Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Re-cap

It is hard getting back into the swing of things after such a fun break! We had a wonderful Christmas and got back into town on Saturday night. Sunday was spent putting away all of the Christmas decorations. It was so nice to get everything back in order before I had to go back to work. I've been stopping by all of your blogs I just haven't been leaving any comments. I had a lot to catch up on! Here are a few pictures from our Christmas with my parents.



My Mom's tree

I love this metal sign and vintage Santa.

All of our stockings and a picture my Aunt drew of us in Hawaii.

My brother, Andrew's dog, Chaco. I was about to take a picture and he came and sat down right in front of me.

Zach on his tractor. Christmas was so fun this year watching him play with his toys.

The kids with their stockings. Zach was not too happy since he had to get off his tractor for the picture.

In his cute leather chair.

Zach was trying to steal all of my candy from my stocking.

Zach loves Chaco.
I was beyond excited when I opened my gift from my parents! All of my hinting around paid off! I never actually thought I would actually be getting this though. They surprised me with a new camera!!

I am having a lot of fun figuring it out. I have almost the whole manual read. All the above pictures were taken before I got my new camera so once I figure out how to upload my other pictures I will post some of those.
I might be scarce around blogland for a while because I am in the middle of this book:

I can already tell I will be wanting to read the next one but I will try to have some posts in between. I am not promising anything though! These books are good! I hope to finish the first one by this weekend so I can go see the movie before it is gone from the theaters.
I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas this year! By your posts it looks like you did. Mine was amazing and hopefully I will be back with some more pictures (mostly of Zach!).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Song

It Came upon the Midnight Clear
Edmund H. Sears

It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old;
From angels bending near the earth To touch their harps of gold.
"Peace on the earth good will to men, From heaven's all gracious King!"
The world in solemn stillness lay To hear the angels sing.

Still thro' the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats, O'er all the weary world.
Above its sad and lowly plains, They bend on hovering wing;
And ever o'er its Babel sounds The blessed angels sing.

For lo, the days are hastening on, By prophet bards foretold;
When with the ever circling years, Comes round the age of gold.
When peace shall over all the earth, Its ancient splendors fling;
And the whole world give back the song Which now the angels sing.

Edmund Hamilton Sears was born in 1819 and after graduating from Harvard Divinity School he settled down in small town Massachusetts. He wrote two Christmas carols, fifteen years apart, and they both have the exact same tune. His second one is the more famous, "It Came upon the Midnight Clear". This is an interesting carol because the sole focus is peace on earth. There is no mention of Christ or the newborn Babe but the message is heard.

*Hymn history is from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas


Monday, December 22, 2008

Christmas Time Is Here!

This is the picture we sent out with our cards this year.
We hope you have a wonderful week and a very Merry Christmas!
Love, Cody and Shannon
I will be taking a blogging break this week to enjoy time with my family celebrate our Savior's birth.


Isaiah 9:6


For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government shall be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Song

O Little Town of Bethlehem
Phillips Brooks

O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years, Are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary And gathered all above;
While mortals sleep the angels keep Their watch of wondering love.
O, morning stars together Proclaim the holy birth;
And praises sing to God the King And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is giv'n;
So God imparts to human hearts, The blessings of His heaven.
No ear may hear His coming, But in this world of sin;
Where meek souls will Receive Him still, The dear Christ enters in.

O, holy child of Bethlehem, Descend to us we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in, Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels, The great glad tidings tell;
O, come to us abide with us, Our Lord, Emmanuel.

When Phillips Brooks was 30 he visited the Holy Land. On Christmas Eve, 1865 he traveled by horseback to Bethlehem from Jerusalem to attend a Christmas Eve service. He remembered his moving experience three years later when he wanted to write an original hymn for the children to sing during their annual Christmas program. It was sung for the first time by 36 children and 6 Sunday school teachers in 1868.

*Hymn history is from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Get Your Fix

I need a Zach fix today and thought you might too. These were taken on Wednesday when I watched him for a few hours. Obviously he was having a great time with his Aunt Shannon!




