Saturday, November 25, 2006

BEFORE THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS FRIGHTFUL


I know, this isn't a very good picture of the wreath on my front porch, but I'm tired after stringing lights up outside all day and then babysitting my five grandchildren (age 5 and under) this evening. I think you can get the idea anyway. It's starting to look a lot like Christmas at my house. Or at least outside. It was a decent weather day, about 50 and sunny, and since a bitter cold front is moving in from Alaska next week it was now or a very shivery later.

As soon as I brought the stepladder outside to start stringing the lights on my little Amur maple the neighbors gathered to offer advice and suggestions. The neighbor across the street said she wanted to see the animated reindeer from her kitchen window and could I move them a little to the left so the juniper bushes wouldn't block her view? The neighbor with the two-year-old asked if I could hang one of the glittery stars on a low branch so the little one could reach it. The triplets next door gave everything a thumbs-up and then ran home to ask their dad when they were going to decorate.

If I have any energy tomorrow the tree is next. When the ornaments have all been hung, I'll reach for the angel topper. But I do have my own live Christmas angel, and not to be outdone, her brother the little devil (whose sweet nature belies his costume!) They are my darling three-month-old grandtwins. A little young to enjoy the lights and decorations, but they and their siblings sure put Christmas in my heart. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

6 comments:

Giddy said...

What cute grandkids! Mom certainly has an imagination with those costumes.
Thanks for visiting my blog - I look forward to reading more of yours.

LostRoses said...

Thanks Giddy, the pictures of the babies are from Halloween. One of the adoring aunts found those costumes and couldn't resist!

Mary said...

This was so nice. I love the season, too, decorating with lights and sparkly decorations. The babies are adorable!

Zoey said...

That little angel is cuter than any I've ever seen atop a tree!

Your wreath looks so nice. It's great that all the neighbors enjoy your outside decorations. I think it gives you inspiration to get out and do it when you have an appreciative audience.

Annie in Austin said...

Oh, you have such adorable grandchildren, LostRoses. They're a little young to appreciate more than lights and music on this first Christmas, but when they're mobile next year, it should be very interesting.

I love how your neighbors make suggestions - our across-the-street neighbors were working on their lights as we hung ours, and we were making comments about how much we were improving each other's view.

Did you get that snow?

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

LostRoses said...

Thanks for all your comments. Yes those babies are adorable! We did get the snow, Annie, which made all the decorations look even better than ever. We've sent the snowstorm on its way. My daughter in Tulsa was not thankful for the 10 inches that accummulated there but at least they got a snow day out of it!