At the beginning of December we visited the most fantastic photographer, Buster Clem, of Clem Photography, to have family pictures done. He took sports and Senior pictures for Tim and my brother Chad, and we went to church with him for years. He and his wife do an amazing job, we were SO excited with the way our pictures turned out!
but am pretty sure I'm failing miserably! It was so easy updating facebook, but when I blog I feel like it takes me FOR.EV.ER to say anything important, and uploading pictures isn't as easy either. So, I'll try to do better from now on...but I'm not making any promises!
We had a great Thanksgiving, my Mom's family, plus two other families from church came to our house, and as with most families, we had enough for food seconds, thirds, and probably tenths! I made the mashed potatoes, dressing, and pumpkin roll, and apparently they were all a huge hit, so I was very happy - it was my first time making dressing, and it was my Mom's recipe, so I needed it to taste just like hers....and it did! The Saturday after we went to Tim's parents to celebrate with his Mom's family and had a great time there as well. And my dressing got rave reviews again :) I felt really good, because his Aunt Scarlet's husband said it tasted just like his mothers, and they had been trying to duplicate it for 17 years! Any time someone says something is as good as their moms I feel like that the ultimate compliment.
We are SO ready for Christmas at my house, we decorated the Saturday before Thanksgiving, because I just couldn't wait. We went that Friday and saw HP7, then went to Wal-Mart and bought a huge, gorgeous, pre-lit tree and decorated the whole house the next day. Since this is the biggest house we've had since getting married it took all day to get it done just how I wanted it. But I also cleaned things out, reorganized our storage area, and had to decorate all the garland, so it shouldn't take as long next year. Jack has really liked the tree, he walks up to it every day, waves his hand over it and says "bribby", which means pretty. He LOVES the lights, and did great the first week it was up, but the last three days he's turned into a little terror constantly pulling the same 3 ornaments off! I was expecting it, but he fooled me by leaving it alone when it was first up!
We've got a bazillion things going on this month; a Christmas party at our house for families our ages from church, family pictures, Riley's birthday party, Christmas for Tim's family at our house, a progressive dinner for the youth group...and that's just what we're doing at home, not including all the other fun stuff that's going on! I hope everyone is already enjoying a wonderful holiday season, and eating up this cold weather, because it never lasts, does it? I like the cold, especially when it's sunny so today is my favorite kind of day! And lastly, the work in our mudroom has finally begun! Woohoo! We've got one new door in, and sometime at the end of this week they're going to be replacing the flooring and the door that goes into our backyard - this makes me VERY happy!
Here's a look at what our home looks like all dressed up for Christmas!
I am so, so, so totally in love with my tree! It's all green and silver and packed full of ornaments, just like I've always wanted.
Riley's first Christmas baby shoes :)
And Jack's. It took a long time to find a pair last year that were similar to big brothers!
I had so much fun decorating the top of my china hutch. There are silver glittery swirly things (how's that for a description?) tucked into the garland.
The plate rail - I didn't want to remove all my green glassware, but it needed to be "Christmased Up".
And the buffet....one of these days I would like to have enough of a village to put them around the plate rail, but it will take a looooong time to collect that many!
I found these adorable little things at Hobby Lobby where all the decor is for the miniature trees. I love how they catch the light!
The garland :) We've also got it over our two LR windows with a flower and 2 silver ornaments on each corner.
Kohl's had these gorgeous sequin covered candles, and I couldn't pass them up, they were less than $5 a piece and are so festive!
This is pretty much the only decorating I did in the LR besides a couple of cute metal Santas, because Jack wants to "touch" everything. And touch is putting it mildly, lol!
And this is totally unrelated, but this is my awesome new kitchen sink and faucet. It's so shiny. And white. And CLEAN!
I'm so ready for Christmas my lists have lists! We're hosting Thanksgiving for my family at our house, this is the first "thing" we'll have in our new home, and the first time we've ever hosted a holiday since we've been married, so it's very exciting - but I declined cooking the turkey, I'm too afraid I'll mess it up ;) Things are going so great here, there aren't words to described how blessed we feel to be back home; our church family is wonderful, and living right by my parents doesn't hurt either! Jack keeps getting teeth, although he only has four on bottom - his two front teeth, and 2 molars, which I find strange! He's funny and happy most of the time, but he's already learned what NO means, and he pitches the biggest fit when he hears it - I'm talking about throwing himself down on the floor fits. But it's still pretty funny because when I ignore him, which I always do, he starts pushing himself around on his back and that's always good for a laugh! He says a lot of words, a few of them are: Mama, Dada, Bubba, Uh-oh, bye bye, Hiiiiiii, Tataw (Papaw), Mamaw, Bite, Nana (for banana), night night, drive drive, no....and maybe a couple of others that I'm not remembering right now. His favorite word is Bubba, he'll walk to the foot of the stairs and call Riley, who's his favorite person besides me and his Papaw. He is also wanting to feed himself, and it's really messy. Riley didn't show any interest in that until he was at least 2, so I see a lot of spills and messes in our immediate future! Riley is doing really well in school, his teacher is still so wonderful. Even when he has a less than great week she doesn't dog him about it, which I love, she understands kids are kids, and sometimes they're rowdy. He got all A's on his first report card, and 1 B (an 89) on his second. He has the entire week off for Thanksgiving, and that's awesome, I can't wait to take them to the park, and the Children's Museum, and start decorating for Christmas! Back to Christmas....we don't have a tree, when we moved into the apt. while Tim was in preaching school we knew there wasn't room to store it, or put it up, so we gave it to Tim's parents, so now we get to buy a BIG pre-lit tree (since we have tall, tall ceilings), which makes me happy! I've already been buying decorations for it, and planning where I'll put everything - I don't go crazy and decorate every single room, but I do decorate all the rooms where company spends the most time. We'll start decorating Thanksgiving night, and probably finish since we're not having to go anywhere, so I'll post pictures then! We've got a progressive dinner/Christmas party for our youth group, Riley's birthday party, Tim's families Christmas at our house, a 4th grade and under Christmas party, caroling at the nursing home, Family Game Night, and big New Year's Eve party, and a young married's Christmas party at our house - all next month. It's going to be CRAZY, but I'm so excited I can hardly stand it!
