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Gateway to the Holidays

While the Holiday season has nearly passed I thought I’d share a few highlights thus far! surprisingly I’ve been extremely good at getting everything done in a timely fashion.

Christmas cards were completed and in the mail the Sunday after Thanksgiving (Sorry some were WAY later, I had to search a few addresses since our computer crashed last year).  In case you weren’t on the NICE list this year- here’s a glimpse at our 2009 Christmas picture

The following weekend, the husband and I spent cleaning and decorating for Christmas.  I don’t have pictures of the outside, but I assure you-it’s magical 🙂

We barricaded Diesel into the living room so we could clean the floors.  He was bound and determined to help however he could.  He even fore-went the treats to Supervise.

Speaking of Supervising…here he is, being all authoritative!

Unlike last year, decorating was much less dramatic.  There was no lifting of the leg, or getting tangled in the lights.  Things went quite smoothly….

(recognize the revolving apothecary jars- Spring, Fall, now winter)
the following day I left for Washington DC for work for the week, and everything seemed to go to hell.  The fully decorated tree was no longer lighting. Eventually the husband figured it was the bottom strand on the tree creating havoc, so he surpassed them in the pecking order and moved onto strand 2.  That same day Diesel discovered ornaments and decided to try a few. He’s particularly fond of the “kid’s tree” I have on the window ledge in the dining room decorated with a bunch of stuffed ornaments from my childhood and adorned with festive stuffed animals.  While no major surgery was done- everyone survived unscathed- he certainly took a liking to them.  He also found my gingerbread cut-out ornaments rather tasty (or maybe not- he only devoured 1).  The following day, Wisconsin experienced a TRUE blizzard.  The entire state was mandated to be closed via the Governor.  Off course, I was still working in Washington with blue skies and 50 degree weather.  The husband attempted to snowblow (we upgraded from 2 shovels from last winter) the 14 plus inches off the driveway. Only to have several equipment malfunctions- thus taking over 8 hours to snowblow the driveway and 2 sidewalks.  All the while the dog’s in-ground fence and collar decided not to work either and Diesel kept making friends with the neighbors next door!

I arrived home Friday that week and took to baking.  After 1 1/2 days we made caramels, peanut butter balls, peanut blossoms, Christmas Wreaths, snowballs, a few snacks for upcoming pig outs, planned some home cooked meals (for a change) and tried a fabulously easy recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Torte- amazingly delicious, and easy! Diesel helped clean out the cool whip container!

It was the first time in years I accomplished all the mandated Holiday to-dos before the holidays struck.

Something that took a backseat this year was shopping, but we managed to fit a few power hours in this past weekend and accomplish the task.  As of right now (Tuesday, Dec. 22nd at 6:41 PM), Cards were created and sent, all decorating was done, 7 different holiday cookies and candies were made and some even shared, all Christmas shopping has been done, the house and car have been cleaned and all gifts are wrapped and I am partially packed to head to the other side of the state (just awaiting some laundry).

Hope you all have a fabulous holiday season 🙂


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What’s up with bringing trees in the house?

The husband and I FINALLY picked out a Christmas tree the other night.  It came in a box… after near-wedding-calling-off-Christmas-tree-fight last year, we decided to jump on a pretty snazzy deal on a fancy artificial tree…and I have no regrets.

Diesel on the other hand is in a state of complete confusion. He’s still a puppy ( an 84 lb puppy I might add)  and hasn’t experienced Christmas with us yet.  He was sure to help us out in every way he though he could.  He sneakily stole the top of the tree and pranced into the other room joyfully “More sticks to chew on.”  When we put a ca-bash to that then he decided to pitch in and learn from the tree-straightening pro himself…


After that was taken care of, he helped tangle himself in lights put the lights on the tree.  (how can you say no to this face, seriously…I take pictures instead!)


