I love Christmas but as much as I love it, I think Flint might love it even more. We both love all the decorations, the lights, the music, getting Christmas cards....Just the spirit of Christmas. I said that I was not going to go over board this year since we had a little one and she requires constant supervision these days, but since when was I known for not going overboard?!?! Some things were left out of the rotation this year, but I still put out most of our decorations.
Come on in, I will show you around.
This is our living room tree. Notice the Hog hat on the top. We have done that since the first year were married. A couple of years ago I tried to leave it off and you would have thought I was trying to cut off Flint's left hand (he's a lefty, by the way)! This is one of our three trees.
This one was in our guest bedroom. I just love it because it is red and lime green.
And this is Cilla's tree. It is my favorite and it is fit for a queen.
This is the buffet in our breakfast area.
And here is our breakfast table.
I put the manger in a built-in nook in our entry way. It is perfect there because little hands can't get to it. I plan to get Cilla a nativity set next year that she can play with. What is Christmas if we are not teaching her the true meaning, right?!?!
The "JOY" banner.
The infamous, Emmalie, made this. She sells these at her store here in Waco. She also sells other words besides '"JOY". I love these.
Merry Christmas blocks on Cilla's dresser.
I first saw some of these in Chasing Fireflies and loved them. Then I saw some at Target and just had to get them.
A wreath in mine and Flint's bedroom.
The Guest bathroom
And I think this is my favorite thing of all....Our Stockings. One day I will share why they are so important to me. Oh, how I love our stockings. Little Cilla's was the perfect addition this year. However, the puppies did not think so. They have gotten their own stocking every year, but this year they have to share. Sorry Katie and Sophie.
Cilla was sad when I told her Christmas vacation was over.
Maybe she was sad she had to take her pretty pink tree down. She never once touched our tree in the living room, but she would always crawl over to her tree and touch the pink glass ornaments. Not the "shatterproof" ones, the GLASS ones! Do kids just know that stuff?!?!
Or....maybe she was sad that she wasn't going to get to spend as much time with her friends. Especially those far away.
She had a big time with her buddy Margaret!
She was so tired after playing with Margaret, this is what she looked like after the car ride home! She loved watching Margaret's every move and playing with all of her big girl toys. Too bad the feeling was not mutual! Margaret is one of the cutest things I have ever layed eyes on. What's not to love about her?!?!
Cilla got to go to her friend Faith's birthday party before we left Waco for Christmas. It was the CUTEST! I will have to do a whole post on the party. Faith's mom, Sarah, knows how to throw an awesome first birthday party. It was a cowgirl party and it was precious! Sarah made all the kiddos the cowboy hats to wear and to take home!
Cilla was excited to have a chance to pull her cowboy boots out and to sport them! I LOVE them!
Cilla also got to meet Brody and Mallory while we were in Little Rock for Christmas. One of my dearest friends from home had twins in August and we were finally able to meet them. They are too too cute! Aww, I could have loved on those two all day long! Meg, we loved getting to see you and your family...all of you (Ray and Juju)!!! I can't wait for our girls to be friends growing up, no matter how many miles separate us!
And Cilla got to spend a couple of nights with one of her besties...Harper! They rang in the new year together...sound asleep in their beds, of course! They really did have fun together, I just thought that this picture of both of them crying was too funny! I told you, Cilla was sad Christmas vacation was coming to an end!
Cilla also got to see baby Braysen while we were in Dallas. We failed to get a picture of them together. But, believe me when I say he is awfully handsome and his momma better watch out. All the girls will be chasing after him on the playground before she turns around!
We are all a little sad that Christmas Break is over; we LOVED having daddy around so much. But, it is good to be home and good to get back in to a normal routine. Cilla has slept four nights straight. I think this might be the longest stretch in her lifetime. Twelve hours of uninterrupted sleep must feel good! We are still working on our naps, but that is easier to deal with when this momma is not so tired!
Our Sweet Katie turned 11 this week! That is 77 in doggie years...but we will not tell her that! She definitely does not act her age and we are thankful for that! She still, even at her ripe older age, keeps us on our toes! Here is Katie waiting patiently for her birthday cake ice cream (probably drooling) while her mom snaps a picture!
We love you sweet, Katie!
You are the perfect addition to our family and you help make our home such a fun place! Because of you there are more unannounced swims, more food pulled off the counters, more tumbleweeds on our hardwood, but LOTS MORE SMILES!!!
I have been married for eight amazing years to The Mr.! God blessed us with a beautiful daughter, Sweet Cilla, on March 9, 2009. She makes life worth living! I love my pooches a ridiculously large amount! Nothing makes me happier than to be with my family and friends- they are such a blessing! I am so thankful for God's grace that is evident in my life daily! I also love anything monogrammed, shopping (online and off!), traveling, sweet tea, fabulous shoes, white sand & blue water, the Razorbacks, organization, beauty products, football season, and Chocolate- especially ice cream, cupcakes, and lattes! I loath cell phones at the table, good bye's, and alarm clocks!