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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Some Christmas pictures from the Cottage


Good Morning Blog friends,
     I found this picture and it made me think of Roger.  He would love to have a old truck!  He spends hours looking on ebay for just the right one.  He wants it for a parade truck, he would drive and Bodie would throw the candy to all of the little kids on the street.  Of course it would have Dahlenburg Construction on it for advertisement.  Actually that is not where this blog was going but I loved the picture.
    I haven't shared a lot of pictures of my home, but I thought I would show some of it to you while it is all decked out for Christmas.
     I am starting to get a collection of pictures of Bodie with Santa.  This year he actually sat on Santa's lap.  He does not connect the idea of Santa and presents, I am sure next year that will come.  The old ornament that is made from an egg is one that Roger made when he was in at least third grade because his name is written rather then printed. It is really precious to us and I hope it lasts to be handed down to the next generation.  The little dogs are Fritz and Floyd.  I didn't find any of that this year here in Danville.  Our shopping opportunities are pretty slim right now though.
     A few years ago we added a sun room to our house.  Before that this was the kitchen window.  It is a as great place to decorate.  This Christmas cactus was blooming beautifully about a month ago.  I have this grand plan to help this plant grow huge then give starts of it to my family.
     This is a little shelf in my dining room.  I love cardinals  (the birds we are Cub fans around here.  Wait till next year LOL).  The plates are from Wal-mart, the tea pot from Cracker Barrel, and the coffee cups from Walgreens.  As you can see I shop in varied places.  Does it seem that they are not making as many Christmas items for stores as they use to?
   My husband is a furniture builder along with building houses so I have a lot of really beautiful pieces that he has made.  This shelf sits on a small wall just before you enter my kitchen.  I decorated really simply this year, Mostly with red and green.  I love the little Santa boots.  Inside of them are tiny toy kitchen tools.  The nesting Santa's I got at our church bazaar for a dollar.  During the rest of the year this has a lot of chickens on it.
     This is my Christmas village.  As I look at this a fence has come down.  Must have been from all of the snow.  I have one building that represents each of  our occupations.  Couldn't find the school this year.  Maybe that says something.
     I hope you enjoyed the small tour of our Christmas decorations.  I did not go all out this year.  I have about thirty boxes(not really that many) in our barn.  Next year I intend to drag it all out and go over the top.  This year their were just to many obstacles that were overwhelming.
     I hope everyone in blog land had a wonderful Christmas!  Now I have to go put all of my pretties away and clean the house.  Its back to school on Wednesday.  But I will be on the true count down then!
Warm Christmas hugs
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage
   

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas From Ladybug Cottage

     This is my family tonight at the Christmas Eve program at Immanuel Lutheran.  It was wonderful to have our whole family together in church.
     It has been a busy time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  It seems that the weeks have flown by.  We had the Christmas program at school, Cookies and Hot Chocolate with Santa which is a Cannon School tradition, and the day to day happenings in a grade school.  Sandy Hook really put what we do in perspective.  Not only do we teach our children every day but we would protect them to the end.

     Two weeks ago a sweet little red doxie was found wondering through a neighborhood in town.  A really kind man who works for our school district found him.  He put out an e-mail to the district that he was trying to find his home.  Unfortunately nobody came forward to claim him so he is staying at our house.  He is incredibility sweet and he is settling in well.  In a lot of ways he reminds me of our Mike.
That puts us up to five so we are going to see how it goes.  So far everyone is getting along really well.
     Roger and I hosted the Dahlenburg Christmas, It was a lot of fun and we had a good time visiting with every one.  Roger did a lot of the cooking and I did the decorating stuff.
        Here is the table set for 18 of us.  I realized after I took the picture that the scottie dog napkin holder is still on the table.  Rob made it in Cub Scouts about twenty years ago.  I suppose I should give it to him for his house but I am not ready to part with it.
  I think that Bodie and Autumn had the best time.  They are only a year apart in age and they played together pretty well.  Not sure whose foot that is.  I am going to have to practice my photo work.
    That's about all for this Christmas Eve.  I hope everyone in Blog lad has a wonderful Christmas
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Baby Changes Everything

     Yesterday I was looking at blogs and I came across one that spun me back 34 years.  It seems this blogger has just found out that a baby is on the way and it is due on July Seventh.  I thought back 34 years when I was feeling that same wondrous change in my body.  My husband and I had wanted to add a little one to our family for awhile.  I was beginning to despair of it ever happening, but a trip to the doctor proved me wrong.  When I went I remember being afraid, afraid that I was, and afraid that I wasn't.  The doctor did the exam and then asked if I would like to hear the heartbeat.  The sound seemed to me like a small bird just flapping his wings.  The tears of joy came to my eyes and I could not believe the miracle of it all.
     I tried to figure out a fun way to tell Roger it was really going to happen.  I decided to stop at Wal-Mart and buy a little outfit to hand to him when I walked in the door.  I knew in my heart and without a doubt that this baby was a little boy.  Wal-Mart didn't have much to choose from, but I found a cute little red and navy onesie (of course they did not call them that then).  That was my first inkling that little boy clothes were a little harder to find then little girl clothes.  Roger and I celebrated that night and began to share our news with our family and friends.
     My first encounter with someone was at the pharmacy when I had the prescription for prenatal vitamins filled.  Then I went down the street to the department store where I had worked for awhile.   There was a lady who had worked there for a long time and I liked and respected her.  When I told her she said to me "I never thought you would have a baby.  You always seemed too selfish to have a baby".  I was totally taken aback.  The comment certainly took a little wind out of my sails.  To this day I think about that comment and try to figure out why she thought that.
    Other then that incident our news was met with great joy from everyone we shared the news with.  I loved every minute of being pregnant.  July seventh seemed a long way off but I discovered that each day was an adventure of change and preparations.
     Yes a baby changes everything, here it is 34 years later and it is very hard to believe that that tiny baby is all grown up.
Suzan
Ladybug Cottage