My Newest Christmas Ornaments

                                                


As I put my Christmas decor away, I get one more chance to reminisce about our ventures that we took in the year 2016. Throughout the year as we travel to new destinations, milestones are reached, or we try something new, I try to buy an ornament to place on the tree.  I look forward every year to  putting up my Christmas tree. I take my time and enjoy looking over our memories. Even our visitors enjoy looking over our tree, it is a great conversational piece. This year was a busy year for us. I can not believe all the new ornaments that was bought. 
This ornament was not bought by me. It was given as a gift to my daughter, but it has made a place on our tree. My daughter tried out for the Brown Forman Nutcracker and she made the part of angel. This was her first time ever dancing in this production. It consumed most of our Sundays, from October on, and most of our weekends during the holiday season. It was an amazing opportunity for her and we will do it again in a heartbeat. This ornament reflects a cute picture of her in costume and the other side says Nutcracker Angel 2016. This was the best gift and most thoughtful gift anyone could give someone. I will cherish my daughters gift for years to come. 

The next one is of a Nutcracker. I was unable to find an angel to represent my daughters roll, but I wrote the word angel on the bottom and the year. 

                          

This year my kids got to ride on an airplane for the first time ever. We flew on Southwest to New York City. Little man enjoyed the ride so much, that when we landed he was screaming "We Go Again".  I was able to find two airplanes at Hobby Lobby and I wrote each of my children's names on the bottom and the date. 
                         

While we were in New York City, we got to go see the Statue of Liberty. My daughter found this ornament for sale on the boat as we were leaving Lady Liberty. My husband and my daughter bought it and surprised me with it. I love it. 
                         

To represent the rest of our visit, I found this cute New York City ornament online. It has things on both sides and it shows every place we went. 



I was also able to find a taxi cab, to represent my little ones first Taxi, Uber, and Lyft rides. We sure made some memories that will not be forgotten on that NYC trip with different modes of transportation. 


If you follow me on any of my social media links you would know that my family loves going to theme parks. We are Cedar Fair Platinum holders and our passes are well used. This year my daughter was old enough to stamp a glass ornament from Glass Works at Cedar Point. She was able to learn the art of glass making. The picture does not give this ornament justice. It says the name of the new roller coaster, Valraven, with the words Cedar Point. It sparkles on the tree. 


My last ornament was a spur of the moment holiday trip over Thanksgiving to St Pete Beach, FL.  This was my sons first trip to the beach and we had a blast. This ornament has sand and sea shells in it. It was our first ever beach trip that we flew in, and only had our carry on luggage. I am use to packing the car full and driving 10 plus hours. We will so be flying to the beach again, no more driving. 

That is all of the ornaments I bought for the 2016 year. Do you do a Memory Tree? If you don't, I highly suggest it. You can always back date on the tree if you need to. There is still some ornaments that I need to buy. Like a ornament to represent my honeymoon and my daughters first trip to the beach. When I find the right ornament for these memories, I will snag them up. If you want to see more ornaments from my memory tree click on the links below.

Meaningful Christmas Ornaments
New Additions

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Thomas The Train Birthday Party

                                                    


When I was going through my archives I noticed I did not share with you my little man's 2nd birthday party. It was one of my biggest parties I have ever hosted and it was one of the funniest. 

Since it was a little boys party I wanted to do a candy buffet table. This was my first candy table and I did not realize how much candy and sweets it would take to fill the table. Did you notice I did not mention a word about the price? A year later I am still in shock. Candy tables are expensive to do, even when you buy in bulk and especially when you have to buy all the glass containers to hold the candy. The candy buffet was a hit. Everyone loved it. But I had candy by the galore left. 

Here is a few of my favorite pictures from the candy / sweets table.  One thing I did not like was that my candy apples was not straight. But that is life. 


                                             

I have to give a shout out to one of my good friends. She made the cake and the cake looked awesome. Thank you so much Jaclyn. If you live in the Louisville area and are in need of a cake , email me and I will send you her contact information. 






On another table I had the food. When I throw a party we like to eat. I serve lunch and then cake and ice cream. I served bbq, chips, and potato salad. In each of the pans I placed the food. I loved how I made the pans look like part of the train. If you look closely you will that the train is on tracks that I made. 
           




  A train party is not complete with out diesel fuel and a water tower.

On the way out from the kitchen to our back yard I made this cute sign. I wanted it to resemble being in a train terminal and the sign saying train this way. On the other side of the door there was a sign that said train depot. I must have not got a picture of that sign, because I can not find it. 
                                                 

We even had a train that the kids played in and a railroad crossing sign.


I also placed a sign on the log cabin we have outside and placed a suitcase beside it. The kids loved it. 

                                                  

Each child got a conductor hat, red bandanna, and a wooden train whistle. Before you go out and buy train whistles, please listen to me. Wooden train whistles do not sound, unless they are the expensive ones. 

                                                   

I was thankful that the weather was not to cold. Have you been to or hosted a Thomas The Train Party?














How to Snag That Deal On Your Wish List

Do you have plans for this Thanksgiving Holiday? I use to be a die hard Black Friday Shopper. I enjoyed it. My Mom, my Sister-n-law (at that time) and I would shop the morning hours and all day on Friday. As the times moved earlier and earlier, we would start our Thanksgiving evening with the stores that was breaking the traditional Black Friday hours, by opening up on Thanksgiving evening. It seems like every year the stores are opening up earlier and earlier. I remember one of our Black Friday shopping ventures, we slept in our car for 2 hours, we were in that time frame where we had shopped every store that was on our lists, which was opened at that time and we were having to wait until more stores opened up. Most people would have went home, but not us, we had more stores to conquer. We had our shopping down to a science. We could go into a store and be out before the check out lines got long.
To really benefit from Black Friday you have to plan. It is not just one of the those days, you get up and say, I think  I want to go to such and such store. If you are anything like me you are out to find a deal. Black Friday deals are just not on Thanksgiving evening and Black Friday anymore, it starts weeks before the big day. If you are wanting to get that special gadget for the best price out there. You need to do your homework. If you do your homework and stay on top of the sales for the two weeks leading up to Black Friday, you might just get that item cheaper and you don't have to deal with the major crowds. Here is a few tips on helping you grab that deal and to help you plan your Black Friday shopping.

1) Make a list of what you want from each store. You can make this list weeks ahead of time or as soon as the Black Friday Ads appear online. I like using BlackFriday!com. I recommend this site. It has never let me down.

2) Take the lists that you created and write on top of each one what time each store opens up. This will help you on planning which store you should go to first.

3) Map out where all items are. Some stores provide maps just for Black Friday. Make sure you look at them closely. You might think you know where that item is, but they can be moved for the big shopping rush.

4) Decide on the first store you want to start at, and get in line several hours before the store opens.

5) Do not use a shopping cart. When using shopping carts you get stuck in the main aisle with everyone else. Use bags like Ikea shopping bags. You can cut through the clothing aisles and other aisles faster to get to your destination.

6) Try to have a buddy go along with you, and split up your lists. The object is to grab what is on the list and get out before you have to stand in the long check out lines. The faster you get out of the store, the faster you make it to your next store on your list.

7). Starting the week before Black Friday, begin checking the sales ads for online sales. Sometimes stores will offer their Black Friday sales starting that Sunday to order online. It can not get that more simpler to stay at home and get everything you want on your list for the same price a few days earlier.

8) Remember to have fun. Make new friends in line. If you can't find that item always remember you might be able to find it at another store or buy it online.

Hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas. Good Luck on your adventures on Black Friday shopping. I will be thinking of you while I am enjoying my family all warm and cozy.