Sunday, December 20, 2009

Some things are meant to be....

This was a busy week and I got most everything done that needed to be done. My daughter is here. She made it out of DC just before they closed the airport because of the big storm. It's good to have her home and it makes everything feel right with the world. My plan for this week was to have all the decorating done before she got home. I got everything done except for the big tree in the living room. I was disapointed but it was what it was. Little did I know, it was meant be that way for a reason, more about that later.

Here are some pictures of my trees. These trees are the result of my Hallmark obscession which I have talked about before. I think about 90% of the ornaments on the three trees are Hallmark ornaments I have collected over the past 30 years. I don't think the pictures really do them justice, especially the big tree. You can't see the lights which always makes the tree more magical , but they're the best I could get.

The Teddy Bear Tree

The Snowmen and Santa Tree

The two together
This is a Barbie tree I decorated for Sarah. She's been collecting these ornaments since she was about 10. I thought it would be a nice surprise to do a tree in her room. She loved it.

Now for my little revelation. I was disapointed that I didn't get the big tree in the living room done before Sarah got home. We got it set up and put the lights on last night after she came home. This morning she and I decorated it. This picture is the result. We had such a good time decorating while listening to Christmas music. While we were decorating I realized that so often I worry about having things perfect rather than just letting things happen as they will. This decorating experience really brought home to me that sometimes things are just meant to be and I need to accept it. If I had gotten the tree decorated I would have missed a wonderful time with my daughter which is so important since I don't get to be with her very often. So this was a lesson learned for me and one I hope I can apply in my everyday life. As the Beatles so aptly said....."Let It Be"
If I don't get back here before Christmas, which is good possibility, I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you have a blessed and joyous holiday with family and friends.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

'Tis the Season.....

for chaos....and my life is full of it. Thank goodness I have this week off work to get things done. The letter and cards have been sent. Now I just need to decorate and shop. No biggie.....

This Christmas will be a smaller one where presents are concerned. I'm sure everyone is facing the same thing and I've found that I kind of like it. We are focusing more on family and being together rather than what we are giving. Not that we didn't do this before but it feels different this year. I'm so excited for Sarah to get home next week. It seems like forever since we saw her in August. I'm having close to 30 people at my house for Christmas dinner and I'm so excited for this. We haven't all been together at a holiday gathering in quite a while. It will be nice.

I'm hoping to get some blogging time in this week while I'm off. I want to post some pics of my Christmas trees once they are decorated. Guess I better get back to working on the house. Just wanted to check in to let everyone know I haven't fallen off the face of the earth. Hope you are all surviving the Christmas chaos in your own lives. Till next time......