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Merry Christmas to You and Yours #Christmas2016 ( Momimhar posted on December 24th, 2016 )

Have yourself a Merry Christmas.

It’s amazing how time flies these days.  It’s Christmas time again. Are you traveling to see family and friends and spend time with them this holiday season? Or, are you staying home and host a big Christmas Party? Whichever it is, I bet it’s going be a wonderful event for everyone.

As for me and my family, we are celebrating Christmas Day at my parents-in-law’s home in Tyler.  While making this post, my dear husband is currently prepping the brisket to put in the oven in a few for tomorrow’s Christmas Day dinner.

This Christmas Eve, we attended the church service at 6:00 P.M.  When we got home after church and had dinner, we started the party.  The children could not wait to open their Christmas presents.  So after dinner, we head on and started the Christmas Party. They started opening gifts from the youngest kid to the oldest.  Boy, they were so excited and anxious!

Opening Christmas presents.

So, the young ones had a great time opening their presents.  I think everybody loved the stuff they got from the family.  K was so excited to see if Santa will give her nice gifts for Christmas.  We brought the reindeer food she received from the class Christmas Party at school since we’re at the grandparents’ house.  We had to make sure Santa will stop by and drop off her presents.  🙂 Na-Na helped her scatter the reindeer food in the backyard.  (FYI: Reindeer food is a mixture of oatmeal and glitters or sparkles.)

After the kids’ unwrapping presents, it was adults turn to open gifts and play the White Elephant Gift Exchange. We missed my brother-in-law and his wife in this year’s family Christmas Party because they’re both sick.  Nephew M is in Florida and niece M and her family will be coming over tomorrow, Christmas Day.

It was a fun evening. So thankful for family, love, time, and the blessings we received all year.

Spreading Christmas Cheer To All ( Momimhar posted on December 10th, 2016 )

Happy Holidays, everyone!  How are you doing?  Are you starting to relax now from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and decorating? Whether you are hosting a party or not, it feels nice to see our homes all decked up for the Holidays.

Speaking about shopping, I tried very hard not to spend too much on home decorations this year.  I had so much Christmas decorations from the past 8 years, and honestly I am not ready to get rid of them. Anyway, I would like to share some holiday cheer from my home to yours.  I am not very good at home decorating but I did my best. 🙂

Big flower arrangement by the entry way.

Now this big flower arrangement was quite expensive because it was priced $20 at a local garage sale. I bargained for half the price but the seller’s lowest price was $15.  I bought it anyway because I really, really liked it.  It looked taller on the round oriental vase.

 

Christmas table runner and poinsettia placemats

Do you enjoy decorating for the Holidays? I do.  As soon as the stores put their Holiday decorations on discounted sale, my family, friends and I buy whatever we can find that we like.  Most of my Christmas decorations and pieces were more than 5 years old.  These poinsettia placemats were given to me by my mother-in-law.  Aren’t they pretty?  The table runner was from Ross.

The centerpieces were bought from a on online local garage sale.

candle holder – $.50

crystal vase – $5

crystal candy dish – $3

colored balls and fillers – $2

Glass Christmas ball cardinal decor

 

Mesh Christmas wreath with cardinal bird and nest.

This mesh Christmas wreath was also given by my mother-in-law two years ago.  She won this at a raffle (door prize) at a Christmas Party with her group of friends.

I am so feeling festive now. I love Christmas season. How about you?

Holiday Season: Christmas Decorations 2016 ( Momimhar posted on December 8th, 2016 )

Hey, everyone!  Christmas time is here again. Have you done your Christmas shopping yet?  As with my household, we are always excited for Christmas.  There are lots of fun holiday activities for kids, a number of Christmas party invites, huge feeling of Christmas cheer, and exciting shopping experiences during this most wonderful time of the year.

Assisting daddy with the decorations from the attic.

K helps decorate the Christmas tree.

We started decorating our home for Christmas the weekend we got home from our Thanksgiving travels.  My darling daughter helped me decorate the Christmas tree.  It’s so lovely and bright.  I am adding white on our tree this time.  Also, I put red cardinal birds on our tree.  The idea of the cardinal bird as part of this year’s holiday decor came into my mind the moment I received a holiday mug, Christmas gift from my cousin in Oregon (thanks again N), with a cardinal design on it.  Then while my family and I were strolling by the lake one fine afternoon during the holidays, I saw a pair of cardinal birds roosting upon a tree at the lake.  I felt good inside.  It’s just an uplifting thought for me.

One of my favorite coffee mugs. 🙂

Our Christmas tree 2016

We did not buy a new Christmas tree.  And for the ornaments, I only bought a few white flowers from Michaels and the cardinal birds from Kohls.  The mantel still needs decorating though.  I still have to figure out where to put our Christmas stockings.

Turn a Steep Slope into Enjoyable Outdoor Spaces ( Momimhar posted on November 5th, 2016 )

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If your home is built on a hillside or steep slope, landscaping and outdoor activities may present a challenge. You may also encounter erosion and drainage problems that can lead to structural damage for your home. If your back yard is sloped or hilly, consider a terraced landscape with multi-level patios or decks so you can enjoy being outdoors.

Terraced Landscapes

Terraced landscapes work well for steep slopes and hilly yards. By creating multiple terraced levels you can provide easier, safer access from the yard to the house, as well as good irrigation and erosion control. Terraced levels will make the slope less steep and create different areas for outdoor entertaining. You can create a beautiful, footpath between terraced levels with wooden steps, flagstone pathways, or pavers in stone, concrete or brick that offer safe, non-slip surfaces. Landscape lighting along pathways will provide extra safety and protection after dark.

To supply adequate water to grassy areas and plants, consider a drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler system. A drip irrigation system provides slow irrigation to plant roots and creates less runoff than traditional sprinklers. To help prevent slides, landscape with plants that will reduce irrigation needs and provide a more stable landscape.

To control erosion, plant trees, shrubs, and plants in your terraced landscape areas. Large rocks, stones and mulch around plants will also help to prevent soil erosion by reducing the amount of water that flows down the slope. Mulch helps to absorb and retain moisture for plant growth and prevent unwanted weed growth, especially in shaded areas. For best results, choose a heavier mulch like bark chips or shredded redwood. Lightweight mulches like hay and straw often wash downhill in a heavy rain.

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Multi-Level Patios and Decks

Multi-level patios and decks are great for sloping or hilly yards that are difficult to use. You can build a multi-level patio or deck into the hillside and connect the levels with stairs or garden pathways. The top level should be close to the house for convenience and easy indoor access. It will provide a great area for family dinners and outdoor entertaining. The lower level, further from the house, will provide more privacy for relaxation and quiet conversations.

Multi-level patios and decks can be built in various sizes and shapes to fit your landscape terrain. For extremely steep slopes, decks offer an advantage because they can be elevated off the ground with shrubs and plants below to help with drainage and erosion problems.

If you have a sloped or hilly back yard, you don’t have to give up backyard activities. To learn more about creating a terraced landscape or building multi-level patios and decks, talk to a local contractor in your area.

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K Wants To Go To China ( Momimhar posted on August 31st, 2016 )

Our daddy was watching the soundtrack video of the movie The Legend of the Black Scorpion starring Zhang Ziyi this morning. The video showed scenes taken from what is called The Forbidden City.

K: “What is that place called, daddy?”
D: “It’s the Forbidden City in China where the Emperors lived thousands of years ago. There are billions of people in China now.”
K: “Wow. I want to go to China.”

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