It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Now that Thanksgiving is done, it’s time to decorate for Christmas.  Our youngest really loves decorating for any holiday but Christmas is her favorite.  We used to get live trees (with the tree ball) so that we could plant the tree after Christmas is over. Once we had several in the yard, we decided to get an artificial tree that already had lights on it.  Best idea ever since adding the lights is always a pain.

We also used to get new ornaments for each family member each year but we have way too many now so we only rarely get new ones.  Usually when we do it is from some new place we have vacationed or something like that.

One of my favorite ornaments broke either last year or the year before and I have yet to replace it.  It was a ball ornament with the last scene from It’s A Wonderful Life which is my favorite Christmas movie.  I was so sad to lose it.  Hopefully one of these days I find another one.

Here are some photos of this year’s decor.

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NaBloPoMo November 2014

Where I’m From #NaBloPoMo

I saw Alexandra use this template on her blog and thought it would be nice to put together my own.


I am from a VCR with wired remote, from a floor model TV the size of a twin bed and family time watching Family Ties. 
I am from the laughter filled and loud one story yellow house. 
I am from the crape myrtle in the middle of the front yard, the cherry tree at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  
I am from parents who secretly wrapped all our Christmas presents after bedtime on Christmas Eve and watching It’s A Wonderful Life on every channel it was on, from a Mom full of optimism and a Dad full of smarts and a brother as stubborn as I. 
I am from the desire to entertain myself and others and the irresistible draw of procrastination. 
From “Because I said so” and “Do the best that you can, it’s all you can do.”
I am from a ancestry of givers and believers and lovers of peace.
I’m from the east and the heartbeat of our nation with a little southern seasoning, eating pirogies when visiting my grandparents. 
From the time Mom had her purse stolen when she secretly went to a dance, the time Dad got hit in the head with a baseball, and the friends that set them up on that destined blind date. 
I am from papers and photos and books and toys saved on purpose or by lack of will to purge.  I am from love.


If you would like to make one of your your own, copy and paste the template below and fill in the blanks.


I am from _______ (specific ordinary item), from _______ (product name) and _______. 
I am from the _______ (home description… adjective, adjective, sensory detail). 
I am from the _______ (plant, flower, natural item), the _______ (plant, flower, natural detail) 
I am from _______ (family tradition) and _______ (family trait), from _______ (name of family member) and _______ (another family name) and _______ (family name). 
I am from the _______ (description of family tendency) and _______ (another one). 
From _______ (something you were told as a child) and _______ (another). 
I am from (representation of religion, or lack of it). Further description. 
I’m from _______ (place of birth and family ancestry), _______ (two food items representing your family). 
From the _______ (specific family story about a specific person and detail), the _______ (another detail, and the _______ (another detail about another family member). 
I am from _______ (location of family pictures, mementos, archives and several more lines indicating their worth).

NaBloPoMo November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving #NaBloPoMo

Every year my SIL shares this video and every year it makes me laugh so I figured I would pass it along. I love Thanksgiving and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Like this:Like Loading…

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The Boys Are Back In Town #NaBloPoMo

Our two oldest boys are back from college for Thanksgiving break.  It makes me so happy to see them and hang out with them. We went to my MIL’s house for dinner and will go to my aunt’s for Thanksgiving day. We spend the late evening talking about the world, current events, what’s going on […]

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Feelings on Ferguson #NaBloPoMo

Sick Angry Sad Helpless Confused Exasperated A whirlwind of emotions I felt as I watched the press conference concerning the possible indictment of the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson. As it started you could see where it was going.  It seemed as if it were a long explanation in an effort to soften […]

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Parent Teacher Conferences #NaBloPoMo

In the last few years the parent/teacher conferences at the elementary school have gotten later in the year.  They have moved them to the same week as Thanksgiving instead of early October when they used to be.  In some ways it is good because the teachers have more time to get to know the kids […]

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Random Round-Up 27

This is a random set of tidbits from the week along with a sprinkling of bloggy love. I think I’m ready to grow my hair a little longer again.  I’ve had it short for many years now, since I donated to Locks of Love, having it that long was kind of a pain so I […]

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Guns #NaBloPoMo

As I got back from the bus stop the other day and took off my shoes, I had a flash in my mind of the unthinkable, though sadly it has happened to others.  I thought to myself, this month before another heartbreaking anniversary, how I would react if a mentally unstable person took aim at […]

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Renaissance Festival #NaBloPoMo


Last month we took A and T to the Renaissance Festival.  It has been so many years since we have been there.  When my stepsons were younger we used to go just about every year.  But they eventually tired of going so A and T really don’t remember being there before. They enjoyed the visit […]

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Context Switching #NaBloPoMo

I feel like a spend a lot of time context switching.  One minute I am doing one thing and then I have to switch to another, then another, then another.  I may never get back to the original task.  I may not even remember the original task.  Until days later when I realize I never […]

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