Dec 15, 2006

Christmas Tour of Homes






Well, I am a little nervous to add my photos because I can't ever make them line up right in blogger. I just switched to beta and it is supposed to be easier, but I still have no idea what I'm doing. I guess I'll just do my best and see how it goes.

Here you have my front door. It is pretty simple, but it looks nice at night. We have never put up lights on the outside of the house before, but I keep hoping Santa will do it someday.

Next is the staircase. I love how this looks. I am a traditional red, green and gold girl for Christmas. I love how this looks at night, too. It's simple, but it adds so much. My kids don't like trying to find a place to put there hand and then getting scratched by garland. I tell them, "That's the price of beauty." Just kidding. You know as well as I do that kids don't use handrails.


The mantle is special because it holds my sweet babies stockings. I bought these stockings years ago at Dillards when my son Seth was a baby. I couldn't find the right size and match when Annie was born, so her's is a little different. I have thought about getting pretty trendy ones, but the kids would never let that happen. They like things to stay the same each year and they love to hang them themselves. We have gold stocking holders that say "joy" and a snowflake at each end. My wreath is probably 5 years old and barely holding on. I just keep fluffing that bow to get another season out of it.

This is our most recent ornament as a family. We picked it up in Estes Park, Colorado this summer while vacationing. Don't we make a great elk family? Or are they reindeer? I hope Skip isn't reading this. I always get mule deer, elk and regular deer mixed up.

Lastly, we have the Christmas tree. It is so very treasured to me since I have so many personal ornaments with sentimental value. Skip and I had an engagement party 15 yrs. ago and we still have almost all the ornaments that were given to us. The angel is probably 13 yrs. old and still looks brand new. This year only Annie, my six yr. old helped me decorate the tree. I think she did a marvelous job(don't look too close) He He He. She is going to be a little homemake just like me. She loves to set up house already.


I wish I had a Christmas dish to share, but believe me you wouldn't want what my brain could come up with at this late hour. I had raspberry tea (several glasses) and the caffeine is in full swing. Thanks for stopping by, and I can't wait to see all the beautiful decorations in your home.

33 comments:

Pastormac's Ann said...

Wonderful! Love your Elk/Deer Family ornament - so cute! Your stairs look lovely. Thanks for the tour. Love the picture of your kids from the previous post!

Overwhelmed! said...

I think your pictures turned out fantastic! I'm so glad you shared. The deer family ornament is precious!

I've asked my husband, Oronzo, to pick out an angel tree topper for me as a Christmas gift this year. I can't wait to see what he finds!

Thanks for opening up your house to share your decorations!

Thanks also for taking the time to stop by and see my 2006 Christmas Tour of Homes decorations! I do appreciate it!

Merry Christmas to you!

Mama Duck said...

I LOVE the staircase, just beautiful!! I really must go decorate now - all we've gotten decorated around here is the Christmas tree, yipes!

ChupieandJ'smama said...

Thank you so much for the tour! Your decorations are beautiful and so is your tree! I love the picture of you kids below. You have a beautiful family. Merry Christmas!

ihmyours said...

Your home is lovely and provides a warm and inviting feeling. Love the stairway...just beautiful! Sweet that Annie is taking after her Mom. You both did a great job on the tree. Thanks for sharing Susie, I love it!

pamela
http://justthetwo-of-us.blogspot.com

Barb said...

It's beautiful. I love the bannister. And my goodness, there's no way you could replace those stockings. They'd never stand for that.

You crack me up, getting all your animals mixed up. But how fun you got to go to Estes Park. One of my favorite places and pretty darn nearby for me.

Your tree is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your home - it's so inviting.

Susie said...

I love the staircase! Your whole house looks very festive and your pictures turned out wonderfully.
Merry Christmas!

Stephanie said...

Very lovely! Love the staircase.

BTW your links on Mr Linky at BooMamas are not working.

thehomespunheart said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful tour! I enjoyed my visit! :) Merry Christmas!

Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Beautiful home- I love the staircase.
Your tree is really beautiful too- I love the ribbon.
Thanks for showing us your home!
Cheri

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tour! There are lots of little princesses on the tree, but is that actually Princess Leah close to the top with her back turned to us? That's a cool theme!

Say, what color is the name of the paint on your walls? I really like it. I'm getting ready to paint mine, but there are way too many shades of everything and this is my first time! Yikes!

on the ROCK (thanks for adding me to your list:)

Southern Girl said...

You did a great job with your pictures! Love the garland on the stair handrail -- that's just beautiful! And so is your tree. I love trees filled with LOTS of eclectic ornaments. How special that you could share the decorating of it with your daughter. :)

Merry Christmas and thanks for having us over!

Mrs. B said...

Gorgeous staircase! Thank you for inviting us in.

Merry Christmas!

Tammy said...

It was so stopping in...love your staircase and your tree is gorgeous! :D

Linda said...

I have been trying desperately to leave a comment Susie. First of all I wanted to thank you so much for your prayers. They mean so much.
Your home looks so lovely. I especially love the staircase - it looks so elegant.
Thank you for sharing your Christmas decorations with me.

Susanne said...

It all looks so inviting and lovely, Susie. The staircase is lovely. I love your little elk/deer ornament.

Mississippi Girl said...

Beautiful tree... and I love that staircase!! You have such cute kids!! Jennifer R.

Tiffany said...

I love your house. My favorite is all your pictures of the kids at Christmas time, and I love the staircase.
By the way, I'm no way any thing like Martha Stewart if I was I would be totally in trouble!! I think I would lose my mind.
My mom on the other hand-- that is completely diffrent story. Thanks for the complement.

Jenny in Queensland said...

Your stair case is wonderful, I love the Christmas photo of your 3 lovely Children. Merry Christmas, thank you for inviting me over.

Julie said...

Hi Susie,
Your home is beautiful...you have 2 things I wish I had...a staircase banister AND a fireplace. We just have to lay our stockings on the floor...can you believe it?

Janice said...

Susie,
Everything looks great. I love the staircase also. And your orament is adorable!
Janice

dawn said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by! You should have stopped by on your way to Estes Park last summer - I live about 3 miles north of the highway that goes by the lake - if you went through our town, that is.

Lovely house, great ornaments, love the tree top angel!

My dad was stationed in Corpus Christi in the Navy just before I was born. I guess I actually lived there for a very short time. I don't remember for sure!

Come back any time.

Stacey said...

You have a very nice home!!

ShaggaBear said...

Love the staircase and the cute family ornament. I've been wanting to start that tradition of a new ornament every year and seeing everyone's ornaments might just give me the kick I need.

Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas.

Robin said...

Terry doesn't do lights on the outside either. However, I did get him to line the sidewalks this year So, there's always hope!

Kelli said...

I love your banister..its beautiful!! Your tree is gorgeous...I love gold garland all around it, what a lovely touch. Thank you for having us over and Merry Christmas!
Kelli

dcrmom said...

You have a lovely home. Thanks for stopping by. Merry Christmas!

Karen F. said...

Thanks for sharing your home! Your banister is beautiful - how fun to decorate that, too!
~Merry Christmas from Karen at www.firstbrookfive.typepad.com

lori said...

I love all of your pictures it looks very festive.

Carol said...

Everything looks wonderful. Thank you for inviting us in! Merry Christmas!

Barbara H. said...

I love the little deer/elk (I don't know them apart, either) ornament, and the garland around the door and handrail are lovely. Thanks so much for having us over!

Pamela said...

Susie, just wanted to stop back by and let you know I tagged you and you're it! Hope you can play!

Chappyswife said...

Yay! You switched to blogger beta!

Your home is beautiful -LOVE the staircase! This is the home you are selling - am I right? It is so pretty. Your decorations look great. I really wanted to show our stockings, but they have all of our names on them. Merry Christmas!