Archive for the ‘December’ Category

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!   3 comments

Wow, what a gorgeous weekend here in the Northwest!  As I type this,  it is snowing – hard.  We have had 8 inches of snow so far.  Here are the highlights of the weekend…


The picture of the cat who likes to hang out at our house was taken Saturday morning before the real storm hit in the evening.  All the other photos were taken on Sunday morning. 

We also enjoyed our annual holiday get together with the neighbors.  We were supposed to go out for dinner but we ended up hanging out around home because of the snow storm.  We had a progressive dinner and enjoyed it so much we decided we should do this every year!


I am supposed to fly back down to California tomorrow morning – OH MY – that will be interesting!!  🙂


Posted December 21, 2008 by Lana G! in December, Fellowship, Friends, Fun, Lyrics, Music, Snow, Weather, Weekend Fun

2008 Christmas Tour of Homes   49 comments



It’s that time of the year again.  Welcome to the 2008 Tour of Homes hosted by BooMama.  I am just tickled that we received our first snowfall of the year on Saturday, just in time for the tour!  So come on in, we’ve been waiting for you…


Now don’t be scared of Grey the squirrel, he  just loves the peanuts and seeds we feed him and his little friends.

Come on in to where it’s nice and warm.  I’m Lana G! and I will be your hostess today.


First of all let’s get you warmed up by the fire…

tour3Now come on over to the dining room …


Choose a plate and let’s get some dessert!  What beverage can I serve you today on this cold wintery day?


Before you leave, may I show you the true meaning of Christmas…



Now click on the cute button below to see more homes from BooMama’s 2008 Tour of Homes!


Tablescape Tuesday – Moss & Burgundy   31 comments

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Today I would like to share my moss green and burgundy tablescape with you.  If you have colors in your home that do not match the traditional Christmas red and green, don’t be afraid to incorporate your own color scheme for Christmas. 


The only “Christmas” items on this table are the centerpiece, the ribbon and ornaments.  You can make almost any place setting “Christmas-y” by adding  Christmas items to your decor.  Michaels is a great place to help you do this!  The flowers in my centerpiece and around the centerpiece are from Michaels.  They always have great sales and you really do not need much to give your table a Christmas up do!  Also, don’t be afraid to take the flowers off the stems.  You can expand your decorating possibilities  by doing so!


So many possibilities, so much fun!  Add some ornaments and candles and tada – a Christmas table in your own color scheme!

For more Tablescapes, head on over to Between Naps on the Porch!  You will be so glad you did!

Blue Monday – Disneyland Castle   20 comments

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Happy Blue Monday!  Today I am taking you to the “happiest place on earth” to show you the Disney castle decked out for the holidays! 

A Blue Christmas at Disneyland is  A – OKAY with me!

For more Blue Monday posts, head on over to Smiling Sally’s!

Posted December 7, 2008 by Lana G! in Blue Monday, Christmas, December, Disneyland, Fun

Tablescape Tuesday – Christmas Inspiration   22 comments

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This week I would like to share my Christmas Inspiration table.  Here is the inspiration – my Spode Christmas plate…


Here’s how the inspiration piece came to life in a tablescape…


The message of this tablescape as told by the napkins…


The napkins/guest towels, Christmas tree and several of the ornaments were purchased at Molbak’s.  The red plates, stemware and table runner were purchased at Sur La Table, the white tablecloth was purchased at Goodwill. The two white plates were a wedding gift and the Spode Christmas plates were purchased on clearance at Mervyns when there were still Mervyn stores open!

Happy December and Happy Tablescaping.  I love this time of the year!  For more Tablescapes, head on over to Between Naps on the Porch!

Additions to the Christmas List   2 comments


The pastor’s e-mail this week: 

Dear Church Family: 

I’m sure that most of you are scrambling to complete all of your Christmas tasks. As you work through the list of gifts to give this season, let me suggest a couple of things you might add.

Why not give the gift of mercy?! The dictionary defines mercy as…”compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power…also lenient or compassionate treatment in general.” God knew that we would be so in need of His mercy that He not only extended it to us once for all on the cross, but He also gives us a “fresh dose” of His mercy every day. Who do you know that could use a gift of mercy this Christmas? Don’t wait for them to ask for it. Just give it.

Why not give the gift of affirmation?! Let me provide an example. One of our small groups put together a statement of affirmation for one of their members recently. What an incredible statement of a life well-lived….and he’s still living it!

A Tribute To A Man of God:

This is a man who is gentle and kind, yet bold in sharing his faith.
Failing in eyesight, yet having great insight into God’s Word.
He’s much older in age, yet so young at heart.
A child of God who enjoys God’s unlimited resources.
Patient in time of trouble as he rejoices in the Lord.
When persecuted he continues to trust in the Lord.
Instead of judging others, he accepts and forgives.
Instead of worrying, he turns it over to the Lord in prayer.
This is a man, who enjoys life but says, “The best is yet to come.”
This is a man who radiates God’s love and is loved by God.

For many people in our lives, affirmation is the best gift you could give this year.  I love this quote by Martin Luther. It fits the “spirit” of our discussion this week.

~”I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”~

Posted December 10, 2007 by Lana G! in Christmas, December, Encouragement, Giving, Holiday, Life

It Snowed Today – Hurray!   6 comments

You gotta love it!  It is December 1st and to celebrate the new month, it snowed! Of course I ventured out into the powder and snowflakes to catch as many snow shots as possible.  Here are just a few of my favorite pictures…


Posted December 1, 2007 by Lana G! in December, Events, Fun, Photo, Photography, Snow