Friday, December 11, 2009

Decking the halls....

Amy at Keeping Up With the Shultz Family is hosting Red Robin #9 today!! The theme for this month's Round Robin is to share something that you may do with your family, cook, craft, or any items you have in your store that would be a great gift idea for the holidays.

While I don't have any gift ideas, I did want to share our holiday decorations and crafts that we've been busy with. It's starting to look pretty darn festive around here.

Missy at Two Little Monkeys demonstrated some adorable handprint reindeers as one of her weekly crafts on her blog! So cute, right? If you're looking for some fun ideas for crafts, check her blog out!

Notice there are only 2 handprint reindeer and not 4....Bella and Garrett refused to make one. I pretended to cry, hoping they'd feel bad and give in. But they laughed and said, "Look, we made Mommy cry". I got the last laugh though when I reminded them that I have Santa on speed dial and all it takes is one phone call from me and there will be no presents under the tree come Christmas morning.


Here are some little snowmen that the kids and I made...


Oh and our makeshift gingerbread man wreath...


The stockings were hung from the staircase with care....good thing we don't have more than 4 kids or someone would've gotten a raw deal.


I thought it would be fun to make gingerbread houses with the kids.... yeah, I must have been hitting the crack pipe a little hard that day. Once the houses were constructed, we actually did have a blast decorating them and putting our "yards" together.

Of course, maybe I just thought it was fun because I was buzzing from a sugar high after eating a whole bag of large marshmallows.


This is Santa Claus, sitting atop of the bookshelf....staring at us with those empty, glazed eyes (kinda how I looked after the kids and I made the gingerbread houses). Oh and notice the "Silent Night" decoration? Wishful thinking on my part, right?


Here's our tree in all its glory. I don't think this picture does it justice because it really is a wonderful sight, especially when it's night-time and we have all the lights off in the house.


Okay, here's a picture of the tree at night...the picture still doesn't do it justice.


This is one of my favorite ornaments!! A friend of mine sent it to me for Christmas 2006 with a little note that said, "The minute I saw this, I thought of YOU". It took me a minute to get what she meant. Check out the Mama reindeer's face...that's exactly what I looked like the first few weeks after having Garrett and Landon.

The following picture actually wasn't our original Nativity scene. I had a gorgeous one that my sister had given me a few years ago. But someone, who refuses to take responsibility, broke it when he was taking it out of storage. He claims that it was my fault...saying that I never fully sealed the box last year when it was put away. But we all know I'm perfect and I would never do such a thing.

I have to say, though, that it was kinda funny when Cole and Bella ran in the house screaming, "Daddy just killed baby Jesus".

See that lovely candle there on the right....I put it on our little table with the other decorations and then thought to myself, "I should probably move that before someone breaks it". What do you think happened no less than 30 seconds after I had that thought? One of the spawn broke it. I was able to piece it together with crazy glue....for now, anyway.


And, last but not least, are our outside decorations. I'm not sure why I took a picture of it during the day because obviously you can't get the full effect of it, with all the lights glowing. Now that it's dark, I suppose I could throw on some slippers and a robe and take a picture of it....but I'm not going to....because I'm a lazy ass.


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43 comments:

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Alicia said...

Oh my gosh, I love it all!! THe gingerbread wreath is so cute!!!

And that is so funny how we have the similar ornament!

DysFUNctional Mom said...

OMGosh! I just saw that anonymous up there is giving you a fantastic opportunity. LUCKY YOU!
Anyhoo, I'm still laughing my ass off at the "Daddy Killed Baby Jesus" part! That is good stuff right there!

Buckeroomama said...

OMG! They look awesome!! Where do I start? I love the gingerbread men wreath, the snowmen, your tree... and the lawn decor!! J & Z would go gaga over the Thomas inflatable. Great job! :)

Karen & Gerard Zemek said...

Those gingerbread houses look like a lot of work (Oh, oops, I mean FUN!). Your Christmas tree if beautiful! The outside decorations probably show up better in the daylight anyway. That line, "Daddy just killed baby Jesus" is hilarious! Love how you can make a post about Christmas decorations so delightful and funny!

Brooke said...

i killed a wiseman last year. thankfully my hubs is a magician and after i decapitated him, he got glued back together. :)

i love the reindeer! :) too bad the other two wouldn't play along.

Mighty M said...

I see you got a nice long spam comment - bugger.

I love your decorations!! Your home is so festive. I find it hilarious that your kids were amused by making you cry, let's hope they forget about that when they are older! :)

Amy said...

Oh Helen,
Thanks for playing along. For some reason the link is not working. Please come by later and link up all of this wonderful crafts, house, tree, and outside train. I love it all. I am giving you two extra in the giveaway since the link is not working. I am so sorry about that. Oh that just makes my week..

Nezzy said...

Guess that would make your cute little gingerbread houses...OK....are ya ready?.....Gingerbread crack houses. Heeeheehe!!!! Sorry I couldn't help myself. I love all your decorations and the comment that daddy killed baby Jesus is just too funny, girl.

Hey, whatsup with the real money scam on the first comment? It cracked me up too. 'Doesn't take much.

Have a beautiful day!!!

Kaleena said...

Did you know that your first comment is spam?! How rude! I hate it when they do that! Anywho...
Your decorations are super cute and I love your little gingerbread crack houses:)

Twins Squared said...

How was it doing the gingerbread house? My kids really want to do one but I'm hesitant. The only way we can do it is during the little girls' naptime and just wondering if it is taking on too much. But last year they really wanted one so Santa bought them a premade one and it tasted so nasty.

