Saturday, December 29, 2007

winding down the holiday

Well, I'm being gently prodded to please put up a new post! What a busy couple weeks this has been, but I am very ready to get back to blogging. I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday. Ours was very, very nice.

Remember the cute card my niece sent us - with the clothespins and mittens? We received this one from her sister a few days later. Their mom is very creative, and I'm thinking the apples didn't fall far from the tree! Thanks, Anni, I love this card!
We had a white Christmas - like a little bit of snow every single day!! But it's very pretty, so no complaints here. I took this one afternoon just before the entire sky turned orange. I loved the way the sun was highlighting some of the trees with a beautiful glow.

I never did get a photo of our tree with presents underneath. I told you it was a little different this year!! I've had a very nice artificial tree for the last 10-12 years. This year when I pulled it out, it looked pretty tuckered. I was planning to replace it at an after-Christmas sale, but now I'm thinking this little sheet metal tree is perfect! It just feels like the perfect "Charlie Brown" tree to me.
Everyone was saying I should at least hang a few ornaments on it - but to me, the holes and stars look like ornaments. I really totally love it. We'll see how I feel next year. :)

Last, but certainly not least, we have some news to share. In mid-April, Mark and I will be grandparents for the first time!!!! We are soooooooo excited. Sara looked wonderful while they were here - and Ryan is going to be a wonderful daddy. This is a small teddy bear that we put under the tree for this much anticipated baby boy. You will be hearing tons about him, for sure!!


Kitt said...

Hey cool! Congratulations! Sounds like a very merry Christmas indeed.

And a happy new year to come!

Sandra said...

I got my first grandbaby last April. There is nothing like the feeling I had when he was born and I heard his first little cry. Oh so like when my children were born, but yet so different. You are going to just love it.

Tristi Pinkston said...

Congratulations on the baby! I hear from my mom that there's nothing like being a grandmother.

I like your tree, and I wouldn't hang a single thing on it. It would detract from its natural beauty.

I really am still going to e-mail you about my yard -- it's just been crazy around here! Good thing we've got a little time until spring or I'd be in serious trouble.

Jean said...

Congratulations! There is nothing like being a Grandma! It changes your whole outlook on life!

Naturegirl said...

Congratulations on the baby boy coming!Our daughter announced to us over the holidays that she is expecting a baby in June!! Her first and our 3rd grandchild!! Oh won't we be happy blessed nanas!!
Wishing you a Happy New year filled with peace love and certainly a special blessing! NG from Canada

Lynne said...

Congratulations on the new grandbaby-to-be! What a wonderful Christmas present!

I love the picture of the orange-tinged trees. It's beautiful.

Happy New Year to you and your family.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Congrats on the new grandson, they are the greatest gift! Nice tree, it does have a Charlie Brown look. Happy New Year.

Connie said...

I am so excited for you! I love being Nana to our first grandchild.....21 month old Annabelle. It fills a place in my heart that nothing else can.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Gina said...

So lovely to hear your exciting news Kris! Glad you had a great Christmas.. I love your tree and think it's perfect just as it is! Wishing you and your family a wonderful new year! Gx

farmingfriends said...

What a lovely collection of photos. Happy New Year. sara from farmingfriends

Trailhead said...

Oh my goodness, that's gonna be one lucky kid, to have you for a grandparent. I wonder how long it will take you to teach him how to kayak. :)

Congratulations, Kris. What wonderful news.

And I love your Christmas tree!

violetlady said...

Congratulations, grandmother-to-be. You will not believe how much you can love one tiny little being. You think being a mother was great -- just wait till you see this. Happy New Years, Kris.

kate said...

Happy New Year to you, Kris! It will be an exciting year as you become first-time grandparents. Congratulations!

The photograph of the trees at sunset is beautiful. I like your tree - it looked great without decorations!

Regina said...

Congratulation on the baby coming!
All your photos are so great.
I love it all,but the photo of the
trees at sunset is absolutley
I wish you and your family a Happy
New Year.

Wicked Gardener said...

That tree is soooooo cool! Very unique. Congrats on the new baby!

Rurality said...

Congrats on the upcoming grandbaby! I'm sure you can't wait. :)

guild-rez said...

hi kris,
thank you for stopping by..
Congratulations a new bay in a new year,
I have three grandchildren in Sweden. They are presents from heaven,
cheers Gisela
To answer your question:
The red twigs in my picture are from a dogwood arrangement in front of our house.

Giddy said...

Happy New Year to you! I love the metal tree and it looks thin enough to not take up lots of room during the holidays.

Congrats on the good news Granny!

Greenie Gardens said...

I really like the metal tree! It's different but still festive. Congratulations on becoming a grandparent for the first time. Nothing, except for the birth of your own children, is more special. You will just love spoiling him! That's the best Christmas gift ever.

Barbara said...

It seems as if my last comment here has disappeared somewhere. I also wanted to congratulate on becoming a proud grandmother soon! That must be a wonderful feeling! Furthermore I wrote in my last comment that I liked your "eternal" Christmas tree which is so special!
With all my best wishes for a healthy and happy 2008, it will certainly be full of blessings!
Have a wonderful weekend!