11/30/11

triming the tree

last night we finally found a quiet spot in our week to get to decorate the tree together.
and it was the perfect night for it...we got our first snow dusting just as the tree was being lit! it was such a beautiful surprise. 
while cleaning up dinner barefoot in the kitchen, matt scooped me up and carried me outside to catch the new snow in our hair. max and mimi pranced and rolled and covered themselves. there is nothing quite like that first snow!

inside we dug through boxes and bits of christmas. matt's mama stopped by and gave us an extra hand.
i love the feeling of unwrapping the paper around secret ornaments...discovering old and fragile, handmade and glittery, silly and plastic. each one a little gift. 

and of course we sugared ourselves up with plenty of hot chocolate somewhere just after bath time and right before bed.
p.s. gingerbread marshmallows. i'm obsessed!

happy last day of november! it's been such a swell month. 
let the advent begin!

24 comments:

  1. Love how your pretty photography tells a story.

    I'll have to try gingerbread marshmallows - sounds delicious!

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  2. Goodness, everything is so lovely. I'm a big fan of a Christmas tree full of stories, with a variety of eclectic ornaments. I much prefer it to a tree on which everything matches. It sounds/looks like your tree is perfect!

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  3. Your ornaments are so gorgeous!

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  4. Everything looks so cheerful and full of love! You and your family are beautiful!

    -Amanda K.

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  5. family traditions are always so fun! And I need to try those gingerbread marshmallows stat!

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  6. Yeahhh Christmas traditions! <3 Love this.

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  7. beautiful photos and everything in them is just glowing - so pretty.
    -grace
    http://herumbrella.com

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  8. I don't think your sweet little family could be any cuter. xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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  9. I so love unwrapping all those delicate little golden ornaments. Your tree is so beautiful! I love the snow dusted on it :)

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  10. gingerbread marshmallows?? we must try that one ;)

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  11. These pictures are to die for. Love them. :)

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  12. Katie, your pictures are always so beautiful. Your little family is beautiful as well :) Happy December!

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  13. So pretty! I was wondering what the white stuff is since it doesn't look flocked and I know you got a fresh tree. Is it semi-flocked? and what are the numbers on the board some of the ornaments are hanging on?

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  14. This post made me smile. Best time of the year - lovelovelove! :)

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  15. looks like such an amazing time. i downloaded a bunch of christmas music last night and danced to it with my little one. i just adore this time of year!

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  16. what fabulous pics, what a fabulous time! i love decorating the tree. my mom usually give each of us eight kids matching ornaments for each year. it's so fun to relive memories as you unpack them!

    p.s. heels at home? you are too elegant!

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  17. Your photos are full of love and joy! Thanks for sharing!!

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  18. I love your ornament advent calendar- such a perfect idea! I could stare at these pictures all day. What do you use for the snow on your tree?

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  19. The best thing to read on the first of December.
    Though it would probably be the best thing to read on the first of May, too. I love it.

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  20. Your tree is divine! Flocked trees are my absolute favorite - your tree looks especially wonderful and sparkly.

    xo
    cortnie

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  21. I adore the ornament calendar. This is a great post to get me in the mood for the Christmas season, which I am sure I have already been in for quite some time now. Love. Love. Love.

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  22. There's no link for the gingerbread marshmallows! C'mon! Ali posted about you and now you have a new follower. But I must have those marshmallows!

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