Simplicity makes me smile!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Traditions New & Old

We create new traditions every year. Elf on a Shelf is a fairly new one for us. We have had George for three years now and it is getting far more complicated but interesting every year. 

There have been letters taken to Santa via George. He brings letters back. He has gone above and beyond the call of duty. He really deserves a buddy! ♥ 
Enter Flat George drawn by Mama and colored by Landon. They have been together since the day he was made. There has been some discussion on laminating Flat George. We wonder if he will be able to breathe? It's getting complicated people, complicated! 

Festive Memory Gift Wrapping Idea

Wrapping gifts is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas. I love beautiful wrap to the simple craft paper wrap. My nephews are getting these on their gifts this year. ♥

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Thanksgiving Specialities 2011

NO PUMPKIN PIE! That's right! Pumpkin pie was replaced by pumpkin spice cupcakes this year. And it was not a mistake. Everyone LOVED♥ them!
Bacon wrapped green beans with a soy marinade. BIG HIT! HUGE!!
This picture was taken just before I popped them in the oven to bake until bacon was crisp! Yum!

I ♥ Christmas

This is our little tree we put in the living room every year. It was suppose to be MY tree. Decorated with beautiful glass ornaments placed just so. Well, I realized everyone gets to enjoy this tree on a daily basis, because it is in our main living area. So I gave in last year and let the kids help and I am so glad I did. A perfect tree is one decorated by sweet little hands with love. Landon loves to decorate the tree so he is placing all of the ornaments this year. Last year he made the star for the top out of construction paper. My kids know nothing else. They love to decorate the tree with all of the ornaments we have made throughout the years. I always thought you had to buy the "baby's first Christmas" ornament. Until Landon came along that is what we did.  He has a handmade first ornament and I love it! Every year it is a walk down memory lane for us all. Our tree in the family room is the prettiest tree I have ever seen every year!! Full of our handmade ornaments from all of the years past. I ♥ it!
My ornament from this year so far is this one...We are still working on a few. 
Merry Christmas!