Friday, November 30, 2012

Whimsical Christmas Porch (Part 1)

I can hardly believe that it is November 30th.

It seems like just yesterday was Halloween and then Election Day.  I suppose this month has passed faster than normal for me since much of the month was spent recuperating from surgery.  So,  needless to say, I am feeling a bit behind in the decorating department.

That being said, I was super excited to see Beverly's email inviting us to share our holiday porch decorations and it was just the motivation I needed to get my jingle bells on!

Now, I just love, love, love my wrap-around porch.  It truly is the focal point of our home...a Greek Revival farmhouse that we built in 2001.  Unfortunately, it has been a bit neglected over this past summer and fall due to the drought and heatwave we experienced here in the Heartland.  She really does need a good sweeping and hosing down...

...but I didn't want to wait a moment longer to get the outdoor wreaths hung.  What are those lyrics...

"Haul out the holly;
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again."
~We Need a Little Christmas~

This year, with three little ones that are really into the Christmas spirit, my husband indulged their whimsical fancy and strung multi-colored Christmas lights on the exterior of our home.  And while I'm not really a fan of the multi-colored lights, I gotta say that with them shining brightly against our white farmhouse exterior they look really cute.

So, rather than go with my "Colonial Williamsburg" decorating theme that I had in mind last January while picking up wreaths from the Christmas clearance section of Michael's ,I decided to also indulge the kiddos and decorate using a more "whimsical Christmas" theme.  

I still have a lot of work to do, but I didn't want to be late for the party!  So, this afternoon I share with you my front door wreath (that still needs to be hung on the door!) and front porch window wreaths. I've also added the sled and two mini trees.  The sled was a gift from Santa when our daughter was 18-months old and the mini trees were purchased in the Ozarks.  I think they add the perfect whimsical touch for a Ozark-ish Mountain Christmas feel.


Be sure to come back by for a visit early next week.  I hope to have the wreath hung...the garland strung...and the porch swing's pillows sewn and swung!


Today I'm linking up with Beverly over at Pink Saturday.  Join the party to see other porches decked out for the holidays.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

One Day...Someday...

Hello and welcome to Our Someday Farm!  It is a pleasure to "meet" you.

My name is Valerie and I am the author of  Our Someday Farm online journal to chronicle my family's efforts to move from "suburbanites" to "hobby farmers".

***Okay, "farmers" might be a least as of today...but my husband and I do have a dream of owning several acres where we can raise barns and outbuildings...chickens and vegetables...and most importantly...our three precious kiddos.  One day...someday...

We currently live on 1-acre, in a tiny subdivision, in a one-stoplight town, on the outskirts of Kansas City.  We built our beautiful and perfectly-perfect Greek Revival farmhouse in 2001.  In fact, I love our home so much that if we could just pick it up and move it to 10 or 15-acres out in the country I would be as happy as a clam.

Our Farmhouse during the Kansas City Blizzard of 2009

Unfortunately, moving the house is not a possibility...

...and, well, I'd really love a new kitchen!

So, this past Fall, after hours of discussion and "what-if" dreaming, lazy Sundays spent driving around northeast Kansas, and pinning lots of farmhouse facades on Pinterest my husband and I decided to take that very first baby step forward and hire a realtor to help us locate land.

We're still looking...and with the sluggish economy we're not in a hurry to list our home...

...which means I have plenty of time to "update" our current living quarters.

Because three kids and a dog will do a number on your walls and carpet.  ;)

I would love it so much if you would join me on this journey of home renovation...housing relocation...and interior design exploration!  I think it is so exciting to get to start with a blank slate...don't you?


P.S. I blog regularly at her Little Ways which is my personal blog dedicated to issues of faith and family.  My hope is for this blog to be dedicated to our relocation/building process and interior/exterior design decisions.