Archive for December 2011

So Yeah.....and My Christmas Present

December 29, 2011

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I didn't mean to take such a long blogging break! The husband and I both have this week off of work...and when you add in Christmas fun plus both of us being sick, not much blogging happens. The good news is the husband is starting to feel better. The bad news is I'm starting to feel worse.

Anyway, I thought I would share some of our Christmas with you! On Christmas Eve I spent most of the day feeling sick and watching movies on the couch. Luckily my mom saved the day by bringing over the most delicious meal so that this sick girl didn't have to cook. We ended up opening presents that night. Want to see my favorite gift? Be prepared for cuteness beyond words. 

 Meet Miss Sophie! That's right...the husband got me a kitten for Christmas! She is beyond adorable and the sweetest kitten we've ever had. She starts purring whenever you talk to her or look at her. We have been talking about getting a friend for Henry for awhile and after we met her it just felt right. 

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On Christmas day we went to my in-laws house for the day and had a great time!

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Wrigley had fun too....despite looking terrified in this photo. Unfortunately my camera died right after taking this.

For dessert I made a Christmas trifle.....it turned out more like a trifle that got slimmed. I called it the Grinch Stole Christmas trifle. It was yummy.

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And now, some more cuteness. Sophie looks so big here...but really she is tiny.

It's impossible to get her to sit still for a photo....she just wants to love on you instead. Best Christmas gift ever....my husband knows me so well!

Merry Christmas from our house! And Happy New Year!

**Edited to add: For those of you who've asked, the garland the husband and I are standing in front of is actually two skinny Christmas trees my father-in-law tied together at the top!

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This is Happening....

December 22, 2011

Today at work today we are having an ugly Christmas sweater party!
 Thanks to my wonderful neighbor, I am decked out! I even made a headband to match. We'll be voting today and the person with the ugliest outfit wins $100!

I think my co-worker has me beat for best/ugliest outfit. If I didn't love her so much I'd be so mad at her!

And in case you were wondering I am, in fact, also wearing red shoes!

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3 Weekend Christmas Goals...

December 19, 2011

Happy Monday! Can you believe Christmas is almost here? This month seems to be going by so fast and I'm running out of time to get everything accomplished. We had three goals for this weekend: 1. wrap all the presents, 2. do some Christmas baking, and 3. finish shopping for gifts.

Goal #1 accomplished! I love wrapping presents. We cut back on gifts big time this year so it was fairly easy!

Goal #2? Big fat fail. I didn't bake a single thing. I didn't even buy ingredients to make anything. But that doesn't mean we didn't enjoy some yummy cookies, courtesy of Oreo. 

And goal #3? I went shopping with my mom....but didn't buy any gifts. Fail. I did manage to buy a cute hat for myself though....does that count?

Have you finished your Christmas shopping and wrapping? What about baking? Please tell me I'm not the only one behind this year!

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Noel Letters

December 16, 2011

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Happy Friday! I'm crashing Holly's blog, Eight Six Eleven today! Go check it out to see how I made my Noel letters and leave some love!

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Awkward and Awesome....Never Say No to Pie

December 15, 2011

Happy Thursday! Is it just me or does it seem like this week is just dragging on and on? I just want it to be Christmas already! Today I'm linking up with The Daybook for Awkward and Awesome Thursday....because life is sometimes awkward but still awesome.

Awkward
1. Introducing people to each other when you've forgotten the person's name. Why does this happen to me all the time? The husband and I now have a system in place for this....if I don't know someone's name, I just say "Hi, good to see you! This is my husband, Jon" and then Jon says, "Hi, I'm Jon", shakes their hand, and hopes that the person then says their name. Totally works....most of the time.

