Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#138}

Is it Friday already??  Ready to party?


This week has simply flown by!!  Everyday has dwindled into nothing before I even get half-way through my list of things I needed to get done that day!  Agh!!  I am definitely feeling the pressure of the season this week.  What makes it better? - knowing my baby boy is coming home today to stay for a while this time.  :)

So, in the midst of the crazy this week I did get a chance to add our Christmas home tour into the mix of all the lovely eye candy of Christmas home tours out there.  


But honestly, and I know this comes up now and again in the blog world, I feel the need to get real and show you what things actually look like around here after this crazy week, so you don't get to thinking we are too perfect or anything. HA! (and yes, that's my hubby in the kitchen trying to fix our fridge that decided to stop cooling on the refrigerator side this week - fun times - I love that he is willing to be handy)


Whew!  It feels good to get that off my chest!  No perfection here, just real life and some good staging skills.  So, if you're feeling overwhelmed by all the pretty pictures of perfection around you, know that this is a safe place and all are welcome here!  :)

Now about the party - once again you guys wowed me with your creativity!  It was definitely hard to pick favorites this week!  But, here they are.


Remember, If you are pinning one of these great ideas for yourself, please click over to the original link and pin from there - thanks!

I'm adding another home tour for you to check out.  Angela from Simply Beautiful shared her home with us.  I love the natural color scheme she has used throughout, so peaceful.

Christmas Home Tour from Simply Beautiful be Angela

If you are looking for one more craft, this one from Tanya at twelve0eight is absolutely adorable - this is definitely going on my list for next year!!

Christmas Trees on Cars/Vintage Style from twelve0eight

All of my holiday baking had me checking out new recipes.  I love the history behind these Christmas cookies from Rose at What Rose Knows.  And, they sound delicious too!

Christmas Cookie Recipe from What Rose Knows

And, most likely you are busy wrapping at least a few more presents.  I love the creativity and love that is put into this brown paper packaging by Amy at Delineate Your Dwelling.  So cute!

Brown Paper Packages from Delineate Your Dwelling

Well, those are my picks for the week.  If you were featured, grab a button.


Be sure to check out the other hostesses to see what they picked.  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board for features and one board for other things that may have caught our eye.




We will be taking the next couple of weeks off from the party, but we will be back in January ready to see all the loveliness that you guys always have to offer!!  Thanks again for partying here with us! Now I'm off to clean-up around here!!  ;)

Now it's your turn to show off!!

Remember the rules :)
  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: NancherrowInspiring Hearts and HomeSew A Fine SeamMore Than MommiesFrazzled JOY, and Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like - recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways...whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it's a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.


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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

I hope you enjoyed the tour of our Christmas-ified home! Today we are here to talk trees.  :)

Our Christmas tree is a labor of love.  A family labor of love.  You may not find it on the pages of a magazine, but it is perfectly loved by this family, and perfectly beautiful to me.  


So much a tradition that our college freshman son INSISTED on decorating the tree while he was home for Thanksgiving - a three and a half day break - one of those days being Thanksgiving.  And, of course we did!!


We have a 9 1/2 ft slim tree that is packed full of ornaments.  Every single ornament has some sort of memory or meaning to them.  Some are ornaments given to me or my hubby when we were teachers.  Others have been gifts from friends and family.  Some are ornaments we have purchased to remember and event or trip. Many or ornaments the kids have made at school or church.  The only 'fluff' ornaments on there are ones my hubby and I collected at after-Christmas sales early on in our marriage.  And, even those aren't really fluff because they remind me of our beginnings.  


The ornament on the bottom right is a new addition this year.  Given to me by one of my dearest friends and prayer partners (there are four of us, and we each got one) as a reminder of the bond that only God could have created.  We have prayed each other through SO many things.


So, there you have it.  A collection of love and memories that I love unpacking every year. {click here to see the easy and inexpensive way we store our ornaments each year


These memories are the reason I can't wait to get the tree up (the day after Thanksgiving of course), and why it stays up at least until New Years, and sometimes past.  Well, that and the lights.  I love twinkle lights.  Ahhh.

Since my kiddos were small they have had their own trees in their rooms which they help choose how to decorate.  It's fun to see their little personalities come out every year.  This year was hard for mama because I pretty much had to make them decorate them.  But, by golly the trees were going in.  



Even in my daughter's packed tight room we got in a little tree with twinkle lights.  


Trying my best to keep the wonder of the season in the hearts of these too-cool teenagers, and pre-teen!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!



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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014

I have loved being welcomed into everyone's homes this holiday season and seeing all of the wonderful decorations!  Christmas is a wonderful time of year!!  Now, it's my turn to welcome you into our home and share some Christmas cheer!  



I kept things a bit simple this year.  Only about a third of the decorations actually came out of storage.  And, you know what??  I love it!





We have placed out tree here for the last couple of years and it is really perfect.  I love my slim tree!!

This is our first Christmas with our new kitchen and dining. I was a little worried at first as to how I would work around the orange and turquoise, but I think it looks lovely.







Our second bath (kids and guest) got a little dressing.  :)  This room is on the list for a makeover this year.  The red is great for the holidays, but other than that, I'm over it.


I have been writing scripture verses on the mirror for a couple of months now, and my kids love it.  :)


The kids' trees.


This is also the first Christmas with our new and improved master bedroom and bath.  I usually don't decorate much in here, but I decided hubby and I needed a little Christmas cheer!


The red made a re-appearance for the winter :).





Thanks for stopping by and know you are always welcome here!!  Merry Christmas everyone!!

For a little more Christmas cheer check out these posts



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