Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Back in October...

I know we are well past Halloween, Thanksgiving AND now Christmas, but I have yet to post the last of our Halloween pics and have posted absolutely none of Thanksgiving. I thought maybe I should do that before I really go head into Christmas pics.

We went out to the Powell Pumpkin Patch this year to pick out some pumpkins.

It's one of my favorite holiday events around this time to do with Aleeyah. I made the mistake of putting her in her new tennis shoes. Apparently, after a few days of rain the pumpkin patch gets quite muddy! I couldn't even begin to tell you how many times she tripped over a corn stalk in the corn maze or pumpkin vines which all landed her hands and knees in the mud!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas tree...

Miss Aleeyah got her very own tree this year for her room. She was REALLY excited about it-even more than our living room tree! I was super excited about how inexpensively were were able to do it for. (all for under $50!! and all re-usable!)

We knew we wanted a white tree even though Aleeyah tried to stray away from white when we went to the tree farm. She wanted a little green tree then because she could bring it home now. They didn't have a small one for sale and I talked to her about this one being able to kept and reused again next year. She was tired and cold, but understood.

We searched several stores before I finally gave in and went to Wal-Mart. I don't shop there really much at all any more. When we lived in Oklahoma it was conveniently right down the street. Here it isn't and we have plenty of other stores around us. I've not been a big fan of Wal-Mart for quite some time so it all works out. Target had a beautiful white tree for just a ridiculous amount of money and none of the other places I looked even had a white tree. Wal-Mart had 4 white options in a price range that I really was looking to spend. We chose a 6 foot pre-lit tree for only $25.

We were looking to make an alphabet tree. Aleeyah LOVES everything alphabet! We found an unpainted A at Hobby Lobby for $2 and we painted it with a coordinating green I found in my stash. We also found a great package of letters that are all brightly colored paper on top of pressed cardboard. I just needed to punch holes in them and then used some bright thread I had on hand. I was able to get them for 40% off at Hobby Lobby with a coupon so they were all of $3 and really helped bring a lot to the tree.

We purchased some very bright plastic (but looks like glass-seriously, had to take them out of the package to find out if they were plastic or glass) balls, bells, and snow flakes from Target. Spent $15 there.

The tree skirt is made up of some left over fabric I had in my sewing stash. It's a couple of strips that I neatly draped around the bottom of the tree.

She's one happy girl!

And it matches her room which makes mom happy!

She asks to keep her tree on when she goes to sleep. I'm kind of curious to see how it goes when it's time to take it down.

BTW-looks like she will be getting a big girl bed in the near future! We've been putting off, but now her feet are growing closer to the end. She's not too excited about getting a new bed. We've talked about it several times and she tells us that she likes her bed and doesn't want a new one. I think once we do it, she will love it, but understand she's hesitant at this point. The one we've picked out is a black daybed (pictured below) so I think it will be similar enough to help her transition well!

I don't love it in the picture, but looks cute in person. Plus we will be able to get a pop up trundle to go underneath that way we will have an option for when our family comes to stay.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lullaby, and Good Night

As Aleeyah played half of Mary Had a Little Lamb tonight on the piano from memory when I showed it to her about a month ago, I couldn't believe how grown up she is becoming. She is constantly comparing her height to mine and asking when she is going to be as big as daddy. Her head already reaching halfway up my rib cage when she stands next to me. Her fingers can comfortably fit in between mine now. Her feet are finally able to stand in my high heels. She asks big girl kind of questions. She makes proclamations that instantly make my mind think about the teen years ahead.

I wonder if we will get it mostly right. If when she's grown she will look back and know that we did everything we could do to be a part of every moment of her life. If we took each day with a positive outlook and lived our lives with her the best they could be. If we succeeded in helping her to learn to follow God-hand in hand.

Today, I cherish that her daddy is her hero and I am there to make everything better. I enjoy her climbing up in my lap to cuddle even when it means that I'll be jabbed with every sharp bone in her body. I can say that I even enjoy the nights she is scared and comes crawling in our bed with a slight whimper. I get to hold her close those nights and comfort her.

Most of the time, it feels like it's going by all too quickly...


After putting Aleeyah to bed tonight, she came walking back into the living room where Chris and I were sitting. She had tears in her eyes and her voice all shaky.

Me: What's wrong Peet?

Aleeyah: Momma, I want you to sing me my favorite lullaby.

Me: And what is your favorite lullaby?

