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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day 2015

The kids was part of the Christmas pageant at church so we had to leave the family gathering early.  Christmas pageant is an annual play of the  St. Joseph's students depicting the life of Jesus.  My son's part was  the  chief  shepherd.  The pageant is heald before the 6 o-clock mass.  It was a really good presentation.
 We took some photos  at home after church.  When my husband holds the camera, the photos comes in many different faces lol.
 The kids went to bed around 9 o'clock.  MY son reminded us to go to bed early so Santa wouldn't  pass our home.  Hubby and I  spent almost three hours, assembling the   gift that Santa have for the kiddos.
 We thought we will be able to sleep in on Christmas day but the kids were very excited to open gifts so they  woke us up at 6 am wahhh. I was so tired and sleepy.  When we went to the living room, all the gifts were taken out and piled up according to who it was for lol.

  It was funny, my son was  bummed out that they couldn't  find any gifts from Santa underneath the tree or anywhere in the  main house.  Santa actually left all his gifts  at the basement so I asked them to let the dogs out and they finally saw their  gifts when they  went down there.
 EJ got the  "professional" art kit that he wished  for.
 Daughter couldn't wait to see the  bean bag chair that she's been wanting for Christmas.
Her brother loved her  bean bag chair so he said he wants one for his birthday which is coming up  in three weeks.  Time flies, EJ is turning 9 years old.  Oh boy, where do the time go?
Hubby thought we didn't have  anythingwrapped for him but we were  sneaky about it.  The kids  got him somethingand I got him somethingas well.  Of all the people, we couldn't  forget  the man of the house.
 Ryestein got an artkit  from Santa as well.
 She also got her bother this nike set that we found  on sale when  she and I went shopping while the boys  watched the Star Wars movie.
 Theylove the  iPOd cases that we got for them.
Funny to hear them say "this is the best Christmas ever" every year!
 They got an air hockey from Santa.  Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus  had  a hard time putting this together lol.
 It is a great joy seeing them enjoy what Santa bring though.
 Even their Dad is having a great time playing with them.
 I hope you all have a great and merriest Christmas just like we did.  Iwish you all a  joyous new year! Shadow Shots

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Secret Santa Shopping

Today,  I asked my husband to take a day off.  He is  actually off on Fridays but he  called off work last MOnday because he was  sick.  He wanted to work today so he doesn't have to use his PTO but  I told him that we have some  errands to do.  "Santa" has to finish gathering all the  stuff he needs  before Christmas and so we went.  We tried to  finish doing  our secret shopping  before the kids get out of school.  
We wrapped  some gifts for   friends and relatives and they delivered it today before they went to their piano  lessons.  

While EJ was taking his piano lessons, we drove around Marland Heights and see some Christmas lights.  We were  happy to see that the Marland Heights pool was also lit up.

 I would love to have this in my yard.  I will go to the store when Christmas is over and see if I can find  one like this on sale.  It would be nice to have one next year.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Strategies For the Placement of Art in Your Home

The wall art that you select for your home can influence your mood and impact the emotions of those visiting your home. When choosing art for your home, the subject matter, the style of the artwork and the colors in a painting are factors you will want to take into consideration before making a purchase. It's also important that you consider the possible placement of each piece of art before buying it. Even the most beautifully created masterpiece can lose some of its impressiveness if it is inappropriately placed.
Guests form a first impression of your home when they enter your foyer. The art you hang there contributes to that impression and can also lend a hint to the tone of the overall decor you've chosen for your home. When selecting art for your living and dining areas, consider the diversity of people who'll enter these areas and the various types of entertaining you will be doing there.


Typically, a guest room or master bedroom decor is intended to create a serene atmosphere that encourages relaxation. There should always be a location in your home where you can go for a brief escape from a hectic day or stressful moments or for a lengthy period of relaxation. A mural that features a French painting by a master painter such as Oliver Rochefort is an ideal way to bring serenity to that area of your home. Creating a sitting area that includes a mural that depicts a tranquil countryside or visually beckons you onto a sunlit terrace or into a peaceful, rustic garden can provide you with a place of escape where you can visualize yourself as a part of that soothing scene. 

Selecting fine art pieces for your home and the placement of those pieces is something you should give serious consideration to. Wall art can be the focal point of a room or a beautifully, subtle complementary feature in a room. While you may frequently change some of your decorative accessories, the artwork you select is something that will likely remain in place for a long time.

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