Saturday, 7 December 2013

Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Handmade Tree Ornaments

The first Saturday in December is when we traditionally put up our Christmas tree.  Everyone takes part and it is a time of reminiscing as every ornament on our tree has a memory attached to it.
Our tree will never win any awards and it is full of love and memories.

There are the ornament that we purchased as parents for our children’s first Christmas.

There are the ornaments that we inherited and that we remember hanging on our Grandparents Christmas tree.

 Ornaments that our grandchildren made for us.

Ornaments that my Grandmother made for me.

 Handmade Christmas Tree Ornaments

Children can make

The first year that Paul and I were married Paul made us wooden Christmas tree ornaments and this year Emily and Ruth help Grandpa make some more.
 Step 1 - involves an adult and a saw.  You can either purchase or use end of baseboard trim and cut it into ¼ inch to ½ inch slices.  Once the wood is cut if there are rough edges these should be sanded off.
Step 2 – let the children experiment holding the pieces together until they get the shape they want.

Step 3 – glue the pieces together and once the glue is dry start painting
Step 4 – paint the ornaments or if you want you can just lacquer the wood as Paul did back in 1979

Step 5 – an adult should hot glue a ribbon or hook on the back of the ornament and hang it on the tree.

 Merry Christmas

Grandma Snyder
©2013 Twosnydergirls

Friday, 6 December 2013

Sandwiched Generation - Moving Day

Moving Day 

Between Elderly Parents and Grandchildren
Today was a day filled with equal parts joy, apprehension and loss.   

Great Grandma has lived most of her adult life in a large urban community and today she moved to our small rural town.

Her new home is comfortable, and well-appointed with two bedroom, two bathrooms and sun room.  She did not move into a seniors home and  yet this move should be the last move that she makes: the last private home that she will own.
Neighbours have stopped by to say hello and her Great Granddaughters have stopped by for their second visit.
For us her move means an ease in creating memories and the opportunity to get to know her better as mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Her move allows us to give back to her  care, love and family on a daily basis.  We are no longer 2 hours way we are less than five blocks.  We are full of joy to have Great Grandma so close.
And for Great Grandma today was a day of apprehension. 

Questions that only time will answer:
  1. Was moving away from friends, church community and a volunteer job a mistake?
  2. Will she be happy in this small rural town?
  3. Will her oldest daughter and family visit and provide care as they say they will?
  4. Is this really where she wants to spend the rest of her life?
For Mother this move has been equal parts joy, apprehension and loss.
With this decision Mother is acknowledging in a way that cannot be ignored that she has started through the door into the hardest transition of her life: independence to dependence.
This is the march of generations within an extended family.   

As I blog Emily and Ruth dependent on their parents play on the floor in front of me.  My sister, husband and I unpack boxes.  Someday these two dependent children will move me as I enter the same period of life as mother does today.

 Evergreen Transfers

I want to thank Evergreen Transfers for moving mother.  This is the sixth time they have packed up mothers home and moved her without incident.
The company and staff were respectful of mother and her belongings, taking the time necessary to ensure her furniture was where she wanted it.

Again thank you Evergreen Transfers

Grandma Snyder

 ©2013-2014  twosnydergirls

Sunset at the beach reflected

Four images of how the sunset is reflected in the waves Grandma Snyder ©twosnydergirls