We don't have too many holiday traditions but this year we've decided to institute a permanent one: we're going to buy a small potted tree and try to keep it in good shape so we can plant it on our property when the ground thaws in the springtime. We should have a forest by the time the kids go off to college!
While I was taking these pictures, I realized that I hadn't posted anything about having the ancient windows in our house replaced, so I'm including some photos of our home improvements. (Please excuse the fact that we haven't painted the trim yet.) We got the untempered picture windows replaced with brand new low e insulated glass and our whole house feels so much better. The front window even got a bay popped in, that's where the Christmas tree lives. I love how it opens up our boxy living room and gives us so much light.
Anyone who's ever spent much time in our home is familiar with our evil patio door. It was super old and didn't open without MUCH effort. We got a new one that glides effortlessly open and shut. I think it looks pretty snazzy, too, although I have some issues with the fact that the hardware doesn't allow you to firmly latch the door without locking it. Kind of dumb in a household with small children. (I need to contact Andersen about that…)
Finally, the loveliness that is Jasper and Roo's bathroom. The former owner of the house did all the tile work himself. Badly. It's uneven and cracked and he'd put glass block in poorly. We had a real window put in but they couldn't do much for the tile situation so I guess Bob and I will have a fun DIY project to tackle one of these days. Thank goodness the kids still take baths more than showers! (This one goes out to Hannah, who has recently had her own fun-filled tile experience.)