Then and Now

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Once Christmas day comes and goes, I am always ready to restore order in our home.  After a month of Frazier Fir needles falling on the floor and furniture where furniture normally isn't, getting things back to normal is a welcome thought.  Some of us are sad, and yes, I am a little bit, but I know that all good things must end.  It reminds me of the Sesame Street episode, "It's Christmas Again" when all of the people on Sesame Street were trying to sing "hang some tinsel on the tree it's Christmas again" with as much enthusiasm in July as they once had in December.  It just wouldn't be special if we had Christmas every day....and we would all go broke.

Looking back...
On Christmas Eve, Eve, a little elf delivered this.

This is the giveaway that I won from Sandy at Reluctant Entertainer, one of my very favorite blogs.  At the ripe age of forty...ahem, cough, cough, this is my first apron and I couldn't think of a sweeter person to receive it from.  Sandy always knows just what to say and how to say it, occasionally bringing me to tears.  Needless too say, I have already put the apron to use and am fully enjoying it.  The Hip Hostess, the sponsor of the giveaway, has all sorts of adorable aprons, and I am certain they will be seeing more of me. 

On Christmas Eve, we went to Mom's for a wonderful dinner and gifts exchange.  We always gather around the tree and visit for hours, eat more food than an individual should, then exchange presents.  This time when Mom got up to play the piano, Mattie Gray was the first to listen. She loves her grandma.

By the end of the night, our girl was tired.  She wasn't about to take a nap for fear she might miss something.

 As tradition would have it, we didn't leave the house on Christmas Day and with the rainy weather, it was the perfect day to stay at home.  We started our day with yummy Cranberry Lemon Pull Aparts, definitely a do again.
Also, as tradition would have it, the tree is now at the street, the ornaments are in the attic, and the furniture is back where it belongs.  Some of us are sad.  Some of us aren't.  One of us will be working for days to come, because you never have it all put away.  You just think you do. 

You may not hear from me for the next few days.  I will be:
  1. Making the playroom more playful
  2. Enjoying the last week of winter break with the boys
  3. Trying to resist the urge to eat yet another piece of chocolate
  4. Giving thought to seat cushions and window treatments for the kitchen 
  5. Thinking about a slip cover for the ottoman
  6. Attempting to get back to some sort of fitness routine, ugh and oink
  7. Celebrating the New Year
Thank you for all of your kind and supportive words and your constant supply of inspiration.  I really appreciate all of your comments and always look forward to hearing from you.


    1. are really on the ball! Hubby thinks it's bad luck to put the tree away before New Years, so I'll probably take down all the decor and leave the tree with lights till then:)
      I'm looking forward to seeing more great decorating ideas in 2010! ~Lisa

    2. Thanks Lisa! Your hubby might be right about the bad luck...that explains everything, LOL. I say enjoy your tree for as long as you can. It really is sad to see it all go away.

    3. I love the apron. What a great treat!
      Happy New Year!

    4. Everything is all gone at my house. Oh, except for that small box of things I didn't notice when I but everything away.....OOOPS

    5. I received a new apron this year from a dear friend. It says "live simply, laugh often, wine alot!" Who know they could be such fun? I am a little overwhelmed & somewhat jealous that you already have Christmas put away. You are woman, hear you roar! Thanks for all your inspiration. "run" on over one day and visit. My kitchen is almost done.

    6. Just had to comment on Sandy, she is indeed the most warm hearted soul I've had the pleasure of meeting. Her relaxed approach to entertaining is what understated elegance is all about. So happy to hear you're enjoying the apron! Love that photo of the hanging Merri Mixers Apron and you certainly look the part of Hip Hostess. Thank you so much for your flattering words.

    7. Thanks for all of the comments! I think everyone should have a fun apron or two. By the way, my father in-law always wears one. Guys like them too:)

    8. A pearl bedecked pup? Priceless!


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