Tuesday, January 8, 2013

It's time to guess the number!

 The time has come.  Tonight is the grand finale.  Until I take down Gabbi and Todd's trees.  (Jussst kidding!)
OR AM I?!
Awww man, I love this picture of my baby Ellie!
And these are some gems she made for me this year.
And one I made to remember what she was like at 5 years old.
It says, "Ellie loves her HOT pink high heel boots".
I bought this new cute red door ornament this year, and I found an ornament that Gabs wrote a "T" on.
If you ask her, she'll tell you "for Todd and Tarzan!".
These are a few Krinkles that I used to lovingly stick in each of their styrofoam boxes one at a time.  I stopped that last year.  And I feel liberated!!  Now, it's tissue paper and a box with all the others.
They are collectibles, and perhaps they'll be worth something someday.  But the day I have to rely on my ornaments to bail me out of a financial pinch is the day I start selling my body.  Jusssssst kidding!

OR AM I?!
Aha... there's a shell from Sanibel Island where mom and I took Staci for her college graduation.  And a Russian doll, and a piece of okra shaped into Santa Claus.  WHAT?  You don't have one of those?!
I love that by having written that simple little word on the back I know that this snowman came from the Olla ornament exchange in 2002.  Just wish I'd put who brought it to the party.
I'm living and learning.
This cute little bird is the one I got at Olla this year.
I had a steal pass in the Chinese Christmas, and I stole HIM!  I thought he was so cute.
Whoop.  Whooop.... guess where we're going soon.  Hint:
My good buddy, Lissy, made this one for me this year.  I think it might be Uncle Si.  I LOVE that she makes 100 each year and gives them to her friends.
She even signs them.  See I got number 61 of 100. It's a keeper!!  I think I am going to have to do that next year for my friends!
These little baby ornaments represent our Christmas ballet this year.  And there were 6 of them on my tree.  DOes that help your tally?!

Fillers.
Krinkle.
The boys and I at the skating rink when they were little bitty things.  LOVED them so much.
This that and the other.  Are you keeping count?
From Mattie for Christmas one year.  She came to my clinic for therapy.
And this says, "Bought for Lakehouse 2005".  Don't you EVEN think I don't think big!  Do I have a lakehouse?  NO.  Do I imagine that I will someday and buy ornaments  for my tree there?  YES!
Cute little John James who I saw for PT since he was about 1 year old gave me this one.
This brings back awesome memories of my surprise 40th birthday gathering in NYC.
Todd the Bod scored BIG bonus points for that one!
Annnddd. more miscellany.
Ok, so the time to guess has come.  How many ornaments do you think were on my family tree?
I will be sending a prize to the person who guesses closest without going over.
And if you want to comment, but don't know how.  Well, I don't either.  I know you need a google account. I had to open a yahoo email account, and then I could post away!
St. Jude ornament from the year we became really close to that place.  2004
And a couple of Santas who might go to live on Ellie Sue's tree next year, seeing as her tree is all red and white Santas.

Uh oh... here's one for Jake.
And would ya look at that bare tree?!  It was a true labor of love.  It only takes a month or so to get my house back in order!  ha.  Not really.  I just kind of space the whole process out or it'd drive me insane!
So, place your vote.  If you can't go back to my facebook page where I linked this post and place it there.  And if you win, I'll let you know tomorrow on mymojoy.com.
And might I add, this "Happy Campers" RV ornament was one of the more classic prize ornaments from our Olla Christmas exchanges.  For all of you who have "pretty trees" and have been inspired to let er rip next year.  Well, consider the RV ornament.  Would I have picked it up and chosen it in a store?  Not likely.  But the fact that I got "stuck" with it in the Christmas Dirty Santa exchange really makes me happy!  And so now it is a special memory.  Like every one of the ornaments I took down off my tree, wrapped individually and stacked in a box in my attic.  (Currently there are 34 Rubbermaids from Christmas in the attic... and another 4 in Ellie's room, 3 in mine).  I still have the loft, LSU room, and Gabbi girl's to go. Who wants bloody marys and a day of fun conversation this weekend?!  Ha.
Good luck with your guess.  And thanks for being patient with  me during this trip down memory lane.

MO

77 comments:

connie said...

im going to guess 1545 i hope iam close

Beth E. said...

I'm saying 1232...wow! :-)

Steph said...

My guess is 575! I love all of your ornaments. It reminds me of my family Christmas tree. Mom still insist on putting up the ornaments my sister and I made as kids. We want her to leave them off, but she never does.

Steph

Cori said...

I am guessing 1200!! So neat you take the time to document where they are from.

Zhohn said...

1180 is my guess.

Loving Uncle Si! That is adorable! I've enjoyed looking at your ornaments. If I were closer I'd love to spend the day helping you take down your decorations.

Dawn said...

I totally enjoyed the ornaments & the stories as well! I am taking a guess of 1111! :). Thank you for sharing your life & family with us!

Dawn said...

I totally enjoyed the ornaments & the stories as well! I am taking a guess of 1111! :). Thank you for sharing your life & family with us!

Jennifer said...

1111

Sharidrew said...

I loved your trip down memory lane! And you have some amazing ornaments for sure!! My guess is going to be 322 ornaments. There isn't a reason. And I read every word and looked at every post, but I didn't try to count the ornaments. Whew.

Hugs from Missouri,
Shari

Mbeaty19 said...

