Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Hustle and Bustle

Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. I have to keep doing this so I don't have a holiday season meltdown.

It was a fun, full weekend in our household, full of parties and more decorating. We purchased our tree at a local lot sponsored by the Boy Scouts. Yes, it's too big and yes, it's leaning because something is wrong with our tree stand.

Oh, well. It's up and that's all that matters. Two ornaments were broken in the process, but that's life.

Then, Hubby was determined to put lights on the fir tree in our front yard, which we haven't done before. I managed to take a photo from our living room, because it was cold and I was too lazy to go outside last night.


As you can see, it's a lovely blue and white tree, which I have dubbed my "UK Tree." What's even better is that two of Hubby's friends who helped him string the lights (for the low cost of beer and pizza), are big University of Louisville fans, which is UK's in-state rival. It was a Christmas miracle, but one that I've been told not to share with any of their friends. :)

We then had breakfast with Santa after church on Sunday. Here's my little reindeer, who asked Santa for a skateboard.


And, at one point, he was looking ever-so-closely at Santa and even had his hand on Santa's beard. A few of us were holding our breath, hoping that a big reveal would not take place in the middle of the school cafeteria. Luckily, no beard pulling occurred.


I had to include a photo I took over the weekend of Miss E.'s African Savanna diorama, which I blogged about in September. She figured the diorama deserved a visit from the Holy Family, so there you go.

I closed out the weekend at a Chris Isaak concert with a girlfriend. Mr. Isaak knows how to rock it out. He plays off the crowd very well and it was fun to hear some rockabilly Christmas songs, in addition to his many hits. Two thumbs up.

So, how is your holiday prep coming along? Are you getting there? What's been the big purchase this year? We bought Miss E. the American Girl doll she's been wanting. Yep, we finally broke down and got it. But, the best part is that Hubby was the one who ordered it online, including accessories for the doll. I can't wait to see what Kit the American Girl doll will be wearing this season.

Have a terrific Tuesday, friends!
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8 comments:

Glitterista said...

Love the pictures and the Holy Family visiting the diorama. ;)

The other day I was chatting with some girlfriends about our favorite all-time gifts and I said my American Girl dolls. I remember when I got Molly under the tree and it was the best gift ever. I still have my three dolls in storage. Hope it's a huge hit.

Suburban Princess said...

I am sure the doll will be a wonderful surprise! We dont have that sort of thing here...but I did manage to find classic Candyland for my son :O)

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

Jen-
So funny. Happy to see the way you laugh at things. I love your tree even if it does lean a little the money went to a great cause. Love the story, and the little Holy Family is fabulous! Gotta love children!
Teresa
xoxo

High Heeled Life said...

The Elephant sure does look better outside of the zoo bars... and what a sweet thought to include the Holy Family...

Your tree is perfect! It was decorated with love in celebration of the season... Happy Holidays, xo HHL

Main Line Sportsman said...

Christmas prep at a minimum because we are bugging out to Stowe, Vermont again this year...
I love the diorama! An elephant visits the nativity!

Tiffany from HOLIDAY said...

This past weekend, when I was feeling very overwhelmed, I was in the grocery store singing to myself, "Shingles Bells, Shingles Bells"...inhale. exhale.

And then I reminded myslef my mom's simple advice...one thing at a time. I tend to try to accomplish a little of all my "chores" at once so this has come in handy. OK...first host party. Done. Then focus on Christmas cards. Done. Next! Good luck, mama!

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Your tree looks GREAT! xx

Tessa said...

i had to laugh at the leaning tree, it always takes us about 10 attempts to get ours straight. or it is straight on one side an leans on another. i hold the tree while the hubs makes adjustments to the stand. glad we aren't the only ones. i'm blaming the boys scouts. must be their trees! thanks for your sweet comment today too!! tessa