Monday, January 23, 2012

Decorating for Valentine's

I was kind of sad to take down the Christmas decorations, which is unusual for me. Most years, by Christmas, I'm ready for my house to go back to "normal." BUT - I've moved on! :) I decorated our kitchen buffet for Valentine's! I wanted to keep it cheap but still look cute.
I found these adorable printables on Pinterest and used one for Christmas. I just upload the Jpeg to my Costco account and have them print it for around $6! There are ones for all of the major holidays and they are so cute!
I found this cute "Love" sign at Hobby Lobby for $3! I put it on an easel that I already had.
Apothecary jars come in SO handy for decorating around the house! I just filled these with colored basket filler paper (from Hobby Lobby for a couple of dollars). I tied Valentine's ribbon around the top (that I had already).
I found these glitter hearts at Hobby Lobby for $1 (have I mentioned how much I LOVE cheap) :)
These candlesticks are always on the bathroom counter but for Valentine's, I tied some Valentine's ribbon around them. I also found this cute printable on Pinterest too and put it in this adorable frame that I already had at my house.
Pinterest is a GREAT place to find ideas for decorating and I'm totally addicted! I also have an addiction to printables! :) It's such a cute and FREE way to add a little decoration to your house!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Our Christmas(es)!

Our Christmas ended up being both the weekend before Christmas and as well as Christmas weekend. We started out with Christmas at my grandmother's (my mom's mom). That family is small and we don't see each other nearly often enough so it was nice to just hang out and chit-chat.
The guys were into a football game and waiting to eat. haha!
My grandmother was so proud of her Christmas tree. :) It was pretty!
We also had our Christmas breakfast with my grandparents (my dad's family). This family is HUGE so it's mass chaos but I couldn't imagine it any other way!

This was just too sweet not to share. My cousin Noah and his wife had their second child earlier this year and these are their two kids. How sweet is this big brother? I just LOVED seeing them together! So sweet!
These are a few of my younger cousins (and my brother) and I just adore them! This group keeps me in stitches and also keep me young! :)
Enjoying each other after a HUGE breakfast
We spent Christmas weekend at my parents. On Christmas Eve, some of our family came over for our annual Christmas game night! Rob and I look forward to this night every year because it is SO much fun! We snack and play games and LAUGH all night! LOVE nights like those!

My aunt and uncle (2 of my favorite people in the world)
My mom and brother enjoying a game of Apples to Apples
More Apples to Apples
On Christmas Day, we opened our presents with my parents and brother.
Christmas afternoon, Rob's dad and his wife came over for lunch. It was SO nice to have my family and Rob's together for Christmas afternoon! I love that my father-in-law enjoys my family (and vice versa) because it makes life much easier!
Santa also visited 3 special dogs over the Christmas holiday. Yes, we set out their gifts (remember, we don't have kids) :) They got new plush toys, chew toys, tennis balls, and a new pet bed! And boy, are they enjoying everything! They were good dogs this year! ;)
We had a WONDERFUL Christmas and are definitely Blessed! This Christmas was filled with lots of great food, presents, games, but most of all family! It was so nice to get quality time with all of our family! LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas holidays and I'm sad to see them go!