Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Family Photo Shoot

Our good friend, John Clinton, generously volunteered to take some family photos for us. Check him out at  Here are some of my favorite photos from the shoot. 

Christmas 2012

This year we celebrated Christmas with my side of the family. They were kind enough to come to us this year and after we opened presents on Christmas morning we headed over to my aunt and uncle's house for lunch. About a week and a half later we celebrated Christmas at our house but with Matthew's family this time.

Christmas morning

Will really enjoyed opening gifts this year. 

We are pregnant and are expecting our second child in July. We had kept it a secret and were going to share it with my family on Christmas day. Matthew took our family picture and then said we needed to take another one. The second time he said, "Everyone say Lauren's pregnant!" I thought we would get a picture of everyone with shocked expressions on their faces but they just all responded with "We know." I guess I had taken one too many naps over the weekend. 

Before photo

After photo

After several warm days, we were shocked to see that it snowed on Christmas day! It was beautiful, but it caused my family to leave early so that they could get home before the roads got bad. 

Will and my cousin Claire

Will loved this giant Santa at my aunt and uncle's house. 

Will and Grammy

Will making Andrea lie on the ground


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Completed Christmas Projects

I didn't get around to finishing every project I wanted to before Christmas, but I thought I would share with you the projects I did complete. Some of the pictures below are just photos of how I decorated for Christmas this year. I shared earlier that I changed my Christmas color scheme this year from jewel tones to blues and silvers to go with my new living room decor.

My aunt Rozmary gave me these dishes when I first got married. 

I usually hang my Christmas cards on the fridge but my little helper, Will, thought he would clean up and we found multiple cards and magnets in the trash one day. Therefore, I took a cue from his birthday party and hung the cards up on twine with clothes pins. I like it so much that I might just leave it up for a few months. 

It is going to take some time to collect more blue and silver ornaments to make my tree look fuller, but I think it goes with my curtains really well. Plus, I purchased a new tree this year after Christmas. I am so happy to finally have a pre-lit tree and can't wait to see what it looks like next year! 

I cut out snowflakes from white felt like the ones I saw in the West Elm magazine. It was a little time consuming but I really like them. I need to starch them really good so that they hang better next year.

I also completed my new tree skirt like the one that many of you have seen on Pinterest. I made the skirt completely for FREE!!! I used burlap left over from my sister-in-law's wedding, linen from a failed linen pants experiment, and left over curtain lining.  

Another completed Pinterest project. 

I whipped up this bow for my tree topper out of left over burlap. 

I purchased some of these giant sparkly blue ornaments after Christmas and these white feathery tree attachments. I put just a few on my tree to see how it will look next year. 

Giant wreath that I purchased from the Junior League in Abilene years ago. 

I made Matthew's and my stocking the very first year we got married. I can't believe that after 7 years, they are still so white! My mom is still working on an extensive cross-stitch stocking for Will. She thought she would have it done by this Christmas but those things always take way longer than you would have ever thought.