Sunday, January 4, 2015

Christmas Decorating

It seems I didn't get time to enjoy Christmas BEFORE Christmas, so I'm catching up now.  I love, love, love my house all decorated for Christmas.  It seemed I didn't have it decorated very long this year.  I'd like to share some of my Christmas decorations with you......(Picture heavy post with pictures not so great.)

I decided to change up a few things this year starting with the mantle.  Usually the stockings are hung here.
On the mantle this year is the ceramic nativity set made by my grandma in the 70's.
It is beautiful although several animals have lost their ears, and some of the ornate jewelry she used has come off.
I also have the Willow Tree Nativity that sits on the shelf with my other Willow Tree angels.

                                               The stockings were hung here this year:

I love Christmas trees.  I try to put at least one tree in each room of the house. They are various sizes.
The tree on the left is the only real live tree in the house.  It is our main tree.  I changed the decorations on it this year.  After years of the girls complaining about how I decorated the tree they told me the liked the old way better. (sigh)  The tree on the right is a 4 foot tree.  It is our "Frozen" tree, decorated with Frozen ribbon, tags, and snowflakes.  The four/five year old grandkids helped me decorate it.
The snowman tree is my new tree this year.  It is 7 1/2 feet tall and I put him in the sunroom.  He will stay up with my snowman decorations for the winter months.  The tree on the right is our family Christmas photo tree.  It is about 5 feet tall and sets in the foyer.
 The photo on the left really doesn't do this tree justice.  It is a 7 foot tall frosted pencil tree.  This year it held our beloved ornaments and had it's home in the downstairs bedroom.  The tree on the right is a small tree that sits on the counter between the kitchen and the living room.  We made and decorated the box many moons ago.
 The tree on the left is my prim tree.  The ornaments are homemade cinnamon ornaments, homemade tags, and wooden candy canes.  It sits in the dining room.  And the bathroom gets its own small tree too!
 Upstairs we have a 4 foot tree in our bedroom decorated simply with red and gold ornaments and gold garland.  The first landing on the steps hold the bubble light tree.  It is actually a trio of trees.  The bubble lights are a favorite of Bud's.  The tree on the right is my Christmas plaid tree.  It is decorated with plaid ribbon and red and gold ornaments.  It sets in the guest bedroom.
The basement also has trees, but I only got a photo of one--the Hawkeye tree in the Man Cave. It is decorated with multi colored lights which Bud prefers, black and gold ornaments, black beads, and some Hawkeye memorabilia.

Below are a few of our beloved ornaments.  The one on the left was made by my grandmother in the late 60s as she was spending time at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  On the right are two examples of ornaments that we pick up when we travel.
 I also collect santas!  I have a few.....The one on the left stands next to our main tree. He is the tallest at a little over 5 feet.  He has such a sweet smile!  The top right santa wins the prize for biggest beard.  He stands just a little over 2 feet tall.  The bottom right Santa will greet you just inside the foyer/  He is my woodsman santa and is about 3 1/2 feet tall.
This santa will sing you a Christmas song as you pass by.  He stands about 5 feet tall and graced the front porch the night of our Christmas party.  The top and bottom right are my quilt santas, and the middle santa is my Polar Express santa.
This is a gorgeous photo of Santa given to me by my sister.  Whoops!  There's a tree I missed.  This one is ceramic and made by my grandma.  The base has cracked, but I handle it with kids gloves and hope one of my kids will cherish it someday.  The top santa is my glitzy santa.  He is only about 14" tall.  The bottom santa is a favorite with the grandkids.  If they push a button he snores loudly and his tummy goes up and down.  They think he sounds like grandpa!
Even the beds get decorated.  (But I only got one photo.)

 And various other places to put decorations...........antique paper decorations.....
 on the sewing machine......
 top of the hutch......
 top of the fridge.....(More ceramics made by grandma)
 And my favorite Christmas books......
I hope you've enjoyed the little tour of the inside of our home all decorated for Christmas.  Sadly it is all put away now, but the snowman decorations are now up to enjoy.

Until Christmas 2015.........

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Summer Reminiscing

We had a great summer!  Since I haven't been posting regularly I thought I'd try to catch up on summer activities.  We enjoyed camping.....
Swimming.....

A llittle ice cream eating....
A lot of fun at the county fair....
A little gardening......

A little ball playing.....
  We had a great summer!  How about you???

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Daytrippin' with Some Boys


Every summer I take the tree oldest grandsons on a day trip.  This year we headed to Moline, Il for the day.  The John Deere Pavillion was our first stop.
The boys enjoyed the simulators.

They enjoyed looking at and climbing on all of the machinery.

Nate especially enjoyed the play area.

We at lunch at T.G.I.Friday's which is grandpa's favorite place to eat, so they had to text him a picture to rub it in!

And we watched the water taxi on the river. That's on their wish list for another time.

They had a never ending list of wants at the toy store.
I hadn't planned to take them to Rock Island Arsenal, but Payton really wanted to go there.  They enjoyed it and got a bit of history along the way.

We all had a great time,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

County Fair


Our kids were all in 4-H, so the county fair was a must every summer.  We actually had all four kids in 4-H at the same time of a while, is it could get CRAZY!  Then we went a few years without it, until the grandsons got involved.  
It is more enjoyable since we mostly go watch and support them, but don't have to be in charge.  ��

Nate is just a Cloverbud so he doesn't have much opportunity to do much yet.  He certainly LOVED showing his sheep!


Cael showed pigs, sheep, and had other projects.  He loves his sheep the best.
Payton shows hogs, cattle, and has other projects.  He enjoys showing his cattle the most.

We feel that 4-H is worth all of the work.  Here's hoping ALL of our Grandkids are in 4-H! 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rain, Rain, and More Rain!

This spring we had quite a bit of rain. One afternoon we got between 5-9 inches depending on who was measuring and/or reporting. ��. Anyway all of that water had to go somewhere, so we had lakefront property once again!












On a normal day we don't see water at all!!! It receded after about four days.

At the same time Coralville Lake was dealing with all of that water. We had camping reservations and were afraid they'd cancel us, but they didn't. They did close another campground across the river from us just next to the spillway as the road was covered. You can see the beginning of the road in the top left corner of the photo.



We watched the progression of the water which was anticipated to go over the spillway. We took pictures each day to record the progress. Look at the small brick building (bathroom) to gauge the depth.








The water didn't go over the spillway after all. We were glad to have been able to camp, and we had a great time!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


I have been doing a little sewing, although not as much as I'd like to! My daughter-in-law had a birthday in March so I made her an IPad case which she had requested.



Since she is a huge Hawkeye fan I used two kinds of Iowa Hawkeye fabric. It is big enough to hold her IPad with the cover on. And it has a pocket to hold the charging cord and earbuds.




As always I hope it is well used and well loved.

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Location:A Hawkeye iPad Case