Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Cheer 2011

Thanksgiving snuck up on me and now Christmas has done the same! Anticipating the busy-ness of the season, I decorated before we left for Thanksgiving.
Our outside decorations are the same as last year.
We put bows on the lanterns.


We hung wreaths I made last year.


The wreath that hangs from the upstares window lights up at night.

And the poinsiettas are in their pot

Last year I had red mums in the front bed and they were awesome. That was because I couldn’t find enough of the deep red pansies I wanted last year. So this year, I looked early and found the deep red in higher quantity. I planted them but I’m disappointed… you can’t see them!! They also have not done as well as the pansies I planted in pots.

Inside the JCrew house, we decorated differently. Neither Mr. JCrew nor I were in the mood for the big tree. My problem was having to move the rocking chair out of the living room when I use it for Little JCrew. Mr. JCrew did not want to lug the pieces from the attic and put it together. I have since found a spot I would like to put the big tree in future years, but we have yet to find a tree that does not come in pieces.
So, this year, we found a four-foot tall tree and put it on our end table in front of the window. We bought colored lights because I just knew Little JCrew would find them cooler than the white lights. The only down-side is I didn’t get the ones that twinkle!

Little JCrew already has three presents under the tree. We plan to stick with the three present rule to keep in line with the three wise men and their gifts. 

The stockings are hung on the fireplace and the staircase.

Now we just need to remind Mr. JCrew to fill them up!!
We even added real garland to the fireplace


The garland was so long, I split it with my mom. But even after splitting it, it was still too long. I then looped it around a couple times.

I added ornaments to spruce it up.

I brought out my jingle bells and filled a couple vases with them.

The Christmas tree may be a tad small this year, but I like it! I’ll wait until the kids are old enough to help decorate it, and then I’ll pull the big one out for a couple years, and then when they get older, it will be back to the small tree.
I love this time of year. And decorating. The neighbors do a great job getting in the spirit. If I had a big house, I would decorate like this neighbor…

I’m in love with those nutcrackers!!!
Cheers!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Parties

The month of December flies by too quick. My memories of Nutcracker practices and performances take up a lot of what I remember about December. I use to wonder what it would be like without Nutcracker, but then couldn’t imagine what it would be without it. My identity was wrapped around Nutcracker. I loved it.
Here we are in the middle of December already, and I don’t have Nutcracker too blame. The first weekend of December, we had Rob’s work party.



This past weekend we had my work party (which I declined), a birthday party for Rob’s niece and a friend’s Christmas party. I also had a cookie swap on Sunday.

 I loved seeing all my friends during the weekend. I feel like we’ve not seen them as much as we use to since Little JCrew came along. But I’m making more of an effort now to get out there and back in touch with my lovely friends!!!

This past week, I also got some great news. A good and dear friend in Hunstville is expecting! I could not be more thrilled!!!! She did so much for me during my pregnancy and has always been there for me, that I am so excited to be there for her! Plus, I just love babies!!!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

16 Weeks

Just a mid-week pick-me-up!



Little JCrew is growing too fast! Nothing is off limits. As I sit here typing, he is reaching and grabbing an envelope in front of me.

He smiles at everything and babbles to the walls. He has blonde/light brown hair coming in and it's cute!!!



The kid loves to eat! Last time we weighed him he was already 16.5 pounds! 25 inches. Everyone comments how big he is! Yet, I love every inch of chunkiness on him.

Hope you have a great Wednesday!

Pinterest

Now that I have had two nights of decent sleep, I am returning to writing. Believe me when I say that had I tried writing before this point, you would have read words that were new to the English language!

For years, I have loved design. I look at magazines, websites and visit the local Parade of Homes for ideas. When I find something online, I always right-click on the picture to save it in a folder on my computer. The title of the picture is saved as what I like in the picture. Like "curtains" or "paint color." Many times I'll go back to a picture and find something else I like in it that I didn't notice the first time.

The only downside to this, is that I don't write down where I saw it. Sometimes the pictures come from somewhere that you can actually purchase the item. But most of the time, my inspiration pictures have nothing to be sold and I'm left clueless on where to find it.

