Monday, November 30, 2009

Tis' the season to be jolly, falalalalalalalalala

Don't you just love your house all decorated for Christmas? It is something I look forward to all year long.

I also adore cold weather WHEN it is supposed to be cold weather. This isn't always the case in Texas. And for some reason, at age 34 (and fabulous) I still get really upset when it isn't cold or at least cooler in October. Much less the end of November. Hello, 74 degrees on November 28!

Lucky for me, the weather turned much colder on Sunday, when it was time to decorate the tree. I made a pot of turkey and dumplings, with left over turkey, and we all went to town on the tree. (I let the kids hang the jingle bells. And then rearranged all their craziness after they were asleep. Bad mommy. Bad, bad mommy.)

My mantle. Lots of different trees line it. Nothing too interesting, pretty simple. But you have to remember there is a GIANT Axis mount above the mantle. Simple is good in this case.

Tess' stocking. Love it.

Bram's stocking. Love it. I bought these last year and totally forgot about them, I shrieked out loud when I opened the bin and saw these lovelies.

Our tree sits between our kitchen and den. The two main rooms in our home. SO, I have been buying lots of fun food ornaments for the past 4 years. Slowly building quite a collection of cute foods and the like.

Cupcakes, glass blown wrapped candy, chocolate dipped pretzels with sprinkles, nutcrackers holding treys of cookies, Santa holding a bottle of wine. The "Big brothers are like superheroes" ornament that Tessie Mayes "bought" for Bram last Christmas. And of course, homemade ornaments made by the kids, even a few made years and years ago by Hubby and I. Love them all. All hand picked by yours truly and ONLY if they are special and unique. To me.

And that is all that matters.

Lots of hot pink, turquoise, orange, red striped, gingham and chocolate brown ribbon adorn the tree.

Sugar cookies, candy canes, sugared fruit and about a million glass balls on any branch that can hold them.

Vintage framed Christmas cards, pictures of the kids and snowmen holding baguettes and plates of cheese.

A million cupcakes.

Piece of chocolate cake with a cherry on top, my little dude in 2007. And colored lights. LOVE colored lights.

I picked up this little ditty in Snyder at the CUTEST antique store, "The Mason Jar." It is a 1960 Good Housekeeping magazine in pristine condition. It is my new favorite Christmas decoration! I can't believe it is pink!!! PINK!!!

So that is a teeny insight to the Coco home at Christmas.

I am totally missing a box with my antique baby spoons that I hang on the tree AND some ornaments that hang on a small wire tree for my dining table. Can't find them for the life of me.


Hubby doesn't seem to be bothered by this loss, he just keeps telling me, "we have enough stuff out. That is enough, get out of the attic!" Doesn't he understand that these things are just important because they are special to me. I don't tell him, "Why did you buy more camo? One camo outfit or a pair of waders, looks just like the other. You don't need anymore."

Of course I don't. I am WAY to sweet and loving to say anything like that. And pretty.

Oh well, it will be Christmas. OR if we every move.

Changing the subject, my little smarty pants, Tessie Mayes, looked at me today and said, "stupid head." Awesome.

When I asked her, "What did you just say to me?"

She looked right at me and said, with a smile, "I love you."

Wow, hers is learning very, very fast. Isn't two years old a little young to have an attitude AND a little to young to lie? Or bluff? Or whatever you want to call it. I have absolutely no idea where she gets it?

Hmm. Must be from her dad.


The Soladay Family said...

Love your tree! Beautiful and special! That's what it's all about! LOVE all the ribbons!

Deelsu said...

love the tree! It's so you! I love the Shoney Big Boy ornament! As for Santa with a bottle of wine. I so need to find one ;)

Sara and Trey said...

Adorable tree! And I love that you re-arranged the whole tree after the kiddos went to bed. Hilarious!

Carrie Darney said...

Hagen helped me decorate the tree last night and I too rearranged it after he was asleep! My tree has no design...I also put up things that I love and don't worry about it being "pretty" is pretty to me! Even the star that has a picture of me when I am around 8 I think with a bowl haircut that is hideous!!

LOVE your decorations!

Sassafrass Jane said...

Haha! Stupidhead.

LOVE the tree. I miss colored lights on the Christmas tree! We had them growing up, but ours just has white. I'm going to have to fix this. Love the inspiration!

Donatelli98 said...

Love your tree - it has such cute style and character! Tessie Mayes and Bia must be secretly calling each other!

The Jones Family said...

LOL, stupid head! Freaking shit heads... :)

I don't even bother to wait till the kids are asleep, or away from the tree; I simply rearrange as I see needed, in front of them (or behind their backs anyway)!

Love your decorations!

FROGGITY! said...


I get downright belligerent if it's not cold outside during Thanksgiving and Christmas. If we move to Florida like I think we may, I am going to book a cabin in the mountains for Christmas each year.

Not. Even. Kidding.

The American Homemaker said...

That magazine is adorable :)

I love stuff like that.

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Wow, that tree is amazing! And I just love the stockings, too. Your home looks so warm and inviting!
Thank you so much for entering my giveaway, best of luck!

Vintage Junky said...

Your tree is incredible!!! I love finding things that I forgot that I bought (a tree topper this year!) It is almost as good as finding money. I am sorry that your little one is defiant (mine is too and he is 15 months)... always blame the daddy!!

Smiles~ Michelle

greygillfish said...

WOW, I didn't even want to post my Christmas tree after seeing all your awesome decorations.

Funny story - I was sitting in a store last night waiting in a long line and saw the cutest tree topper made from very large candy canes and candy ornaments. I stared at it forever and thought that is so cute, but would never look right on my tree. I wish I would have taken a picture, it would have looked awesome on your tree. Seriously, it was FAB!

The Rand's said...

Love all of your ornaments! And the ribbon idea is so cute!

Momma to the A's said...

I love the tree! You have put a lot of thought into it. I am lucky in that A was more interested in taking the ornaments out of the box than putting them on the tree. Bingo! I was able to decorate away!

I also love the tree collection on your mantle.

We'll work on sending Bram some snow for Christmas :). Like I said... we'll try (more like wish on a star)!

Kristin said...

Ohhhhhhhh, you're in for it with that one. Ah ha ha. The dude has quite the 'tude already at 17 mos. I'm frightened!!! Your tree is beautiful. : )

Live.Love.Eat said...

Love your style....FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did you ever visit I just sent my friend Kacey at Chronicles of a Mommy a couple of food ornaments from there. They have everything!!!!