Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogmas 2014 - Day 15 Christmas Decorations

We are so cramped in our tiny home.  So cramped that we haven't been able to get out most of our decorations.  We've found room for some though, even rearranging the furniture in our living room just to fit the Christmas tree.

I love the wreath on my front door. We always had one growing up and when I saw this at Costco, I knew I had to have it.  I'm so in love with the gold decorations.

I love these hanging stuffy things but I never know where to put them.  I think I found their new home. Can you spot Ralphie, our elf, in the poinsettia?  That was his hiding spot this morning.

We got this guy as a gift last year.  We are KU basketball fans, so he does fit in.  As he is breakable, he sits behind my sink.

Above my cabinets.  You can make a few different words with these as they also have letters on the back, but this is my favorite.

That is a placemat that my mom gave me from when were growing up.  Every year I buy poinsettias from the preschool fundraiser and put them on the placemat on the table.  There are only 4 placemats and 6 of us so this works out better anyway.

I love our tree.  We wanted to wait to buy a new one until we bought a house, but a bunch of our old one wouldn't light so we went ahead and got a new one.  I'm glad we did, because it's gorgeous.  My girls are in love with the giant Santa and dance with it and talk to it all the time.  It's almost as big as my 2 year old.  The angel on the top of the tree was the one we had growing up.  When my parents retired her they gave her to me.  I always kissed her before putting her on the tree and then when we took her down before packing her up.

We decorated our own stockings this year.  You can see Ralphie peaking out from behind a candle, he sure is a cheeky elf.  As you can see, I'm a little obsessed with nutcrackers.  I don't know why, just always have loved them.  I really wanted the large nutcracker to go in front of the fireplace from Costco.  Maybe I'll go see if by chance they still have any on Wednesday...

We also put garland around the handrail up the stairs but I didn't take a picture of that.  I have so many decorations that we didn't even bother getting out this year.  I can't wait to have a little more space so we can fully decorate!

Blogmas 2014 - Day 14 Favorite Childhood Christmas Memory

Hmmmm...  there are a lot and of course the sentimental side of me will say, just spending time with my dad.  I guess, the thing I always remember, and laugh about is how my dad would get so excited for Christmas.  He'd put up the lights, we'd do the tree, he loved giving gifts, but come Christmas Eve he was such a stressed out mess, he was yelling at us kids for "not being in the Christmas spirit."  I don't know why but the irony of him angry and yelling about us not being in happy or fighting was always funny to me. I should mention, my sister and I were always trouble, bickering and fighting back and forth.

Blogmas 2014 - Day 13 How Are You Counting Down To Christmas

Ok, honestly....  I'm not.  I have this gorgeous advent calendar that is 3 building with little numbered doors all over them.  I haven't gotten it out for lack of space and really small children.  Maybe next year.  Also, Ben has been all over the lego ones and stuff so I figure, I'll pick up some next year or as I see them now this year, so each kid can have their own next year.  I don't know maybe I'll just make them if I'm feeling crafty and find the time.  It actually hit us all at once on Saturday that Christmas was less than 2 weeks away.

Blogmas 2014 - Day 12 Winter Wonderland Pics of Where You Live

Here in Kansas, winter is hit or miss.  You can get gorgeous snow, ice, bitter cold with everything ugly brown or warm weather and everything is still ugly brown.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Blogmas 2014 - Day 11 Christmas Food... What Is On The Menu

Ohhh... This one is tough because we go to my in-laws house on Christmas eve where we have snacky type foods all night.  Christmas day we live off of the left overs from the night before.  Since I have no way of knowing what everyone will bring (it's potluck style) I'll just tell you what we usually eat.

Cookies and Candies... lots of them!
Little Smokies
Chips and dip
Veggies and dip
Shrimp cocktail
Lunch meat and Cheese to make sandwiches or eat plain

That's pretty much it, there is always other things like trail mix or stuff I can't remember but a lot of that changes from year to year.  Everything I listed we do every year.

Blogmas 2014 - Day 10 Show us your cookies, or recipes

I love the cookies!  Boy do I love them.  I apologize for the picture quality here because they are old pictures.  I'll have to take new ones this year as I do my Christmas baking.

Here's my favorites!  

Candy Cane cookies

No Bakes

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake Mix Cookies

It appears that as I'm pulling out my recipes this year, I have plenty of recipes to add, since I only have some here for my pumpkin cookies and fudge.  

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Blogmas 2014 - Day 9 Winter Items You Can't Live Without

Oh my goodness...  I'm trying to think of the winter items I can't live with out...  I don't have pictures of it all, that's for sure, but a few things are coming to mind.

Probably a good, comfy, and warm scarf.  My favorite really is a simple green striped one that I bought years ago at American Eagle.

My favorite coffee mug filled with coffee, tea (my favorite is just plain old Earl Grey), or spiced cider.

A nice big sweater!  I'm a huge fan of sweaters. Lately I've been doing a lot of tank tops or tees with open front sweaters or cardigans over them.  The older I get, the more about comfort I am.  And, if it looks cute, then that's a bonus.

I love cute boots.  I have my brown and black combat looking boots from last winter, but I'm actually kind of over them and want something a little more feminine.  I need to get out there and shop for some, but I'm lazy and actually quite chicken to take my kids shopping for boots for me.

A nice, hot, fire in the fireplace.  I sure hope I always have a fireplace.

Good movies!  I love nothing more than on a cold day, to sit inside and watch my favorites while I have a stew or chili cooking, or something in the crockpot. I have a few that I always go to.  Love Actually, The Holiday, The Last Holiday, either of the Bridget Jones movies are a few of my favorites.

A nice snug blanket.  I have these plush blankets that I bought at Costco.  We all fought over the one on a regular basis so I bought two more recently.  They were cheap and are so comfortable.  Also, they hold up so much better after several washes than fleece.

Most importantly, my husband and kids.  Those 5 make me feel warm and loved.  I love nothing more than to get locked up with them, with nothing else to do but snuggle up, relax, watch movies, and just hang out.