December 9, 2011

Comfort And...

 I found this JOY ornament at Walmart last year.  It was under $2.  I'm a word-girl so I fell in love.  As we were spreading holiday cheer throughout the house this year, my 12 year old made this all on her own.  A turquoise glitter flower box filled with red sparkly ornaments and gilded with the JOY ornament.  Love. that. girl!  Two of my favorite colors in a beautiful display of happiness!
I had the opportunity to re-do the Christmas tree in the children's hall at our church.  We went with the turquoise and red theme (with a lil' Dr. Seuss funk).  I can't wait to show you pictures ... but first I have to remember to take my camera to church!

Anywhoo, I also bought the JOY ornament in lime green and this year I added it to my mantle.  Here's a lil' sneak peek of my kid-fun-candy-happy mantle.


It's been a week of highs and lows around here.  It was my birthday week and while I was able to spend time with various friends leading up to the day, it definitely was a lonely quiet day.  My mom asked what I had planned for the day and I said, "not a single thing."  She took pity on me and made my favorite breakfast dish before dashing off to her busy day.  We took the kids to Kanki Japanese Steakhouse for dinner because the kids still qualify for the cheaper kids meals and I had a free dinner it was a fun place for the kids.  My sweet man stopped by the Cheesecake Factory and after the rest of the family went to bed, I enjoyed a piece of Lemon Raspberry by the fire.  Yes, it was definitely a day that matched this season of my life: quiet and reflective.

My husband's grandfather passed away early this morning.  It's been a long road for that sweet man.  While we are sad to say goodbye, we know that he is no longer in pain and probably enjoying a piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken, something he craved for the last couple of years of his life, but couldn't swallow.  I'm sure there's some KFC in heaven just for him. ;)

Today (as of a few minutes ago) marks the beginning of our Christmas break from school.  (Cue the angels singing)  I have a boatload of ideas I want to try with the kids that I have earmarked on Pinterest.  I'm also in the crafty mood for some things for myself.  I'm not a big crafter, but sometimes I just get the itch.  Do you?

If you like the JOY ornament, the Walmarts in NC have them again this year in several colors, so go make that $2 investment.  May it bring you Comfort and Joy!


7 comments:

Kellie said...

Yeah, I am JEALOUS that your Christmas break started today. I still have a week and a half and a play to direct next week before getting that glorious time off. Enjoy some for me, huh? And I am loving the JOY... will have to check Wally World for that. I am thankful you had a quiet birthday. I could have traded places with you if you had liked. hee hee...

Karen said...

I'm headed to WM! Very cute!

Tracey said...

The tree at church looks FABULOUS! Love the colors!

Enjoy your break...it's a wonderful feeling, isn't it??

Bugs and Sunshine said...

Will be praying for your family as you grieve the loss of your hubby's grandpa. That is so sweet he loved KFC.

Happy Late Birthday! Lemon Raspberry sounds like my kind of treat! Feels good to be 23 again, doesn't it?

Rebecca @ heartland farmhouse said...

I'm a word girl also. I have Walmart Joy in gold, I purchased it last year. I'll have to check it out, as i'd like to add a few more words to my tree.

I can see your daughter has your sense of style ~ that flower box is tops!

PS ~ my sympathy's in the passing of your hubby's grandpa...even when you know they are in a better place they are missed.

Mom said...

Reminds me of my 40th... but 10 yrs. later & 10 yrs. after that YOU more than made up for it!
Hope you enjoyed your little birthday breakfast...

I love what R. did in the decorating help.. your enthusiasm for decorating is obviously rubbing off!

Anonymous said...

Hi friend! I was admiring that tree this morning- I should've known you were behind that! :)

Birthday around here = meeting Jeff at Panera with the kids and I picked up a cake from WHole Foods on the way home, pretending like it was Wynne and Owen's idea so I could justify it ;) (while the other 3 had gone to run an errand)- some years are more special/thought out than others :)

I think we have started a tradition with our lunch in between the birthdays, let's continue! <3 u! E