Merry Festivus!

I’d say Christmas, but that was yesterday, so instead I’ll wish you a Merry Festivus! so that I can cover all those other holidays that fall in December…

Christmas was FAB! Thanks for asking!

We had been hoping to make it up to Pennsylvania to visit family and friends, but it just didn’t happen. We made due in Middle-of-Nowhere, TN. It has been a very quiet couple of days. Saturday, the Ranger was on call so we stuck around the house until it was time for church. Following church we did our traditional Pepperoni Pizza Christmas Eve meal. Take out pizza may not grant peace on earth, but it does grant peace in the Accidental Family as no one complains about not liking it. Pepperoni Pizza is a food group in our home.

I decided to use the opportunity of the girls ready for Christmas Eve Mass as a chance to take a couple of head shots for my Sissy. They looked pretty good!

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The girls that is.

The photos themselves…eh…not so much…

I would like a couple of those iron stands that they used in the “OLD” days to help people hold their positions ‘cuz kids move…even BIG kids move!

This is what I ended up with…

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Hair in the face, fake smiles.

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Beautiful smile on Baby, Big is looking the wrong direction.

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Can I just chop out that arm somehow? (Do you like my tablecloth backdrop?) Let’s move to the other room, ladies!

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Baby is looking the wrong way, but has a beautiful smile. Big…I’m not sure exactly what’s with the face she’s making here.

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And finally, nice smiles! I could crop out the turkey on the bookcase in the background, but the blur on Big? Not so sure about that?

However, I think this is my current favorite picture of the girls…

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or maybe this one (taken 24 hours later while they are wearing the same exact clothes – can we all say, “MOTHER OF THE YEAR!”)

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A nice quiet day, or two, or three…

I hope your holidays were just as nice and quiet.

Making Some Holiday Memories

With the holidays upon us, we’ve been working on making memories with the girls. So, I’m going to let the photos tell the story for me…

Thanksgiving Dinner at Cracker Barrel
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A Kazoo band of one!
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A Holiday Concert
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A meeting with Santa
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Making some cookies
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Getting our crafty on with painting ornaments
Baby and the Christmas ball

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And just being holiday FABULOUS!
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Still to come this week…making gingerbread houses, Christmas Eve Mass and the BIG night!

Merry Christmas, EVERYONE

How to Build a Snowman in TN

In parts of Tennessee there is a huge possibility of snow, however, not in Middle-of-Nowhere, TN, where I live.

Last year they saw more snow days that they had for quite awhile…

…they blamed us for having brought the snow with them from Pennsylvania.

This year we have been looking at a strong possibility of a green and brown Christmas and I wanted to make it a bit more festive!

I made a green snowman!

It is green in color and in the whole Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Good all around!

So, how did I do this?

First, I went to my current obssession (Pintrest) and got some ideas, then I got to work.

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I used an inside door to build my snowman, ‘cuz frankly it’s cold outside, even if it is TN!

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I got three artificial wreaths (12″, 20″, and 24″) and put them together using a spool of green twist ties.

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Then, I went out to the yard and found two twigs for arms.

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I added an old scarf…

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and a hat the kids had outgrown…

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and, VOILA! A snowman as green as most of the trees around us!

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Now, what else can I do to get A.) into trouble and B.) get more Christmassy!