I've always loved decorating the Christmas tree. I try to buy an ornament every time we go on a trip or for each important event in our lives. I write the event and the date on the bottom of each ornament, so it's nice to be able to take the ornaments out of the box each year and take a walk down memory lane.
I buy the girls an ornament or two each year and they keep them in a special box with their name on it. The idea is that when they leave the nest, they will have a nice assortment of ornaments. My tree will be empty, but theirs will be full of ornaments :-) After the girls were done hanging their own ornaments, they of course wanted to help me put up the rest. That was fine, but the only thing was that I did not get to stop with each ornament and remember special times. When I take the tree down after Christmas, I am going to put my most special ornaments in a separate box so that I can take them out and have those memories. It truly is one of my favorite things about Christmas.
Here are some of my favorite ornaments:
Bought in Hawaii during our honeymoon:
Shortly after Laura died, Matt and I took a trip out West. One of our stops was in Sedona where we visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross. It was beautiful. I lit a candle for Laura there and it was so emotional, but also very peaceful:
Before we had the girls, our pup Lily was our baby. And I treated her like one :-) I even took her to see Santa!
Bought during our latest trip to the Netherlands:
When Matt and I came back from China with Jazzie, we had a layover in L.A. We struck up a conversation with a very nice woman. She was kind of eclectic because of the way she was dressed and the fact that she had all these butterfly clips in her hair. She just kept rubbing Jazzie's little hands and telling us how lucky we were. When it was time for us to get on our flight, she took a hair pin out of her hair and gave it as a gift to Jazzie:
This one was bought during our little get-away to the Dominican Republic last year. It was the first time in many years that Matt and I got to go away together without the kids and just focus on each other. It was a much needed break and a reminder that we need to do this more often.
In 2004 I became an American citizen!
Ornaments made by the girls are some of my very favorites :-)
A pretty little ballerina; I believe the entire family has one of these ornaments, because it looks so much like Laura:
And last but not least, a daily occurrence:
Do I need to say more??