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Friday, December 6, 2013

Five Loves on Friday


Happy 1st Friday of December, friends! Hope this festive month is off to a terrific start for you all.  Here are 5 loves from mine...

1.  My Favorite Christmas Decoration


Do you have a certain decoration that fills your heart with the excitement of this beautiful season?  This is mine.  It's not fancy.  I wasn't an expensive item, but it's rich with memories of my youth.  When I was very small I always admired this piece in my Great Grandma's home.  I loved watching the angels "dance" as it played "Silent Night".  One Christmastime I told my Great Grandma how much I loved it.  {I may have even asked her if I could have it.}  She kindly gave it to me.  My mom said something like (I was under 5 so I don't totally remember every detail of this conversation. ;)), "Brenda, you don't need to have that."  It may have seemed rude to take one of her decorations at the time.  ...but guess what?  It is one of only 2 items of hers I have to this day.  She died when I was around 5 years old.  I have such fond memories of the Christmases we celebrated in her home.  I've celebrated those memories each and every year throughout my childhood, teens, and even now as an adult, decorating with this piece each year.  It's one of my most cherished possessions. 



2.  Live Sound of Music Event

The girls and I anticipated this musical since seeing a performance during the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  It was the special kind of anticipation, not normally felt in these days blu-rays and DVRs.  We no longer have a DVR (or cable for that matter), so this truly was a one-time event for us! We could hardly wait!  We weren't disappointed. :) Little One actually said it was one of the BEST shows she'd ever seen!  I think it was more than just the show that we enjoyed.  We loved the experience itself. It was so fun snuggling up under a pile of blankets and not wanting to miss a thing as we knew we'd not have the chance to see it again.  The laughs and stories shared between commercial breaks would be as memorable as the songs.  I reminisced about my time in Europe and visiting some of the places where they shot the original film in Austria.  I told stories from when their daddy and I were dating while 19 going on 20 (prompted by "I am 16, going on 17", of course ;)).  It was an evening that I'm sure will be long remembered.



3.  {Chocolate} Christmas Countdown Calendars!


My Aunt Ann gave all of the kiddos these at our Thanksgiving get-together.  The girls could hardly wait for December 1st to arrive so they could begin this "sweet" countdown!  Ahh, the simple joys of the season! :)



4.  Christmas time is officially here! 

First Christmas Card of 2013

Carefully chosen cards, handwritten messages of Christmas cheer, these are a few reasons why this is my favorite time of year!



5.   "The hot and the cold are both so intense, put 'em together it just makes sense!"
We loved Frozen, in fact, it's pretty much all my girls have been talking about lately!  We've listened to this song repeatedly, and it still makes me laugh. :)

*PS:  I wouldn't watch it if you haven't seen the movie yet.  It doesn't give anything away, but you may wanna enjoy it for the first time with the movie. ;)




Thanks for visiting today, friends!  Have a fabulous weekend ahead!


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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking up!! I loved watching the sound of musical also! DVRed it and watched it during my bits nap time. My two year old would not sit for three hours to watch it! Hahaha

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    1. My pleasure, Jennie! Thanks again for hosting! :) Glad you could DVR it and enjoy it when time allowed. Yeah.... a 3 hr musical + a little one doesn't quite mix well! ;) HA! Thanks for stopping by, girl!

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  2. Is that little pouch to hold the Christmas cards you receive?? Such a good idea! I didn't watch the Sound of Music but it seemed like such a great family event! I love that it was live and hopefully there will be more in the near future!

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    1. It sure is, Carly! My Christmas card holder was a gift from my in-laws a few years back and I so enjoy using it each Christmas!! It actually has 3 pouches that say, "Joy" "Luke 2:10" {"And the angel said to them, 'Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.'"}, "Peace" "Luke 2:14" {"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!"}, & "Love" "John 3:16" {"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life."} ... I love that it focuses our thoughts on the true reason we celebrate this beautiful Christmas season, each time we add more photos and Christmasy goodness from friends and family! :*) ... I hope they air more programs like that in the near future too! It was such fun!
      Thanks for visiting, commenting, and following too, Carly!! So great to have you here! :)

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  3. I so need your address for a card sweets :)

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