a holiday home tour, part two

I'm back at it again! Moving right on to the main area of the house, our kitchen, eat-in kitchen, and living room. Pretty much where we are all the time.

First up our kitchen. This space looks nothing like it did last year since we have painted the cabinets, installed a back splash, and new floors. I was hesitant to hang up Christmas cards like I normally do until I remembered, painter's tape! That'll work just fine!

Cup of Cheer Printable: here.//Run Run Reindeer Printable: here.//Galvanized Tray: Sam's Club.//Santa Mug: Hobby Lobby.//Bottle Brush Trees: Target (last year)//Burlap Santa Ornament: Target (last year).//Red Ornaments: Dollar Tree.// Small Christmas Trees in Burlap: Target Dollar Spot.

And our living room. The black wall is new this year. Oddly enough the reason I let Matt paint that wall black was because I had seen a photo of a Christmas tree in front of a black wall and thought it looked awesome so.... I still think it does.
Sorry I can't link to more but so much of this stuff I've had for almost ten years or it came from my mom so...I've got quite the collection going on don't I?

Santa Crate: Target Dollar Spot//Pallet Tray: Handmade by Matt.//Lantern: my Grammy's//Birch Bark Tree: Handmade by me with a foam cone and birch bark ribbon.//Tobacco Basket: Homemade by Matt.//Vintage Christmas Sheet Music: Several different sites found on Pinterest.//Boxwood Wreath: Target//Stockings: Lands End.//All the ornaments that I have stuffed everywhere are unbreakable ones from the Dollar Tree


christmas candylane

Christmas hits Hersheypark head on. Lights dripping from every tree, Santa is available at not one, but two places, Christmas music playing from every speaker, and well before Thanksgiving! I hadn't been to Candylane in seven years so I was sort of a newbie here. We used to go every single year after Thanksgiving when my cousins were still young and liked that sort of thing... but since then? Nada. 

And so it came to pass that on Thanksgiving Eve, we took the kids, along with my sister and her family and my parents (we really should just all build a commune and get a really big vehicle to drive around to all these shenanigans together)  to Candylane. The kids went on some rides, we had ourselves a dinner, Dom screamed at everything and nothing all together, and we looked at lights! Lots of lights. We met Santa and the reindeer too! Letty wants Shopkins, David wants Spencer, and Dominic wants no one to speak to him ever under any circumstances. Lena took a lollipop from the kind Santa but wouldn't cozy on up for a photo. All this and more with something like three or four layers of clothes on!
I'm sure we will be back. Like a lot. Sorry Matt... but it's here to stay. Until January that is!


a truly trovato thanksgiving

Oh Thanksgiving. It took me the entirety of the weekend to recover! As per tradition, we were all over at my parent's house (those of us that could make it, ahem firefighter brother and his family, ahem) for antipasta and dinner. My uncle and aunt from New York came down with their families (those of them that could make it, ahem high school wrestling weigh-in, ahem) to celebrate with us. I went over early with the bigger kids while Matt stayed home with Dom during his afternoon nap. The kid climbs out of pack and plays now so napping anywhere other than his crib just isn't going to happen. I don't think Matt minded, he got a nap too and I saved him some anitpasta. Winner winner.

The antipasta is personally my favorite part of the meal. I usually eat all the things and then next to nothing the rest of the day. I did however carb up a little at dinner time to counteract the wine I had been imbibing in the entire afternoon. We broke open a bottle of Plymouth Bay wine that we had brought home from our summer vacation just for this occasion as well. My cousins did an excellent job of playing with my kids (always such a fan of that guys, thank you!) and whoever felt the need to watched football, as one does.
After dinner wrapped up we did the annual ringing of the bell and arrival of our elf, Cornelius. I can't believe that the older two aren't on to us at this point, with Matt ringing the bell and then sprinting around the house to the other entrance in time for us to open the original door? How is this a thing? The kids saw him, seemed excited, and then went back inside. Sort of anticlimactic for us. I'm telling you, this may be his last year.
Then there was more food...the lobster claws from a New York bakery? I started drooling just typing that.
After coffee and desserts we got the kids in their pajamas and headed on home for an early bed night for the boys, and a movie night with Letty for me. Matt and the rest of the guys (those of them that could ahem, poor Colton, ahem) went to go see a movie in the theater, like proper adults.

And just like that, another holiday come and gone. At least this year I nailed the family photo right?