Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Preparations Continue with Treats ~ Some Salty and Some Sweet ~~Countdown to Christmas Company...5 hours!

The last minute preparations are nearly complete.  

The girls and their guys are on their way home from Minneapolis...
and of course, the fighter pilot is driving.

We are all set with games, puzzles, and Christmas movies.

Saturday's work included this...
the popular Cheesy Snack Mix.

The long-time family favorite,
Peanut Butter Bars...

...and these Toffee Bars.

It won't be long now!

Take care,
~Natalie

Friday, December 19, 2014

Here's What Christmas Looks Like at the High School ~~Sights and Sounds

It looks quite festive around the school this time of year.
Student Senate Students decorate the common areas of the school, 
like this overlook to the library.

You can see the Library Christmas Tree from here.
Oh, you'd like to see the library?

Students are still very much on task, 
as there are only 3 days left in the term.

Here is the view when you come into the library on the first floor.

Our librarian created this clever 
Christmas Tree in the display case.
It's perfect.

Student Senate also decorates a tree in the 
Commons Area/Lunch Room.
Every day they hang candy canes on the tree...
but I think they are all gone by 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast of Champions!

The tree in our FACS display case.

Student Services...

and the Principals' Office.


I love to listen to our Acapella students sing Christmas Carols!
They sing to each of the Academies before the first bell rings.

My treat for my Advisory/Super Study Students
was an Ice Cream Sundae Bar.




Merry Christmas, Everyone!!

Take care,
~Natalie
(or should I say
~Mrs. Geffre?)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Some New Table Linens... and We Love Party Mix ~Christmas Preparations

We purchased a couple of new 
larger tablecloths for our dining room.

This year we will need not just one, but two, leaves in our table...
...and nothing that I have here, 
or in my mother's things would be long enough.
Here, they are waiting to be pressed.
(I hope the elves show up while I am at work today!)

I hope our guys like Party Mix as much as our girls do,
as I made a double batch.

We prefer the Original Party Mix,
 the one that's been around for over 50 years.
It's the one we grew up with 
and tastes like Christmas.

Countdown to Christmas Company...
4 days

Take care,
~Natalie

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Visions of Sugar Plums Danced Through My Head ~More Christmas Preparations ~~Another Pinterest to Practice

Our living room has a small, but cozy, conversation area.
The coffee table needed something special for its focal point.

I fell in love with this idea on pinterest, and
I knew this sweet, edible centerpiece was a must!

So, here is my creation.
There's a little salty, but mostly sweet.

My favorite, the gummy candies...
such a temptation!

I hope there's something for everyone in here?!

The Mason Jars were in my mother's farmhouse kitchen.
The jar on the left is filled with this easy 

The pedestal candy dish is most special.
It belonged to my Grandma Hilda.
My mother treasured this piece...she kept it in her china hutch.
It is well over 100 years old.

Too pretty to use?

I think not.

Take care,
~Natalie

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Emily Tree ~~ More Christmas Preparations

Both daughters and their special guys 
will be home for the holidays.

And, they will have Christmas Trees in their bedrooms.
You saw Amy's tree yesterday...

Emily's tree is full of color.

Remember, the girls chose the colors 
when we painted their bedrooms.
And Emily's room is full..of..color..

(Jake, don't worry..
 this room will be a cat-free zone by the weekend.)


Countdown to Christmas Company...
6 days.

Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Amy Tree ~~Our Christmas Preparations Continue

This tree is name after our Amy.
I decorated it for her and Nick for Christmas.

I draped the beads first and then started 
adding the pink and ivory bulbs.

I wasn't even finished, when I started to feel the tears.
This tree is so perfect for Amy.
I had to call Hubby in from the family room,
just so he could see it for himself.

You all probably remember that her room is pink...
our girls chose their paint colors 
when we redid their bedrooms in high school

And this special little tree just nestles into the corner here.

I am so happy that she and her sister and 
their two special guys will be here in a week!

Take care,
~Natalie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Family Time ~Precious Memories and More Christmas Preparations

When our family is home for the holiday, I expect that we will spend a lot of time here in our family room...watching Christmas movies...playing games...working on a jigsaw puzzle...

So, naturally a couple of Christmas trees are in order!

This one was so easy to put together.
Prelit tree...ribbon and bulbs.
Simplicity.

The other family room tree is always my favorite to do.
It displays all of the precious ornaments that the girls made in day care.


These guys just make me smile!



When my mother could still travel, 
she would be with us here for Christmas.
Every year she brought a new ornament for our tree.
She often purchased them at a quaint little craft store
 that was in an old country schoolhouse near our home.

Yes, my faithful helper cat was by my side.


However, I do think she's wearing out a bit.

Take care,
~Natalie