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I Can't Sit Still

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get so excited about something new that I want to do ALL THE THINGS and do them RIGHT NOW! But I'm also in a season where I realize that slowing down and taking a breather is a good thing. It's Spring and the sun is shining here in Southern California...I need to remind myself to soak it in and experience renewal rather than just relish in the rush of daily life.



My tree is a sparkly mess of memories.

Years ago, when I celebrated my first Christmas in the house, I went to Target and Ikea and bought up every shiny bulb I could find. It was pretty and festive, but contained no memories.

Since then, I have added to the mix and accumulated new ornaments that warm my heart and remind me of loved ones or good times. And this is how it should be.

When I visit friends’ homes, I love to look through their special decor and I sense that my guests do the same.

After I received the little London bus at my friend’s baby shower, I decided we could share our special ornaments here in the blogosphere, too. I’m glad that you’re here and hope you enjoy seeing bits of my tree…I can’t wait to see and learn about yours, too!


1. Still kissing a lot of frogs to find my prince – it was a gift from my mom (I think). 2. This locket ornament holds a photo of baby JJ with my deceased grandparents. I love seeing it on my tree! 3. A gift from my godkids to remind me I left a piece of my heart in the lone star state!

treeboard21. After working for the former governor, it was only fitting that my tree should contain California’s bear. 2. And speaking of animals…I used to have a big black cat, but I had to give him away. This ornament reminds me of the good memories with Sam…not the pee all over the floor.

treeboard31. This lyre is the symbol of my sorority, Alpha Chi Omega. It wouldn’t be my tree without at least one nod to my sisters! 2. These woven ornaments area all over Ikea during the holidays, but mine is authentic. Popular with Swedes throughout the world, they are typically handmade on Christmas Eve…mine was a gift from my sweet grandma.

Now it’s your turn! Link up and share stories about your favorite ornaments and tree! 


  1. hey jj. thanks for hosting this party-it’s great to see how people decorate and the stories of special items, like your frame with your grandparents. i linked up my tree which is filled with ornaments of our travels. want to let you know i couldn’t paste the link in…i had to type it in by hand, which may explain why there aren’t more links. just a thought.

    happy holidays!

  2. You have some wonderful ornaments! Some of my ornaments are pooled together in a hurricane vase so I can pretend like I have a tree. I love how mine remind me of the people who bought them or specific memories.

    • Oh, I love that you display them in a vase. So clever and festive, even when you don’t go all out and get a tree!!!

  3. I love your ornaments and the stories behind them. They’re a fantastic blend of who you are, the memories you’ve made and the people that you come from. Thank you so much for hosting this link up, I’m excited to be a part of it.

    • That’s what I was going for!!! 😉

      Thanks for linking up and sharing your stories, too!!! So fun!

  4. love the lyre ornament the most!

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