Monday, December 15, 2008

Rome Wasn't Built In A Day

And our house wasn't remodeled in six months. Whew! Honestly, some days I just want to fall in a heap and cry, but I remember what my friend Cheryl says, "Just do the next thing." So that's what we do. For those of you who have been down the home repair road, I know you can feel our pain. Remodeling and moving are just plain stressful, even if the move is only 20 miles or so up the road. Instead of ripping off the band-aid in one fell swoop, we've been moving a car load here and a SUV load there, here a box, there a box, everywhere a box, box. Kinda makes a girl insane. And it's not like we're moving into a cool 200-year-old farmhouse or something. It's just a house. Eight or nine years old, but really uncared for and unloved for lots and lots of years. Jim has been doing 99% of the work himself, after he leaves his day job so, you know...time marches on. But, we're close and hopefully will be toasting the new year in our new, work-in-progress home.
Even though we'll be skipping the hardcore Christmas decorations this year, I was delighted when I packed (unpacked? can't remember) these vintage stockings. I've never seen one with two dogs and Frosty before. Sequins just make me happy. I know you know.
Frosty's holding a miniature lantern.
Two dogs...unless they are supposed to be reindeer.
Silver and pink bells for, I imagine, some lucky little girl.

When I was home (my parent's house) for Thanksgiving, my mom dug up some of my old baby dolls that somehow, miraculously, survived a horrific flood that pretty much wiped out all of their belongings a few years back. The one on the left is a Madame Alexander and the one on the right was handmade by someone in Houston. Of course, you might recognize the one in the middle. She kind of looks like the Pillsbury Dough boy. We are having so much fun with her. I don't even need Christmas decorations this year. Having the Peanut Patty makes this the best Christmas ever. Here's wishing the same to you! Please stop by soon for a mini Christmas give-away. Fa la la la la.


Diane said...

OMG Amelie is so cute! Our Amelie is so much fun I just love having my daughter hanging out here with little Miss Amelie. Here is her blog you must check it out!
Merry Christmas and Good luck with your home remodel, I hate the dust!!
Hugs, Diane

Anonymous said...

How adorable!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kimla,
Amelie is soooo adorable! I'm sure you are enjoying her bunches and bunches - the sweetest blessing ever I'm sure.
Merry Christmas to you!

Joanna {sweet finds} said...

Hi Kimla, I totally love this pic of your daughter. She's adorable. :) Merry Christmas, Joanna
PS. if you haven't heard, Heather Ales had her baby today. (it's a boy!)

Donna Layton said...

I swear that little peanut patty is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I've just got to get down there to meet her in person. I love the ears smushed down by the hat. I always did that with my boys and baseball caps. It's sooooo cute:)
All the other blog pictures are so beautiful. I know the pain of displacement in changing houses. We built and sold houses for the first 15 years of our marriage. I've been in my current house longer than any other....ten years. We are now dealing with remodeling. I swear it's so much easier to just build a new one. Hope you're having a good holiday. Be safe on your way back home:)

Heather said...

OMG! Amelie is just as adorable as can be! What fun!

Mary lin Huskamp said...

Amelie is an Angel!! How BLESSED you are! Best Wishes for a GREAT 2009!!