Hanging with the Jones Family

The Jones’ are a family who are near and dear to my heart. They were some of my first friends when moving to Texas. It’s hard to believe that I held two of these kids when they were newborns. Their mom had a hand in conniving me to move to Texas, their dad introduced me to the deliciousness of honey on biscuits as well as the unforeseen flip when two-stepping. Now the once family of three  is a family of five full of personalities, hilarities and grace.

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I’m very thankful to be able to capture a few moments of this time in their lives for them to hold onto for the rest of theirs.

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Together, they are full of life…
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Holiday Light Hunting in Highland Park

Friday night, I ventured out to Dallas on a mission… to find the best possible Christmas lights around! The Highland Park area is a wealthy, peaceful neighborhood with elaborate homes just outside of downtown Dallas. (To give you an idea, we drove by a house that had valet for their party.) Driving around looking at these amazing homes is a trip in itself but to have them decorated so beautifully around the holidays is the icing on the cake!

If you happen to be around the Dallas area and are looking for a good spot for lights, this is definitely it. There’s also carriage rides available to take you on a tour down a few streets.

Here are a few of my favorites! I hope you enjoy them too!
(Be sure you scroll all the way to the bottom to see the jackpot of all decorated homes!)

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I would love to have life-like guards outside my door but I guarantee if I’m storing them in an attic, they’re bound to catch me off guard at another point during the year.

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Does anyone else think Home Alone when seeing homes like this one?

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Is your house too big? Well, let’s just decorate all the trees! Christmas Lights, Dallas Christmas Lights, DFW Holiday Lights, Holiday Lights, Texas Holiday Lights Christmas Lights, Dallas Christmas Lights, DFW Holiday Lights, Holiday Lights, Texas Holiday Lights

This was my favorite (above). Perfect in every way! Not too big, not too small. Great porch. Feels like home!

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No joke. That Nutcracker is literally the entire first story. The presents are bigger than I am and there’s even more on the lawn that I couldn’t get into the picture.

Which one is your favorite?

Today I’m linking up with Communal Global, Photography Essentials and Create With Joy for {Wordless Wednesday}.

It’s Time for Christmas!

The past week has been hectic! Just when I thought I I was feeling pretty comfortable with my to-do list, wham! I get hit in the face with a snowball! Seriously, so many things to get done! (Let’s just say there were three trips to the dentist in a week – I’ve been having a ton of fun.) I have however taken care of one of my most important objectives – getting the Christmas tree up!

Monday night I headed over to Lowe’s to pick out a tree (I know – how very city slicker of me to do this). I picked one that that was left behind from the weekend slew, had a very helpful employee trim and wrap it up real good and placed the tree in the back of my car. I was kind of amazed how many men walked by without offering to help, not that I needed it (that’s why I drive a Subaru). Brought the beauty home and then created a disaster in my living room putting it together.

Take a little look into my Christmas home.

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My mom gave me some of the letters from Santa my brother and I received as kids. Great treasures!

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Three caroling snowmen!

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This was my grandmothers nativity scene. As you can tell, it’s seen Christmas once or twice in its years. Very special to me this little piece.

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I made this stocking a few years ago. It turned out MUCH bigger than expected. You’d be amazed on what can fit into this!

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It looks like Christmas just threw up all over the tree! Just a slew of ornaments! (I meant to make a burlap ribbon to put on… still needing to hit the craft store.)

 

Special in every way!

Do you have any special ornaments that you bring out around the holiday’s?