countdown to christmas — helping out a friend

Everyday of December I try to focus on Christmas.  I do something every single day to countdown to the big day.  Some things are planned and some are not.  Today a friend from Anchorage dropped by and I took their family pictures for them.  It is their first Christmas as a family and I am so grateful to be a part of it.  They have a beautiful family. 

Christmas tip :: I use Shutterfly to print my cards.  The price is right and I even have them mail them for me.  My addresses are saved on site and every year I just update the address book and have them sent directly from them.  It costs .55 cents extra but that includes postage.  For an extra few cents I save my self a lot of time.

thanksgiving day — gathering

This is the photo I chose for our Christmas card this year.  My family is scattered all over the world and this was our idea to include them in our family photo.

 She loves it when I take pictures….not!  I think she is beautiful and so I cannot stop nor do I ever want to.

It is has become a family tradition to gather the lost souls of thanksgiving.  We always host a dinner with individuals who have to work or are away from their families for various reasons.

One of these guys said something to make everyone laugh and made the one on the left blush.  Thank goodness I did not hear. 

One year we had a man, he was a lawyer, over for Thanksgiving dinner and he was from India.  He said he was raised as an American so he participated in all our traditions….actually they were his traditions too.  This year we shared our dinner with a man from Germany (the one on the right).  He was in Berlin as a 15 year old boy when the wall went up.  I was in awe.  He said that they never thought it would become what it did.  Years later when he was in America his mother held the phone receiver out the window of her apartment so he could hear the wall come down. 

It was a great day.  I hope your day was wonderful as well.

halloween ::: treats and great alaska scenery

this dog thinks he is a lap dog. he always lays in the little beds and curls up on our laps and falls asleep. it’s a good thing we find it cute and funny. more so it is a good thing he is so adorable.

there are only 75 residents here and so I did not exactly load up on candy. if i were thinking ahead i would have made something fun.  next year, i guess. 

our little neighbors were the cutest little ninjas. it looks as if he hit the other one in the head but no violence occurred in the capturing of this image.

 seriously cute.

 he thinks he is scary but nothing that cute can scare me.

 the mother of the little ones. she’s a kitty. the dad is below…he dressed up as ‘dad’. 

 the turtles needed to gain power by jumping on the tramp. 

 drive by shooting.

 alaska is always beautiful. i should be more grateful to live here….the winter tries me at times.

a couple of caribou to end the drive. 

easter decor–keep it simple

i like to keep my holiday decorations simple.  i have focus areas that i stick to and it has relieved some stress around the holidays.

i like to have a wreath on the door that can easily be stored. 

the vase on the dining room table stays there most of the year and i just exchange the flowers for the different seasons.

last year i started focusing on the table decor.  i find a cute runner or placemats, some napkins and napkin rings. sometimes i have cute dishes too but for easter i just use the dishes in my cupboard.  they are neutral and perfect for easter.

i have a chalkboard that displays quotes, songs or sayings for the seasons.  i may start changing the garland to match the season….i am totally smitten with garlands.