Monday, December 21, 2009

Brother in Law Ornaments

I don't mention my brother in law very often in most of my posts. He's kind of one of those strong, silent, stay-in-the-background kind of guys. But for the past few years he and I have been exchanging Christmas ornaments. Don't ask me how or why, cause I don't know. It just started and now, it's kind of a tradition.

Here's a picture of my brother in law Sean affectionately known by all who love him as Guero. This was taken at Sean Jr's high school graduation and that's my sister Lisa. Doesn't he look like the strong, silent, stay-in-the-background kind of guy?

He certainly doesn't look like an ornament shopper, but last year he gave me a gorgeously special ornament that he picked up while he was at Pismo Beach camping with my sister Lisa and their boys, Sean and Isaac.

A seascape ornament. If you click on it to enlarge you can see all the little tiny seashells sitting on the sand. There's even a starfish in there! And shells of all shapes and sizes. The really cool thing is that you can change the look of the ornament simply by swirling it gently and getting a whole new display in there. Is that awesome or what?

This year was a two'fer...I got two instead of one. Yippee for me!

First I got this cute little one with my name on it. It was tied to the top of the package that was holding the one I'm going to show you next.

I noticed on their tree that they also each have one with their names on them.

Then I also received this one.

This one is pretty cool because where each star burst or flower, depending on how you see it, comes to that trumpet-like end, there's a hole from the outside so you can actually put your finger in there. It serves absolutely no purpose to put your finger in there, I just thought it was pretty cool.

So thank you Guero! Thanks for all your help this past year. Thanks for always loaning my sister to me for those out of town trips and for loaning her to me on Friday nights. Thanks for the Christmas memories and for being a great father and a great husband. Thanks for the help you've given my family with both my mom and especially with my dad. God Bless you and Merry Christmas!


  1. Wow a great guy. This post made me a little teary:)
    He has great taste too!

  2. How precious and what beautiful ornaments. Merry Christmas.

  3. Oh my goodness... I didn't even notice you could stick your finger in the trumpets. Of course I didnt take it out of the box since it was for you and not for me!

    I think it is really cool that you two have developed this awesome relationship. Guess an occasional margarita will do that to you.

    Did you notice your followers total your favorite number..."76 :)

  4. Braley Mama - Summur, thanks! He does have good taste, after all he married my sister :-)
    Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Jeanette - They are beautiful aren't they? Merry Christmas to you as well!

  6. Lisa - Well I'm glad you didn't stick your finger in my trumpets! You know if you and my brother in law found a man for me then maybe you could have an awesome brother in law yourself...hint, hint!

    I didn't notice that about my followers. I guess I can't allow anyone else to follow, or I have to change my fav number. I guess 176 is just as good right?

  7. Wow, these are pretty amazing! What a fun tradition!

  8. Lovely, lovely tradition! I absolutely ADORE that ornament with the shells and sand! I want one! It'll work perfectly with my starfish and sand dollar ornaments!

    Sweetie, you'd asked about my Cloudy.
    It's actually a white wine from New Zealand...called Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc. I loooooove my Cloudy and have been faithfully drinking it (when it's not a martini, margarita, mojito, etc) since 2003. Of course, it's not easy to find...and the '08 vintage is NOT GOOD, so now the challenge is really ON to find the '07 or earlier. It's all about the challenge, right??

  9. What a special bond you have with your brother-in-law!!! Love it!

  10. That is so cool. I like this tradition. I also really like your ornaments, especially the one with the sand and seashells.

    You have a great family. :)

    It makes me smile that you and your sister are so close. I like that.

  11. What special gifts :) and a thoughtful young man!

  12. Keetha Broyles - They are pretty cool. Traditions are such fun!

  13. Kathryn - That shell & sand ornament is one of my favs! Next time I make a trip to Pismo Beach I'll see if I can locate one for you!

    I am going to try to find some of that Cloudy. You and I would get along so great, I love me a martini, margarita, mojito, etc!

    Merriest of Christmas to you and your boys!

  14. Oliva - He's a great brother-in-law and he would do anything for our family. He's a keeper!

  15. JarieLyn - Thanks for your sweet words. I don't know what I would do without my sister and my family. I'm very blessed!

  16. Thanks Anny, he is thoughtful and generous as well. Merry Christmas!


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