Saturday, December 29, 2018

Christmas in the New House

New homes require new ways of doing things.
Because it was time to decorate for Christmas right after the moving truck departed, I chose a few key areas, rummaged through the Christmas bins and decked the halls in no time flat.
I toyed with the idea of doing a mini new home Christmas tour until I saw the pictures and decided against it.  Looks like I need to figure out the lighting better :)

In digging through the bins it seemed like a lot of the old decor  didn't seem quite right in this new more modern home.  The little toy stove was staying either way.  One of the long standing Christmas traditions in my family is cookie baking and that little stove is a happy reminder of just that.
On a side note, shortly after setting up the little display a man was here to go over the new furnace with us.  As he walked by it he stopped and remarked on it wondering how old it was and if it really worked.  We had a chat about it which led to him showing me pictures of his rather new hobby of purchasing old fans (think 1930s and 40s) and restoring them to like new condition.  His work was beautiful and it was evident that he got great joy from finding old rusty fans at antique shops and auctions and bringing them back to life.  Who knew the furnace man would share an interest in old relics from the past too :)

 Speaking of Christmas cookie baking . . .
I soon learned that this new kitchen is a wonderful place to bake in.
I was able to set up an efficient assembly line on this long counter.

 I did sneak in a vintage S & P set in front of the cutting board that was a gift from the builder.  I thought that this was a very meaningful gift as it was made from one of the trees that was on the land before it was developed into a community of homes.

The best gift of all was a visit from this little guy.
He added so much joy and laughter to the holiday.

 Laughter was also found when my oldest son entered the house with his holiday sweater playing music and flashing lights.

In the kitchen Brett exercised his talents at carving the spiral ham and turkey breast.  He had a side kick this year who was more than happy to sample the offerings.

My sister-in-law happily and merrily washing the dishes.
You may think I'm being facetious, but she really does enjoy it.  She owns a dishwasher and has never used it.  Instead she uses it to store things in.  Kind of like another cupboard.

 We watched a variety of movies in the lazy days and nights following Christmas.  One of Jaxson's favorites was the Grinch.  At one point during the movie the Grinch struck a pose that tickled his funny bone tremendously.  That in turn struck my funny bone and we both got the giggles.
Of course you know that once they get a laugh . . .

 the opportunity for more laughs is inevitable even when grandma is doing her best to get a nice picture of her grandson under the tree before he leaves to go home.
Grinch Pose.

 Hiding under my hood pose.

Pinch my uncle's nose pose.

Grandma's Favorite Pose.

As I reflect back over the past few days I can't help but think that the home and decorations set a festive tone, but it's the people coming together sharing their unique talents and gifts that make for the warmest memories of all.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Moving Along . . .

Shortly before Thanksgiving I took a break from packing boxes to take a stroll around the garden with camera in hand.  

 With all of the details required in making a move, the beauty taking place outside the house was largely going unnoticed by me.  One day a visitor commented on how gorgeous our trees were and as she was going on about the amazing colors, I decided it was time to take notice.

 Seems she was right.  Beautiful colors were all around the house that day.  I made my way to the side of the house that I rarely venture as the ground tends to be a bit soggy over there.
As I rounded the corner to the front of the house, I stopped in my tracks . . .

In all the years I have lived here I had never seen this view from this angle.  The two sugar maples we planted specifically for their spectacular fall foliage and the Japanese Maple that provided a pop of red inside our master bathroom.
Somewhere between all of that beauty sits our long driveway.  Racing up and down the driveway going here and there didn't allow for a true appreciation of this autumnal beauty.

 After my little photo session I opted for one final cup of coffee on the patio.  Thinking about leaving behind this garden that I have loved so much started to make me wonder what the he** I was thinking.  :).  I had a moment of panic wondering if this was all a big mistake.  I took a sip of coffee and looked up.

 At first I was intrigued by the cloud formations and then I did a double take.  There amongst the clouds was a rainbow like I have never seen before.

 Rather than arching down at the ends, it curved up at each end like a great big happy smile.  In that instant I knew that the right decision had been made.  Talk about receiving a sign from above.

 In a few short days the moving truck arrived and life around here became a busy blur for the next week or so.

But now we are moved into our new home and becoming a bit more settled with each passing day.
Not long after the Christmas tree was decorated we woke up to a winter wonderland outside the window.
As I sipped my morning coffee and gazed out at our new view, I felt sure that the right decision had been made.