Monday, January 4, 2010

Last Year's Resolution

Have you noticed how bare your house looks, now that the Christmas decorations are put away? It happens to me every year. Every year, in January, I look around at my empty walls and say, "We need more pictures!"

We have a ridiculous amount of Christmas decorations - most bought or made for us over our 7 years of marriage. No wonder all the walls look bare when all that comes down!

Last year, my resolution was to get past this strange block that Jim and I seem to have when it comes to hanging things on the wall. Let's see how I did...

We finally have a mantle...



The pictures are propped against the wall, but I'm still counting that. There are some pictures on the piano...

...and on the shelves in the family room...






And, will wonders never cease, I actually picked a piece of art for the wall - a photograph that has the colors the room will eventually be - once we paint the wall (baby steps, people!).

Then, there's the infamous "Fun Couple Frames". They came about when I came home and told Jim about these pictures that an old employer had, saying, "It's pictures of all the fun things they've done. They are a fun couple!" Jim said, "Well, we're a fun couple! We need Fun Couple Frames!" How could I argue with that?



(In the first one we are para-sailing in Ocean City, MD, in front of the ocean in Cancun, Mexico, making faces in a photo booth at Kennywood, dancing at Jim's cousin's wedding, at a Pirate Fireworks Night baseball game, snorkeling in Cancun, dressed as Edward Scissorhands, and wrestler China, and kissing in Jamaica after our wedding. In the second, the Muriel's wedding shot, honeymooning in Jamaica, laughing at my grandparents until Jim's face turned red, at our tropical themed wedding party, celebrating my 30th birthday, dressed as Mrs. Edwards Scissorhands and vampire Lestat, jet skiing in Virginia, and in a hot tub in Punta Cana).

There's this tiny frame of Dylan in our old pool, but I would still call the living room an epic FAIL.

We have some pictures in Dylan's room...



and these in the hallway between the front door and the kitchen...


We still have a lot to do, but considering the fact that we lived in our old house for 5 years and hung close to nothing, I'm calling last year's resolution a success.

7 comments:

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Oh wow! I think you've done a great idea! I love the way you've done them by the mantel! Awesome! The black and white is just very cool!

And the fun couple photos are just great! Hubby and I don't have anything like that in our house. You have inspired me!

The Girls' Mommy said...

AAAH you framed his art work! I LOVE doing that!!

I asked for frames for my birthday. Last October. They're still sitting empty on my dresser. I need to get busy, huh?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

A Fun Couple Frame--what a great idea!

Feather said...

lovin' your mantle. and acutally, i lean pictures on purpose, as opposed to hanging them. great job!

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

Wow! It looks like you are off to a great start! We are the opposite - lots hung on the walls, but very little furniture. It is never wise to rush into things . . .

The Girls' Mommy said...

I just printed and framed 25 of my best photos Now they're just sitting there and I have to HANG them. But its a start. thanks!!

JCK said...

Yeah! It must feel good that last year's resolution was a success.