This year, the day after Christmas, we drove to the Santa Monica Pier. It was my first time at the Pier. I loved it! I decided it should be a new day after Christmas tradition. It's a short drive. The Pier was clean, open, and not overly crowded.
I have to agree with Dorthy, "There's no place like home". I was able to spend Christmas with my family. I love them all SO much. It is extremely hard to live so far away. I wish, I wish I lived 8 minutes instead of 8 hours away. But for now my life, my path is 8 hours away. This Christmas season has been a great end to 2012.
Some of the Festivities...
an adopted tradition from my s.i.l. it has become a family favorite.
the room is busting at the seams with cousins, grand kids, friends, and parents.
I loved reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. It was such an inspiring story. I loved all the characters, especially Aibileen Clark. Ms. Aibileen's character provided a positive, kind, nurturing influence for the child she cared for each day. Each day she would tell the child, "You is kind. You is smart. You is important.", in hopes of fostering loving characteristics in the child. I think the lesson taught by Ms. Aibileen is one we can apply to the children in our lives, old or young. We can all use a little self-esteem boost, once in a while or even better everyday.
I love the idea of having an ornament that symbolizes my year. I love the idea that my Christmas tree will tell my story. It will be a glimpse of me. Of the good times. The moments that have made me, me.
This year I made a really fun one. It is great for the traveler.
What you need:
empty glass/plastic ornament
paint pen - black and red
Mapquest printouts of your travels
create an airplane template to trace. (I just found one I liked on google images).
enter your city/country/state into mapquest. print.
lay the airplane template over the area you want to cut out. trace. cut out.
repeat step 3 for each city/state/country you have traveled to.
on the outside of the ornament draw a travel trail with the black paint pen (dashed lines) then add a large X with the red paint pen. add the year.
remove ornament cap, add gold glitter. (I choose gold because it reminded me of sand).
roll your little paper map planes. insert each one into the ornament opening.
replace the cap. tie a ribbon to the top of the ornament.
now your travels are encapsulated to be remember for years to come.
Do you ever have one of those days when you feel sorry for yourself, the day is grey and gloomy, and just do not feel pretty? I do. I was feeling exactly that. I decided I needed a little spice in my life. What's a girl to do?
It's been a while. So sorry. Life is crazy, working full-time, going to school part-time, and fulfilling my church, friend, and family duties. One day I will be able to dedicate more time to creating, for now I will take advantage of school breaks and holidays.