Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy New Year!

Have a safe and happy New Year! May God bless you in 2008!

I won't be posting for a couple of days, so I won't see you until next year!!! :0) Be careful if you go out to celebrate the New year!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him!" Romans 15:13

In Him ~ Sharon

Christmas Memories!

I finally had a little minute to show you some pictures from our Christmas experience this year. We had such a wonderful season and it was so nice to end with such great family gatherings.

Christmas Eve: From left to right, Jessica, Eric and my mother, Shirley, filling their plates! Every Christmas Eve since all of my sisters and I got married we have always gathered together at one of our homes. This year it was at my sister Kelli's house (Kelli and her husband Ralph and their three kids, Whitney, Samuel and Joseph). My parents, Leonard and Shirley, and my other sister and her family, Kathi & Stacey and their four kids, Harrison, Victoria, Jessica and Garrett, plus Eric and I and our four sons were all able to make it. Kelli decided the menu this year would be every family bring two appetizers and one dessert. Everyone brought such wonderful dishes that were so delicious!

Above is a picture of Cameron, Mackenzie, Grayson and Harrison standing around visiting and joking. The cousins are pretty close, over the years we have all gathered together and spent the night at each other's homes, and so the cousins are more like friends. It is really wonderful!

Jessica, Joseph, Samuel and Victoria waiting to play our fun Christmas present exchange/game. We had such a blast.

Eric and I in front of Kelli and Ralph's tree. When we got back to our house that night Eric and the boys and I all sat in our living room with a cozy drink and we lit the last Advent candle and read the Bible about Jesus' birth. Then the boys opened their two traditional gifts, a new pair of jammies and a new book. Then we had to get to bed so Santa would come! LOL!

Christmas Morning! The stockings are hung by the chimney with care and it looks like Santa might have filled them up! LOL! Notice Kenzie's face looking up in wonder, he is always clowning around!

Hayden opening some of his gifts.

It is nice to have big brothers that work! Grayson and Hayden received Guitar Hero III from Cameron! I thought that was a very awesome gift - so did they!!!

Cameron opening a nice sweatshirt from Kenzie.

Now it is Kenzie's turn. At our home we rotate. Eric starts by opening the presents from Hayden, then I open the presents from Hayden, etc.. all the way down the line. Then Eric opened the gifts from Grayson etc. We like to make it last and everyone watches to really enjoy the whole experience. I am so proud of my kids because they are all so generous and truly love to give.

Eric helping Bailey open her presents. She was really into opening her gifts, it was really cute!

Oh.........the mess after!

Eric bought me a new stereo and surround sound system. I do not live with procrastinators......they all jumped up after we were done opening and started installing it while I was making breakfast! I am amazed by the men that I live with!!! :0) It was a little hard because the house was so torn up! We had a big ladder in the middle of the family room and furniture moved everywhere plus boxes and cords, etc. but it was okay, really it was .......breathe Sharon......breathe! At this point every single room in our house except for the downstairs bathroom was a mess! Oh well, it all cleaned up! I have finally matured and realized I would rather have the time with my family than be freaking out about a clean house!

Our traditional Christmas morning breakfast, French toast, bacon and eggs on the special Christmas plates. Usually Eric makes the breakfast, but this year I did because he was installing the new stereo. This is the first time we have ever had all of us in the picture for the Christmas morning breakfast thanks to the tripod that Cameron bought me for Christmas!

Christmas Day Dinner: Later at about 2:00 we went over to Eric's parents house (Jim & Alice) and when we got there we were all standing in their entryway with no sign of Alice. We started asking where is Alice when all of the sudden she popped out of this box! Isn't she adorable! I might add that she is 72 years old too! She is such a neat role model, she is always doing something fun and unexpected and she loves to make people feel special. Eric's sister, Stacey, and her husband, Jim, and their kids, Monique and Preston were there too!

Look how pretty she set the table! It is always like this when she invites us to dinner. She uses her best silver and china and makes you feel so warm and welcome. This year she gave us all Christmas Crackers as party favors. That was really fun!