2. Accepting free pies. The week of Thanksgiving, the realtor we used when we bought our house three years ago e-mailed us letting us know we could stop by his office for a free pie. Sounds good right? The husband totally made fun of me for RSVPing yes...but I wanted that pie! I totally thought I could just stop by, pick up the pie, and go. WRONG. I had to do a filmed...yes filmed!...interview about my experience working with him. Totally embarrassed. And totally unprepared. But....that brings me to my "Awesome"

Awesome
1. Turns out that free pie? Also included an entry into an iPad drawing. And guess who won? This girl! Totally worth that embarrassing interview!

2. I now have earned the title, "Best Wife Ever." Lesson learned: Never say no to a free pie.

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Oh Christmas Tree

December 8, 2011

I LOVE setting up our Christmas tree. The husband and I always get one right after Thanksgiving and spend the day sipping hot chocolate, listening to Christmas music, and decorating the tree. Although I end up doing most of the decorating....

Today I'm linking up with Honey We're Home to share my Christmas trees!

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Here's our main Christmas tree in the living room. I believe in A LOT of lights....I think I used at least 9 or 10 strands on this tree.

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Our topper this year is a large snowflake and an "R"

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That's me in the second grade!

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My friend Heather gifted me with ornaments a few years ago that were from my cats. This one of Pancake is especially sweet this year. He always loved our Christmas trees. We miss him every day.

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There are not any presents under our tree yet! So I filled my in-law's old berry basket with a few little decorations.

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We also have two mini trees this year. This one in the kitchen is going to display Christmas cards, each secured with a clothes pin....it's looking a little bare right now...come on people, get on it! I'm happy to report as of today all of our cards have been sent!

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Here's a shot of our family room decorated for Christmas.

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And of course we have a mini tree in here too! This one is technically Henry's tree....he's knocked it over at least 4 times already.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours! Make sure you link up and check out more Christmas trees!

And don't forget to enter my Stella and Dot giveaway HERE.

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Christmas on Pinterest

December 7, 2011

Happy Wednesday! I've been pinning Christmas stuff for what seems like ages on Pinterest! Now if only this month would slow down a little I might actually have time to do some of these projects!

I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple for Pinteresting Wednesday....and you should too!

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I just love this mantle. We have a flat screen TV above ours, which makes decorating tricky. I would love to do this....I'll just have to find a different place for it!


You all know I have a wreath obsession. I love this simple wreath with sparkly stars...it would be cute for the winter months too.

Source: imgfave.com via Julie on Pinterest

You are the sparkle in my snowflake....love!


Burlap and canvas tree skirt! And according to the pin, it's "no sew." I NEED this!


Adorable brown paper bag advent calendar. 

Source: hgtv.com via Julie on Pinterest

DIY felt snowflake table runner. Looks easy and adorable.

Source: etsy.com via Julie on Pinterest

Burlap ornaments....another easy DIY on my long to-do list.

Gingerbread cake balls.....yum! I usually make red velvet cake balls each Christmas....but I might have to switch things up a bit this year.

What are your favorite Christmas pins this week?

And don't forget to enter my Stella and Dot necklace giveaway HERE

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Oh Christmas Lights

December 6, 2011

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I think I mentioned last week that we hung up our Christmas lights, didn't I? In any case we got to work early this year and were able to put them up when it was warm outside instead of snowing like last year!

Speaking of last year, remember our dilemma? 
We used LED lights for the first time and boy, were they bright! Even though we were fans of LED lights in general, they just didn't look good on our house. They were too bright and cool compared to the warm lights inside our house and on our Christmas tree. 

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So last year I picked up some new traditional lights at an after Christmas sale. I plan to get more this year so that we can do the second story too. I think it looks so much better, don't you?

In other news I also made a new wreath for our front door!

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An "R" of course!

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It was really easy to make. I picked up a large "R" from Joann's (50% off!) and then just used some old garland I had lying around. 

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I wrapped the garland around the "R" and used the wire already in the garland to secure it.

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Then I fluffed the branches out to cover the entire "R".

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I added some sparkly pine cones and some red berries to the top...then secured it on our door with some burlap. The whole project cost me only $7.

Did you put up your Christmas lights?

Don't forget to enter my Stella and Dot giveaway HERE!

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