Monday, December 15, 2008

christmas decorations

I promised Amy I would post some pictures of my house decorated for Christmas.  The first year Travis and I were married we were really living on a tight budget.  So, I remember standing in Michael's crying while on the phone with my mom as I used the $30 we had to buy decorations.  The house ended up looking Christmas-y, but not really what I had envisioned.  Over the next couple of years I have made it a priority to shop for a few decorations at the after Christmas sales.  Well, this is the first year I actually LOVE our decorations.  I am so thankful for God's provision in our lives and how these decorations are a reminder to me of the One we celebrate this season.  

Summer came over to help me put everything together and Brandon was there as well just to work on music stuff with Travis.  We had a pot of soup cooking and The Grinch playing in the background.  It was a fun night!

Below Travis and Brandon are posing as if they really helped put the ornaments on the tree. 

Our beautiful mantel. 

This is also the first year we have real stockings.  We threw away the $1 stockings we had for the first few years.  My mother-in-law is a very talented knitter.  She actually made these stockings for us.  I can't wait to add baby Collins stocking to the mantel next year! 

Our first "beautiful" Christmas tree. 

The small trees in the window have all of our homemade ornaments on them from when we were kids. 

This is Travis' favorite spot to sit and drink a cup of coffee while reading or working on the computer. 
Travis likes to do things early....well, the truth is...he just doesn't like waiting sometimes.  So, he gave Gunner his Christmas present early. 

The duck didn't last very long...literally just a few days. 


Tim and Shannon said...

Your house looks beautiful!! Is that the tree you were telling me about? It so pretty! Your belly is pretty cute too! :)

Nick and Alisha said...'s so pretty! I like the idea of taking little trees and putting ornaments we made as kids on them. I may have to steal it. :) Good to see you last week. Let's try and get together for dinner after the holidays.

Erin and Joy said...

Wow Hayley!! I am impressed...your house looks beautiful with all the Christmas can't wait for the baby news! Yay!

Kevin and Keri Sheckler said...

Your house is beautiful. Enjoy it this year because if you have an early crawler next Christmas you will be finding ways to keep the Christmas decor out of the way.:)

The Marshmans said...

Ahh, the joys of decorating before Children! It looks beautiful girl! Enjoy it because it may be your last fancy christmas! haha:)