Tonight Breanne and I decorated the mantle, which is one of the reasons I really love this house. The fireplace is original to the house, and adds so much character, I love it. The best part about it is the artwork:
Does that not just scream nativity to you? I love that it's there all year round, too.
Here's the finished decorated product:
And some of my favorite parts:
(I love this little nativity--it is my favorite one that I own. Most of the pieces aren't out, but I like the simplicity of just Mary, Joseph, the baby and the animals.)
(I made this one last year for Super Saturday. It's probably my favorite decoration of all.)
Since our mantle is a focal point in our home, I try to display the focal points in our lives here. There are usually pics of the kiddos up there too, but considering the season, I thought this appropriate as well.
In other very very very exciting news, today Breanne took a nap *without* her pacifier, and also went to bed just fine without it! I've been dreading taking it away because I didn't want her to disrupt Janey's sleeping (or mine, for that matter!), but she's done great today. I didn't really plan on doing it just yet, but when we couldn't find one at nap time, it just happened. So great! Now we just need to get that using the potty for reals thing going... always something.