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Our boys love everything beach.  Every so often throughout the cold winter months, I will hear the voice of my 5 year old sweetly ask, “can we go to the beach, pwwwwweeeease?”

To bring a piece of the shore back home with us, we decided to create a nautical boys room for our preschooler. Although it doesn’t stop the littles from asking to go down the shore, it does bring a little bit of “by the sea” life into our suburban home and gives us a comfy little boys room to tuck the little ones into each night.

Enjoy!

The boys removing all the staples after carpet was pulled up.

The boys removing all the staples after carpet was pulled up (My 3 -year-old is wearing my paddock boats;-).

 

AFTER

I created a sail with our preschoolers age on it ( I hope he doesn't want a 6 next year!)

I created a sail with our preschoolers age on it ( I hope he won’t want a 6 next year). I  used rope and boat cleats to attached it to the wall.

We found this great bed with a trundle on Craigslist.  The flooring is made to look like weathered wood.

We found this great bed with a trundle on Craigslist. The flooring is made to look like weathered wood.

I created a mural of the island where we vacation.  I drew all of our favorite places on the island.  I plan to add more favorites through the years.

I created a blueprint mural of the island where we vacation. I drew all of our favorite places on the wall and plan to add more favorites through the years.

Our boys' rooms would not be complete without a biblical verse.

Our boys’ rooms would not be complete without a biblical verse.

Our IKEA dresser is made new again with boat cleats for pulls.

Our IKEA dresser is made new again with boat cleats for pulls.

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This year, our December has has been filled with so many beautiful moments.  I started the month collaborating with my mom to create a festive tablescape for the Willowdale Tea at our church.  I love hearing all of my mom’s stories as we sorted through her china.  I decided to use the tea cups and saucers, and the dessert plates she was given on her wedding day.

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My mother in law retrieved her wedding china from her basement and I used her dinner plates.  All of the pieces worked beautifully together. With each place setting, I brought my two moms together to celebrate this wonderful time of year.

Every evening, G plays his guitar for the boys and I occasionally join in by belting out our favorite tunes. The sheets of music under each place setting remind me of our evenings at home.

I love a great deal, and adding flea market finds is a great way to add beautiful things without breaking the bank.  The Crate and Barrel water glasses were found at a local resale store for $1 a piece and the chargers were found on craigslist at a steal.

The scene would not be complete without lots of bling, soft light, fresh seasonal flowers and the smell of fresh evergreens cut from our towering pine tree.

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Tree farm #1

Tree farm #1

A few days later, G and I took the kids on a trip to cut our own Christmas tree at our local tree farmer(s).

Tree farm #2

Tree farm #2

Our tree with his buddies

Our tree with his buddies

We looked around at all the Douglas  firs, but I liked the look of the precut Frazer firs.  They were tall and narrow with blue-ish needles, and I thought it would look great in my blue/gray living room.

We bought this one, and then strapped our temporary house guest onto our SUV for the short ride home.

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As we decorated the tree with brand new, turquoise and green shatterproof decorations, we listened to Christmas music and reminisced about the previous Christmas trees. One of the more frightening holiday experiences for us newbie parents the year before was witnessing our precious boys grabbing glass balls from the tree and throw them around the house for our dog to chase after.  We quickly discarded the glass ornaments (most were damaged anyway!) to make way for the safe decor.

After the cleanout, we had few decorations left, so I stopped by Big Lots and found some great deals on all the fresh new colors.I was so excited to decorate the tree this year.  The fresh colors brighten my day!

I made a quick bow for the top of the tree as the boys hung the rest of the decorations.

As we tucked in our little boys that night, we took a moment to thank The Lord for all of our blessings during this busy season.  We are so thankful that we have each other and we are surrounded by so many loved ones.

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I found my outlet timer and put it to use for the tree. It is so worth its weight in gold.  I set it so the twinkling white lights greet me as I sleepily walk down the steps each morning, and the tree lights up again as I prepare our evening meal.  We get so much enjoyment from the soft glow of the tree as we gather together in the living room each night.  I smile each time the timer so effortlessly carries out its responsibilities of creating a festive mood for our enjoyment.

Mini tree

Mini tree

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This week the boys and I sent out our Christmas cards and added a few DIY decorations to our landscape.

This is a tree I created out of pine branches my boys picked up in the yard. The silver “berries” added a little sparkle.

Christmas cactus

Christmas cactus

Snowflakes

Snowflakes

And BAKING!!! I love inviting my friends over to bake cookies.  My friends; Erin, Jen and Manu and I taught the boys how to create snowflake sugar cookies.  We took some to my preschoolers Christmas party and packaged the rest for our friends and favorite neighbors.

Tiffany blue snowflakes

Tiffany blue snowflakes

And what better way to thank our equine-loving friends than with horsie sweets?

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Merry Christmas!!

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