All I want is you

i don’t want a lot for christmas
there’s just one thing i need

Support the troops tree

i don’t care about presents
underneath the christmas tree

i just want you for my own
more than you could ever know
make my wish come true
all i want for christmas is you.

i don’t want a lot for christmas
I won’t even wish for snow, cause,
I am just gonna keep on waiting
underneath the mistletoe

i don’t need to hang my stocking
there upon the fireplace

cause, santa, he won’t make me happy
with a toy on christmas day
i just want you for for my own
more than you could ever know

make my wish come true
cause baby, all i want for christmas is you
… is you…

i won’t ask for much this christmas
i won’t even wish for snow

i’m just gonna keep on waiting
underneath the mistletoe
I just want you here tonight
Holding on to me so tight
Boy, what can I do
You know that all I want for Christmas is you

All the lights are shining
so brightly everywhere
And the sound of children’s
laughter fills the air

And everyone is singing
Can’t you hear the sleigh bells ringing
Santa won’t you bring me the one I love
won’t you please bring my baby to me

I don’t want a lot for Christmas,
this is all I am asking for
I just want to see my baby
Standing right outside my door

’cause i just want you here tonight
holding on to me so tight
what more can i do
cause baby all i want for christmas is you
you.. is you…

We love you John, Stay safe and may the Angels who proclaimed “Glory to God in the Highest” so many years ago, surround you on Christmas Day. We miss you, we love you, and we can’t wait to welcome you home next year.

Merry Christmas Daddy!


St Nicholas was here…

St Nicholas was able to find a few delicious German chocolates and goodies at the nearby Aldi. The morning included a few new books that I am sure will become favorites. As a fun activity for us all, we found a perfect 1000 Piece puzzle. I am looking forward to working on this with the children while we wait for Christmas to come.. and wait out some of these really cold days indoors!
Unfortunately, he hasn’t been our only visitor…
We’ve had maintenance, the electrician, and now the appliance man at our house. We’ve had a complete new tile floor put in after the old tile was pulled up. There were a lot of unleveled tiles and crumbling grout. I am so happy after two long weeks, its all over and cleaned up. There have been several other things that have needed other help, hopefully we won’t need to call for any other help and just sit back and relax and enjoy our Advent.
We are all a little down about Daddy not being here for Christmas. M&M seems to really be bothered and talks about it quite a bit. John has asked me not to mail him anything because he has to carry it all, but I just couldn’t let Christmas come and go without a tree. I found a tiny tree and bought one for him and one for us, that way M&M could see daddy’s tree here too! Here is Mr. Snow sitting with his tree…

To go with John’s tree, I found a strand of blinking lights. while unpacking, I came across a tiny set of Nativity ornaments I actually mailed John when he was in Iraq years ago for Christmas. He kept them, so I mailed them back to him to decorate his tree. Makes me feel better… I know he understands.. I just love the lights at Christmas. I could sit in front of a tree and just watch the lights.
I’ve been looking at our tree and noticing we have out grown our tree size. It’s time to move to a bigger tree to allow all of the ornaments to show.. I used to take such care and time when choosing the right branch for each ornament.. The tiny ones went towards the top and the heavy ones low. Now, after I get the lights just right, I turn around and every ornament with a hook, string, or ribbon is on the tree.. mostly around my waist level down to the ground. I keep thinking I’ll rearrange them, but its not about me.. the kids took that same great pride in hanging each ornament as I did years ago, even if we don’t share that same vision… After the kids go to bed, there are so many things I should go do.. but instead, I sit and look at all of the different ornaments. I’ll say, oh I love that one.. then I’ll say it again, or that’s my favorite.. then again.. No that’s my favorite. So, really, here is one of my favorites. I love this ornament made from styrofoam, pins, sequins, and beads. I made this with my mom on snow days while we lived in Colorado Springs. I must have been 6 or 7 when I made this. I found a kit similar for my children to make, but they are only balls, not animal shapes. I’d love to find a kit like my panda. I know the children would enjoy this craft.

I hope you are all enjoying the start of your second week of Advent.

Decorations were hung

( in about 30 minutes) with the three little girls, and even Cookie, completely thrilled with opening and hanging absolutely everything I have collected over the past 25+ years…. You’d never know this was our house a week ago.

Others.. ahem.. say the 10 yo boy.. was more engaged in watching Going My Way by the fire.
I baked last night and plan to finish this morning to pass out goodies to neighbors. I also have finished M&M’s Christmas dress, with the exception of those darn button holes. I say that because my button hole foot is no more and I need to ask my sweet friend to help me before Christmas comes. I’ll post a picture of the dress when I have the buttons sewn on later today.
Here is the picture we took for our Christmas card. When I ordered the cards online, they were with a pretty Kelly green background. When I picked them up, with no time left to redo, they were in an olive tone. The Photo center lady said “sometimes we do that to go with the picture.” Well, its the photo I was sending, not the perfect card, so I took them home and we stuffed the envelopes.
Merry Christmas!

Beginning of Advent

We lit our first advent candle ( from Saintly Soaps) tonight with the anticipation of what the next few weeks will lead up to. The birth of Jesus! I’ve managed to fit in a little smocking time and here is where I am on the Christmas Bishop I am making M&M.

The sleeves are finished. I am going to try to get this neck pattern finished in the next two weeks. I’ll keep you posted.

Yesterday, we attended the ceremony at the Veterans Cemetery for the placing of the wreaths. Gold Star Families placed their wreaths on their loved ones place killed in the last two Iraqi Wars, followed by those with family members there. Then the volunteers placed wreaths on the remaining headstones. It was very touching to see so many American flags flying in the cold wind and over 1000 people gathered on a day where there were so many other activities and shopping going on. Here is Cookie and Opie placing a wreath on our children’s headstones.

We didn’t know about this a year ago, but what a nice way to begin Advent.