Wednesday, December 22, 2010

deck the halls!

I was so excited to decorate for our first Christmas in our new house. Last year we didn't really get to put up Christmas lights because, much to our dismay, we did not have an outdoor electrical outlet. Luckily, our new house does have electrical outlets outside - but they are both on the back porch! It took getting creative with extension cords, but Todd made it work!

The Christmas tree in all its glory! I have almost all of our present wrapped.

NYC Christmas ornament, from our trip (and when Todd proposed!)

Our "first Christmas" ornament. Can you believe we've been married for two years?! Todd and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary December 20th! It has been a wonderful first two years of marriage. I am so lucky to have married the love of my life!

More decorations inside:

can you spot the leftover wedding decor in this photo??

The fireplace, one of my favorite things about our house. I just switched out the fall flowers and put in red and green poinsettias. Then I wrapped the two bird pictures. The stocking are new! We didn't have anywhere to put stockings in our old place.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Todd and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving with both sides of our family. On Thanksgiving day we went to my parents house. I am very lucky to live near most of my family and to see them often, but it is still special to gather with them on the holidays. Nick, Benay and baby Calvin we able to be with us this Thanksgiving, which made it extra special since we are all so thankful that Calvin is doing well. Uncle David also came up from Texas. All totaled we had Mom, Dad, Nick, Benay, Calvin, Meghan, Mimi, Papa, David, Me, Todd, Mommer, my dad's friend Albert, and my dad's friend Bob.  I think 14 is a pretty full house! We had turkey with all the usual fixins. This year I made green bean casserole with fresh green beans, a little cheese and almond slivers for extra crunch. I found the recipe last year but couldn't find where I bookmarked it so I just winged it. Turned out pretty good if I do say so myself!

Here are some pictures I stole from Nick and Benay's Flickr page

The next day Todd and I woke up early, not to go shopping (that'd be crazy!) but to drive down to Texas to visit Todd's Grandmother and see his side of the family. We stayed at Grandma June's and got to visit with Chad, Grace and Hailey. Then later that evening we went over to the Uncle Tim and Aunt Vickie's to meet Brian and Melissa's new baby Emma Kate and see the rest of the Loftin Family!

Here are some pictures I stole from Jody's album (I need to remember to use my camera, but these people with their fancy smancy cameras make me not want to even get mine out!)

What a wonderful holiday!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Curtains! Finally!

In our living room we have two windows that flank our fireplace. I love the view they give us of the backyard but still felt that they needed a little window dressing - especially before I finally decorated the mantel. It seemed very blah and blank over on that side of the room. I had been looking for months for the perfect set of drapes or even some material that I wanted to make curtains out of. Todd has seen enough fabric swatches and curtain samples for a lifetime. On more that one occasion I have bought curtains, tried them out, decided I hated them and had to return them.

You know the curtains I used in the dining room? Yep, they were originally living room curtain rejects. I thought the green in the curtain would match the green on the wall. But it didn't. Sometimes, that's what you get for shopping online.

Don't worry, we've replaced that curtain rod by now.
[Do you want to know a secret about those fancy wood blinds? I thought so. I got them at a garage sale for $5! I found out later why they were so cheap, they were miss-marked and are too short. That is as far down as they go. Turns out it's ok with me because the cat requires that we leave him a place to sit on the sill anyway They are the perfect cat height.]

I was on a mission to find the right set of gold/green curtains. Because my living room is green, my dining room and hallway are yellow/gold and I'm not that creative I thought it would tie them together. But after Todd and I found these new pieces of art to put on either side of our TV stand...


I began thinking.....Maybe the curtains don't have to be gold. I know many of you realized this long before. I too realized it, but I basically only like the colors green and purple so anything else is a stretch already.

Then one day,  walking through Target, I stopped in the curtain section yet again. But this time I found them. The curtains I have been searching for. I swear I heard angels rejoicing. Todd rejoiced. 

Here they are in all their glory:

These still have the gold and green touches but the major color is a pretty red

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pumpkin Carving, Parade and Trunk or Treat - Halloween Events

This year we celebrated Halloween by carving pumpkins with Nick, Benay and Calvin. Then we headed downtown to watch the Ghouls Gone Wild Parade! This was my first time to attend the parade and I am so glad Nick and Benay suggested it, we had a lot of fun!

Our second Halloween celebration took place at church. We had our annual fall carnival, but this year we added something new - Trunk or Treat! I think truck or treat is a relatively new thing, but it seems to be catching on because more and more churches and communities are hosting them. For those of you who are new to the idea, families decorate the trunks of their car with a theme. We got to pick our own theme, but it was suggested that it not be too scary since there are a lot of little ones who come to this event. Since Todd was out of town and I'd be doing this solo, I decided on a Pumpkin Patch theme. I gathered up all of my pumpkins from around the house and all of the pumpkins from my friend Kalei's and piled them in the trunk of my car! I also bought some pumpkin fabric on sale at Hobby Lobby and a pumpkin patch sign I found at the dollar tree. It turned out pretty cute! You usually dress up to match the theme of your car and then sit next to your trunk and pass out candy as the kids say "trunk or treat!"

Below are some pictures of both events:

Not so great picture of Nick and Todd, but hey, at least Benay looks like she's enjoying herself!

Hard at work carving pumpkins

Cute Calvin watching the pumpkin carving

Waiting on the parade to start!

Calvin's first parade! Looks like he's ready to join the march of the flaming skeletons.

The march of 1,000 flaming skeletons! It makes for a pretty impressive sight.

Wayne Coyne and his famous bubble for the parade finale


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Friday, November 5, 2010

Fall touches

I am not a big fan of Halloween decorations, but I love fall colors and pumpkins! I don't have an extensive collection of fall decorations but I hope to add to it a little every year. This year I added a few more mini pumpkins, the fall "urns" I showed you in the last post and some flowers for outside.

Here are some pictures:

A touch of fall with the weil ware

My $1 thrift store find

bookshelf with fall touches

My attempt at growing pumpkins, this picture was taken a while ago, but there are still no pumpkins :(
I'm hoping that there will be some sort of pumpkin before Thanksgiving!

Fall porch

Fall wreath - I got this on sale last year and added some more leaves to fill it out

Trying my hand at flower arranging

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