Monday, November 28, 2011


(frosted white and totally yummy)

Yesterday evening my Mr. AGPMan and I packed up our fall decor and returned it to it's hiding place safe within our attic.  And, there the two boxes will stay until we haul them back down next year.  I feel like 2011 has blown by us in a flash, do you?

"Like a commet blazing 'cross the eastern sky, gone too soon...".
(just love the texture)

Christmas bins are currently stacked up all over my downstairs and just like I've down for all my married life (and then some!) I'm about to begin another season of holiday decorating.
I love CHRISTmas and all it represents.

New life.
Growing Peace.
Constant Hope.
Fresh Promise.

I'm thinking the year has gone especially fast for us because as you may remember last May my guy returned to school.

Here's a quick update for you:

Of the three accelerated semesters my hubbs had on the horizon he just finished the first one.  That means he's one-third of the way through the process of getting his degree in computer science.  It's been grueling.  The study time has been challenging to work through, more-so for him than for me.  Don't get me wrong...I absolutely hate the fact 'his time' is no longer 'my time' (just keeping it real here!).  I terribly miss the fun times we've always had as they've been replaced with hours and hours apart.  But, knowing he's working towards completing some unfinished business is making it MORE than a worthwhile experience.  I'm more proud of him than I can say.  Sooo proud.  School is always tough...but when you have a full-time job, life responsibilities, a wife, family and home maintenance chores, etc., the balancing act can be a bit difficult. I said~one semester down and two to go.  Next year at this time we'll be planning his graduation and boy am I excited about that!

Oh...and his grade for Semester One?

A BIG FAT "A"!!!
(nothing less for my guy I can assure you!)

And so...we are pressing on and excited about the
Season of Light!

The Tree at the top is exactly where I'm at in the decorating process.  A couple of days ago I showed you how I painted my new Christmas Tree from SAM'S CLUB.  If you missed that post you can find it HERE.  Currently our new girl is standing proudly in the corner of our formal dining room just waiting to be dressed.  More soon! if my day isn't convoluted enough (much to do!) this is the security word I got earlier this morning...  
(doesn't matter to me HOW you spell it!)

Do I need to tell you that seeing that word was MORE than depressing?  I've kept off all but TWO of the forty pounds I lost earlier this year, but man, it's been hard to stay focused with so much food around!!!!  Anyway, that word was NOT what I wanted to read the Monday after Thanksgiving!

Exercise Bike HERE I COME!

OK peeps...hope your Monday is fabulous!  I'm back in my studio working on painted pretties.  The decorating will have to wait until this evening...  I owe, I owe, so off to paint (and sew) I go...
Love to you...


Theresa said...

Beautiful tree! GIRL, you are amazing! Hope you have a PERFECT day! HUGS!

NanaDiana said...

The tree is looking gorgeous so far, Rebecca! You are ahead of me-I just carried the final FALL stuff downstairs and now must go down and pack it away. And then..CHRISTMAS here I come! xo Diana

Julie Marie said...

Oh Rebecca... you are too funny!!! I think that is the French word for "Pretty lady"... (not really of course, I do speak French... but hey, in my world I can make it mean whatever I want for you with just a wave of my magic wand!)... xoxo Julie Marie

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Rebecca,
Your tree is looking very lovely....tis the season!

Hurrah for the Mr. for doing so well in school.


Cheryl said...

Ahhh Rebecca, hahahha you made me laugh so much - 'flabi, flaby, flabbbbyyy' that was a rude rude word to see!!


Anonymous said...

I'll take your two if you'll take my 30 from prednisone.. sound good? Nah.. Well I tried dang it. I'm going to have to try and paint my tree next year. I love white look but don't like the stuff they put on in the stores. It's so gross. If I hate it, i'm only out a few bucks. If I love it, I've taken a humble little tree and made it rich. I took your advise about ribbon wrapping a tree... It does make a HUGE difference. Thank you for that. Have fun decorating your home. Hugs. Tammy

Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Rebecca how exciting that your hubby got an "A" and I do hope you will be celebrating that victory. I have to say I admire his courage and perseverance. Go Mr.APG!!!
Tina xo

Vintage Gal said...

Rebecca ~ LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the Christmas tree turned out. Just gorgeous and congrats to your hubby. What an achievement ~ you go! ;-)

Mari said...

Hi Rebecca~Oh how lovely your tree turned out :) I love this idea!! thanks for sharing..


Christine said...

Your hubby sounds like he has a very full plate. Our oldest son is working on his masters in counseling and also working a full time job. In the evenings he is doing his internship at a local hospital four nights a week. His family sees him only on the weekends. Hope he can continue at this pace. Hopefully, in a year you can look back on this time and know it was worth it.

Marilyn said...

Fantastic job on the course work! And I think I've figured out why you accomplish so much in a day-I'm OLDER! AND, you live in a different time zone, right? Mine is the slow zone. Anyway, I always enjoy what you are sharing!!♥♫

June said...

Hi Rebecca sweet,
Way to go getting your tree up! I have been so slow this year, but maybe this will get me going.
I love reading how proud you are of your man. What an awesome thing to be undertaking. It will be so worth it, but I know I don't have to tell you.
sending hugs...

Sherri B. said...

A big congratulations to your hubby for getting that well deserved "A" !! I bet you are so proud that you could even burst! - Your tree is so very pretty, I thought about flocking our is tempting. - Don't work too hard! xo

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Rebecca,

Those other two semesters will pass as quickly as the first one. Things we obtain at a price, either by hard work or other sacrifice, will mean so much more to us in the end!
Enjoy this Christmas season, at least you did manage to present a lovely tree!
Love to you,


MFEO2009 said...

hehe, 2 lbs is really good :)
good for you and your hubbs. Happy Holidays!

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