Merry Christmas from my growing family to your’s!
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Merry Christmas from my growing family to your’s!
I’m excited to show you our new front doors!
BEFORE PIC (last fall):
You can somewhat see the new trim paint on the house in this picture. I’m very happy with the way everything turned out. I love the new doors. I ended up going with fiberglass doors because, as you can see, there is not overhang over the doors. These Oklahoma storms just pound these doors. The previous door was completely rotten, so I knew I couldn’t go back with wood doors. The new one’s are painted black. I’m still looking for new outdoor sconces.
We had a wonderful fall weekend with family and friends.
Happy Halloween from my little pumpkin and me!
While going through old photos this morning, I realized I never put up photos of my fabulous birthday brunch. My mom offered to give me a 30th birthday party. She said we could do whatever I wanted. I thought about it and decided I wanted all of my girlfriends together for brunch. Of course my mom let me help with the decor, because that’s half the fun for me. It was a very special day, and it made turning 30 so fun!
Flowers- Trochta’s (my favorite flower shop in OKC)
Table & Linen Rentals- Maryianne’s
Petite Fores- Sweete Memories (one of my favorite bakeries in town)
Chocolate Bars- Cadbury (these were the only bars we could find with a foil wrapper) yummy!
Balloons- Party Galaxy (balloons only last about 5 hours, so it’s best to buy the small helium tank to fill them up at home. Makes it less dangerous driving with them in the car also!
Food- Cafe Plaid (my favorite lunch spot in Norman, OK)
Paper Decor and Invitations- Lilly Pulitzer
Hi friends! I’m sorry I’ve been MIA for so long. It has been CRAZY around our house the last few weeks. The kitchen is finished except for a few minor details! We had my son’s first birthday party at our house on Saturday. It was a great motivator to get the kitchen finished. I promise I will post pics soon. I’m having a little trouble with my computer. Until then, I would like to share one of my favorite things–Christmas ornaments.
I would not call myself a collector. I don’t really collect anything (it’s too much work!), except for Christmas ornaments. My husband even helps contribute to this collection. When we travel, we like pick up ornaments from each of the places we visit. We always have our eyes peeled for a special ornament to bring home. Ornaments are really trinkets in the best since. I don’t really like clutter, so this is a great way for me to keep a memento from our journeys without having junk everywhere!
Every year, I unwrap each ornament, and it brings back such wonderful memories of where we visited and how much fun we had together. Now, not all ornaments are from our travels. I also have many ornaments that I just like or represent some aspect of our lives. In some way, our tree represents our life–what’s special or important to us. It tells a story.
Ornaments can be tricky. And I’m picky (no rhyme intended!). I prefer to buy blown glass ornaments. I love the color and shine of them on the tree. You can’t always be so picky when you travel. Sometimes you can’t find an ornament at all. This always frustrates me! It was especially difficult in Europe. My husband and I were on a mission in every city we visited. If there was an ornament in that city, we were going to find it! I think we did a pretty good job on our last European vacation.
Here are a few of my favorite ornaments with a corresponding photo of us on vacation.
San Francisco Trolley Car
Me riding a trolley car on San Francisco!
Golf bag from Pebble Beach, California.
Hubby and me at Pebble Beach.
Painted scene from Carmel, California. If you haven’t been to this gorgeous little town, you’re missing out! It is so beautiful. It’s like a scene from Hanzel and Gretel.
Only ornament I could find in St. Lucia.
This ornament is from Florence. This is the ONLY ornament we saw in Florence. The shop keeper said she had them specially made for her shop. She didn’t really understand what it was, but she said the Americans bought them! It’s a hand-painted view of the city. It’s one of my most favorite because it’s so detailed.
Us in Florence!
Ornament from Napa Valley, California. This was from our trip to Napa and Sonoma. One of my most favorite places ever. Sonoma has the BEST food I’ve ever eaten.
Ornament from Paris!
We went to NYC for part of our honeymoon. We attended a Yankees vs. Red Sox game in the old stadium!
This ornament is from San Giacomo. What a beautiful, beautiful place..
This ornament is from Fredericksburg, TX. If you haven’t been there, it’s a great little trip. It’s a German immigrant town in the hill-country of Texas. It’s so quaint and beautiful.
This is where we stayed in Hill Country. It’s called The Inn Above Onion Creek. It was very quaint and charming.
This ornament is from one of our trips to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I LOVE Santa Fe. It is one of the only places in America that is truly unique. It has its own south western culture. Yes, there are some Spanish influences, but the Native American artistic influences along with the American western aspects make it a special place.
I really hope this post either inspired you to travel, inspired you to collect ornaments or BOTH! I really enjoyed taking a walk down memory lane. This makes me want to pack my bags and go somewhere fabulous. Not so easy anymore with a baby!
I know you decorate for Christmas, but do you decorate for fall too? Christmas decor is fun, but fall decorations are my favorite! Because my house is currently under construction, my autumn indoor decorations could not be displayed this year. Sad. But I can still decorate outside! I have a passion for pumpkins and gourds. I love their shapes and colors. So beautiful. I also like to plant pansies in the fall. It’s not quite cool enough here in Oklahoma for pansies. The store are just starting to get them in. I will probably wait until late next week to plant them. They usually last all winter and look great in the spring. I bought tulips to plant for the spring also! Love tulips! They are a burst of happiness after a long, cold winter.
Here are a few pictures of my front stoop. Do you decorate for fall? I would love to hear some of your favorite fall traditions or even craft ideas!