Thursday, December 19, 2013

Oh, Christmas Tree

I knew the flea market was off to a really good start once I had gotten out of our van and was overcome by the freezing temperature inside the flea market building, it was so cold that my nose was attempting to fall off my face. Okay, well it wasn't that bad, but I was feeling rather numb. After our table was set up, I sat down in a chair behind our checkout table. In the spot behind us, the elderly vender noticed that I was vigorously trying to thaw my hands and offered me his warm winter mittens. That was so nice of him! I had my own pair of gloves, but I thanked him.
I really like how nice the people are at these farmer/ flea markets.
Once the flea market doors opened for shoppers to come in, mom and dad left Britney and I to manage the tables as they walked around. Which they took a good hour or more doing...haha. But once they got back, Britney and I ventured up to the farmer's market building, just a short walk away. It was snow flurrying as we went outside- so pretty!
The Booktail vender was there! I decided to finish up Christmas shopping for my family by buying each of them a booktail from him. I let Britney pick out her own since she was shopping with me.
I got dad a Holy Bible charm booktail, he doesn't really read anything besides his Bible, so I think it's a perfect fit, Britney picked out an owl booktail and I got mom an angel booktail. Horrah! His deal is buy 3 for $20. I had $25, so I had $5 left after I bought from him, so I found another vender with organic dog treats and bought Mandie two big peanut butter bones for $5.
I'm finally done Christmas shopping!!
Dad: 4
Mom: 5
Britney: 4
Mandie: 15
(Haha for Mandie I got:10 small organic pizza treats + a free one (Christmas special) , 2 large organic peanut butter treats  and 2 stuffed toys- I spoil her...I really do.)
I still had some money from my grandparents, so I went back to the Booktail vender and picked out three for myself-haha. He realized that I had already bought from him, and told me that after I buy 3 booktails, the price goes down to $5 for each. So I bought four!
A thimble( Peter Pan themed! I didn't realize it until after I bought it, but it's probably going to be my favorite!) A retro scooter, a teacup and a globe.
Britney and I made our way back down to the flea market building and walked through the vender's tables. We went to a table with crochet afghans. I saw a really soft pink one that I liked, but it was $15 and it was for a I refrained myself. I began to feel bad for the elderly vender lady, because she was unfolding and holding up each and every afghan that she had on the table. The very last one was really long and pretty, for $20, so I decided to get it from her. First, because I would have felt guilty for her unfolding all of her afghans for Britney and I to see and we just walk away,  and second, because I've been actually wanting a blanket/ afghan like it, or I've been wanting to make one, and lastly, I think it made her day!
Whew, I spent a lot. But most of it was Christmas shopping. I'm just not really used to spending that much, not even in a month, less likely in a day!
I also went walking around with my mom later on in the day. It was near the end  of the selling day and people were already regretting to pack up what they didn't sell, one vender came up to my mom and I and gave us a plastic bag, gesturing to his table he said, "I'll give you this back for a dollar if you fill it up with items from this table." I was really glad he did that, because I had just laid my eyes on a 7" by 12" ocean painting and was thinking it would be out of my price range. And I got it for practically nothing!
I wanted to get it because I could feel the paint on the canvas, meaning it was hand painted. And it looks easy enough that I think I could buy myself a canvas that size and follow that painting as a guide and recreate it!
Oh! That reminds me! I signed up for another Bob Ross class in January. It's an ocean painting...which is a little odd because it's still winter at that point, but it's beautiful none the less and I can't wait to take it!
It's finally tree shopping day! We would have typically gone on a Saturday, but since we had a spot to sell at the flea market, dad took off work on Monday so we could get our tree then.
The day started by having to get dressed nice and warm. It called for cold temperatures, which didn't surprise me.
In the end, I felt like such a mixture of a hipster/ lumberjack.
I had on a slouchy, white, crochet hat from the thrift shop, a warm, crochet scarf my mom made me, two layers of jeans....well leggings, and then jeans anyway, a loose, black shirt and a plaid flannel shirt on top with boot socks coming over my jeans and my mom's old winter boots!
Goodness gracious! Haha
Our day had changed slightly. When we go Christmas tree shopping, we always go out for breakfast. We used to always go to this place in town called "Four Seasons" every time we went to find our Christmas tree. Much to our dismay, about four or five years ago, Four Seasons went out of business. And we've been having to go somewhere else for breakfast on tree shopping day.
 For over a year there's been rumors about a reopening and calling the restaurant "The Fifth Season"
and sure enough, it reopened late this fall!
Britney's last college class was rescheduled to Monday, so we moved our annual Christmas tree shopping breakfast to Christmas tree shopping lunch.
We treaded through the tree farm for over an hour until we found our perfect tree and arrived at home around 5pm. At this point, we still had to clean the church, and decorate our tree.
When was the Desolation of Smaug going to fit in?
Unfortunately, we all decided that it would be better to wait until Wednesday to go see it.
Tuesday night dad had Bible Study- which I haven't been to in over a month, and I had a CBA Christmas Party to attend.
I had my last MOPS of the year today! It's been so great getting to know these wonderful little kids. Bennet, Marie, Waverly and William are just the sweetest.
Once the kids had left and we were all cleaning up, I was given my money and a gift bag, which had a card with sweet notes from the mothers of the kids we've been caring for, plus a small ornament and some Ghirardelli peppermint bark! My absolute favorite Christmas candy....ahh!! I was so not expecting any of that! 
I gave Shannon her mom's soap and gift tag order. Her mom later posted on facebook a picture of the tags and how much she liked them! So sweet!
Later that day, was the CBA Christmas party.
When the time came for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Fashion Show, I noticed that the CBA yearbook camera was on a tripod, unmanned. And the fashion show was about to start. I didn't sign up to do the photography for the Christmas Party, but somebody had to do it. I positioned myself to the best spot I could get. Everyone had already sat down and I didn't want to hit anyone with the tripod legs.
Mrs.Abbott noticed my struggle and told the CBA students to make way for me because this must be archived. I felt so important as people made way...haha. I actually had a minor Moses moment.  A clear path was made just for me! Aghh haha.
I felt really awkward being the only one standing and taking pictures, but I also felt kind of important. And I could kind of feel, pride beaming from Mrs.Branham, our Yearbook teacher because I took on the job of photography and nobody asked me to.
Once the fashion show had ended and the winners were announced,
I positioned the tripod back in front of the Christmas photo booth, which I took the pictures for as well. Mr. Smith came up to me and told me to tell the people going in to keep the door in the photo booth closed, because if they open it, the Christmas lights just fall down.
Woohoo! I felt so important gahh all the teachers were talking to me.
After about 100 photo booth pictures had been taken, a student called for a group picture.
I had a zoom lens on the camera, not the wide angle lens, so I had to back up all the way to the door!
I was starting to feel a little left out since no one was trying to figure out a way to get me in the group picture, when Christian came through the door. He graduated last year from CBA and was on the yearbook staff. Someone yelled from the group for me to give the camera to Christian so I could get in. I trusted him with the camera and they all yelled for me to get in.
I went over to the right side of the photo booth.
Jeremy was there and got down from the chair he was standing on and told me to get on because I was shorter. I didn't have time to argue because Christian was about ready to take it. But I wasn't fully on the chair because it was starting to lean forward, embarrassingly enough, Jeremy was standing in front of me, and I had to balance myself, so I held onto his shoulder for support.
Otherwise, I was about to be flat sandwich, Stephanie.
That was so sweet of him though!
The only thought in my head today was, wow. At this time next week, it's going to be Christmas day!
Mom, Britney and I went out shopping for Nana, she hadn't gotten the grandchildren anything yet, so we shopped for her. That was fun, but we were out well until after lunch shopping!
Later we went to finally go see the Desolation of Smaug.
It was so good! I really liked it.
I would post so much more about it, but I don't want to spoil anything for those who might want to see it, but haven't yet. (;
6 days until Christmas!