Aleeyah: The one you have sang to me since I was a baby.


...but then there are those moments like this evening. When it all comes back to holding her in my arms like I once did and singing my baby girl her favorite lullaby.

Lullaby, and good night,
With pink roses bedight,
With lilies o'erspread,
Is my baby's sweet head.
Lay you down now, and rest,
May your slumber be blessed!
Lay you down now, and rest,
May thy slumber be blessed!

Lullaby, and good night,
You're your mother's delight,
Shining angels beside
My darling abide.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.
Soft and warm is your bed,
Close your eyes and rest your head.

Sleepyhead, close your eyes.
Mother's right here beside you.
I'll protect you from harm,
You will wake in my arms.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.
Guardian angels are near,
So sleep on, with no fear.

Lullaby, and sleep tight.
Hush! My darling is sleeping,
On his sheets white as cream,
With his head full of dreams.
When the sky's bright with dawn,
He will wake in the morning.
When noontide warms the world,
He will frolic in the sun.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Oliver was hung by the chimney with care

and he hopes that someone would rescue him from up there.

**Disclaimer: This photo was taken and manipulated in a closed photo session . No one should attempt to hang a dog in a stocking above a fireplace, no matter how much he or she may weigh. No Olivers were hurt in the making of this photo.

Apparently, more tree than we can handle!!!

We decided that since we didn't know where we were going to be living next Christmas and that it didn't make sense to buy a tree for where we are currently that may not fit well in the new place, that we would go with another real tree this year. It's not a decision I really thought was ideal. My experiences with the real tree last year didn't go very well as it bothered my allergies while it lived in my house for a month. The OCD in me didn't care for the unpredictable branches either. BUT I also knew that I didn't want to go buy an artificial one this year to possibly turn around and have to get rid of it the next year.

So we headed out to the tree farm with my dad to find the perfect tree. (Little did we know how UN-perfect our tree turned out to be!) We ended up at a different tree farm than the one we went to last year. It looked like they had a good set up, but we made it there just before dark-too late to enjoy the extra stuff. We began walking through the hundreds of trees to find a suitable match.

We found "the one", Chris cut it down, and then we headed back to have it bundled and shook for us. By this point, it was sleeting on us. It was cold to say the least.

(at this point, we attempted to get a family picture with our tree in the sleeting rain, but Aleeyah wasn't having it)

We got her home and set upright.

While I started on the lights and garland (and took pictures of them admiring their handy work), Chris and Aleeyah worked on getting a fire going.

Aleeyah also (quickly!) put on her PJs because she was insistent that she had to be in PJs while she decorated.

It was time to start decorating!

We finished and as Chris vacuumed up the pine needles, Aleeyah and I had some hot cocoa.

2 peas!

Even Oliver sat down and relaxed by the fire....okay, if ONLY that were any bit of truth-that would be great! He is WAY too busy to sit down and relax by the fire! Truth be told, I sat him there and told him to stay. It took about 20 pictures to finally get one that didn't have him launching out of his bed right at me.

Chris began turning off the house lights so that we could see the tree glow, while I straightened a couple of small details. All the sudden, things went down quickly! No, I mean literally, I'm standing in front of the tree barely touching the thing, when all the sudden it starts falling! I tried but couldn't catch it. I stood there for a split second in shock until I realized that the tree base's water was being poured out onto the carpet!

Something missing in the picture? Oh, yeah-the tree. This is where the tree once was...

Broken carnage...

More ornaments (mostly under the towel) and mess that Aleeyah moved for us as we spent the next 1.5 hours! trying to get the tree to stand upright again.

We ended the night with throwing the tree in the corner until our minds were clearer and the red dot rash was removed from both my arms and hands from the pine needles stabbing me like little allergy shots.

The next evening, we spent another 1.5 hours trying to fix it again. We ended up tethering the thing to the wall and calling it good. I put the garland back on and then we waited another 24 hours to make sure it stayed up before we decorated again.

So THIRD night of Christmas tree decorating, it is decorated and still standing (we won't talk about the lean we noticed again tonight even though it is mounted to a stud). We set the mood again and enjoyed another night of tree decorating.

He looks highly impressed doesn't he? (just wait until you see another pic we took!)

SO there ya have it--our Christmas tree woes. NO MORE REAL TREES!!!!! (you may need to remind me again next year after the tree incident of 2009 will become one of those memories that is just funny and I forget the tears that were cried on my couch that night.)
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