Timber & Traditions

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Timber & Traditions

Yep, as expected it has happened. Izzy has climbed the tree, broken a lot of ornaments, and has caused me to rearrange all my Xmas decor.

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Six feet up in the tree!

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Basically I am living the life all my friends with toddlers are currently living. The only difference…..she is left alone with the “toys” all day and she can leap onto the mantle and destroy attack the items I tried to keep away from her. Seriously, I hold my breath everyday when I get home expecting to see our tree toppled over and shattered ornaments. I have decided that when that day arrives–not if, but when. I will just walk out of the house, drive away, and leave the clean up for Philip.

We have discovered a way to keep her out of the tree, though. It’s required some rearranging of furniture and an eye sore in the keeping room, but…here it is.

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As long as that ladder is available she will stay out of the tree….for the moment at least. Seriously, they day we finished using it for decorating and moved it back to the garage she meowed/cried and started climbing the tree. Once I brought the ladder back into the house she was happy and well behaved.  Hello, new piece of furniture and pushover crazy cat lady.

BTW she asked Santa for a kitty condo/tower.

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Remember how I dressed the pets up for Halloween? Well, while decorating the tree (in between the Izzy drama) I tried hard to get an equivalently cute picture of the dogs wrapped in Xmas lights.  I got the idea from one of those seemingly cute, easy things you see on the devil Pinterest. Yeh, did not happen. This is the only pic I got. I think they are traumatized. Please don’t call PETA.

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Our house is very entertaining.

Ok, the blog world is filled with get-to-know-you/fun fact surveys. Some of my favorite bloggers created this Christmas Traditions survey and I decided to join party. Lets see how well some of you know me and if you can predict my answers…

1.  Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?

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Carol of the Bells. Love. I love it so much that I play it in my spin classes….hey, until they protest I will continue to do so annually.

 

2. Favorite Christmas movie?

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Classic. Can’t be topped.

3. Favorite childhood Christmas gift?

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So many hours of my life were spent playing with this “mansion”.

 

4.  Favorite Christmas tradition?

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Driving around and looking at Christmas lights. The more obnoxious the better. Not on my house, but for my viewing pleasure! I’m trying hard to get Philip on board w/ this tradition….meaning do it without complaining!!!!

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5.  Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

Fake. I’ve actually never had a real tree and I’m fine with that. A real tree would freak me out…..1) fire. For real, I’ve heard that they will catch fire from the lights!! 2) Bugs/animals. Come on…it’s a tree! From a forest! It’s gotta have bugs and animals in it!? Those are not urban legends!

6.  Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?

Nay. Big time nay.

7.  Where do you spend the holidays?  Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?

Every year has been different for us, so I can’t answer that. Yes, that does frustrate my Type-A self.

8.   Favorite holiday treat?

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I make a lot of treats this time of year, but my top pick is my peppermint bark.

9. Open presents all at once or take turns?  Stockings… yes or no?

Take turns and yes stockings!

10.  What’s on your Christmas list this year?

BOOTS!! Shopping extravaganza this weekend to find the perfect pair. And jeans, jewelry, purses, workout clothes….  Ok, let me be honest. I would be more than happy to get nothing and just let this adoption shit end. Wow. What a way to end a happy post! 😉  (Yes, I owe a lot of people an update and yes, we have an update, but I am not ready to go there yet.)

Back to happy…..

Answer one or all!!!   Feel free to do it on your blog and link back too!

1.  Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song?

2. Favorite Christmas movie?

3. Favorite childhood Christmas gift?

4.  Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition?

5.  Real tree, fake tree or no tree?

6.  Christmas pajamas… yay or nay?

7.  Where do you spend the holidays?  Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends?

8.   Run on Christmas morning or take the day off?

9. Open presents all at once or take turns?  Stockings… yes or no?

10.  What’s on your Christmas list this year?

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3 responses »

  1. Oh man, the Izzy proofing is hilarious. I’d be a pushover with a ladder in the room too. You’re not alone in your crazy cat lady status. I guess it’s good practice for when the adoption fun starts?? And I have tried SO damn hard to get the dog lit up with Christmas lights shot. Let’s just say yours came out better than mine 🙂 I love this fun little poll… sorry if it makes my comment a novel.
    1. Favorite Christmas Album/CD/Song? The Jessica Simpson station on Pandora… don’t judge!
    2. Favorite Christmas movie? Bad Santa. Such an awful tribute to Christmas.
    3. Favorite childhood Christmas gift? Probably barbies
    4. Favorite holiday or Christmas tradition? Decorating… and the moment when we finally sit down, take it in and marvel at all our festive house
    5. Real tree, fake tree or no tree? This is our first year with a fake tree. I miss the smell.
    6. Christmas pajamas… yay or nay? No. I don’t need more crap. I need to get RID of clothes.
    7. Where do you spend the holidays? Your own house, your parents’ house, extended family, in-laws, friends? Christmas Eve with my husbands dad’s side of the family, morning with his moms side and afternoon/night with my family. It’s a long couple days.
    8. Run on Christmas morning or take the day off? I wish! We have people at our house bright and early.
    9. Open presents all at once or take turns? Stockings… yes or no? We take turns and hell yes to stockings! Those are where the random and funny trinkets come in.
    10. What’s on your Christmas list this year? I never have anything I want, but this year I really wanted a pair of earrings. I kept my eye on them thinking they’d go down in price on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Well they tripled in price and then sold out. And are now discontinued. Damn!

    PS I hope your adoption Christmas wish comes true and that 2014 brings you good news!

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