Monday, November 29, 2010

Doing The Unexpected

Can you believe that Christmas is only 26 days away? It feels like just yesterday the leaves started to turn colors and now they are almost all on the ground! Thanksgiving weekend just flew by in a hustle and bustle of family, friends, turkey and pumpkin pie bliss and lots of memory making.

Our lovely tree from last year.

And once the last turkey meal had been eaten, the urge to decorate the tree hit full force. I was so ready... and lucky for me so was hubby... which is great seeing as I could never get the boxes out of the attic without him.

Carolers from my Grandma. Love these!

So we set aside Saturday for just the two of us and it was wonderful! We spent the day running a few errands, listening to Christmas carols and making up our own carols as we drove around town taking in the Christmas sights. After all that inspiration, we headed home and got to work putting up the tree..... and that's when it happened. Someone - that lives in this home, and is not me or the pup {ahem, hubby.}- decided that it would be a good idea to put the tree in the middle of the great room. The middle. To some that may not be a big deal, but we have a big 9 foot tree. Think about it... 9 feet worth of tree in the middle of your living room...

The middle.

Hubby reaching the top of our beautiful tree last year.
Notice the tree is dutifully in the corner...where most normal people would place it.

You see last month in a housewife-crazed-last-minute-decorating-at-10:00pm-inspiration-moments {what? don't you have those too?}I decided to move the living room furniture into the small family room at the front of the house. We had been debating whether or not we wanted couches or reading chairs for our new space, and I thought why wait? Let's just move the existing living room furniture in there, live with it and see how we like it. Well, we LOVED it. So much, in fact, that the furniture stayed in there and our living room only has two recliners and two outdoor chairs... and a great big hole where the couches used to be.


Turns out hubby has always wanted to have a tree in the middle of the room, just for kicks. And since we are just that awesomely cool {or strange, depends how you look at it} we put our tree in the middle of the room.
And you know what?
It's strange,
and after much debating,
and being unsure if I could handle this....
 I love it!

There, I said it. My secret is out. I actually love the tree in the middle of the room! You can see it from the living room, dining room, kitchen, family room and entryway. Oh and hubby pointed out last night that you can also see it from the hallway. We may just have to eat dinner tonight in the hallway to enjoy the tree from another angle.
At a year round Christmas store.

Every time I walk in the room I crack up at the sight of the tree in the middle of the room. Others may not get it. They may not like it. But here's the deal: we like it.  We made a memory. We did something unexpected and it produced an afternoon full of entertainment. And while the tree may not be placed here every year, for this year it is perfect.

So here's to doing the unexpected, throwing caution to the wind, breaking the rules and trying something new. What are you waiting for? Make a new tradition! Try something unepected! You may just find that you love it... and you might make a lasting memory or two in the process.

Want to take a peek at our afternoon of putting up the tree? Check out our first video-post below!

Merry Christmas everyone!

All photos taken by yours truly and my hubby.


  1. Adorable video! The pics of you and Hubby acting silly are priceless, some of those jumps are impressive! Your tree looks great.

  2. You both made me laugh. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas Holiday and I love your tree in the middle of the room!

  3. Oh my..what an absolutely beautiful video. I LOVED your 'action' guys cracked me up..the pup is just too precious, even though so mature,,LOL. The tree is beautiful..WOW..
    So here's to doing the unexpected, throwing caution to the wind, breaking the rules and trying something new.

    amen amen amen..yepper,,that's what I've been doing too.

  4. I have the biggest smile on my face right now!! You guys are amazing and so is your middle of the room Christmas tree! :-D

  5. Okay, we're giggling away over here!! LOVE the video! SO impressed that it is so well are A.MAZ.ING. What can you NOT do???
    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I'm so glad you're posting again!!! I've missed you, Emily-Friend.
    Your house looks gorgeous (as do you!), now you can come do my house, lol.

  6. Wow, you crazy couple you!!! I bet that does look amazing!

  7. FUN!! Your tree looks great!!

  8. Hi, I loved your video and your HIGHjinks! I am still laughing about the action shots. I am just amazed that you can jump that high. I haven't been able to do that since, hmmmmm..since I was your age. That has been a really long time ago.
    The tree turned out to be gorgeous. Love the tulle. Here's to enjoying oneself. The results always turn out better. Hugs, Ginger
    Oh, I am your latest follower. Please follow, I look for to our visits.

  9. Hi, just stumbled across your blog and I LOVED it! Your video is priceless, one to keep FOREVER...hope you have a WONDERFUL, blessed Christmas!

    ps...never stop being Silly, and doing what's in your heart, stay blessed!