Monday, November 24, 2008

Our story of the stocking...


So, here's the real reason why we decorated early--we got Addison's Christmas stocking in the mail, and we couldn't wait. Strange, maybe, but stockings are our thing...

When we got married in October of '05, we registered at Pottery Barn and were blessed with a surplus of gift cards and store credit. One of the first things that we did upon returning from our Seaside honeymoon cottage was order our personalized stockings from the PB holiday catalog. We were so silly with excitement for those things... We took such pride in decorating our mantle that first Christmas--hanging our new stockings representing our newly formed family.

We added a family member in June of '06 when we got our precious puppy Maggie Moo--our first "child." So, of course, as soon as the PB Christmas catalog came out, we ordered her stocking--a smaller version that matched ours.

On our way home from the hospital when bringing Addison home for the first time, we looked at each other and laughingly affirmed that we needed to check to see when Christmas stockings would be available from PB. Hers was ordered within the first week she was alive.

Our mantle feels more complete now. It represents our family, our blessings, our union. I love drinking my morning coffee in the living room with our lit mantle. It makes me happy.

Here are some of my recent favorites of Addy-girl...

5 comments:

Holly said...

Martha Stewart herself would be proud of that mantle! Addison is too precious.

Haley Morgan said...

Hey!!! I love all your recent posts. I am starting to think Addison favors both you AND Patrick. She is a good combination of the two of you.
You inspired me to go ahead and decorate for Christmas, so I'm busy with that this week.
As for the bows, I use toothpaste. I make my own little hairbows out of ribbon from Hobby Lobby (I say "make," but I just tie some ribbon into a bow!) and dab a little toothpaste on it, stick it to her head... ha! Works like a charm. Addy may have enough hair for the clip-ins, though. We are a long way from those, I'm afraid.

Supabloggasuprememama said...

you are hilarious. very pretty mantel! im getting in th festive mood!

Christy said...

We have the exact same stockings, complete with one for Rocky! Isabella's came in the mail a few weeks ago! How fun!

The Vests said...

Your mantle looks beautiful! Can't believe how big Addison's getting. I was excited to see some picture updates of her. She's even cute when crying. Enjoyed our quick catch-up today!