The Story of the Christmas Garland

Christmas Geetings: Shamus and Jackson

Dearest family and friends,

We hope that your holidays glimmered and shone with all the brilliance of hope and love that this season has to offer.

Tim and I spent our holidays twinkling with glistening, feverish foreheads while decking our dark halls with coughs of horror as 10 days of the flu consumed us. We woke on New Years Day feeling like we had missed the 2012 Prom.

So, to rekindle any salvageable cheer, we mustered up some footage from last year to bring you The Story of the Christmas Garland, a tender little tale about our house being under construction right up until Christmas Eve (and why we didn’t have the energy to produce a holiday greeting last year.) We hope you enjoy.


  1. Awwww! That was so great!! Sorry to hear you both had the mean ole flu, it visited us over the holidays too! Happy New Year!!

    • Sorry to hear you had the flu too, Julie. The physical implications were nothing compared with missing two very large and much anticipated parties. For me, that was the absolute worst of it. Let’s hope we both fare better in 2013!

  2. I see you spent the holidays the same way we did:( The flu sucks!
    Loved the video! What a lot of work!

  3. Me again! I just noticed that you have the inno8tive theme! That is what I was planing to switch over to in a few months! How do you like it? Was it an easy transition from the old site? It looks really great!

    • Thanks! It works like just about every other Genesis theme from Studiopress so, to me, the switch was easy. I love Genesis themes for their slick code and simple management. Have fun with it!

  4. Oh no, so sorry you had to be sick for the holidays. You guys need to eat more raw garlic! I’m serious. It works preemptively, and in higher doses when you already have the flu or cold too (at least 3 cloves/person)

    It’s not so bad to eat it, since it can be chopped very finely and added to about any food, after you’re done cooking it. It’s awesome in mashed potatoes, pasta sauces, risotto …

  5. I always live your Christmas videos Kim. I am so impressed with all the work you and Tim did to add that little area at the top of the stairs. Wow! I am so jealous of your desk area!
    Great video as always. 🙂

    • Thanks, Mel! We were all, “We’ll just cut the wall in half. No big deal.” Famous last words. 6 months of work later… and I couldn’t be happier with the results! For 9 years, Tim and I waited to remodel our bedroom. This was the last room to do. Best Christmas present EVER.

  6. I’m so glad you guys are feeling better enough to post videos! Give some love to the pups, kitties and birds from us.

    • Haha! YES! Us too! And I’m glad to know that you’re back injury is getting sorted out. Whew. That was a long road for you. Heal up soon. We have some spring skydiving to do. 🙂

  7. Pawsome

  8. David Gritzke says:

    Thanks for sharing your remodel with us. Your a Dr. Dolittle of sorts. Having your bird be the Master of Ceremony. You are an artist in your own right to flow a documentary on your remodel with the passion(love) of animal was also emphasized. Great job.

  9. Wow, that is a ton of work! I am impressed by your ambition. So many people, myself included, would talk about doing a project like this but never actually get around to doing it. It looks fantastic so I am sure it was worth every injury!

    • There’s something to be said about having no idea how deep you’re getting yourself. I mean, once you start, you just can’t stop – even if you never anticipate that cutting wall in half is going to take 6 straight months. Ignorance is bliss. 🙂

  10. Joan Michaels says:

    What a warm-hearted, fun look at a challenging reno task! So glad the flu didn’t totally crush your spirit even if it squashed some holiday plans. You both look festive in Santa hats. Did Santa know you borrowed them? Here’s to a happy healthy new year!

    • I hate to dispel you’re wonderful interpretation. Joan, but that was last year’s present unwrapping. This year, Tim couldn’t sit up for more than 5 minutes and I just unwrapped presents I bought for everybody else, including myself, before I too was laid out. It was downright pathetic. Next year, BIG PLANS. No more dashed holiday hopes. That’s a promise.

  11. I am experiencing desk envy right now. That room looks amazing.

    • Thanks, A.J.! I’m sitting at it right this minute… and I have a kickass new desktop with dual monitors too. A year later and I’m still in love. When we push the first floor out to build the new bedroom this year or next, this whole space is going to be my art loft. I am living for that moment. Crocheting, reading, painting, sewing… it’s hard NOT to be creative up here.

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