Holiday Home Tour 2011

I love Christmas. I love all that the holiday represents. While the Christmas spirit is something that should be carried in our hearts year-round, I love the special emphasis during the holidays. I am so thankful that my Savior came to earth and was born in a humble manger so that I could be blessed to have the opportunity to spend eternity with Him.


In the midst of the Spirit of Christmas, there are so many great ways to celebrate. Time shared with friends and family. Yummy foods to keep spirits (and tummies) warm and full. Glittering decorations that seem to bring a smile to your face. I just love it all! Hands down in its my favorite time of year!


Speaking of decorations, I cannot wait until a time comes where I can do a little more decorating throughout the house but for the time being, everything is concentrated in the living area as with a 2 1/2 year old having a lot of breakables around isn’t a good idea. In the meantime, I will enjoy what we have!


Family Christmas Tree 2011

I love our tree that stands in the middle of our front windows in the living room. I totally noted that we are in need of a lighted tree topper for next Christmas but I still love it. As we decorate the tree, I love all the memories that are tied to so many of the ornaments that hang on the branches. I think my favorites are the handmade ornaments that Abby has created over the last 2 Christmases. I cannot believe this year is her third Christmas as time seems to have passed so quickly but I think this year will be so much fun as she is at the age where she is so excited about everything Christmas. She squeals with delight at the sight of Christmas lights. She sings the songs in her beautiful little voice. Most importantly, she’s beginning to learn the reason for Christmas.

Home Interiors White Nativity Scene

This nativity scene is probably one of my favorite things to put up when decorating for Christmas and I was so excited when it was passed down to me from my parents when we got married. I cannot remember a Christmas growing up where this nativity was not placed in a  place of prominence during the holidays and always, always with a cross as you cannot fully understand the meaning of Christmas without knowing the meaning of the Cross. The set is probably close to being as old as I am and although Mary seems to be missing a hand, I hope it stays around long enough to become a part of Abby’s holiday memories as well.

Snowman collection through the years

I cannot leave out my beautiful snowmen out of the decorations tour! I love that they can stay out well past Christmas but what I love most is what they represent about the relationship that John and I have. Since we began dating, every year John has bought me a new snowman for my collection. The one with the red heart was my very first snowman that he gave me nine years ago! So every year as I unwrap each snowman and place it on the mantel I can remember each of our Christmases together! The past couple years I have gotten the singing Hallmark snowmen which Abby has claimed as hers and swiped to put in the playroom (and must move with her from room to room)!

What are your favorite things about Christmas?

Today I am linking up with the Writer’s Workshop & SITS:


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What I Wore Wednesday: Dec 14, 2011

You all should be proud! I actually remembered to photograph my outfits this past week! Well, at least 3 of them! Most of the weekend was spent in bed so I didn’t figure you wanted to see me in my flannel pants.


I call this week’s edition pinterest inspired because two of the three outfits were directly inspired by cute outfits I found while browsing pinterest! This past week has been pretty horrible pain-wise but trying some new looks fashion-wise and make the effort to feel put together really helped me feel better about myself.


So here are my three outfits:



What I Wore Wednsay Outift #1

Sweater: Maurices

White Button Up: Maurices

Skinny Jeans: Old Navy

Boots: Zulily

Earrings: Claires


What I Wore Wednesday Outfit #2

Long Maxi Dress: Old Navy

Denim Jacket: Goody’s

Necklace: 25 Design


What I Wore Wednesday Outfit #3

Jeans: Old Navy

Black Button-up: Maurices

Sequined Tank: Old Navy

Blazer: Maurices

Shoes: Ebay

Watch: Ebay

Once again I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy!

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Right Now

I saw this cute little meme floating around the blogosphere and I needed something cute and fun this morning so here goes!

Right now I am:

watching:  Nada. I’m listening to my Christmas playlist though.

eating: just finished up a bowl of  Marshmallow Pebbles

drinking:  Dr. Pepper

wearing:  dark wash trouser jeans, black turtleneck sweater, and flats

avoiding:  checking voicemail. I hate voicemail. With a passion.

feeling:  affirmed. I read a really good article this morning about what it really means to have endometriosis and it definitely gave me some validation after a pretty painful weekend so I feel like I’m ready to fight today!

missing:  my family! This was the first time that all 3 of us kids had been home at the same time in almost a year!

siblings and cousins Christmas gathering

thankful:  for my amazing husband who is incredibly supportive and such an amazing daddy to our baby girl!

our little diverse family

weather:  cold & rainy! Yuck!

praying:  a dear blog friend who just lost her father & is traveling today to be with her family

needing:  a new left hip

thinking: of baking our first batch of Christmas cookies tonight with Abby

loving:  my TENs unit!

Empi TENS unit


What are you doing right now?