Thursday, December 22, 2011

My Little Wise Man

The holidays are so much more fun and meaningful when you can experience it with children. 
Do you remember what it was like when you were little? 

Drew was a wise man in the Christmas pageant this week. 

 It was precious.

It's so easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed this time of year. 
I hope you're feeling the true spirit of Christmas as we near the big day.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

people like fire

Our party was on Saturday and it was a lot of fun.

Of course I forgot to get pictures of everything until the party was winding down.

I managed to have some form of fire in every room and even outside.

Of course I had the kitchen fireplace blazing, and it's the first thing you see when you enter our house. 

In the dining room there were candles flickering. 

And/ or into the sunroom where the Fireside Reflections DVD was burning away. (It's a recording of a fire and I think it's hysterical.) It's one way to make the big flat screen TV look interesting when your not watching a show. 

(here my funny friends are acting like they're warming their hands by the fire)

We had floating candles in the pond.

and a fantastic fire burned all night in fire pit in the yard.
(complete with s'mores fixins)

It seemed like everyone had a good time.
I think it must be because the warm and cozy feeling you get from a fire.
That, or the Poinsettia cocktails were really good :)

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Monday, December 5, 2011

We've got Spirit, yes we do!

We are in full-on Christmas spirit mode over here at Monkey Grass Hill.

Making gingerbread houses

Visiting the train/holiday exhibit at the National Botanical Gardens. 

They featured these ornament terrariums throughout
 I think I'll make these next year
 The theme for the train exhibit was animal homes 
constructed with natural materials like twigs, and leaves.

 some of them you couldn't tell what they were made of

some others it was very clear
notice the leaves of the balloon

I've also been doing more decorating on the outside then before.