Who Needs a Christmas Tree?

The last five days have been filled with dog fun. Since we’re no longer pet owners, we’ve become dig sitters for our daughters.


Luna’s been lucky enough to be our guest this week while we’ve been decorating for Christmas.


But who needs a tree or ornaments when you can just put a hat or headband on a boxer?


And as you can tell, she absolutely loves it!


Merry Christmas from Luna!


Can’t wait for Willis’ visit next week.

Storybook Tree

A morning spent working with students at Osceola Middle School resulted in an unexpected surprise. A book lovers’ Christmas tree.


Mini books used as decorations.

Dozens of ornaments with favorite book characters: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Tigger, Madeline, Paddington, and Peter Rabbit.

IMG_5307.JPGClifford and one of the Wild Things.


Even a couple of nursery rhyme characters: the Three Men in a Tub and Humpty Dumpty.


Love the hat used as a tree topper!

IMG_5212.JPGAnd more characters, like Arthur and Curious George, as well as book themed gift bags surrounding the tree.IMG_5310.JPGWhat a trip down memory lane for all of the book lovers who pass through the media center. Thanks, Karen, for sharing this holiday treasure.

A Mount Dora Christmas

The final day of school in 2013 deserved a celebration. What better way to begin the holiday than immersed in over a million Christmas lights decorating Mount Dora?

First, dinner at Lost Parrot, located in the middle of Mount Dora, the outdoor patio seemed like the perfect place for a relaxing meal to kick off the holiday break. Not a bad place for dinner, but overpriced and nothing special. Not a place we’ll visit again.

However, the trip was worthwhile. Great lights.

And window decorations.

Mount Dora offers a number of Christmas events for anyone looking for a special way to celebrate including the Christmas Cannonball Express Train, Christmas Boat Tours and Guided Food Tours. It may be worth another trip to Mount Dora.