Category Archives: Christmas

Season’s Greetings!

SInce the thanksgiving animal photoshoot pics turned out so cute I tried for another photoshoot with all the animals! This time aiming to get Smoochie and I in the shot too!

Smoochie said my expectations for such a shot were “ridiculous”, but he played along; ha! Even though technically we didn’t get everyone in one shot, I’m holding my ground that there is no such thing as “realistic” when it comes to expectations. Especially at Christmastime!! Haha

Stay right here!

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Chicken in the wind

I can never have enough bunny photos!

Close but where’s Dexie?!?! (and the Spy had just about had enough photos at this point!)

Dexie has the elfish eyes down in the above shot; ha!

And that’s a wrap!

I used some of the photos for a Christmas card and it turned out great. I had never done one of those family photo Christmas cards before (usually we make our own or put a picture in some regular cards) and I was impressed with the ease of the process. I used Walgreens and they were ready for pick up in less than 12 hours! Not sure why I’ve never done this before (probably because I’m always trying to be a rebel and not do “what everyone else is doing” ha!) but this exception was definitely worth it!

In other holiday happenings…

We recently visited the St. Louis Carousel at Faust Park (for a birthday party).

The St. Louis Carousel is an original 1920s carousel from the Dentzel Co. of Philadelphia. The carousel was installed at the St. Louis Highlands Amusement Park in 1929. After a fire in 1963 destroyed the park, the carousel was moved to Sylvan Springs Park and operated there until 1979. The St. Louis County Historic Buildings commission and the Faust Park Foundation raised funds to restore the Carousel, bringing it to Faust Park.

The St. Louis Carousel, with its 60 hand carved horses and four deer, is located within a climate-controlled building inside beautiful Faust Park in West St. Louis County. A not for profit corporation, the Faust Cultural Heritage Foundation, was formed to raise funds and other forms of support for the Carousel’s continual maintenance and restoration. (source)

Because it is indoors, the lighting is not the best. I was hoping for more amazing festive shots of the 90+ year old structure but indoor lighting is tricky.

Real antlers on the carousel bucks!

She came prepared haha

A (very rare) coordinated outfit layed out by Zilla

New beret; freshly crocheted!

We soaked up plenty of the mild weather at the beginning of December (its finally cold now).

December Sunrise

We have been making lots of snowflakes

The baby helping me to study for an exam!

Hmmm I already see a lot of toys; Santa will need to get creative!

Getting cozy in here!

Spy Garden Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Little Airplants

Little Air Plants

Christmas Betta

Christmas Betta

Little Bunny Farmer

Little Bunny Farmer

Christmas glassware haha

Christmas glassware haha

Rudolph

Rudolph

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Frozen rose and Christmas lights

Front Porch

Front Porch

Pool

Pool

Christmas Black Ice

Christmas Black Ice

Sledding on ice

Sledding on ice

Headless Dexie

Headless Dexie

Moss

Moss

Christmas cards and crafts

Christmas cards and crafts

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Bunnies come in for a drink when their water is frozen; in this picture they are looking quite rat-ish; so consider this an homage to those rats in the Nutcracker Ballet. HAHhaha

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Orchid blooming! (I got it last January so pretty proud that I kept it alive and it bloomed again!)

Black and white orchid

Black and white orchid

Lighted Tractor at Sunset

Lighted Tractor at Sunset (near Spy Garden)

"I'm cooling. Come cool with me."

“I’m cooling. Come cool with me.”

Dexie's toy in the garden

Dexie’s toy in the garden

Back yard sledding

Back yard sledding

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Kohlrabi is very hardy

Woods

Woods

Sledding in the woods

Sledding in the woods

Tasty snow!

Tasty snow!

Beading

Beading

Bun Bun

Bun Bun (and Puff Puff and Butkus)

Bunny Condos

Bunny Condos

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Moocha making some upgrades to the bunny conods

Hay

Hay

Hay

Hay

Snow Gear

Snow Gear

Frozen Rose

Frozen Rose

Weed

A Weed in the Garden

Sunset

Sunset

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The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

The newlyweds are moving to Florida!!!

Even though we are sad to see you leave St. Louis; we are looking forward to having a new Florida beach to visit; soon!!!

Christmasy lamp

Christmasy lamp

Cozy town

Cozy town

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Blankets to protect the white couch!!

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

The kids did a great job with the Christmas service

After the service

After the service

Tablecloth paper (with knives, fork and spoon print)

Tablecloth paper (with knife, fork and spoon print)

Dexie admiring the decor

Dexie admiring the decor

5:30 AM !

Up at 5:30 AM !

Hahah

A Very Early Christmas!

Horsey

Horsey

Lite Brite!

Lite Brite!

Trampoline!

Trampoline!

Setting up the trampoline

Setting up the trampoline

Weeeee!

Weeeee!

Christmas Card

Christmas Card

Besties

Besties

Cozy

Cozy

Christmas steaks

Christmas steaks

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Christmas Couch Burning

Out with the old! haha

Out with the old! haha

Moss

Moss

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

A very Merry Christmas to all! And a happy, healthy, hygge and koselig 2017!! What’s that you say?

Hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is a Danish word that is a feeling or mood that comes taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary, every day moments more meaningful, beautiful or special. Whether it’s making coffee a verb by creating a ritual of making it then lingering over a cup to a cosy evening in with friends to the simple act of lighting a candle with every meal. Hygge is being aware of a good moment whether it’s simple or special.

Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness. (source: Hygge House/Alex Beauchamp)

Hygge definitely describes our Christmas this year and Spy Garden in general; and since I am part Scandenavian (Norwegian) it is just a perfect descriptor. Which also brings us to koselig.

There is an important concept one needs to understand and embrace when living in Norway: being “koselig”. Most English speakers translate it by “cosy” but that term doesn’t even begin to cover everything that “koselig” can express. This concept is difficult to translate to those who do not live here, but basically anything can (and should) be koselig: a house, a conversation, a dinner, a person. It defines something/someone /an atmosphere that makes you feel a sense of warmth very deep inside in a way that all things should be: simple and comforting. And just for the fun ask a Norwegian what is his/her definition of koselig and you will realise it is not only hard to translate but also hard to explain for them. Then ask what is the difference between “hyggelig” and “koselig” and you might have lit an evening-long discussion. (source: Lorelou Desjardins, A Frog in the Fjord)

Cozy days and nights to you and your families this holiday season! Only a few more days until 2017!

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Spy Garden Christmas 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is still in full swing around here as we abide by the rule of:

Thou shalt keep thine Christmas decorations up through New Year’s Day

hahahahaha

This kohlrabi looks like the grinch's head!

Doesn’t this kohlrabi looks like the grinch’s head!?

We've been doing lots of painting, gluing, collaging, crocheting, etc., etc. around here: Christmas always makes me want to create!

We’ve been doing lots of painting, gluing, collaging, crocheting, etc., etc. around here: Christmas always makes me want to create!

Here is Babyzilla protesting the very un-wintery (nearly 70 degree) weather in the days prior to Christmas

Here is Babyzilla protesting the very un-wintery (nearly 70 degree) weather in the days prior to Christmas

Chalk tree

Chalk tree

December weather

December weather

See the paper airplane hanging

See the paper airplane hanging

Paper airplane (made by the Spy)

Paper airplane (made by the Spy)

Smoochie painting

Smoochie painting

Decorating...

Decorating…

Tree of toys!

Tree of toys!

I will miss these lights and may need to pick up a few lamps once we take them down!

I will miss these lights and may need to pick up a few lamps once we take them down!

In the front yard

In the front yard

Dexie's chair haha

Dexie’s chair haha

Getting a hair cut (to even out her handiwork)

Getting a hair cut (to even out her handiwork)

Star light

Star light

Gingerbread time!

Gingerbread time!

First I made the base and allowed it to dry completely before adding the tall pieces

First I made the base and allowed it to dry completely before adding the tall pieces

Click here to see last year’s gingerbread (Eiffel Tower) and here for my basic recipe. This year’s version included garam masala and ground flax in the dough and fresh Meyer lemon juice in the icing; mmm!

Leftover building materials! Spicy and delicious!

Leftover building materials! Spicy and delicious!

Here it is drying (hence the chair holding it up). It is hollow and has spots to put in little battery operated lights

Here it is drying (hence the chair holding it up). It is hollow and has spots to put in little battery operated lights

It still dried a bit crooked like the leaning tower of Pisa; it is leaning back so its not too noticeable from the front

It still dried a bit crooked like the leaning tower of Pisa; it is leaning back so its not too noticeable from the front

Fini!

Fini!

This is me after finishing the gingerbread hahaha

This is me after finishing the gingerbread hahaha

Yawning, pre-service (7PM Christmas Eve service)

Yawning, pre-service (7PM Christmas Eve service)

The kids all did a great job!

The kids all did a great job!

After the service

After the service

And then it was…

Christmas

Christmas!

How did Santa get this 16' canoe in here?!

How did Santa get this 16′ canoe in here?!

Woo hoo! Canoe!

Woo hoo! Canoe!

Dexie enjoying her present

Dexie enjoying her present

Babyzilla

Babyzilla

Juggling scarves

Juggling scarves

Choo Choo!

Choo Choo!

The most Christmas-y train station!

The most Christmas-y train station! (Lionel train from 1953!)

Christmas Dexie

Christmas Dexie

Driving the train

Driving the train

Christmas Day

Christmas Day

Trying out the unicycle!

Trying out the unicycle!

Watching A Christmas Story

Watching A Christmas Story

Cozy

Cozy

Choo choo

Choo choo

Christmas kids

Christmas kids

Christmas dogs

Christmas dogs

Christmas in the garden

Christmas in the garden

Smoochie set right to building a canoe rack on Christmas

Smoochie set right to building a canoe rack on Christmas

Christmas Canoe!

Christmas Canoe!

New clothes

New clothes

Leopard is a neutral

Baby says leopard is a neutral haha

Sunset

Sunset

Playing...

Playing…

Jenga!

Jenga!

Christmas boy

Christmas boy

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!