Time is flying these days . Life has been busy trying to fit in Christmas activities with friends, weekends filled with birthday parties for Riley's classmates, a husband that has been traveling way too much and the beginnings of a huge new project with a client that is going to be so much fun ! Somehow the house is mostly decorated . I think my favorite item is the felted ball garland by Roost . So pretty and not overly Christmasy . I am definitely going to keep it out year round . (Here is a link to buy some felted ball garland of your own . I bought mine locally and didn't pay this much but this is the only place I found online .) I've also been gathering mounds of magnolia leaves with hopes of making some of my own garland . Paul brought the kids Advent calendars from Germany (one of his many recent trips) . Riley's is filled with jewelry and Hayes' is filled with chocolate so they are both happy . Our santa snow globe and all of our Christmas books have reappeared along with Howie, the elf . (Can you find him hiding in one of these pictures ? ) It is fun having them around the house again . A new addition to the house decor is a preserved boxwood . I've had my eye on them since spotting one in a Restoration Hardware catalog but I never got around to making the purchase . While out shopping the other day I came across one in a local shop and now I am kicking myself for not buying one sooner . I love having it on the kitchen counter and it is so low maintenance that even I can keep it looking good . And finally more progress in the barn ! The exterior and interior lights are hung and today I am working on the shelving . All that is left is organizing and unpacking which is the fun part, right ? Happy Monday !