Long Awaited Snow & Tree Lights

snow12192012_0072_600It 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.

christmastree20120052_500And, 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.

bauble0044_600Here is a bokeh shot of the image above and a couple of others.

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‘Tis December

What better way to bring us into December than with snow!  Yes, it’s snowing!  That is real snow on the fake tree decor photo above.  Below is the view from the front porch.

This month, for the first time, I’m attempting a 24 day of Christmas gifting for my two girls.  Before Kida headed out to school I surprised them with their first gift.  They were both very excited, except Kylie kept thinking the gifts were from Santa.  Kida even told her that it was from Mom and Dad but Kylie told her, “NO!  It’s from Santa!”

They got their first collectible ornaments.  I hope to make it a tradition.  My husband’s parents used to do this for him and his sister when they were kids.  We’ve been using husband’s collectibles on our trees every year and I love the feeling of knowing that they were thoughtful gifts given to be cherished forever.

Anyway, here are the girl’s ornaments brought to life.

Credits on the the “brought to life” photos: music string from Greymouse Manor kit by Lorie Davison and sparkles from Tom Thumb kit by Irene Alexeeva.

Happy December!