Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas To All and To All A Good Night

How is it Christmas Eve tomorrow?  I am so far behind! 
 I have to let you guys in on a little secret.  I am pregnant.  My new sweet little baby should be arriving in mid-July as long as everything goes well.  But that means right now I am about 9 weeks along and have been very prego sick and tired for about a month now.  Add to that the fact that Thursday morning I woke up to a killer sore throat that quickly grew into a sore throat, fever, head and body ache kinda thing and I have been laying around dying for the past two days....  you can see why I am feeling behind.
But like we learn from the Grinch, Christmas isn't about boxes or bags it is about a little bit more and nothing can stop Christmas from coming.  Not even a sick mommy.  It will come just the same.
I hope you all have a VERY Merry Christmas.  And remember the joy and hope that was brought to us all by the birth of a baby so long ago.

Merry Christmas!
and Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have You Seen This Awesomeness?

I have been in full holiday mode.  I love the holidays, but I hate that I can't ever seem to stay on top of things.   I have a couple cool projects up my sleeve that I am working on and I am planning on starting my holiday baking on Wednesday so you can look forward to some yummy cookie posts in the near furtue.  But for today I want to ask you a question??  Have you seen this awesomeness?

I LOVE this.  If you could I would just put it right in my front room.  I am thinking I need to find time to make one for my family room   I don't have room for all three, but I think one large print like this could be amazing between the windows in my family room.  Landee has the free printables in a much more manageable size here.

Yup.  That is some serious awesomeness from my blessed life.  I LOVE all the layers of details.  How does she keep her kids from destroying this.  Pretty sure my kids would knock over the flowers and try to use the sled in a matter of minutes.  Is it just my kids or have everyone elses kids gone crazy recently?  I think they are just excited about Christmas being so close... or it could be that I met each of them make their own gingerbread house this year and I am letting them eat them....  Bryce, being the wise almost 2 year old that he is dumped handfuls of M&Ms in the yard of his house.

You can see Bryce's M&M house in the background here with Logan.  Silly kid.  I know at one point that day he was properly dressed and his hair was done.  But I love the umm..... pose.?  He really likes to pose for pictures, to bad his poses are't usually ones that I would have chosen.  At least he is not lacking personality. right..

I totally ADORE the garland on the railing.  Ahhh Someday.....  I also love pretty much everything else about this set up.    It's like Christmas at Martha Stewart's house.

Also I have been completely un-inspired when it comes to decorating my front porch this year.   We are having a big Christmas Eve party at our house and I want it to be really welcoming, but I am just not feeling it.  Any ideas???  I guess I will have to waste some more time on Pinterest.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday Night Features - Christmas Crafts

I don't know if you watch the news (I don't.) but if you do you may have heard about a major wind storm in Utah on Thursday???  You may have even heard the town Farmington UT mentioned as one of the places hit the hardest.  We are talking reported wind gusts of over 100 mph.  Yeah, I live in Farmington.  It was CRAZY.  and get this... They didn't close the SCHOOLS!!!  What?  I kept my kids home... heck I made my husband stay home half the day, but after the power went out and he couldn't work from home he decided he had a risk it and go in to work.  At least by that point they had realized they needed to keep semi trucks off I-15.  
We were very lucky.  Our power was only out for about 11 hours and the damage to our house was minimal (although there were several moment during the storm that I thought for sure the whole east side of the house was going to blown away), but my neighborhood and a lot of other places were hit HARD.  Roofs blown apart, windows broken, fences blown away, siding and stucco blown off, swing sets blown over.  My husband called me on his way to work.  By that point in the day not a lot of people were going out and he said it looked like a war zone.  

Tonight I am just grateful to be sitting here, on my computer, with electricity and not hearing the sound of wind outside.  Ah it feels good to have things feeling normal... ish.

Shall we move on to the features?  You ladies have been busy.  I love all the Christmas stuff!  I still feel very behind on all my Christmas decorating.  I think next year I am just going to do it before Thanksgiving.  I have done that in the past and I feel like it really gives me more time when December hits.

As I have been getting out my Christmas stuff I realized that my taste has changed over the years and I kinda don't like about half of it.  I wish it all looked more like this.  I love this "Oh, Christmas Tree" mirror, sign, art thing from 52 mantels.  I may be copying that.

I am also rather in love with this felt ice skate garland.  I am thinking maybe using it as inspiration for new stockings.  I could do a different color pom pom thing for each person.  That way the boy's wouldn't be too girly.  That is a great tutorial at Ruby Jean.

What a cute idea from Pocket Change Gourmet.  The embellished canister is really great.

I am loving this advent calendar from 36th Ave.  I think it would have made a great neighbor gift and I love the colors.

I am all about trying to make sure my kids (and I) remember the real reason  we celebrate Christmas.  I think I will have to make one of these for my kids.  You can get the tutorial at Sweeter than Sweets.

And well I am on advent calendars, don't you just love this one from Paper Vine?  I really like the little shadow box area in the middle.