Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Decorating...

I have a love/hate relationship with decorating for Christmas. In the earliest years of my career as a homemaker, I would not allow myself to decorate until December 1, which I considered the official start of Christmastime. It was hard to wait.

Now, decorating seems a lot more like work than highly anticipated fun. Still, it isn’t Christmastime without the decorations…So I pull out the bins, and have the house in a jumble for a couple of days before it is all accomplished.

And when it’s done, I feel so satisfied…because I like having decorated, as opposed to decorating.

However, I have noticed, in observing some other homes, that my decorating style lacks thematic elements.

I love and admire the themes I’ve seen in other homes. Trees with color coordinated ornaments and lights…Vintage Shiny Brite themes…Christmas Around the World with Globes of all sizes…Let it Snow…Collections of Snowmen…Ice Skates & Sleds…Hot Cocoa Stations…Tables set with Mason Jar Snowglobes…

 I have a sister who has a “Winter Woodland” theme in her living room, a “Merry & Bright” theme for her kitchen, and themes I can’t even remember for the rec room, and her bedroom!

Her bedroom!! If my bedroom has a theme, it would be “I’m Wearing Christmas Pajamas”. Of course, that’s only good when they are not in the wash.

While my sister is busy creating a Winter Woodland, and making her kitchen Merry & Bright, I realize that my decorating style is more along the lines of: “Where Shall I Put This?” Or “This Doesn’t Really Fit Anywhere, But I Got It On a Screaming Deal After Christmas Last Year”.

But that’s just a little too honest, so I am going to go with Eclectic…That’s what my style is: Eclectic…so, so Eclectic.

Usually when I start decorating, I think where I am going to put all this junk stuff? And by the end, I’ve run out of stuff and I’m wondering what to put on that last empty shelf…which is a problem I always try to solve after Christmas by purchasing some random item that is a Screaming Deal.

And so it goes each year…but in the end, it seems like Christmas to my themeless eyes, and I love it.

But understand that you might think you see a mish-mash when you look around…

Let me educate you…It’s Eclectic.

Monday, December 15, 2014

This Kid...

Exactly one week after Caitlin & Jon’s wedding, we packed up a U-haul to move This Kid to Olympia.

Jess has spent most of the last year working for State Senator Andy Hill, most recently managing his re-election campaign. Jess’ performance in that responsibility afforded him the opportunity to gain a new title…

…One that he had hoped for a few years ago when he began his employment in legislative support.

We’re quite happy for him, and proud of him! And to brag, just a little, Andy Hill’s campaign was one that was targeted by the California billionaire who wanted to see Andy defeated. This brought a million dollars into the campaign coffers as Senator Hill’s supporters determined that it should not happen.
Seattle Times picture of Jess and the Senator on Election Night.
My baby! Managing a million dollar campaign??!! His second win as a campaign manager for a Washington State Senate race??!!

Perhaps I should start treating him like a grown-up…

Anyway, his new position necessitated a move to Olympia -- and out of the room he had rented in Bellevue for the past 2 ½ years. He is ready to have his own place again; and I am ready to empty The Storage Unit formerly known as Dillon’s Bedroom in our home.

We packed the U-haul promptly, headed south to his home in Bellevue for the last few larger items there, and then finished the journey to his apartment in Tumwater. It didn’t take long to unload, and arrange his things.

He even has trees around his place to enjoy!
I took the time to put up all the Christmas d├ęcor.

While we were there, the Comcast guy came and before we left for dinner, he was set up with internet and TV. Home sweet home!

We celebrated over dinner at Ramblin’ Jack’s – and what a dinner!


And then we headed back to Lynden, feeling so content that our boy is happy, and doing what he enjoys, and comfortable in his own place.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

Friday, December 5, 2014

November 29, 2014...A Day That Will Go Down in Honcoop Family History...

Well, we did it.

We had a wedding 11 weeks, to the day, after Jon and Caitlin became engaged.

To be honest, prior to the engagement, not a little thought was put into the possibility that a wedding would occur in the near future. We were not bereft of ideas. But no idea became a plan or was executed until after the engagement took place.

Then we were busy with finding vintage tablecloths, gathering vintage jars and vases for flowers, making pennant banners of vintage fabrics, and filling in details along the way.

When you have a short time frame, it helps you to keep things simple. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway, as simple was the way Caitlin wanted to go. It just reduces the number of choices available, and that makes decisions easier.

So on Saturday morning, November 29, our family – meaning Cait’s siblings and parents – and Jon’s family – siblings, nephews, nieces and parents – gathered at the Mt. Baker Rotary building with officiant, Sean Taylor for the ceremony. It was as simple as could be. They said their ‘I do’s’, and their vows. The groom kissed the bride, and they were married! We all clapped and cheered…hugs all around.

I have to say that the bride did look fabulous, and the groom, looking pretty spiffy himself, had a big smile on his face when he saw her come down the aisle.

What a delightful ceremony! Relaxed, comfortable, with some laughs, and sweet memories…

Afterwards, the bride and groom ventured out in the cold and wind to get some pictures. The Lady in the Stone House, who helped Cait choose the fabulous dress, kindly lent her grandma’s fur coat to the Bride for the outdoor pictures. I can’t wait to see – and show off! – the pictures that the The SNAPsisters took that gorgeous, but freezing day! And -- full disclosure -- the pictures you see in this post all belong to The Lady in the Stone house, because I didn’t get any – not a one! Too busy having a good time, and that’s not all bad – especially when you have photographers amateur and professional who will share. (Check the SNAPsister's link for the wedding pictures. I'll let you know when they are up.)

While the Bride & Groom were gone, the last minute preparations were put in place: caterer, photo booth, cupcakes, favors for the kids.

At noon, extended family arrived to greet the newlyweds and for pictures. At 1pm, it was time for brunch.

Breakfast food is Cait’s favorite, and Hilltop Catering did a great job. The quote of the day from a lot of the menfolk was, “Every wedding should smell like bacon…” It was quite delish!

Caitlin had the brilliant idea to make favor bags for the kiddos…because she wanted the kiddos at the celebration. The wedding coloring books, crayons, finger puppets and candy were a hit…and the unlimited pictures from the photo booth didn’t hurt either. Happy kids! Oh! They were so cute! And some little girls followed the Bride everywhere…They were sure she was a real live princess!!

The grown-ups had fun with the photo booth too, and lots and lots of visiting took place. For me, it was a relaxed, enjoyable, comfortable afternoon of celebration.

Our introvert bride did a masterful job of staying engaged throughout the day…I don’t doubt that she didn’t have much left to say for the next couple of days. Fortunately, her Groom is not unaware of her introvert needs. And they were in Whistler for a few days of relaxation and rest, so she could recover from the effort.

And now, the two are one family…We are so happy for them!

And for us! We have new relatives who we enjoy, and think much of…and will look forward to getting to know better as the years go by.

A year ago at Christmastime, we didn’t even know who Jon Tuben was. Since then, we have trusted him with our daughter’s heart…and have no worries about that. They are good together.

We had a wonderful day celebrating the great things God gives us. Thanks to all who have rejoiced with us. It was a blessing!

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