Bamboo Sprouts

gift

from bella

From Bella-Boo. A few months ago, I bought a new hairdryer (because although my Gr’ma has had the same yellow Conair since about 1984, I seem to have to replace my dryer about every other year!) and it came in a pretty shmancy box (a magnetic closure on the lid!), which Bella immediately put dibs on. Bella and I are both box people, so I understood her appreciation of this one. She then spent weeks or maybe months, filling it with all kinds of fun things to give me for Christmas. Lots of drawings and a book about me, a rubber band loom bracelet and ring, a clay “T” ornament that she made in an art class, a painted rock snake, and a Busy Lady Bake Off cookbook (!) from our Island thrift shop. Also, a couple of Russel St*vers chocolate covered marshmallow santas, but those are my favorite and I ate them before I photographed the box! Gifts are Bella’s love language and I treasure her thoughtfulness.

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For Santa-we ate and gave away all of the cookies, so he gets PIE!

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My Dad is here for the holidays. :)

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Casual chicken enchilada dinner for Christmas Eve.

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Fancier dinner with friends Christmas Eve…eve. :)

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Watching Pol*r Express.

Better head to bed, Santa arrives soon. (And I am worn out!)

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Practicing with a boomarang.

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December 21, 2014

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My Mom has been hanging out in Oregon a lot lately and she recently caught a ride on the train and popped in on us for a few days. Such a nice time visiting, playing games, browsing around town, and such. :)

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So to be honest, this tree has been less than ideal! I love a good, tall, WONKY tree. This tree is so full and pretty, that it looks fake, but the bigger problem is that it weighs about a ton and it has not one but two crooks in its trunk and sheesh, would you believe we got it about 99% decorated…and it came CRASHING DOWN?! All 10 feet of it, lights, ornaments, the works, crashing down in our living room! It was so sad. It now stands, tethered to the wall behind it with a thin wire in hopes that it will stay standing, and in hopes that we don’t have to tip toe around it all month. Next year I hope to find something much less full and perfect, but for now, we are enjoying the beauty of the beast that it is.