Then came Pinterest. I have fallen in love with this new site. When you visit a webpage, you can "pin" a picture you like and add it to a folder. I usually still title the picture with the object of my affection in it. THe good part about this site, is when you click the picture on your Pinterest page, it takes you back to the website where you found it.

Pinterest is more than just design; you can "pin" anything! I have been on a mission to find kid crafts and save them. When Little JCrew gets old enough, I'll have a folder full of ideas to entertain him with! I've also printed out more than I've pinned and started a binder.

Another folder I started on Pinterest, was one for the Holidays. Craft ideas for the kids and me to do pertaining to a season. That's where I found this year's Halloween decoration. I usually don't decorate for this Holiday, but I liked the idea I found and couldn't pass it up.



The milk jugs in our house turned into ghosts! I put them at the edge of our driveway.



It was so cute on Halloween night. One little girl told me how she saw our house from the bus and told her friends about our gallons of milk! She was so excited to find our house when she went trick or treating.

I got so many compliments on them and I thought it was such a cute idea!

Pinterest is also great for recipes! I've made many things that I've found from there and will share in another post.

I apologize for the recent lack of pinning lately. Pinterest was finally blocked at my work (along with EVERYTHING else) that I haven't been able to look and pin things. When I get home, I rarely get on the computer, because all my time is spent with the little and big guy! Can't get enough of either one of them.

Go hop on Pinterest! You'll love it.

Monday, November 28, 2011

FLORIDA

The Jenson Crew is back from an AWESOME trip to Florida.
Little JCrew had a lot of family and friends to meet.
He met his rockin’ aunt, Logan.

He met his uncle, Kyle.

He talked to his aunt, Kendal.
Kendal
Met his cousins, too!
Caroline, Hannah and Camryn

Aunt Kerry enjoyed meeting the little one too.

Little JCrew met my best friend, Lindy and one of her little girls, Ashlynn.

Ashlynn LOVED Little JCrew and he loved her right back! The mothers were working out an arranged marriage deal. J
Little JCrew met my other best friend, Ashley, and her little girl, Caroline.

Little JCrew had long days in Florida, but he behaved so well! On Saturday, we took him to meet the animals on the farm. He slept through the greetings, but smelled all the animals. When he finally woke up, he was more interested in the fence than he was the cows.

We saw pigs.


We saw goats.

Mike, the goat, was VERY interested in Mr. JCrew and Little JCrew.

We met the Burrows.

We met Star, the horse.
Letting Star sniff Wilks


We even met Mathew the cow.

Olivia is a chicken that likes to be held.
Olivia
Olivia and Wilks made a painting together.

We met Butterscotch the goat.

She was born without the use of her hind legs and uses a wheelchair. She has an artistic side and loves to paint! You can find her paintings here.

See the paint on her horns?
While we had Wilks in the paint, he put his handprints and footprints on Christmas ornaments.
Handprints

Footprints

On the way home from our trip, we made a stop to visit Nana and Boppa (great-grandparents.)

Little JCrew loved meeting all his family and friends.

We can’t wait to go back and see everyone again. We already miss everyone!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Tribute To Our General (6/12/97 - 11/18/11)

Our “General” of the house, Bailey Longfellow Wilkinson-Jenson, has gone to puppy heaven.  He was fourteen and a half years old.

Bailey came into my life just before my 15th birthday. He was given to me by a family friend that bred dachshunds with us. Bailey’s dog-mom had the ability to “smile.” I was hoping Bailey would get that trait, but he did not. He did get the ability to sit up and balance on his tail. He loved to sit for his Poppy and beg for scraps.
August 1997
Bailey was not your typical dachshund. He never barked! I honestly think in his lifetime he barked a total of five times; and that is rounding up! He was not a licker either. As much as I tried to teach him how to give kisses, he refused. I appreciated this characteristic as I got older. Colby, on the other hand, would give kisses to Bailey! He was Bailey’s dentist. He liked to lick Bailey in the mouth.

