Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winter Wonderland

It snowed in Arroyo Grande!!!! Just kidding. This week, we had a few mornings where we woke up and it was a brisk 31 degrees outside! The frost shimmered all over our lawn and it's probably the closest we'll ever get to real snow, so I had to capture the moment! It really does look like a light snow powder, doesn't it?! Unfortunately, our avocado tree and tomato plans bit the dust due to the frost :( They are all brown and saggy and forlorn!!!!!


front yard

We decided to put up our very first REAL Christmas tree this year because we are going to be home Christmas Day this year. Every other year, I had a mini tree that I set up in the corner of my small apartments, but now we had an entire room to fill with Christmas spirit!! Wahoo! I got some really snazzy LED lights and a few new ornaments and a tree skirt. Now we just need some gifts under that tree...


Actually, that reminds me of one of my best Christmas-time memories. A few years ago when I was living in my quaint little studio cottage, my mom came to visit for my birthday. I've already written about this visit but I just want to say how I will always remember it! My mom is really really good at making my birthday and Christmas sooo special. She has the best eye for holiday decor, does incredibly thoughtful things (like stocking my fridge!!), and makes everyone feel warm and loved. And she always knows just what to get people - whether it is a soft plush blanket, a classic movie, or some homemade popcorn, she gets it right every time! She is the most selfless person I know! Every time we spend time with my mom, Steve always says, "Your mom is SO nice." Last year we spent Christmas in Montana and she was always busy making us yummy meals, baking cookies, and ensuring everyone was comfortable. I am sad we won't be spending Christmas with my mom and Phil but at least we had a nice Thanksgiving all together. But, I must say, it's never the same without her festive spirit! I hope to be JUST like her because she is incredible!

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