I just cannot get enough!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Using Silver

One of my favorite things is silver. I especially love silver trays but really anything that is silver. The other day I had a million things to do but for some reason I decided to spend a couple hours polishing all of my silver and my mom's silver. She recently loaned me 4 trays because I thought I might use them at a party but I did not end up using them so they were still in the box needing a good polish. These pieces were given to her at her wedding. Remember this picture?
I was never satisfied with that cord! Why do they make cords black?! It would be so much easier if they were all white. Anyway, I took one of her small platters and disguised the cord. If you want to know how I tied my cord that way then go here.
Much better I think. I love plates and I love silver so that definitely works for me! Below, I took one of her more decorative platters and used it as a tray for a Christmas display.

Although I think it is a shame to not use your silver, when I am not using it I will store it in my china cabinet. The platter on the middle shelf was given to me at one of my bridal showers but the platters on the bottom are all my moms. I think it is neat that we have one that is almost exactly the same!
Even though I polished these pieces, I do love a little tarnish on the silver when I am using them in displays. It makes it look a little more antique. But every now and then I will polish it so it stays beautiful. Do you have any creative ways to use your silver around the house? I would love any suggestions because I think it is just too pretty to not use.
*I also wanted to clarify some things from my last post. Thanks for all the birthday wishes but my birthday was actually in the summer. :) She had forgotten to give it to me last time we saw eachother. :)
*Also, the Secret Santa Soiree was hosted by Georgie and was so much fun! You will have to join in next year. She also posted a list of who had who so now I know that Sidz6Kidz had me! She didn't post the blog addresses so if you see this Sid, then comment so I can come to your blog again! :) Thank you so much!!
*The jacket is from Forever 21.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Feeling The Love

I was definitely felling the love this weekend! On Friday night when I got home and saw the mail I was so excited! There was a big box from my Secret Santa!! Look at all the things I pulled out:
This is what everything was:
How did she know me so well?! She sent me a glittery bird, bird house, cookbook, candle, book and a sweet card! I think she hit on every single thing I like! Thank you so much Secret Santa! I wish I knew who you were so I could personally thank you. I absolutely love everything and have it all displayed throughout my house. Thank you!
After I opened all those goodies, one of my best friends from 7th grade, came up to see me. She got here about 7:00 Friday night. It is always a few months in between our visits so I was really excited about her coming.
Me and Christina
Before we went to dinner I wanted to open our presents! I guess I was in the groove from my Secret Santa gifts. :) She also brought up my Birthday gifts so there were a lot. Look at the cute things she got me:
She is probably one of the only people who know me so well and it shows! A bird, picture frame and white dishes. Also, she gave me a cute scarf and some notepads. Wasn't that so sweet? Christina, I absolutely love everything and cannot wait to find the perfect spot for it all! Thank you so much! I had the best time with you and I am so thankful for our friendship. Love ya!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday Song

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley

Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled."
Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
With angelic hosts proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem."

Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail, th'incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel.

Hail the heav'n born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die;
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.

After receiving Christ, Charles Wesley immediately started writing hymns. During his life he wrote over 6,000 hymns! He was very particular about his hymns too and did not like people changing a few words or publishing them without mentioning the original words. When he was 32, in 1739, he wrote this hymn:

Hark, how all the welkin rings, "Glory to the King of kings;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
Universal nature say, "Christ the Lord is born today!"

We can thank his good friend and evangelist, George Whitefield, for changing the words a little so we now how, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing".

*Hymn history was taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Friday, December 12, 2008

Snowmen!

This has been the week of Snowmen. I said earlier that I am drawn to Santa figures but lately I have been drawn to Snowmen. Look what I won! Heather from Hopscotch and Hydrangeas had a giveaway and I won! I love these green earrings and she surprised me with this Snowman!
From her blog you can get to her etsy site and see all the pretty earrings. Thanks Heather! I love them!
I went to Gordman's this past weekend and saw this snowman picture. It looks so old and I love the glitter all over it. I hung it in the guest bathroom and put my Christmas guest towel under it because I thought the trees were very similar.
They also had one of just the tree without the snowman. It was cute too but for some reason I went with the snowman. The best part was that all the Christmas decor was 30% off!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Garland

The Nester is hosting a "Garland Show & Tell" today! I used to love Show & Tell in elementary school! My Christmas garland is not as full and wonderful as hers but I am happy with it.

