Friday, December 19, 2008

I can't get enough of these. Sorry!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Elf Yourself - Take 2

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Monday, December 15, 2008

Oh Christmas Don't be Late!

Welcome!


We are so glad you came by! Today we are participating in BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes.




Now please bear with us. We've been busy renovating this ol' historic home for the last 5 months so things are still "a work in progress"! Below is the mantle with all our sweet stockings hung with care.






This is my very favorite nativity given to me by my sweet sister in law. It is the Southern Living Home set. My oldest daughter, Mary Margaret adores nativity sets.








This is in my foyer. The little iron Christmas tree is new this year and given to me by my Nene (grandmother). If you look closely, you can see our Elf, Gracie, is perched high in the tree watching and making sure that we are behaving and minding.




Being a former teacher, I have to display some of our favorite Christmas books.



Below is one of my most favorite traditions. This one was actually mine growing up. On December the 1st you tie 24 candy canes on it. Then each night before bed, take one off and eat it. It is a fabulous way to count down the days til Christmas. Mary Margaret always knows exactly how many days we have left. This is the little rhyme on it:
December First to Christmas
Is the longest time of the year
Seems as though old Santa
Never will appear.
How many days til Christmas?
It's so mighty hard to count.
So this little candy ribbon
Will tell the exact amount.
Untie a candy every night
When the sandman casts his spell
And Christmas Eve will be here
By the time you reach the bell!






This is my girls' Christmas tree. Mary Margaret (5) decorated it all by herself. She has had to decorate it several times because sweet little Harper Jane (15 months) loves to undecorate it. Ha!



We also keep a basket of Christmas books by the tree. We pick a few each night and read them before we go to bed.




O' Christmas Tree! Oh the ornaments! I adore ornaments and collect all sorts. I try to get an ornament from unique places we visit (i.e. we brought back a starfish Santa from the Bahamas). Also each person in our family gets at least one new ornament each year. One year Mary Margaret was really into Raggedy Ann so that year she received a Raggedy Ann ornament. Our tree is a little bottom heavy. We have lots of stuffed ornaments around the bottom for the girls to play with.






We love to count down the days til Christmas....

Please come back and visit us again soon. Merry Christmas, y'all!



Thursday, December 11, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Let me preface this post by telling you a little story.

I started this post yesterday morning and intended to finish and post sometime yesterday, though my plans were destroyed. We are visiting the hubby's brother and sister-in-law. The hubby has a technology conference and we were planning on enjoying a short visit. My sister-in-law (from now on referred to as SIL) took off yesterday morning so we could have a little shopping trip. I transferred all the car seats to my SIL's little Lexus SUV (the hubby needed our car in order to drive to the conference).

We began our little trip. I was thinking on the way that my SIL is the most cautious driver.



We came to a 4 way stop and she came to a complete and total stop. We were in the middle of the intersection when a big Chevrolet truck (an out-of-towner) ran through the stop sign going full speed.



The truck hit on my side and apparently the truck's bumper was able to get underneath my SIL's SUV.



I couldn't believe it as we turned over on our side....then we flipped over and started sliding. We were totally suspended upside down, glass was everywhere, the girls were screaming, and my SIL and I did not know what we should do. I knew I had to get the girls out so I protected my head and unfastened my seat belt. I then climbed out of what was formerly the passenger window (I'm still pulling glass out of my hands).



There were tons of people already trying to help us. I was paranoid because I couldn't see my girls, I could only hear them. I got all turned around outside but finally was able to open the back passenger door and climb in a little so I could get Harper Jane out of her car seat. She held onto me for dear life.



There were some bystanders that were retrieving Mary Margaret. Both girls were still crying hysterically. I just wanted to sit and hold them. MM began complaining and having a little pain from where her car seat straps were.

We went on to the hospital via the ambulance just to be on the safe side. As we were riding in the ambulance, I noticed HJ's face was swelling. Apparently the side airbag popped her in the face. She is a little bruised on her right side.



I have a very sore, swollen, and bruised left side from the initial impact from the truck and my SIL has several bruises from the flipping process.



Throughout this whole ordeal, I realize what a blessing it is to have been able to walk away from this horrific accident.



I tell you this because as I started this Thursday Thirteen post, my thinking was different. I'm going to finish it, but it will have a much different perspective.





INITIAL POST

1. Our trip normal 3 hours trip to Auburn yesterday took a record 5 1/2 hours. Long story short....we had to take a detour b/c of a wreck. Try explaining that to a 15 month old.


2. We had to listen to Christmas music the entire trip. Which was fine for a little while, but Alvin and those Chipmunks almost ended up on the road squished into a million tiny pieces. The Christmas spirit was waning just a bit....


3. I need some sunshine. Seriously. Just a little, just for a little while. I don't mind the cold but give me a little sun.


4. I love Sherri Shepherd's new haircut (she's from The View). Too cute. I wish I would just step outside my hairstyle box and do it. Cut it all off. Wish I had a picture to show y'all!


5. MM loves to point out our President-elect except she calls him President Rock Obama. It is too cute!


6. I just bought my very first pair of skinny jeans (you know, the ones you can tuck into your boots) and oh-my-goodness. I adore them. I want another pair.


