We were married in 2003. I rode past the house we lived in the other day and thought about the happy times in that house. Our first home was a rented home, a wonderful old house in town. We both loved the house and lived there until I went back into property management.The experience prompted me to look for the pictures from that Christmas.
This was the tree in the den. It was a live tree and we went to the Christmas tree farm and cut it ourselves. The curtains were made using a sewing machine I purchased at an estate sale, and the material was found on sale. There were about 40 windows in that house!
There was a lovely sun room in the home and the floors were hardwood. The sun room was one of my favorite things about that house. This was the first year that I put up the fire fighter tree for my fire fighter husband. The ornament collection has grown over the past 10 years!
Looking back, I wish that I had taken more pictures. The picture below is the bath. The shower curtain and curtains were also made by me. It was a challenge because the windows are in the shower area, so I had to figure out how to cover the windows, keep the middle and right hand side windows dry and make it somewhat pretty.
This was also the year that I was given one of the most precious gifts ever by a friend. My friend could not keep her and asked me if I would take her. There was not a moment's hesitation in my answer! Her name was Gigi, she was a Yorkie and Tea Cup Poodle mix. She weighed just under 4 pounds! She was as sweet as her picture!
Those pictures remind me that our first year as a married couple may have held so many difficulties and unexpected challenges, but there were also so many sweet memories. We are grateful for the sweet memories.
Fast forward to last week, that is when the picture below was taken. I found Maizie and Lucy in this position and couldn't resist snapping a picture. Maizie has always thought that she needed to care for Lucy. Lucy was a sick kitten and still has problems from time to time. Guess that since Miazie has been fixed and can't have kittens, she thinks that Lucy is the only "baby" that she will have. She is obviously trying to take care of her and loves her 'baby".
Christmas decorations are few this year at our house. The work seemed daunting to me this year. There has been so much chaos in our home for the past 6 months, that the idea of dragging out boxes and decorating the house was a challenge I was not ready for. We both wanted a simple Christmas this year, and seem to be enjoying things more. Perhaps the picture above will remind us of these feelings in years to come.