Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Merry Christmas to all!

Just popping in to wish you all a very merry Christmas!! I won't be posting anymore until after Christmas, but have lots to share with you in the new year! I'm looking forward to it! My hubby has the next week off, so my time will be spent with my family, enjoying the magic of this time of year.  Savor it folks, it goes way too quickly!  If you drop by my house, you might find me with a flour dusted face, ribbon stuck to my pants, and sprinkles in my hair.  We'll be wrapping and baking and crafting and reading and singing and praising and waiting in anticipation!  I'm also pretty confident that I could commit a crime and get away with it if I really wanted to because I have hot glued my fingers to the point of having no finger prints left. :) Merry Christmas and God Bless! Remember the REASON for the SEASON!

Friday, December 9, 2011

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....

So I thought I'd show you a few of my favorite Christmas decorations in our house!  I already showed you my sunroom set up.  I LOVE my Christmas village and have fun adding to it each year!

Here's our 1 and only real tree.  We ALWAYS get a real tree for the den.  You just can't beat the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree!

Our Christmas mantel.

How do you hang your stockings?  There are so many cute hangers out now!! I love the monograms, but I picked these little frames up at Target a couple years ago and I love them! They came in packs of I went ahead and bought 3 packs so I'd have enough for how ever many babies we may have... haha!
I use a picture of my babies on their first Christmas, and have decided I won't update the picture each year.  (Which explains why Walker's is still empty! This is his 1st Christmas and I haven't found the perfect picture yet!)  I think it will be so cute when they are 18 to look at the picture of them on their very first Christmas!  Tear...

Just look how squishy she was!!!

Every year we toy with the idea of putting the real tree in the foyer, but we always go back to this spot in the den.  It's just so COZY!  I come in early Christmas morning and turn on the fire, and we all just sit on the floor around the tree.  I LOVE IT!

Here are the steps-very simple greenery and lights.  Sorry about the pile of stuff at the bottom of the steps! haha!  Baby clothes that need to go upstairs!

 I've never been a PINK person.  I've never really worn pink and just don't consider myself to be a pink "frilly" girl.  My daughter, however, IS.

This is a little tree with just our special ornament on it.  An ornament of the church we were married in, our 1st Christmas together, both babies 1st Christmas', a picture of the house, etc.

 I love sparkly red stuff at Christmas! 

Letters covered with scrapbook paper behind my stove.  Wow...look at the fingerprints on the microwave!! :/

I love countdowns!  I have a countdown for everything! haha!

Ben got me this Christmas cactus last year for my birthday.  He had it delivered to the preschool where I taught.  Apparently he told the florist to pick something we couldn't they sent a cactus.  Haha! I LOVE it!  It requires almost NO maintenance and the little blooms start opening right around my birthday and last through the rest of the year.  

And last but not least, a key for Santa!  We no longer have chimneys, so I thought this would be an easy way of explaining how Santa can still get into our house! :)  It's just a wooden sign I painted and hung a fake key on!  I'll have Audrey put it outside on Christmas Eve for Santa.  She's already excited about it! (This picture is HORRIBLE!  I had to take it on my phone...and somehow it got very blurry through the email! But you get the idea!)

What are some of your favorite Christmas items?!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

On This Day...

On this day, 26 years ago, my parents held their first baby.

On THIS day, TODAY, I will start my day at 6:30 with a wide awake little boy who somehow makes me smile even when I'm exhausted.

On this day, I will do at LEAST 2 loads of laundry, and pick up the same toys 12 different times.

On this day, I'll wipe noses, fill juice cups, and change roughly 15 diapers.

On this day, I'll yell at the dogs, get spit up on, and watch Olivia on Nick Jr. for my "down" time.

On this day, my "conversations" will be "NO!", "BE CAREFUL!", "STOP!", "ARE YOU OK?" and "BECAUSE I SAID SO."

On this day, I'll be the maid, the cook, the waitress, the busboy, the dishwasher, and the taxi driver.

On this day, I'll pretend to be a big bad wolf, Cinderella's evil stepmother, and the mama in dollhouse land.

On this day, my hair will return to it's normal messy bun, my outfit will be yoga pants and an old t-shirt, and my make up will consist of mascara alone.

On this day, I'll kiss away tears, hold itty bitty hands, and tickle tiny bellies til laughter fills my ears.

On this day, I'll try to fit a shower in somewhere.

On this day, my lunch will probably be goldfish and juice.

On this day, I'll read 4 stories, sing 6 silly songs, and rock babies on my lap til they drift off to dreamland.

On this night, I'll crawl in my bed, and thank my God for the wonderful day I've had, and the little blessings that made it so wonderfully perfect.

So thankful for my life this year on my birthday!  I wouldn't have it any other way.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hustle and Bustle!

It's here!! The craziest most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is in full swing in our house, and I don't have a whole lot of extra time right now!  No new projects going on around here right now, but here's a quick catch up of what we've been up to!

Eating...LOTS and LOTS of eating!

Fun holiday crafts and yummies!

Christmas trees!  6 to be exact...

Decorating galore!

Growing up way too fast...

Finally getting our little guy baptized and remembering the TRUE gift of this season.

And of course enjoying the twinkle of lights, and the joy this season brings!

And enjoying each other too! :)

Hope everyone is having as much fun as we are this holiday season! ;)