to one and to all! Is it just me or do people get busy around this time of year? I've always tried to squeeze in time with my friends and family between the hubbub of shopping (or in my case making gifts), wrapping, baking, cleaning, traveling and everything else that seems to need to be done, like yesterday.

But this year is different. This year I decided no gifts. I am not giving gifts or getting gifts and I am so much more relaxed. I am free to enjoy the season for what it is instead of spending my time at the mall. Stoked!

This past weekend I went to my aunt and uncle's house for dinner and games with the family. My aunt always goes all out decorating for every holiday. And when I say all out I mean ALL OUT. Unfortunately I didn't get a shot of each of the rooms as a whole so you could see just how decorated her place is, but I went around and photographed some of my favorite decorations.

I love the ornament because it is so my aunt, Renee! She used to be way into her tan!

I've had this stocking as long as I can remember and I thought I lost it until it turned up on their mantle last weekend! Must have been a relic from my college days when I would spend Christmas break at their house.

This was from a store front display and after Christmas my aunt went and asked them if she could have it because she liked it so much. It's about 5 feet tall and comes out every Christmas to join in the fun!

Her tree is about 12 feet tall and every inch has an ornament!

They put colored lights in the flower beds outside and I absolutely adore them. I think they make the flowers look like a magical little world where I want to live!

Here's a few shots of the lovely couple, Paul and Renee.

I love this photo- I hope I look this good at her age!


  1. Nicole on December 22, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Christmas decorations make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Loving the bokeh! :) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas friend!!

  2. Renee on December 23, 2009 at 5:26 AM

    Aww. I love the pics, (except the ones of me!) and the very nice compliments. I have to say though, I don't like that last picture of me. If I were looking at that pic, I would guess that woman was about 60. It shows all my wrinkles and lines, but I do like the pose. Thanks for the great pics, even though I wasn't the most cooperative "model"! Love you!!