And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care…

…and for the first time, we have an actual chimney to hang them on!

But before I get in to all that, let’s review how Thanksgiving went.

It was great. Lots of family time. Did some shopping. End of story.

No really. I was going to dedicate a whole post to it but there really isn’t all that much to talk about. Turkey Day itself went per usual with awesome food, my sister and I combing through the Black Friday ads, kids playing games while the guys napped, and then stuffing our faces once again. Pumpkin pie = awesome!

One twist was that the sis and I headed out for Black Friday shopping to hit the midnight sales instead of at 4am the next day. I’m not sure I liked the change. There weren’t enough deals to make it worth our while. We were both ho-hum about the whole thing. Not sure if I’ll even do it next year. They’ll have to have some pretty freakin’ sweet steals to get me out again in the middle of the night.

Now on to the fun stuff!

Christmas decorating was great this year because we are in a new house and have new possibilities. PLUS, Isabella is old enough to not only really get in to it but she can also help!


This weekend has been a blast putting it all together. And we’re finally done (well, at least with the inside)!

Here are the fruits of our labors!


The family room complete with Christmas tree and dancing Santa Elmo!


Some of the very most important ornaments go front and center – like the Isabella one from last year and the Steelers football guy!


Close-up of the fireplace. We have the nativity in the middle, a decorative tree on one end and our Angel memorial on the end.


The Angel memorial is to honor the babies we have lost. The little one we got after my first miscarriage in 2008. The large one was a gift after the latest miscarriage in September. And the little silver heart box in front (which you can’t see real well) holds the ashes of that last baby. Even though we took down the normal everyday décor to make room for holiday stuff, we had to leave our angels there on the hearth. They’re a part of the family.

And in case you were wondering why there are 5 stockings hung from the mantel, with 2 that overlap, it’s because Isabella insisted we put up both her “Baby’s 1st Christmas” stocking and her new one.


This is a plain old hurricane lamp with colored Christmas bulbs in it. Super simple yet looks really elegant.


Dicken’s village on the dining room table. It looks really plain here and when I took a look at last year’s photos, I can see why. I forgot to cover the table with fake snow. Must do that tomorrow!


The snowmen atop the dining room buffet.


A new addition to our repertoire this year – Isabella’s purple tree! We have it in her playroom and she loves it! It’s bright; it’s fun; and it’s shiny! What more could a kid want?

Speaking of kids….


Look who had gotten a hold of Isabella’s naughty/nice Santa hat. And wouldn’t you know…


…he got caught red-handed on the naughty side!

Well that does it for what we have out so far. I’m sure we’ll add more things here and there as the big day approaches. One room I didn’t show was Isabella’s bedroom, where she has her own nativity scene and another little tree.

Now I’m off to pack our bags – tomorrow CJ and I are headed to Kansas City for the Steelers/Chiefs game! Bring it!

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Annexed: Ho Hum, Holly and Hotties

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