning all you could hear was the pitter patter of rain on the roof. It is a magical sound! Makes me wish I were at home baking cookies and watching corny Christmas movies. Ha!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Old Favorites

As a little girl I always enjoyed rediscovering our Christmas ornaments, I guess it's no surprise that I still feel the same. I love that feeling when you find a seasonal ornament that you know will be around for a lifetime. Some of them are just so jolly and special that it makes me wonder if their creators have any idea the memories that they create in the minds of those who joyfully come across them. The skaters were from a Holiday Fair that the Mission near us had every year when I was little. Our next door neighbors, Cal and Sandy were like Grandparents. Sandy would take me every year to the fair at the Mission and we would pick out treats, like these ice skaters and ribbon wands. I always loved the skaters most.

Sunday when we were digging through boxes of ornaments at Billy's parents house I came across these super cute santas! Circa 1983, they were Christmas gifts Billy's preschool teacher made for the kids every year. Little treasures...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Deck the Halls!

Sunday evening we went to Billy's mom and dad's for lamb chops and scallops and to decorate their Christmas tree with them. We started the evening by toasting with champagne (there is always a reason for champagne at the Woodson's, always) and nibbling on roasted cashews and brie. Will I ever develop a taste for brie? I like to pretend I like it, but the truth is it doesn't really taste like much to me, so I guess I can eat away and fool everyone into thinking I like the taste. Champagne on the other hand? A lot of people hate it but I love it. We loaded up the cd player with more Christmas carols than you could wave a stick at and Susan and I went to town with the decorating. It was wonderful to have been included, and I am glad to say I got my fix this year for decorating a tree.

I had a fairly productive weekend sewing, crafing and planning. More on that tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Ginger Love

Sunday night Billy and I decided it was time to make the gingerbread house kit we had picked up a few weeks ago. It was actually a lot more work than I thought but it was still a blast. And no I did not pump the color saturation up in Photoshop, all those candies really are that freaking bright. I admit. I ate some. When he wasn't looking. Frosting too. The best part was when he was decorating the front door. He put those hearts there - not me, saying "I'm putting hearts above the front door because every house needs to be full of love." Dang. I am such a sucker for sweet talk! But then he mentioned that because we aren't getting a tree this year because of our trip to Texas, we could use that money we would have used for the tree to bake more gingerbread - enough gingerbread to make a village and a forest and decorate that. Um, no.

I haven't been blogging that much in the last few weeks, because I honestly don't have that much to talk about. I have been busy with any and all of my free time crafting - mostly ornaments for Sew Liberated's Holiday Exchange that I signed up for this year. My swap partner is in Ontario, Canada (Hi Karen!) and I am super excited to post what I have been making. I have a lot of sewing to get to as well, for Christmas presents of course. None of my Christmas boxes are down from the garage loft yet, but maybe by Saturday I can get started. I saw Anna Maria's cranberry and popcorn garland on her last post and I am thinking that will totally be on my list of things to do. Ahhh Christmas, you always come upon me so quickly.