Jammed Packed Holidays

Is it just me? Or did Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Christmas come and go so quickly? I had planned to have our house this year be even more decked out in Christmas spirit than the last. However, finding the time to pull out our five large storage boxes marked “Christmas” and the nativity scene didn’t seem worth it with the one day a week we get to spend with Tanner. And being pregnant, once again during the holidays, I haven’t been allowed to do it all myself. My husband hates when I try to use the ladder in the garage to get things. And the few weekends were spent putting away all the Thanksgiving Fall decor, which luckily I have downsized to three medium sized boxes and one large storage bin (yippee!)

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This time last year, I had it together! Christmas presents were bought and wrapped early. There weren’t any traveling involved since we didn’t think it best to be traveling to Arizona (as we would normally) since I was a week out from being due to give birth. And thank goodness we stayed home during Christmas since we ended up walking around the neighborhood Christmas morning with my terribly painful contractions. We were lucky enough to have my in-laws come down to celebrate some pre-Christmas festivities with us around our decked out Christmas tree, but Christmas itself was not the same.

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This year is not going the way I had imagined for Huntley’s first Christmas. I put out all our normal nautical decor even though I had originally planned to have the house be in traditional classic Christmas spirit as I had mentioned above. However, I also didn’t imagine being pregnant once again, or having to throw a first birthday party, literally the next day after driving back from a week long trip to Arizona. We still got our grand fir 6 ft. tree as tradition (and we picked a perfect one this year!) I thought it would be best to decorate with a few of our cherished ornaments, but not all, however after pointing to three wrong storage bins that the husband had to haul down from the top of the garage racks, we gave up. I did end up decorating as best I could with some seashells we had from a wind chime that fell over in our backyard and some twine to keep with our nautical theme. I also found two gorgeous nautical Christmas wreaths to hang – and I love them!

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Even though our house might not be in much Christmas spirit as I had hoped for, I just know Huntley will have an amazing first Christmas at her Wela and grandpa’s house this year!

How have you been keeping up with the holidays?

All photos via my iPhone and IG @TiffWall

3 thoughts on “Jammed Packed Holidays

  1. Alexis says:

    I feel the same way about Christmas this year. I had so much planned as it is Lyelens first Christmas.. And our first Christmas as a complete family of 6. I didn’t get all my decor out, didn’t take the family picture I had wanted to take, and I’m still trying to for in last min shopping. Everything that has happened with my mom be diagnosed with cancer and made these holidays a little harder. But with all that being said.. I too know that even though things didn’t happen the way I would’ve love them to have been.. At least all of our family will be together, on Christmas and that’s all that really matters 😊 oh.. Is Huntley mixed with Spanish? (Wela) is what my kids called my grandmother who is Spanish 😊

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    • ahomewithwalls says:

      Ps. Sorry about lagging on the brand rep crowns too…I’ve been on the fence about shutting down Tied in Twine…but would like you girls to stay reps for as long as you would like and as long as I can keep up with it!


  2. ahomewithwalls says:

    Oh, wow! That’s terrible news! I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s cancer… that definitely makes it harder on the holidays…but yes, at least Christmas will be spent with family and that’s really the important part of a “first Christmas” for Lyelen ❤

    Also, here I am on a rant about not getting as much as I wanted done with only one baby. I couldn't imagine how you do it all with your four – can you say "super-mom" – your amazing Alexis! And yes, Huntley has some Mexican/Spanish blood from her Wela (a bit hazy on the details), but it's there nonetheless. I think that's where her dad gets his darker features from 😉


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