Category Archives: Christmas

Christmas time

Mark and I have been keeping busy cooking delicious meals for our family and friends.
It was fun to decorate my table for Christmas Eve.


We enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner with Jonathan’s family.

Last night we had fun with some of Matt’s friends. For the first time entertaining I was able to leave the flower arrangement on the table for the meal.

Matt, Joan, and friends. Komal, Rohit, and Brandon

I love the pear sweater Matt gave me for Christmas.

We enjoyed spending Christmas Eve with Jonathan’s family.

Jonathan got a very cool hat from Trish and Tom.

The hat came with a matching beard.

Having fun at home

Since getting home I have been keeping busy with my lovely family.
Thanks mom for the early Canadian treats.

I got a fun Christmas pedicure.

Bowser is excited about Christmas also.

Bowser and Peach are getting along great.

We had a great time celebrating my birthday.

Now to get busy with my Christmas cards and shopping.

Mongolian Christmas crafts

Yesterday I attended the IWAM meeting, which consisted of Mongolian vendors selling Christmas crafts.
Look at the cute gets.

Now look, cute puppets

These intricate ornaments are made from twisting paper, by people in jail.

Look at the cute Christmas trees.

These adorable wooden statutes were created by a group of hearing impaired people.

I purchased these adorable candy/roll holders that were made at the orphanage.

The best way to do some Christmas shopping.

Mongolian Christmas tree

Mark and I are back in Mongolia, and it feels like Christmas is in the air, with the cold weather we are having. The Mongolians would not say it is cold, as this is just the beginning of the winter season.
Today many of the department stores were decorating for Christmas so I figured our apartment could use some Christmas cheer. A wool Christmas tree.


Also a red wool table runner.


Christmas gifts to warm the heart

Here are a few pictures of Christmas gifts that warmed my heart!

Nice warm mittens made from old sweaters


Matt and I in our nice warm hats


A hand decorated bowl to hold warm dishes


Made by our dear friend Rohit (Ghandi). A great remembrance of the father daughter dance at Laura’s wedding, and me becoming an American citizen.


And warm friendship from more of Matt’s Indian friends.


It was a wonderful, warm Christmas!

It’s going to be a green Christmas

I was looking at pictures from this time last year.




This is what my backyard looks like this morning.


I miss the snow, but it sure makes it easier getting around.

The whole family will come home Christmas eve to celebrate the holiday :)

Christmas cake pops!

Every Christmas Laura exchanges small gifts with her co-workers. This year she thought it would be fun to make her little treats, with the help of family. So after picking up the supplies to make cake pops, we started our baking at 3:00 pm. on Sunday.

Laura mixed up the batter, which we baked in a special pop maker. The baking was the easy part, as the decorating took all evening.

Matt placed all the sucker sticks in the round cake pieces.


We struggled with the consistency of the icing for what seemed like hours, which it probably was! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.


Matt searched for answers, while Laura debated whether to continue with the project.


As you can see, the results improved.

I was in charge of the icing, and Matt got creative with the decorating.


We finally completed the last one at 11:00 pm, with all of us being very tired, but ever so happy to be finished.


While we were busy, Jonathan decorated the sugar cookies.


The cookies look great.


Trish and Tom were great taste testers.


Laura and I want to extend a big thanks to Matt, as without his help we would have been going until midnight.

Red and White Christmas Table

After watching a TV show on Christmas table decorations, I became inspired. It was great to get out the old glue gun for the candy cane name card holders, and the mint pinwheel napkin rings.


Christmas is in the air.

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Laura and Jonathan were invited to a Christmas party, with the theme of ugly Christmas sweaters.
Laura’s wasn’t ugly, but an old one from my collection.


Her sweater was voted the favorite.
Laura and Jonathan had a fun time decorating their first Christmas tree.

Christmas Friends

This week some friends that I previously worked with came over to celebrate during the holiday season. We were all  together at one point, and now none of us are in the same room.

Christmas friends

It is always fun setting the timer, and rushing to get into the picture.

Christmas friends 2

Good Times!