Stockings

Please excuse my lack of posting, most of the family, but most especially poor Rudy Mae, has been very sick the last week and a half. I’m just now finally getting a chance to make a fresh post and I must say that I am excited about it. We decorated for the holidays the Monday after Thanksgiving (I believe that was the topic of my blog two posts ago) but I hadn’t gotten the stockings up yet because we were trying to decide on the best place for them still. Yesterday as I was cleaning the heck out of our home, I decided to just throw them up myself and I am thrilled with them. I absolutely adore how they look and, yes, it made me even more excited about Christmas. (And you thought that wasn’t possible!)

I cannot wait to fill these beauties with goodies and see the faces of our children as they open them. Sometimes stockings can be more fun than presents!

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A Decorating Tradition

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, the first available evening that all five of us can be together we reserve as “Decorating Day”. It takes a good chunk of the night, so it takes commitment, and some years the kids are more gung-ho than others. This year it fell on Monday the 26th. The success was mediocre, with Rudy Mae and Calum both falling ill right before we started, but our home still looks lovely and festive and has helped push me further into the holiday mood than ever.

Complete side note: I did a post a bit back about some vintage nativity pieces I found at a thrift store. One thing that I can say is really, really me is most things vintage-y, treasure-y, olden-days-y, etc. I don’t love things/possessions (okay, I might have a slight love-affair with my books, but I digress) but I really do feel like all of our holiday decorations, and home decorations in general, really reflect who we are. I am extremely happy with our collection of decorations and I hope my photographs have done them some justice.

My favorite decorations are those of the homemade persuasion. A tiny version of Calum.

Pasta ornament!

Ziven’s version.

Kitchen Treasures

I got such a kick out of displaying my vintage Christmas decorations, and honestly have been planning on showing more elements of my home some time or another, so today while I was making some lunch for Rudy Mae and I, I decided to snap some of my favorite elements of my kitchen. Some are  purely for decoration, some are functional, but all are thrift store finds, or as I call them, “treasures” (and as I pronounce it very obnoxiously, “tray-sures”).

Vintage Holidays

Ever since I can remember, my style has been of a very vintage quality. I credit that to my mother who has always had a wonderful sense of style, shopping mostly at thrift stores, slightly because that’s what we could afford, and mostly because one can find super awesome vintage things there. When I refer to “my style”, I am speaking of my personal style, my clothing, etc, but also my home decorating. One of these days, I will have to  document through photography some of my favorite vintage home decorations to give you a feel of what my personal taste is; I’m not tooting my own horn, but golly do I have some incredibly amazing house decorations.

As a person who loves to add personal touches through decoration in my home, I am very much in love with decorating it for the holidays. My holiday collection always feels to me like it is complete, until that day when I walk into a thrift store and see some vintage Christmas decorations screaming my name, which is exactly what happened last night. There were six figures and they were .99 cents a piece, which totaled $5.94. I had an internal debate for quite some time, that was a little hard for me to pay, but the more I looked at these guys, the harder I fell in love, and the more I knew that my house was the home they belonged in.

Farewell, Autumn

Autumn is by far my absolute favorite season of the year and it always seems like it comes and goes in a blink. Winter holds on way too long, and Summer and Spring usually last their standard 3 month window. But Autumn, you tricky little fella, you tease us all with a sweet sampling of your glory and then vanish within weeks to be quickly replaced with Winter, my most dreaded of all. I love the holidays, and I don’t mind the snow aesthetically, but living far away from family I really loathe driving home on the winter roads for the holidays, and between Caleab’s family and mine, we have many many trips up north that must be driven in winter.

This morning I woke up and what did I find but snow. Now I realize that much of this crazy weather is from ‘Sandy’, but it just does not seem to me that autumn will be back, save for a few days sprinkled here or there. I guess this means I should put my holiday boots on and jump right in. Farewell, beloved Autumn. You will be missed.

A Favorite Activity

Some things that Rudy Mae is really into, I hope will not stick, like the dumping out the cats’ food and water or trying to eat the loose litter bits that the cats kick out of the litter box. There is one thing, however, that I hope is an indicator of her future hygiene habits: she absolutely loves brushing her teeth. She doesn’t quite have the proper technique down yet, but as long as the drive is there, that is all I care about. The day before the boys left, I snapped a few shots of Rudy and Calum partaking in this activity.

Sitting on the toilet, Rudy enjoys her teeth brushing routine.

Calum and Rudy Mae brush their pearly whites together.

Rudy feels like it is her duty to help make sure everyone brushed the best they could.