Thursday, December 27, 2012

CHRISTMAS 2012



 
Christmas morning...
 
 
 
 
 
Because we spent the two weekends before Christmas having our family parties,
we decided to have a quiet Christmas
with just our little family.
 
 
While I was showering,
my family set the table with my gift. 
 
 Dishes and accessories from
Pottery Barn and Target.
 
 
 
 
I washed all the dishes and set the table for breakfast.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We had Overnight Eggnog French Toast.
 
 
Megan
 
 
Daniel
 
 
Nick
 
 
 
Later we had a special Christmas dinner of Filet Mignon, but I didn't take any photos.
 
Then some friends came over and the kids built Gingerbread houses.
 
 
 
We ended the day by doing something I never thought I would do on Christmas -
going to the movies.
 
We saw The Hobbit.
 
I actually enjoyed it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CHRISTMAS PARTIES, CONCERTS, & SNOW

We had my family's Christmas get together this weekend.  The little guy above is my nephew Logan.
He's always on the move, so getting a good photo is not easy.  As you can see, I didn't get one.
 
 
These lovely ladies are my niece Alisha and my daughter Megan. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

CHRISTMAS SADNESS

Today I host our annual Family Christmas Party.
 
 
 
This year, it will be different.
Our hearts are heavy
and the tears flow
 for the victims of this week's horrible tragedy in Connecticut.
I pray.
But it just doesn't feel like it's enough.
 

Friday, December 14, 2012

PALLET CHRISTMAS SIGN

Using an old pallet, some leftover paint, and some greens I cut, I made a Christmas sign - for $0.



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thursday, December 6, 2012

SIMPLICITY (or My Boring Christmas Mantel)

 
I don't have a real
honest-to-goodness mantel,
 but what I do have is this
 fake fireplace heater thing. 

CHRISTMAS COMES TO THE FAMILY ROOM

 
I have been having a real hard time
 taking Christmas photos of the house.



The days have been gloomy,
and it gets dark so early. 



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

CHRISTMAS SIGN & MORE fOR THE DOOR

 
 Through my incessant blog stalking, I was inspired to make a Christmas sign to go over my front door.
 
Now, there are some pretty good signmakers out there (The House of Belonging for one).
 
I am not one of them.
 
 


Monday, December 3, 2012

MAKING THE MUDROOM MERRY

 
 
I needed something festive to decorate my mudroom.  I wanted to keep it natural, and low cost.  Hey, my mudroom's a real mudroom, muddy, and full of shoes, coats, wood, and mud. 
This ain't your Pinterest mudroom baby.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

AT CHRISTMAS, ALL HEARTS GO HOME

At Christmas all hearts go home. 
 

 

 We dress our windows and doors with evergreens, welcoming family and friends.
 
Our gaily decked homes welcome passersby too.
 
 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I'LL TAKE MY COFFEE IN A CUP

I woke up this morning to a chilly house. 
 I lit a fire, made a pot of coffee,
 and curled up in a comfy chair
 for my morning devotions.


Today was supposed to be an easy day. 
 
 It was the last day of school
 before Thanksgiving break. 
 
We were having fruit salad
with our first grade buddies. 

The grocery shopping was done.

The house cleaning was done.
 
Then......

Monday, November 19, 2012

CHRISTMAS BEDROOM

 
I always wait until the day after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas.
 
I just really like the fall decorations for Thanksgiving - the last hurrah if you will -
before going full-out for Christmas.
But......


 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

No Sew Ottoman Redo

 
 
 
 
 
After purchasing our new white Ikea sofa, we were in need of an ottoman for the room.  This is where we watch tv, and we really like to put our feet up.  We also like to put a tray on the ottoman for our coffee.
 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 11, 2012

FRENCH ONION SOUP

 
 


One of my favorite recipes is French Onion Soup.  It is so easy to make and the results are ALWAYS great.

French Onion Soup
 
2 Tbsp butter
3 large onions (I like to use 3 different kinds,
 but not necessary)
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1 Tbsp worcestershire
1 box beef broth
salt & pepper to taste
swiss cheese
Italian or French bread
 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Ikea Ektorp Sofa

We have been saving our pennies to purchase a sofa for our tv room.  This weekend we were finally able to buy our new white Ektorp sofa from Ikea.
 
 

ELECTION EVE 2012

My daughter and I
attended the Romney event last night at the
Verizon Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.
 
 

Monday, October 29, 2012

HURRICANE SANDY



I am sitting in my warm, dry cozy home, watching the effects of Hurricane Sandy outside my window. 

Yesterday we prepared for the worst.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

EARTHQUAKE!!!


Well, yesterday was sure an interesting day in the neighborhood.  At about 6:20, I locked myself out of the house.