Monday, November 23, 2009

Back to Blogland...

Happy Monday...I'm back to my little home on the internet. Amazingly, I managed to pick up about 30 followers in the few weeks I was gone. How does this happen? I don't know but I'm happy it does:-)

Yes, I took a little break. I can choose between writing about my life/family and the Holidays or I can live it. Unlike many of you gifted people out there, I'm not capable of doing both.

The bad news...I had my annual Holiday meltdown. The good's over early and I'm good to go:-) About 2 weeks ago I called my mom and started bawling on the phone about how I feel I let everyone down... Blah, blah, blah. (Martha, this is because of you and my quest for the perfect Holiday:-) I've let go of a few things since then. Since my girls were little, I've always had to have the perfect Christmas card. I know photo cards have been around forever but I think I was one of the first that I know of to go with a "theme" picture for our cards, such as angels, mermaids... maybe I'll do a post about it and show a few. I can't show you the one of them when they were 7 and 5, lounging around the pool in old-fashioned bathing suits with flowered bathing caps on like some vintage bathing beauty, because that was the one card they refused to be a part of...and I never let them forget it! hahaha...

Anyway, this year the cards are ready to go out with a short, sweet note and a simple, fun photo. And it's killing me... lol

Okay, well, this is Thanksgiving week. Hope you're all enjoying this special time of year. Me...I'm not a big Thanksgiving person. In the old days when cousins aunts and Uncles crammed around a long table at my Grandma's...that was Thanksgiving. These days just aren't quite the same. Don't get me wrong, we are very thankful. But we are more than ready to move on to Christmas. of those people:-) To top it off, I don't like turkey.
(You're safe from me, Mr. Turkey!)
But I do love mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie. Carbs anyone??? Geez...good thing I am serving dinner at the hospital with my husband instead of eating it! My girls are spending Thanksgiving with their grandparents so I will have my first Holiday with an empty nest...seems kind of strange but they'll have fun.

What else, what else... Well, we are in full Nutcracker mode around here. This is the Flower Fairy or Dew Drop, which is Taylor's main role. And she wears pink:-)

Rehearsals, rehearsals and more rehearsals...long ones...but it's looking good, so it's worth it. And we are making lots of these little cuties...

I know I write about a pink Christmas but the only rooms I can pull that off this year are Taylor's room and maybe the guest room. The great room is mainly a white Christmas with touches of red. Because I am worried about my curious BIG puppy, our tree has only those family ornaments that are not breakable as well as a lot of other sturdy ones, just in case I come home to find the tree toppled over. We glittered some starfish and white poinsettias and it looks so pretty.

One of my favorite decorations was the simplest. I had all of these colored glass ornaments and a huge glass cylinder I picked up for $7 at a yard sale this year so I dumped them in and voila...instant decoration!

I also love, love, love feather trees and here is one by the front door...

Just look at these shells...I'm not sure you can see but they're all glittery. Thanks to Tales from an OC Cottage for the idea!

Guess that's enough rambling for today. I'll leave you with a thought for the Holidays...
"Remember, the more expensive and big the gift, the more kids will enjoy playing with the box it came in more than anything".

Have a great day!
Au revoir,


  1. You were missed and GORGEOUS photos as always - what an eye you have for beauty! I can't wait to see your themed Christmas cards!!! Please do share!

    I gave some Thanksgiving Tradition ideas on my blog today if any of your readers are looking for a tradition to start - come visit at

    Happy Turkey Day!

  2. Your CHRISTmas cards sound so fun, and I can't wait to see them.
    Your right, Thanksgiving just isn't the same without my grandma around!

  3. I love the tree Suzanne! It's just beautiful...I am looking forward to ours going up this week. Can't wait to see the Christmas cards you've done.

    Glad you're back. Have a blessed day, my friend!

  4. Wow! That was an informative post! I agree about wanting Christmas to hurry along. I like Thanksgiving with the family and food, but Christmas is magic. Your Christmas decorations are beautiful. I wonder that there are any shells left in the ocean the way Tales form an OC Cottage glitters them up! Especially those starfish, I bet they run for cover when they see her coming!

  5. WOW, thanks for showing me how I can use my huge glass cylinder (wedding decor leftovers)for Christmas decor!
    I have so many extra ornaments from 26 years of Christmases. Welcome back.

  6. stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving! Then I see you dont like turkey LOL...

  7. lovely photos!!

    30 deserve them all!!

  8. Welcome back. I'm popping over from mommy Bloggers Club. I am now following. Come check my blog out sometime.

  9. Hi Suzanne, Glad you're back and in full swing for all the hectic weeks ahead. It gets so much simpler the older you get! Truly. I adore the shells with glitter. What an easy and simply but elegant touch. Happy Turkey Day, Mollye

  10. love the big vase with ornaments in it - very cool :D

    i like the starfish on the tree too :D

    i don't like turkey and thanksgiving isn't really "my" holiday either, totally prefer xmas, and am super duper excited to send out my cards too :D

  11. It is good to have you back. I love the pinks you chose to share with us today. I hope you are having a wonderful Pink Saturday.

  12. How fun -- great shots and thanks for sharing your human side. I have finally found that I no longer have to have the perfect everything at holiday time. I do what i can and everyone doesnt even seem to miss the stuff i have stopped doing...(except me of course) :)

    I have just signed up to FOLLOW you -- even though you probably have as many as you want...BUT...would love if you have a minute stop by and say hi and perhaps Follow me too :)

    TTFN~~ Claudia ♥ ♥

  13. I love your tall cylinder with the ornaments! So pretty and so easy. I might have to steal that idea.

    Just starting following via MBC - if you don't mind stop by and check out my newbie site ;)

  14. Love all the ornaments in the cylinder. Happy Pink Saturday!

  15. Hi Suzanne,
    I'm popping over from MBC! Congrats on the growth of your blog. I'm following you now, can't wait for more posts. If you get a chance, click over to my boutique's blog. I'd love to work with you when you have the chance...possibly a giveaway or something :-D

  16. Great decorating idea for Christmas. Don;t know if I have space for all but will definitely try some at least. Congratulations on the growth of your blog.

  17. Beautiful..still making my Happy Pink Saturday rounds!

  18. Ooh I LOVE the glittery shells and starfish. Pretty!

  19. I love the little tree and the ornaments in glass...beautiful!


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