“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”

December 1st…when I was growing up, this date was my families traditional date to put up the Christmas tree and turn our house into Christmas time. My husband grew up with a different tradition…November 1st! I know, so early and by the time Christmas arrives the suspense of the whole thing almost kills the kids lol! So we’ve compromised (cause that’s what marriage is about right??) and we start to turn our house into a Christmas wonderland mid November. Because we decorate both inside and out, it takes us almost 2 weeks to get it exactly how we like it! My heart still skips a beat when I start mid November lol…but seeing my kids faces beam with excitement is so worth it!!!

This is how our home evolved into Christmas this year….

The inside….

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Even the kids have their very own Christmas light each…

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The outside….
From this….

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To this….

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Over 2000 lights light up our home at night:)…the kids just love it!!!!

When the first of December finally rolled over we were able to start the count down….

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With so much heartache this year, it was hard to pick myself up and get into the Christmas spirit, but the kids are the best form of medicine and watching them embrace it for everything it’s worth, makes enjoying it so much easier. Our favourite nightly ritual is sitting outside on the driveway with an iceblock admiring our very own Christmas light display:)

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Our Christmas tree is now the popular spot to take photos and read our nightly book:)

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So this is our Christmas display this year…each year we add more and more and create another lot of beautiful memories to cherish.

Our final piece to the puzzle was added this afternoon and now I feel it’s complete….

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I hope you all have a wonderful festive season where you spend your time laughing and bonding with your loved ones…I sure know we will:)!:)!

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Trick or Treat!

Halloween….you either love it or hate it! It’s actually quite a controversial topic in Australia as a lot of people think we shouldn’t be celebrating it due to it not being one our traditional traditions. How this is changing! Over the past few years, the shops have added more and more to their Halloween stock which is why a lot of us are starting to embrace it! I have nothing against people not wanting to acknowledge it – each to their own. We do…why not, it’s all a bit of fun and the kids just have a ball:)

Each year since Bailey was about 2 we’ve gone trick or treating to only the people in our Neighborhood that we know, but this year was the first year we decorated our ‘red wall’! Like we do at Christmas, Easter and birthdays, I added Halloween decorations a few days before October 31st! The kids love the ‘red wall’ decorated! They were sad when I took the Halloween decorations down this morning and were already asking about the Christmas ones lol!

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Our ‘red wall’ that we use to decorate for special occasions!

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Ready for trick or treaters:)

In the past Kane and I have just taken our kids and my nephews trick or treating, but this year I cooked dinner for the family and we all celebrated the night together! It was lovely. It was a great excuse to also make Halloween cupcakes and experiment with my icing…which I might add I finally can make icing that does what I want it to do – for decorating purposes that is (thank you Michelle Shaw)!

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My Halloween masterpiece:)

Roles were reversed with our children this year. Bailey usually always loves getting dressed up and am sad to say he wasn’t into the ‘dress up’ side of it this year:( but Sienna sure was and Mia well she didn’t have a choice lol!

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My beautiful little Dracula:)

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My baby fairy:)

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Bay was a ‘gunman’ hence the gun lol!

Trick or treat time….

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All in all is was a great night and our best Halloween to date! Our expectations are set high now as our children never forget a thing lol! Now it’s time to really start planning for our biggest and best celebration of the year….Christmas! Keep an eye out on the blog for my Christmas display post…it will be our biggest display yet!

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The kids loved being visited by the Whitehouse Family:)