day in my life

This Sunday was a very full day with Christmas crafting, Nels' birthday, and tree decorating. We usually spread these activities out over a few days, but with the ice storm we got a bit behind. Our poor birch trees--this is STILL the view of our yard. Nothing has melted.

I got up around 5:00 a.m., made coffee, fed the dog, and began a load of laundry. Then I settled down to knit a gift. Nels arrived around 5:30 and headed to the basement to work on his project. I knit until 8:00 a.m. when I finished the gift. WOO HOO. The girls got up. Spoke with my brother on the phone. He still doesn't have power. Had a special birthday breakfast for Nels--sticky buns and sausage.

Lou and I then made a birthday cake. New recipe. It was TERRIBLE. Hels then made a flourless cake....which really didn't cook through--pure goo. Big cake disasters. We're not doing well with baking in our house these days.

Nels went out to chop ice. I tidied the living room and made room for the Christmas tree. We headed out to the tree farm around noon wondering how icy the trees would be. Turned out they weren't too bad, but it was very slippery.

This was a new tree farm to us. Word had it that the owner had stopped trimming his trees a few years ago and they were a bit bushier and more natural than other trees. They were all pretty big, but we found one and kept our fingers crossed that when it melted it would have a good shape.

We got the tree home and set it up with towels under it to catch the ice. It was so hard to wait! I decorated the mantel.

Nels gave me this smoker for Christmas last year. He puffed away while we waited for the tree to melt.

Hels settled into weaving a mysterious Christmas gift.

Lou found her gnome hat and elf clogs in the Christmas box and happily settled into a chair with "The Cobweb Christmas."

FINALLY, the tree was ready. We put on our favorite Christmas music. First on the tree was the wise owl who sits way at the top.

Lou really loaded up the bottom.

It's hard to photograph Christmas trees, isn't it? Of course we think it's the most beautiful ever--especially after we got rid of all the wet beach towels.

We sat with the tree for a bit and then moved into Nels's birthday celebration. I hadn't noticed this terrible table setting job until I looked at this photo. We combined our 3rd Advent candle lighting with birthday this year.

After dinner we moved back to the tree for presents. The highlight of his presents was this tractor clock from my father. It plays the engine sound/roar of a different tractor at each hour. It will be perfect down in his workshop :) Thankfully it mutes when it's dark.

We had cake of course. Here is Nels making a wish.

Right after cake we headed upstairs to put away all the laundry, read stories, and head to bed. I'm reading The Gilded Chamber which is a novel about Queen Esther of the Persian empire.

It was certainly a full day! 2 knitted gifts done. 1 to go....

Martha  – (December 15, 2008 at 7:52 AM)  

What a wonderful day! Even if the cakes didn't turn out, I bet your house smelled wonderful! What could be better that baking and pine wafting about!?!

ilse  – (December 15, 2008 at 7:59 AM)  

What a full day you had. from one celebration to the other. I'm wondering what all that "presents-making" will be.

happy monday.

Dawn  – (December 15, 2008 at 10:29 AM)  

Happy Birthday to Nels! I enjoyed reading about a day in your life...what a wonderful home and family you have. I love the gnome hat and elf shoes on Lou- very cute.

Lisa Anne  – (December 15, 2008 at 10:32 AM)  

What a fun day! I am glad your power is back on! Losing power has limited appeal. I love the garland below your mantel. Such a cozy, loving feeling I have from a day in your life. And your owl...tres jolie!

denise  – (December 15, 2008 at 5:06 PM)  

Sounds like a nice busy day. Lovely tree!

Yarrow  – (December 15, 2008 at 7:42 PM)  

What a lovely tree. And I love the advent "stump". :)Blessings.

sarah p  – (December 15, 2008 at 10:36 PM)  

What a wonderful family day :-) Happy birthday (belatedly) to Nels.

Anonymous –   – (December 15, 2008 at 10:45 PM)  

Happy Birthday Nels! Our Sunday was the complete opposite--I think my husband got out of his recliner only for meals :-) But we still don't have our tree, so that's our excuse.

What is that about Christmas trees and photos?

Nicole  – (December 16, 2008 at 10:27 PM)  
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Nicole  – (December 16, 2008 at 10:30 PM)  

What a sweet family and a lovely day!
Your daughter looks so cute with the gnome hat and elf shoes! And what a beautiful Christmas tree!
My Dad has that same tractor clock, it startles me every time I hear it! : )

Jenny  – (December 17, 2008 at 3:07 PM)  

Looks like a great day. I love that you and Nels were both up early working away like Christmas elves.A busy little household in the snow.

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