Friday, November 28, 2008

Here are some pics of my house decorated for Christmas. Below are the Shepherd's Bush stockings I made for several people. I think I made approximately 20 in all. Now I really should be stitching some more because a lot of the youngers that I stitched them for are married and are starting families of their own. The Santas displayed on the table are from kits I bought from the Silver Needle a dew years ago. They were finished by a worker there, Mona. Each Santa is stitched using several speciality threads

This is one of the three trees I put up each year. This tree is Jonathon's. He has all of the ornaments that he has collected. We started with my buying him the Hallmark sports figures, then other people started giving him ornaments, so none the less it has turned into a hodge podge of dectorations. The tree topper for this tree is an angel he made in preschool with his hands for the wings and a toilet paper tube for the body.

This tree is my red and gold tree. It has assorted red ornaments and some gold ornamments that my mom got me from Danbury Mint, along with some ecru angels.

This is the big tree and it is decorated with snowmen. Every year my mom gets us all some little snowman ornament with our names on it. This tree has our bigger snowmen ornaments on it. I am thinking about getting a smaller tree to put all of the little ones on.

In addition to the decorating I did at my house Jonathon and I ran across the yard and put my mom's tree up and decorated it for her. Hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now playing elves for S. Claus to make your Christmas merry and bright.

Thanksgiving Day

Below are some Thanksgiving pictures. We had Dan's brother and his famiy over as well as my mom. The first photo is Dan filling his plate with all of the delicious calorie-laden food we had to eat. The second is Dan's brother, and the third is a photo of the rousing game of Apples to Apples that was played after lunch.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Turkey Trot and Other

This weekend our community had their annual Turkey Trot 5k run and 1 mile fun run. Jonathon and his friend Nicholas participated in the 1 mile fun run. Jonathon was second place in his age division and Nicholas was third. We had previously done another one of these in October of last year. Jonathon received second overall in his age division also.

It was about 20 degrees when the race started and it didn't warm up much past that by the time they were finally done. Although we haven't done these too often, Jonathon really wants to do a 5k next year, so we will probably let him try that to see how he likes it. This particular race was not very organized at all. It took them over an hour to tabulate the results, then most of them were wrong. They would call out a name as winner of their division and they would say "I didn't win, that person beat me." Hopefully next year that can work some of this out and things will go smoother. Although it would not have been nearly as bad if you didn't have to stand in the cold that long.

Next week Dan's brother and his family are coming over for Thanksgiving. I really don't look forward to the holidays in the having a big family dinner aspect of the holidays. The cooking isn't a problem. I just like to have extra people around because my mom eats with us on a daily basis, so it doesn't seem like a holiday dinner really unless we have some other company. Neither Dan nor I come from a family that tend to get together for the holidays.

I am most definitely ready for the days off of work, though. This year has really got me down. I don't know--it just seems that the morale of everyone there is low and getting lower. It also seems that a few bad apples are always ruining it for everyone else.

I have been doing a little bit of stitching here and there. Not much though. Mostly I have been reading in my spare time.

Hope you all have a great holiday and relaxing weekend.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I Can't Believe It is Almost....

Thanksgiving! My friend Alyson and I were talking about that this afternoon. It is so close to Thanksgiving that Tanner, our four-year-old all-knowing neighbor, talked to the Big Guy last night. That is right I went over to get change for a twenty this afternoon and got the full report. Santa Claus was in the Joplin, MO area checking for the good and bad kiddos. Tanner asked him for a Batmobile and a Batcave. Well, maybe I didn't get a full report as I could have, he was busy doing a dot to dot (with a paint brush). I told him the shirt he had on made his eyes look pretty, maybe some girl would want to be his girlfriend tonight at church. That idea didn't go over very well.

We had our end of season soccer tournament this past week. Jonathon was pumped his team got second place and a trophy! Usually at the end of each season they get a medal for playing, but this year in addition to the medal they got a trophy also. It is proudly displayed in his room right now.

Not only is time whipping by quickly these past two months, but in Jonathon's life as well. I can't believe that he is half-way through the fourth grade. I always take a day off work to do his parties at school. Another teacher was asking me about the latest party and we got to talking there are only five more school parties before he starts middle school! I know that sounds stupid, but I really don't want him to grow up.

I have the Christmas shopping started. I haven't really been happy about doing it this year though, I guess it is because the things Jonathon wants I find boring, and I don't really know what to get anyone else on my Christmas list. That kind of irritates me, because I always know what to get people on my list.

I went over to my mom's today and mowed/mulched all of her leaves. I am sort of to the point with her that she will never be satisfied. I took care of the leaves today, but tomorrow it will be something else. I can still taste the leaf dust, and I feel gritty after a shower.

Well, it is back upstairs to finish the laundry and get things underway for the next week. Since I started this entry by talking about Thanksgiving--I will add that I do have a lot to be thankful for and I should stop and realize that from time to time. Have a great week.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Pictures

The first photo we have here is Young Indiana Jones cracking his whip.

These are our pumpkins that we carved. Jonathon has carved enough pumpkins in his day that he really only needs help to get the inside cleaned out and then he can go to town. He was pretty proud of these two. We got them from our friend JoAnne, who grew them in her garden this year, so that makes them even better. We were at her house one night when she and Mike were working in the garden, so Jonathon not only got to carve the pumpkins he got to help pick them.

Now that Halloween is over I officially started my Christmas shopping today. I got my big purchase made and started on a couple of the smaller ones. It won't be that long until Thanksgiving now. I have been picking up baking supplies here and there along for the holiday season.