  1. I'll organize my comments like you organized your post. ;)

    Saturday: ohmygoodness I know the feeling so well, spending so much money. I feel like I'm a completely horrible person almost completely spending all my "spending money.." But it is Christmas, so I have an excuse. This year's been a bit easier, though, because I'm making more stuff and buying less than I usually do. Still. xD

    Monday: Christmas tree shopping is the best! That's so awesome you're still able to keep the tradition, even with so much craziness going on in life. :)

    Tuesday: yay for taking charge! You were awesome. :D Ha, and the group picture...yeah. Christian's timing was perfect. And nice work on Jeremy's part, I'll have to compliment him for it. :) (Oh, and he said he's going to treasure our pencils forever. Ha. He'll lose them.)

    Wednesday: I'm seeing Desolation of Smaug on Friday! I'll have to see if I like it, I'm generally not a huge Tolkien fan...but we can still talk about it anyway. ;)

    It was so great to see you Tuesday! And if we don't talk before then, Merry Christmas! <3

  2. Haha okay :P

    Nooo....don't compliment Jeremy on that. I already thanked him anyway.

    Yes! I know! I just cannot wait until Christmas! I hope you have a good one too!

  3. Hey Stephanie!! My mom and I were curious where this farmer's market is... It sounds like a great place to shop :)

  4. Guess what?! I followed your sharpie mug tutorial for my dad!!! I wrote a verse (Psalm 116:12-13) and it's in the oven right now! Thanks again for posting that =D

  5. @ Hannah- It's the one in carroll county. There's usually a fair and farm shows there in the summer. I'll have to double check and get back to you though! (;

    @Olivia- That is so great!! I'm so glad you liked the idea! I'm sure he'll love it =D

  6. OMGosh, I love your boots!!! They are sooo cute!