Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Fun December

This picture speaks for it's self, our house is ecstatic or should I say my husband that OSU will be playing on Jan 1st. Now for Buddy, he is such a lazy lazy elf. I try...I really do. I don't know why I torture myself with coming up with ideas of moving a plastic creepy elf. I know why...Because my children love it. Mostly these days it's Lauren she wakes up every morning looking for Buddy. The boys are now in on the magic of Christmas, so they thankfully help me out sometimes.
 Last week Rob had his work Christmas party, it was such a fun night. I haven't dressed up in forever. The kids only know me in my mom uniform which consists of ballet flats, jeans, and some button up shirt in a select number of colors. Rob actually picked out my dress and I loved it. The day before the event he told me the dress code of cocktail attire which I about died when he told me. I had plans to volunteer at the school most of the day the day of the dinner. So that night we ventured out to the mall. I think as I have gotten older I know what I like and that does not consist of looking through racks of endless clothes. Its so nice to see it, try it on and go. In my mind I know exactly what I like but finding that look takes way to much time. I wish I could make Pinterest Pins my closet, that would solve lots of issues. 
A few weeks before we had some of the people who work with Rob over for a team building event. They made dinner together, it was actually fun. I was impressed with some of the men's skills. I love the people he works with they are the best he is so lucky he has a great team.

In between everything I have been trying to get some shopping done. The best trick to keep kids happy a phone and popcorn. I thought I would have tons of time during the week but no, I am out shopping with my whole family.  Last Sunday Jaden's church group went to the nursing home. Rob and I helped and took Lauren and Drew to have a nice experience serving others. They loved it! That is a understatement actually it was such a fun event for them. I was so proud of all our kids they were so sweet and kind to all the residents. They sang Christmas Carol's and showed great care.

Some funny stories...I met a lady and she told me about her daughter Katie Jo 3x, it was so cute. I met her three times and she did not remember meting me the first time but had just as much enthusiasm and sweetness each time.  I was so proud of my kids they were naturals. I looked over at one point and Drew is sharing the salvation message.  He carefully and gentle explained what each bead on the cross necklace represented as the little old lady drifted off to sleep in her chair, God love him. These sweet elderly people were precious, they loved seeing the children and loved the attention. My kids loved it so much that when our group left they wanted to stay and play Bingo. The little old lady we played Bingo with was 91 and was quite sharp. She was as competitive as Lauren.

Lauren won a banana from her Bingo. I just love my sweet sweet kids. Last week I also went out with some of my neighbors, mom's night out. It was a lot of fun. People in Houston are so interesting. Where we live people are from all over and have the most fascinating careers and lives. We have been busy non-stop but in good ways. I'm looking forward to Christmas and I'm happy to say I don't miss cold weather a bit. It is still weird that it is in the 60-70's here most days.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Christmas Decor

I put some lights outside. It's nothing to spectacular. Rob won't get on the roof to do lights, and he won't let me so the lights in the bushes is our extent of lights. Maybe one year we will pay someone to do the lights, but for now it's good.
I bought some new ornaments. The funny story about this one is that it is a neat frame that I planned on putting a family picture in. One of my friends came over last week and I told her I haven't filled it in yet so don't laugh. She said well you do love Pottery barn and so do I so we will honor Pottery Barn so maybe you should leave it. It's kind of funny. 

Found these little nests at Marshall's
My big tree leans a little to the right, very odd. I hope that I just didn't put something together correct hopefully it stays up unless Mr. Crosby decides to climb his Magical Tree Fortress and leans a little to much to the right, oh no!

 One of my friends asked me how I do my garland and I told her my secret is mixing a bunch of stuff and using natural looking picks. This garland is cheap garland with a swag of fall looking pumpkins mixed in. With the greenery and lights I think it goes well for Christmas. I love finding natural elements even from the yard.

 I love this ribbon I found a huge role at Sam's club for very inexpensive.

Another great Ross find, silver trees $15. They are so messy with glitter everywhere but I love these!!

 My Urn's are looking a little pathetic but I love them. I need to find something new eventually maybe wrought Iron with some ivy. The problem is it takes me a long time to find exactly what I want. I can't just go to the store and find it. In my head I know what it is but the frustrating  fun part is finding it for the price I want to pay.
I'm loving the house right now if feels so warm and happy!

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Welcome Please Come In

I'm finally done with most of our Christmas decorations. Last year we were living in the hotel so this is our first year in our new home for Christmas.We are enjoying it so much!! I started a couple weeks ago and did a little here and there. I have so much stuff half was useful and a lot didn't work. I still have stuff in my spare bedroom everywhere I need to make a donation and really got through stuff and organize. I had to come up with a whole new plan on where I wanted stuff hopefully next year it will go faster. 

I love these wreaths, so cute only $16. I bought them at Ross which is such a hit or miss store. I never go in there looking for anything I need it just changes from day to day. From pure junk to stuff that is really cute, you never know. We have a ton here so I go to a couple different ones every couple weeks.
We bought a new tree for our entrance it's really pretty and fits perfectly. I made this tree my Pottery Barn inspired tree. Everything is gold, silver, natural. The garland on my banister is a bunch of greens I already had that I layered to make work. I need to buy some more but I was trying to swing it with all the stuff I already had. It's amazing how you can make things work. Sometimes I think I need new but then I start getting creative and it works.
 In my kitchen living area I have my other tree, it's pretty much right around the corner. I love this tree! It's such a beautiful bright natural looking tree. When we moved from Columbus our church friends gave us a awesome gift card so we bought this and I love it.

Rob's boss went pheasant hunting so I had Rob text him to bring me home a few feathers, I am so glad I did!!
 At night things look so cozy
 I found the best ribbon this year I will post some close ups tomorrow but I tried some new stuff this year and I am happy with everything.

I will have some more pictures soon. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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