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Gettin’ Crazy about Christmas

lightsWe did a little Christmas decorating this weekend and our house is filled with colored lights that I always wish could stay up all year. We had a lot of fun getting the house ready… 75% of our ornaments are on the bottom 1/2 of our sweet little Frasier Fir and the other 25% are fragile and on the top half.


I thought this was a good plan but the Rover being the rover that he is has managed to break 3 fragile ornaments in the last 24 hours. When the third one was broken I didn’t know it had happened and I walked in the den and there he stood with his hands covering his face. He was convinced if I didn’t see him, then I wouldn’t know he had done it. Despite being frustrated I keep telling myself they’re seriously just ornaments.


The children like to play “house” with the village houses; Little Pet Shop, dinosaurs, & Barbie have all been spotted in our village collection… which is fine by me and really fun to them!


I’ll let the rest of the pictures speak for themselves… I will say this, life’s too short not to have a lot of fun, under normal circumstances they aren’t supposed to stand on, dance on, nor jump from the coffee table but we were all a little geared up! And to that I will add this, which is what I feel is on my heart tonight, my Heavenly Father is faithful, loving and provides my every need… his power is made perfect in weakness, which gives me all the more reason to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Good night, friends!!

ps: We’re business on the outside {white lights} & party on the inside {colored lights}…


o christmastree




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  • Melise
    December 6, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Abby Grace broke one of my oldest ornaments this year and her little face when she broke it…OH MY! I just grabbed her up and snuggled my face to hers and told her about the time I broke an ornament too! She smiled at me and I think in that moment I felt a leap of love for her…..something that happens daily at our house! 🙂 Sometimes those little moments are the most precious! Great pics! :9

  • Shea
    December 6, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I’ll try to remember that they’re just ornaments this year with my two year old chicken. Thank you for that. We’re also “business on the outside and party on the inside.”

  • Stephanie
    December 6, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I feel the same way about the lights – love the color!! If I could win EVERY decision around here, it would be color on the outside too… but hubby won that one 😉

    your kids are always precious in your pics!!

  • Kelly
    December 6, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    love your description of your lights…business on the outside, party on the inside…

    I have a Clark Griswold or two on my street and it always makes me chuckle.

  • Michele
    December 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I used your strategy and put most of the fragile ornaments on the top, but somehow my 18mth old has still managed to terrorize the tree. He’s very determined to get what he wants. Christmas with kids is always an adventure and so much fun. I love the photos you shared. Very festive!

  • Marianne
    December 6, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Darby, everything looks magical! I have two little dogs who love to poke their noses at the ornaments. One broken so far! I guess its bound to happen. Love your comment about business on the outside, party on the inside. Priceless!

  • Kate
    December 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    We also do white out and colored in. I just love colored lights but think white looks so nice with the snow! Also, about 50% of our ornaments are in one low corner of the tree. It’s the only place our Little V would put them. Beautiful pictures!

  • kat
    December 6, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Fun! I love colored lights on the inside too!

  • Jen
    December 6, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    My 5 year old would die for that village…she sees them at the craft store and begs, Polly Pocket would be so happy there!So fun to see your kids so happy and you sound like you have truly embraced the Christmas spirit!

  • Jen
    December 6, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    just what I needed to end the night. This post that is great {of course} and that funny one liner about your lights.

    too too funny!

  • Brittany
    December 6, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I think we may try to do an Auburn-themed tree this year. Hey, why not right? Love the colored lights!

  • Natalie
    December 6, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    So glad I checked my reader before bed. These pics of your decorations and kiddos are adorable. I might be telling myself “they’re seriously just ornaments” a few times this Christmas season also. My little Ella Claire is 14 months old and quite curious. My tree might just be bare on the bottom half this year! 🙂

  • Sarah
    December 7, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Such pretty photos. I wish I could make my tree lights look like you did in my pics. Good to see you’re in the christmas spirit!

  • kathleen
    December 7, 2010 at 2:09 am

    well there are fabric ornaments no ? or wooden ornaments no? or plastic ornaments no? that’s all I bought when the children were young i must admit never heard of Chris Radko back then!!!……have you or your readers ever heard of a Chrismon tree? I just googled the name and well if you are interested there is plenty to read. please do so.–

  • paige
    December 7, 2010 at 6:48 am

    you are such an awesome mommy
    i love that “the b’s” , as barbies are affectionately referred to ’round here, hang out in your little snow village.
    your colored lights are awesome

  • Emma
    December 7, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Love the ‘mullet’ approach to decorating! The house looks lovely and the children look as if they are revelling in the approach to Christmas. There is much to be excited about…

    I have no breakables on the tree, but I do have edibles … 2 down about 40 to go. My daughter is a total sweet tooth 🙂

    Have a super day,


  • beth
    December 7, 2010 at 8:20 am

    What a precious post. I just found out that my husband and I are adopting a little boy. This literally fell in our lap. We’ve wanted to have kids for a few years and we just feel soo blessed! Our Heavenly Father does know our every need and his power is made perfect in our weakness!!! Quick question. Do you have plans to make infant onesies in your shop?

