In Search of a Tree

we spent the day sledding at a friend’s yesterday and then headed out in search of our christmas tree. the snow and slippery roads didn’t keep us from trekking out and we had the tree farm all to ourselves. it was bitter cold but we made sure to bundle up and the campfire was a […]


Let it Snow

it’s snowing again! we are supposed to get 6-8 more inches! Programs for the girls have been cancelled today which means chris has off too. we didn’t get much snow last year so we are welcoming it with open arms. there is chicken broth brewing on the stove to make soup for lunch and i […]


Merry Making

oh there has been much merry making and excitement over here the last few days. st. nicholas paid a visit with some chocolates and goodies and hannah is in full swing with the nutcracker. we got to see her first performance on saturday and it was beautiful! i shed many a tear throughout the show. […]


Foraging for Greens

we are on a tight budget this year which means i needed to get creative with the holiday decor. i am always on the look out and keep a sturdy pair of clippers and a pair of gloves in the car at this time of year. my girls moan and groan when i swerve off […]


Letting the Santas Out

each year my parents host us all for turkey soup and leftovers on the sunday after thanksgiving. we sit around the fire while the girls and seamus uproot all of my mother’s santas and reindeer that have been hiding in the cabinet all year. they love to set them all up in one big scene […]



happy december! i thought it would be fun to hang the advent calendar in a new spot this year. one we didn’t even have last year! december 1 envelope was to take out all of our christmas and winter books. it’s always so much fun to look through all of them. even though we have […]


The Advent Calendar

the last day of november, oh my! the girls decorated their rooms for christmas and i am in love with those egg carton twinkle lights we made! the advent calendar is out and ready for tomorrow. i remember how magical it was to open those little windows each morning to find a candle or a […]


A Bit of Holiday Cheer

these last few days i have been slowly adding some holiday cheer to our home. i just can’t help myself! i haven’t put electric candles in the windows for a few years now. i missed the cheery glow. especially with these shorter days. my mom always had candles in our windows at christmas times. it […]


Wains Coating

my grandfather and chris installed wains coating in our dining room about a month ago. if you look at the photos in the previous post of norah’s birthday, you can see that the trim is attached to the wall both vertically and horizontally. and when painted it gives the effect that it is all wood […]


Seasonal Decor

i love the change of seasons. as the light fades and the cooler weather sets in, we are forced inside a bit more. routines shift, our meals become warmer and hardier and our home becomes the heart of everything we do. i like my seasonal “decor” (if i can even really call it that) to […]