Director Jewels: The (Lack of) Fall Decorations in My Home

Friday, October 17, 2014

The (Lack of) Fall Decorations in My Home

Once upon a time, I imagined the day when I would have my own household and would decorate it with various crafty things like seasonal banners and weekly flower arrangements and little pumpkins or turkeys or snowflakes, depending upon the nearest holiday.

Then I had two children in less than two years. My standards became a little bit..different. I now have beautiful swirls of color on my furniture (crayon), plastic wildlife stashed in every nook and cranny, and flecks of green and pink Play-Doh in my carpet. I'm all about appreciating the little things, so this is not so much a complaint as it is a reality: my house is not cut out for serious decorating right now.

If I took the time to make a banner with leaves of felt in the colors of autumn, it would look nice hanging on my fireplace for approximately three minutes. After that, it would be ripped down and used as the rope in a game of tug-of-war-as-we-run-around-the-living-room-and-kitchen-entrances.

Putting out any of the cute fall themed glassware that I accumulated in the two years of married life before I had kids is just asking for an emergency room visit. Why, you ask? Because undoubtedly someone will eat or step on a piece of the glass pumpkin they've just tossed down the staircase.

And anything harvest related is out of the question, because every plastic kitchen toy they own (which is unfortunately a lot, see: last Christmas) ends up in their mouths fifty-seven times a day, no matter how many times I harp "they're just pretend!"

So, what then, you ask, did I actually use to decorate my house this fall?


There! Do you see it? That one little $.69 pumpkin (bless you, Trader Joe's). We actually had two, but Lincoln picked holes in the other and it turned all squishy the second day we had it in our house. Thankfully, no one has yet noticed that it's thrown out missing.

That's it. Just one lonely little pumpkin. And I think I'm perfectly happy with it.

Do you decorate your home for every season? I think, deep down, I really still want to have some sort of themed decor out, but the logistics aren't worth it right now. Maybe in a few years, when they can help me design some things and not just destroy them, it will work. Maybe.

PS. I'm clearly having the most random blogging week ever. After Tuesday's epic post about the things under my couch, it only seemed right to follow up with this piece. You're welcome, world.

8 comments:

  1. I feel the same way. I would really really LOVE to decorate my house. My problem is: 1) I'm not crafty, 2) I don't have the money to decorate properly, 3) I have cats (I have to worry about them eating things and knocking them over, too!)

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    1. Yeah...cats and little kids seem to have the same motivation to destroy things. :)

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  2. I think that little pumpkin is perfect!! It looks so cute next to your picture !!!



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    1. Thanks! It's not even there currently...the kids wanted it down.

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  3. Hi! know what you mean about decorating for the Holidays and having your stuff messed with. My son and daughter broke a lot of things when they were little. I have my house decorated for Fall with Pumpkins and orange lights! I like decorating for Fall-the colors are cheerful. And I like you cute pumpkin on the Mantle. Good luck with keeping it through Halloween! LOL!

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    1. Haha...yeah, I'm not sure it's going to last that long! :)

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  4. hahahaha! I could've written that intro paragraph myself. I actualyl have a big box of fall decorations because this is my favorite time of year, but since the twins were born in October our house is decorated in their birthday party theme. We do plan on carving some pumpkins together for the front porch, and I might put out our fall wreath. But none of those crazy Pinterest crafts I pinned will be happening!

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    1. We carved pumpkins so early last year...we haven't even been to a pumpkin patch yet. AHHHHH. Where is October going?! Can you believe our babies are turning 2?! Ridiculous.

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