I did not do much to it but use a long cheapo garland and add a more full decorative one on top. I added the large ornament in the middle and stuck in a few feathers, glittery picks and flowers.
I didn't think about the fact that I would not have a place to put my stocking holders so I just tied them in the garland with a little wire.
Our initials just also happen to be Santa Claus's initials too! "S" and "C".

Go check out The Nesting Place for more garland ideas!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Living Room

The last stop on the Christmas tour is our living room. Come on in and look at the pretty rug that my internet friend, Brittany, sent me. I just call her my friend but Cody calls her my "internet" friend. We met on Rate My Space over a year ago!

Isn't it pretty? It is from Ballard Designs. The colors are perfect for our house since we decorate in red, limes and golds. I just love this rug.

This is behind our front door and the greenery gets changed out seasonally. Of course I had to add a little nest to it.

I love to get out my lime green pillows this time of year. The middle pillow was an after Christmas deal at Target a couple of years ago. It really brings all the colors together.

For some reason I have a thing for Santas and even more so for tall skinny Santas. I got this little guy at Oops a couple of years ago. He has turned out to be one of my favorite decorations.


I added some fake snow to a plate and made a little "scene" from a bird and seasonal nest.


Our end table is decorated with some greenery and a nativity snow globe.

Santa and some more mistletoe.

You can click on this picture to enlarge it but the topper to the Christmas tree is what Cody thinks looks like an alien landed there. There are some red and green glittery picks with some feathers. I love it but it just doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to Cody for some reason. :)

I am so glad we widened our mantel this past summer so we could put our nativity set there this year. I have always wanted to do this and this is the first year I have gotten to do it. I got this nativity last year for 90% off. Good thing too, since it was regularly $300.00! For those math wiz's out there, that means I got it for $30.00! I was almost jumping up and down in the aisle.


For some reason I have always had Cody "pot" our tree in a garden urn. I like that it gives it height and it makes room to put the presents. Funny story--for our first Christmas I knew I wanted it potted so I went to Lowes to buy some cement. Well, while I was there I let the guy talk me into just buying sand. He said that it would hold really well. So that is what we did. Well it probably wasn't a week later that we woke up in the middle of the night to shattering glass. It scared us to death but I knew immediately what had happened....our first ever Christmas tree had fallen over and shattered all our glass ornaments. Cody thought he knew immediately what had happened....he thought someone had shattered our window so they could rob us. Well, he started yelling really loud and mean to scare them away. He scared me so badly (I had never heard him sound like that!) that I couldn't even talk to tell him that it was the tree! :) We laugh about it now but that was not a fun night. Sooooo, I had my dad help him put cement in it and we have not had any problems since. Go with your first instinct girls. Don't let some anyone talk you into anything that you know is not going to work.


I'll be joining up with The Nester's garland party on Wednesday. I can't wait to see everyone's garland!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Song

His Name Is Wonderful
Audrey Mieir

His name is Wonderful, His name is Wonderful,
His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord;

He is the Mighty King, Master of ev'rything;
His name is Wonderful, Jesus, my Lord.

He's the Great Shepherd, The Rock of all ages,
Almighty God is He.

Bow down before Him, Love and adore Him,
His name is Wonderful, Jesus my Lord.

On Christmas day in 1959, Audrey Mae Mieir was inspired to write this hymn after hearing her pastor open his Bible and read, "His name shall be called Wonderful" at the beginning of the service. She wrote the first part in her Bible that morning during church and finished after reading the names of Christ. This song has never been associated with Christmas even though it was inspired by a very traditional Christmas text. However, it is still a favorite today.

*Hymn history taken from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas Tag


Stacey from The Blessed Nest (cute blog!) tagged me for a fun Christmas tag. I'm making some chocolate chip cookies but thought I could sneak a post in.


