Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ~ 2015

We wanted to take a minute to wish all our friends and followers a Merry Christmas and a wish for a healthy and successful new year. This sure has been a busy and exciting year for us. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary in February, even though it was among a lot of boxes. Seriously: a LOT of boxes! At the beginning of the year, we were packing away towards our April move. Then the move itself was huge, being out-of-state after 25 years in one place.

We wanted to learn a whole new area, and most importantly, to finding all the fishing spots. We love to BBQ, but it was a lot more difficult in Batavia, in the apartment. This year was all about the grilling! We made up for lost time, going all out on the hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and Ribs! Oh, and chicken, of course. Oh wait — and the Korean bulgogi, Chinese char siu, and of course, Mexican fajitas.

We needed new drapes, and couldn’t find them. The windows are weird, being around a half a mile wide, and they’re not patio doors. So we needed something around 72 inches. We could find 63 or 84 inches, but at last, J.C. Penney’s came through for us, with 72-inch long drapes.

And let’s not forget the lawnmower we needed, going from an apartment to a half-acre lawn, and the snow blower for the Wisconsin winters. (“Yer gonna want one of them 6 horse blowers, ya know, not one of them little ones. Ya know.”) Then there was registering the vehicles, getting unpacked, buying some other furniture, getting rid of stuff we didn’t need; the list goes on and on.

Because of all this, we decided to start a new tradition: a memory tree at Christmas time. We’d hoped to find some little ornaments that would remind us of things we did, but couldn’t find them. I guess they don’t celebrate Christmas in China, so they don’t make as many unusual ornaments. Solution? We would make our own. As we go along, each ornament will remind us of what we did in a particular year.

Below is our Christmas tree, and a couple of the ornaments. Next post, I’ll show how we did it; it’s pretty easy, and a lot of fun. Not to mention, a lot less expensive than commercial ornaments. Click to enlarge any picture.

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Next is a picture I took at the Outlet Mall in Oshkosh with their holiday decorations

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Here is one of our memory ornaments showing our 10th anniversary.

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We found this little house ornament that we love!

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Lastly we visited the Oshkosh Celebrations of Lights. It was wonderful!

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Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Kathy and Craig

18 thoughts on “Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ~ 2015

  1. It sure was a busy and very exciting year for you! I wish I could still do my painting because I would have created a very special ornament for you. I wish you and Craig a most glorious Christmas and may 2016 be a year filled with joy and blessings for you both. Big Christmas hugs.❤️

  2. Merry Christmas, Kathy and Craig and a very very prosperous and Happy New Year. LOVED your photos, Kathy!!! I still have yet to put my post together. ALL images I took last night … no way! I have to start all over again!!! LOL (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

  3. Thank you Amy and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your husband! That is a high compliment coming from you on the photos. Touched my heart. Have fun taking pics 🙂 HUGS ❤

  4. Thank you so much, Elfie. Totally understand about the ornament. I have your ornaments hanging in the living room since they are too big for the tree.Hoping that 2016 will be better for you! HUGS ❤

  5. Grrrr ….. I do not like redo work. I think I am just taking my Samsung and forget the tripod and Canon! Just way too much work! Geesh! Just a wee tired today, my friend!! Made a post for tomorrow and fought with WP because I did NOT want my new header cropped but the option NOT to crop never came up so I was forced to crop. Grrrr …. aggravation! Sometimes that option comes up and sometimes it does not. Pftttt! WP!! Need I say more????
    And you are SO welcome about your images. They were fantastic, Kath!!! ❤

  6. Understand the tired and also the WP issues. Fought with them on last nights post. One of the pictures didn’t want to enlarge when you click on it. They drive me crazy at times. Hoping you get a good nights sleep which always helps. The last picture can’t take credit for since out local newspaper took it. Thanks again and sending Huge Hugs your way ❤

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