Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Our Christmas Decor

This post may be boring to you, but I would like to remember what our Christmas decorations were like our first year of marriage. I use the same theme throughout our home. Greens, reds, sparkly, and FUN! This was our second year to have a skinny tree. I like it! Also, I tried to keep these photos in some kind of order, but there is a lot of jumping back and forth!
Our tree mid season
Please excuse Shane's tv dinner stand from his bachelor days. He still has a love affair with it and refuses to let me get an end table in its place! :)

Our stockings
Dont worry, we bought an extra last year so that one day, our addition can match ours!
Also, you probably cant see them, but I hung a silver initial -S-B-C- ornament from each stocking instead of monogramming. They were busy enough!

New Christmas table was an exciting addition this year!!
I looked everywhere the past few months for green napkins, after I had the red chargers and silver placemats. No luck until the day after Cmas. Went into WalMart's holiday clearance and found them. Price checked and found out the reason I wasnt meant to find them before then....10 CENTS 2/pk!! I am telling yall, deals just find me! ;)

Made this via pinterest
So cute but realized its not big enough, so I am giving this one to my mom and Ill make a new something next year for our cards! They brought daily smiles as we received cards from old and new family and friends!

Paintings, platters, and garland was a nice addition this year to the top of the kitchen cabinets

Made this for a countdown, but who couldnt ever find the chalk??!! Ha!

This napkin holder is one of my favorite pieces
The 2011-2012 Christmas Princess shines from behind!

Back to the living room


I longed to have one of these trees for so long because it reminds me of my grandmother at Christmas. A special lady gave her mom's to me. Meant soooo much to me, as does she! Another special lady gave me a large white one! My requests were heard and now I will remember them everytime I place them out!

I wish I could take the awesome pictures of Christmas lights like every other blogger does!
 Oh well, you get it!

Below our stockings, a box holding Cmas books/ movies and a houndstooth Santa joined our Santa boots

I love these ornaments with different names of our Lord, but want a better way to display them.
I think they need their own mini tree!

My favorite thing our home any time of the year would have to be these two playing nightly in this recliner!
Caden also has a small tree in his room, with different ornaments through the years, and AU/AL ornaments!

Caden loved getting on the house helping Shane finish up the outdoor lights

Front door

New things I have picked up for next year..
A manger scene( have no idea where mine is), a small set of pre lit presents, and

This sweet Santa holding baby Jesus

This tree in Caden's room
Shane rolled his eyes on this one!!
I love our decor and have big plans for the future one year at a time. But this year I realized that I need to make sure our Christmas decor is more Christ centered. That is my goal for next year! Hope you enjoyed the tour! I am def sore today from putting it all up yesterday and today!!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Year Review

2012 was such a wonderful year of beginnings for us, and even had a few endings. Let's take a look back at our favorite moments of this eventful year.

We kicked off the new year, just the three of us. We shot fireworks in the street and made good use of our new firepit and new trampoline!
On New Years Day, we visited what is now our home church. I was so dreading church- hopping, and had been praying for a while about finding the perfect church for our family. It took this one visit to KNOW it was where God wanted our family!
We went to the circus. It was Shane's first time since he was a kid!

We wished our Tata a Happy Birthday from miles away!

Wished our classroom friends a Happy Vday

And helped our best friends celebrate their engagement!

We ran a 5K for our church mission's team

I got down and dirty planting spring flowers, and making our home more "homey"

Took Caden and Palyn to the zoo, it was our girls first time since she was a baby!
Made our first beach trip of the year!
Celebrated our first Easter at our new church

Had fun at a very windy family fun day!

Wishe dour classmates a Happy Easter with these cuties!
Had my Bridal Tea

Bachelorette Beach weekend to see Luke Bryan
Mother's Day

Caden's last field trip with IVES

Caden was my wedding date at a friend from high school's big day!
It was the beginning of many weddings of the year!

One of the only family beach trips this year
Shane wasnt with us in March.

Lingerie Shower
At the end of May, we moved to our new hometown. I had waited so long on that day, I thought I would die! I have loved being here so much and will never forget how hard it was to live away from Shane.
Friend, Holly was married!

Married!! 6-16-12

Made our family of three official

Honeymooned in Mexico

Shane's First Fathers Day

Caden played his heart out against Shane in tennis
Celebrated 4th of July
4th of July family pics are always my fave! I love the colors!!

Attended a Bicuits baseball game and watched the fireworks

Caden took a session of golf lessons
Helped with Centerpoints VBS
Friend, Lacey got married!

Caden had his first day of third grade at his NEW SCHOOL!!

And Loved It!!!

Shane and I made our own trip to 6 flags for the second year in a row
Threw a couples shower for our friends!
Caden had his first school dance

Threw Caden's 9th Bday party

Took Palyn to her first fair!

Friends, Julie and David were married!

Caden's first field trip at his new school

Celebrated Halloween with a ninja!
Wished our classmates a Happy Thanksgiving!

Celebrated Thanksgiving and had sooo much to be thankful for!!

Went to the first Bama game for Caden and myself. It was fun, I love any southern tradition! Caden has since then, switched from an Auburn fan to cheer on the Tide with his dad.
Our first Cmas parade in Pville

Jingle Bell Run and Caden's first 5 k

Shane was baptized!

Celebrated Christmas with our families

Had a wonderful Christmas together!

Ended 2012 the same way as last year!
Just us three, fireworks on our street.
And being pretty lazy!
I can not imagine a year being more amazing than this one! Here's to 2013 and many more memories for our new family as well as yours!