Saturday, November 29, 2008

the tree is trimmed.

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one tree trimmed and one more to go. we put one in the family room and then put up one in the playroom with kid-friendly (read: non-breakable) ornaments so they can touch to their heart's delight. it didn't go quite as quietly as planned---it proved to be a little more overwhelming than anticipated for my oldest who struggles with sensory issues. hopefully today's experience is better {read: completed without meltdowns}.

it's always fun seeing how excited they get when they rediscover the ornaments and talk about where they came from and what is special about them. they are often gifted ornaments each year and we try to add a new one for each of them each year that represents something close to them. i keep telling myself that i'm going to photograph each one and tell the story behind it.

maybe that'll be my project this year. once it's done this year, it will be easy to keep it up each year hereafter.

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and i'm quite confuzzled about this whole countdown thing. the counter on "santa's official website" tells me there are 25 sleeps until Christmas.........but the math on my fingers tells me there are 26. does santa have a different calendar than the rest of the world????

anywho.
yesterday's winner: pattyb.............email me please at taniamwillis at (yahoo.com) and i'll get your prize in the mail on monday!

up for grabs today:
1 6x6 BasicGrey paper pad with 36 pages
1 K&Company Tag Pack, Studio K Collection
1 Roll We-R-Memory Keepers Designer Double-Sided Ribbon
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31 comments:

  1. Love the raggady ann & andy ornaments. Great collectors pieces.
    Turtlelady

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  2. I decorated my plant on Thanksgiving day :=)
    Cicly

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  3. I haven't put my tree up yet. Each ornament on the tree holds a memory for me. I even have some ornaments from my parents 1st Christmas (59 years ago), and a couple or my grandparents.
    Congrats Patty.

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  4. Tania...ur tree looks great...i haven't done mine yet...thanks 4 the chance 2 win

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  5. I loved trimming the tree as a kid, it was so much fun to see all the decorations again - I put up my tree last weekend, and almost fell over with the amount of stuff I had to put in the tree.... now I know why my mom dreaded having to trim the tree - takes forever *lol* but like everything I wanted my daughter to enjoy the lights and colors (she's 8 months).

    Thanks again for sharing.

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  6. your tree came out beautiful. We usually put ours up the Friday after Thanksgiving but this year we are in the middle or reconstuction from Gustav. Hopefully it the floors will be finished this week and we will be able to get the tree up by next weekend.

    connie #2909

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  7. Love the photos, beautiful tree!! ((HUGS)) on the meltdown. Not sure how many sleeps until Christmas...but man it is going by fast!!

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  8. OMW, Tania, is your daughter crying in that one picture?? I don't know to laugh or cry!

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  9. We get sensory overload here too. We have a good 15 minutes every year before I am all alone in the decorating Christmas business. I still really love it all though. Thanks for sharing your family moments with us.

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  10. Cute ornaments and kid proof too. Just what I need.

    Alex S.

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  11. I love your teal ornaments! So pretty! :)

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  12. Meltdowns-lol
    I remember when I was a kid every year one of the 5 of us melted down over something while decorating the tree,mostly it was "she put mine on the tree' OR "he took the spot I was gonna use"...I have not that about that in a bit...memories....
    Jennifer

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  13. My mom has our tree up and decorated too, and is having nightmares of her tiny granddaughter taking it apart during their Christmas visit. lol

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  14. Oh honey now I am really depressed. YOur tree is up and decorated-and I haven't got all my Halloween put away yet. You are too goof!

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  15. How fun to have two trees. We do one and I used to look forward to the day I could do it all matching and classy. I have since decided I love all the handmade and gift ornaments and that we have some colored, some white lights. Some twinkle, some flash & some do nothing :)
    I too want to do an ornament album. I saw one done last year and it was AWESOME!

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  16. Back from Thanksgiving with the fam. Hope you had a nice one!

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  17. What a great idea letting the kids have their own tree and unbreakable
    ornaments. It's no fun for kids to just..."look at the tree". Don't forget to date your ornaments with a permanent marker. I have a ball that I wrote my name on in glitter
    when I was a young child 40 years ago!

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  18. im going to put my tree up on the
    1st. will have to blockade it off so my 18 month old dosent destroy it

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  19. wonderful memories to scrap, Tania..love your big tree. we only had a small tree to decorate and each year we added some more ornaments so it started to look over crowded. So this year I decided we need a bigger one and now our tree looks like it could use some more..LOL we decorated our tree yesterday and it look wonderful!!

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  20. U have some wonderful cute ornaments..love your photos!

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  21. We'd usually have our tree up by now but have a baby shower next Sat. so need the space; kids are disappointed, but it'll be up before they know it. We have tons of ornaments just for them as well; good idea to document & scrap the stories behind them.

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  22. Today must have been the day for trees. I got mine almost finished with the help of my great-nephew. I wish I would have thought to write down when and what kid gave me certain ornaments because I have forgotten over the years. Great idea.

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  23. I cannot have a tree this year. I have three little kittens and you can bet what will happen with my tree

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  24. Wow you've been busy girl.You have a wonderful blog. I enjoy reading it everyday.
    Lorraine
    #3700

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  25. It looks like both trees were very beautiful, and decorating them together is extra special. Thanks for sharing. We have to buy a new tree this year.

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  26. I have often thought I should document our special ornaments too. It seems like such a job and scares me. lol

    Hope you had a better tree trimming today.

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  27. I am loving the color scheme on your tree. I hope to get our tree out and up tomorrow sometime.

    Christi S

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  28. we have just put our tree up tonight, its lovely to reminise over ornaments from previous years

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  29. I think Santa's calender is off because he has until Midnight or something..that's what I learned watching The Santa Clause all weekend!

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  30. this Rak looks interesting. no tree for me.. just a lighted candy cane in my window. no place to put it... yours looks awesome. and in Christmas spirits..mariah #2457

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  31. I like your ornaments! they are pretty!!

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