Meaningful Monday: Reflecting

Hi all!
I hope everyone had a nice, pleasant, and low stress Christmas.
It’s the end of the year…again…how does this happen and so quick?!?!?
I swear it gets faster and faster every year.
While I’m still in planning mode for 2015, I thought I would take a look back at 2014, or reflect as seen in pictures.

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The second day of January started pretty good as we brought these two cuties home.

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They made themselves at home pretty quickly.

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We took some puppy training classes, some of us learned….some of us didn’t.

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Relaxed in the mountains in the spring
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Did a little chillaxing in the hammock.

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Maybe grabbed a nap, or two

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Celebrated a very special 1 year!

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Did a little more snuggling in the bed

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Went to an awesome concert

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Went back to the mountains for Thanksgiving and played in some really cold stuff

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And finished the year with a fabulous Christmas!
Wow! What a year!
From the pictures, it seems like a lot of relaxing.
Here’s to hoping for much of the same in 2015!!!

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Wildcard Wednesday: Decking the halls

Well, I finally got it done!

On Friday evening, we made the long trek (1.7 miles) to the Christmas tree lot to purchase our tree for the year.

I had already decided I wanted to do a much smaller tree this year (think table top). Smaller trees require less lights, less ornaments, and less aggravation.

It took all of 5 minutes to pick out our tree (hey, we had pizza to pick up) and we headed home. It turned out to be a little bigger than table top, but still smaller than years past (I remember we use to have a 9′ tree-who the heck decorated that???? those were the young days).

We got the tree in the house…and…there it stood until Saturday evening…when I finally got motivated to get the lights on it and get it decorated. (honestly, I wanted it done before the weekend was over and refused to let it occupy all of my Sunday time-great attitude, right? Just keeping it real folks!)

I’m still trying to figure out why I’m not completely and totally in the Christmas spirit this year. I can’t come up with any real answers. Up until this week, the weather played a huge role, as it was a nice, balmy 75+ degrees for a straight week. That’s not necessarily Christmas weather. But then it cooled off and has been nothing shy of perfect this week. Cool enough for scarves, hot drinks, fires, boots, and sweaters…but not frigid.

I’ve heard several people this week make comments about how they, too, aren’t in the spirit as much this year.

I don’t know. Maybe things have just been too busy lately….

Anyway…so, here’s my Christmas 2014 home tour, along with some inspiration and cuteness.

 

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I absolutely adore my little pillow cover from Craftberrybush.com. This was a Facebook find and I could not be more excited! Plus, it was only $20. Win win!!! (Psst-be sure to check out her home page-her Christmas decorations are simply beautiful!)
I’ve come to realize in the last year that I have a pillow fetish, meaning that I have wayyyyy too many pillows. I think I like pillows because they can change a room’s mood and tone instantly and you can change them out with the seasons.
So, anytime I find (or make) a favorite pillow cover, I’m sold! Bonus!

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My dear made it to my mantle this year. Thanks Target!
Oh…and the 2 cute sweater stockings for the little ones….Lucy and Desi.
(Note: we had to move the stockings the other morning to turn on the fireplace and I put the stockings under the tree-I came back from the kitchen and Lucy was chewing on her ‘L’ and Desi had already chewed off one of the balls on the stocking-nice! Geez!)

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My tree…and one cute doggie, looking all serious.
You can’t tell from these horrible iPhone pictures but that’s kind of a squatty tree…in a silver pail (or bucket)…with a gigantic star!!!!
Apparently, putting your tree in a pail, barrel, or box this year is all the trend.
living christmas treeThis is actually the picture on a blog where I got my inspiration from, Littlemissmomma.com.
When I saw her cute, little squatty tree (her words, not mine) in that pail, I had to do it!Heck, I even got my man on board. He thought it was a great idea (likely to hold beer later)!
Anyway, I love her blog. She’s so real and honest about her experiences as a mom and a wife. Plus, she’s got great fashion style and she’s cute! Jump on over and read a couple of her posts. I promise you will be hooked!

Of course I couldn’t give you a Christmas post without showing you some of my Christmas pups!

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IMG_2460.JPGLet’s hope they are this calm on Saturday when they get their pictures made with Santa!

That’s it…have a great evening!