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!