twenty-seven weeks.

27 wks - lettuce w txt

Baby got some great stuff for Christmas! We now have his crib, rocker/glider, lots of clothes, and in the process of getting the rest of his nursery furniture. We are closing on our FIRST HOUSE next week, so I am super excited to get moved in and work on the nursery.

I can’t believe how fast time is going now. He is already a whomping 2 pounds and growing every day. Next week we’ll already be in the third trimester!

We are visiting my sister’s family in Virginia for Christmas, so we are enjoying every second of loving on her kiddos. We traveled with my parents, so it is nice to all be together for the Holiday. I’m very thankful for family, especially their love, support, and generosity during this time. We are so blessed.

Merry Christmas!

christmas with the leachmans.

After this past weekend, I am certain that I am blessed far beyond what I deserve. I take for granted how blessed I am to get to spend Christmas with my husband, my family, and my friends. I get to do so in a warm home, full of love and laughter. I get to open presents and eat tons of (very unhealthy) food. I get to be off of work and travel to see my family and in-laws.

I say this, because I know that not everyone has the luxery of these things. There are many homeless, starving, unemployed, broken families out there and I am so thankful that I don’t have to deal with those issues. I pray that those families that do have to go without food, shelter, family, jobs, and love can find peace in the Lord and find comfort in Him. My life isn’t anywhere near perfect (that is for sure!), but I am very fortunate to have what I do.

So, here is a recap of our Christmas vacation:

We spent Fri-Sun at my parent’s house. My sister wasn’t able to come home this year with her husband and sweet kids, but thank God for technology, because we were able to skype with them and see their beautiful faces! On Sunday evening we headed to my husband’s hometown to be with his family until Tuesday. It was great getting to be with both sides of our families and we had a lot of fun.

A few photos from the weekend:

christmas eve eve

christmas eve eve

christmas kitty

pepe loved the bows more than her gift.

christmaseve

before christmas church service

day ten – something you made.

decor

This is currently the centerpiece on our kitchen table. I thought it was a simple way to decorate for Christmas. I just spray painted pinecones red and white and stuck them in a hurricane jar. It’s so easy a cavewoman could do it.

So today brings me to the end of my photo blog challenge. I can’t say I’m completely heartbroken over it. It’s fun to do these challenges every so often, but it’s almost stressful trying to keep up with them so it will be awhile before I  do another one. I know you’re deeply saddened.

Here’s something else I made that I wanted to share…

frosty the fridge

frosty the fridge

If that doesn’t bring you Christmas cheer, I don’t know what will.

Felt Christmas Lights Wreath

It’s the week after Thanksgiving, so you know what that means…it’s time to decorate for CHRISTMAS!!

And watch the movie Elf every weekend, of course.

So, to give my interchangeable burlap wreath a holiday make-over, I just added a strand of felt Christmas lights to it. Simple, yet festive!

If you get the urge to make a similar wreath, I took the liberty of writing up some instructions. Aren’t I sweet? To make the strand of lights:

  • Cut out the shape of the light bulb on cardstock (or something sturdy) to use as a tracer.
  • Use the tracer to cut out the bulbs in each color you are wanting to use.
  • After you have all of your bulbs cut, cut out the same amount of 1 inch long and about finger nail width green strips to be the tops of your bulbs.
  • Have your string laying out (I used black string for the strand).
  • Hot glue each green strip to the backs of each bulb.
  • Place the light bulbs along the strand where you’ll want them.
  • Wrap the green piece that should be sticking up a lot higher then the bulb and wrap it around the string and hot glue to the back of the bulb again (so your actually making a loop around the string)

After your strand is complete, you’ll just wrap it around the wreath and either tape or hot glue it, depending on if you’re going to try and reuse the wreath or not. I used gorilla tape, because I will keep reusing the base of the wreath for other seasons and holidays.

If only I could actually get the lights to light up…

Place it on your front door and you’re ready for the holidays! Easy as pie. Speaking of pie…there’s left over pumpkin pie to be eaten. See ya!