Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Decorations 2011.....

The best time of the year is here!!! I really look forward each year to getting out all of my Christmas decorations and this year was especially fun because I had the new house and a blank slate to "re-use" my old stuff in a new way! I decided that I was going to use a LOT LESS decor in this house and I am really loving the result! Because I chose greys and browns I thought a natural approach would be best and of course the majority of my stuff is RED and BRIGHT...ha ha! Not exactly the natural look I was after, but I was able to pick through it all and with very few new purchases, I think it turned out swell!

The family room tree got the biggest makeover.....from the DOLLAR STORE!! Yes, almost everything on this tree came from the dollar tree and I think it looks fabulous! The picture doesn't really do it justice! I found silver eucalyptus sprays and white snowflakes and the green ribbon and tied it all together with brown, green and silver balls. The star on top is one of those crazy paper stars and I think it looks awesome!

Dewey in all is winter glory!! He makes a great centerpiece to the winter wonderland theme!

A little vignette on the dough table using a few rustic pine cones and ancient silver ornaments that weigh a ton!

A night shot of the table.

My very special nativity set from Poland.....I love this set so much!

The dining room tree....this room got a few red touches because I thought it would look great with all my black and white accents.....I love the black and white damask ribbon on this tree, it gives it a cool sophisticated look with the natural accents.

A view of the dining area and buffet.

The Christmas table that was kind of set....ha ha! Love the red chargers under the china...Dollar Tree!! Holla....ha ha!

The area above my piano turned out to be a happy accident! I knew I had a ton of faux trees and was just putting them on the piano as I pulled them out of the boxes and ended up loving how they looked all together, it's a natural winter wonderland!! I found the awesome star anise wreath on clearance at Target and it's supposed to be a fall decoration, but I think it works perfectly for this scene! You can't really see the little nativity set from Japan, but this is also one of my favorite possessions.

The Santa collection made the cut once again this year.....I didn't use all of them and only used my favorites, but I really like them in this secretary.

Entry way table....nothing too exciting here...ha ha!

The staircase is right off the dining/living room and so the red buckets tied in well....I just changed them up a little bit with the black and white ribbon and I love how they look! However, we can't really use them as an advent, because Bodie had all the candy canes out of the buckets on the first day! Ah well, we will have them for years to come!

A view from the top!

And.....another one!!

A look into the dining/living room! I love my new drum shade! Joel is very handy in hanging new lighting....whoo-hooo!! I only want about 20 more lighting fixtures....;O)

The family room.

The bookcase duded up with Christmas!

It's so nice to lay on the sofa and stare at the pretty white lights on the tree!

I can't believe that Christmas is only a week away...this year has disappeared in a blink of an eye, but I am so thankful for all my blessings and can't wait to celebrate the Savior's birth with my beautiful family. Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Misc. December Pics.....

Here are a few random pics from the month so far....the first two are from our ward party where the fat old guy paid a visit to all the good children....Bodie wanted NOTHING to do with jolly fella...ha ha! The pics are blurry, but you can see the absolute horror in Bodie's face!!


Sunday pics....I look horrid in this pic, but I sacrificed my ego for the sweet pics of Bodie and Saige....ha ha!

Joel....the funny one in the family.....

At least he thinks so.....but, I always get the last laugh....bahhaahahah!

Nice little family....Bodie had ran away at this point!

But, I caught him trying to plug in the Christmas lights.....for the hundrenth time! He looks so innocent!

Joel's work Christmas party in San Diego....the little kids got these cute elf hats...Bodie kept his on for about 10 seconds! He's calling out to the aforementioned fat fella to STAY AWAY FROM HIM!!

I love his smoochy little face!

Our happy fella was part of the program and even got to ring the triangle...he's so talented.....and CUTE!

He's trying really hard to be serious!

Anywhoo.....just a few little shots of our busy life right now....I'll be back soon with our Christmas decorations. Ta ta!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Saige's winter concert.....

Howdy folks! Saige had her winter concert last night...she had a "special duet" part on her piccolo and she was soooo nervous, but SHE DID GREAT! We took a video and as soon as Joel gets it online, I will post it! But, for are a few pics from the night!

Have to start with little Bodie boy...he was helping us get ready!!
He thought Saige's headband was a perfect fit.....ha ha!

Saige and I ready to go......

I have such pretty girly!

A dark pic at the concert.....she is ready to get the ball rolling....and get her part over with...ha ha!

This was the shortest concert we have had was kinda nice!! Saige was proud of her for doing so well with her flute and the piccolo!

Trying to get a pic with Bodie!

And then with sissy!

Such cutie pies! Even if I do say so myself!

Mom and Pop!

And not to leave Kyle out.....he decided not to go to the concert, so this is the latest pic we his brother, he thinks the bow thing works for him.....ha ha!