Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cozy Christmas Tour

my love of all things christmas probably comes from my mother. okay fine, it definitely comes from my mother. i always enjoyed our home being decorated for the holidays, it made it feel so warm and cozy. so, with thanksgiving behind us and christmas approaching at the speed of twinkling light, i headed out to the garage to get down my christmas decorations on friday night. most of saturday was spent in a sea of decorations strewn all about the house as i decided what should go where. i don't have nearly as much as mom, but i'm accumulating my fair share. i thought i would give you a few highlights. please, come on in...

the front door wreath. it's a shame it is kinda hard to see against the black door. it's really pretty, i think. i also have a nice doormat and an antique sled with a pretty bow on it, but the picture didn't turn out so great. maybe next time.

this is a wreath that my mom helped me put together quite a long time ago when i had my first house. i've had to replace the berries, but it has held up pretty well. also, now that i see it in the picture, it looks wonky. i might need to go make some adjustments... i still love it!
this is a new addition this year. i had this little tree in roman's room the last two years, but since he doesn't like any light in his room, it seems a waste to put it in there. do you like the little baby tree skirt i made for it? i think it needs something on the top...maybe a bow or something. i'll see what i can come up with. lovely cord hanging off to the side too, huh? on to the kitchen...of course, my snowman collection goes up above the cabinets. you can't see them, but there are lights up there too. they look really cool at night. i didn't have a garland long enough for up there, but i might buy one at the end of the season if i can get it cheap.
a closeup of some of the snowbabies my santas behind the sink with a lighted garland
a new addition this year, a card holder that i embellished with some snowflakes. unfortunately, the only place it fit well was over the trashcan. so, we can all admire the christmas cards while we smell whatever might be emanating from below... another new addition. i found this glass container at tjmaxx for cheap and didn't know what I would do with it for sure, but i kinda like this...some berry garland that looks like it is swirling around and a glittery star hanging from the top.

this looks like such a boring little area when i see it in the picture. i might need to liven it up with something...but do you see my snowflakes on the curtains?

not really new, but i added the snowflakes to the curtain, i like them better on the red than on the brown ones, i think. oh, and a cute new picture of a tree...
the mantle might be my favorite. so traditional. roman really likes looking at the stockings too. he can say snowman and santa and reindeer, so we have fun pointing all of those out, but i have to get him to stop pulling on them...

well, that's it for the tour. i forgot to take a picture of the bathroom upstairs, it's actually really cute with a snowman shower curtain and a reindeer nightlight, but maybe i'll take a picture later and post it when i have tree pictures to show off. we plan on getting that next weekend! hope you guys liked my cozy christmas home tour.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Giving Thanks

okay, so i'm a little late, but honestly, i was sooooo tired last night after decorating at work and then eating far more than my share of starch at dinner, i couldn't even think about blogging. so, here i am with my thanksgiving post, a day late. better than never, right? i have so much to be thankful for this are just a few things.

  1. my family. i have an incredible husband and the most amazing son a girl could ask for. honestly.
  2. the family that i didn't get to choose. God couldn't have given me a better family. i love to hang out with them, they make me laugh a lot and i enjoy every moment we get to spend together.
  3. my health.
  4. very supportive friends.
  5. a great job.
  6. a cozy warm home.
  7. the chance to grow and be a better person through experiences in my life.
  8. the technology to keep in touch and share my life with my far away family that i miss terribly.
  9. a warm soft bed to lay in at night (especially last night).
  10. hugs and kisses from my husband. oh how i've needed them lately.
  11. warm water for a shower (last year we went without hot water for a week!)
  12. starbucks peppermint mocha (yum).
  13. weekend naps with roman.
  14. elastic waistband pants for nights and weekends.
  15. la hacienda lunches with the girls.
  16. crafting. what a great way to be creative and feel like you might have a little talent!
  17. the way that God sends people into my life that he knows i need in my life.
  18. roman's kisses and hugs....quite plentiful lately... : )
  19. financial security.
  20. duke the dog. he has adapted to all changes in our family since he came into our lives 8 years ago and fits like a glove. a soft cozy white glove.
  21. candles that smell like food.
  22. a target within 2 miles of my house.
  23. peanut butter, without it my child would starve.

i'm sure there is a lot more i could list here, but this is a good get the idea, right.

i hope all of you (all 3 of you...ha ha) had a great Thanksgiving and continue to feel grateful for all the blessings in your life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Go Allie, It's Your Birfday....

allison's birthday is actually tomorrow, but we celebrated today since tomorrow is gobble gobble day. we went to fiesta fresh...yummm...i think i'm still full. anyhoo, jess got her a few running related items and "packaged" them in an interesting way. it was quite amusing...the other patrons around us may not have thought so, but we sure did...

meet the drill sargeant (water bottle for running, dri-fit shirt, apple and of course, some peppermint hot chocolate)

her reaction...

i actually did give her something too, but i can't show you because it would ruin some christmas surprises....

happy birthday allie! i hope it is a good one...

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Date Night

it's tuesday night. date night. me and ro. chickfila. the kid will eat about 8 chicken nuggets, fruit and all of his milk. i get to eat too and not clean up. bonus. who wouldn't love date night with this little fella?

he is actually on the tail end of saying "cheese" here. yes, he still is sporting the bandaid between the eyes, but mostly because he likes it now. it's mostly healed.

good boys that finish their nuggets get ice cream.

ah, gotta love kids night at chickfila!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Right Between the Eyes

not a whole lot to report here. we've been laying low this week. lots of laying around. i don't really have much else to talk about...hence, the post about a boo-boo. he has had this scratch by his eye for a while, and it has been getting progressively worse because he picks at it. the other night while i was cooking dinner and he was on the couch, i looked over and freaked out because it looked like he got punched in the face. blood was all over his nose and between his eyes. that was it! i had to do something!

can you see it?

handy manny to the rescue...
thanks momma...
check me out...i'm cool
hopefully this will keep it from getting worse!
we'll keep you updated on the progress, i know you are holding your breath...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bug Tent

how fun is this? GG sent this surprise for roman and, man, has he had fun with this!

we won't call it a "lady" bug tent...just a bug tent, okay?

hey guys! i'm in the tent!
see me?

i see you, momma...
there was even room for poppa to get in

not alot of room for him to get out, though

now it's momma's turn

thanks GG for the fun bug tent! we like camping inside. now excuse us, but we need to go get some marshmallows....

Under the Blanket

sunday night was a rough night for me and i was really just wanting to lay down and bury under a blanket. fortunately, i have the most cuddly kid ever and he wanted to get under the "banket" with me. so we buried.

please pause while my heart melts...

bonus! kisses too

cuddles make me happy

and then we sang a song

have you cuddled today?

Santa & A Sleigh Ride

this past weekend, roman and i went to raleigh to meet mommom and aunt colleen to do some shopping and just hang out. we got real lucky and happened to be there the first weekend that santa and the sleigh rides were there!

mommom showing roman that the tree was about to be lit up

ooooh, pretty

sitting on aunt colleen's lap for the sleigh ride

hard to see, but the horse and carriage taking people for a ride looking for the horsey to come back around the corner
oh, yeah & santa was there too, but we didn't get too close
we had a great time hanging out with mommom and aunt colleen and the horsey too!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Come On Over

we had visitors today. jess and hala came over for a few hours and here's a couple pictures of pretty miss hala.

check out her stylin' outfit

she was going after roman's binky and he was NOT happy about it...but she was! uh oh, she found the tupperware cabinet
who me? i didn't do it!
we had a nice visit...thanks jess and hala!