Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Deck the Halls {And a Surprise, don't miss it}

At our house, our Christmas tree is kind of like a living Christmas tree.  I don't mean we have a real tree because we don't.  And D the Man told me that fake tree fake presents, but we have a fake tree, and real presents.  Just saying.

No what I mean is we collect ornaments every year that actually represent our lives/family every year.  Trips, big monument things, etc.  Sadly I think our tree is 6' and we almost have it full.  There are a few ornaments from when I was younger that I could take off if I needed to, but I don't want to... so for now they stay :).  Maybe one year we'll have to have 2 trees but I'm not sure where we'll put them.

Now in my kitchen up toward the ceiling I have these rack things.  They were there when we moved in, I just repainted them, but still, when we buy ornaments I actually place them up on these hooks so that come Christmas I remember what I did with them.  That's what works for us.  Sometimes we misplace things otherwise :(.

Now I told you back in September we got a cat.  Hmmm cats and trees could be dangerous so three weeks ago, that would be about 3 weeks before Thanksgiving... we put the tree up.  It wasn't decorated but it was put up to tempt the cat to see what she did.
Although I can't say tooooo much because I never took the mistletoe down last year.  Nope, it stayed up all year long.  Reasons to kiss hubby, right?

So anyway... Kitty really only was upset because we moved things around, aka a side table and moved the couch.  She hates change.  Otherwise soo good so far, knock on wood!

We try to make it a point to decorate our tree while Tbug is around.  We knew that we had to get it done this weekend, otherwise it would be Christmas when the tree got decorated if we waited for her.  So Saturday night we sat down and decorated the tree.

We have a prelit tree but we noticed that some of the lights weren't working so hubby decided to get a few strands of lights and put on the tree anyway.  We did colored and white lights to add color and flare to the tree.

Last year we did an old cowboy hat for the tree topper but I didn't like it so much so I asked hubby if we could get a tree topper this year.  None of them at the store really impressed me, but we went ahead and got this one anyway because it was the cutest of them all.

This summer we spent the weekend in Branson right before our 4th of July party.  We went and Rode the Ducks so we got an ornament to commemorate that.  2 weekends ago we were driving back to Branson for the weekend and I opened up my glove compartment in the car and actually found the ornament.  See, this is WHY I hang them all in the kitchen, so I don't forget, misplace or lose them.

When hubby and I went to St. Louis this summer, we were also able to attend a St. Louis Cardinals game, so we went and got ornaments from both places.

We always try to get a family ornament.  This year we got 3, one that represented each of us.

To add to mine here.... perfectly fitting we all thought.

When my parents went to Hawaii this fall, they brought this one back for me.

I have no idea about this ornament.  It was hanging in the kitchen...

And our Kansas City Chiefs, holla!

I told you our kitty doesn't like change.  She really wasn't enjoying our decorating of the tree....

So then the very last new ornament that we have so far....  It might just help explain a bit of my absence over the last few weeks (other than school kicking my arse)

Yes, you are reading that correctly.  Hubby and I are expecting Peanut the end of next June.  I'm currently 9 weeks.  I have back dated blog posts following this weird journey and I'll let you know when they post.  I have to add pictures to them yet, but if you're interested, I'll let you know when they're up.

So anyway, here is our Christmas tree both with lights on in the house and with lights off.  Bring on the Christmas season (and the last week of classes plus finals!)

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  1. Yea!! That last ornament makes me so happy!! So excited for you. You will be an awesome baby mama (you already are a pre-teen mama).

    Love that you have so many personal ornaments.

  2. Eeeep! I am sooo excited for you!!! Hope you are feeling well. Our cats don't like change either. When I clean it totally freaks them out. ;)

  3. When I got your email to read your blog, I kept going and Im like how did I miss it, I don't see a new blog from Nicole...so I kept refreshing and low and behold, finally, 5 secs ago, it shows up and YAY!!!! Super excited...congrats and hope all is well!!

  4. eeeeeeeeeeek! Stacy just emailed me and told me I'd better go read your blog!! And I'm SO glad she gave me the heads-up!! WONDERFUL NEWS!!! Huge congrats to you & Mark and Tbug!! So excited for you! And of course, I love the ornament to commemorate this very memorable Christmas for your family on your living tree!!! XO

  5. Beautiful post and I was on the edge of my seat waiting to find out what the punch line would be!! CONGRATS SWEET GIRL!! I am so happy for you! What a great way to start 2014!! A new Momma! Thrilled for you.
    I bet Tbug is going to love being a big sister!

  6. HOLY MOLY!!! CONGRATS!!! What amazing news!! Another mommy-to-be for me to talk to! :)

    How are you feeling? I can't wait to read about your journey so far! xo

  7. Aww Congrats!!! That's so exciting! Can't wait to read more about it :)

  8. YAY!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!! What wonderful news. Looking forward to "hearing" all about your new journey :)

  9. Although I didn't really suspect anything yesterday, I do admit that I did suspect when I read the title of this post since it jogged the memory of some of our messaging a few months back. ;-) How exciting for you, Mark, and Tbug! I know the "pain" of going through this while also being in school, but I know you can handle it. 2014 will be a great year filled with lots of new adventures! :-)

  10. the tree and the ornaments are wonderful! but the last one brought me a tear!!!! So happy for you ! Congratulations

  11. Yay! Oh my gosh I am so excited for you guys!! Congratulations!!!!!

  12. Congrats, that is so exciting. I do not remember if you were having troubles or not but i do remember you saying you wanted children. I had a winter baby and i would rather have had a june baby.

    Pregnant in the winter with all the cute clothes instead of at the end of summer when it is so so hot and you not longer fit anything.

    More options for birthday parties as well.

    Tbug must be so excited.

  13. Been many years since I have had a large tree, mine is only small and sits on my deep freezer I would have it on the table but we are still using the table and such I have no where else to put it. I love personal ornaments so much nicer than the plain old shop bought ones that every man and his dog have

  14. Love the ornament, so adorable and congrats again!

  15. Beautiful tree! Love all the ornaments you've collected. As time goes buy your tree will be totally loaded with memory ornaments - they are the best!

  16. Haha just now reading this! Love you!! So happy can't wait to be here through the journey.

  17. Congrats! It's great to hear the news. Love how you broke it to us!! :D



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