Merry Christmas and a Pool House Update

Hey everyone! Now that the halls are all decked and I have actual present filled boxes under my tree (as opposed to the fake ones I use for photos), it’s about that time where I check out on the blog for a few weeks! I figure you all are busy with your family and loved ones anyway, and don’t need my showing up in your inbox bugging you. :)

Not to mention I like to unplug a bit for myself and force my kiddos to hang out with me while they are off school. I’m actually taking the kids over the frozen tundra and through the palm trees to visit my parents down in Florida after Christmas (the Mr. will be joining us eventually too, but he can’t take the last week of the year off as it is a busy time for his firm). We all can’t wait to warm our freezing northerner selves up for a few days and swap out the snow boots for flip flops.

While I’m so ready for a break, I AM super excited to hit the ground running in January with all the DIY projects that got put on hold with the Christmas crazy. Just to entice you to come back in January, here’s a little list of what I’m working on –

  1. Finishing up my daughter’s bedroom makeover.
  2. Painting those basement wet bar cabinets! Ok and choosing an actual paint color.
  3. Tackling my son’s bathroom. I’m thinking vertical paneling 3/4 up the wall and wallpaper…
  4. Deciding on the next steps for the pool house.
  5. More recipes, Friday Feels, and probably a new throw pillow or two…

I’m excited just thinking about all the fun projects coming soon! Speaking of the pool house, here is another little update photo I snapped last night. They have the railing up, the trim finished and it’s looking great!

pool house exterior update


And here is the little sketch that I had drawn up before we started. I say it looks pretty close! We had to stagger the windows a bit because I ordered a bigger door than we originally planned on.

Diagram, engineering drawing

I normally share my family Christmas card with you all in this little Merry Christmas post. As seems to be the theme for this entire holiday season of good enough over perfect, I never actually ordered them – ha! They are just sitting in my cart all designed and cute and I never hit “submit order.” At least I did manage to get our family photos snapped, so here are a few faves.

A couple of people that are standing in a forest

People standing in a wooded area

And this may be my fave shot I have shared on Instagram this year. We have had some amazing sunrises this winter, and the gorgeous sky with the Christmas tree makes me so happy.

A living room filled with furniture and a large window

Before I sign off for 2019, I just wanted to say thank you so much for hanging out with me here! I so appreciate all your sweet words, comments, and support over the years. I feel so blessed to have a job where I get to share fun things on the blog with fun people, while I also have the flexibility to be present with my kids too. Really, truly, I do not take it for granted, so thank you for showing up here! I’m praying you all have a wonderful holiday season and feel the joy and celebration of our Savior’s birth. Sending love and comfort to all of you who have a hard time this time of the year from missing loved ones or difficult memories.

I also just want to give you a little invite to my church (online or in-person!) if you need a place to spend Christmas. They have a great streaming service so you can watch right from home if you want to check it out.

Merry Merry Christmas!

Similar Posts


  1. Lovely holiday pics. Would you be able to tell me where your belt is from? Looks perfect with that dress.

  2. Merry Christmas, your blog is my favorite, as I live on a lake too: looking forward to your future diy projects! Enjoy Florida, see you next year, hugs from Texas!

  3. God bless you and your sweet family. Have a wonderful break with your family in Florida. Looking forward to 2020 with you❤️

  4. Love the sunrise picture. I go to the same church and it is such an amazing church and the ministers always bless me with their talks.

  5. Hi Kelly,
    Here’s wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year : )

  6. Beautiful photos of your gorgeous family. Enjoy the downtime (we both know there’s no such thing as a Mom and at Christmas time :)
    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas, and all the best for the New Year. Looking forward to continuing to follow your projects, fashions and your fun writing style.

  7. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy your time together! I will look forward to your visits to my inbox next year!

  8. Thanks for sharing all that you do. God bless you and your family.

    Also, thanks for sharing your church. It’s very brave these days mixing business and faith.

  9. I’ve always loved your blog, and now I love it even more because you invited everyone to CHURCH!! Blessings to your family this season and throughout the next year!! Even if you forgot to order those gorgeous Christmas cards!!!

  10. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Kelly! Hoping Florida provides nice weather for you! I live on the opposite coast of Florida from where your parents make their home. It’s been warmer this year…so far! ? No matter the weather, pack those flip flops and enjoy! Can’t wait to watch your projects unfold in 2020!

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home and decor inspiration, but also your faith in Christ! May your break be wonderfully refreshing!

    1. I second that! Have a beautiful trip to Florida and a very Merry Christmas! All of your photos are lovely!

  12. Merry Christmas and enjoy your family over the break! Love the family pics and the sunrise is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. This year my son is back from Afghanistan. As other military moms have commented over the years, your blog has kept me company during the middle of the night lots of times.

    1. Thanks so much for sharing this Peggy! I so appreciate you reading over the years and I’m glad my blog and I can keep you company :) Thank your son for his service and sacrifice!

  13. I look forward to each and every one of your blog posts, Kelly, as they not only give me great ideas, they usually make me smile and laugh. You have the sweetest and happiest personality. Thank you so very much! I’ll be stuck here in this suburban Chicago winter weather but I hope you soak up lots of sun in Florida. Wishing you and your loved ones all the happiness your hearts can hold. Merry Christmas! ~ Dori

    1. Thanks so much Dori! Your sweet comments week to week mean so much to me, truly! You are such an encouragement to me! I hope you had a fantastic holiday season with your family!

  14. Those are some beautiful pictures Kelly.
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family – enjoy that Florida sun.
    We both know how long the Michigan/Ontario winters are!!!!
    Merry Christmas!

Comments are closed.