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My 2012 definitely had its fair shares of ups and downs, as well as tears and laughter. Overall, I’d say that it was rather enlightening. Just by testing my limits, I learned so much about myself throughout these past twelve months. Some bad. Some good. The learning experiences along the way, however, have made me a stronger person.
So, with 2013 right around the corner, I thought I’d finally post an entry about some of the highlights from December 2012, considering a month has gone by without any update. December, at least for me, always seems to be a blur. Hmm…? What happened this past month? *Well, maybe if you blogged more, Sarah, this wouldn’t be an issue.*
Holiday festivities consumed most of this month. As I wrote in my previous post, we decorated the tree in a non-traditional way. We, technically just me, wanted to do a purple and orange colored tree. I know, I know. Not very typical, but I thought it would be fun. Turns out, we had a lot of fun with this one. The best part about our 2012 tree was the abundant succulents and air plants that were scattered all over the tree’s branches. Here are some other photos of the 2012 Kee tree:
…and a picture with the pups, of course!
We threw a holiday party for friends, a gingerbread house making party to be exact. Yup, we pretty much were on a sugar high that whole weekend. Unfortunately, I don’t have the pictures of all of our concoctions put together. Looks like I’m gonna to have to bug some friends for the picture of the whole gingerbread village we created.
There was a holiday get together over at the in-laws, too. It was super funny watching everyone do the annual gift exchange. We came home with a cute apron, which I still need to put to good use. As for the dogs, Maui and Hilo were so excited to hang out with their Westie cousins.
We also squeezed in a quick trip down to So Cal. The dogs have learned that the beach never gets old. I wonder where they learned that one from, hehe.
There are hundreds more photos I could share from this month, but I guess I’ll leave it at that. It would take me, oh you know, A WHOLE MONTH to blog about all of the stuff that happened in December. Doh! This is why staying up to date with the blog comes in handy.
Wishing our families and friends a Happy New Year! 2013′s gonna be a great year. I can feel it.
We were in charge of hosting Thanksgiving this year, turkey and all. Everything turned out as planned, and everyone enjoyed dinner (at least I hope they did, hehe). Personally, my favorite part was the wonderful company of family. Well, and of course, all of the delicious food. I created a pretty extensive menu because I wanted to make sure there was enough food for our fall harvest. Below are some of the photos that I managed to capture during the holiday.
The day after Thanksgiving marked the the shop‘s anniversary! I can’t believe how time flew by this year. I’m so thankful for all of our customers’ support and business these past two years; we wouldn’t have come this far without all of you. So again, thank you.
As for me, I took most of the day off to set up our Christmas tree. With everything going on from Thanksgiving up until the year’s end, I figured that the weekend after Thanksgiving would be perfect timing to go out and get the tree.
We made a trip out to Half Moon Bay to pay a visit to Santa’s Tree Farm & Village to get our tree. …and you know what’s even more awesome then getting our tree?! I got to be a creeper and take a picture with Santa, haha! Plus, there was no wait or line at all. Heck, yeah!
As soon as we got home, we trimmed the tree and set it up. Did we finish decorating it that day?! Absolutely not, haha! It would’ve been a miracle if we had though.
Eventually, we ended up finishing the tree. …but before finishing the tree, we headed up North to celebrate my uncle’s 40th and Nat’s 25th!
I love that Nat’s party was all about Christmas crafting. A day spent crafting? I couldn’t say no! We spent the day making Christmas ornaments for their tree. At the end of the day, Sean and Nat finished decorating. I love all of the personal touches; it’s so cute!
As for our Christmas decorations, just like every year, we had a decorating theme. We decided to go non-traditional with a purple, orange, and gold Christmas tree. Plus, we thought it would be unique to have succulents and tillandsia plants on the tree. I’m in love with the colors and all of the sparkles.
…and I love our mantle, too. We kept to the same theme as our Christmas tree.
With all of the greens around the house, it smells so Christmas-y. I love it. It makes everything seem so homey and warm. All I need to do now is finish making our holiday wreath. Well, that… and start my holiday shopping, haha. Oh, and finish creating my December Daily album. *sigh* So much to do!
Stay tuned for more pictures.
PS: Can’t wait for next week. It needs to be here sooner.