Bailey loved everyone! He didn’t favor anyone like dachshunds normally do. He was my dog and he knew that, but he shared his love. When I went off to college, Bailey bounced around, living with one sister, then the other sister, then my parents, and finally back with me when I moved into my condo and was allowed to have pets. There were several times I snuck Bailey in my apartment to live with me for a week at a time. I would take him out the back door entrance to let him out. I never got caught and Bailey was happy to be with me!
He loved road trips!
When I got Bailey, we already had three dogs; one dachshund and two golden retrievers. Bailey thought he was a big dog. He was raised with so many people and animals, that he had a hard time adjusting to being my only pet when I moved away. It was when he was ten years old, that I got him his little brother, Anderson.
Bailey and Anderson

Anderson definitely made Bailey’s hair turn grey. Anderson wore Bailey out. The two of them were inseparable. Bailey was so patient to teach Anderson the ways; yet Anderson didn’t learn Bailey’s patience. I have video of them chasing each other in the office of my condo.  They used their dogbed as a racing ramp.
Bailey and Anderson

Bailey stuck to himself most of the time. He didn’t beg for attention or crowd you on the couch. His favorite place to sit was in my lap when I sat Indian-style on the floor. He was not a needy dog. He just asked for a biscuit two times a day and punctuality with meal times. He let you know when meal-time was approaching; sometimes giving you an hour’s notice! He loved to eat. I caught him so many times eating my food. He tried to be so sneaky! Once, he ate my sub sandwich. He didn’t want me to find out, so he ate the paper wrap too! He can’t help seeing food and not eating it. His new little brother, Colby, has resorted to growling to protect his food.  Colby is a picky and slow eater. He’ll eat some and then leave his bowl. Bailey takes advantage of this and will finish Colby’s bowl without asking. No matter how many times we correct Bailey, his dementia sets in and he eats the leftovers from Colby.
Bailey Exploring Monte Sano

Bailey Exploring the New Condo

Bailey got the nickname, “Wide End” from my little sister. Bailey was “heavier” than any of our other dachshunds and his rear-end was a chucky one. He was a stocky guy with a regal prance. His gate could have won him awards. He was so proper!

Bailey's "Wide End"
As Bailey got older, his eyesight and hearing diminished. He didn’t remember where he was and would get stuck in the weirdest places.
Places Bailey has gotten stuck:

·         Under the dining room table
·         Under the dining room chair
·         Under the stroller
·         Behind the open bedroom door
·         Tried to climb up the bookcase
·         Behind the open door of his cage (he on the outside)
·         Between the console table and chair behind the couch
·         The corner of Wilks’ bedroom
·         Behind the master bathroom toilet
 
When he gets stuck, you find him just sitting there, not making a sound. Only a few times did he holler to get out.

Bailey Wearing His Sweater the Wrong Way
For the last year, he walked around the house and cried. He thought everyone had left him, so he walked around the house crying until he found us and stopped. It was as if we scared him.

Anderson, Jackson and Bailey
There were days that were rough on Bailey. Yet, you’d see him take off skipping into the yard and realize he was happy! He’d even do his skipping in the house as he tried to get the other dogs to join. He was such a happy dog and had such a long and happy life!

Getting His Pedicure
We make fun of his dementia right now. Bailey is the instigator for starting all the dogs to howl once we have left and close the garage door. We speak for Bailey and say that he gets scared and is screaming for our neighbors to help him. Because of his dementia, he tells Anderson and Colby that we’re not coming back. He can’t remember when we last came home, nor the last time he ate, so he starts howling for help! We laugh thinking about that going through his head.

Bai and Anderson
Bailey was the gentlest dog I’ve ever had. He was always the dog we volunteered to be pet by neighborhood kids. He loved every stranger and loved life. He was the perfect dog, even at his old age.



All I wanted was for Bailey to live long enough for Wilks to meet him. I only wish he could have made it long enough for Wilks to remember him.
Wilks and Bailey
Bailey Loved Wilks

Colby Loved His Bailey
Our General will be remembered as our favorite. It was a tough day to see him go.

WE LOVE YOU, BAILEY!

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