Sunday, December 12, 2010

All sparkly and stuff.

I miss my camera. I miss my blog. I miss my time.

How do people work in the office all the time and have a life? I guess I have been spoiled with working from home for a handful of years. Having to be in the office the last 6 weeks has really cramped my style. And just when I thought I did my time, and thinking me and my comfy clothes would become partners again, I got another couple of weeks thrown at me. Its kinda like getting the “Get out of Jail Free” card in Monopoly only to get it swiped away from you. As I sigh, I know I can do this, I just don’t want to. All you office workers, I admire you. Hope one day I don’t have to grow up and get a real job.

Last weekend, the skies above parted, and I took it in. The sunshine that is so sparse this time of year will never go unnoticed by me.

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It was no better time then to go find our perfect tree. We pulled up to the corner lot and walked the mazes throughout the many trees.

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Year after year we always end up back to the first tree we laid our eyes on.
Kinda like love at first sight.

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The first part is to always untangle those lights.

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The end result is pure beauty. It's simple and just the way we like it.
There is nothing like a fresh cut, Oregon grown Christmas tree.

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Weekends seem so much shorter now, so much to cram into them. But today is all about Christmas. I’m covered in sparkly glitter from my nose all the way down to my toes. I look like maybe I spent a little too much time at a strip club, but in fact I have been spending my time inscribing messages onto Christmas cards. Christmas cards seem so much like a past time anymore, but there is no better way to send that lifelong friend or far away family member a simple thought for the holiday.
It’s all about the little things in life, right?

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In fact, Christmas is my favorite time of year. So many memories from all the years as a child, with traditions, that still live in my heart today. The visiting with relatives that live too far away, but to only see a few times a year. Families would come together as if no time had passed at all, it’s all those lovely memories that stay with you a lifetime. To me Christmas is a magical spirit that lives within my heart; it’s a joy that only comes once a year. It’s the pure happiness on the children’s face that is priceless, the many hours making a perfect mess baking up dozen after dozen of cookies, all those late hours making sure the house and tree are perfectly decorated to loading up on hot chocolate and spending a few nights to just drive through neighborhoods to see how others light up their homes. It’s the few minutes smiling over the Christmas card you get in the mail, to spending those extra minutes or hours making sure that the gift is wrapped up just how you want it. But lastly it’s all about spending those couple of extra days off with the ones you love, from spending time with family and friends who you hold close in your heart.

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Wrapping gifts is kinda like therapy to me. I collect wrapping paper, gifts bags and spools and spools of ribbon. I have a closet full of this stuff. And Birthdays come and go where I can spend a few minutes to beautify the gift just the way I want, but this time of year, I get many of many of hours in. Nothing excites me more. I could spend a whole day doing this, and of course, only with all my favorite Christmas cd’s playing in the background. I get lost in this.
Me and my wrapping paper, we have our thing.


And one day I want a wall of ribbon only like a Michael's store can do ...

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but for now I will settle for this. My most favorite gift ever was from my husband …. this wrapping paper station, so perfect for me. He gets me, how lucky am I?

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And being crafty is fun too. I dont get enough time to play and be creative,
but I dusted off the ole Cricut machine and got started on homemade gift tags
this year.

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And as my days have been stretched out longer then I wanted these past several weeks, it’s all about the small things that have kept me going.

♥ A simple note written on the dry erase board by the husband, that catches my eye as I’m rushing out the door in the morning.

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♥ To a unexpected card in the mail, that makes you stop and be thankful for all the feel good moments that it brings.

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♥ A early Christmas gift just for no reason. And speaking of sparkly stuff,
the sister brought me this silvery, shiny wonderful new Christmas ornament.
And a Eiffel Tower, none the less. My Fav.

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♥ And for socks that just let us be happy. A dear friend shared this great part of life with me, and it’s so simply true, find some socks that just make you happy, and just be. And to you my dear friend, and you know who you are, your matching socks are on their way to you.

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I will now take my sparkly self on to new tasks for the day .. I hope that you enjoy these last days before the wonderful day that brings joy and love to so many arrives upon us. Take it in, it only comes once a year.
Happy Holidays.

2 comments:

  1. A gift wrapping station is a pretty amazing present!
    And your tree looks perfectly Christmasy! Everything looks lovely and cozy for the holiday :-)

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