Thursday, December 1, 2011

Keeping up with the Joneses

Lawn Envy.
House Envy.
Decoration Envy.
You name it, we got it.
Welcome to the 'burbs.

Our house only sits on .13 acres. The previous owners had serious green thumbs. We do not. We have never owned a pair of gardening gloves. Therefore we are dealing with a shitload of weeds plants, a garden, and a mess of shrubs. My idea? Rip most of it out and plant grass. Easy enough right? This Spring should definitely be interesting, as I will recommend hiring a landscaping crew while the hubs will want to get his hands dirty. I'd rather not have dirt permanently embedded underneath my fingernails. I also look around at our neighbors pristine lawns and frequently say "why doesn't our yard look like that, why is their grass greener, don't we need some type of makeyouryardpretty fertilizer"? 

Our neighborhood houses are also already streaming with lights, garland, giant snow globes, and walkway candy cane lights. Now me? I'm a fan of classy white lights and icicles. I don't particularly enjoy the blinking, flashing, multicolored lights..or the giant inflated Santa in the front yard. I like it simple and understated. We also tried to be a little eco-friendly this year by purchasing LED lights. 

FYI..there are 2 colors of LED lights; cool white & warm white. We figured this out after stringing the whole outside of our house with cool white and then wondering the hell why they looked bluish. Don't worry, we spent the next evening taking them down and putting up the warm white.

It has been difficult starting out in a new house because we never really decorated our apartment for Christmas. It was our first Christmas living together last year and life was hectic with a 2 month old. Therefore, we have no decorations except little odds & ends that we stole borrowed from our parents. We've picked up a few things here and there at HomeGoods & Target but our collection is still a work in progress. And as for a tree that Saige won't destroy? Who I am certain she will be pulling ornaments off a mile a minute. 

So we will give it our best...and hope for a lovely Holiday as a family of three.


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