Sunday, November 25, 2007

Still Celebrating...

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So, the decorations went up inside yesterday. All but the tree and the outside lights. But that will be done today. My Our intention was to put it up yesterday along with the other stuff. Kenny and Austin went to buy more lights for outside and our staircase and Jesse and I were to decorate the inside while they were gone. But because I was at a complete stand-still for about an hour yesterday afternoon, wondering how the heck I was going to decorate my mantle, things got pushed back. I sat cross-legged on the living room floor, head resting on the coffee table trying to figure out what to do for a good hour. Between the coffee table and the mantle, I was almost to the point of tears. I was bound and determined that this year I was not putting up every decoration I own. The house was not going to look cluttered. It was going to look "pretty." But because I was going for a different look - the entire 'room scape' had to change. And I couldn't quite figure it out. Finally, Jesse said "take the Santa sleigh and reindeer down and put it somewhere else if you don't like it there." WOW! What a novel idea. One that truly never occurred to me because that's where it always went. I moved it and things started coming together.

Kenny came home with the garland for the banister and the lights. Up went the stairs and then company came. Kerry and Greg came down. Then Holly and Bill. We played Pictionary, Taboo and Guesstures. We had a great evening. But the Christmas tree still waits to be on display. Oh well. It'll happen today and then I'll take pictures. Or better still, my mom will have to because the cable for my digital camera isn't working. All and all, I'm pretty pleased. Greg even said that it looked like Martha herself stopped over. Now I'm not so naive that I think my house looks like Martha Stewart had a hand in decorating it. But he doesn't know any better, so it was a genuine compliment.

Unfortunately, between decorating and company, again I haven't been around to visit everyone as I should. And today isn't looking much better. My brother and his family are home from SC and today we'll have cake for my nephew's 18th birthday!! It was last Tuesday but they weren't here to celebrate. Then we have to finish the decorations. BUT, there is no Steeler game on today (they play tomorrow night) so maybe this evening I'll have some time. If nothing else...the celebration ends tomorrow and back to the grind we go. The kids still have another day off from school, but Kenny returns to work and the regular routine must begin again. Have a blessed Sunday, everyone!

Blessing of the day: I'm blessed to have good friends who drop over at the drop of a hat. It tells me they always feel welcome and prior arrangements are never necessary.


Priscilla said...

I look forward to seing your house decorated! When I used to live with my parents we would decorate on the 8th of december as my birthday is on the 10th. Mum and me do the tree and dad would put up the high decorations. With my mum changing her mind and pins not stating in, we were also happy when the trimmings were eventually up! ha,ha

Priscilla x

jo ~ said...

Hey sweets,

Cant wait to see the pictures...sounds like fun and yes how lucky you are to have does that anymore... how sad... blessed you are indeed....

hopefully next weekend wil be our turn to decorate... but I am not holding my breath as I am still trying to get the inside done ... all the boxes up and product... I may have to give up something...

Hope to see you soon


jo ~ said...

that should read how lucky you are to have friends that drop by to visit as no one does that sad....etc



Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Hi Julie,

I am so behind on visiting too, just trying to get a little blogging in today before I'm back to decorating over here. What a blessing to have family to visit :) I can't wait to see your decorations and I hope that you are having a very peaceful Sunday.


FarmHouse Style said...

Enjoy your family time, Julie!

Can't wait to see the pictures:)


Cottage by the River said...

I can hardly wait to see the pictures. You have been busy, busy. Same here have not been blogging much! have a great day.

Kim ~ "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Hello Julie,
Can't wait to see your decorating, too! I haven't gotten much accomplished at my home...I did get the fall decorations put away so hopefully this week the Christmas decorations will be displayed in all their! Enjoy your day!
Love, Kim

Donna said...

I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of your decorations! I bet you did a fabulous job!
Enjoy your family!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hey Julie, You are way ahead of me. I used to put up a tree on Thanksgiving day nite but somehow that routine got away from me. Can't wait to see photos of your decorations. ~ Lynn

lori said...

I missed popping in too!!!

Where in SC is your family??
We are Clemson SC is a second home for us...
the connections are getting crazier and crazier!!!

I always have the cluttered vs. pretty this year the ROCKIN' SANTA that found it's way to our house, (thanks to a dear neighbor) is playing his Saxaphone in Hayden's ROOM!!:)

enjoy your visit!!

Sondra said...

Sounds like you have had a similar weekend to mine. I did not put everything out this year either. I just have too much old stuff that I can't part with, but sometimes it does look cluttered if I put it all out.
I know how you feel :)
Is it getting cold there?

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to see. I amike you wanting a change..not putting things same place and I feel like it is a mess. I wanted to rough.. old time look. I just can't get it.

Karen H. said...

Good Evening Julie,
I'm sorry to be so late for commenting, but I have been very busy today. Hubby had to leave out late this afternoon and I had laundry to do and cook for hubby and the kids and then cook for the kids again tonight. I hope everything gets back to normal tomorrow where I can post and comment on a regular basis. I decorated yesterday afternoon some more also. It felt like I was running around in circles at times. LOL. I did get my village over here, but it's still yet to be put up. I will work on that hopefully this week. My oldest daughter has 2, maybe 3 or more basketball games this week. So, I'm going to be doing alot of traveling. It has been raining here all day. Well, take care my friend and have a Blessed evening. May God Bless You and Yours.

Karen H.

Sandi said...

Can't wait to see pics. I'm sure y'all did a fantastic job. You've got an eye for this sort of thing. :)

Sandi said...

And I can't believe it's only 30 days till Christmas! Wow...

Michelle said...

Julie, I can't want to see your decorations. I started setting up my village today. Have fun! Michelle

melissa @ the inspired room said...

My boxes are now down from the attic. That is a first step, no?

And since I am now the host of a holiday party in two weeks (surprise!), I better get my rear in gear.

I am sure your home will be lovely, how can it not be? Can't wait to see it.


Mary Isabella said...

i love the vintage pictures on your last three posts. Good night mary

restyled home said...

Hi Julie!
I am so happy you had a nice Thanksgiving. See?? No need to worry!!
I am looking forward to seeing your decorations. Good for you for sticking to your guns and trying something a bit different! I started the decorating process myself this weekend (outside at least). Only one month to go!!!


Rosemary said...

Wow Julie,
Everyday sounds like a party at your house. Your decorating sounds like it is going well. Can't wait to pictures.

Bax said...

Looking forward to seeing the decorations! I too had a moment of frustration decorating today! My daughter finally just began taking over and voila! it all started to come together! I think sometimes we just need another set of eyes to get a new perspective!
Take care!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Hey Julie...I did what you did...I only put about 1/2 of our ornaments on the tree...the tree is still FULL and you can't even tell that every single ornament we own isn't there!
I am catching up on posts too as this is the first time I have posted since the day before Thanksgiving!

Cottage Contessa said...

Julie, I can't wait to see your decorations! I have no doubts what so ever that they will be totally gorgeous, just like the lovely lady who's arranging them! Don't stress over it all, just have fun and enjoy trying something different.
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Heidi said...

You are one busy bee Julie! It tires me just to read about it. I am going to plea with your mother to come and get some photos so we can all share in your festive cheer. Hope you wake to an inspired Monday!

~~ Heidi ~~

Kristen said...

Julie, I have missed you! It seems like I am away from home when I can't get on all of my friends blogs. :) I can't wait to see the pictures! It is wonderful that you are able to see so many of your family members!

Anita said...

Can't wit for pictures...

It's great you are having so much company... Sounds fun!

Emiline said...

I'm sure your house looks beautiful! Jesse is one smart kid. Ask him in the future for decorating ideas.