Monday, December 27, 2010

christmas around us

Christmas was magic. So much hope, love, happiness, giving- I love this time of year! I feel so blessed to have kids and a husband who's still a kid at heart to celebrate with.

I'm kind of a nut for traditions (which is why I can't stop obsessing over this... so I can do this with the kids next year. why is it so expensive???).
We started some new traditions, and I can't wait to add more as our family grows. 

Here's a couple of the creative things we did this season. There are so many possibilities. Recipes coming. (trust me, you'll want them)!

more like gingerbread shacks. haha. we'll have to amp up the creativity next year.
glue, cotton balls, paint, paper plates, googly eyes... the kids were in crafting heaven.
Our brave friends had us over for a night of cookie decorating, so fun!


Oh, the food. I can't wait to post these recipes. I aimed high for our Christmas dinner. I knew if I wanted to start a tradition, it had to be something good. Troy said it was the best meal I've ever made. That pretty much made my entire Christmas!
we watched "Christmas Vacation" a few times. There's Uncle Eddie himself!

Our first Christmas in our cozy little house. I hung those lights all by myself, oh yes I did :) 
 Since we don't have a fireplace and mantel, I was having a hard time finding a place to hang the stockings. It was my 4 year old's bright idea to hang them along the banister- she's a genius! Some garland would have looked pretty with the stockings. I'm hoping to add more decor each year we're here. Little by little.... (Hobby Lobby Christmas sale tomorrow with the gift card my sisters got me)!
 A few months ago, my kids and I were taking a little nature walk at our church. We gathered several pine cones; it was a really fun afternoon. Troy thought I was nuts while watching me wire them together, but here's what I came up with. I think I'll add a couple things next year to make it fuller.

More Christmas stories and memories from this year can be found on our private blog: www.rachelandtroy.blogspot.com.
Hope everyone's was merry and bright.
:)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

if you haven't seen this yet, you should!

I was really sad last Friday night when my sister, who lives in Provo, Utah, texted me and told me that the Provo Tabernacle was burning down. Troy and I attended a couple church meetings there, and its such a neat building (even though the pews are horribly uncomfortable)! I know this picture is circulating around the internet, by I had to add it to my blog too. It totally gave me the goosebumps when I saw it. It takes a second to comprehend what you're looking at, but its amazing. Very appropriate at this time of year, celebrating the birth of our Savior.

Monday, December 20, 2010

dear santa

My husband just told me last night that there is a real place in Alaska, a little town called the North Pole, where your kids can send a letter to Santa, and possibly receive a response. We're too late to try it this year, but next year we will for sure! Here's a link with more info.
How to send a letter to Santa



I got a big kick out of the pictures our 4 year old drew on her letter to Santa...

and here's from the two year old.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Office- part 1

***Edited to add 3/24/11: I'm linking to this party at Tatertots and Jello.
Also: if anyone has any good paint recommendations, i'm all ears!!!

These days we don't really....sit, so we certainly didn't need a sitting room. We turned the front sitting room into our office instead. Very functional for us! Finally we're making progress on getting it all organized. Here's a little peak...

After a few projects like this:
(thank you $.50 garage sale mirror)
and this:
(I covered this message board in leftover fabric and ribbon)
and hiding those pesky cords you see in the corner,


Our office now looks like this:
my side of the office.
the gallery wall is my favorite part of this room so far.
see my Winged Victory statue? i carried that heavy thing all the way from italy. ♥

Husband's side.
He was so excited to find those desks on craigslist. Someday, I'd love to put one in the basement and save up for a piano keyboard to put in its place. He could gather all his guitars and violins and have a little music corner.

A great little dump-the-junk spot right next to the front door.
Thanks to the Christmas tree, you hardly notice that we still don't have curtains!


I still need to de-clutter the shelves, get some curtains, and paint the walls. But little by little, I feel like this room is taking shape, finally!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

$1 tree

I'd been wanting to add a little green to balance out our family room, but all the trees I'd been eyeing at the stores were all $40 or more. Crazy! So, luckily I found this thing for $1 at a garage sale this summer, and I finally got around to taking care of it. The basket was an ugly brown, so I spray painted it black. Then I got some pretty green moss for $2 and hot glued it to the bottom. Last, I Lysol sprayed all the leaves and now they have a pretty shine. Our family room is still not totally put together, but little by little its getting there.


Next on the list is to figure out how to hide all those cords, now that Weston is crawling around everywhere!