Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Weekend Recap

Over the weekend we took the girls to see Santa and also got to spend lots of time with the girls cousins.  Saturday morning we put out a little gift for the girls to open.

Every year the girls get a new ornament for their Christmas trees in their rooms and wrapping them up for them to open makes it all the more fun!

With all the time spent at the beach this Summer it was only appropriate that they got some sea animals.   Brooklyn got a pretty dolphin for her tree

and Kayla a pretty green turtle.

After lunch we drove a bit to make our annual tradition of pictures with Santa.  For the last three years we have met with my brother and his family to visit with Santa and then we go out to eat afterward.  It's alwasy a lot of fun and nice to see the cousins together.   While we were waiting in line to see Santa my nephew asked Brooklyn to hold hands with him.  They are the sweetest cousins and I love watching them together.

After visits with Santa we got a picture of all the kids together and it's a new favorite!!  I mean how much cuter could this get, everyone cooperated which is so rare.

and of course a family picture!
Looks like I have my 2016 tree ornament picture.

After all the pictures we split up for about an hour and finished up a little Christmas shopping and then all met back for dinner together.

Brooklyn and Jonas always together!

Sunday morning we had another cousin to visit with.  My brother in law came out for the morning so him and hubby could work on his truck.   We were happy he came out but even more excited that he brought our other new niece, Tessa.

She is getting so big and I enjoyed every minute of snuggling with her.  I even got to feed her, change a few diapers and walk around endlessly so she would be happy.  It was the perfect Sunday morning and boy do I miss having a little baby around the house!   As usual we left another weekend behind wishing it was a little longer.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Our Christmas Family Room

Last week I shared our master bedroom decorated for Christmas and today I'm sharing our family room.  This is the room that gets the most use in our home except for maybe the kitchen.  In this room you will most likely find a candle always burning and atleast one of us if not all of us snuggled up on the couch watching our favorite Christmas movies.   There are usually toys across the floor and/or board games being played.  Lots of cozy pillows make winter seem a little warmer as well as blankets here and there.

This is the first year I purchased the boxwood wreaths from Trader Joes for the windows.  In the past I have always used fake wreaths to hang so I'm hoping these boxwood wreaths last without looking bad in the next few weeks!

The santa pillow below has a pocket on the other side where the girls put their Christmas lists in for our elf to take up to Santa each year.

I finally purchased new stockings and I say finally because I had been wanting white stockings for the past three years but worried I might miss the red ones.  This year we really needed new ones so when I spotted these fur stockings at Target I snatched them up without even thinking about it and I'm so glad I did.  I love the all white look on the mantle and wish I would have bought them three years ago when I wanted to.

Tonight we are off to pick out our Christmas tree and I can't wait.  Our home will truly feel like Christmas when I can enjoy that amazing smell all day as well as the glow from from the twinkle lights!   I'll be sure to share our living and dining room with you all as soon as the tree is decorated!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Holiday Master Bedroom

I have always made sure to decorate each of the bedrooms throughout our home but this year I was extra excited to add some Christmas touches to the master bedroom.  This is the first Christmas I get to decorate my dream bed and although I didn't change much, just added some Christmas here and there, I love the way it turned out!

The only new thing I purchased was the garland for behind the bed.  I picked it up from Hobby Lobby and that was that.   The Merry Christmas sign I won years ago from a giveaway on a blog and it's been moved around each year but I am enjoying it this year over our bed.

A little Christmas tree to bring some holiday cheer was added to the bedside table

The bedding is from Pottery Barn and I've had it forever and no matter how many times I change the bedding I always come back to this one.   It's definitely my favorite especially around this time of year.  The reindeer pillows were both purchased from Society6 which I'll list all sources for at the end of this post.

Adding some ornaments to a bowl or glass vase is one of the simplest ways to decorate for the holidays and I love that these blue vintage ones were a happy find one day while I was out antiquing.

This sign used to hang over our old bed but once we purchased the new bed it no longer worked there so it was moved to hang over the dresser.  It was a custom order from Between You and Me Designs with the words from our first dance at our wedding almost thirteen years ago.

It was so simple to add these touches of my favorite holiday to our master bedroom and I know it will not overwhelm me to clean it all up once the holiday has passed.   It's amazing what a small change can do to a room and even better when I saved money by adding decorations I already had on hand.  I'll be back soon with the rest of our home tour!

bedside tables~Pottery Barn
deer pillow on bed~here
deer pillow at end of bed~here
Merry Christmas sign~here
Sign over our dresser~here

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

First Place!!!

Weeks ago Kayla's soccer team took first place in their end of season tournament!!!  This was her first time winning first place and I'm not sure if we were more excited or if she was.   Her team worked so hard this season and her coaches are amazing, completely building each player on their strengths, teaching them basic fundamentals all season and are beyond patient with a team of giggly girls who at times are too busy chatting to pay attention.

The girls all had their hair sprayed purple and gold for their tournament game and they walked in from the end of the field lining up before the big game

Kayla's team, the Ball Blasters, lost the first game they played but since it was a double elimination the other team had to play them again to try and take first place.   Game two ended with us winning putting the Ball Blasters in first place!

Now that her team won first place the season goes on to play more tournaments in hopes to make it to the state championships.   Practices start up again next week which I may not be excited about because it's cold and I would much rather be watching Christmas movies at home cuddled in a blanket but I know I will be looking forward to their next tournament in January.   Kayla was so proud of her first place medal that later that night when we went out to hang out at a friends house she insisted on wearing it so she could show it off!