1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

I'm not much for hot drinks but am addicted to Starbucks Carmel Hot Chocolate this year.


2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

Now they are all wrapped but when we were little there was one unwrapped.


3. Colored lights on house/tree or white lights?

Always white!


4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Or course! And we use it daily!


5. When do you put your decorations up?

Always the weekend before Thanksgiving. Very stress free!


6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Corn casserole


7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?

We (me and my two brothers) would always wake up my parents but then we would have to wait for what seemed like forever for them to get ready and get the video camera set up on the tripod. Then we could walk into the living room and see what Santa left. After we finished at our house we drove to my grandparents where we had to wait outside for forever again while they got the camera set up. We would always try to look in the window to get a glimpse of something. One year I peeked in the window and saw a scooter!


8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

I don't remember but my first grade teacher did tell everyone at school one day that Santa was not real. A few kids cried.


9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

Yes, one.


10. How do you decorate your tree?

In lime greens, reds and golds.


11. Snow! Love it or dread it?

Love it!


12. Can you ice skate?

I say that I can but most people would call it "walking" in ice skates.


13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

I do not recall a favorite gift but I distinctly remember the three years that I got a cool art set, a leather jacket and a scooter.


14. What is the most important thing about the holidays for you?

Being with family and remembering the true Reason for the season.


15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Anything chocolate with no nuts


16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Every year my mom wraps Baby Jesus from the nativity set and it is always the last gift under the tree. On the tag it says, "To the (our last name) Kids. Love, God". We take turns opening it each year.


17. What tops your Christmas tree?

Feathers and something that Cody calls an alien. (More on that later!)


18. Which do you prefer-giving or receiving?

Both are really fun!


19. What is your favorite Christmas song?

O Holy Night


20. Candy Canes-yum or yuck?

Yuck


21. What do you want for Christmas?

A new camera


22. Do you attend an annual Christmas party?

Yes, with our Sunday School class


23. Do you dress up on Christmas or wear PJs?

We are dressed casual


24. Do you own a Santa hat?

No and No, thank you.


25. Who do you normally spend Christmas with?

Divided between our families.


I tag:


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Christmas Dining Room

Continuing with the Christmas pictures, I thought I would show you the dining room. This room gets so much light that it is hard to photograph, so some pics are with the flash and some are without.
Why are centerpieces so hard for me!? I never know what to do on my tables. This year I used a runner from Oops and put some things that I already had. I wanted to do two big reindeer but never found any that I liked (or could afford!).
These sconces usually get some greenery during the fall and Christmas. This year I added the large ornaments.
I love this little nativity. In 2005 my family went to Hawaii the week before Christmas and my mom, Katie and I got one of these coconut nativities. They were having major craft fairs that week and these are made out of different parts of the coconut.
I usually put these candle rings on the back of the chairs but this year I added the stockings to the arm chairs. They are not as lime green as the picture shows.
I have just been loving seeing all of your Christmas decorations! It is so inspiring!
I hope to catch up on my comments today.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Guest Bath and Office Ready For Christmas

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving week with our families and even got in some Black Friday shopping! My mom and I have never gotten up early and hit the stores, but it was fun! We got up at 4 and were at our first store by 5am. We hit Starbucks at 7:45 and were home by 7:50 am. It was great! Below is a picture of part of our haul. We got everything we set out to get (plus a little more). My favorite find was the $9.00 vacuum from Walmart. What was your favorite find?

I'm so behind on my blog reading but I plan to catch up today. I can't wait to see every one's Christmas decorations! Here are some pictures of my guest bathroom and office. I did not do too much in these rooms this year.

An old looking glittery Santa.

Here are those glass things (?) that I change out for the seasons. Right now they have some sort of red berries in them.

I love this bird picture that my aunt gave me a couple of Christmas' ago. I just added some greenery underneath.

Here is that picture frame I got at War Eagle this year. It is in our office.

On the desk I put some Santa candlesticks and an old looking rocking horse.
I will be by your blogs today and will catch up on my comments soon. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!! Let me know if you got some great Black Friday deals!