Tree tour! :)

Every Christmas tree tells a story...whether all of your ornaments must match or you have ones that are years and years old...I like to think of our Christmas tree as a kind of scrapbook of our lives...there is no rhyme or reason to our tree...it's just full of things we love or things that hold a special meaning...like...
...in this photo you can see our new train ornament (Moses inspired) and a flamingo ornament to document our trip to Florida this past winter...we try to collect ornaments throughout the year to commemorate special things we did that year...
...some of them celebrate heritage, like the Norway flags...some are just cute, like the little tree...
...here is Moses' ornament from last year...he was obsessed with the Grinch...
...some show our school pride like my RU stocking...
...or the Hokie bird tucked back there...the turtle is from the trip to the beach where Doug proposed. :)
...some show our interests...Starbucks anyone?
...another one that is just cute...
...some are an obvious reminder...Target has been good to us...
...another recent interest for Moses...this is his ornament from this year...
...Moses first Christmas...and the only photo with Santa ever and since...albeit a creepy Santa...
...some are reminders of sweet friends...
...and sweet boys...that is little Doug on the left and Moses last year on the right...
...some remind us of family members...I made these last year out of Doug's grandmothers old cookie tins...
...like my little "wooden" shoes from my trip to Holland that year?...
...and there is a little Crystal too...apparently Santa phobias run in the family...
...my recent favorites are the ones that Moses "makes" in his little MOPS classes or Sunday school...something about an innocent little child making a baby Jesus Christmas craft just melts my heart...and manages to put everything in perspective...

Well that's our tree...or at least most of it...I would love to see yours too...be sure to leave a link or comment so I can come and visit. :)

Three more sleeps!!!! :)
xoxo
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A recap and a sneak peek...

Hello there friends...we had a great weekend off...too bad it's already over and my honey just left for work again...sigh...I miss him already...I truly do...the house is happier when we are all here together...I know Moses loves having his dad around to romp and play...especially since his mom can barely stand up and sit down. :) Thought I would share some of the highlights of our weekend...
Saturday morning we got bundled up and went on an ornament hunt...had to be bundled up because we were going to our downtown mall to hunt...it's all outdoors. We had just enough time to snag three fun new ornaments before it got too cold and started to rain. :)
Just love the vintage plane up there, the vintage carousel and not shown is a sweet little vintage train too. :) Love to see my tree being covered in all things boy...
Saturday night, Doug and I had our annual Krumkage making party(of two). :) These are a hit with his coworkers when we give them as little gift bundles...and it's fun to hang out without the distractions of TV or a toddler (Moses was already in bed).
Of course we had to sample a few to check for quality...
Then this afternoon we headed out to a nearby town to meet Doug's brother and his wife for lunch as they passed through on their way to NJ...Moses was excited to see them...even if he did clam up for the first few minutes of seeing them. :) When we got home the boys napped and I got all the cookie bundles ready for Doug to take to his coworkers...notice the plain brown boxes and nearly plain string? That is me holding back for my husband...if it were up to me you know they would be all Christmased up and fun. :)
I also found time to start work on some fun new things for the shop after Christmas...I just adore my fun new stamp...a personal motto...look for it on some hand dyed tags...
And I am hoping that you will love these sassy new bird tags as much as I do...LOVE how they are covered in goodness...and ready for a bird party. :)
I will also be having some limited edition towels...in fun candy colors. :) Get them when you see them because these colors won't be available for long...also in the works I have some cute owls, a fun new twist on clipboards, some cupcake goodness, heart-y things for Valentines, cards and more...hope you are as excited as I am. :)

Tomorrow I plan to give you a tour of my Christmas tree...I would love to see yours too...be sure to come back and comment on the tree tour post so I can come see. :)

Hope this finds you refreshed and ready to celebrate the awesome gift of CHRIST this week!! :)

xoxo

P.S. Some questions I have been meaning to answer: My camera is the Nikon D40x, the steam vac that I bought and LOVE is this one.
Someone asked how I decide who to send the Christmas Cheer packages to? I just send to who comes to mind...people who have been good to me over the year or people who I think need to know they are loved...don't worry about not being able to do for everyone...do what you can..if everyone did what they could then there would be a lot less to do in the world. Wouldn't you rather let ten people know they are loved and thought about then none? :)

P.P.S. I forgot to add a highlight for Moses...
Santa drove by our house on a firetruck!! With lights and all...Moses was actually thrilled and has talked about it since then...I was in the upstairs bathroom helping Moses on the potty...by the time I realized what it was (he came through last year too) I had to hurry and RUN downstairs (pregnant women should NOT run) with a half-naked child so that he could see...apparently he is OK with Santa if he is one a firetruck. :) We managed to get a diaper and pants on him so that he could get outside and see up close...I think it may have helped his Santa phobia by seeing him on one of his favorite things. :)
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Don't hate me...

