The holidays are always an emotional time. This year, I’m feeling even more emotional. Not only do we have a toddler, we have another one on the way AND it’s our first Christmas in our own house! As I started the decorating for Christmas, there was a sense of urgency to get it all up and make it look amazing. And then, I realized that I was really the only one that cared about it all that much. The tree looks nice. There are some lights on the house but not as many as I would like. A 2 year old couldn’t care less. Don’t get me wrong. I think that she likes the lights and the tree but it’s really not a huge concern for her. So, I’m determined to view our Christmas decor as a work-in-progress. Next year, we may actually have a real mantel above our fireplace. Next year, the bushes that I don’t like will be moved closer to the house and might have lights on them. Next year, we’ll have a 3-year-old and a not-yet-1-year-old. So…..if the tree gets decorated, we’ll probably be lucky. 🙂
Here’s what we have this year:
My Santa collection. I imagine that this will grow over the years. I think next year, I’ll buy or make a wreath to hang above the Santas.
The Christmas tree.
I love how the lights on tree reflect off of the doors on the fireplace (in the front) and the doors on our tall cabinet (in the back).
The front porch. I imagine that next year, we will have lights on the bushes as well.
The storm clouds slowly covered the blue summer sky. So far, all that they had done was cover the blue. No rain….yet….
There is nothing quite like the smell, sound, and look of the end of the day in the country.
Buddy is a constant leg or foot warmer. Although she is not the most outgoing animal (because she’s a cat), when she has decided that you are ok, she is your friend for life.
Sometimes I forget how beautiful this city really is. And then I see a view like this one at the Art Institute.
Spring means construction. We might not have warm weather yet but we have a few flowers and cranes popping up.
Spring! Spring is finally here!
A content cat. A busy day’s worth of toys and books on the floor.
There are many pictures on Pinterest that say something along the lines of “Great moms have sticky floors, piles of laundry, and happy kids.”
I agree wholeheartedly.
I love Christmas lights. I love all types of Christmas lights. But, it’s time for Christmas to come down. I have to do it this weekend. It’s time. But it’s also sad to think of boxing up the bubble lights. *sigh*
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