Daring to live life joyfully. Thoughts from a Christian Wife, Mom, Empty-nester, Photographer.
Love...photography, crafting, crochet, travel, mochas, many wonderful friendships, time with my family and God, unique restaurants, chocolate covered cherries, laying by the beach, holding hands, playing piano, beautiful music, the mountains.
This Christmas is going to be a little different for all of us because for the first year both of our girls will not be home. With family and jobs of their own now, it's getting hard for the kids to get home for Christmas. I knew this day was coming, being prepared is a whole other story. I don't think we're ever ready for things to change when it comes to our children. However, it's inevitable...change happens. The kids will not be able to join us for Christmas this year. I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the days of activity without their excitement and voices, explaining to everyone why they aren't there. I'm sure in all the celebrating, I'll have moments of pure lose when I will miss them so much. I pray their Christmas is blessed and happy, full of lots of love and joy.
John and I played Santa with a car load of gifts and delivered them to the kids last week. It was a good weekend and I'm so glad we were able to go.
Can't believe it's almost Christmas! With all the holiday activity, I've been a little behind finishing up our trip photos from October.
We spent 5 days in Zion National Park, but while there, we took a daytrip to Bryce Canyon. It was a beautiful day...perfect weather for our little excursion. My in-laws were with us and seeing the canyon for the first time, they were amazed.
Finally got a chance to get back to this project. A few years ago, I painted some vintage game boards and this idea stemmed from that project.
I drew the tree onto the square piece of wood and painted the design using a combination of chalk paint and acrylics. The lettering was applied by using stencil. With a Sharpie, I traced the design, then sanded a bit to give it a worn look. I applied a tinted wax over the board. I cut the wood for the frame, painted and sanded them, then applied a stain for the worn, vintage look. Apply stain to the back of the board as well to give it a finished look. I used a wooden cutout for the star and glued it to the board and added a metal handle for hanging.
I know I've written about St. Charles, MO's, Christmas festival before. But, it's one of my favorite Christmas activities. And, anyone, who has visited us during Thanksgiving, has had the opportunity to join us. There's just something about stepping back in time, taking a moment to breathe in the sights and sounds of Christmas, to remember the reason we even celebrate Christmas. Every year, St. Charles kicks off their celebrations the Friday after Thanksgiving. We love to see all the lights and garland and chat with the Dicken's characters. I was accused by Scrooge of owing him money and I'd better pay up. This year, John and I went down in time to see the tree lighting. We sipped a little spiced wine and did a little shopping where I found two new beautiful ornaments to add to our tree.
This one to represent our beautiful Sapphie.
...and this one to remember getting Ebony last year right before Halloween. She loves hanging out under the Christmas trees.
Take some time out during this season to do fun things with your family and friends. It doesn't have to be stressful...remember you are making memories!