Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Tour...

Welcome to my humble abode. The Christmas Season is in full swing and while I still have gifts to make and shopping to do, I just can't stand to miss a good party, so here I sit blogging while I should be doing so many other things! I don't feel too guilty though, because I am gonna attend 3 parties at once, and wear pajamas, and entertain my rowdy boys, all at the same time.

Here is who we are visiting today:

First up: Better late than never, we are gonna hop over to Boo Mama's 2008 Holiday Tour of Homes.

Next, we are gonna swing by A Soft Place to Land and visit with Kimba.
And last but not least, we are gonna stop by and see Julie.

Now on some of these parties we are gonna be considered fashionably late, but that too is okay in Blogland. Just another reason I love this place!

First up is the tree in the living/dining room. This tree is covered with every ornament I have collected over the past 10 years. I am very sentimental and putting this tree up is something I look forward to every year. Every single ornament has a special memory for me.

This ornament belonged to Lon's Great Grandma.

In the family room, I let the boys decorate a tree with colored lights and all ornaments of their choosing, hence the Diego, Pooh, etc.

My firplace is also in this room, so the garland ended up with colored lights too, but I have grown to love it.

This is my stocking, and one of my most prized posessions. It was made from one of my Great Great Grandmother's quilts (front) and my Great Grandmother's feed sacks (back.) My Great Aunts made them a few years back and I treasure it. (Man that was a lot of greats!)

The boys also have a tree in each of their rooms.

This is Connor's and still a work in progress. He loves it though!

This is Walker's. It is Lon's tree from when he was little. It has a funny shape, and has had some wear and tear over the years, but again, the sentimental value of it is priceless to me.

The real reason for the season... and as you can see in order to prevent Connor from eating Baby Jesus, I have had to leave his plastic strap on so he can not be removed from the manger.

This is where we put our Christmas cards. It is just a little "card tree", but the boys love opening the mail and putting the cards on it.

As you are leaving, you can see the outside of the house. I do icesicle lights, wreaths on the windows, and some miniature trees. We also do garland with white lights on our fence, but I could not get a decent picture, so this shot of a couple windows will have to do.
This is a close up of one of the wreaths. They have ornaments hung on them, and big red bows.
These are the 2 trees on the porch step.

This is my front porch looking out from my front door. We spend a lot of time putting up the stuff on the outside of the house, and truth be told I could live without most of it. It seems like there is always a strand of lights going out or something, but the kids love it and Lon's grandma helps me with it every year. Fighting with the lights has become a tradition of sorts, and man how I love a tradition!
I hope you enjoyed your visit! I loved having you in my home and sharing some of our Christmas decorations with you. Now the fun really starts, I get to go see what everyone else has done!!


Kasey Hunt said...

Your ribbons on your trees are very pretty. Nice touch with the wreaths too!!

Sarah said...

Beautiful! I love the picture with the gold ball an the star!

Shannon said...

I definitely enjoyed my visit! Everything was so pretty! I love all the trees and that stocking is awesome! So neat.

Anonymous said...

gorgeous! Merry Christmas!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love your decorations~absolutely adorable!
I hope you'll visit soon, I will have my last giveaway of December this Friday.

Terri said...

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing

jenjen said...

Your home is so cute. I love the book tree. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!!


Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Everything looks beautiful! I especially love all of the sentimental stuff. Is it weird that I like it when things make me cry? I am a blubbering idiot when those sweet Hallmark movies come on with all of their commercials. What can I say? I'm a softie!

p.s. Looks like I missed a few posts. I'm gonna have to play catch up. Those sock monkeys just make me smile! Silly and Willy are too cute for words!!!

Dianne said...

You have a lovely way of decorating for the holidays-definitely one of my favorites so far, and I've looked at a ton of them. I like that you put all your ornaments on the tree and things are made from gr grandmom's quilt.
Merry Christmas!
Come on over!

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