7. And on another fashion note...I just bought a pair of leggings. I can't help but think, "I'm 30 and I'm about to wear leggings again." They just look so cute with a long sweater and boots. Tell me it's ok. Just humor me.


8. I just bought the girls another matching Christmas outfit. It's a disease, people. Don't tell the hubby? *AHEM* Please!


CONTINUED....
9. I am so thankful that I know how to install the car seats properly. Learn, if you don't know how to do this.


10. I am so thankful for side airbags.


11. I am so thankful that I wear my seat belt religiously and put my children in their car seats EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.


12. I am so thankful for our family. There were so many that helped take care of us yesterday (my sister, SIL, nephew, BIL and of course, my sweet hubby).


13. Most of all, I feel so blessed as I look at my sweet children's smiling faces this morning. Thank you Lord!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Last Christmas...

Monday, December 8, 2008

Not Me Monday


Mondays just seem to come around too quickly. You know what it's time for?? Not Me Monday!
Here goes nothing:
*I did not think several curse words when our heat failed on Friday.
*I did not feel like I was on an episode of This Old House (minus the Bob Vila character).
*I did not secretly rejoice when the girls went to bed early on Friday night.
*I did not have the hubby put a mattress in front of the fireplace just so I could lounge around on it all weekend long (remember -- our heat has been out).
*I did not pretend to forget to wash clothes the latter part of last week. Moral of the story: you can't ignore laundry, it does not go away, and it multiplies.
*I did not do more Christmas shopping online just because thinking about shopping with 2 little girls an hour away from home scares me. I can do it, just not during the Christmas season.
*I did not do a single thing around the house this weekend unless you count all that lounging and relaxing and online shopping. I'm regretting my decision a little now because this house? It is a mess.
*I did not load an entire truck load of firewood into the hubby's truck and surprise him with it yesterday. I would never do that. That's much too sweet!
*I did not let HJ fall asleep in the Fisher Price Jumperoo.
*I did not let MM watch 3 Christmas movies in a row yesterday because that would be way too much television for a 5 year old. Wouldn't it?
*I did not enjoy all three Christmas movies.
*I do not laugh every time I look at the tortured HJ Santa pictures. Oh the drama!
Now your turn! Head over to My Charming Kids and find more Not Me Mondays!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Christmas

We've taken the decorating to all new levels here at the Douglas household. Evidence pictured below:


She also decorated her little sister. Much crying ensued (I spared y'all that picture). I figured you saw HJ cry enough in yesterday's shot. If you look closely at the picture, you just might notice that MM had a peanut butter sandwich for lunch.
Keeping it real, friends!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Breakfast with Santa

We had Breakfast with Santa this morning with MM's preschool class. Oh, how did it go, you ask?? Well I'll let the pictures do the talking...






Breakfast with Santa for Mary Margaret = Fabulous Fun

Breakfast with Santa for Harper Jane = Torture

Oh my! It is amazing how different 2 children can be!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Randomness

I've been recovering, I guess. I cooked the entire Thanksgiving meal for the first time ever including turkey, dressing, sweet potato casserole, green beans, corn, and rolls. This was an enormous accomplishment for little ol' me. The hubby made a pecan pie from scratch. Yes, you read that correctly. Even the pie crust. It was a sight to behold. The pecans came from our very own pecan tree which was kind of cool. The hubby is a mean one with the rolling pin and flour. The pie was absolutely delish.

We've also been crazy about our real fireplace. We have had a fire almost every night. There are many aspects that I am enjoying about our new "old" house (though we are still not finished).

MM is loving, I mean serioulsy loving, the Elf on the Shelf. If you have not seen this, you've got to get one. Such a cute idea except when the Elf (we named ours Gracie) forgets to move to a new spot. Whoops!



We've been watching Christmas movies. Oh the Christmas movies! From Minnie and Mickey to Home Alone. Who doesn't love this time of year?

I have also seen these 8 random facts posts on several blogs and decided to participate. Here it goes:

1. I love the way coffee smells but can't stand to drink it.
2. I have never, ever colored my hair (yet, but I'm afraid that might be coming sooner than I'd like).
3. I would love to have 4 kiddos. We will not, but I would love to have a really big family like that. The hubby is happy right where we are.
4. My hair was curly/very wavy until I had MM. No one saw my hair like that b/c I always straightened it. Now, though, I wish I could wear my hair curly. Oh, the grass is always greener...
5. I did not begin cooking until June 2007. It was just not an interest of mine, but now I love it and I'm slowly getting better at it.
6. I always sleep in matching pajamas. Every night.
7. I adore Christmas ornaments. We never do a "theme" tree. We have a smorgasbord and I love it. I collect an ornament every place we visit and each family member gets 1 (or 5-ha) new ornaments every year. Needless to say, we have a very "full" tree.
8. I love words. This was one of the aspects of teaching that I so loved. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching/learning about new vocabulary words. Yes, I'm a dork.

Also I will be participating in BooMama's Christmas Tour of Homes (for the second year in a row). YIPPEE!!!


Merry Christmas!