Saturday, November 24, 2007
Giving it the feel test...
This one feels just right!
I can do this walkin' thing.. Watch me go!
Daddy stands ready to buy the winner!
Home again and ready to set it up.
Well I titled this post "Karina's 1st Christmas Tree" but it is actually our family's first Christmas tree. We have been married two and a half years now, but our first two Christmas's we were living in a town house and didn't have much room for a tree. We also went out of town for both of those years to see family so we weren't too worried about getting one. And it is my first REAL tree. When I was growing up we were in the military and so we always had a fake one out of convenience. But I will say the smell of a real pine tree filling the air in my home is something so wonderful. I've always bought the pine scented candles for Christmas time but I don't think I will this year. There is just no need. :) Anyway, it was lots of fun to go and pick one out, bring it home and set it up. Once we were home and had put it where we wanted it Jeff had to leave to help his dad with something and Karina was ready for a nap. So I had a wonderful time taking out all my decorations and with the Christmas music playing in the background I went about putting my personal touches on the tree and around the house. I truly love being a homemaker and making my home comfy and cozy so that all who come through our door feel warm and welcome and want to sit and stay a while. So I'll put on the coffee and break out the biscotti if you will come for a visit. :) See you soon!
Can you tell we enjoyed our meal?
These are my first attempt at making Jeff's Grandmommy's sweet potato pie. Everyone said they passed the test! Yay for me!
I had to include this cozy picture of Emily all snuggled up by the fire.
All the men just kicking back and enjoying their time off.
Well I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours couldn't have been better. We spent it with Jeff's family at his parents new house and it is always a blessing to get with them and share great food and fellowship. Out of all the MANY, MANY things I am grateful for I can truly say that I am most thankful for the fact that our families are Christians and love the Lord and believe that he sent His Son so very long ago to be born into this world and live a perfect life and that He died on a cross to pay for our sins. To know that we are all undeserving of His great love and mercy and that He still, while we were yet sinners, redeemed us and made us His own that we would be called His sons and daughters and will one day go to live with Him is so glorious I can barely wrap my mind around it. And so on this Thanksgiving let us not just have one day of offering praise to the One who gives us life and frees us from our sin. But let each day begin with us waking up and not being able to even get out of bed without taking a moment and thanking the Lord for adopting us into His family. Nothing could be better!!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Here are a few little gifts I've made lately. These are all for my sisters' baby Claire. It was so much fun to make up these things for her and I know she will make good use of them. I also made a sweet little blanket, but didn't get a picture of it before I gave it to her. This was the first time I made one of these cute little bears. I got the pattern from a good friend and thought I'd try my hand at it. It was so easy and cheap too. The pillow was easy too and I used my handy dandy embroidery machine to put her name on it. I still can't believe I have one of those machines. That and my sewing machine and knitting keep me quite busy. I have some material that I am going to use for some new curtains for my bedroom. I got it for a dollar a yard and I really like it. The material I used for the pillow and bear were also a dollar a yard. Gotta love that cheap fabric!! I had so much fun making another sweet gift for another niece of mine lately for her 1st birthday. I had made her a really sweet cupcake hat and thought what better to go with it then some little toy cupcakes. I bought her a little tea set and then got an idea at the last minute to take some fabric that I had and make her a little apron. I can hardly wait to get the pictures from my sister in law of little Caroline's birthday so you can all see. So more to come really soon. Till then have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
These are some fun shots that we took while camping at a beautiful beach campground this last weekend. It could not have been more perfect as far as the weather goes. It cooled down enough at night for us to enjoy our campfire and then it warmed up enough during the day so that we wouldn't freeze on the beach and going for a bike ride. We had a wonderful day on Saturday at the beach and on our bike ride into a really neat little beach town close by. We rode through the houses, browsed the shops, listened to the jazz band playing in the park and shared some yummy ice cream. Then that night we invited our family out for some burgers and dogs on the grill. Dinner was great and our time with our family is always fun. Karina had a bit of a hard time going to bed because she was just overly tired from not having taken a nap earlier in the day I'm thinking because she didn't want to miss anything. Then on Sunday we woke up and had a nice fire and some yummy hot grits and toast. You can see Karina signing more to daddy for those grits she loves. :) While we were slowly packing up to come home Karina was perfectly content playing in the dirt with my tea pot. I thought it was so cute she would put pine straw and acorns in it and close it up and then take them out. Oh the simple things! Well I hope you all had a great weekend too and are having a good week. Enjoy all the pictures and I will get on here soon to show pictures I have of my sweet baby Niece Claire that was born a couple days ago.
Well I can't even say how much I enjoyed having all our sweet family over for a fire in the new fire pit. We had the pleasure of Danny's great guitar playing and ate s'mores and hot air popcorn till we couldn't any more. And of course we had some coffee and hot chocolate to go around. I can hardly wait to do it again. The weather was absolutely wonderful too with the temp in the 50's. So I praise God for the time of fellowship and pray for many more to come!!