Monday, December 29, 2008

The Clock is ticking...I am 38!

Today I am older than dirt... just call me Mother Time! I so remember that song..."Strawberry Wine" and the line that said..." and I remember when 30 was old." I do remember when 30 was old and now I am very close to 40. YIKES... where has the time gone? The fun thing about having a birthday during the Holidays is that it is one huge party... We are in St. George and headed to Las Vegas with our St. George cronies to party like rock stars. It is always a fun time with this I am sure this mini-vacay won't disappoint. I did get a new camera for Christmas so I will try to remember to get it out of my purse for the photo ops. It is good to be back in the blogosphere... I think I will come back for good. Oh... and thanks to Mindi for the Birthday shout-out. I am linking her blog here so you can see how hot I look on my big birthday. Only these pictures were taken when I was really fat...enjoy! That Mindi... what a gem, what a gem!

Monday, December 8, 2008 to decorate for the Holidays!

Well here are a few snaps of my Christmas decor this year. I have had my tree decorated since before Thanksgiving...but I just hate to take photos because my pictures always look so bad. New Years Resolution #1: Learn how to take better photos!

This is my entry way table with a little view into the family room. I love my new candles and stockings. Fun...kindof whimsical with a little splash of color. As you can see.. most of my stuff is all bronze and gold...not a real bright traditional theme!

Here is another shot of my entry table. I just love using apothecary jars to decorate...especially during Christmas and winter. It is very important for me to have the entry way looking festive... it is sometimes the only part of the house people it is the first impression ( and an easy area to keep clean)

My mantel... the wise men are one of my very favorite decorations. This picture does not do them justice.. they are all about 14" tall. They are the best!

Here is my tree ( well most of it anyways...the bottom is cut off) It is 12' tall and slim so I could fit it in the space available... 12 feet and skinny makes for a tipsy turvy tree. Meggie and I went to St. George a few days before Caylor and the boys showed up... he called and told me my tree tipped over... I was totally stressed. He was teasing me! NOT FUNNY! The big ornament hanging from the ceiling is also one of my favs! If I stand it in front of me it goes to my chest... it is almost 5 feet tall. LOVE IT!

My wreath that is on my door. Right now I am really wishing Mother Nature would "Let it Snow"... I've got snowboarders that are dying to hit the my yard is all dead and ugly- it needs to be covered up and look like a winter wonderland!

Meggie's trees in her room. I loved the cheetah- black and red theme. That is what color her room is! You can't really tell...but the ornaments are purses, shoes, crowns, and dresses. So girly and cute! She loves having them in her room.

That was just a few of my decorations... maybe I will post more photos later of other areas. I have got two parties this weekend and I will show photos of them too. This really is the most wonderful time of the year!
p.s. If you are reading this... leave a comment. If you like my decorations..leave a comment. If you spit on my decorations leave a comment. I have been on a vacay from blogging so I need a few comments to motivate me back. Come on people... show me some holiday love!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Roll out the holly... Here are all my Christmas loves!

Here is a little Christmas tag that has been floating around the blogosphere... It was really fun- play along if you want...

Wrapping paper or gift bags? I love gift bags for birthdays and quick presents...but nothing says Christmas more than a beautifully wrapped presents that match the tree. Lots of ribbon... I like to say you can give a dumb gift if it wrapped great. I wrap a present like I own the ribbon mill...lots and lots of ribbon!

Real or Artificial tree? Growing up in St. George we had to hurry to unwrap the presents before all the needles were off the tree... and then out went the tree. I am a total artificial girl... plus who knows how to string 2500 lights anymore?

When do you put up the tree? The last 2 years it has been up the second week in November because we always go South for Thanksgiving and I want it in when I get home. This year it was the Thursday before Thanksgiving before it was up and decorated. Yeah. I know I am a slacker!
When do you take the tree down? When the kids go back to school and I can just un-decorate the house myself.

Do you like Eggnog? Yeah... I would really like it with a little something something in it...

Favorite gift received as a child? My playhouse when I was about 8. My parents kept telling me to go outside to get wood... I went out 4 times before I noticed the 2 story playhouse in my backyard. It was great! There were a lot of crazy times in that playhouse... now it is my parent's pool house.

Hardest person to buy for? My parents... What to buy someone that buys what they want and has everything... plus they don't want presents... LAME!

Easiest person to buy for? The kids... they are spoiled rotten!

Do you have a nativity scene? or three? Plus I have 3 wisemen that I LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Mail or email Christmas cards? For sure...MAILED! I love getting cards and pictures and especially the goofy little letters that brag up the family. I love Christmas mail!

Worst Christmas gift you ever received? My birthday is on the 29th of December and the Christmas I was turning 16 my sister said she new what I was getting... She wouldn't tell me, but she would give me hints... It is black, has four wheels, and doesn't have a top. My parents knew I wanted a black convertible Cabriolet... Jody had me knowing that was what I was getting. On Christmas morning my dad said... Amy, I think there is one more present outside in the driveway. I was so happy I ran right out...only to find a freaking black horse with a cow that is on 4 wheels shoved under it. My dad went to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas and got a little tipsy and spendy at Cowboy Christmas and thought since I am so allergic to horses it would be fun to get me one I could ride. A roller roper! It is a life size horse that you sit on and kick this lever and calf rolls out. The purpose is to practice your roping. I am not a roper! I cried ALOT that day... I know what a brat. Jody laughed her butt off! It wasn't funny!

Favorite Christmas Movie? Is there any other movie besides...CHRISTMAS VACATION?

When do you start shopping for Christmas?

Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? YES... enough said!

Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Treats!

Lights on the tree? Only about a million!

Favorite Christmas song? Oh Holy Night... if I could sing this is what it would be.

Travel at Christmas or stay home? Since my kids are big we stay home. Taking Santa's sleigh down south and then dragging it all back home was a bummer. Now we just go after Christmas and celebrate New Years with our family and friends.

Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Yeah... if I sing the song!

Angel on the tree top or a star? a big old blob of ribbon with flowers and things shooting out... that sounds yucky, but it looks good!

Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? same as the rest of the world... PJs Christmas Eve and the rest Christmas Day.

Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The craziness I make... not just enjoying the season.

Favorite ornament theme or color? Well... I usually love traditional red and green, but my tree is all gold and brown and copper...not so Christmasy. Meg's tree is red and gold and cute! Maybe next year I will go bright red and lime downstairs... who knows.

Favorite for Christmas dinner?The traditional... love the Christmas ribbon jello...but I am sometimes jello impaired and it never turns out...

What do you want for Christmas this year? Whatever it is ... I will probably buy it and Caylor will be so surprized when I open it and it is from him. He is so good to me... he gives me whatever I buy... I mean want.

Sorry this was so long... it was fun to do.
I tag anyone who wants to play along!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Yeah... December is here!

He sees you when you're sleeping he knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good... so be good for goodness sake!
It is December! The most magical time of the year! I have taken a blogging vacation and I hope I still have a reader or two... I love Christmas and I love the whole holiday season. I found a quote that I loved... " Christmas is not a season.. it is a feeling" Yeah for traditions, snow (hopefully), giving, friends & family, and the whole feeling of Christmas!