Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Our House...

WISHING YOU ALL [HAD] A MERRY CHRISTMAS!! NO...this is NOT a picture of our home!! {if only in my dreams} Rather, it is one of the many beautiful, old New England homes I passed on the way to the post office when I delivered the bundled goodies. And it was about the only good thing about having to go to the post office! :)

Ollie was a good car. 1987 Chevrolet Cutlas Cierra. We finally had to let him go. He was our first car as a married couple and we got him for a steal. $2500 back in 2001 with low mileage (can't remember off the top of my head). An elderly couple owned it and only drove it around town. That is when Ollie's adventures began. He took a cross-country trip from Chicago to MA and held on for 6 years with us. He was a great car. But it was time to say goodbye. So we drove him off to a car repair shop and received $100 for being able to drive him in. If you look closely, you may notice the dangling review mirror. Yeah, that was totally my fault. One day it just...POP...came right off. Here's to being a one car family!!

We were doing really well health-wise and almost made it through the bleak mid-winter without getting sick. almost. John actually had it the worst this time around keeping him completely on the couch for 5 days!! When the dr. looked at his throat, he said, "WHOAH...THAT'S NOT GOOD!!" But some prescribed meds helped him finally knock it out. Drew and Jack caught something also putting them in a low state of energy for a couple of days. I thought all was clear and well when everyone was on the rise. Then it hit ME!! So I was out for quite a few days also. I didn't totally mind because it was during the terrible snow storms that seemed to just keep coming. I think it was a full week that I did not leave the house one time with the boys. (I ran out twice very briefly out of necessity). Let's just say I AM SO THANKFUL we got that out of the way in time for Christmas.


***Off to the tree farm down the road. It was FREEZING that night!! We couldn't have picked a worse night to all go out...but we really needed to get our tree up. We have a fabulous full, huge fake tree we "inherited" but we couldn't move things around quite the same this year. So we opted for a darling little real tree...which I LOVE!!!! I have soooo many fond memories of us kids running around the tree farm playing "hide the scarf" while mom and dad picked out the perfect tree. I loved having the pine-scent fill the house this year!!

***So even though we were making memories...Jack was not thrilled at all!!! I don't blame him though. It was like 12* out!! Needless to say we found our tree rather quickly!!

***The boys flying in their airplane box that aunt megan's gifts came in.

***Drew dressed up like daddy. He has a little bit of everything: the dress shoes, the hiking stick, the climbing helmet and a hydration system on his back.


I know it's a little late...but here's our decked out house. I actually didn't take any pics of the boys rooms yet...still need to do that! SO...without further ado... ***We usually have our tree in the corner of the room since it's so huge but our tiny tree fit perfectly in front of our bay window and I LOVED IT. The lighted garland framed it perfectly!

***my ornament from our NYC trip.

***I have been saving the sleeves off of my Starbucks cups to put on the tree. I thought they were so festive this season! I think I might make something out of them for next year!!

***Jack & Andrew's nutcrackers standing guard the tree.

***the boys' each have a favorite stuffed animal. Not just a preferred animal. A true bond with each of their "friends!" Like, Pixel (drew's penguin that looks more like a duck) now has a voice of his own and says goodnight to mommy in his own way. Should I be concerned?? It is actually adorable. So I decided to get pixel & jack's elephant (name still undetermined) a stocking. Plus I thought these were too cute to pass up. $3 at Michaels!

***my complete Willow Tree Nativity scene. And if you don't recognize the stable that is because it is uniquely mine handmade by my husband from a few years ago.

***Gramma Jo (john's mom) watched the boys one night and did this kid-friendly nativity craft with them. This is actually really cute and she said Jack was really into it: he carefully stuffed the hay inside the pot and gently set the baby Jesus' head in. Every time he sees it he gets this proud smile and points at it like, "I did a craft!!" It is just small clay pots and wood balls with ribbon & raffia.

***a fun circle garland that says "merry christmas"~~my 1.99 find at Christmas Tree Shop! It was an inspiration for another project I did {but need to add to my "take picture of" list}.

*** deer on duty to watching over the stockings

***stockings. Yes, I know, there are only 3. Poor Jack still does not officially have a stocking. Since John and mine match (the 2 outside ones) I really want Jack and Drew's to match. But to no avail. I could not find a stocking with the least likliness of Drew's. So we used a chincy red santa looking one for Jack this year...which I removed for the picture. Better get on that for next year!!

***there's just something about Fresh Flowers in the house!!!

***More flowers & mini glass balls in the apothacary jar. (idea adapted from Stephanie)

***I saw this adorable idea in a magazine while Drew was getting a hair cut. You use glass ornaments and pull off the top part and use it as a vase. They glued it to a circle mirror for the base. I just pulled off the tab that connects the ornament to the hook and flattened it out a bit and glued it to the bottom of the ornament. It gave it something flat to sit on, however they were not super sturdy.

WELL...I must sign off but I have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to still blog come back soon!!! I have really, really enjoyed "spending Christmas with you all" cyber-style!! We will be heading to PA for New Years Eve to visit our friends Brion & Carrie Yarnell so I will try to get all caught up before we go.


journeyer said...

Thanks for all the creative ideas - I like the Merry Christmas Garland and the ornament vases.
Happy New Year.

Beth said...

Beautiful! I loved seeing your Christmas decor. It's amazing how all the Christmas "stuff" is so similar, but so unique at the same time. It was fun to see your Christmas style. Can't wait for more!

Stephanie (Wolynes) Steinbart said...

Hey! Your house just looks great! I love the beautiful callas and what a great idea with the ornaments for vases. I will have to tuck that away for next year. I hope drew is feeling better today!

Beth said...

Oh, I also really loved the little stockings for the special animal friends. I too have to hug and kiss "lamby" every night!

Noreen said...

Hi Erin,
I loved the pictures of your beautifully decorated home! I also loved the ornament idea and made a centerpiece--will send you a picture. I have also used your donut recipe and actually made the real thing on Christmas morning--they came out great! Glad to hear that you are all well. Will write you soon--miss you.........Noreen

S&s said...

oh wow girl!!! What great ideas for next year's Christmas! LOVED the flowers in the ornaments--fantastic!
Happy New Year!!

Liesl said...

Happy New Year, Erin! I so enjoy your gift of blogging--so beautiful.

akhughes said...

everything looked so beautiful for your Christmas decor. great ideas!