Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

Merry Christmas friends! I know by this point everyone is nestled in after all the celebrations and hopefully still enjoying friends, families or peace on earth! But I didn’t want this Christmas to go by without an official Merry Christmas from our house to yours. We count you among our friends and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for following along with our adventures in creating a home and life. It means more to us than you know, so thank you.

While these are all just random snapshots from our phone and Instagrams, we thought we would share a few snippets of the day and evening with you.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

Our little family is spending a quiet Christmas this year, all cozied up in our home. It’s been wonderful! Our kids took the ferry from Seattle to our neck of the woods. It does my heart good to see all three of my kids and our son-in-law back together again laughing and having fun.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

The dogs are all together too, having a blast running around, grabbing animals from the tree, knocking more garland down, finding presents to open, basically causing all sorts of puppy mischief. Jack is the oldest at 3 and a half years old, so we have a lot of fluffy youngsters in our house. It’s awesome. :)

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

Santa always visits, but this year we actually caught him in the act, so now there is no doubt who fills our stockings (catch your Santa here).

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

We had a fun family White Elephant exchange that involved all of us going to the mall each with $25 and 45 minutes to find a surprise gift to exchange. We’ve also been enjoying making and eating delicious meals and drinking festive drinks like our Winter Cider Sangria.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

All of our animal ornaments are now gathered together toward the top of the tree, feeling safe and protected against the dogs who would like to bring them down to play. We did have one other near casualty since The Unraveling, with a sweet bunny ornament that was rescued from the clutches of puppy jaws of death. Look at the top picture and you’ll see that bunny on the dish cabinet, quietly recovering. His tail was nearly detached, but he is ALIVE!

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

We are decorating gingerbread cookies today, just enjoying being together and making memories.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

We love brewing the coffee and hanging out on the couch, it’s wonderful to not be in a hurry to go anywhere or do anything fancy.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

Bella is very excited about her first Christmas. She’s having the time of her life with Jack and Lily!

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

We love to have Christmas tunes playing on our iPad, but our favorite is to listen to them live on the guitar. Courtney got a guitar for her birthday this year, she is a beautiful singer and my husband is a musician so we are blessed by their talents.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

We keep gifts simple, but this year both of my girls got started on their own cookbook collections, these are two beautiful ones (Sunday Suppers and Plenty, and not pictured, another favorite The Forest Feast)! My oldest daughter Kylee is an amazing cook, she makes the most wonderful meals for us. I’m not sure how she got that talent. It was not from me heheheh.

Merry Christmas from Our House to Yours

Tonight we will gather around the dinner table, eat something yummy together and read the Christmas story from the Bible, each taking a part.

Then after our tummies and hearts are full, we’ll curl up on the big couch to watch Father of the Bride. Even though we’ve seen it dozens of times it never fails to make us laugh and cry. It’s our favorite.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

The Unraveling

The Unraveling

Well, it happened. I knew I was probably jinxing their good behavior when I posted about the pups in part two of the Christmas tour mentioning that “we are keeping our fingers crossed that they are more civilized this year :).”

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Wouldn’t you know it, ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR, I turned my back for a minute and I heard a ruckus coming from the family room. And that’s when the unraveling began! Every year I set everything up all pretty and before we even get to Christmas, the ornaments are knocked off the tree, sweet little woodland ornament creatures are decapitated and skinned with their stuffing strewn about, garland is knocked down off the stairway and there are two guilty pups with bits and pieces of the aftermath hanging from their fur. Today I caught Lily in MID-AIR leaping into the tree to grab another little animal out. How? Why? It’s not like they don’t have any toys! I later caught her playing with a white woodland ornament and launching it from her mouth like a ball. Not okay.

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EXHIBIT A: The Remains of an Innocent Woodland Ornament

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Exhibit B: Cedar Garland Torn Down from the Stairway

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Evidence: Two Guilty Pups

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Update: This just in…

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And also, this unfortunate discovery today:

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PS. These felt and bottle brush ornaments are on a great sale at West Elm right now, you can find them here! Just keep your pets far, far away if you get them! :)

You can read more about the situation in my post about The Gift in the Unraveling, today on (in)courage.

We seem to have real setbacks in our house sometimes before the actual holiday arrives. Feel free to reminisce on these gems:

This is {not} Glamorous – Thanksgiving 2007

The Unraveling {2011}

The Garland and Starfish Incident {2011}

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