Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Travel Tuesday - road trip games

What are your favorite road trip games?  

My mom and I always like to play the license plate game.  You know, you see how many different state's license plates you can see on one trip?  I think we may have gotten in the 40s once!  Of course to keep track, I have to sing the song "Fifty Nifty United States".  Did you learn that song in elementary school?  I didn't learn it until I started teaching but I love being able to "recite" all fifty states in alphabetical order.  

Adrian and I once play "Would you rather . . .?"  when we can't think of anything else.  Road trips are good talking times and together times.  

Did you take a road trip over the holidays?  Where did you go?  Share a link to your post with us if you have one.  

photos from our road trip from Columbus, Ohio to Pittsburgh back in August  
It was cheaper to fly into Columbus and rent a car than to fly into Pittsburgh.  Craziness.  

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Travel Tuesdays - where are we going that we need a passport??!!!!

Do you remember this post???

Wanna know where we're going?

Oh Canada!  

Montreal, to be exact.  :)  

We decided to go on a trip instead of exchanging Christmas gifts this year.  We leave in 6 days!  

Have you ever been to Montreal?  What should we see/do/eat there?  Especially the eating part.  :)  

Are you traveling anywhere over New Year's?  Kelly

Monday, December 22, 2008


Crystal is doing a little tree tour over at her blog about the ornaments and why they're special.  
Here are some of mine. 

(Sorry for some fuzzy pictures.  It is very hard to take pictures of ornaments.) 

a Santa that my grandma painted and put in my stocking this year!

a moon shaped Santa I bought in Amsterdam in '97 and the Marshall Fields shopping bag from my first trip to Chicago with my friend Sheryl, my mom and Aunt Kim!
a cube ornament that my suitemate Beth sacrificially gave to me in college
I love that thing.
my alma mater

a chubby little Santa bought in Germany at the most amazing Christmas shop!  

the turquoise ball from my Uncle Lynn's travels and the Golden Gate for our honeymoon
the nativity is Adrian's - a gift from his mom
the dove was tied onto a package at our wedding from my friend Paige
My friend Marla brought the camel back from Bethlehem.  It is made of olivewood.
doesn't look like much?  I bought this beautiful glass ornament in Venice but it broke seconds after I walked out the door of the shop.  I loved it so much and put all the little broken glass pieces inside a clear glass ball and put the ribbon back on top.  Sometimes things don't turn out as we expect and that's okay!  
I just received this in the mail from my friend Julie!  She brought it back from her birthday trip to Germany this fall!  It shows a woman making lace.  
a cute little knit stocking from my mom

fun, funky shoe from a special student, bell collected in my antiquing trips
reminder of a special date with Adrian

a gift from a dear friend
purse from the same special student as the shoe
college days
bought while in Indiana for my friends Betty and Cliff's wedding
another made by my grandma
snowman with orange earmuffs a gift from my friend Jenny this year, the orange earmuffs are because orange was one of my wedding colors :)  
ornament in my stocking from my grandma
candy colored tree from my grandma
icicle as an ode to my favorite childhood ornament that broke
one of my favorites, a gift from a student this year, Merry Christmas!

how could I resist?

merry Christmas

This is a pic of my little brother and I back in December 2004.  
I think it's cute.  I am so thankful for my brother and the wonderful relationship we share.  

Saturday, December 20, 2008


I just won my third blog contest in the little over a year I've been blogging.  I can't believe it!  Check it out here.
It's from Sandy at Reluctant Entertainers.  If you don't read her blog I highly recommend it.  
Thank you Sandy!  Kelly

Friday, December 19, 2008

teacher gift

Remember my herb garden?  Look at that fun little present peeking out amongst the foliage.  :)  It was one of several very nice teacher gifts I received from students this Christmas.  This afternoon begins 2 weeks of vacation which is one of my most favorite gifts!

If you're a teacher, what is one of your favorite Christmas gifts you've ever received?  

If you're a parent, what is your favorite thing to give as a teacher gift?  

Merry Christmas and for everyone who is off of school for a little while, enjoy!!!  Kelly

Thursday, December 18, 2008

question - smores?

I can't quite get the photos of some VERY delicious looking smores out of my head. I saw them on a blog. Somewhere . . . somewhere out there in blogland. I think they may have been peppermint smores? Is this ringing a bell with anyone? If so, could you please leave me a link to where this post is with the huge pictures of yummy, gooey (peppermint?) smores? Thanks! Kelly

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree:  the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."  - Burton Hillis (Better Homes and Gardens)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Travel Tuesday - California redwoods

Today's travel Tuesday is about one of the things we did on our honeymoon.

(the love birds)

I had always wanted to see the redwoods.  We spent our honeymoon in San Francisco and then renting a convertible and driving south down Highway One.  
It was the greatest!  
We went on a whale watch which was incredible but the day we were originally scheduled to go it was canceled because the water was too rough.  

We decided to drive through some old growth forests with the top down and to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park instead.  We enjoyed our drive and hike so much!  It was so peaceful.  I marvel at God's creation.  There are SO many different things to see in the world!  

If you are in the San Francisco area and don't feel like driving north to see the famous redwood you can drive through, etc. but would like a peaceful experience and opportunity to see these beautiful trees, I would highly recommend it.  

Do you have any blog posts about redwoods?  I'd love for you to put the link in your comment.  

Have you ever been to see the redwoods?  When was it?  Tell us about your experience.  

Monday, December 15, 2008

Holiday Open House

Last year I did a blogging holiday home tour and I wanted to do another one this year seeing how it was oh so much fun.  I heard about Kimba's and so here I am.  :)  

Thanks, regular blog readers for "visiting my home" as well as any of you who are visiting from Kimba's open house today!

Welcome!  Come on in.  

To see my newly created "mudroom" all decked out for the holidays, click here.  

This is my centerpiece on the table.  I like it a lot in its simplicity and old fashioned feel.  My new sisters-in-law gave the deer to me last Christmas!  (Keeping it real, notice the half decorated for fall still and half empty shelve behind the dining room table?  It doesn't have to be perfect.  Sometimes you just have to notice what you've had time to make beautiful and ignore the rest. )

My wonderful husband put this shelf up for me in the guest bedroom.  Childhood Santas and a VERY old plate I just bought antiquing with my mom at Thanksgiving.  I love its graphic green plaid!  

Here's the top of the fridge.  :)  Sorry it's a little blurry.  

tiny touch of kitchen festivity

This is how I decided to display my cards this year.  I just cut a bunch of different green trims into short lengths and keep those and a hole punch in one of the kitchen drawers.  
Seasonal sweets from my sweet mom!  

Mantle close-ups
I love how calm it is.  
Even though I didn't replace the burned down candles in the candelabra or manage to find the chalk to write "Unto us a child is born" on the chalkboard, it is still beautiful to me.  The "R" handkerchief was a gift from my aunt.  

a quiet reading nook with a quilt that a sweet, sweet lady from Adrian's church in Missouri made and a pillow that I bought in Italy in college. 

our first tree!  

one of the women who came to our shower from our church made this ornament for us with the blue beads,  the beads represent our wedding date, 10-4-08.  

my blogging spot :)  

May the peace of Christ dwell within you this holiday season.  
He is Emmanuel, God with us.  

Merry Christmas.  

Thank you for your kindness in visiting.