...but I have few enough things (four to be exact) on my Christmas to do list that I laid on the couch for a whole hour yesterday...because I could...and I know that I can get those four things done in an afternoon...it was heaven...except that I didn't have a latte...do you see Moses there...pointing at that stack of paper? He is asking for "news papier"...aka tissue paper...
Since his gift wrapping session he is a little obsessed with the tissue paper...and I gladly pass it out...are you kidding me? for pennies he is occupied for hours...no joke...he did this for at least three hours the other day...some days it's just an hour or two...he just takes the tissue paper...rips it into smaller pieces and wraps things with it...trains, jingle bells (he calls them dings), other pieces of balled up tissue paper...whatever......he has carried some of his paper pieces out and about on our errands together...he carries them to the bathroom...into the shower...the other evening Doug was napping on the couch behind Moses...as Moses was playing with his tissue paper and watching Frosty for the umpteenth time...Doug woke up with a handful of tissue paper...that Moses had placed there as Doug slept...
...at the end of the day we usually have a pile like this...with other little tissue paper balls everywhere in the house...worth every penny...and worth me having to bend over to pick them up at the end of the day...it is so fun to see him so fascinated...
...and go ahead and get your fill...
...Moses says he is giving out eye candy to all the lucky ladies for Christmas...
...isn't he generous?
Just like his daddy. ;)

:) Hope your day is great...I am off to spend some much needed time with the loves of my life...Doug has TWO days off...in a row! :)

xoxo
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Belly shots...

Tomorrow makes me 30 weeks...YIKES! Only ten to go!...I have been hoping for some time now to get a shot of the events in these photos...last night Doug got them...For some time now Moses will "listen to baby ___'s" heartbeat via his own heartbeat listening device...aka some key chain floating device that he decided looked enough like the doctors contraption...whenever he sees my naked belly he yelps "boom, boom, boom" which of course is the sound the baby's heart makes...and he runs to find his contraption so he can listen...
...he will sometimes check his tummy and Doug's to make sure there is nothing growing in there...
...and of course he likes to talk to baby real close up...he gives kisses too...makes me excited to see him as a big brother...

Oh, and p.s. there was a correct guess (or two)at the baby's name a few posts back...but I won't tell you what it was...

:)


xoxo

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What does love look like in your house?

Here are some glimpses caught in my house...dishwasher-unloaded by my wonderful husband...besides cleaning the bathroom, it is my least favorite task...and he does it often and unprompted...that's the best...
...assembling Christmas cheer packages for friends...some I have never even "met"...
...a happy lunch for Moses...well worth the effort when it made him smile ear to ear...he kept calling them "baby Jesus crackers". :) ...
...assembling cookie bundles...some for the cheer packages...
...making some to giveaway...because I can...
...but mostly I like to think of love that starts out looking like this...
...and ended up looking like this.

This is how we know what love is:
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.
I John 3:16a


...hoping you are finding love all around you today...
xoxo
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holiday numbers...

0 gifts left to be bought
0 gifts left to be wrapped
10 gifts to be made
12 Christmas cheer packages sent in the mail
4 to go
40+ Christmas cards sent out
6 Christmas cards received...(what the heck?)
19 leftover nutcracker stamps
9 days until Christmas
3 days until Doug's next day off
72 days until baby comes
6 hours that I couldn't eat yesterday
at least a dozen times biting my tongue trying
3 new ideas for the shop
2 times a day watching Frosty the Snowman (don't judge me)
36 dozen Christmas confections made
3-4 dozen left to be made
4 gallons of milk bought today
7 total in the last week
63 photo ornaments made...and counting
12 to make today
blessings too numerous to count

xoxo
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