Here are some pictures of the boys, since they're the reason most people look here anyway ;)
This is the only one that really needs a caption;
Chad as the coolest Wolverine ever and Tim as Magnum P.I. for Halloween
Yes, those claw were really metal, and yes, I do have a thing for the real Tom Selleck...something about those dimples and that mustache ;)
This is the living room, with nasty mauve carpet, a crooked ceiling fan, falling down blinds (that some moron installed about 3 inches below where they should have been), and a lovely broken window.
This is the front corner of the living room, where our bedroom door is. The front door is the original door from the house, but was obscured by the nasty pink fabric :)
This is the back side of our bedroom, and the bathroom door. You can't tell really well from the picure, but the wallpaper is seafoam green and peach. Even for the early 90's when it was remodeled this was a BAD color combo. Also, the ceiling was green, along with the entire bathroom!
You can see the green pretty clearly in this picture - our closet is behind the double doors, it has a built in chest and shoe shelves, which I'm pretty excited about :) A big jetted tub, seperate shower, and a little room off the the right where the toilet is.
This is the front wall of our room. I loved the original doors that were left in the house, but there were only 3 of them, and the back of this one was painted, along with all the original trim, but it was too hard to strip and restore.
Also, I love the windows surrounding the tub! Within the next several months they'll all be replaced for energy efficient windows, but they'll be made to look the same with the 3 wooden bars across the top.
Breakfast nook - The door to the right that's open leads into what will be the mudroom in about two more weeks and the door straight ahead goes into Jack's room. It will be our office once he isn't waking up with his teeth in the night any more.
We absolutely hated the rooster border, and green cabinets, but our countertops are wood from the original house, and they're really pretty. We're replacing the sink and faucet though, they were pretty disgusting!
This is looking down into the room that will be the mudroom - and eventually the laundry room - the little piece of door you see in the far left is the smokehouse (where they smoked meat) from the original property that's over 100 years old. The couple we bought the house from built this room to connect the main house with the smokehouse. It's getting two new doors, and new flooring once my Dad has the time to do it.
This is the inside of the smokehouse, the door leads into the future mudroom, and the other door past the mudroom leads into the kitchen. The door to the right goes onto the back deck. We're really not sure why someone decided to paint half the trim hot pink, but it's pretty ugly.
This got misplaced...it's the ceiling of the living room. I love, love, love the beams and they're in the dining room too. All the dark trim is original from 1913 and it's the biggest part of why I loved this house so much.
This is one side of the dining room, right above the border is a plate rail that runs around the entire room.
And this is looking into the formal dining from the living room. The floors aren't old, probably only about 20 years, and we're going to recover them with the dark distressed looking flooring, maybe next year. Tim says I have to pace myself!
These stairs are to the left of the breakfast nook, and were covered in what has to be the dirtiest carpet, pretty much ever.
This is Riley's room, he loves it! The door to the left has a Jack and Jill bath that connects to the other room that's upstairs. I love all the storage in the closets!
Sorry this one is so dark...this is looking into his room from the head of the stairs.
And this will eventually be Jack's room, but for now it's the office. That lovely border you see was covered in baseball stuff, with striped wallpaper behind it.
And that is the closet :) To the right is the door that goes into the bath from this room. I love that both their rooms have two big windows, Jacks looks into the backyard, which is pretty big, and Rileys looks onto the driveway, but there are two huge crepe myrtle trees, so he has a pretty view.
I forgot to upload the pics of the office downstairs, which is Jack's room for now, but it has a closet in it where they washer/dryer go for now, and a half bath. The closet had rickety bifold doors on it, that were pretty much falling apart, and the bath was more recently redone, with a little cabinet and almost brand new toilet. Once the flooring is in the the half bath, and Rileys bath upstairs (next week!) I'll post the pics of how it looks now. Which is much better than it looks in these pictures! I know some of our friends here that looked inside it thought we were nuts :)