Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Everybody's Doing It...

So, I am officially one of the last people in blogland to post anything about our Christmas decor around here.  Other bloggers must be way more on top of things than I am.  Oops.  If it helps my case, we've also been painting columns and finishing up the built-in (finally) around here, so Christmas decorating happened slightly sporadically over a couple of days.  It still isn't complete, so don't completely judge me yet. :)

On to the good stuff...

Lighted garland and stockings=LOVE.  Duncan's stocking not hanging straight=ANNOYING.

It's hard to see in the picture, but I finally invested in a few stocking hangers so that we didn't have to damage our new mantle (like I did in the last house with hooks--sorry new owners!).

Little reindeer in an antiqued bronze finish=YES.

I added a little something-something to the server in the dining room.

Just some garland, gold stick-thingies, and some candles.  Ought to do the trick.

I added my favorite little snowman by the front door.  I got him at Target a few years ago,and I just love him.  His buttons are acorns, and he has a knit cap.  So cute!

My crafty little granddad strikes again.  He copied a Pottery Barn design on this wooden candle stand for me last Christmas.  I LOVE IT!!!  I just added any old candles I could find around the house (yes, it would look even better with all creamy white candles) and some miniature ornaments I bought last year.

I added some beading and ornaments to my lanterns to show them some Christmas love.

And we got our Christmas tree up, as well!  It looks so much smaller in our living room here because of the higher ceilings, but I love being able to see it all of the time.

Andy and I also invested in some small Christmas trees for our front porch.  We have one in each urn on either side of the front door.  I love my red urns with them!  Once I get my lighted wreath, I'll take an outdoor picture.

And here's the view from the kitchen of our new festive look around here.  Yes, if you peek to the left, you can see that we have added the second shelf on the bookcase!  We have one more hole to drill (so that I can have a lamp up top and run the cord down to the plug), and then I will be sure to show the finished look with all of the pretties in place.

So, as said before, we have a few more things to add before it's totally Christmas party-ready (did I mention we are hosting my mom's fam for a Christmas gathering?), but I'll be sure to keep you updated!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

ThAnKfUl...

Here at the Bozeman household, we are thankful for:

1.  Our family.  Not sure where we would be without them.  Wouldn't trade them for the world...well, most of them. :)
2.  Our friends.  They make life worth living, don't they?  Very thankful for listening ears, double dates, and decorating talks that Andy just can't quite stomach.
3.  Our furry friend, Duncan, and all of the free fun he provides.  Our lives wouldn't be the same without him.  May he live forever.
4.  Our home.  We pinch ourselves nearly every day when we realize we get to live here.  We are so ridiculously blessed--thank you, God, for every bit of it. 
5.  Our church family.  As of late, we have really gotten involved with the young couples group at church.  The marriage discussions, fun, and food have made our marriage stronger and our lives richer.  Can't wait to see what God has in store for us.
6.  Our jobs.  Although they stress us out quite a bit, we are very blessed to have jobs that make money and afford us the opportunity to use our talents.
7.  Our health.  We need to really appreciate this more.
8.  Our marriage.  Although not always easy, our marriage has provided us new opportunities to grow and learn from each other.  God brought us together for a purpose, and I truly believe we are only brushing the surface of what he has planned.
9.  Our hope.  We are thankful that this earthly life in all its brokenness is not all that we have been promised.  There is something better coming.
10.  Our future.  Although we have no idea what it will hold, we are thankful that we have each other.  We'll keep taking one day at a time and see where we end up.

May you all be blessed with a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday and all of the overeating opportunities it provides.  May Black Friday be good to you, and the deals fall directly into your lap.  So long for now!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lighting Change-Up...

As promised, here is the new light fixture up and running in the dining room!  Handy Andy struck again as this was NOT the easiest lighting change out that we have ever completed.  Let's just say that as much as I LOVE West Elm, they could stand to work on their instructions with their lighting kits.  There was a bit of guess work that went into this project.

