Friday, December 15, 2017

Five On Friday

Happy Friday! I can't believe this time next weekend we will be getting our Christmas weekend started. We are actually starting this weekend with a visit from Patricks Aunt Patsy and her family to exchange gifts and get together!  I am really loving this time of year and trying to enjoy every second of it no matter how chaotic it is.

O N E | Family Baking day...I mentioned in an earlier post that for as long as I've been in my husbands family we have done a family baking day during the holidays. I wasn't sure if we would do it this year since we don't have Donna here anymore but my FIL was wonderful and organized it and on Wednesday night we all got together and baked Tea Cakes and fudge. It was organized chaos as always but seeing everyone together warmed my heart. Although there was a major void without Donna I am certain she was there in spirit and watching over the entire thing. Probably laughing about the burnt chocolate peanut candy that happened. I am truly living in a mans world over here!

T W O | The Grinch...One of our local dance studios puts on "The Grinch" every Christmas and last night I took Jack for the first time. I love this show, they do a great job and it's full of laughs and the dancing the girls do is amazing. Jacks sweet little friend Carleigh was a 'Who" this year and he loved seeing her. In fact every time she wasn't on stage he asked where she was. These 3 have been friends since practically birth and have such a love for each other.

T H R E E | Graham...Sweet Grahammy gets his own favorite for this week. We had a rare lunch date earlier this week while Jack was at lunch bunch. He also has benefiting from some hand me downs from Jack, I loved this hat and he was so cute wearing it I didn't even care that it said Jack on it.

F O U R | The Tree at my In-laws... This tree is beautiful and I am so impressed that my FIL put it up all on his own this year. But my favorite part are the ornaments. Every single one of these ornaments was either hand made or has a story behind it. And the best part of all, last year I happened to be over there when my MIL was putting up the tree and helped her decorate and with every ornament she pulled out she could tell me who gave it to her or the meaning behind it. Funny how this time last year we had no idea what would happen just a mere 6 months later. I am more thankful than ever that I was able to hear all about those ornaments last year. Just thinking about that moment brings me to tears now. I loved seeing Graham cozied up to the tree admiring all the ornaments the other day.

F I V  E | Did you catch my Christmas Decor Home Tour I shared yesterday? Be sure to check out all the Holiday cheer we have going on in our house!

*Linking up with Andrea, April, and Katie

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Christmas Home Tour-2017

This is one of my favorite posts both to read and to write! I am sharing with ya'll my Christmas decor around the house. I love how festive and cheerful Christmas decorations make a home feel. I try to add a few new pieces each year to my decor but for the most part everything stays the same. In fact I am glad I wrote this post last year because I had to look back it it to remember what went where.

So come on in and take a peek around our home!

I just realized that our spotlight is definitely not pointed to the front door...not sure how I haven't realized this until now..I think the major wind we had the other night moved it around.

 I added these trees this year that flank our front door. In fact Patrick suggested it! We were at Lowes looking for Christmas tree and he saw them and knew I had always wanted some. I love them!

My favorite view from outside!

Coming in you are greeted with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

I changed up everything in my dining room this year. All of it came from Hobby Lobby except the table runner which is Target.

Our playroom (Which will also be the "living room" once we move the toys upstairs) houses our Christmas tree. I love that I can still see it from our den and that it can be seen from the street! 

A few of my favorite ornaments. 

My sister gave me this sign this year and I love it!

Our kitchen/den is where most of the decor is, since this is where we spend most of our time. 

The boys both have trees in their rooms but I failed at ever getting a photo of them. The only time I remembered was when they were napping/in bed for the night. Jacks is a 3 foot one and Grahams is a little table top. They love turning them on and Jack falls asleep with his on nightly and I adore walking into his room to turn it off and seeing his sweet little self asleep. 

Thanks for taking a peek into my Christmas decor! 

*Linking up with Annie