Saturday, December 18, 2010

Good Grife Charile Brown! Its Christmas!!

"And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them! And they were sore afraid ... And the angel said unto them, "Fear not! For, behold, I bring you tidings o great joy, which shall be to all my people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ, the Lord."
"And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the Heavenly Host praising God, and saying, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on Earth peace, and good will toward men."
"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." - Linus Van Pelt

While I don't consider myself a religious person per-say, While watching this movie the other evening got me thinking about the biggest reason I have been disappointed every Christmas since I was about 13 or so. No matter how I try to justify it to myself it comes down to presents. I didn't get what I wanted.  Oh poor me. Never mind that my rottenness was over looked and my love ones got me ANY thing at all, it wasn't what I wanted. My darling other half, with his inadvertent obsession led me to realize I must take in actions to be sure Zeke understands that christmas isn't all about getting presents. I hope to teach him giving is better then getting and if you give enough the getting is even sweeter. While I offer no advise to this nor do I have a great game plan. I think bringing back some age old traditions that have not been passed on to me is a great place to look. Such as looking at homemade gifts as a personal hand crafted treasure, a persons time is worth far more then their money, remembering to say thank you and writing it out (on a thank you card) so that it lingers in the mind remembering who made or got you what. And as the lesson prevails that a persons time is worth more then their money, a hand written thank you note is worth far more then an email. And taking time to make presents himself. Even at one with the help of myself Zeke is making everyone he loves a special something. 

I think that Charlie Brown, as young man, who is in search of himself has great lessons to teach this family. I have no one but my very own wonderful clueless boyfriend to thank for this. And it fills my heart to walk about my house and be grounded by reminders of the real meaning of the holiday season. A man's childhood obsession turned life lesson to his family.   

So thank you John, for helping remind me when I walk in the door. 
And when I see our big tree, I will forever be reminded of our first christmas together. 
And When I look in the living room, 

Our Charlie Brown tree reminds me it's about My FAMILY 

Not the "stuff"
So Unto my dear readers, I hope you find time in your life to remember to be thankful for your family, and that giving is more fulfilling then getting. I wish you all a wonderful holiday, and a fantastic new year. 

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The most wonderful time of the year!

From the moment I went to bed Halloween night I've been humming Christmas songs in my head. But in my attempt to make a few ticket items in time for the big day, my house had been limited to two Christmas trees, and thats it. I did attempt some of that spray on snow but as it turns out little Zeke fingers can wipe it off and I am not sure how safe it is for baby gouts. So for some Christmas porn.... ;)

 Our half naked tree hehehehe all decorations out of Zeke reach.
 I love love love this tree topper we got from St.Nicks!
 Zeke's first Christmas and Kyle's (my baby brother) first Christmas

My first Christmas along with a bell of a set of four My mothers had forever. I remember what a big girl I felt like the year she let me hang them up I adored them and thought they where so pretty and special. Now they are mine to admire and love. 
 John's Charlie Brow tree. To remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season.
 Jade Cat looking suspicious.....

Now for a crafting update.

I wanted to make both my  and John's mother something from the heart this year. I am working on a painting that in honestly I started last summer. I have some small amount of determination to get it done, now I just require the time and gout supervision, to get it done. There are not pictures available of said painting but I hope to get it knocked out this Sunday (Johns work schedule permitting) I am however going to share the knit/crochet'd quilt. This is not for sure how it will turn out and I aspire it to just be a throw perfect for getting cozy on the couch. 

 Next up. Will be Zeke's Christmas prestents he's been busy making the special people in his life. We've been busy listening to the Sounds of the Seasons on Demand (I knew comcast was good for something beside helping me procrastinate) Doodling and soon we will be ready to make our drawings into tree ornaments for all those we love.  When he's not eathing the markers that is.... lolololol 

 Now just to tease.... I was hoping to make a TON of these but my sewing machine took a much needed shit (as you will see right in the middle of  the project.)

The one on the left is finished. My very own wool/ fleece tree slippers <3 As I mentioned I hope for a Christmas miracle, and you, yes you may be lucky enough to find a rockin pair of your own Liz's scrap box slippers in the next year lol

Now completely off the hiliday topic but something Ive been working hard at. Is Zeke's baby book. I realized about a month ago that Zeke was going to be 2 in 4 short months and that his baby book covers my pregnancy and his birth! Shit! I swore I was going to find time to work on it unlike my mother did with my own. Now I really better not have another kid. This one was hard enough! I have been knocking pages out and official daddy pages are red and shinny. And for the record any Christmas presents not done by Christmas I blame on this book and Zeke growing up to fast.

Now I leave you all with my thoughts and yours obviously. This year Christmas means FAMILY. Something I haven't had in a long time. Most likely not since I hit puberty. Now I am astonished that I sit here in my own home and I worry not because my life is honestly full. I keep writing and erasing trying to communicate this greatness that I have found. I figure I would just have to cut myself open so ya'll can have a look but as I like my guts I leave it with the fact that its awesome, and I couldn't and wouldn't trade it for all the treasures of the world.