Thursday, December 26, 2013

The Day After Christmas

It's the day after Christmas. All the packages have been opened. Way too many sweets have been eaten and there are still way too many leftovers. I don't really have time for much of a blog post. Our Little Princesses are still visiting along with their parents. But I'm taking a quick moment to share this very sweet scene that I captured with Grandad and 2-year-old Junie this morning.

I thought it was just precious. I hope you're enjoying your holidays.

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Coastal Christmas Tree

I can't believe that it's December 23rd already and I haven't posted since we got back from vacation around the middle of November. I have been crazy busy with sewing and alterations along with substitute teaching. I love all of it, and we can certainly use the money, but I really miss writing and hearing from all of you.

Last Friday was an early-release day so we got out of school at noon. After that, I picked up my very good friend, Janna, for lunch and our annual git exchange. I took this opportunity to photograph Janna's beautiful Christmas tree. She did her tree with the same theme last year and I was hoping she would do it again this year.

The white tree features a beach theme with white lights and blue garland. This year she painted and added the beach picture to accent the wall behind the tree. I think it's a nice touch.

All of the ornaments on the tree are in keeping with the beach theme. There are sandcastles, mermaids, octopi, crabs, ships, starfish, and many other beautiful ornaments. The tree topper is a big blue starfish. The most interesting ornament on the tree is a doll that was a gift from one of Janna's friends. Her friend, who is now very advanced in age, owned the doll since her childhood. A close-up look shows how delicate and fragile it is. Even though she's made of plastic, the doll looks to be held together with old elastic thread.

I fell in love with Janna's tree last year and I like it even more now. I hope you've enjoyed seeing it.

Our Little Princesses will arrive before noon tomorrow and I still have much to get done. There are gifts to wrap and beds to make. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas surrounded by those you love the most.