At the beginning of December, we got the lights up (with Zoe's watchful eye)
She's watching Chris on the ladder...
She was very interested in the whole process.
A couple days later I tossed Zoe in the Ergo and carried her around while I decorated the yard. I put ornaments on some of the trees and plants, put up 3 wreaths and hung ornaments and the lighted star in our windows. I was planning on going with a more cohesive color scheme, but that didn't happen either... Oh well! :)
And of course it always helps when the city comes to light the tree in front of your house
And we got a tree for the first time in the 8 1/2 years Chris and I have been together. What those kids do to you... :)
And with that, we were done! I didn't get to putting the candy cane wrapping paper on our front door (though I did put a bow) and I never got to framing our larger windows with lights like I would have liked (and you all suggested). But I think we did alright.
Here's our house is during the day
I love our tree and all the ornaments we've gotten through the years on road trips
And the "baby's first Christmas" ornament that has no photo in it yet (there are several photo frame ornaments with no photos in them I'm ashamed to admit)
And then our house at night
I think the lights framing our larger windows would make a big difference, but I do love the star in the large picture window, and the nook really glows and the candy cane windows shine bright. It's not stupendous, but it's an improvement for sure. Our street gets lots of foot traffic too, so although the decorated plants don't photograph well, the twinkly lights really flicker off of them nicely for pedestrians
And, as always, our street looks beautiful
Our street is always magical at during the holidays. I hope you all had a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus or whatever else you do or don't celebrate! :)