Tuesday, December 3, 2013

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

confession, I LOVE Christmas!
this season is so magical to me 
the decorations, lights, smells, cheer, music and everything that makes this season so wonderful 

this year I am super excited because we have an adorable house to decorate 
so...I we went all out 

I got this cute little winter tree from Walgreens for $10! 
it fits perfectly in the mercury glass vase and looks wonderful next to our distressed frames 
added some ornaments to match the ones in the tree...I didn't really like the ornaments
but the husband did and he was so cute putting them on that I didn't want to take them off 

 another confession 
I am obsessed with our mantel
I love decorating it! 
break down of the Christmas decor 
we got the mercury glass candle holders as a wedding gift from Pottery Barn 
the birch tree candles were on sale at World Market for a steal and much cheaper than the ones I was swooning over at PB 
the silver deer are from Walgreens for $4 + 25% Black Friday coupon :)
the stumps are from when we picked up our tree--they smell amazing--and they were free 
originally had real branches on the mantel but my mom mentioned something about a fire hazard...
so I took those suckers down since I didn't want the house to end up in Christmas flames...
replaced with fake garland from Lowes, wrapped with mini white lights and hung that baby 
the ornament garland is my favorite--the neutral colors and little sparkle are so pretty
picked that up from Lowes and wrapped it in mini lights for an extra pop...i kind of love lights... 
 the poinsettias were on sale at Lowes for $0.99! 
hello, we love a good pop of red in our house!  
 one of my favorite ornaments added this year 
given to us from our newlywed friends, The Smiths, so sweet and thoughtful 
the centerpiece for our coffee table is my favorite--and all real! 
made from clipped branches (again, free from Lowes) 
and cinnamon scented pinecones from Lowes
this thing smells amazing and so simple
I made this wreath earlier in November and decided to add and little Christmas cheer to it with the balls that match our garland on the mantle 
the plain wreath is from AC Moore and then I just wrapped it with burlap and added the tan R 
super easy and inexpensive
another festive chalkboard! 
 surely this will change between now and Christmas 
 the centerpiece for our breakfast table 
again, just fresh clipping from the tree, matching ornaments, and of course, a burlap bow! 

here it is all together, with Beau :) 
we decided to go with a silver and red theme for Christmas..as if my husband would let me put any colors up around the house.
 real trees are a holiday must for me...my mother would allow nothing but live trees growing up 
this is Jared's first live tree that he can remember 
we almost killed each other getting those lights on there...
I am so excited to be able to share this family tradition with him 
and our house smells amazing! 
we are just missing a topper and skirt... 

my husband gave me one of the best gifts 
he hung lights on the house! 
to many this is not a big deal...for me, it means a whole lot 
Christmas lights are one of my favorite parts of this holiday 
my father would never hang lights for my mom, even though she was as big of sucker for lights as me so she always hung them all alone
when I asked Jared if we could hang lights all over the house, his only hesitation was finding a ladder big enough to reach the top of the house and obviously the safety issue of being that high
but, he did it and he is the best. ever.
originally we wanted to have lights all the way up, but there was this whole thing about height and Jared possibly falling and hurting himself...so I decided less lights and an alive husband was the best compromise
we got the globes lights for the back deck 
alternated every other one red and white 
he was quite happy with the outcome--I think he might love lights as much as me now:)
will be perfect for the Christmas party we are having in two weeks

I love getting home from a long day of work and seeing this beautiful house all decorated 
makes my heart so happy 
and even happier that I get to share such a special time with a great man 

beyond thankful for my many blessings 

this week is my first week off orientation. EEK. 
yesterday was my first solo shift 
it went ok...it was super busy even though I was only in fast track. 
I still have SO much to learn 
pray this week goes smooth and all my patients make it out alive ;) 

1 comment:

  1. We've got pictures our Jared shopping for a live tree, sawing down a live tree and opening presents under a live tree on multiple Christmases when he was young. So...he must be so enamored with you that he doesn't remember life before sharing it with you!

    Love, Charlie