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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Save the Decorating for Another Day

Just when I thought it was safe to bring down ALL of the Christmas decoration boxes.


So, this weekend instead of putting up the living room Christmas tree.
We moved furniture and ripped up old carpeting.
As much as I know how much hard work is in store for us. 


Mr. M. is at Home Depot right now picking up the glue.
We don't waste time.
Today he and I will get a big jump on laying down as much of the wood as we can.
I thought it would take longer to get started, but he is as excited as I am.
We had almost the whole room empty and the old carpeting out by noon on Saturday.

Not much left to do, move the plant, vacuum the floor.

We only have the pine armoire to move today.

Soon the living room will look just as good as the hallway and dinning room do.

Thank goodness I have most of my Christmas shopping done.
Because I will need the time to be sawing and sanding and screwing and staining.

Hopefully we will have this done in two weeks to give me plenty of time to finish decorating for Christmas.

This is the best Christmas present ever!
Well, almost, we got engaged on Christmas 14 years ago.

I hope you had a great weekend too!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

I am Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for Mr. M. my pie man!

The kids are thankful for the pie man!

While we were at school and work he made pies all day.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and some pie!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Getting Ready for the Holiday

I am joining the new WHITE party BLISSFUL WHITES WEDNESDAYS at Timewashed.

I am almost finished getting all of the trees up.
Now I get to make them special.
I love looking through my boxes to see what new ornaments or decorations I bought at the end of last years Holiday season.

Take a peak into the dinning room.
Dinner by tree light is always the best my kids will tell you.

Looking at the front door from the kitchen.
Looks like Santa had to much spiked eggnog. 

One of my favorite decorations.
A simple snowman. 

An ornament from years past I made for the kid's teachers.

The staircase decorated with new linen stockings I made last year.

Are you having fun getting out your decorations?
Each box is like opening a Christmas present, so much to decorate with and trying to figure out where to put it.

Oh, I wanted to give you an update.  
I was a good wife and did not rip up the carpeting, although I think he secretly wished I had.  
Then he wouldn't have to do the work.
We are replacing all of the carpeting in our home with pine floors, however, the wood we want is on back order and will not be in until December 20. 
 I may be crazy but I will wait until after the holidays to tear my house apart.
Anyway, who doesn't love a good cleaning, organizing and DIY project in January.

Make sure to stop by and enjoy all the wonderful whites at Timewashed.

Join the fun here each Wednesday!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Basement Bargain Treasures

My father has a thing for houses, he seems to collect them like I do chairs, only mind don't pay rent.
In his latest conquest he came upon some vintage ornaments in the basement.
Knowing how much of a Christmas freak I am, he called to see if I wanted them.
Well of course I do!

I think the pink bells are my favorite.

These gold pinecones would look great on the basement tree.

Some of the pink ornaments will go on my daughter's tree.

Just look at this indented one with the Santa inside.
In fact, I saw a repros being sold of this one.

The box is just full of vintage ornaments.
I can't wait to fill a bowl of them.

Thanks Pop!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Messing With His Head

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.
The kids and I did some Christmas shopping.
Watched a new Christmas movie to get them in the spirit.
Put up a tree or two.

This morning the kids helped me take the Christmas storage buckets out of the attic so I could start decorating.

I kind of wanted to wait and see if I could talk Mr. M. into putting in the wood floors in the living room.


I called him this morning, he has been out of town for the last 4 days.
I wanted to let the kids talk to him before school.
After they were done talking.  I nonchalantly asked him, "so, how mad would you be if I started taking up the carpeting?"  You see, he knows I want to put in wood floors in the living room and study.
"Why?  What have you done?  Where are you working?"
"Oh, I was just kind of wondering.  I hope you have a great day love, miss you."


He knows.
I think in the back of his mind, he wonders.
Maybe I have done things in the past while he is gone.
Maybe or maybe not.

I left the conversation like that.
He called back a couple of hours later.
"So, what are you doing?"  "Nothing, why?"  "Have you really started taking up the carpet?"
"Only a little."
"The office."  "Why there, the carpet looks the best in that room?"
You see, I have the next three days off, work Friday and then the weekend off again.
I want to get the floors finished so I can do my Christmas decorating.

I kind of have it in my head to get this done before the holidays and once the idea is there, I will get obsessed with it until it is done.

I can see it from his point of view too.
You see, we also are working on the master bedroom/garage addition.
But, in my defense, we have been working on that for the past 4 years and we probably are not going to work on it much over the winter.

Why not work on a room that we can finish in a week or two.
It really is that simple.
In my mind.

Oh, I know there is work, school, home work, pies and Christmas decorating and shopping.
But can't that wait for just one long week?

Pine floors against white walls.

It all started here.
You see, I showed him this view of the basement last week.
It is my favorite room right now.
I know our living room can look just as beautiful.

I think I might just call him back and ask.
"On a scale of 1 - 10 how mad would you be?"
I know, bad, so bad.
He will be home tonight, but that might make him get home a little quicker.

This might just put me on Santa's naughty list.

What would you do?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like..........


No, come on, not in this house.

Never too early.

Yes, I started putting up trees.
You have to start early when you have 10, 11, 12....
The number seems to grow each year.

This year I started with the tree in the basement family room.

I am thinking of going with a cream gold and red color theme.
I tried to use colored lights.
Really, I did.
Ask my daughter.
I had the tree all lit up in colored lights, just to try it out.


My daughter went down to check it out the next morning.
"MOM, why did you take off the colored lights?  You said you would try."
Oh, I did, for one night.

They can have all the colored lights they want on the trees in their rooms, but for the rest of the trees.
White lights only!

Over the long weekend the kids and I are doing some Christmas shopping, going out for lunch and craft shopping.

We all love to do a fun holiday craft.
I am making some paper Santa ornaments and sewing some sweater pillows.

How about you?
Any trees yet?
Are you even in the mood yet?

I even found Christmas carols on the radio.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas all through the house.