Holiday Time Travel

23 12 2013

Geeeeez the end of the year gets so CRAY-ZEE!! I’ve been dying to get a post up, but finding the time is a different matter all together.

Why? Because I’m pretty sure there was a big bend in the time-space continuum right after Thanksgiving. We were just minding our own business, driving home from our fabulous Denver trip, and *WHAM*! Suddenly it’s the night before Christmas Eve. What the what?

Let me just veer off track for a moment to tell you how much I adore the Christmas season. The twinkly lights, the decorations, the carols, the shiny wrapping paper, the stockings hung with care, the perfect union of peppermint and chocolate, the Santa hat I repeatedly fail to get the dog to wear – all of it. I.love.all.of.it.

So the build up to the next few days actually excites me – to the point of jittery agitation where J won’t even let me have my morning coffee. But I look back and still wonder: where has the time gone?! How did we get here ALREADY?!

So much bold font to my thoughts! To clear things up and make me feel better, we’re going to go over a quick run-down of the latest adventures of KSnapped and Company, since Thanksgiving.

1. Cold Coastal Magic

I could have written multiple posts on the incredible weekend we spent with 22 other amazing folks in a gigantic vacation house on the Oregon coast. This is a truly magical place – and even more so in the blustery cold of winter, in my opinion. J and I took an incredible sunrise walk along the sand, crusty with ice and snow (!), picking up starfish. We spent the days exploring the coastal towns and the natural wonders of the beach, and the nights in rowdy games and family movie nights. Meals were shared, friendships strengthened, memories made in abundance. I wish we could do a trip like that much more often!

winter on the Oregon Coast, Manzanita OR

Winter at the coast – pretty perfect, if you ask me! (Don’t ask the starfish, he’s dead.)

2. Company Christmas Party

This may not seem exciting to you, but then you probably don’t work for the same company I do. It’s the event of the year for us – this year, it was an unforgettable gala to rival all past years! After being home two measly days, Simba and I hit the road once more, bound for Bend. J came up a few days later, just in time for the party. This year’s theme was “Mad Men” – and my coworkers proved once more why they’re the coolest cats I know. The ladies really out did themselves; the hair! the dresses! the hair again! And so many dapper gentleman appeared out of the woodwork! The ’60’s was alive again that evening, and I absolutely can’t wait to see the shots from the professional photographer roaming the Great Hall all night.

Mad Men themed Christmas party, Bend OR

Ignore the blur and blinding flash – doesn’t J clean up well?!

60's Mad Men themed Christmas Party

The fabulous Nikki and I, chatting about doing dishes in our pearls. And heels.

3. Christmas Prep Time

Finally home, we relished the time to unpack and unwind and settle in for a while. Also, time to get the house looking like Christmas!

First things first: a TREE! We took off into the forest and didn’t have to go far – the cutting done around here leaves some lovely open spots, perfect for a full, well-rounded fir to grow. And be chopped down.

Christmas tree hunting, Mt Adams Gifford Pinchot NF

I thought this one looked pretty good! (J said no.)

Christmas tree hunting, Mt Adams WA

And J thought this was enough. (I said no.)

Then we had craft night in the living room making ornaments. I’m still trying to get the glitter and glue and teensy bits of construction paper out of the rug. But our beautiful hand-made creations are now hanging from the most perfect tree that ever came from the Wild Forest. The strand of lights isn’t quite long enough, the Santa hat on top looks like it had too much spiked egg nog, and there’s a whole section with no ornaments at all, but it’s the best tree in the world.

Christmas tree with diy decorations and stockions hung on the windowsill

I could sit and stare at this all night!

4. All the Other Stuff

And then there’s all the other stuff that’s been happening. We’ve hit the mountain several times to shred the pow. Except there wasn’t any. Mt Hood hasn’t had any new snow in weeks. But they’ve had freezing rain! Don’t ski on that mess, trust me – it’s terrible.

The Christmas shopping was pretty much finished up before Christmas this year – a rarity around these parts. We’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s too difficult to travel this time of year to the far reaches of our parents’ houses, so we just ship the presents. And they’re never there to open on Christmas morning. But this year, they make an impressive pile at the base of my beautiful tree!

There was a Christmas party at the Trout Lake Inn that we just had to attend. My sister and I donned our fancy party frocks and J was so impressed, he danced with me. But all the fun of Saturday night couldn’t stand up to the massive disappointment of the Seahawk loss on Sunday. To the Cardinals!! Just ridiculous. Still, bonding with the other Hawk fans at the sports bar was entertaining, to say the least.

