I’ve Been Expecting You!

Hello bloggy friends (and Boo Mama)! I’ve been expecting you.

I am delighted that you are here. This is my first time joining Boo Mama and her Christmas Tour Of Homes. I have also joined Hooked On Holiday House Tours too.  Today, I am also joining Kimba at A Soft Place To Land for her bloggy tour. 

You can imagine my excitement. I will go ahead and warn you that I come from a long line of talkers, so I will do my very best to keep the commentary to a minimum.

Come on in and enjoy the tour! Welcome to my humble abode, known around these parts as the McResidence which is located in the mountains of West Virginia.


This is the view when you walk in my front door. McDaddy was so kind to add the under-the-counter lights last year, I do think it is just lovely. Please get a good look at my counter-tops. It is rare that they are ever clear. Especially the counter where you see the bar-stools. For some reason , that counter is the catch all. It catches all manner of junk debris mail, school papers and newspapers.


At the McResidence, the living/dining/kitchen area is one big room, which we lovingly refer to as the great room.

Splitting the dining/living area is our Christmas tree. I love my Christmas tree and enjoy it from before Thanksgiving to after the New Year. It is decorated with home-made ornaments from my boys, ornaments from every vacation locale we have visited, pictures of all 11 of our nieces and nephews, each year’s Christmas card picture and ornaments that just scream ‘Hey, this is who we are’ (In other words, you might find a jeep ornament, a Bureau of Prisons ornament, a crown, some Longaberger baskets, a motorcycle or two, lots of snowmen because I *heart* them, Official White House ornaments (Courtesy of the in-laws), and four ornaments of front doors representing each of the four homes we have lived in since our marriage in 1998).


And another view….


You can clearly see my dining room table from this picture. If you were here, we’d sit there and enjoy some of this fabulous fudge and some of those pretzel things  while we sipped hot chocolate or Dr. Pepper.

After you’re done eating, I’ll show you a few of my favorite ornaments.


I know! I know! Aren’t they adorable? Yes, you read that right. It says Federal Bureau of Prisons. You should know that no matter where I am, if there is a place to shop, I will find it. You can read all about my prison story here.


In our great room, we have a loft. McDaddy is such a sweet man for risking his life to make sure we have a beautiful holiday display in our home. *gasping*  Yes indeed, he is a brave prince!


Note to self: Check to make sure life insurance is current.

To get there, he has to climb the ladder, climb over that rail and sit on that “shelf”. He moves the stuff that sits there throughout the year and designs this.


Which I think you’ll agree looks even prettier at night and with the snowman added.


And just for the occasion, I climbed the ladder to the loft to snap this fancy picture just for all of you. You may notice Superman on the back of the couch. Apparently, that’s what happens when you turn off  The Charlie Brown Christmas Special long enough to get a picture from the loft.


My bay window houses the bulk of my snowman collection. I have a white sheet draped over boxes and strands of clear lights scattered underneath.


This is my nativity scene. Although it appears to be just an ordinary nativity scene, it is special because I painted it with my own little hands in a ceramics class when I was 12 years old (1985). You probably can’t see it, but the donkey on the far left just behind the shepherd is missing part of his ear. Wonder if he was singing, Do You Hear What I Hear?  I added the battery powered light because I thought it looked like a star shining in the east.


Clever. I know.

And immediately after typing that last sentence I just realized the light is sitting to the west of the manger. Clearly my geography skills are as bad as my math skillz.

This little bench sits in the living area and has become known as Basket Bear Central because, well? do you see all the bears and baskets in the picture?


Since we don’t have a mantle, I use these cute stocking holders from Target to hold our stockings. Behind the wood wall are the stairs leading to our basement. I love these stocking holders because they have little chalkboards for the names. That means that you can change them from year to year. This year, Stevie had fun assigning the stockings AND writing the names in his own handwriting.


Because no tour of my house is complete without a peek at our bathroom, here it is. I have included it because the bathroom houses the rest of my snowman collection.


Can’t you just imagine all of those snowmen eyes looking at you as you do your business?

But wait. There’s more.

I promise, I’m hurrying. I know ya’ll have a lot of stops to make. Real quick, this sweet little tree is in Stevie’s room.


And Alex’s tree.


Whew!  I hope that was as much fun for you as it was for me. I sure appreciate you coming by.

From my family to yours… Merry CHRISTmas!


  1. says

    Oh, I just totally realized I put my comment on the wrong post! HAHA! Oh I need to stop dying my hair dark and let my blonde roots be seen!! 🙂 wink!! Lots of blessing to you in the season of our Savior’s birth!

  2. says

    Hi, Julie! What a fun blog you have! Your commentary was so entertaining. And I’m really impressed that you and your husband risked your lives to decorate for this blog party! I think you went above and beyond everyone else on the tour so far. 😉

    How cool that you have that display area in your loft! Also really like your snowman collection in the bay window. Great job.

    Thanks for joining my blog party! It’s really nice to meet you! -Julia 🙂

  3. says

    What festive decor! And I love the sense of fun you’ve added both visually (the bathtub) and in writing (reference to life insurance). Your loft is so much fun, and clearly you’re a family that loves the season. Thank you for inviting me into your home and Merry Christmas!

  4. says

    Wow! That’s a tall tree and I love that snowmen vignette that you have in your bay window! LOL at the snowmen looking at you while in the bathroom. My kids would probably stay in there and play all day…you know, you may have given me a great idea! 😉 Thank you for sharing!

  5. says

    Beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing your home!
    We are caroling along as we tour lovely Christmas homes…
    Jingle Bells, jingle bells…

    kari & kijsa

  6. says

    Your home is beautiful. I had to comment because I had the exact same Nativity set growing up. My mom painted it in ceramics class also. 🙂

  7. says

    What a fun visit! Thanks for opening your home (and your husband for risking life and limb). I was taking a sip of water when I came to your bathroom photo and comments and about snorted it through my nose 🙂

  8. says

    Love all the special touches. And I love the boys’ trees. What a great idea. Thanks for inviting us in! Come on over to my place for a tour!

  9. says

    OH MY!!!! Your hubby is a brave man!!! I thought I was brave just standing up on a ladder to reach the top of our tree!!!!

    Everything looks GREAT.

    Merry Christmas.

  10. says

    This was a really fun visit. I think you are the only one on the hometour with a decorated loft space. Very unique. You seem to be a really fun person, thanks for sharing.

    Kathy b

  11. says

    I love your loft AND your bathroom – and the sweater ornament. Thanks so much for the invitation. Have a very merry Christmas in your beautiful home.

    Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  12. Jean says

    The McResidence is more beautiful in real life. There is always a sense of Christ’s peace there — all year. If you know this family, you love them. 🙂

  13. Pam in SE MI (TOG loose threads) says

    Love your loft!!! Very pretty! And I love anyone who loves Longaberger baskets. I am a first time visitor – from BooMama’s tour of homes. Thanks for sharing!