Monday, December 3, 2007

Advent - Day 3. Curse the Weather! Thank God for Elves!

Our Handmade Star
Dick & I made this star during our dating years... It's a keepsake!

A Heart Ornament - Made from my Grandpa's Quilt (he made the quilt)
My Cousin guy made these heart ornaments for everyone after my
Grandfather Leonard left this world.

Some Ornaments! Do you see the Coyotes Singing? Or the Sheep?
Don't you love ornaments with a story? Opening up the ornament box is like opening
up a 3-D Journal, or treasure box. So many memories...

Last night 'we' put up the tree... Charlie Brown would be so proud! This is always a mommy & kids job. After getting the tree off the Ford Explorer, sawing off the end of the tree, and hauling into the house and setting it up, I decided it was time to just supervise (as in catch my breath!). Sami is the best little elf! She put the lights on mostly by herself and she supervised the 'who gets what ornaments' assignments. I love looking at all our ornaments. So many memories come back. For the most part, each ornament has a story.
  1. The baby year ornaments - ones that were given from my Sister Avis - beautiful pewter ones.
  2. Ornaments that the kids make each year in school.
  3. Ones I have made as part of my various years of crafting.
  4. The ones received as gifts - cute ranch related ones, or airplanes (Dick used to fly).
  5. The quilted heart my cousin Guy made from my Grandfather Leonard's chair quilt.
  6. And the Hallmark ones I have buying for our children that showcase their various interests each year (Barbie, Little Mermaid, Winnie the Pooh, Spider man, etc.)
Dick put our little handmade star on the top. That's his job. The star is one we made during our dating years, and it remains to be our tree topper. It has aluminum foil over a cardboard star we cut out.

The tree is a little crooked.. so after it gets an adjustment, I'll take a photo. The kids also decorated their little trees, which are in their rooms. We had our Mexican Hot Cocoa and snacks.. Did I mention the peppermint Ice Cream? It's a holiday limited edition and ever so tasty!

Weather Report: Day 3
The wind blew all day yesterday and all night, and it is still blowing! I could not drive the kids down the driveway this morning it was so drifted in. So, instead we got bundled up and 'hiked' down to the road. The bus backed into a huge drift, and had to spin some rubber to get out...

It wouldn't be so bad if the snow was just snow... It's easier to move and shovel when it's nice and light. But the temperature (which has been in the mid 20's for days) is now climbing... We are at 35 degrees.. so snow is melting, the wind is carrying wet ice that slaps you in the face, and moving slosh is not fun... it weighs a million or so pounds. This morning was the first I didn't have to break ice for the critters!

All that aside, a big elf has come to our rescue! My husband just got done plowing with the tractor. This means the afternoon bus can drive in - or I can get the kids, or Mr. Brown can deliver packages, and the kids have a new hill to sled on!

fa la la la la!


Lauren said...

LOVE the ornaments & their stories! My hubby & I are just starting out, so we don't have a lot yet - but we have a special one from our honeymoon & one year anniversary. And now that I am into scrapbooking, I will probably make a few! Thanks for sharing!

My parents tree is full of great ornament memories like you are describing & I can't wait to see them in a few weeks! :)

Dawn said...

That star must hold some great memories. I love it!! I think one of the fun parts of putting up the tree are the memories in all the ornaments. seems like each one has a story! Bundle up and keep warm. We have so much wind it knocked down one of the huge lights into the parking lot at work. No, snow..wahh

clhenry99 said...

Loving the ornaments!! How sweet!!!

Diane said...

I love the idea of your keepsake star ornament!!! Let's see the whole tree,it looks awesome!

*karendianne. said...

Oh Andi, I dig the ornaments but especially the Star!

The heart ornament is so neat, isn't it?

Gosh, and you're really fighting the elements! Hope all the critters are staying warm. ;)

Sue McGettigan said...

Andi this is such fun - and 'WOW' - the heart ornament from Grandpa's quilt - what a cool idea!! I have an old quilt that my grandmother gave us it's in tatters, I just can't throw it out - this would work, and I could sent Nana-quilt-ornaments out to my family, thanks for the inspiration!

Jacqueline said...

I so enjoy your journalling - you have a whopping big sense of humour! Our boys are hoping for snow.. I bet yours are really enjoying it!

tyrymom29 said...

I love handmade stuff its so neat that you have kept it this long!!!

Sandy said...

Awwww what a fun tree trimming it sounds like! And I love your ornaments. Do you have to re-foil that star? It looks like its in darned good condition for being old!