Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas at The Weeden's.

entry way. 

i made these hearts from felt and buttons for graycen's first christmas. i found a beautiful ornament from anthropologie when she was just 6 months old and it inspired me to make all the decorations for our tree that year. i made these hearts and button garland. i also wanted it super safe in case she was crawling up to it and grabbing things off the tree. i love pulling these out of the box every christmas. it's one of my favorite reminders of her babyness.

who doesn't love christmas nuggets? one for every guest coming or going.

balsam candle.

button garland i made in '06.

that same year, my dad's girlfriend stitched together a matching stocking for graycen. and then following a few years later she made more stockings for dune and lars. i have yet to find anything as wonderful as those stockings. 

felt flowers from anthropologie. i thought they looked especially christmas-y in my favorite white vase.

plates from anthro. place mats from thrift store.

to me, the heart of christmas. where the most memories are made- the kitchen. the more aprons, the better:)

super big felt pillows found this year at pier one. and they are awesome!

almost every one of these has some special meaning. 

i love a toadstool mushroom. and these will forever remind me of dune and lars' 1st birthday. i am happy to see them all over my tree. mushroom ornaments are from West Elm.

this was the first ornament we bought for our baby girl. from this i made every ornament that hung on our tree for her first christmas. when i find this in the box every year, i cry.

and finally, adding new memories with new babies.  little hands hanging ornaments. and most certainly, little hands pulling them off ;)



Oh, how i love christmas! i wish you could smell the pine eucalyptus candle burning in my house right now. the weather here in Florida still feels like a new york summer to me. but tomorrow we are getting a cold front and i couldn't be happier. tonight i bought eggnog for graycen and after i put dune and lars to bed, i plan on pouring her a mug and sitting down to watch rudolph together. it is the most wonderful time of year.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thank You.





I want to thank all of you for every single encouraging word you have given me over the coarse of the past few months. getting that first BIG test result back, showing no sign of cancer in my body was probably the biggest thing that has ever happened to me. i am still processing it. i'm not sure i have totally wrapped my head around it, but i know i can breathe easier. finding no cancer in my body is the exact opposite of the diagnosis. so i think it will take me some time to realize the depth of that. i also know the reality of having to continually show no cancer for a complete year for them to tell me i am in remission. but today, right now, i am living CANCER FREE. thank you, thank you for praying, crying, jumping up and down, and breathing a sigh of relief with me. for taking this journey on as your own... and rooting for me the entire time. 

Sunday, November 28, 2010

That Was Then...



This is now.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Many Thanks. And Much Giving.

 roasted brussel sprouts and grapes.








(i don't know what graycen is doing here. i just know i love this picture!)

handsome little guy.

i've got all i want this year.



Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a loved filled, fun filled, belly filled thanksgiving. we certainly did. right now we are heating up left overs, talking about christmas cookies, and opening christmas boxes and being reminded of all the wonderful christmas ornaments we have collected over the years. i love christmas... absolutely love it. i love the wonder and awe in graycen's eyes as she discovers something new to her each year. i love watching dune and lars look at everything for the first time (last year they were so little and still being breastfed.) and i love that this holiday season, i am free of any trace of cancer in my body. we are celebrating all weekend long. it's a glorious time. have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Give Thanks.







... and me?


i'm thankful for the gift of life. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Spotty Dotty Blanket Love.








i don't know what you're thinking, but i'm thinking that these two are pretty darn cute and i am one lucky lady to be surrounded by this much boy- ness. 


we are getting super excited around here to see the real deal daddy. enough talking about him already and let's get him here, asap:)


so looking forward to graycen having a four day weekend. i know it's not very practical for her, but for me... i could keep her home always. i love that little girl so much. 


oh and i went to the thrift store today and bought some vintage dresses for the holidays and what not. i found one that could be a wedding dress. it's beautiful. and it was $6. i just need it tailored a bit and wa-la! i think i will get married all over again in that dress. 


Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Praying.








and graycen prayed this tonight...


"Dear Lord, Thank You for the sweet birds you made and the songs they sing. Thank You for the apple trees you made for picking. And thank You for the gifts you've given us, but the only gift that really matters is the baby Jesus. Amen."




... how could someone so small, know so much?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dune Bug.




has caught a bad bug. and the only good thing i can think of coming out of all this is that i get to have full on snuggle time in bed with my little mister man. short, bald, chubby, sweaty is rather lovely to wake up to if i do say so myself.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fragile.




...


sometimes i wonder if i'm losing her to her growth. she's maturing, learning, and becoming more and more independent before my eyes. but today i saw something in her that i wanted to capture. these pictures remind me that she is still delicate and dainty... and simply will always be my little girl.
 
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