Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Everywhere You Look

Christmas Decor Tour

Since I can remember, I've loved decorating for Christmas.  Growing up my mom, sister and I would decorate the tree, hang the stockings and plaster decorations on any stationary surface!

Not only do I get it from my mom, but my Aunt Pat has helped contribute to the "sickness".  Each year she would give us an ornament and later she give me her Santa collection!
Christmas Decor Tour

It took me a while to collect all of the decorations that I have, but slowly I've accumulated a whole closet full of them.  And because said closet is reaching max capacity, I'm pretty selective about the new things I add.  Last year though, Matt and decided that we wanted a "grown up" tree.  So most of our "kid" ornaments stayed packed away and the new stuff came front and center!  The older ornaments that did make the tree this year have a special sentiment or story behind them and I couldn't help but not include them!

Our tree is a mix of glitzy, sparkly ornaments and rustic burlap with galvanized metal ornament accents, which is so totally "ME"! Thankfully, Matt likes it (and me) too!

Let's get this show on the road, eh?!  Starting with the tree...
Christmas Tree

The day after Christmas Matt and I ventured out to shop for our 'new' decorations and I totally swiped the button garland off a display tree!  I HAD to have it!!  The saleslady wasn't impressed that I took it off, but I still don't care...  The tree skirt I made a few years ago and think it goes well with the new theme.

Have you all see this pin?  The one about using two different size Christmas lights?  All the paint fumes I huffed from the frosting spray were totally worth it in my opinion!!  Yes, I could have bought frosted bulbs, but I had leftover lights from our wedding and a can of frosting spray paint...

DIY, thank you very much!

Christmas Decor Tour
Christmas Decor Tour

The Santa figurines start making their appearance on the entertainment center.  And of course, a nativity because His birth is the reason for the season!
Christmas Decor Tour
So the Santas...  Like I mentioned, they used to belong to my aunt.  For years they sat on the mantel at her house, but for about 5 years I've had them!  I should have counted the tubs in takes to contain them, but off the top of my head it's something like 7...  Not only are there figurines, but wall hangings and ornaments (a whole tree worth)!

Christmas Decor Tour
Christmas Decor Tour
Christmas Decor Tour
Christmas Decor Tour
Christmas Decor Tour

I'll never forget the first year I decorated the house with all the Santas!  I just kept unwrapping and unwrapping and unwrapping...  I couldn't even bring myself to unwrap all the Santa ornaments because of being overwhelmed by the sheer number of them!

Christmas Decor Tour
Two of the cutest photo bombers you ever did see!

And to keep up with the glitzy and rural charm, the dining room table is decorated with a burlap runner (surprise, surprise), sparkly cranberry swags and a lantern filled with glittered light bulbs!
Christmas Decor Tour

I wouldn't want to leave you hanging without seeing the outside decorations!  The porch isn't nearly as decked out as it is in the summer or fall, but it'll do in a pinch!
Christmas Decor Tour

Okay, spill!
Are you as guilty as I am of being a "Crazy Christmas Decorator"?

Holiday Linkup
Our Pretty Little Girls
Linking up with Lisa and Beth.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Proof of Life

No need to alert the media. 
All is well on the home front.
It'll be alright.

The last few days have been cray cray and I'm got so much to talk about, but today isn't gonna be the day for that sort of thing.  But trust me, I've got good things coming!

Until then, the pic below pretty much sums up what we've all been looking forward to since getting off the plane last week...

Naps on the recliner

Friday, December 5, 2014

5+ Things To Do Before Vegas

I'm a compulsive list maker.  My legal pad is typically at my fingertips.  It's actually right in front of me this moment.  #truestory  And I'm the happiest of campers when I can check stuff off of the 'Things To Do' list.

Leaving for Vegas on Sunday (and returning with only one prep day before our annual Christmas party) has multiplied my intense desire to have things done and checked off.  And to be completely honest, Matt and I got in a tiff this morning about what needs done and why he still plans on being gone all day Saturday hunting...

I'm still a little sour on this note.  Not that you can tell or anything!

So between getting home tonight and Sunday midday, I (b/c Matt will spend tonight getting his stuff ready for hunting, then spend Saturday in the duck blind.  Sunday he better be helping me!) need to:

//plant my fall hardy mums in hopes they come back next year
//finishing Christmas decorating
//pack for Vegas
//buy or make ugly sweaters for the party next week
//get all the non-perishable groceries for said party
//wrap presents
//pack the dog's food, beds, etc. because they're staying with family while we are gone
//and anything else that pops up...

Wish me luck!  And maybe say a prayer for Matt that I don't kill him before it's all said and done...

Linking up with Karli, Amanda and Christina.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ending 2014 on a High Note

Who else out there thinks December comes and goes in the blink of an eye? 

It's always such a flurry of activity!  Christmas parties.  Holiday baking.  Decorating... I cheated and jumped the gun wiht this one.  Shopping.  Wrapping.  So many things! 

Here are just a few things I'm looking forward to this month...

1.  In 5 short sleeps, we will be headed out to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo!  So many things to look forward to all rolled into one: yummy food, possible meet-ups with blogging pals and  I couldn't forget...
2.  Cowboy Christmas.  Yes, it warrants it's own because the shopping is incredible!
3.  Heading home to listen to my mom sing in the annual Christmas cantata.
4.  Watching the mailbox with bated breath for all those gifts I ordered to arrive!
5.  Baking and decorating cookies with my pals from back home.
6.  Our annual Christmas party.  It's always themed and this year it's an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!
7.  Opening Christmas cards.  It's a race at home to the mailbox!
8.  The epic 5 day weekend I get the week of Christmas.  Hoping to do a lot of crafting!
9.  Attempting to make new Christmas stockings so we all have matching ones.  Say a prayer for me!
10.  Getting our Christmas cards in the mail.  Here's a sneak peek of our adorable little family!

Happy Howlidays

Are you looking forward to anything particular this month?  
Hosting a Christmas party?  What's on the menu?

Love the Here and Now
Linking up with Anne