Friday, December 31, 2010

The End of the Old Year

What are we doing tonight at the end of 2010? For that matter, what have we been doing for the last half of December? Well, buckle up and settle in. I may just be working on this post till the New Year arrives!

I have spent the last three days clearing away the Christmas clutter and decorations, and tonight I am prepping the house to celebrate my J's 12th birthday with friends and family tomorrow. Her birthday isn't till the 4th, but we decided to ring in the new year with a celebration of her (rather significant) birthday.

Kids are watching The Polar Express(still catching up on the holiday movies they didn't get to watch while they were sick--we're a bit behind on our traditions!). I made salsa and queso for their snacking urges tonight. The cockatiel went crazy when she saw tortilla chips with CHEESE. Cheese is her favorite; if it happens to be on a crunchy snack, all the better. I had to rescue it from her eager attempts to land in it. :-)


We finally purchased a new dining table this week, for a GREAT deal. All I will say is the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store is a well-kept secret!
Here's a picture of the table:





It is 88 inches long(with the leaf)! That's almost a full three feet larger than our previous one!


We didn't get chairs, though. They will come later. We are actually looking at benches for the sides, as they seat more AND have fewer legs to sweep around. I like these:







I thought I would share some of our Christmas fun this year:


Our main little tree--in the main area off the kitchen. This was the morning of the 23rd, and the kids had spent the night "under" the tree. We surprised them by opening gifts that morning, since on Christmas Eve we were going to my Mom's and Dad's house. This way they had a full day to enjoy their gifts before leaving them. I love, love, love the morning light in this area, anytime of year, but the SPARKLE of Christmas is magical!

They were so sweet, all snuggled up together. . .

Opening gifts:


This is a funny sequence: J opening the package. . .


"OH! A big blue blanket. O-kayyyyyy"
"Wait, it has sleeves?"
She looks more like the Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come here!

Finally, laughing so hard she had to come up for air. She DID eventually get the thing straightened out, and was nearly inseparable from it during the recent cold snap. :)
C painted for her a bird figure to look like "Doodle"(aka, Noname, the cockatiel).
C got a PLANT--Clivia "Good Hope". That's it on the table behind her.
Have you ever seen someone so happy over plastic flowerpots?
They ARE self-watering, but REALLY???

The Redhead FINALLY got her redheaded friend, Felicity.


Legos. Legos. LEGOS.

On Christmas Eve we went "home" to the country. We spent the night and had Christmas Day with Mom and Dad and my Uncle.
And the dogs.
Amos enjoyed gazing in at all the goings-on--including the warm fireplace and the FOOD.

Incidentally, this is the dog who would be running crazily around right now, judging from the noise outside--he loves fireworks-- it must now be 12:00 a.m.--so HAPPY NEW YEAR.
I think if I were a dog I would be more of the hides-under-the-bed-for-loud-noises type. . .

I will have to continue this post sometime next week.

I'm going to hide under the covers!

May your new year be blessed and filled with the peace that passes understanding.

~april


















































Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Stuff of Life This Week



Four kids, each with three days of 101+ fever, cough, runny nose, achiness. . . .

countless doses of this and that, cups of water and sports drinks, and too-numerous-to-count handwashings. . . .

two holiday events missed so far, maybe more

equals:

One tired Mom.
Not sick--yet.

Enjoying:
New blend of tea and a pretty cup.


Thankful that my kids are sick at home, not in a hospital somewhere OR far away from home while we're on vacation. . .
at the current moment we have a friend with a son in St. Jude, and another friend at Disney with a stomach virus her family is sharing.

I'm thankful.
But still tired.

What have you been up to?

~april

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Lovin' My New Table!

We set out last weekend in search of a table, and came home with something OTHER than the 8-feet-or-more model I am still hoping to find to seat our family of six and at least six friends all at one time. . . but I am HAPPY with this neat little find:


The green is my FAVORITE. It is 48 inches across, and with a slightly lower table height of 27", it is PERFECT for children to enjoy a bite of breakfast or lunch in the bay window. And it works well with the window seat.(Oh, and Brenda said it is French! Doesn't that add to the fun?)

Thanks to Brenda at Kindred Hearts Antiques for having such sweet fun stuff in her shop!

Linking to a VERY interesting Vintage Thingie Thursday!

~april

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sweet Roses, Vintage Pitcher

Thought I'd share quickly my latest fun find from a local shop, along with the latest beautiful flowers my hubby brought home a week ago.

This pink pitcher just screamed "PINK LEMONADE" at me when I saw it.

The roses have opened beautifully.


Linking to:



Happy weekend to you!

~april

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

It's beginning to look a LITTLE like Christmas!!

Linking this post to Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday! There are some BEAUTIFUL Christmas decorations over there this week!
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Ok, so two boxes and a small tree out of some fourteen-odd parcels, boxes, and bundles that hold my Christmas decorations in the attic REALLY is just a small dent in what I will get out and "put up" just-so before the 25th, but a gal has to start somewhere, and today I managed to get these two boxes opened and mostly unpacked--two shelves in my kitchen dusted(cough, cough, sneeze!)and decorated. . . .of course there is the mandatory rearranging of the STUFF that normally sits on the shelves. I think they look SO much better! It's kind of a mini-hug everytime I walk toward the kitchen!


My big red teapot is on the low shelf right by the sink where it is easily reachable for those cold-morning, huge pots of Irish Breakfast or Earl Grey. I think the red and white dots are so cheerful! Thanks to my sweet friend Alli who gifted me with that chunky cheerful teapot for Christmas last year!


Moving up a shelf we have a vintage pitcher I found at GW, and a sweet little rooster that belonged to my hubby's grandmother. He looks happy about his Christmas tree!


And moving up another shelf we have my big white ironstone teapot that the hubby bought me at one of my favorite local shops, Mothers and Daughters. The ladies there are WONDERFUL, fun, and very creative. They have SUCH sweet stuff there!
The Christmas gnome with his tiny tree makes me smile--and of course the mushroom matches the teapot below! If you could see the TOP shelf(I will get a picture soon, but I didn't want to climb back up on the bar stool!), you would see more mushrooms along with a sweet hobnail milk glass pitcher(more dots!)that also holds a bottle brush tree. I love those, too.

Oh, and here is my (now) blue and white shelf. It previously held most of my collection of dollhouse-scale kitchen miniatures. I like it better blue and white! The minis are waiting for the DOLLHOUSE that hubby got me for Christmas to be assembled so they can move in. . .I have more projects going than I can keep up with!

That's about all I've gotten done so far--this week is the children's Christmas concert for LPCC, and we have four nights of choir-related running. We will be tired and joyful when the concert is finished Friday night. It is a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season every year, and I usually leave with a sense that Christmas has truly "arrived".

I will be back with concert videos(hopefully) AND an update on our Thanksgiving day at my Mom's SOON!

Christus natus est,

~april