I usually go hog-wild with the lights but as I've previously stated, I've kind of lost my Christmas jingle so we're keeping it more low-key this year. Mikayla did all the shrubs and two Chinese fan palm tree trunks and I concentrated on the Canary date palm in the middle of the lawn.
Have you ever gotten a splinter from a Canary date palm? No? Well neither had I, until the other night. Holy crap, is there some kind of poison in these things? That sucker hurt! And I don't even know exactly what got me because it wasn't one of the 3" long thorns that cover the stalks of the fronds.
Anyway, here are some lousy pictures of our work in progress. If anyone has any tips for me on getting decent night shots with a digital camera, please share, 'cause I'm desperate!
I hung some shiny and glittery balls from the fronds.
There were many many inappropriate ball references going on this night, and I had Mikayla cracking up. Below is an example of things I was saying and in my very odd, Cartman-ish voice. I decided I'd make you a sample video of what I sounded like while hanging my balls. I was looking disgusting at the time so I just pointed the camera at my computer. Turn up the volume if you dare.
While Mikayla and I were working our little elf fingers to the bone with lights, Madison and Jimmy were at her Snow Ball at school. For those of you that remember last year's pictures, yes, she's wearing the same dress!
That's just my little kitchen tree that I got on clearance last year at Target. Cute though, right? Oh, and that fugly garland on the railing? It's coming down, baby! Blech!
Hey Elizabeth, did you notice what's on Madison's wrist???
I think Strudel was feeling a little left out.
Doesn't she look sad?
Anyway, yesterday I took a couple of pictures while it was still light out. Ya know, of my shiny balls.
And just once in a while when it's cold (or I'm sick) I crave a cup of strong tea. Ahhhhh... it hit the spot!
Last night I bought some red lights to add to the white on the shrubs, so if either Mikayla or I get around to putting them out, I'll show you guys updated pictures. I also bought nearly all my required baking supplies to prepare for Christmas Eve. Yikes! I have to somehow get motivated to start whipping up my desserts!
So far on my list is my famous, extra rich cheesecake, this year with blackberry topping; the ever present rainbow petit fours; butter nut cookies; an Italian cream cake; sand cookies from a recipe in the Dorothea Benton Frank book, A Christmas Pearl, and sugar cookies. Jill will be very pissed to know that I'm not making my also famous chocolate cake with white chocolate-peppermint mousse and chocolate ganache. I'm tired of making it! But, Mikayla found a fudge cake recipe she wants to try and she will be making the white chocolate peppermint mousse to layer it with. Go Mikayla!
I'll try to take pictures as we go along!
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