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Monday, December 03, 2012

I've Decorated for Christmas: The GBU...

I've been excited about the holidays this year because it's our first as husband / wife (woot!) and as parents (double woot!).  Since Maddie is so young I know that this Christmas won't mean much to her so I promised myself that I wouldn't go overboard and I haven't (yay me!).  But I did do a little somethin' somethin', it is her first one, you know!!!

So here is how I spent my weekend...

THE GOOD - I'm one of those people who thinks decorations should go up no earlier than December 1st and be down no later than Jan 7th.  No offense to those who think otherwise, it's just a personal preference and I'm just weird like that.  I'm sure as Maddie get's older and more into it my preference will align with with everything else (she is not the boss of me)!

So, I spent Saturday dressing up our mantle for Christmas a bit, wrapping Maddie's gifts (I forgot how much I love wrapping gifts and how awesome I am at it!) and putting up a mini tree (that's still in need of a skirt which I doubt I'll get around to getting)!

Target - Tree, Bulb Ornaments, Pine Cones, Ribbon, Wrapping Paper
Faux Gift Box, Mini Stockings M&M's (that I could not stop eating!)
Walmart - Greenery, Tree Candy Dishes
*The "Pharr Family" sign was purchased awhile back from here!*

Why the small tree you ask (for my peeps who'll judge)?!?  Because it's all about Maddie and it's just her size!  She helped me decorate it by taking off each bulb as I put it on!  That's exactly why I chose to get a small one, because I could put it up high away from ms. curious.  It's above the space that's above our door which is usually reserved for plants, vases, etc.

 It's PERFECT (I feel all warm inside :)) and I absolutely LOVE the way everything turned out!

THE BAD - The little and I have both been quite ill since Wednesday.  I haven't even been able to respond to emails, messages and phone calls the way I should because I've been so out of it (so if you've sent me something, know that I'll get to it as soon as I'm feeling better).

The hubs has done the best that he can to take care of us (and work!)...HA!  Let's just say, I don't know what he'd do without me and that sort of makes me smile ;)!  He gets an A for effort though!!!

THE UGLY - We are finally being forced to do something major (i.e. buy a new one) about our furnace that's been on the fritz.  This crap's right around the holidays for crying out loud!

What our furnace is NOT (via)!

We have a gas furnace and our gas bill just came in 4x's higher than normal, I kid you not!!!  Some may say, oh it's just because it's, NO!  It's not quite winter, it's not THAT cold and I'm obsessed with being's that stupid, inefficient furnace!  IT HAS TO GO!

Ok. I'm calm now. Did I mention it's the holiday's?!? I digress. Life happens...and there is somebody, somewhere, who has it worse. That will always be the case, therefore, I must ALWAYS be grateful. So I am :)! Besides, it's the holidays (tee hee)!!!

Be Merry!!!

How was your weekend?!?
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  1. Love the Decorations!!! We too will be celebrating our first holidays as husband and wife and parents! I'm surprised because I said I wasn't going overboard for my daughter and I haven't because she's 10 months she wont fully understand until next year...she doesn't even pay attention to the tree right now. She just looks at it like that isn't always there!

    1. My thoughts exactly, Carissa! Maddie is only 9 months old so I said no way am I going to go crazy this year and I am also surprised (and proud) of myself for following through! So go you too!!! Now Maddie is a busy body so she was all over that tree as soon as I starting getting it together, thank goodness I put it up high...I showed her :)! Enjoy your week!!!

  2. You are really great at wrapping presents! Can I send over my stuff? :-)

    Your decorations look gorgeous!

  3. That high bill is AWFUL, but your Christmas decorations are adorable! Feel better, and thanks for linking up with us!

    Happy Monday!

    1. Indeed, Kati! Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your week!!!

  4. You are truly talented at decorating and wrapping gifts.
    How nice of your husband to take care of you and your daughter, I hope you are feeling much better!

    1. You're far too kind!!! Thank you so much and I am feeling much better tonight!

  5. I am 100% with you on the holiday decorations thing. To be honest, our tree usually comes down on the 27th or so of December! :)

    Happy Monday! xoxo

    1. Kati, it's so good to hear I'm not the only one who feels this way! Enjoy your week :)!

  6. Great to meet you, Nicole! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm following you back now, and so glad to be here! =0) Your Christmas decorations look so lovely!

    1. Awww, thanks Kim! I'm excited to follow along and I'm so happy to have you as well! Enjoy your week :)!!!

  7. Looks beautiful! And your little girl is just adorable. I love your idea to have a tree "just her size!"

  8. I love your Pharr Family sign, how beautiful and such a great idea! xoxox


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