Friday, November 30, 2007

Entertainment Center

For the longest time I have wanted a nice entertainment center, especially since we moved into our new house. We redid the kitchen and I love it, but on the opposite side of the big great room is where our tv sits, and right now that wall looks awful. There are cords hanging all over the place and overflowing toy and book boxes and dvd towers, I hate it, its one part of my house that I just can't get to look the way I want it to. But soon my pain will be over! My wonderful father-in-law has helped us design an entertainment center that will take care of all of our problem areas and its will be gorgeous, its going to mirror the style and colors of our new kitchen, so it will really bring the room together. It has places to store toys, books, all of our dvds and any pretty knick-knacks I want to display, and of course it will hide all of the ugly chords and components. I am so excited. It was officially ordered and work began this week, so we're hoping to get it by Christmas, I am thrilled, Thrilled, THRILLED! Here is the computer mock-up of what its going to look like. I will of course upload picture of the real thing when I get it.

I am such a lucky girl! :)

Monday, November 26, 2007

The story of our Christmas tree

Okay, as I mentioned in my previous post, I love Christmas. I remember growing up we always had the most beautiful Christmas trees. My mom had a special touch with our tree and it was always spectacular, I loved it. Our tree is not spectacular. It is nothing fancy, nothing breathtaking (and nothing breakable). But I love our tree for a completely different reason. Almost every ornament on our tree was hand made by Beth's name sake, Ryan's grandmother Beth Evans.

I never had a chance to meet her, she died not long before I met Ryan, but I heard a lot of wonderful things about her. Well, after Ryan and I got married we didn't have any Christmas decorations and so Ryan's Grandpa offered to give us some of the ornaments that his wife had made over the years. At first I thought they were a little cheesy, but since we had Beth and gave her that significant name the decorations took on a whole new meaning.

I think they are perfect. The tree is very kid friendly and cute and fun and significant. There is something very special about each ornament having so much meaning. (Sorry the pictures aren't great, I did the best I could, but at least you can get the gist of some of our cute ornaments.)

So, that's the story of our tree. I am sure one day I will be ready to have a beautiful, sparkling Christmas tree covered in fragile glass ornaments. But for now, I don't think we could have anything better than our special tree. I hope it helps our kids to learn about their special great-grandmother that they never knew.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas Time!

I LOVE Christmas time. And I mean love with a passion. I love the music. I love the decorations. I love the food and treats. I love the lights. I love the weather. I adore everything about the season. I get so excited as soon as the season starts approaching. My husband thinks I'm a little nutty, and my kids don't get it yet, although Beth is pretty excited this year, but I can't help myself, I'm insane about Christmas. I want to buy every Christmas decoration I see, not to mention every Christmas music CD. It is truly my biggest problem when it comes to spending money. I've generally been able to use restraint, but I WANT everything I see! I could hardly sleep this morning because I was so excited to finally be allowed to pull out the tree and the decorations (I'm forbidden before Thanksgiving by my husband :) ). I have most of my stuff up now, except the tree isn't done yet, but I'm so excited.

Although I could list about a thousand things I would still like to buy to add the the decor, but even the little bit I have makes me very happy! The only bummer this morning is that I broke my FAVORITE most IRREPLACEABLE ornament! How sad is that? It was a beautiful delicate glass ball with a picture of Beth dressed as an angel when she was about 6 weeks old on it. It was her "baby's first Christmas" ornament. I am truly sad, it was so beautiful. I wrap is very carefully every year when I put it away and its been in perfect condition, and as I carried it carefully to the tree the hook slipped and the ball hit the floor, I was only about a foot away from the carpet too, it probably would have survived if I had taken it out of the box on the carpet instead of the hard floor. dumb dumb. Oh well, can't fix it now. I just have to mourn it a little. But Christmas still makes me very happy! I hope everyone is enjoying the season as much as I plan to!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

So many things to be Grateful for

Thanksgiving is almost here and I was thinking last night about all the things that I have to be grateful for. I really am so completely blessed. So here is a list of a few things that I am grateful for.

1. My husband. He works so hard, even when it is unpleasant, and he helps at home so much, even when that is unpleasant too. I hear stories about people whose husbands don't help or that treat them poorly and I am eternally grateful that I found Ryan who treats me like a queen and who just belongs with me. Last week he was gone for just two days on a business trip and the whole time he was gone there was a gaping whole in our house. What a blessings.

2. My kids. I am the first one to admit that my kids drive me completely bonkers sometimes, but really they are a great blessings. I was thinking last night as I was up at midnight with James trying to soothe him back to sleep that we really do have some magical moments together. There is something about the moment that your magical mom touch soothes a cry or when you get that huge toothy grin for just walking in the room. And I have to say that 2-year-olds are the very best at welcoming you home, whether you've been gone for an hour a day. They are such a responsibility, but I gain so much from them every day...oh did I mention the hugs and kisses?

3. My house. I love my house for a lot of reasons, mostly because its where I get to come home and where our family has so much fun together. But I also love my kitchen because its beautiful and was lovingly designed, built (and discounted :)) by my wonderful father-in-law.

4. My family. I have the best family. Parents, In-laws, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins...They are all great! Everyone cares about us and takes care of us when we need it and loves us unconditionally. What luck!

5. My friends. I moved around a lot in my life, and that made keeping friends around hard. But, luckily I have a few that have stuck around, and I've made new ones that have been fabulous. I always know that there is someone I can call when I need anythings.

6. My car. This may sound a little silly, but I love my minivan! Its big, and usually messy, but it fits everything I need and is comfy, I love it.

7. My bed. I absolutely adore my big puffy comfortable bed. Especially when there is a pletheral of pillows.

Okay, there are a million more things that I am grateful for, but I think I better stop this post here before it gets too out of control.

Happy Thanksgiving!