Back to what I love....blogging about family happenings and there has been so much going on to keep us busy! This is the last week of school for both the girls so we are getting caught up on homeschooling and testing and getting ready for the brand new year! I have a whole to do list of things around the house I'd like to do while we have 2 weeks off!! :-)
We set up our Christmas tree when we got home from visiting family in Maryland and Pennsylvania. I was a part of the decorating, but again behind the camera :-)
Usually we set up 2 trees, one being in our guest room; but this year just keeping it to one, since no one will be out to visit. :-(
Jerry climbing under to place the skirt around the tree. :-)
Decorating and reminiscing about what all the ornaments mean to our family and how we got them.
Standing on the arm of the couch to hang ornaments... don't recommend trying this at home! LOL.
It was Hayley's turn this year to place the angel on top of the tree.
If you watched Kathleen's YouTube video you saw the review of her new Monster High doll Astranova, it is freaky how it hangs from the stand with no strings, etc. Hayley was cracking us up so I had to include this lovely photo face in the background, lol.
Our precious Elvis is so happy the tree is up. He loves laying underneath it and each night he waits for us to light it. He's such a good cat, he never climbs in it or bats at the ornaments.
One of the benefits of Jerry's job is tickets here and there to games. His best friend Chip from MD. drove up and stayed overnight to see the Ravens VS. The Browns in Cleveland. They had an awesome time and made some great memories.
Too many Browns on these tickets, lol... as you all know we're Raven fans!
Our Advent calendars always include chocolate surprises for the girls each year. The excitement of the season and counting down to the big day.
Bobalina is back to celebrate with us too!
Kathleen keeps this reindeer outside her bedroom door to keep track of the days till Christmas Day!
We went shopping the other day for groceries and of course turned it into a math lesson. She brought her new doll Mary ellen with her that she got from my parents for her birthday.
I like how this photo captures the tree in the reflection of the mirror and Kathleen's big smile wearing the Ravens hat! :-)
Sneaky little Bobalina seems to turn up everywhere!
We did have one day of snow, but luckily it melted by late morning and didn't amount to much. I've been super happy the last few days have been quite warm!
Christmas time means cute hair bows and styles!
Our chickens are laying smaller eggs some days, I'm guessing it's due to the colder temperatures.
Love this saying, so much truth in it. I'm so blessed to have my family and I treasure that every day!
Bobalina crashed in the tree while flying one night!
We went to a local mall and spent some time with Santa ;-)
Was able to get a great picture of him and the girls!
We picked a nice day on the weekend to put our snow fence up this year. That was quite a chore, took me, Jerry and Hayley to get it done. While Jerry was setting one of the posts the big metal thing that you place over it to hammer it down, it has handles... can't think of the name.... anyway it slipped off and hit him on top of the head leaving a large bump. He was of course too stubborn to get it looked at even though it about knocked him out. He wouldn't listen to me about ice so I went in and told Kathleen and she insisted on making him a bag of ice and having him wear it under his hat for awhile. To this day he still has a small bump and bruise. Men can be so stubborn! Ugh! It about knocked him out, head injuries are nothing to fool around with. Especially after what we just went through with Hayley!
In case you are not familiar with a snow fence, it is put up a few feet from your driveway to help prevent the snow from drifting into the driveway and having it close off. That happened to us a lot last year. And due to the accident last December we weren't able to get one up. Hoping it will help this year.
Each year we give the girls a little gift early. Usually their ornaments and Christmas pajamas.
We found this awesome ornament for Hayley from Hallmark. It's a record player and you can actually play the 3 records included with it of old time Christmas carols. She absolutely loves it! She plans to keep it out in her room after Christmas is over.
This year with her Christmas pajamas Kathleen got an eye mask. It's an adorable Rudolph set!
Hayley loves everything to do with Disney so we got her a vintage Minnie and Mickey pajama set. We found these at JCPenney's.
Kathleen's we found at Target and she also has an Elf on the Shelf pair she wanted so will have pictures in those closer to Christmas. :-)
Speaking of Elf on the Shelf, we picked up her Reindeer pet and a suitcase of new t-shirts for her. The reindeer comes with a special storybook also. It's a really cute story and Kathleen was so excited to get it.
She just had to read it to us right away!
Every year for as long as we've been together Jerry gets me the Lancome and/or Estee Lauder gift sets for Christmas. I enjoy good quality makeup, but don't always have the budget for it through the year. These sets come with such great products and they last a long time! Thanks Jerry for spoiling me each year :-) He gave them to me early this year to enjoy.
Off to get some more things done today! Thanks for stopping by :-)