Monday, November 21, 2011

I Don't Know How Santa Does It...

Santa gets around the whole world in one evening and it took me 3 days just to get the Christmas stuff out and the house cleaned and decorated.  He must be magic.

I'm a little nervous about heading in to the Christmas madness in retail with my new job so getting the house done before Thanksgiving was for my sanity.  I skipped Halloween and Fall at home but I knew I couldn't get away with skipping Christmas.  The Hackney men would freak out.

This Raggedy Ann doll belonged to my grandmother.  I can't remember how I ended up with it, but I do remember being in about 5th grade and thinking she needed some rosy cheeks.  Lipstick did the trick although there are some greasy stains left behind.   Later this same doll was attacked by a new puppy....yet she still smiles. 

I bought some bright ribbon and sprays at an after Christmas sale at Paul Michael in Arkansas last year on our way home from Mississippi.  I tried something new with the top of the tree...copying a tree at Paul Michael.  Next year, the star might be back.  But for now I like the bright colors.

We have a busy week planned so it feels so good to have this done.

This year I'm thankful for so much.  I'm thankful that I have a fun job...even if I'm on my legs all day.  I thankful that I have a safe place to land at the end of the day after being on my feet all day. I'm thankful for my husband and children.   I'm thankful that I have a great place to worship.  I'm just thankful.

P.S.  I have been experiencing a huge creative block with this blog.  And if I'm honest, I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest.  ha.  I come in here to try to blog and get sucked in to Pinterest.
I suspect I won't be blogging much over the busy Christmas season but I am going to try.  Even if no one reads this but Chuck, I need this blog to continue.  If you are reading this...thank you.


  1. Love your blog, gets me through the day...
    Jennifer in Fresno, California

  2. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, but I am out here reading FYI.

    Your decorations are very pretty, but one question - what does that framed No 2011 mean????

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. LOVE your decorations! Your tree looks fabulous and the tree topper is so fun! I really love all the little toys around your tree too, I'm a sucker for nostalgia. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. I love the bright colors, too!!! All looks festive and ready.... I understand about Pinterest and blogging... I suffer as well. Keep blogging tho.

  5. I can't find you on Pinterest.... send me your link.

  6. It all looks great! I won't be decorating until after my guests leave on Saturday.

    I will always be here reading your blog when ever you get around to updating it. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. You don't know me from the man in the moon, but I wanted you to know I truly
    Enjoy your blog. I love your sense of humor! Someone out there other than
    Your husband reads your blog! Thank you for the laughs!

    Lauren in Indiana

  8. PLEASE don't eva stop! I need your humor as well as just your everyday post. Hope you had a great birthday.

  9. You have the best blog ethic of most anyone. I can always count on coming in every few weeks and getting a lot of great. Great photos, great stories, great stuff. I hate decorating for Christmas and, this year I have a completely solid reason to not do it at all (not that I would have chosen the reason by any means). I should make it up to the guys next year so let's plan a trip for you to come out in early December to do my house!!!!! As much as I love decorating, I'm not into decorating for any holiday. Not sure why. That is a very sound reason for having it done for me-right? And you are the master-B E A U T I F U L.