She had a spread of appetizers waiting for us so we nibbled while we visited and opened gifts.

The kiddie table, from left to right, Hayden, Cameron, Monique and Preston.

The adult table. Jim, Alice, Stacey, Mackenzie, Grayson, Eric and Jim. We are all wearing the crowns we got in our Crackers.

Here is a picture of me wearing my crown (don't you think it is appropriate! - ha!). We had a very lovely Christmas celebration this year. I got sad the next day and cried a little because it was all over. I hate it that my emotions do that. It has something to do with those empty nest feelings. I prayed and listened to the new Chris Tomlin CD that Hayden gave me and I got better.

I hope all of you had wonderful Christmases and have a happy New Year!

"If you need wisdom - if you want to know what God wants you to do - ask Him and He will gladly tell you!" James 1:5

~ Sharon

Friday, December 28, 2007

Show and Tell - Shadow Box

Today is Show and Tell over at Kelli's blog, There is No Place Like Home. You should go over to her blog and check it out, it is really fun.

Today I would like to share my Christmas shadow box.

I found this cute shadow box at Goodwill a few years ago. I just love it. It has a post marked stamp dated 1972. I remember that making shadow boxes was a big home craft in the 70s.

I just think it is so cute because it is red and has the cute red and white polka dot paper in the background. It has all kinds of cute Christmas trinkets in it.

Have a happy New Year!

~ Sharon

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

It snowed!

We had such a wonderful, wonderful Christmas! I will tell you more about it later, I feel a little tired and want to relax, but I wanted to show you pictures that it snowed this morning! We do not get snow here very much, sometimes we go two or three years before we get snow, so it is pretty exciting when we get it! It is especially neat because it is so close to Christmas. We actually had a little snow on Christmas day, but it went away so quickly.

I hope all of you had a very merry Christmas too!

~ Sharon

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

From our home to yours............

Merry Christmas!

Peace on Earth!

"I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how yo uwill recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth." Luke 2:10:12

~ Blessings to all of you on this day! Sharon

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Decorations - Kitchen

Here are some pictures of our kitchen all decorated for Christmas. The above Santa cups and little angel are from the 50s and are made by Napco. They are becoming quite collectible. I think the faces of the little girls and boys are so sweet.

Above is a picture of my kitchen window sill all decked out for Christmas. I have a lot of the vintage brush trees and sparkly Santa's. The wreath is reproduction and made by Cannon Falls. I love it!
I found this awesome vintage baby Jesus at a thrift store, it is made of some kind of stone, it almost looks like it has salt in it. I just love this, it is so old and so precious because it is baby Jesus. The postcard in the back is dated 1910 and simply states: To George, From Aunty.

I found the little child's mug at an antique store. It has a picture of father Christmas giving gifts to children on the front. I filled it with miniature vintage brush trees. The vintage looking father Christmas is something I cheated on! He is a cheap dollar store reproduction that I found at Goodwill for .49 cents. I painted glue all over him and rolled him in mica. He looks pretty cool, don't you think!

Above are more Santas on the window sill. They are reproduction too. I love how they look.

Above is another Napco figurine and he is dated 1956. I have him next to a framed picture of some Christmas puppies (sorry there is a reflection in the picture).

Last but not least here is a picture of an old elf probably from the 60s next to a large bottle brush Christmas tree and a votive candle.

"I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8

Merry Christmas! Sharon

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Tacky Christmas Fun!

A week ago the Tacky girls (my fun group of friends who get together for crafts, food and to gab about anything and everything) met at Jill's house for a wonderful Tacky Christmas tea. In the picture from left to right is me, Mareta, Shannon, Jenny and Jill. She served yummy cherry cheesecake with nuts and candy and coffee and tea. We all exchanged small gifts and had a wonderful time. Jill's house is fabulous and was decorated so pretty! She had every room decorated for Christmas.

She had two bookshelves made to flank each side of her fireplace and she has decorated them so cute! We are very much alike and we both love vintage Christmas items. Actually our whole Tacky group loves anything and everything vintage and antique.

Jill is really good with creating vignettes. I love all her special touches.

