Sunday, December 14, 2008

2008 Tour of Homes....Welcome

I have been telling you about the Tour of Homes for a few weeks now and it is finally here! This is my third year participating and I am excited to invite everyone into our home again. This year we moved and I haven't really "introduced" the house to the bloggers yet - so I will give you a few before and after shots as well as my holiday garb. Come on in....let me show you around. This is our entryway. You can see into our living room, hence the desk. That is where our blogging "magic" comes alive. LOL.

This is what the entryway looked like before. You can't really tell but we changed the color.

This is the before shot of our living room. All I can say it YIKES.

This is a current picture of the living room. The photo is a little dark but if you look closely you can see gifts that I started to wrap on the couch. I wasn't getting very far because Avery kept stepping on the wrapping paper!

We went with a live tree again this year. I love the way it smells. Fresh Pine....

Here are a few favorite ornaments. Elise loves Hello Kitty....

Jude really likes birds. He tells people we have a real bird in our tree.

I just received this one yesterday, as a Thank You gift. It is made out of real olive wood from Jerusalem. I love it.

I usually get the kids dressed up and take their picture in front of the tree instead of taking them to a "professional" photographer. Then I post the outtakes on my blog. This year we only got outtakes. Ahhh...the joys of having a toddler! Here are some of the better ones for ya!

Now to the kitchen....These are the before shots. Yellow is not my thing.

Here is our kitchen now, in all it's glory. What a mess! LOL. We have been making and creating all day long.

Of course the kids helped!

Jake bought me Christmas flowers!

These are Peppermint Meringues. This is the first time I tried them. Jude calls them snow mountains.

Peanut Butter Fudge. This is round two. Since I just had my gall bladder out I was taking some pain meds....the first batch got a little ugly. Let's just leave it at that!
This is a before picture of our basement!

It is the kids playroom now!

My craft room is so neglected this year. I haven't made a card or even one Christmas gift yet. I still have 10 days.......

This is our bedroom. Our Chruch adopted some families from Jude's school that needed help with the holidays. I collected the gifts. Now I have to deliver them. I can't wait.

Here are some misc... pics.

I hope you enjoyed my tour. Please come back again next year! If you are interested in my other tours check them out here: 2007 & 2006.

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Here are the recipes for the Peanut Butter Fudge, Peppermint Meringues or Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies.


Heather said...

I love the snow coming down on the blog!! YOur home looks great and what cute kids!! Merry Christmas!!

PEA said...

Thank you so much for such a delightful tour of your home, everything looks so beautifully decorated for Christmas:-) I really love all the changes you've made and your kids are so darling!! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xo

Tim Appleton (Applehead) said...

This post made me hungry.

RosyRose said...

Hey Delila...I had to check you out because my neighbor has the same name:) Thanks for your tour! You did a great job on before and afters! And I love how you're "keeping it real" with the flour on the kids faces:)
Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

precious pictures of the kids,I prefer the crazy ones instead of posed and perfect anyway. The house looks great, good tour. Happy Holiday to all.

Heather said...

what a beautiful paint job on the kitchen--you'll have to give your painter a nice Christmas bonus!!

Anonymous said...

Love the before and after pictures. And I was at your other blog, trying to find your tour, and LOVED those clothespin girls.

Merry Christmas! -gracie

Anonymous said...

love those Christmas tree candle holders... and the olive wood nativity!!

Heather said...

I love the olive wood nativity. I'm going to attempt the peppermint meringues this year.

Keetha said...

Your children are adorable.

Thanks for inviting me to your tour.

Merry Christmas

Paige said...

What a lovely home! Thanks for opening your home to us during this Christmas season.

Best wishes to you and your family!