"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." 3 John 1:4

Friday, December 25, 2009

Quiet

Sometimes quiet is really, really nice.  Sometimes it’s overrated. 

Our Christmas celebration with our kids and grandkids is over.  Our cabin in the woods is quiet.  Steve and I are in and out of sleep as we sit in our chairs.

Last night at our house was fun, crazy, loud, awesome, special and more…We were yelling over the craziness and still had trouble getting each other’s attention.  Wrapping paper was flying, kids were squealing…there were lots of smiles, giggles, hugs…It was wonderful! 

Maddy and Jack were explaining their sweet gifts they each bought me…Maddy at her school store and Jack on his school field trip to Mighty Dollar. 

Noah had to wait until the very end to open his *huge* gift…the largest under the tree…until every other gift was opened!  He was almost beside himself.

Luke enjoyed his 2nd Christmas and, though he doesn’t actually “get it”, he had fun unwrapping and playing with his toys!

Georgia enjoyed hers and Luke’s toys and…ate wrapping paper!

Being together like this brings memories of Christmases past to mind.  Our three little kiddos “chomping at the bit”, waiting for Mama and Daddy to get up so they could go see what Santa had left them.

I was also reminded of some Christmases spent with our parents…in N. Carolina with Steve’s mom and stepdad…Melanie took her first steps at their house the Christmas of 1978…and in Florida with my daddy and stepmom.  I remember Daddy saying how much fun it was to have children in his house for Christmas and that it just wasn’t the same without little kids squealing with delight on Christmas morning.

And, of course, there are those really special memories of my childhood…Until my 2 brothers and I were practically all teenagers, my aunt, uncle and 2 cousins from Texas spent Christmas Eve night with us in Arkansas and we all 5 would try to stay up to see Santa but then were a little afraid that if we did, he wouldn’t leave us anything.  I remember times when we swore we heard him on the roof!  After the parents took turns coming in (usually about 5 times) to tell us to be quiet or Santa was not coming, we’d finally drift off to sleep.

Our parents, aunt and uncle would stay up late talking and laughing…waiting for us to go to sleep so they could work their Santa magic.  And it *was* magical!  The Christmas I remember the most was the one where I got a little red record player!

After breakfast we would drive the 15 miles to my grandmother’s house where all the aunts, uncles and cousins would be…a house full!  I remember my grandmothers chicken and dressing and all the pies and cakes up high on the buffet.  I remember that my grandmother never sat down.  She waited on everyone the entire meal. 

It was never quiet at my grandmother’s house when we were all there.  And I think the adults had as much fun as we did…

So, yes…I’m enjoying the quiet right now.  And as soon as I finish this post, I’m going to take a little nap.  But honestly, I love the noise and craziness that happens when we are all together.  I do.  I love it…

I finally won something!

I’m always entering contests on the wonderful sewing/quilting/crafting blogs and websites I read.  And I finally won!!!

On the Piece N Quilt Homespun Holiday Show & Tell I entered this blog post of my stockings, etc.  And I won a $20 gift certificate from Piece N Quilt!  I’m so excited!  They’ve got some fun fabrics, patterns and stuff on their site!  Merry Christmas to me!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A Day of Christmas Cookies

Today Melanie brought Maddy, Noah, Jack & Luke to our house to make Christmas cookies.  Luke didn’t actually help but he did sample the finished product!
I have very fond memories of making cookies with my own kids…the cutout kind.  The cookies, not the kids. :)  I remember how they would put sprinkles on them until you could hardly even see the cookie.  I liked the iced kind, but the kids really liked those sprinkles!
Making cookies with my grandchildren was very special.  They did a great job, too!  Maddy and Noah completely made the Snickerdoodles.  I gave them a little guidance and information but that’s it!Noah & Maddy Snickerdoodles 3
Jack and I worked together on the Christmas cutout cookie dough.  He measured all the flour himself, 1/2 cupfuls at a time and placed it in a big pile on the waxed paper.  He really loved cracking the egg!  (By the way, the lovely cobalt blue Kitchenaid Artisan mixer is my early Christmas present!)Dani & Jack Christmas Cookies 2
The kids worked hard, the cookies were delicious and beautiful…it was a good day.Christmas Cookies Close

Monday, December 21, 2009

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

CHRISTMAS!!!
My favorite time of the year to live in a log cabin is Christmas! It just seems these 200-year-old logs were meant to be decorated with greenery and Christmassy things.
Kitchen Greenery
Pine Cone Arrangement
For the past several weeks, I’ve been sewing and quilting. I can’t show all my projects right now because some are for Christmas presents! But my biggest sewing project has been to make 13 new stockings for our family…These were made using a tutorial I found at Park City Girl. I ordered fabrics from www.fabric.com and I just love them!
You might notice the space on the right side. The real reason for this is that I put 1 too many little nails up. But…that’s okay because….Georgia’s going to be a big sister next summer and so that space will be filled next Christmas!!! Yay! (And, yes…I did put nails in that 200-year-old piece of wood!)Living Room Mantel
Oh, and I made Ornament Wreaths for us and our kids’ families. I used another tutorial I found from Eddie Ross.
4 ornament wreaths Mine is the one on the far right. I changed the bow and now it looks like this: (should have used wider ribbon…oh well…)Our Ornament Wreath
To see lots of other Christmas projects, go over to Piece N Quilt for a “Home Spun Holiday Show N Tell”.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Maddy is 10!

I can hardly believe that my "Precious Angel" is 10! She made me a grandmother.

Last week, on Friday (the day before her birthday) her mama picked her up from school early and met her Poppi and me, her Memaw and her Daddy for lunch.

 Maddy Balloons closeup She was excited to get out of school for lunch.  She was hoping she would get to stay out for the rest of the day.

She did.

But she didn’t know this was in the plan:

Maddy at American Girl We left after lunch for Atlanta, where we spent 2 days and we had a wonderful time!

This is Maddy with Samantha.  She got her a couple of years ago.

The Girls are Excited

She added beautiful “Kaya” to her American Girl doll family.  For some reason, I didn’t get a picture of them together, but this is Kaya:

Kaya's TeePeeSweet Maddy, your Dani has loved every minute of the past 10 years.  Watching you turn into this beautiful, caring young lady has been a joy.  I love you so much and loved sharing this special weekend with you and your mama.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Preparing for Christmas

Well, for the past 5 Christmases, we lived in Honduras and came home after Baxter’s graduation, somewhere around the 8-10th of December.  Except for Christmas 2007, I was usually pretty late getting the house decorated and was always wrapping presents on Christmas Eve.
Look what’s been up for a week now…
Tree-Presents
Do you see those presents??? 
It is fun having time to do Christmasy things…like…
Melanie's Stocking
The first of 13 Christmas stockings I plan to make this year.  (The tutorial is from Park City Girl)  As you can see, this one is Melanie’s.  I was going to let everyone decide which one they wanted after I made them, but then I decided I’d pick!  I have lots of fun fabrics I purchased on sale from Fabric.com so they will all be different.
Now, if only we have a White Christmas, I’ll be even happier!!!