Last and littlest, but far from least, my just-about-to-be newest sister turned two. The adoption is not quite all the way official, but she’s been ours for a long time. I had to settle for a Skype date to sing to her, but she showed me how much better her new legwarmers look when worn on her arms instead of legs. She’s such a little ball of fire, and I can’t wait until the courts catch up and say, Yes, ok fine, she’s now your legal sister. Stayed tuned for a post or two all about that!!

And now the day before the day before Christmas is over, but I feel much better acknowledging that I didn’t actually miss all the time between holidays. So much happened! So much fun was had! So much good stuff to take pictures of!

The next two days are guaranteed to be just splendid. I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday, whichever one you may (or may not) be celebrating. Any new traditions made? Any old ones broken? Anyone have a ridiculously funny story to share?!

Best wishes, happy holidays, Merry Christmas!!

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DIY: Extreme Christmas Edition!!

13 12 2011

I’m not one who is on the prowl for the latest inflatable lawn ornament in early November.¬† I don’t ruin my food-coma by camping out at some store on Black Friday.¬† And I even refuse to listen to carols before December.¬† But I LOVE Christmas time.¬† Honestly, who doesn’t?!¬† And decorating is one of the funnest parts! ¬†But mother of Jesus, have you seen the cost of Christmas decorations? ¬†I could pay off my student loans for what they want for a tree, lights and a pack of bulbs!

Besides that, we don’t exactly have a Wal-Mart or Target where we can pick through all the choices. ¬†The grocery store had a few strands of garland, the pharmacy put out some fancy ornaments and the hardware store advertised tree stands and skirts. ¬†Then some guys set up a tent outside the grocery store selling trees.

No, thanks. ¬†I’ll do it myself!

First order of business: we need a tree. ¬†J and I bundled up, tossed the snowshoes in the car and grabbed some rope. ¬†A stop at the gas station where we bought a permit for five bucks, and off to the forest we went! ¬†We tromped all over the place, searching for our perfect tree. ¬†J wouldn’t let me chop down a huge one and just take the top, and I wouldn’t let him snip the twig he wanted for a true Charlie Brown tree.

Christmas Tree, Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest

J's Twig. No sir!

Christmas Tree, Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest

My giant. I just wanted the top.

Then I saw it. ¬†It was THE tree – my perfect Christmas tree! ¬†Now to get to it. ¬†I left the snowshoes behind. ¬†Tromping through the crusty snow, I stumbled over logs, fought through shrubs, tripped into holes and battled across dry creeks. ¬†But there it was in the clearing just ahead! ¬†So beauti – oh, wait. ¬†Nope. ¬†That’s not the one. ¬†Dang it. ¬†It looked awful once I got close up. ¬†Oh! ¬†But look at that one! ¬†Now just to get to it…..

This went on for about 20 – 30 minutes. ¬†J and I were off in separate directions, hoping to cover more ground. ¬†Then, low and behold, I really did find The Perfect Tree. ¬†I sang J’s name til he finally made it over to me, and he agreed. ¬†Out came the saw, down came the tree. ¬†And bonus points: its was right on the side of the road. ¬†We could haul it down the nice smooth road instead of back through the tangle of forest. ¬†Score.

Cutting down Christmas Tree, Washington

Chopping down The Tree!

We carefully tied Doug (get it? ¬†Douglas Fir? ¬†hahaha….haha…ha.) to the roof of the car and brought him home. ¬†A little more sawing, a little twisting and turning, and soon Doug was spun into the perfect position in his handy tree stand.

Christmas Tree on the Roof of the Car, Washington

Too bad we don't have a truck...

Next came the fun part: craft time! ¬†Ten bucks worth of supplies from the drug store and we were in the ornament-making business. ¬†Construction paper, markers, glitter, crazy scissors, aluminum foil, glue, string – our kitchen table looked like a 3rd grade art room. ¬†Our ornaments looked like they came from the same room….

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Old school ornament making!

After stringing the lights on Doug the Perfect Tree, we hung our paper ornaments. ¬†We even made a paper chain from sheet music copied onto construction paper for the most fabulous paper chain ever. ¬†I cut out a big sunshine and J made a few elusive Christmas ninjas. ¬†We even busted out some macaroni to complete the project. ¬†Once all the ornaments were added, we needed a tree topper. ¬†I thought about constructing some sort of star awesomeness for the top. ¬†But that idea was ditched for a better one: a santa hat! ¬†You just tell me this isn’t the best tree in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!!

Christmas Tree, Twisp WA

Best tree in the WORLD!!

Hope your Christmas season is going as well as mine! ¬†‚̧

 








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