I continued putting lights on the tree as the husband untangled them for me.  We both were pretty consumed in our work.  I was about this far…


…when Dieseldecided to say “piss on it.”  Okay maybe he didn’t say that but  Brent caught him in the act-leg raised all ready to mark his new tree.  Thankfully Brent caught him and bundled up to entertain him outside for a while.  (Notice how nice Brent was doing at his untangling-the-lights-job?!? see bottom left corner).  Needless to say I carried on with the festivities alone, er, if you call belting out to channel 900 (Sounds of the Season) and spending some bonding time with frosty, alone time then, yep I was all over it. (Notice Frosty and the ingredients) The lantern was just there to add the missing pine scent I was yearning for.


I certinaly need the caffiene to power through all my ideas and get this decorating business rolling.  Up to this point my decorating entailed the contents of 4 unpacked “Christmas Decorations” rubbermaid bins, newspapers, boxes of every shape and size thrown strategically throughout every possible counter, table, seating, or window sill space remotely available.  I did muster up the courage to get my “Winter Wonderland” table done the night before…which set the plan for holiday decorations for 2008.  But before we get to the plan, let’s check in with Diesel one last time



He was being SO GOOD that I opted to give him an early Christmas present, unfortunately I didn’t take the time to wrap it first. ( I know this picture is blurry…but look at the size of this rawhide.  This is his second one- he loves them things although they are a little awkward to carry, he runs into doors, walls, drops it in his food dish…did I mention his spatial awareness is a bit off yet!)


Okay back to the plan.  As I mentioned I already had the “Winter Wonderland” table set up in the dining room


and since I have serious issues with themed things…the dining room just became the snowman/Winterroom.  Which translate to anything related to snowmen or winter will end up in the dining room, which became a problem about 7 minutes after I made the plan.  But I was determined.  MOST of my holiday decor was Snowmen and Wintery bliss.  But I really wanted a Pretty tree.  I was envisioning gold and red as the colors.  As I started arranging the ornaments into piles based on the room they would be designated too, I quickly realized that I would be short on filling all the green space on the tree.  I successfully placed all of the ornaments, but it needed more….Light bulbs went on- Wedding decorations.  I snuck back into my stash and found this amazing beaded garland.


I only had small pieces of it so I strategically placed them through the green space on the tree.  I also had picked up some single Poinsettias last year



As you may have gathered I added some funky, glistening, mesh ribbon as well…it really added a lot to the tree.  The placement of red was crucial to the success of my vision for this tree.  I might still get some more plain red ornaments to add to the tree.  I definitely need more for my next project (but you’ll have to come back to see that one).  So here is our tree with a Little wider lens


Wider yet…

As I was putting the final touches on the tree, I caught Diesel with a twinkle in his eye gazing into the tree. 


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A little excited I was…

On Saturday I went to a tree farm, a Christmas tree farm.  For as long as I can remember (although my mom disagrees) I’ve never rememberred actually go to a tree farm to CUT down a Christmas tree.  Wow, I had no idea how exciting it would be. 

As we pulled up a surge of excitement pulsed through my body…it was like being 4 on a sugar and caffeine high….almost ridiculous.  It was snowing, REALLY SNOWING, we are talking inches! Brent and I had the truck and my mom was along since we had just been gallivanting around the craft shops in search of what else but some holiday decorating necessities.  Which was perfect, she could be the photographer!

When we pulled up I wasn’t really sure how all this worked, there was a shed with trees.  But I insisted we CUT one ourselves.  I was so excited that the heavy metal music playing in the shed didn’t phase me, although Christmas music would’ve been much nicer (I can understand why 5 guys working wouldn’t allow Christmas music).  They directed us down a trail past a sea of evergreen trees.  The trees were in perfect little rows, trimmed to perfection.  We travelled down to the end of the rows contemplating which tree would be just right.  We ventured back to explore which type of tree we wanted, how big, were they poky, would the ornaments hang just right….all these things needed to be considered you know!  We finally decided on a nice size Balsam Fir.  We cut it down, loaded it into the truck and headed on our merry way with our $25. prize.

Yesterday, Brent trimmed the trunk and few branches and walla….it is the perfect size and shape for our cozy apartment.  We trimmed it with lights and ornaments and the rest is history.  What a MAGICAL experience.  EEEEeee!  Brent is quite the trooper.

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