The Lane Family said...

What great decorations. I love the reindeer and the gingerbread man wreath!! The snowmen are cute as well, okay they are all great and give me some great ideas of things to do with the kids :)

As for why we do things like Gingerbread houses....because we love the kids and forget what kids of craziness lays ahead for us until it is too late. I am with you a bag of marshmallows does help dull some the issue.

Heck with husbands breaking things. Many of my decorations were broke by our LOVELY movers who we had to be thousands of dollars for...nice!!

Heather Kephart said...

Helene! You continue to blow me away. I don't know how you have the time to construct the fabulous non-"phoning it home" posts that you do, raise your adorable children, and do all of this cool stuff. You really SHOULD write a book someday when you have time. You owe it to the world!

I can't wait to try a gingerbread house with the kids. I just need to figure out what to use for glue. LOVE your fence material! And your tree! SO cool!

Jenna said...

Wow look at you, yall sure have been busy. Now I feel bad because we haven't done any christmas crafts. Though I plan on making a gingerbread house, now to find something for the kiddos to do.

Working Mommy said...

What a beautiful tree!! I love all of the hand-made pieces - the wreath and snowmen - very cute!

~WM

Kristina P. said...

Love everything! The little hand reindeers are so cute.

Theta Mom said...

I haven't done the gingerbread house thing b/c it looks like so much work! Kudos to you mama for that one! Love your tree and those stockings!!!

Eva Gallant said...

Love all your Christmas decorations. The gingerbread houses are fantastic! I'd write more but I have to go check out that AIMTrust! (NOT)

Creative Junkie said...

I have two of those very same handprint reigndeer of my own! I love them.

Your house is looking very festive and your tree is beautiful!

The Santa speed dial thing still works with my youngest - I dread the day when it doesn't.

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Wow, girl, look at you all festive!!! The gingerbread and snowmen are too cute! I love your comment about Santa on speed dial. I've had to resort to using him too :)

MamaOtwins+1 said...

So festive. I really love your tree and the snowmen that you made, but my favorite may be Thomas in the front yard! Little man would love Thomas!

I tagged you in my meme today!

shortmama said...

Love the decorations!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Helene. I must delete that picture of your yard immediately because you know if Bo sees that Thomas he will be totally at your house stealing it.

Seriously, where did you find it?

And homemade gingerbread houses? Okay over-achiever, they have kits for that!

Morgan said...

Helene, you sure have been busy with the crafts! You've done more crafty things this season than I have!

I like your gingerbread house. When/if I ever stop feeling so tired, I may trying making something like that with the kids. It probably won't be this year, though.

Betty Manousos:cutand-dry.blogspot.com said...

Helene,I love all of your Xmas decorations! So pretty!
It's hard to pick my favourite!

MamaHen Em said...

Your house looks LOVELY all decorated for Christmas! It's so much fun to have all the lights and candles and ornaments out. The house always looks so empty after we take it all down!

Aimee said...

Love your blog!!

That gingerbread wreath is a really cute idea!

And yea for you with 4 kids making gingerbread houses. I have 2 kids and I havne't gotten around to letting them do it yet this year!

Amy said...

Thanks for stopping by and linking up. Sorry it was not working for awhile.. Have a great weekend.

yonca said...

They all look LOVELY! Those little snowmen are so cute!

Neo said...

Nice. Now i'm sad esp since i do not have so much as a red bauble dangling somewhere in my dorm room. this is my first christmas away from family :-(!

Jenny said...

Everything looks so wonderful decorated for Christmas! I love the crafts the kids made!

Menopausal New Mom said...

Oh I love that gingerbread wreath and I was planning on tackling one of those gingerbread houses next year when my daughter is 4 1/2, now I"m not sure sure Loll!

Your house looks so festive, the kids must love it! We are so blessed to be moms so we can do this with our kids. THe holidays would be so boring otherwise!

KK said...

Cute decorations!

Victoria said...

I so love these decorations:) So very pretty! Happy Saturday Sharefest from SITS:)

Laura said...

Christmas is my favorite time of year because of all the decorating we get to do. Love the Thomas the Tank yard decor.

Happy Share Fest!

blueviolet said...

Everything is so cute!!! Indoors and outdoors. Your tree is spectacular!!!

Melissa B. said...

These are all wonderful. Thanks for sharing these Superior Snaps...Listen, I wanted to thank you soooooooo much for stop­ping by on my Spe­cial SITS Day. It’s taken me a while to get back, but I hope to see you around the blo­gos­phere again soon!

Somewhere In Between said...

How funny!!

And your decorations are beautiful!!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!

Chaotic Kristy said...

I love your projects. We really need to get started because we don't even have the tree decorated. I guess I don't have much Christmas spirit this year.

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

kys said...

I love the gingerbread wreath! It's all cute, actually. We are saving the gingerbread house project for the loooong 2 weeks of Christmas break.

Corrie Howe said...

Your house is very festive. My teenage son decked out our house today. I'll have to post pictures.

When Jonathan was two, I dropped the Kitchen Aide and tore the vinyl on the kitchen floor. As soon as Scott walked in the door, I hear "Mom broke kitchen. Mom broke kitchen."

The Meanest Bean of Them All said...

Very festive! I love how everyone's houses and yards have distinct personalities :) No two are remotely the same

Bethany said...

Oh wow, I love all of the decorations! I made something similar to your reindeer with my students at school. Your house looks so homey!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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