I just love it.

I’m never sure what to get as a souvenir when I go on vacation. A t-shirt will not fit me in a few years or it will wear out. We don’t have shelf space for knick-knacks. Coffee mugs and the like won’t have a place in our galley of a kitchen.

So I came up with a solution.

Christmas ornaments.

I was complaining last year that almost all the ornaments on our tree were from K’s first marriage. I actually told him I hated the ornaments. Not my taste. The starter wife had really cutesy taste. I personally do not like Precious Moments or baby penguins stuck in stockings. So they were put in a box for Frick and Frack to sort through and take when they are adults.

Unfortunately, the NFL themed bulbs have to stay on our tree for years to come.

With 85% of the ornaments now labeled ornamentus not gratus, the tree is going to look awfully bare. Solution needed.

While on vacation to Oklahoma, we stopped at Ozarkland, this really cheesy tourist trap (souvenir shop, actually) and were looking at the items. K gets a big kick out of the hillbilly items they have in stock there. I saw this beautiful porcelain heart with dogwood blossoms painted on it and decided we would fill our tree with ornaments that we found on vacation or that mark a special event in our lives.

When I showed K the heart, he said it would be too heavy for the tree. Sadly, I put it back.

I don’t love this ornament as much as the dogwood blossom heart, but it is still a great reminder of our vacation. I can imagine us decorating the tree thirty years from now and sharing these memories as we unwrap each ornament.


TTC Break and a Vacation

Just to warn you, there is TMI in this post. Don’t read further if you are uncomfortable with what goes into making a baby.

We are on a trying to conceive break this month because of my miscarriage on March 22nd. It’s kind of a relief to not try. Not to mention we leave on vacation tomorrow and I don’t really want to be baby dancing at our friends’ house.

I hate to say it, but our love life is horrible when we are trying to have a baby. Spontaneity goes out the window. I can’t imagine it gets K in the mood when I say, “I’ve got fertile mucus. We have to have sex tonight.” Not that I’m really in the mood either.

So it’s nice to have sex for fun and when we feel like it, not because I’m going to ovulate soon.

Now for something we hope you’ll really like.

We are leaving tomorrow for…

(Just makes you want to burst out into song, don't it?)

We’re (meaning K, Frick, Frack and I) will be driving down to visit some friends down in Claremore. K and the boys want to go turkey hunting and I just want to get away. We had gone there for our honeymoon and really enjoyed ourselves.

The plan is to make it to Missouri and stay at a hotel. I really want to see the Nauvoo temple even if it means we are only driving by at night. Then we will find a hotel to stay at nearby.

The next morning we will get up and make it the rest of the way.

I am very excited about taking Frick and Frack to see the bombing memorial in Oklahoma City. It’s so somber and hard to describe.

Til we meet again.