Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Greetings from Our House

We have received so many wonderful cards, photos (the wreath is spilling over with them today!) and newsletters. We love ALL of them! This style of card tree is new this year. May have to get a bigger tree, the way the mail's been coming in!)

A new bell-ringing angel wind chime. She says, "Those who believe are blessed." The rest of the angels are singing on high in the playroom (definitely on high!).

Our snowman shelf display, which stays up through the end of February.
RJ2 made the orange-cinnamon pomander.

Our sea life tree.... started after our honeymoon to Vancouver 18+ years ago. We loved seeing the seals at Stanley Park. Sea life includes friends like penguins and even egrets (from Florida). One of my sisters made the painted glass balls.

RJ2 made a gingerbread house at school. Her preschool teacher thought CJ would like to make one, too, so she gave her all the "fixin's" and CJ made one that afternoon.

RJ2 with the "stuffed" nativity, which traveled off the sofa and onto the floor! (We are still trying to figure out who rang-and-ran, leaving us with the nativity.) The not-kid-friendly nativity is on the dining room side table (and all 9-1-1 calls concerning the wise man, angel and cow were answered successfully).

Our mantel has Rs trains on it again this year. It's such a classic collection (from Hallmark, and my folks). We have Lego santas on CJ's side and the Peanuts' bell choir ornament and golden retriever snowglobe on the right. (Wonderful evergreeny votives from a friend were completely burned to the plate this morning!)

The kids Christmas corner, designed by CJ. This is one of the advertisements she created last year.

In the kitchen, the cows get dressed for Christmas!

And the girls made many cookies for the neighbors and babysitters (Note CJ's gingerbread cookie nativity)....

...And not too many instances of eating the flour!

Good friend "Chatty Kelly" gave me this ornament last year...busy, but way happy this year!

Here is our Christmas tree! Still lots of paper ornaments on the bottom (notice Diego swinging from his zip line). On the left in blue is RJ2's new dance ornament, from a fellow dancer in her class. CJ's ornament as a memento from this year's church pageant is on the right (she was a reader this year).

This is CJ's poinsettia that she made at school. Love this!

And this is our front hallway garland which has those great chiming bells that play like 40 songs! Goes on for 30 minutes or so. Every time the first peal starts, RJ2 says, "Someone turned on the bells." After a few seconds she says, "Can we turn off the bells?"

And this is from this morning! CJ was ecstatic over the "activity" table, which includes billards, air hockey and ping-pong. RJ2 is completely smitten with the Barbie pool and cabana, which was used for the first time with her new Jo-Jo's Circus characters...and then some Rudolph figures....the new Polly Pockets....her Teletubby Christmas ornament.....

Hope you all are enjoying a wonderful day of rest and relaxation! Merry Christmas!!


Chatty Kelly said...

Wow - I was so surprised to find this post on Christmas DAY! I was going to do a "our Christmas" follow up post - but it will be at least Saturday! Exhausted but wonderful day! Hope until 1, then to family until 6:30, and now hubby's family is here. They're visiting while I sneak a peak at your blog.

FUN FUN FUN times. I with RJ2 on teh's nice for a short time, but after a while...*sigh*

Loved seeing the ornament I gave you! Made me laugh just like the first time I saw it!

Edie said...

Merry Christmas to you too Sue J! Looks like you and the family had a wonderful day! I'm just wondering who got to clean up all that flour. LOL! Loved the gingerbread cookies and nativity. Thanks for the tour of your home. All of your decorations are lovely!

Bonita said...

What a wonderful peek into your home and life at Christmas. I so enjoyed it! That "God rest ye merry gentlemen" ornament is a riot and I have to find one. Thanks for sharing all the pics.

My ADHD Me said...

Merry Christmas! Looks like everyone had a blast.
I got a migraine in the iddle of the day yesterday and was sure it would be gone today but it lingered around today also. Started feeling better around 6 or 7 pm. So now it is 1 AM and I'm not even tired.

Anyway, Merry Christmas!

The Patterson 5 said...

What a wonderful Christmas tour of your home! I love that even the cows in your kitchen get "dressed" for the occasion! How fun! What a wonderfully blessed day!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Sue--I was going to email you but couldn't find your addy. Just wanted to say that you made me laugh out loud at 7:12 am before my coffee with your "Your So Vain" comment to Monkeys are funny. Both song refs cracked me right up.

KelliGirl said...

Hi Sue,
I popped by to see if you've posted lately and to say, Hi. I hope you're doing well.

Happy New Year. I look forward to reading your thoughts in 2009.