Our Holly Jolly Home

Someone asked my husband if we decorated our home for Christmas. His response…. “HA It’s like a tiny elf came down to our house and threw up Christmas spirit everywhere!” What can I say, I have a romantic…  Any-who… He was right. The day after Thanksgiving an elf got busy (Elf Rachel). Each year we add a little something new or different to our home, so here are a few of my favorite traditions, old and new!


Dinnerware –> I realize I’m obsessed. These were handed down from my great-grandmother, and the gingerbread from my other grandmother. They are placed on the table my husband, Levi, built for me that we have enjoyed all year long! See post from last Christmas

Our tree  –> It doesn’t have fancy ornaments, but each one we have holds a story. Hanging each one is a reminder of these memories over the years! We don’t have a real tree (thanks, allergies!) but you better believe we have the scent of pine melting away in the wax warmer.

The newest addition to our Christmas decor is this handmade tree skirt from one of my favorite hometown antique stores – Old Capital Treasures. (I have way to much fun in there.) To make it even better, this skirt was only $6 – YES PLEASE.

Under the tree –> Am I the only one that thinks gift wrapping is an art? One of the best memories with my Mom was going shopping together. But even more so, listening to Christmas music while we wrapped them all. NOTE: Never forget the Christmas babies. My Levi’s birthday is only six days before, so we always have a mix of birthday fun too.

Our mantle –> It lights up our living room and creates such a peaceful setting, where we sit and have our coffee each morning. My beautiful “W” ornament, given to me from my Granny this year, hangs on another antique store find.

The cards –> We love getting cards from friends and family!! When we got married, we started the tradition of sending out our own cards for Christmas. This year we started a new tradition thanks to one of my grade school teachers, who is still teaching me things as an adult! Mrs. Hartzell, thank you for sharing this devotional calendar from Ann Voskamp. It’s beautifully written daily reminders of what Christmas is really about – The Greatest Gift! [ Check out her blog


Christmas in Dixie

There is no snow on the ground (we could actually wear shorts), but I wouldn’t have Christmas any other way. As always, the holidays with a big family creates a good time, yet a busy one (understatement). With all the hustle and bustle starting to settle down, I wanted to take a moment to share what blessings the Lord has graciously given us through this past year. Although our “nest” is now empty of all the Christmas sparkle, we may always remember that the first Christmas back in a lowly manger was only the beginning of our Lord’s life here on earth. The best is yet to come! Christmas time is just a simple reminder of the greatest gift ever given – God sent his son to be the Savior of the world, to freely give us eternal life, although so undeserving.

This is definitely my favorite time of year, so I reminisce with a few pictures of my favorite things…

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Christmas Cards!!!! This year there is also wedding invites, shower invites, graduation invites, and birthday cards on the fridge, and they are just as special to us. Did I mention we have a large family?
I have wanted to send out a Christmas card since I was younger, and my wish finally came true the year Levi and I got married. This year was only our second card, but starting a tradition as a family makes me happy!

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The first photo is our burlap stockings I made for our first Christmas together in 2013. The next are the stockings my Granny made for our whole family! She just kept adding new ones through the years. I love the tradition behind them. The black and white Levi’s family stockings. I love how we all have a place, no matter how many of us there are. I look forward to the day when Levi and I can fill our mantle too.

IMG_1964These Christmas dishes may not look like much, but they are so special. They were passed down to me from my Great – Grandmother. I treasure them.

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My Levi turned 25 this Christmas. Having a December-Baby in your family also means having birthday wrapping paper in stock every Christmas!!

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Oh the joys of being an Aunt….. I have three precious nephews, a neice, and one more nephew on the way! They make my life so much better.

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There is nothing better than having a Christmas tree light up your house. The glow is warming. We are slowly adding ornaments (and memories) every year. The bottom of our tree was adorned with gifts for our family. I absolutely LOVE wrapping presents. It is time consuming, but each bow, each package is carefully chosen to bring a smile to the recipients face. Watching our friends and family opening their surprises brings so much joy and excitement! Most of these were wrapped before December 1st, so it was extremely difficult to wait!!


Our second tree. You know you married a Georgia Southern fan when…….

I couldn’t help it!! MY GS tree reminded me of good times and good friends back in my College Cheerleading days. I do love my Eagles, and all the memories made!

This is the newest addition to our Christmas decor. My oh so talented friend, Mrs. Kathy, handmade this stocking. Isn’t it beautiful!? We look forward to the Ransom-Family Christmas Party every year.

Check out her blog here: http://www.adelightsomelife.com/

I may have a little too much fun decorating for Christmas. Now my house seems so bare after taking the sparkle down. I better get to work! More Christmas projects to come…

All Hallow’s Eve – Halloween at the Wood’s Nest

Levi and I have a tradition of getting friends and family together to pass out candy to the kiddos in our neighborhood on Halloween. Levi, the grill-master, cooked everyone dinner this year, which was a special treat! We adorned his truck with creepy orange lights,IMG_1411 a pumpkin, and spooky Halloween tunes and noises (Thanks, Pandora). We sit on the tailgate and watch as our neighborhood fills up with kids who are in full pretend mode. So, as any kid in a grown up body should, Levi and I dressed up too.

Halloween is such a fun night. Our three year old nephew told me, “Levi my main man tessie is, he is Halloween.” I guess from his perspective, Halloween is scary, beardless Levi. He wasn’t too off. It’s the costumes, the decor, the candy, scary stories, and everything is pumpkin flavored. All of it is Halloween. But I love more than anything the imagination of a child. Sadly, with age we lose the ability to imagine and pretend as we once did. On this night we get to see an extreme version of a child’s imagination. Be whatever you want! Dress goofy, act crazy, and eat lots of sugar and calories. Escape reality. Does it get more fun than that?

I couldn’t get a picture of everybody, unfortunately.. But here are just a few pictures from this year…

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All Hallows’ Eve
The pumpkin grinned from ear to ear, “The moon is bright, the sky is clear. This is the night we’ve waited for, when elves come knocking on the door. “When witches ride their broomsticks high and ghosts and goblins fill the sky. Then Jack and Jill, with fairy queen, will dance and sing: it’s Halloween.” ~ by Constance B. Osborne

Double, double… Toil and Trouble… Halloween at the Office

There is never a dull moment at Coldwell BankerIMG_0965 SSK, Realtors of Milledgeville….. Being the Office Admin, I am responsible for most of the nonsense. I’m okay with this. As many of you know, I love decorating. So it only made sense that for the month of October I have a mummy door. To Enter, BEWARE!! Not really, I used toilet paper.

For this October’s Sales Meeting, we had a little spooky Halloween Party. It was a blast!! Here are a few of the Goblins, I mean Agents….

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These folks make work so fun. Of course, any good Realtor needs a good hardy breakfast to get them going. We enjoyed witches hats, spider eggs, pumpkin and monster donuts, candy ghosts, sausage and biscuits with strawberry-jalapeno jelly, and witches brew (coffee). From all this distraction, we did get some work done believe it or not. (I think.) We definitely gained some extra pounds!!

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