Tuesday, December 27, 2011

happy holidays!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! We have yet to celebrate. Presents are still wrapped and in hiding, and I have 2 refrigerators full of yummy uncooked food fit for a Christmas feast! The week before Christmas we had a very very unwelcome guest bust through our door, the flu! We just can't seem to get rid of it and are all still suffering from it in one way or another. We had no choice but to cancel the holiday and Christmas dinner we had planned for both sides of the family. We're shooting for a celebration on New Years day instead, if we can all get better by then. Anyway since I probably won't be on until next year I hope you all have a wonderful and healthy new year! See you in 2012!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

if a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound?

... Because it does in our house. While I was in my room today I heard a crash, and then some crying/whelping/screaming. I ran out to find our tree flat on the ground and the littlest underneath it!

Just what I wanted to do, re-decorate the tree AGAIN! See that pile of cookie ornaments to the bottom left? I think the little one was pulling them all off the tree, like he does daily, and pulled too hard and the tree came crashing down on him. Luckily only one ornament broke and it wasn't a sentimental one, only one I had just made here. Better that than one of the 1st Christmases, our honeymoon starfish, or the guardian angel.

Thank you all for the sweet comments on our Holiday home. I got a lot of compliments on the star. It was never meant to be a tree topper. It's actually a metal barn star I picked up years ago for number 2's nursery. Last year I decoupaged it in book pages from a vintage Paddington's Day Out book. It hung in the boy's room at my in laws but has been sitting on the floor in our room since we moved to this home. It's mate found it's way to Goodwill but this one was forgotten about. So glad it was left behind. In the past we've always had a big red ribbon, in fact I don't think I've ever had a star on my tree even growing up. We always had the big red ribbon on top.

I think it may end up staying with the Christmas decor and be a new tradition each year. Hopefully the crashing down won't follow. I think we really need a new tree now after the crash, a couple of the branches are a bit limp and barely holding up with ornaments on them, yeah!!!

Hope your weekend is a bit less eventful in the Christmas tree department!


Monday, December 12, 2011

Tis the Season. Day 12: our holiday home tour.

It's finally Day 12 of Tis the Season!

Welcome to our home during the holidays! I'm so glad you could make it over for a little tour. Sit back with your mug of hot chocolate, listen to your favorite Christmas music, and enjoy...

The table is set for a holiday feast...

The family room is feeling cozy with the glow of the tree...

And all of the festive touches around...

Our special ornaments have been hung with care...

Christmas trees and holiday decor have been spread throughout each room... the boys bunk...

Their tree is full of their handmade ornaments and all the ornaments with their names...

Our room...

And even a little something for our guests...

Our countdown tree is filling up with ornaments...

And the little ones have been keeping an eye in the sky {just in case Santa and his reindeers are out for a test run}.

I hope y'all enjoyed the tour and even more I hope y'all have a wonderful holiday filled with love and laughter! I'm not sure how many more times I will be on before the end of the year but after the new year I will have some project followups for you and some news I hope you will find just as exciting as I do!

Did you miss the first 11 days of Tis the Season? No worries, just follow the links below!

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10
Day 11


{linked to some parties below}


freckled laundry

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

Join  us Saturdays at tatertotsandjello.com for the weekend wrap up     party!

Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Furniture Feature Fridays

Visit thecsiproject.com


Transformation Thursday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

The Lettered Cottage



Tis the Season, Day 11: it's all in the details.

I know it's actually day 12 but here is day 11... yeah it makes sense!

I'm sure I've mentioned it before but we are neighbors with Mickey Mouse, as in about 10 min up the road from us. I love going to Disney with the boys. I consider Disney my second home growing up. My dad worked there for years {that's what brought my parents down from Vermont} and we used Disney and it's theme parks as our own playground. I was probably the youngest child to ever be dropped off at the Magic Kingdom with a friend all by ourselves for the day. We grew up knowing the ins and outs of Disney, my first job was even at Blizzard Beach, one of the 2 water parks on Disney property. Sadly my dad doesn't work there anymore so we don't get anymore free admissions, unless we hit up some of his former co-workers and friends to get us in, but my kids get the same enjoyment at Downtown Disney as they do in the parks. About a week ago I decided to bring the boys there for the day to see it decorated for Christmas. I love how Disney does Christmas. It's even more magical and fun walking around during this time of year. Depending on where you park, you more than likely to be greeted by this guy...

The mouse himself wears a Santa's hat this time of year and all of the planters have been filled with fresh poinsettias and other red colored flowers. This area is always so pretty! The flowers always look their best as if they are re-planted every night.

This day we were surprised to find that Mickey had a friend in town from the North Pole visiting with all of the children. {I don't ever remember him being there when I was growing up}.

You'll find his reindeer out back munching on ivy, and in other places throughout the area. They are much prettier than the grapevine reindeers you can buy in the stores. I loved the baby one looking up at his papa.

The detailing on the columns and the entire little covered area where Santa sat were amazing. Not sure how it was done either by burning or stain/painting.

The trees throughout were decked out in old fashioned wooden toys... the boys liked picking out their favorite on each tree...

The gate that helped guide through the line to see Santa looked like it came straight from the North Pole. If I had to design what Santa's fence looked like I would have to say this. It also made for a great backdrop for photos while waiting in line.

Almost there...

And finally meeting Santa. The two older boys loved it and told him just what they wished for, Liam on the other hand, wanted nothing to do with him! This Santa was so nice! after this picture was taken I picked Liam back up and Santa continued to talk to him and try to get him to be comfortable with him, even offering to try another picture and go with him, as if there wasn't a 45 min line waiting behind us. By far my most favorite Santa we have ever met.

I edited this photo with picnik and used the snowing feature to add a little more of a white Christmas feel to it. And yes the army rain boots and hat are everyday accessories these days. He pretends to be Indiana Jones on a daily basis in between being Jack Sparrow, and any of the Star Wars heroes.

Anyway if you are ever thinking about making a trip to Disney for the holidays I would highly suggest it, early December is good as there is still all the same festivities going on but not as big of crowds compared to what it is the closer it gets to Christmas day. It's also a great place to find inspiration for holiday decorating, it's all in the details!

Enjoy your Monday! I'm going to try and get some sleep, a little one was up all last night so this mama is beyond exhausted!

Our holiday home tour will be coming up later!