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I'm currently waiting for our horrible stove to finish baking my pumpkin bread so I can go to bed. Our stove is about as useful as an Easy-Bake Oven. It is dying but not quickly enough for us to get a new one. Anyhoo, I thought I would use this time to get to know our new camera a little better and post something completely useless.

Pat and I love our Christmas tree very much and while it has no theme whatsoever and some of the ornaments may be downright ugly to the untrained eye, we love the hodge-podge look of it and what all of the ornaments represent individually and as a group. I thought I would document 10 of my most favorite ornaments.

This is a glass ducky ornament that my mom got for Greta last year. Pat and I both attempted to get Greta very meaningful ornaments and both felt like we fell short. This one just hit the nail on the head with Greta's love of duckies.

This ceramic snowman was painted by Pat when he was 4. It doesn't get much better than this.

This is a glass fish that is part of a set my Aunt Janice gave us the year we were married. I didn't know this before receiving the set, but there is a tradition for a bride's tree to wish the new couple good wishes to begin their lives together. Although I love the entire set, this fish is my favorite.

I made this rainbow ornament in the 2nd grade. Pat and I affectionately call it our "gay pride ornament." I was way ahead of my time.

My Grandma Whitacre makes us ornaments each year and while I truly do appreciate the gesture, they are ugly as sin. This one takes the cake. This was the one ornament on the tree that Greta shunned. She grabbed it, exclaimed, "NO!" and tossed it. Ouch!

This is a makeshift moose that was a gift from Greta (thanks to her day care teachers) last year. Its face is her foot print and its antlers are her hand prints (in case you couldn't tell). I love it for obvious reasons.

This is the one ornament that I have from my Great-Grandma Frances (who I was named after). It has a little bell, and I like to give it a little jingle and think about an angel getting its wings.

Here is another sentimental-value ornament. This one is from my Grandma Ruth. I love that it's not at all cutesy and, obviously, that it was from my grandma who is no longer with us.

When I was a kid I was obsessed with the red bird in the middle of this image. I don't know why I loved it so much, but I still have a special place in my heart for it. I have a little cluster of birds here that I love.

This ornament, which wouldn't photograph well for me, was from my friends Chris and Amy, and I think it's just so very pretty and reminds me of a very happy time in my life.

Oooh, and I just checked my bread and it's done. Yay for distractions!




Very cool! I remember those bells. WE each had one as well, although I have no clue what became of mine. Very nice. Oh, and we usually let the cats play with the ones Mom makes, just an idea...


I got the bride's tree set when we got married, too! I had no idea beforehand! nice shots!


Same to you, Tara!

Not just yet. Only if I can take a nap too.


Merry Christmas, Fran!

Is it 2008 yet? At least can I have a nap?