Celebrating the beauty of nature

Our (Darrill and I) Christmas tradition is to get up early after Christmas eve with my children and head up to Big Bear to go skiing. I love the beautiful scenic drive up to Big Bear. It only takes about 1 1/2 hours to get to snow summit from our home, but the roads were closed  from all the rain , so we had to go up the back way and it took about  2 1/2 hours.  Never the less it was still a beautiful drive, and well worth it !

 

 

   Simply beautiful white snow-covered mountains…

 

 

and beautiful flocked evergreen trees…

 

 

 We all try to recreate this winter wonderland in our homes for Christmas, but it’s never quite as beautiful as natures creation.

 

 

 Leo likes to ski, but  he loves  sitting down and playing  in the snow.

 

 

and he loves to  stick his finger in the snow and eat it.

 

 

He then  said he was hungry and wanted a snack bar…and then he wanted another one. A little Al fresco dinning. Then he wanted me to just sit there in the snow with him.

 

 

Darrill finally came and decided to take him to the bunny slope,   and I headed to the ski lifts, which were pretty empty. I love riding the ski lifts and just looking out at the beautiful snow covered moutains.  Just me and natures finest.

 

 

The snow was a beautiful cold blue power, perfect for skiing. The temperature was a warm but brisk 45 degrees.

 

  

 

I skied untill the sun went down, and the sunset was breathtaking.

 

 

 Santa was there,  so Leo wanted  to have our picture taken with him. 

 

 

I was able to talk Darrill into coming back here to spend our New Years eve  here skiing.

 I have a superstition that how you spend your New Years eve is how your year will be. So hopefully our New Year will be eventful and in celebration of the beauty of nature…  

Have  a wonderful New Year !

 

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All is calm all is bright…

 

Welcome…from my home to yours this Christmas eve…

 

 

 

    

a simple Christmas with my Children, what could be better than that?

 

 

Antique ornaments (from the Pottery barn) hanging on the tree, and pictures of my family.

 

 

My wrapping is brown paper bags, with white paper ribbon.  I made my tags, with glue and pines and a little green bow . 

 

 

 

The table is set and I have a turkey in the oven, the kids should be here at 5pm for dinner.

 

 

 and they arrive looking so very nice.

 

 

some simple earthy touches by the bed , and  a baby picture of my mom.

 

 

Goodnight to all… and  to all sleep tight … , I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.

xoxo Cheryl  

(I had some request for more Christmas pictures so I added a few more )

Simply enjoy… Christmas

PEACE…JOY…LOVE…

 

I love the natural colors of the local wineries and I love to use these colors in my home.

I  keep my decorations simple and fresh. I have  two trees in pots so I have the  trees up all year. So when Christmas comes around I add my black and white family photos in silver frames, and a little sparkle with silver antique bulbs and crystal ornaments. I love the fresh colors of white, silver gold and apple green with just a touch of red.

My living room has an antique piano and I have added some white flowers and an angel, and a silver crown.

Just a touch of greenery, pinecones, and  gold and brown ornaments for my sconces in my living room .

My breakfast table is set with a snack for santa, a brownie cupcake, mints, and coffee to keep him awake all night long…

 I think Santa will like the red reindeer plates given to me by Darrill’s mom, and the letter C cup for Christmas.

The dinning room table is still a work in progress, so far I have  set the table with white linens , white plates and a couple of pinecones Brandon brought to me from the local mountains.

 I use my silver reindeer vase for all of  my winter holidays, and I have added  fresh greenery from Trader Joe’s.

 

 I have cut some white roses from my garden and put them into my silver sugar cup, and I use the little snowflake spoon Darrill’s Aunt  sent to me.

In my bathroom and master bedroom I have a tall gold tree and another angel..

My wrapping is creams and golds and silver, and plain brown postage paper with white paper ribbons.  I make my tags with white paper stock and pine cone needles.

My entry table has fresh greenery and small white candles.

 I shop Trader Joe’s for their great selection of French truffles, candy, and Holiday cookies.  Trader’s Joes Greenery is so reasonable , I can add fresh greenery for my home for about $30.00.

I have  a little present filled with French Truffles for each family member for our Christmas eve dinner.

A Simply Earthy Christmas…

Joyeux Noel !