Thursday, December 12, 2013

Things I Love Thursday // 12.12.13

  • Opening cards from all over the country to see the faces of all the great peeps we know and love and miss… AND then finding a new spot in our new home to display them 
  • Finding just the right gifts and then wrapping them up 
  • The way the Christmas tree comes together with all the eclectic and priceless ornaments that we've collected from great friends and family over the years ~ Including ones made by my babies, my husband, and even my mother for her mother-in-law way back when… 
  • Advil ~ Because some mornings are a little rough around the edges
  • Choosing with my family to receive less this year so that we could adopt a family to sponsor for Christmas ~ A very special thank you to my great friend Staci and the Bills family for the fabulous idea! Shopping for the gifts and then delivering them with the girls this afternoon was such a gift to us. 
  • When the hubby and I get a chance to make an evening of dinner and Christmas shopping
  • Watching our "Son" in her first theater production, Fiddler on the Roof  
  • The Ugly Volvo's hysterical post: "A Ten-Month-Old's Letter to Santa"
  • Checking things off the Holiday Fun List ~ Gingerbread Village! 
  • Overhearing snippets of the telephone conversation P (almost 7) had with her friend from school this evening ~ She is so earnest and makes such a sweet effort at maturity--it's too precious and it's definitely going too quickly!
  • Our family tradition of finding a place of honor on the mantel for "Dirty Santa" ~ This is a small stuffed toy that Greg had from childhood. When sweet Geneva was about 3 she pulled the tissue off of this little Santa guy and asked with a skeptical look, "Whadda we do wif dis dirty Santa?" Ever since, he's worn the title with dignity and grace.  
  • Flannel sheets
  • To occasionally delight the monkeygirls by having "Elvis Peppermint Kate" (our Elf on the Shelf) get a little creative ~ Typically, Elvis moves from a stocking to the tree, to the mantel, to the bookshelf, to a light fixture, and back to a stocking… Sometimes though, he goes for a ride on a golden reindeer in a saddle he borrowed from one of the American Girls that live upstairs. 
Cheers to the Holiday Spirit!
May you find some quiet time to enjoy this magical season with the ones you love.

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1 comment :

  1. Miss you every day and look forward to Thursday to "catch up" on my favorite little Jones family. I love, "what do we do wit dis dirty santa!" Family….too precious! Wish we could cheers to life, love, family friends and health this holiday…..thinking of you always! Love Billie