I’m Gonna Let It Shine

For the past few years I have really wanted to put up a small Packers Christmas tree  This year I finally did it!  My tree has green lights, green and gold bulbs, a Packers dreamcatcher, a gold star topper (although you can’t see it) and Packers fleece for the tree skirt.

pack_treeAll of the Christmas lights in our house were hooked up to units where we would just have to push a button to turn them off and on.  It took us a while to figure this out (even accusing each other of not turning it off at night), but my Packers tree would turn itself back on at random times.  I told Ken, “My little tree wants to shine!”

Even though all of our Christmas decorations came down this past weekend Ken and I decided, since the tree wants to shine, we would leave it up for as long as the Packers are in the playoffs.

The tree continues to turn itself on at random times so….  shine on my little Packers tree and take us all the way!!!

And Then We Exhaled

It is one week later and I still cannot recall one time where I’ve been as exhausted preparing for Christmas as this year.  As much as we tried to be prepared, something always got in the way.

I purposely took an extra day off work on Tuesday to bake all my cookies and get presents wrapped.  That plan went completely out the window when Ken woke up early to make a potato hot dish for the potluck at work.  It only went downhill from there.  It had snowed quite a bit overnight and Ken slipped down the porch stairs and hurt himself.  And the potato hot dish… it crashed too and ended up all over the ground.  I took Ken to the emergency room where we spent 4 hours.  He has a calf injury was walking around pretty gimpy.  Ken so is lucky he didn’t get any cuts or burns from the busted up potato hot dish!

ken_hospitalI was going on 4 1/2 hours of sleep and no food for 26 hours (except 3 cookies).  Needless to say, the wrapping and cookie baking was put on hold.

We did cookie baking, a family brunch and wrapping all the presents on Christmas Eve then a big breakfast, presents and dinner with the kids on Christmas day.  With the exception of a very achy back, it pretty much went off without a hitch.

Even though we had a crazy busy three days and exhaustion was ready to set in, we had a great Christmas.  A week later… we have both taken time to exhale and relax.  Ken’s calf injury is getting better too.  He is barely limping anymore.

As much as I love Christmas, I sure hope we never have that much craziness ever again!

The Attack Of The Air Mattress

Kit-Kat and I stayed at Rachel’s apartment Saturday night following our ornament party.  I have a huge air mattress, so that was my bed for the evening.  After only a couple of hours I woke up to Kit-Kat telling Rachel the air mattress was losing air, so I woke up and found myself practically sleeping on the floor.  We re-inflated the mattress and I went back to sleep.  A couple hours later I woke up to find it almost totally deflated again!  I give up.  I decided to just get up, finish deflating the air mattress, gathered my stuff and headed home.

Once I arrived home and sat down to relax, I felt it… my back was killing me!  So much, in fact, that I missed Rachel’s housewarming party that afternoon.  And so much that I missed two days of work.  Moving around makes it feel better and sitting makes it worse.  In a way, that’s a good thing.  I wouldn’t want an aching back deflating my Christmas spirit.

And that air mattress that won’t stay inflated… it’s getting tossed in the trash!!

It Started With The Tree

This year I am enjoying the holiday season more than usual.  I think it has a lot to do with going to the tree farm and picking out our Christmas tree.  Ken even seems to be enjoying the holidays more as well.

Ken and I went Christmas shopping in Green Bay on Thursday and, considering I do not like shopping, I really had a good time AND we made a major dent in our Christmas shopping!  We took a drive through an outdoor Christmas lights display on the way home then Friday evening we went to a Christmas show called Broadway Rox The Holidays (which was a very good show).  Check out the video below!  (Yeah, I’m obsessed with making videos these days.)

Rachel hosted an ornament making party on Saturday which Kit-Kat and I attended.  We had so much fun!  The girls tagged it as “Drink a beer, make an ornament, drink a beer, make an ornament”.

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Christmas trees out of funnels and ribbon

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Ballet ornaments out of clothespins, wire ribbon, a bead and batting

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A wreath made with Christmas socks

reindeer ornaments

Bottle cap reindeer

We also tried out a few “Christmas drinks”.  I have to say… a couple of those drinks were pretty potent!!

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Blue Christmas. Whoa… that’s a strong one!!

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White Wine Spritzer. Yum!

And Christmas Mojitos.  Sorry… forgot to take a picture of that one.

Nearly everything used for creating the ornaments was purchased at the dollar store so they were fairly inexpensive to make.  If you would like to know how to make any of the projects (or drinks), let me know in the comments and I’ll point you in the right direction.