Last week, I got around to creating a sample for the shop using one of the latest Basic Grey releases, Aspen Frost. In my opinion, it looks similar to another holiday collection they put out a couple of years ago, but nonetheless, it’s pretty and I like it. Here’s what I made:
I absolutely love the silk ribbon on this one. I’ve been using these ribbons in tons of my stuff recently. Yes, we have them in tons of different colors. The texture is so soft, so it makes it easy to work with and hard to refuse.
This past weekend was one of those on a whim weekends. We woke up early on Saturday morning and wanted to do something fun, but we weren’t sure what to do. Well, I remembered a place that a customer had told me about, and so we thought it would be neat to check out Gizdich Ranch.
They have fresh squeezed apple juice in all sizes. Plus, they sell pies by the slice or by the whole. Their pies are pretty tasty, and they’ve got almost every pie you could imagine, not just apple pie or dutch apple pie. Yum! I still prefer my mom’s apple pie though, but I think I’m just biased, haha.
After gallivanting on the coastal farm, we headed towards the beach, and then, back home.
As far as weekend projects, I had two to accomplish.
First, enjoying our succulents.
…and two, starting our Halloween decorations.
Why so early, you ask?! Well, from now until Halloween, the calendar is busy and it only gets busier. Because I had the extra time, I thought it would be fun to spruce up the mantle for Halloween. It’s not quite complete, but it’s getting there. I woke up the other morning, and G had added some of her “scary” Lego mini figures to the decor. Frankenstein, a witch, a zombie, and Count Dracula, just to name a few, are adding the spook to the mantle, hehe.
On a side note, maybe I’m working too much? …or working too hard? I wish that I had a normal immune system. This morning I woke up with a fever of 102. It’s gone down since then, but I’m feeling icky. Hopefully, after a couple days of rest, I’ll be well enough to see the Endeavor Shuttle fly over Moffett Airfield. Go ahead. Call me a nerd. It’s not everyday that you get to see a space shuttle fly over your house. Be jealous.
Summer has its perks. Aside from sunbathing, the warm weather allows for more outside time. We’ve been gardening a lot recently. I’m super excited about the different kinds of lettuce that we planted. Now, we can make a fresh salad with my favorite kind of tomato, cherry tomatoes! Here’s a snippet of some of the things we’ve been growing:
I’m excited that our Eversweet strawberries are in bloom; can’t wait for all the sweetness it’ll produce. I know what I’ll be snacking on throughout the year. That’s the best part about Eversweet strawberries; they grow all year round.
As far as as the desert botanical area, it’s looking mighty awesome. We need to finish up the big vertical gardens, but we’re still figuring out what we want to plant in those. Aside from that, I think we have more than enough succulents. Here are some random snapshots:
On top of playing outside, there’s always time to make stuff for inside the home. Our house is looking super green like a rain forest, hehe! Here are some random pictures of the stuff we have on our mantle and media console:
I was asked to do a floral demonstration for about 75-80 people, and so I was required to design a handful of arrangments. Here’s just a few of the ones I made for them:
Last but not least, the dogs have been keeping me extra busy. They think that just because it’s warm outside, they can bug me moreso than they do other times of the year.
…but alas, they’re dogs, and I love them for their annoying tendencies.
Last summer, we decided that we were going to get rid of the grass because of its horrible effects on the environment. Besides, the snails used the grass soil as a nesting haven. Back in the fall, we were in dire need of more color and texture in the garden, so we planned out our next move. Succulents are cheap, easy to grow, and super low maintenance, so we have been working on creating our very own desert/succulent botanical garden.
The garden is definitely in the works, and we still have lots of plans for some fun modern displays. Plus, the garden won’t be entirely complete without the cute chair hammock that I ordered. *I can’t wait to read/work in it.* Thus far, it’s looking so pretty! Here’s a handful of some random photos from the garden:
At first, we dished out some big bucks for some of the more unique succulents. Now, every time we hit up a local nursery, we pick up one or two we don’t already have. Plus, we’ve been reusing our snippets to foster more succulents plants. *I love succulents for that reason; they’re so cheap!* Truly, I can’t wait for the garden project to be complete!
Since our Yosemite trip a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been itching to go on a short, quick hike. In the meantime, looking at more photos from that trip will cure my outdoor bug.
As far as updates on Hilo, he’s doing slightly better. I’ll try to keep everyone posted.
PS: I think I have another travel bug. Where should we go next?!