I have to admit I'm sad your ornament journey has come to an end. I've been taking my tree down this week (because my 2 yr old has been de-ornamenting it the past two weeks) Lots of reminiscing has been taking place doing it though so think I might be close to done by this weekend.
My guess is going to be 1234 (one of my favorite numbers) Though my husband says I should guess 963 (a special number) At first thought these were too high until I started taking mine down and realized how quickly the number of ornaments add up.

kimybeee said...

i am guessing 339. it is lower than most people - but it is 12 feet tall and only so many will fit on the tips including other trimmy stuff.

and if i win - i will make you something and send it to you!!!!! if you liked my santa for the ballet tree - he was tame lol i love to make my dolls stained with coffee and vanilla and to look old and yes i am bribing you! lol

Brooklyn said...

I'm guessing 382! Final answer.

charlotta said...

I'm saying 442, I know I already posted in Facebook but I had to do it here too Mo! I hope I won!!

Hallie said...

I had 144 ornaments on my comparatively bare tree. So I am gonna multiply by 10 and guess 1440!!!

blessedmomof3 said...

LOVE your ornaments. I thought that I had a big collection, but yours is MUCH larger! I am going to guess 1130. My grandson was born on 11/30 so it is a good #!:)

Shannon said...

Lets guess 238

Melissa Byrd said...

All your ornaments are so precious! My guess is 820!

Becky said...

I am guessing 236

Lindsay said...

1111 of course :)

Patchez said...

Mel, I'm gonna take a wild and crazy guess of ~1001. Love ya!

Patchez said...

Maybe I should've guessed 911 since my post was made at this time. Oh well!

AndeMski said...

482.

Sandy P said...

I will guess 986. I really think it is higher, but I decided to go low.

Ashley Bianchi said...

1033

nineisenuff said...

My guess is 728! It's been so fun to hear about your ornament memories!

Kelley said...

I'm going 600.

Cherry said...

I guessed 500 but Sam says ...511...

Susan said...

2700!

DTC said...

Im going with 828...

Riley said...

The custom painted ornaments are great!! I may have to do that on a smaller scale.

It's so fun looking at everyone's guesses for the ornament count. I'm voting 731.

Tammy Crabb said...

I'm guessing 1327. Love how you are able to reflect on each ornament!

Marianne said...

Beautiful ornaments!! I love how each one has a story :) I'm going to say 911

tracy said...

1231

Amy K said...

I really enjoyed your ornament documentation. You've got some really unique ones!
My guess is 972.

Heidi Foster said...

719 is my guess

Mama J said...

I will repeat my guess of 403. Fun reading about them...

lauren said...

I will say 838. loved all of your ornaments. I began creating ornaments this year.

Theresa Shirley said...

My guess is: 768! Hope I'm close :) Love how you document everything!

Della said...

2011 is my guess

Della said...

2011 is my guess

Della said...

2011 is my guess!!

Anita Elliott said...

I'm going to guess 725

Phyllis said...

my guess is 597

Shannon said...

825

Rachel said...

My guess is 1055. You have awesome ornaments.

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Barb said...

My guess is 987.

jlsandlls said...

My guess is 969.

Becky said...

My guess is 1811

As a sidenote - you did an awesome job documenting - I know my insurance agent said be sure to take photo's of every single thing you own & now you have that massive job done!

Christy said...

I was going to guess 1111, too!! It's so overwhelming I have no idea his many really? So I'll guess 821.. Those numbers together add up to 11! Part if me thinks ita way more than that. :)

Kristina said...

I am going to guess 1196. Fingers crossed!!

snekcip said...

963 is my guess!

khulet said...

My guess is 1252...loved every post!

Maggie said...

That is so many rubbermaid bins!!!

1,560?

nss said...

I can't believe you counted them!! I counted just one layer in my box and was amazed.. Your tree is much taller and fuller so my guess is 1703

Mandy said...

I love your tree!! It's so full of love!! I'm going to guess 1168

jenny said...

Hmmmmm... 357?

Unknown said...

1506!

Unknown said...

1506 Ornaments!

M Salmon said...

My guess is 865! I loved looking at them as you showed us! So many special memories. :)

Laura W said...

I'm going to guess 769

Lisa said...

Loved seeing all the ornaments. Thank you for sharing them. I will guess 333. Also love that you mark them to remember their details - I wish i had done so more consistenly with mine.

Michelle said...

807

Kate A said...

Hmmm.....636

Bonnie N. said...

I have okra painted as Santa! Love it! My guess is 2020!

marc said...

I am going to guess 1111! Enjoyed it all~

Kathryn said...

643. Ish. I have no idea. What fun to see the memories being made and retained!

Bella's mommy said...

Maybe 1235?

Legally Challenged said...

551!

Crystal said...

777

Stephanie Jenkins said...

985

jamarson1 said...

741

Nena said...

2717- Want to come take mine down? Not a single tree in my house has been dedecorated - too many basketball games, work, etc contributing to the lack of progress.

Pamela said...

My guess is 311. :-)

Sarabeth Meadows said...

My guess is 1,340. I was going to guess 1111. Been a long time stalker - never commented before. I don't know how you do it all. You're truely an inspiration.

Debbie Dankelson said...

Is it too late?? Ummm....632.

Colleen Bennett said...

I am guessing 659.... and they are all wonderful!!!