She has silver trays filled with ornaments just like me. We all get and give ideas to each other.

Below is a cute Season's of Cannon Falls Santa in a sleigh sitting on an old bench surrounded by all kinds of fun Christmas touches.

Below is a vintage Santa boot filled with Santa and snowmen cupcake picks. Aren't they cute!
I feel so blessed to have such lovely ladies for my good friends. Jill is going to be starting her own blog in January and I will let all of you know when she does. She is really into scrapbooking and is very good at it, in fact she has even won multiple awards for her work! She wants to blog a lot about her scrapbooking, so those of you that do that will probably love her blog!

Merry Christmas!

"The Lord bless you and keep you." Numbers 6:24

In Him ~ Sharon

All snuggled in his bed

Isn't this so precious! It has been a tradition at our home that sometime during the Christmas season after we had our tree up, all four of our boys would sleep in the living room in front of the tree. Sadly, over the years, one by one my boys got older and too big to do that. I was pleasantly surprised last night when Hayden said he wanted to sleep under the tree. I think it was because I had just wrapped all the gifts and put them under there, so it looked so pretty and he was really excited for Christmas. I snuck in there after he was asleep and got these darling pictures.

Here is a close up picture of him. I think he looks so sweet!

I have had a hard time this year dealing with them getting so big and being so busy, plus our older two moved out, so this is the first Christmas season without them living here. Life has really changed and I need to keep praying about it and go into it with a positive attitude. I realized that I have been kind of snappy and I think it is because Grayson is so busy with basketball and his job and also his ever growing social life. I realize I am being selfish by trying to make them stay home and be at my feet as I busy myself with Christmas doings. I want them to be home and watch Christmas movies with me while I bake and it is just not reality anymore, they are all either grown up or almost grown up and I need to let them go and be okay with that. Tradition is hard because I feel it is pretty important, it gives us all stability, but as a modern mother with growing children, you need to stay with it and be spontaneous and willing to let things go as our kids grow and our life changes. I need to be appreciative of where life is now and not be sad about the good old days. I am really happy because both Mackenzie and Cameron are planning on being with us on Christmas eve and spending the night and being here on Christmas morning.

One more thing, I just wanted to show you a picture of the school morning hot chocolate that I bring up to my boys bedrooms when they wake up. I have shown you trays for Halloween and Thanksgiving and here is a picture for Christmas. This is a really fun tradition that we have.

I hope all of you are having really relaxing and joyful last days before Christmas!

"God has given us these times of joy." Psalm 81:4

His blessed Peace to you! ~ Sharon

Friday, December 21, 2007

Show and Tell - Antique Ornaments

Today is Show and Tell Friday at Kelli's blog, There's No Place Like Home. I encourage you to go visit her blog and check out all the other bloggers show and tell items.

Today I would like to share my antique Christmas ornaments. I love all things that are old including Christmas ornaments. I have been collecting them for quite a few years. I hit the jackpot one time at a thrift store, it was really before everyone started getting excited about the old vintage ornaments and I got boxes of them for just a few dollars.

I put a whole bunch of them on these stacking silver cake plates. I just randomly set them in there kind of like a collage. I love the old Christmas formed light bulbs, here is a little cat playing an instrument. I have him nestled in with vintage glass beads.

I also strung some of the glass beads of garland in our dining room window and hung several of my vintage ornaments on them.

It is truly amazing that some of these have survived this many years!

I have about five of these little guys. I think they are from the 40s or 50s. They have celluloid faces, chenille arms and legs and spun cotton feet. They are sitting in old metal round ornaments. I think their feet are so cute! The blue raspberry ornament is one of my favorites too. It is so pretty and I think it is really, really old.

The ornament below is one of my favorites. It is a glass ornament with crinkled metal all around it and then has metal flowers on top. I think it is from Germany from the 40s.

That is my antique ornament collection, I hope you enjoyed them. I am almost ready for Christmas, just need to do the wrapping, baking and making of some salads for the meals and I will be ready. I am so excited because I am off work for 13 days! Ya whoooooooo!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Hugs! Sharon

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