Monday, December 24, 2012

chrismas around here

i like my house dressed up in christmas. the lights on the tree make the living room cozy. the best is late at night with all the other lights off, just starring at the tree. am i right? it's peaceful and beautiful. most of the decorations have either been passed down to me from my parents or grandparents or i've made them. there are memories with each one. traditions being carried on or being started with each one. 
also, it's just fun to have a change of pace...something else to look at than what you normally see day in and day out. let's be honest, a tree in the house is just plain cool. 

pre-presents - the night we put it up.

my grandma made this for my family when my siblings and i were all little. it's my favorite christmas thing ever.

remember the pie party backdrop? i didn't want to take it down so it got sucked into the christmas decor.

i made all of the stockings (with my mom's help) and my grandma made mine. i've had it my whole life. and while it would be nice to have all of our stockings match, i'm not ready to give it up.

we are excited for christmas around here. this is the first year in a while where i feel like i'm truly enjoying every minute of the season. don't get me wrong, i'm busy. like super, crazy busy just like most people. there's a lot to do. but i've tried to make sure the important things take first priority.
 it's made a big difference. though it's busy, my actions are purposeful. they will be lasting memories.
 time with family. holiday movie nights. visiting with friends. getting to know more about my neighbors. building relationships. laughing til my face hurts. watching my kids pick out presents with such concern and care for the recipients. watching them serve each other. watching their pure excitement. those quiet, personal moments reflecting on christ's birth.
these are the moments i'm truly grateful for this christmas. 

merry christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

a pie party

last friday we hosted a pie party. ya know, invite friends who make (or buy) delicious pie and you sit around eating way too much of it. it's the perfect after thanksgiving event, if you ask me. laurel's apple pie with warm caramel really won over the group. well done lady!
as far as the backdrop is concerned, i had big plans for it. but as soon as mr. mark walked through the door home from work (early i might add!) and offered to take me to dinner, those plans quickly faded. come on, a one on one date with my guy before our pie party group date? yes please! 
so the decor stayed simple. kind of a wintery feel going on. and the white backdrop is still hanging in my dining room. i think i'm going to incorporate it into my christmas decor somehow. stay tuned. 
all in all, the night was successful! the countdown to next year has already begun!