We finally started decorating the tree! Thursday Andrew and I put the lights on, which is always such a lovely adventure. I just rolled my eyes but since this is blog you can’t see that and since there’s no such thing as a sarcasm font1 you’ll just have to take my word for it, that statement was oozing with sarcasm. Christmas lights are one of the worst parts of the holiday season. They work perfectly when you put them away, so why don’t they when you take them out? What happens to them in storage? I insists it’s SAD but Andrew says lights don’t have emotions. Maybe it’s attitudes like that crush their tiny bulb spirits.
So after going out and buying two new 100-count strands of lights to replace one of the 200-count strands that wasn’t working we discovered one of the new strands wasn’t working either. Awesome, not. So back out to get another strand. Oh but those were the last 100-count strands at Target, but they do have these 200-count ones that weren’t here when I was in there an hour ago. UGH, lame! So I went to Lowes and found a 100-count strand of lights and by the time I got home I didn’t even want to look at the tree. Andrew thankfully took over and made sure the tree had 400 perfectly spaced lights, exactly how my brain needed it to be so it wouldn’t explode. After that we put on the red glitter ribbon and called it night.
Last night we helped the kids hang the glitter snowflakes and ornaments, but by this morning quite a few had mysteriously ended up on the floor… I guess we’ll have to break out the gate, though I was thinking we wouldn’t need it as Claire and Logan should be old enough to know better than to mess with the tree and Julia is mostly immobile. She’s rolling and scooching and even starting to get her knees under her, but thankfully easily confined and usually stays where you put her.
I still need to get a picture of the tree now that it’s all done, so hopefully I remember to do that soon. This weekend we have a surprise party to go to, and then next week Andrew will be in Virginia Beach Tuesday to Thursday for work training stuff. Speaking of Andrew’s work stuff, I can finally talk about that thing I mentioned a while ago about how Andrew would be able to be home more and wouldn’t have to stay in northern Virginia to work during the week. Andrew got a job in Charlottesville! He starts on Monday the 16th. Thursday he turned in his work truck and electronics to his old job who have been very cool. Here’s to out future in Charlottesville and a very merry Christmas!
This evening we headed up to The Market at Grelen in Somerset to pick out a tree. It was beautiful up there, this picture is looking out over the little valley below the trees and shop. There were some gorgeous wreaths and swags as well, but the kids were so excited about the trees I didn’t get a chance to look at them. We were intending to cut down our own tree but we ended up wandering into the lot of pre-cut ones. Though we didn’t cut it down ourself Claire and Logan did find a rather lovely 6′ Fraser fir. I’ve always been a fan of Frasers. They’re short needled, so easier to clean up after and less shedding, and they tend to be taller and thinner which helps to fit them in smaller places. Pretty much perfect in my opinion. Plus I love how green they are.
We got the tree home and got it up in the stand, but with the hubbub of dinner and then bath time which is always closely followed by bedtime we haven’t had a chance to decorate it. Tomorrow is busy but hopefully when we get home in the evening we can get the lights and ornaments on the tree. We’re getting a late start on our Christmas decorating this year, but I can’t wait until we get it all up and going. Ready for the Christmas spirit!
Andrew, the kids, and I celebrated Thanksgiving at the lake house on Lake Gaston with his family and my older sister. It was a great time with lots of delicious food and fun family time. Hope your Thanksgiving was warm and bright as well. I simply can’t believe it’s already December. Though it’s not technically winter for another 20 days or so I’ve always viewed Thanksgiving as the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Which of course means it’s Christmas time!
There are so many great Christmas traditions: hot cocoa after fun in the snow; building gingerbread houses that never look as nice as the ones on Pinterest; baking a ridiculous amount of cookies and eating most of them before they’re even in the oven. One of my favorite Christmas traditions though are holiday cards. I love sending out wishes of happiness and cheer this time of year. Even if I can’t see everyone I love and care about for Christmas, I can still remind them that I’m thinking of them and give them pictures of my kids while I’m at it. Who doesn’t want pictures of my kids?
This year I’m loving Minted’s line up of new Christmas photo cards. I just adore all of the options each card has. The offerings of interesting cutout shapes is great. Most sites offer either straight edges or occasionally rounded corners, but with Minted there is a plethora of shapes to really make your cards stand out this holiday season. Most cards also have options for changing the color scheme, perfect for those times you love a design but the existing colors just aren’t quite right for the photo you want to use.
Personalizing your cards are super easy with Minted’s card builder. Upload photos, drop them in, edit the fonts, even move the text to the most suitable place. I can’t think of another editor that gives such room for creativity.
Combine that with flat versus folded and all of the option for paper – including recycled, pearlescent (So calling my name!), double and even triple thick – and it’s clear that Minted is dedicated to providing high quality cards suited for everyone.
Cards I Love
Complete Love in Brick with Classic Frame | Holiday Revelry in White with Curved Frame
Most Wonderful Time in Navy | Glittered Snowflake in Gold with Modern Snowflake Frame
I’m in so in the Christmas spirit after perusing all of the lovely designs over at Minted! Go have a look and find the cards you love the most, I’d love to see them :)
I love to send Christmas cards. If you’d like one feel free to fill out this form and I’ll be send one your way ❤
This weekend was a lazy sort. Andrew came home kind of late Saturday night but we still made it out the door in time to catch the 11:30 showing of Catching Fire. Ugh, yes, so much yes. I love the books but Jennifer Lawrence makes the movies. The scene in the elevator with Johanna1 was just, gah, I love her.
As I discussed with Shannon and Dez on Twitter tonight I feel it could have been more substantial. The book offered a lot of insight and back story for the other winners and the movie really glossed over all of it. I understand there are time constraints, but I’m willing to sit through an awesome three hour movie based on an awesome book. I watched Titanic like 15 times in theaters when I was in 5th grade, you can bet I’ve got movie-going stamina.
Sunday was a pretty lazy day. We went to one of my favorite shopping centers here in Charlottesville, Barracks Road. They have an Ulta and a Kate Spade almost right next to each other, so it’s basically my Mecca. We checked out this store called Oil & Vinegar which, as its name implies, has a lot of oil and vinegar. There’s a lot more than just that though, but my favorite offering is the wall of dozens of artisinal olive oils on tap. So cool, I just had to adjust my Christmas shopping list even though I was almost completely done. People need fancy imported and exotic spices and pesto, okay!
We hit up Lindt to grab some stocking stuffers, and also because I’m a little addicted to Lindor Coconut Truffles. I picked out some of the Stracciatella and new Sea Salt truffles, both of which were good. Andrew liked the Stracciatella ones better than I did. He was drawn to the HELLO line of chocolates and immediately snatched up a bag of the Caramel Brownie ones. I’m not overly fond of caramel and I found them to be a bit too sweet, but Andrew liked them quite a bit.
I don’t think that’s a spoiler? But I tend to assume everyone reads books before movie releases, so sorry if this is giving something away, like maybe you really wanted to be surprised by a scene that serves only to flesh out a tertiary character and lighten the mood a bit. ↩