You know, I wondered what it would be like to have Christmas in our new house.
Yes, of course I thought it would be full of cheer – but at the same time I was a little worried about this new space not feeling quite like home yet. Since we moved in we have really been neck high in repairs. One after another – we swamped any spare moment we had conquering our to do list. We really did not set our bar too high of the look we wanted to achieve because our repairs were a must – not a maybe.
This fixer upper required a lot more nitty gritty repairs than our first. Our first house the projects were a lot more affordable – and this house being 2x as big and in 2x worse condition our budget had to go towards things that are barely seen, there for forgotten. Not to be mistaken for forgotten in our bank account, I think we’ll forever remember that impact.
Christmas at our old house was SO cozy. Not just because the size of our house being smaller, but after being there year after year we truly settled in and it felt like home. Here, we are still in settling mode. A lot of things feel unfinished – and it is still overwhelming to look at projects that need to get done asap. We feel a bit rushed at times and we always have to put ourselves into check with the reality of letting things take a lot more time this time around.
We are finally getting to a point where we are able to take a deep breath. The biggest of projects have been completed, and now we’ve been able to actually dip into a few fun ones (kitchen – bathroom – bedroom – living room – dining room). Perfect timing, because with Christmas just weeks away we are doing our best to shake off the naughty list of things to do and bring on the holiday cheer.
You see. We LOVE the holidays. We are that corny couple that plays christmas music, bakes up cookies yada yada yada. It doesn’t take much to push us into the holiday spirit. We jump right on the band wagon and you wont hear us complaining about the Christmas music on the radio during Thanksgiving.
This year, like years past (2013 2011) we lost 2012 in the transfer of sites. We went to pick out our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. This year in hopes to pull that feeling of home straight into our house. And, I will admit, it worked like a charm!
We went to a new tree farm this year on our side of town and it worked out perfectly!
Owen was a bit crabby at first – not enjoying the cold. He dropped his meltdown the second he spotted a “baby tree”. Those of you who know Owen well, finding baby trees is one of the highlights of his day. He seriously gushes over them.
Like his large and in charge gloves? Parents of the year award go to us forgetting the boys gloves. That’s what pockets are for right? 😉
Moments with this sweet boy are just killin’ me these days. Hard to believe he will be 6 after the new year (gulp.)
Insert tears now.
We found a pre cut tree that we adored ( had to botch our plans to cut down a tree b/c of crabby kids ) and within 20 minutes we were strapping it to the roof!
We put the tree up + decorated which is a story all in itself. However – having the Christmas decor up, music playing and the boys over the moon over where they are going to find their Elf each morning is a great reminder that everything is falling into place here. Slowly, but surely –
This house, is feeling more like home.