Christmas is officially in the air and I for one, am super excited! This is our first year in the Houston area and I’m so thrilled to be celebrating with my parents and my sister’s family. Last year was the first year we had ALL been together in years and while my daughter and older son won’t be able to join us this year, they’ll be here in spirit (and most likely Skype). The little kids will all be with us though and there’s nothing more fun than watching little boys open presents on Christmas morning.
I spent this past weekend breaking out the decorations and getting everything set up. It’s always a fun challenge decorating a new home: Where does the tree go? Where do the ornaments from the past end up? Where do we use the garland? All the things you did before out of habit because you already knew.
8 years ago, we bought a small artificial tree because this kid had just started crawling and we wanted to keep it out of his grasp. Fast forward a few years and we continued to use it simply because we didn’t want to spend the money on a tree we were going to toss out in January. This year however, I started feeling badly that he had never experienced the thrill of searching for the perfect tree, the smell of the lot and the sheer joy of getting it home and putting it into place. We decided to make it happen and it was his pick.
Of course, as soon as we got home, he was out the door to play with friends so it was up to me to throw a little holiday magic against the wall and see what stuck.
And here’s what we ended up with
Next year, we’ll expand into the other areas of the house but this year, this makes me happy. I’m excited to spend this coming weekend baking cookies for the neighbors and some yummy dog treats for their dog. We moved into one of the doggiest neighborhoods imaginable so I have a feeling those will go over well!
What about you? Any baking plans or decorating going on? What kinds of home made gifts are you sharing this year?
…Consisted of consuming massive quantities of home made chocolate dipped pretzels sprinkled with candy cane dust, delicious finger foods shared by my favorite foodie (and wine) friend, Tracie along with several neighbors Saturday night and one UFC fight the I didn’t pay a single second of attention to, because why would I?
It was a perfect opportunity to show off my pretty Poinsettas and giggle with my girls and then lay around and do nothing but sleep late and watch football on Sunday as the weather thermometer dropped dramatically and my wish for winter came true.
I hope you had a lovely weekend and have a fantastic week!
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My dining room is slooowwwwllllyyyyy beginning to take shape. This is one of those rooms that sadly, I haven’t paid nearly enough attention to which is ridiculous because it’s the first room you see when you walk in through the front door.
After breaking out the holiday decorations this past weekend I suddenly became inspired to begin working out the details and putting together a real design plan.
For the holiday design, I was inspired by this cute little picture I found in one of the Christmas boxes, which my youngest made in preschool when he was just 4.
and upon wanting to incorporate it along with some other family photos along my gallery shelves I began plundering other areas of my house such as my office, living room, etc. and put together a little grouping of my greatest works of art: my family
I recently picked up some really great art books filled with period maps and architectural drawing of London and Rome and have plans of framing several prints to be hung throughout the room. I also need to pick up some lovely Poinsettas to fill the mercury glass pots on the table. Easy enough!
For now though, this will have to do. I have to constantly remind myself that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be lovely and just like my soul, my home is a work in progress. For now though, I’m feeling good about the direction this ball is rolling.