Five On Friday: Ornaments And Other Stuff

Don’t you love my title?  Other stuff is enough to make English teachers everywhere cringe.

It’s my birthday today so I think I’m entitled (ha!) to have a lousy title for my blog post.  I haven’t joined in with Amy’s Five on Friday in a while even though I love to doing it.  A free morning and my birthday means a perfect Friday to join in the fun, I think.

Love Made My Home

I’m going to start by sharing my ornament story for my Tree Branch Tales series.  Yes, I’m sneaking several posts into this one!

        1. Our Kansas City Chiefs Ornaments

          These are 3 Hallmark ornaments that my husband’s mom gave him.  She used to always give us special ornaments for the tree.  A tradition that was in place before I ever arrived in my husband’s life.

          Lots of people were yelling this last night!

          This photo below will look like the same ornament but it is actually the other side of a different one.  I’m really not sure why we have 2 of these.  This is the other side of the ornament:

          Bet you didn’t know Santa was Chief’s fan!

          Just a fun fact about me for my birthday:  My mom actually brought me home from the hospital in a Kansas City Chiefs outfit.  Ironically, the team was pretty awful during my childhood years and I actually grew up cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who happened to be the favorite team of one of my older brothers.

          I do now (mostly) cheer for the Chiefs

        2. J’s First Band Concert!

          Last night while the Chiefs were busy winning and securing 1st place in our division, we were actually attending a winter band concert over at the middle school.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade bands all played a few tunes along with some Christmas selections.  It was such a treat to see my youngest son all dressed up in fine attire for his first concert as a baritone player in the 6th grade band.

          I said no photos, please!

        3. The Christmas Break Countdown

          The last night of our Thanksgiving break, my youngest child asked if he could have the next day off school.  He needed a break.  I guess that is like needing a vacation from your vacation?   We are definitely in need of a longer break around here though.  We now have 7 days until we get there.  I’m honestly not sure we’re going to make it.  I found this fun countdown clock over here.  Christmas is 15 days away:

        4. Christmas Shopping

          Since that clock up there is giving me a bit of anxiety about the big day, I’ll likely gather up all my birthday coupons and spend some time Christmas shopping today.  I enjoy looking for the perfect gifts for my family and I am a teeny bit behind (I’m a bit of a last-minute shopper so I’m not feeling way behind quite yet).  I think it will be a fun way to spend my birthday.

        5. My Tiny Tip I Forgot To Share on Thursday: A Fun and Free App

My blurry photo of a Cedar Wax Wing bird

I love to bird watch (just no birds in my house as pets…as those kind scare me!) and shared this rather blurry photo on Facebook earlier in the week.  A friend mentioned wishing she knew her birds better and it reminded me of the great app I downloaded to my phone.  If you like to bird watch, check out the Merlin Bird ID App from the Cornell Lab.  It’s free and user-friendly!


I’m afraid this post was tad messy and unorganized, just like the author.  How are you spending your Friday?


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23 thoughts on “Five On Friday: Ornaments And Other Stuff

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Random mix seems to describe most my weeks. I did enjoy my shopping and my husband and kids bought me an ice cream cake so that was nice as well.

  1. Sharon K

    Happy birthday to you! I hope you have a wonderful day. I love the ornaments. My Mother-in-Law bought my kids all special ornaments when they were little. Now I’m just waiting for the ‘kids’ to take them to their own houses.

    Happy Five on Friday

    1. Jean Post author

      That is what my mother-in-law used to do as well. After she passed away, I’ve tried to carry on the tradition with my boys so they can take their boxes someday as well. Hope you had a wonderful weekend.

  2. The History Anorak

    Happy birthday! Did you ever get joint presents for Christmas and birthday when you were younger? y birthday is always close to easter and I always got chocolate eggs. I hated it – because my sister had eggs AND birthday presents! I hope you had a great day.

    Oh – ‘and stuff’ is one of my favourite phrases. 🙂

    1. Karen B.

      My daughter’s birthday is the 11th and we have always made sure to separate birthday from Christmas. Made for a month of merry making with four additional birthdays after hers!

    2. Jean Post author

      I don’t recall many joint presents as an adult but sometime when I was older, I would ask for them so I could get something a bit grander 😉 I wouldn’t have liked getting joint presents as a child at all though. I did have a nice, quiet birthday this year.

  3. Karen B.

    Happy Birthday Jean! First time reader of your blog and had a couple of chuckles! We have the very same Hallmark football team ornament, but in burgundy and gold! Yep, Washington Redskins! Growing up though I riled everyone by cheering on the Chiefs because my family calls me KC! Thanks for the the tip on the bird app.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I always wondered if Hallmark made other team ornaments (Hallmark’s headquarters are in Kansas City) and now I have the answer. I really do enjoy the bird app! Glad you decided to give my blog a read this weekend.

  4. Diana

    Well, here’s to very happy birthday and many more to come 🙂
    My daughter’s birthday is on the 11th and I have her a card but not a gift as yet, better get cracking I think.
    I enjoyed your five very much, messy and unorganized at this time of year is permitted I should think!


    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I hope your daughter has a very happy birthday! I’m a last minute shopper so I think you still have lots of time to get her a gift.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! The concert was very nice. He’s never been a huge fan of getting photographed and it’s become worse as he grows older. I can usually sneak a few in though.

  5. Gracie

    Happy Birthday, Jean! I hope you had a happy celebration. For 15 of my growing up years I lived in Pleasant Hill, Missouri. Two years ago I attended my 45th high school class reunion which was held at a restaurant in Blue Springs. My dad and I used to cheer for the KC Chiefs and I still do if I am watching them play. I often feel So Not Organized, even when others think I am. Off to get organized on some Christmas shopping now…

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! Always nice to hear from someone from the area. Hope you had a lot of success with organizing your Christmas shopping. I certainly still need to make a few lists.

    1. Jean Post author

      Thank you! I’m sorry you were in mourning although I’m sure you understand I can’t be sorry about the Chief’s winning 😉 Hope you are having a wonderful week and that your team gives you a win this Sunday.

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