Monday, December 24, 2007

Happy Holidays!!

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Xmas picture Take 1

Xmas picture Take 2
For our family photo, click here!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Made in China

Not a happy holiday post so if you don't wanna hear it, put your fingers in your ears and hum a Christmas tune.
Ok, here goes. I am so totally fed up with hearing people go on and on about how everything made in China is crap. They outdo each other with stories of the crappiest items from China. Hey, I know the things at the dollar store are crap - and most of them are made in China. But not EVERYTHING made is China is crap. My daughter was "made in China" and she is quite wonderful. Actually, one of the best things in my life. How will she feel when she is old enough to understand. To understand that everyone thinks that everything made in China is crap. How is she supposed to grow up with a sense of pride in where she is from?? You know how kids think - if everything made in China is crap, therefore I must be crap. Maybe it's just me being oversensitive, but I just can't stand it. To quote Peter Griffin (a la Family Guy), "It really grinds my gears".
Ok, rant over. You can now return to your regularly scheduled holiday happiness.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Tree Challenge

I thought it would be fun to participate in Catherine's Christmas Tree Challenge! So, here it is, our tree for 2007. It is a real tree, picked out by Francis last Friday night - the coldest day of the year. :o) The ornaments are all bears, and non-breakable. The kids are allowed to play with the bears - I didn't want a "no touching" tree. We try and buy new ornaments when we are away on holiday and we have picked up some really cute bears over the years. When we were in China this summer we picked out a small ornament at the Cloisonne factory - it's of two panda's hugging. The top of the tree holds a wooden angel bear that is one of my favorites.

So while I'm at it, here are a few other decorated areas of the house...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Naomi's first snowy adventure.