Merry Christmas!

This morning, R took V to the mall to see Santa.

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We rehearsed what she wanted to say to him before they left (& I went out to do the last-minute shopping). She planned to tell him that she wants:

  • A bag of cats (stuffed are all right, but real would be better)
  • Catnip to give to the cats
  • Cat treats for the cats
  • Cat toys so she can play with the cats
  • A book on cat anatomy so she can be a vet

V & Santa 2

This afternoon, I asked her what Santa said to her when she told him she wanted a bag of cats. She said he only laughed.

Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas!

Christmas mantle

I am most definitely not the best home decorator. I know what I like when I see it, I just don't seem to be able to recreate it in my own home as well as I think I should be able to. But it's hard to go wrong decorating your mantle for Christmas.

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My Da & his wife brought back this Celtic cross on their trip from Ireland. Love it.

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And these little bottle brush trees remind me of the Christmas village set we had when I was a kid. It was made of heavy cardboard and glitter, as I remember it.

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At Thanksgiving, my mom told me she'd found the village and did I want it? Oh yes! I definitely do! I can't wait to see it again.

How we decorate our tree

So here's how we decorate our tree.

Of course there are the usual ornaments, plus a few I've gotten from my grandmother & mom. Blah blah blah, super boring whatever.

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But then there are also the things that appear at V's discretion. Like the stitch markers.

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What? No stitch markers on your tree? Well, how about a cat?

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And another...

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...and another.

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Picture perfect! (they should be anyway - V asked me to sharpen their eyes in Photoshop) I say if there are no cats on your tree, you are missing out on one of the finer things in life & you should rectify your situation immediately.

Tee hee.

Christmas boot and looty

I don't know about the rest of you cats and kitties, but V made out like a bandit at Christmas this year. She got lots of really fun stuff - including three stuffed dogs. She loves all three of them, but there's one in particular who has won her heart.

He's Tumbles My Rollover Pup. He snores when he sleeps, rolls over, snuggles up to you, and is just generally an all-around fun Beagle. She loves to snuggle up with him and pretend that they are both asleep.

So the other day I asked V what her new puppy's name is and she said, "Tiak."

"Tiak?!" She had already named one of her new baby dolls Tiak.

"No! His name is ... Dog Attack!" And with that she ran off, friendly looking Beagle in the crook of her arm.

Now, thankfully, I'm 99.9% positive that she has no idea what a dog attack would actually entail, so I'm choosing to look at it as roughly similar to a Big Mac attack, only with sweet pups instead of two all-beef patties and special sauce.

As for me, I cashed in my favorite Christmas present this afternoon - R took V to "the game place" (Chuck E. Cheese) and I spent a good hour or so by myself in Barnes and Noble with a gift certificate. I got two books I've been wanting for a very long while.

I think I may be the last female blogger out there to get Amanda Soule's The Creative Family. I've just glanced at the pictures so far, but I can't wait to read it. It looks like a cup of my favorite tea in front of a roaring fire.

The second book I got is Bryan Peterson's Understanding Shutter Speed. I've had Understanding Exposure for a while and learned a lot (a whole lot) from it, so I'm hoping this book will break it down for me even more.

I was also a lucky ducky who got a Kindle this year, and I love it! I love it! Boy howdy, do I love it. So I'm reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle - finally! Sometimes I feel like I'm late to all the parties.

So I figure I may as well make "to read more" one of my New Year's resolutions.

Now tell me, are you making resolutions? Are they the same ones you always make or something new? I really only have three resolutions - I'll talk about the other two soon (still working out the details).

Have a holly jolly

Today we're making cookies and putting up V's stocking. Tonight all will be right in the world, if only for the evening. Tomorrow V will find the baby doll and Hungry Hungry Hippos game under the tree that she asked Santa for. And then we'll drive all over Northeast Georgia visiting our families. Woot!

V and Santa

Wherever you are, whatever holiday you celebrate (or don't) this time of year, I wish you health, happiness, warmth, & love in your life.