Monday, November 26, 2012

The Tree is Up!

It is a tradition the weekend after Thanksgiving,
my husband and I go get our tree with my
brother and SIL.
We were so happy to have my twin cousins 
in town so they could go with us.

I never can seem to get a good picture

We went and got our trees
we always get some funny looks with 2 trees tied up on top

Had a great lunch and visited with my brother
then on home to get the tree up and make dinner.
But wait, it is Santa..............
Santa and Prancer!
Oh Santa...which twin is naughty and which is nice?

I love it when my kitchen is a hub-bub of activity
Home to make dinner

I made the sauce for lasagna and Mr. and Susan layered it


Sheryl and I were working on updating the 
Charleston Illinois Riot website
The software on it is difficult sometimes and 
we had a little victory and were happy.

the tree was up
and we ate dinner then watched
Christmas Vacation.

The next day was some shopping
and we went to see the movie

Home to eat leftovers and decorate the tree
it was fun telling them about the history behind certain ornaments

Mr. putting up my angel my Daddy bought
me when I was a little girl

ta da.........

turn off the lights and admire
no holes really, that black hole is where there is a twinkle light.
I have to have some twinkle!

how about a treat 

home made hot chocolate with whip cream and 
chocolate chip peppermint cookies.
Served on my fiesta ware Christmas dishes I bought last year.

whipped cream mustache
you silly girl!

One more day off today
so we headed out to 
Home Goods and Trader Joe's
for some shopping.
Then they will head home and back to work
for me tomorrow.

These weekends are what wonderful 
holidays are meant to be, family time.
So very blessed.
I will look at my tree all season and
think of us putting it up together.

So now some of you are asking about those 

they live at 1515 and go on my
Grandmothers aluminum tree.
I will be doing it in a couple of weeks.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!



Old Fashioned Gal said...

Wow Ann! Your tree is beautiful! It looks like y'all had so much fun decorating! I had no idea they made holiday Fiesta?! I've been in the market for some holiday dishes...that may be up my alley! :)
Merry Christmas!

Olive said...

Your lasagna looks amazing. The silver/pink tree is lovely. Taking photos of a lighted tree, at night, is for the pros-I cannot do it. xo, olive

Lottie said...

What a fun weekend and a great tradition! Your tree looks beautiful! Even making lasagna looks like fun! Merry Christmas!

Jill said...

You are way ahead of me- I have maybe two small things put out on display, better get those bins upstairs, at least!

Everything looks really nice at your house!!

Sara said...

Your tree looks beautiful Ann! Love all the pics of the twins! It was wonderful getting to spend some time with them and you too of course! :)

DearHelenHartman said...

Laughing at your cousin's antics - my twin cousins are a boy and girl, they are easier to tell apart usually! Love your tree.

Tete said...

I think I have seen these somewhere before! LOL
Remind to crash one of your dinners when I get rid of this gall bladder! Lasagna looks so good. Bland food is so boring!

c. Joy said...

While I am perfectly content with the Thanksgiving weekend that I had - yours looks wonderful. How great that you and yours got to visit and get so much done. We do the "ornament history" lesson when we decorate our trees. You've really got me in the mood to get busy and get my house ready for Christmas. Thanks for sharing your good time with us.

Heather said...

Love this post! Love that pink tree and the beautiful live tree you got!

I've never seen a reindeer in real life before, how fun :) Looks like a wonderful start to the Christmas season!

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Wow! Beautiful tree, beautiful lasagna, beautiful family, even a beautiful reindeer. What a fantastic weekend you had, Thanks for sharing it with us. I'm looking forward to seeing your pink tree in the future.

Susie said...

Ann, I loved this post. Tell us more about your dad buying you the angel topper. My daughter has my first topper from my husband. I used it for years and years, then I thought she needed to own it since she was a baby my first married Christmas. Her b-day is in the 1st week of Dec. Smiles, xo, Susie