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Christmas Decor, Somewhat

Remember, when I said I felt like things were changing?

They are. Everywhere. But not just within me, around us. Everything changes. Daily. People change. Daily.  Embracing the imperfectionism that I see and loving it is what makes this Christmas so special. My house isn’t perfect, not even close and my house isn’t exactly what I pictured but without spending bookoos (spelling??) of money, BUT it’s just going to have to be simple.

And truthfully, I love it.

Here is what our house is looking like around Christmas….

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I tried to buy garland at Hobby Lobby and turns out I bought ROPE garland. Yep, there’s a difference. Anyway, I just put it on the mantle and hid it with extra branches from our tree.

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Last year, Russ’ grandmother made us these amazing burlap stockings.

The window is from our house prior to renovation. I had the pre-lit wreath from our first house and just kind of tied everything together.

This is one little corner in my living room. We moved the dresser over to this wall to put our tree up, but I think we may leave it!

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I’m in love with this hanging in our kitchen window that I saw in BHG this month. Kuy is a pro at painting his hands thanks to his fabulous preschool teacher!

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Check out my shelf I haven’t blogged about yet! Russ did an outstanding job! I can’t wait to show you more detailed pictures. (And I cannot wait to show you my incredible dad and the hood he built this weekend!)

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Here’s the end of our island and some simple décor that Cray LOVES to get his hands on!

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Anyway, on with the tour…I am seriously torn about the dining room. I truly cannot decide what to do.

For now, I just have this one table decorated.

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I hung some garland here and filled it in with branches from my tree. I didn’t use floral wire at all. I actually just used the wire garland and let it grab onto the branches!

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It’s the little things.

Finally, (which should have probably been first) here’s my porch! The letter was made at the Home Depot Women’s Workshop! I think we were supposed to cut them out ourselves but there were a lot more gals than they anticipated and a couple of men cut them out instead. When I say if looks could kill, I’d be dead, I’m not joking. At least the man that cut mine out had a smile in his eyes…even though I could tell he was not thinking happy thoughts when I handed him this T!

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I hope he knows I’m in love with it.

I’m not used to a porch like this and my trees had little pots. So, I grabbed a brick and stuck them inside my flower pots, filled in the space with leaves and called it a day! (I got the idea from Southern Lady magazine that a sweet, sweet friend sent me a subscription for!)

So, there’s what our house is looking like these days…there are so many things I still want to do but today, we had our first Christmas celebration here and I quickly realized how unimportant those other little things are compared to this:

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Obviously, not everyone got the funny pose memo….:)

Celebrate the little things that truly matter today.

Merry Christmas!

Love,
Amber

 

Linking to The Nester’s Home Tour!

http://www.thenester.com/2013/12/welcome-to-the-2013-christmas-tour-of-homes.html

Life Happened and a Quick Chair Makeover

I am so slack. It’s been ten days since I lasted posted but things have been crazy (as they have for everyone!!)!

Cray was sick most of last week and really just wanted to be held (no complaining here about the holding part).

This weekend, Russ got sick, again, and claims he has the bubonic plague. No, not really, but seriously, he has a TERRIBLE cough!

So slowly things have moved to the bottom of the to do list.

Priority #1-get everyone well.
Priority #2-clean up after them because as soon as I clean up one space, another is messed up. #firstworldproblems

There are so many little things I want to do, to create, to blog about, but right now, there’s just not time.

So please forgive me. Not my intention at all to neglect this, but for us, life happened (aka basketball season started, football season is still not over, and classes are still Monday and Wednesday nights…oh, and we have two kids under two).

But we are oh, so blessed and I’m not complaining. I’m clearly making excuses. 🙂

Thanks for sticking around.

Here’s a peak at one project I’ve snuck in…(taking words of advice from my DIY friend, it’s just paint so I’ve just started painting random things…like the pads of my chairs). I also painted paper. Hopefully, I can share that this week!

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One more nighttime pic…
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A Short Story

November 3, 2013

This morning, Kuy came running in our room saying, “Cay-bay cying!!” (translated to Cray Bay is crying…which is our nickname for Cray).  (And yes, we have a monitor…we were already aware he was crying.)

So, Russ, headed to their rooms and immediately came running back.

I thought something was wrong but then he was dying laughing and said, “I’ve got to get a picture of this.” He wouldn’t tell me what it was and said there wasn’t any way I would believe him if he didn’t take a picture. I thought maybe Cray was standing up in the crib.

Nope.

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Turns out, he’s just got a great big brother who thinks trucks will make everyone stop crying.

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Love these kids.

I’m also thankful this Sunday for spontaneous Target trips and Cartwheel. I’m so thankful that I had some girl time. Thanks, B, for being up for a Target run at eight o’clock on a Sunday night.