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deck the halls!

Just before leaving for Thanksgiving, Page and I took an entire afternoon to deck our house for the holidays. It is so fun to come back from a long Thanksgiving weekend (with lots of driving!) to a house all ready for the Christmas season. I always stock up at Target the day AFTER Xmas when things are half off, so over the past few years, I have accumulated quite a collection of festive trimmings. I made a point to go through and let go of a few things I no longer needed, and limited myself to ONE little shopping trip for anything new, mainly ornaments. I change our "main" tree every year – last year it was all aqua blue with packages below wrapped to coordinate. Not too subtly, Page let me know he does not approve of blue Christmas things, and so we are back to a funky version of red and green this year – reds, lime and bright greens, with a little bright pink and white thrown in for good measure. The wrapped packages have begun to accumulate beneath the branches, so an updated photo is probably in order. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! 🙂

Our main tree in the living room – this one needs to be replaced – we are still using the little 75 wonder I purchased in college on a tight budget!

Pager's office tree – it began with a lodge/ski theme, but quickly expanded to include the Starbucks, poker, and dirty martini ornaments that also reflect his tastes and hobbies 🙂 It is through and through, a boy's tree.

My heart almost burst when I stopped in Crate and Barrel last month and found these yellow birdcage ornaments! I already had a bunch of black and silver ornaments, so I combined them all (with a Hawkeye ornament here and there) for my little office/scraproom tree. Makes me so happy!

Finally, our bedroom tree, lots of silver and copper to go with the touches of brown around our room. I have yet to add the 2009 frame ornament with this year's xmas photo. My goal is to eventually have an entire tree filled with only frames and photos.

And finally, a few more snapshots around the house…





Happy decorating in YOUR home!

Christmas movie countdown!


It isn't officially Christmastime until I have busted out the stash of holiday DVDs. While there are certainly more, the top 5 that I MUST see every year:

  • 5. The Preacher's Wife
  • 4. Dr. Suess' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (both versions!)
  • 3. Christmas Vacation
  • 2. Elf
  • 1. Miracle on 34th Street (the 1994 version)

What are YOUR must-see holiday faves??

creeping in.


It's true – all I needed were a couple more weeks of fall before I could start thinking about the holidays. Now that we are halfway through November, and the website launch is behind me, I can start to think Thanksgiving and Christmas. The holidays have indeed started to creep in around our house. A couple random bags of new holiday finds sit in the corner, and a new tree, still in the box, is resting in the corner of Pager's office. I officially let myself start shopping for the holidays while in KC this week for work. My one "play" item on the itinerary was a stop at Crate and Barrel (which expanded to include neighboring store, Z Gallerie – another fave!).

I kept it under control, but a handful or ornaments did make their way out to my car, including some really fun copper glitter ones for our bedroom tree, and three of the yellow birdcage ornaments (seen above) for my office tree (which, naturally, will be a black and yellow theme!). So it is official, my post-Halloween, "I'm not ready yet!" syndrome has subsided and I am once again pumped for the holiday season. Bring it on, Santa.

patriotic playlist

Patriotic playlist

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What patriotic tunes are you rockin' out to today?? I'm always on the search for new ones to add.

Happy 4th of July to all. God Bless the USA!

Merry Christmas!

Merry xmas red bw smith

Tomorrow begins our series of Christmases.

We start with doing "our" Christmas here at home tomorrow night just the two of us. Christmas Eve morning, we wake up and do stockings for each other, and make cinnamon rolls – a tradition we've decided to keep from year to year for ourselves and someday, our children.

It changes every year, but for 2008, we will be heading to CR for Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, then heading to Missouri for Fri/Sat/Sun for the big extended Smith family Xmas, and celebrating with Page's parents and sister. The big yellow sleigh (I mean, Xterra) will be quite loaded down to make this big loop of a trip!

Wishing you the merriest of days this week, and safe travels to those who who will be flying and driving to loved ones. Happy holidays!