  • elizabeth@kentuckymama
    December 7, 2010 at 8:45 am

    You are so funny, Darby! Your last post was cracking me up and I love how you said business on the outside party on the inside. Your tree is really pretty. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  • Dina
    December 7, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Your wreaths look beautiful, did you make them? Can we get a shot of them? I went through 3 this year finding the perfect one for our front door, and of course it’s still far from perfect!

  • Amy
    December 7, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love that Rover’s sweet little face of wonderment and excitment! These are the memories your children will cherish when they are older and tell stories like “Remember when John Martin broke Mom’s best ornaments!” Such a magical time of year!

  • Dianne
    December 7, 2010 at 10:27 am

    This entire post warmed my heart!

  • cousin
    December 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Everything looks great D! I miss and love you all! I love the pic of Morgie telling sister something in her ear…so cute. I wish we were togehter sipping tea and looking at your tree. Love you! XO

  • gilda
    December 7, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    The look on the kids faces at Christmas is so memorable. Your tree and decos look great! p.s. I thought I was the only one getting our ornaments broken.

  • Leslie
    December 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I am so happy to hear that my 20 mth old isn’t the only one playing baseball/cannons/missiles/football with our ornaments! So far no glass ornaments have been broken – they too are resting on the top 1/3 of our tree, but the poor Mickey Mouse Clubhouse train has lost both Toodles and it’s brake lever. You’ve seen my “smooshed” blinds, so I guess this shouldn’t be a surprise from the kid who climbs on windowsills! I do love him to pieces though!

  • Debbie
    December 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    We are Party everywhere!
    My husband likes the coloured lights and since hes the one who put them on the evestroughs I let him choose. I also like the multi colours on the tree.

    I have a one year old so we put up only the top 2 sections (of 3) of our artificial tree in the hopes of minimizing any damages.

  • Taylor Wise
    December 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Love Raiger’s Hello Kitty Leggins.

  • megan @ a life's design
    December 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    I love your party scene. The more memories the better!

  • Becky
    December 7, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Love your pictures! What incredible years these are, with your kids at this age. Enjoy!

    I have two secrets to keeping the kids at bay with the tree: 1. get the prickliest REAL tree possible. We ended up with spruce this year so we’ll see how that works. 2. The GENIUS tree platform my husband is making that will elevate the tree higher than my 14 month old can reach and also give us two tiers for presents underneath. Genius, I tell you!

  • Lauren {themonogramswap}
    December 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I like the business/party light analogy! We go round and round every year about colored vs. white lights. Your look great!

  • kayce hughes
    December 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I had no idea about the coffee table. Mine have been using it as a stage for years. (ours is a little lower)

  • Darlene
    December 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    business on the outside. party on the inside.
    gotta love the house mullet!! 🙂

  • Julia
    December 7, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Lovely shots… sweetheart children. Where did you get your coffee table? LOVE!

  • Whitney
    December 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I LOVE the picture where Morgan is whispering to Paige. I wonder what she is telling her? 🙂 Such a sweet moment captured!

  • Nelle
    December 7, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Oh my gosh! A Christmas Mullet. That is the best visual, description, EVER. Joy rapture to jumping, playing and being geared up for Christ and His Birth decking you halls with Christmas mullets. Yeah and Amen! xoxo

  • Perfecting Pru
    December 8, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Your photos Darby are always beautiful. Our house too is being decorated for the holidays, and it really does make the whole house have a different vibe. We have coloured lights (red) on the garland above the front door and white ones inside. The multi-coloured lights really are lovely though.

  • Joette
    December 8, 2010 at 9:53 am

    love the pic of the kids dancing on the coffee table! looks fun!

  • Talysa
    December 8, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Hey Darby I know I may have asked you this before but would you please tell me the name of your living room wall color? Was it abbington putty?

    Love the pics. Your kids are precious. 🙂

  • Sara @ The Bucket List
    December 8, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    All the decorations look beautiful! Happy Holidays!

  • Kristin
    December 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Hey Darby,
    Love your wreaths on the front door but I have a little question unrelated to Christmas…can you tell me where you got your coffee table that the kids are on?? 🙂 I love the look of it and have been trying to find something similar for awhile now! Thanks so much!

  • Amanda V
    December 13, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Hi Darby,

    Where did you happen to get your coffee table? it is just so rustic!

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