The family went to the Botanic Garden over the weekend to see the Blossoms of Light for the first time. I believe the display has been around for awhile. It was beautiful but there were so many people. We bought tickets in advance to be on the safe side and I’m glad we did because it was sold out.
It’s five days ’til Christmas and we’ve just decorated our Christmas tree last night. Husband also decorated the front door. This is the first year at this house that we’ve put the pillar lights out. Now we just need a sparkly bow in the center.
It finally snowed this month. We were supposed to get blizzard-like snow but instead, we got lots of wind and a nice dusting of flaky snow. It’s pretty and peaceful (as always) but extremely cold. The temperature outside is 17.8°F.
I am pretty happy this morning. I’ve got all my work done and I can blog freely with no other stress! It feels amazing! Of course, this never lasts so I’m going to make the best of it before I have to get busy again.
The Christmas tree went up a week ago. I have such a hard time decorating it. It could be that I just don’t have enough ornaments but it always looks as though there’s something missing.
And, it’s lopsided too. Not sure how to fix that. Husband and I tried whatever we could to hold it upright but we’ve agreed that it’s just the tree. That’s the thing that annoy me with real trees + the spiders and maybe other bugs. Btw, the red and gold baubles were gifts from my friend, Sunflowerslady.
Here is a bokeh shot of the image above and a couple of others.
I’ve been extremely busy lately. I was supposed to take things slow but there’s so much that has to be done.
Last year, I started a 24 Days of Christmas gift-a-day countdown with my kids. They really enjoyed getting a gift a day so this year I am doing it again. But, instead of all gifts I’m also having them do things that don’t cost a thing. And, it’s going to be 25 days instead of 24. I’m going to have them take a photo on the 25th day.
The first envelope enclosed a note to draw the Nativity. I had the family participate. My oldest threw a big fit initially. She refused to draw but then eventually gave in and actually enjoyed it. My youngest threw a fit too. She was set on drawing 3 angels (besides the drummer boy and the sheep). She had her colors picked out and everything. Then, my oldest started to draw an angel and my youngest just screamed and cried. After the angel was drawn she attempted to erase it and fussed and cried when husband and I didn’t let her. Then my oldest decided she’d turn her angel into a candle and my youngest was able to get her 3 angels in. Not the best 1st day of Christmas I tell ya!
I will probably do one long post with pictures about this 25 Days of Christmas after Christmas like I did last year.
Holiday Cards for Heroes
About 6 years ago (wow…that was a long a time ago) when I taught Catechism, I had my students write letters to our military troops. It was fun and they all enjoyed writing their letters. This year, via Facebook, someone I follow (sorry, I can’t remember whom!) mentioned something about making cards for our military. I don’t teach Catechism anymore but my siblings do so I asked if they’d like to have their kids make cards and I’d mail them out for them. We all had a great time. Everyone made at least 2 cards and I believe one little girl made 4!
I think I’ll print extras of this collage and give them to the students and their teachers as a thank you for their time.