First off, the Short Drum Pendant we purchased was intended to be plugged in.  Well, that's a problem when you really want it hardwired into your ceiling as your last light fixture was.  So, Andy had to cut the electrical cord, strip the wire cover, and hard wire the pendant manually (which of course required a trip to Lowe's to purchase a cord stripper thingy).  He also used this tutorial, which I later found opened on my computer and thought it may help others out there that might be needing the same information (for converting a plug-in).

Anywho, after much more time than we thought we would need, the new pendant is up, and I am loving everything about it.  Prepare yourself for way too many pictures of our dining room (I never feel like I really "capture" the look all that well, so I just keep snapping pictures).

First, with the light off...





And light on...










Too many pictures?  Yep, thought so.  The weirdest part is I feel like the shade looks smaller in pictures than in person.  Isn't that strange?  I thought the camera added 10 lbs...

Well, this concludes our dining room tour.  The only things left to do in here are possibly recover the seat cushions on the x-back chairs and add a table runner/updated centerpiece.  Oh, and finish painting those darn columns--how could I forget that?  Almost there!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Year Two...In Rewind

How I would love to share our new light fixture addition (I'm in love) with you today.  However, I must take a break from the regularly scheduled programming to share that the Bozemaster and I have made it to the two year mark (yes friends, today is our anniversary).  As per my sister's text this morning, "Your marriage has lasted roughly 10 times longer than Kim Kardashian's."  Thank you, thank you very much.  We are officially marriage all-stars. :)

I thought I'd take a moment to remind myself of all the craziness that was our second year.  We've laughed a bit because year two in many ways was MUCH more trying than the first year.  Of course, much of the difficulty we put on ourselves (selling/buying houses, for example), but it was a long year to say the least.

Let's start close to the beginning...

We decided during the Christmas holidays to sell our first home...


Which led us to try our hand at landscaping...in the dead of winter.

Remember this crazy project???

Duncan and I had our doubts...

But we managed to get the job done.

All sorts of craziness followed...


Much better!

Frantically updating bathrooms...

As fast as we could to get the house on the market...to then wait 6 months or so until we sold.

This year we said "goodbye" to one of the greatest men we will likely ever know.  Cannot wait to see this man again one day.  Love you, Granddad!   
My little bro graduated from high school...and started at Lipscomb University this fall.  A big step for the baby of the family.  We love having this kid closer!

Right around this same time, we received an offer on our first home that we couldn't refuse.  And we began the long process of packing up all of our belongings.  Including this little guy.

Not fun!

We snapped a few pictures of our first home before we left.  So sad to see it empty.


Yet so very exciting because we were headed to our second home that we both had fallen in love with.

Aaahhh.  Home sweet home.

We traveled to Florida with the fam and celebrated the closing of a sale on one home and the almost-closing of the next.

The day after our return from the beach, we wrote a fat check and scored keys to our new place!  Oh my goodness, the rush of emotions you feel at closing.  Excitement and I might be sick at my stomach, all at the same time.

True to Bozeman-style, we immediately got to work on making our new house a home.  Andy has become an EXPERT blinds man



We made some ridiculous furniture purchases that required creative car riding.

We fancied up our dining room...

And attempted to clean out the clutter that resulted from our recent move.

We took a much-needed break last month and cruised our way to the Bahamas

Though the weather was iffy, we had a blast!

As you can see, it has been a wild ride this year, and this list doesn't even cover it.  What will our third year hold?

Well, we aren't really sure.  But we will say there are NO plans to move any time soon.  Duncan said he's through with relocating, and what he says goes. 

How will we celebrate this joyous occasion?  A dinner at The Melting Pot ought to do the trick.  A special thanks to a certain "other half" for being my partner in crime, and loving me whether I'm all that lovable or not.  I could not think of a better father figure for Dunk--he's even starting to look like you now (kidding!).  You put up with my constant redecorranging, and you wash the dishes when I cook.  What can I say?  We were meant to be.  Two peas in a pod.  You are the Roll to my Tide (really kidding!).  I love you, Handy Andy.  Don't let me ever tell you any different. :)