Blogged while 9 months pregnant and eating popcorn for dinner. Please keep your judgments to yourself.
I really enjoyed the holiday season in 2016. I had lots of vacation days to burn (no big trips for us and vacation time doesn’t roll over) so I took a week off around Thanksgiving and another week or so around Christmas and New Year’s. It was so relaxing to putter around the house, go shopping, get ready for baby, etc.
One home improvement we ended up making was upgrading the master closet. Believe it or not, it was Jason that really pushed for the upgrade – but I’m definitely enjoying it now. Here’s a “before” of the closet:
And here’s the “after”:
It would probably be more helpful to show you an after that includes all of our clothes, but I don’t feel like doing that right now…so you’ll just have to come over and see for yourself! We worked with Jason’s friend Sharon at Creative Closets and she was great.
Back to Christmas! King of Pops (local Popsicle company) has a seasonal side business called Tree Elves, where they install and remove your Christmas tree – and it’s delivered by real elves!
Girl (elf) power! Love it. We had a couple of friends over for the install and watched Scrooged that night. The tree ended up being a little shorter than we expected, so it’s perched on top of an old hard drive and covered with the tree skirt. I think I like the elevated small tree better than a tall one!
I loved our little tree! Tasteful white lights, of course.
I swear, I didn’t like our house until it was decorated for Christmas. It felt so festive and snuggly in the living room with the lights, tree, stockings and garland!
That poinsettia is still alive as of today (March 7). Costco, for the win!
“Frag-eel-lay! It must be Italian!”
Of course Minnie has a stocking!
Beautiful table garland, made by Mom’s friend at the Peachtree Road Farmer’s Market.
Fun gift wrapping this year.
Lots of get-togethers with the usuals over the holiday season. Like I said above, I really enjoyed myself this Christmas!
At Miracle on Monroe. The usual restaurant is completely converted to a Christmas wonderland, dripping in holiday decor, playing Christmas music and serving only Christmas-themed food and drinks. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
We spent Christmas Eve in Athens with Jason’s family and Christmas morning and day in Atlanta.
We found this artist, Fabio Napoleoni, at a gallery in Laguna Beach and I was immediately obsessed with his prints. But we didn’t see anything that really fit when in CA. Jason found a local art gallery in Roswell that carries his work – and Jason picked out the most perfect print for my Christmas present!! I love it more than words can express. I started bawling the moment I unwrapped Jason’s gift. So thoughtful and special!!! Love you, honey.
Another Fabio Napoleoni print! He made these art and characters for his daughter who was in the hospital with heart problems, so everything has a heart in it. This print hangs in our bedroom.
Speaking of amazing gifts, look at what my mom gave us for Christmas!!! A Big Green Egg, a case of chicken AND a chef demo at our house, where they will show us how to cook on it!!!! Incredible gift. Love you so much, Mom!!!
Minnie loved her gifts too!
For Christmas dinner, we went over to Mom’s friend’s house – Mike and Dana. They have a beautiful home! Also in attendance at their house was a WWII bombardier – he was adorable and very entertaining. Jason, in particular, was enthralled with his stories!
Putting Gena’s turkey-carving lessons to use already!
Creme brulee cheesecake
After Mike and Dana’s, Jason and I went over to the Cages’ for dessert and drinks.
Although our Christmas celebrations weren’t as family-focused as in years past, I really enjoyed spending time with good friends this year. I loved every minute of the Christmas season!