Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Happy Christmas

Here are DD and Darcy Blue on Christmas morning, just before tearing into the gifts. I just put up these three itty bitty trees instead of the mammoth 10-footer that better fits the scale of this room to keep things simple. Well, that plus the fact that I can't wrangle the big tree in from the garage by myself. We have done the teddy bears every single Christmas since DD joined our family so they were required elements and the woodland Santa seemed to tie in nicely with all the other woodsy/rustic items. This theme seemed much more at home in our last place, up in the Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California but we've held onto them because they remind us of our time there. We got the carved bear on one of our trips to Lake Tahoe.

Darcy has been eyeing her stocking for the past several days and has occasionally even stepped up on the hearth to try and give it a sniff. It's funny how she's able to remember that she gets fun things from it every year. She was very impatient to find out what goodies she had this time but DH only let her have them one at a time. Sorry she's so hard to see in these pictures.

Her favorites are always toys that squeak and, of course, things she can chew. Miss Kitty was camera-shy today but she's snugged up in her new kitty bed with a microwaveable buckwheat insert. Isn't that a great idea?

There was a very distinct horse theme to many of DD's gifts this year, including this western-style ultrasuede shirt in a horse print, a hatband, several horse figures, and even a Horsez 2 game for the PlayStation. My sweet sister sent a whole box of wonderful little gifts like this necklace and other girlie things which were so much fun to open.

It's been a very nice Christmas morning here, if a little quiet. We're always so aware of being a long way from our families at the holidays especially. We hope you're having a wonderful day with people (and pets!) dear to you.

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