Monday, December 15, 2008
Christmas Tour of Homes 2008
Welcome to my home, old friends and new!
This is a very special Christmas for the Jones family because we are in a new home this year. When I first saw this house, which I could never have imagined living in in a million years, it was right after the holidays and the previous owner still had it decorated for Christmas. It was absolutely adorable. I'm sure I will never achieve her heights of cuteness as long as I live. But it's fun to see all of your old stuff on a new canvas, right?
Here's my living room in Christmas mode.
This fireplace, which is operated by remote control (can I get an amen?), is probably what sold me on this home. I love that I have a mantle for stockings and can actually light a fire at any time with no work whatsoever. This is nice in Houston because oftentimes you want a fire at 7 a.m. when it's 50 degrees, but not so much at 11 a.m. when it's back up to 75.
You can see the fun stockings I bought for Curtis and myself the first year we were married. I think they came from Hallmark. Soon we will have some that match Jackson's and they will all go on the mantle together. My favorite thing on the mantle is the picture in the center. It was a wedding gift from Travis and Angela Cottrell and it has my favorite name of God on it - Redeemer.
I got this from a co-worker a few years ago. I love it so much!
Here is our lovely toddler-proof Christmas tree with all the breakable ornaments up top.
This is the tree topper Jackson made at MDO last year. If I weren't almost 8 months pregnant I might go get a real one for us. We'll see if I can give it up next year.
This is one of the two live wreaths that my husband let me get after I agreed that we could get a $35 Christmas tree. Score! I have been meaning to buy some nicer ribbon for it. Oh well, just keepin' it real, folks.
I found these shatterproof ornament balls at Target. My toddler, Jackson, is exercising a ton of self control each day not to bounce bounce bounce! them around the house.
This is the little advent train that sits on our dining room table. This has been tons of fun every night. I meant to go all out in my dining room this year (seeing as how it's the first time I've had a dining room), but that will have to wait for next year's Christmas tour.
I put all my Santa things in this basket. (Don't worry, that candle never gets lit.) You can see Jackson's amazing stocking on the right, which was made by one of my sweet blog readers. Thank you, Cinde!
Our Willow Tree nativity. I really need to buy the rest of the pieces. Can you tell I'm bad about putting things off?
My Lladro nativity, given to me by my grandmother.
Another nativity that my mom passed down to me. And that's the Baby Jesus my son made at Mother's Day Out.
Well, what do you know! My amaryllis bloomed for you today!
Jackson pointed at it this morning and said, "Mommy, the flower grow!"
Thanks for stopping by today! Would you like a candy cane for the road?
Merry Christmas to you from the Jones family!