Hello sweet friends. Just wanted to tell you that I'll be taking a blog break for awhile. Why? Well, because this is the first one I've had in the seven years since we started. I think it's time, don't you? I am only an e-mail away, and I do hope you write me an occasional note to keep in touch. Jess and Nel will be filling in for me and still post as often as they can with their busy schedules. I will leave you with some pictures of nature, as you all know how much I love spending time there. It cleanses my mind, and it is there where I dwell in peace~
I got lots of sweet gifts from my family. Jess knows I'm a Barbie lover, and got me the World's Smallest Barbie, it's adorable.
Nel made the most thoughtful gift. She asked me a few questions about past Christmas', and then she put the questions and answers inside a glass ornament and attached it with ribbon. I thought it was so creative.
Nel made my mom's famous enchiladas, and we also had a baked ham with a glaze. It was one of the best hams I've had. And a salad on the side.
I found this dress for the baby. I thought it was the cutest thing I've ever seen. She will remind me of a "red rose alley" baby when she wears it haha.
We drove around a neighborhood in my town that has a big display of lights. It was magical.
And a most precious gift was baby Francesca. She is a smiley baby, and it truly warms my heart. i.am.in.love.
We are starting a new year soon, and I hope it's a good one for you and me.
Here's some pictures of Christmas decorations around my home. They are pretty much the same as last year, with a couple new items here and there. I love nutcrackers, but only have one, and it just happens to match my couches.
I collect snow globes, and they are one of my favorite things to put out every year. Surprisingly, they all play "We wish you a Merry Christmas."
A bit of silver and blue.
I made a little Francesca corner. I put my frosty people on the dresser and a new ornament for baby. Next year, I'm going to fill the dresser with children's books. I still have old books that I read to my kids when they were little.
I bought this lantern at Pier 1 Imports a few years ago, and I keep it out all year long.
I have to have a bit of whimsical too.
This 'Family' block is very old. It's made out of marble and has sayings about family on every side.
I found the exact red balls that my mom used to put on her tree. I placed them in a glass bowl that belonged to someone dear to me.
I bought this Santa music box when my son was little. I thought I'd put it out this year because it reminds me of Francesca. I might paint the child's pajamas pink....still pondering about that.
Lots of Christmas goodies around here too. My son baked sugar cookies, an apple crisp, chocolate chip cookies, and Russian tea cookies. Yummy! I made a squash bake that turned out pretty good, and I've been enjoying this orange tea lately.