Welcome

Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Welcome to Our Home!

BooMamaChristmasTour

Welcome to our home! I am so honored that you stopped by.
I have to tell you that I have looked forward to BooMama's tour of homes since last year.
Oh, how I delighted in touring so many of the homes and secretly dreamed of a blog of my own. After meeting Sophie for a brief moment last August, I knew that I just had to be a part of the fun.

Make yourself at home!
If you were to drop by, you know for reals,
I might just serve you this delicious little cup of warm goodness:
Let the tour begin!
This is what you see when you come in the front door. It's our formal living room and dining room. I just love the lighted garland highlighting the drapes. (It is quite a sight to see us when Rachel and I are putting it up...let's just say, lots of giggles.)




The two dolls on the piano are special. They belonged to my precious Aunt Faye.


Here is the dining room where we had an amazing Thanksgiving surprise dinner this year!
I think it is fun to hang the ornaments from the chandelier.


I am blessed with several nativity sets but this one is one of my favorites. It belonged to my granny. Every year she would make a special snowball cake, place the nativity on top, light a candle, and then we would all sing happy birthday to Jesus.

My mom now makes Granny's special cake and we get to sing together with my daughters. I look forward to this tradition every year. My Granny would be so thrilled!


Here is the heart of our home, our kitchen:


My mom made this beautiful Christmas quilt. She is amazing!

And our Texas style family room:

Thanks to some amazing garlandy advice from Nester,

I now have full garlands on my mantle too.

Oh, how I love the sights and sounds of a roaring fire in the fireplace!



Mr. Incredible and I met at Baylor University many years ago. Two years ago, while on a trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico, he found this bear nativity set and surprised me with it. I love the angel bear wings! Too cute!

I love to put these pictures out every year. They are our Christmas family photo cards that we have sent through the years. It takes my breath away to see how much the girls have grown in what seems like only a few seconds. My mind is flooded with thousands of memories when I look at these pictures.

Here is our family tree. It is so hard to take good photos of your tree, isn't it?
We find a new ornament for our daughters every year. The ornaments don't match, but there is a story behind each and every one. I think the red ribbon is fabulous. My parents found it at First Monday in Canton, Texas.


We have non-traditional ornaments on our tree too. I saved a few pairs of baby shoes that I like to put on the tree.


And of, course, these Baylor Bear socks.
Melanie, if you happen to stop by, I am posting this picture in your honor...sic 'em bears!


Whew! I think that is all for now. You don't know how much your visit to my blog blesses me. May each one of you have a blessed Christmas filled with love overflowing for the One in whom we celebrate. Jesus is absolutely the BEST gift ever. What a joy to be called His child!



Joyfully,
Kristi
I am pleased to post this at hooked on houses too.



37 comments:

Kristi said...

I saw your linky on BooMama and had to comment on another Kristi's! What a lovely home-- such a welcoming porch, too! Your kitchen is just dreamy! Noticed you were a Baylor alum...we live in central Texas and visit Waco every Monday! Love those Canton First Mondays, too! Thanks for opening your home! Merry Christmas!

Cyndi said...

Love your holiday decorations. Merry Christmas

JanMary said...

Beautiful home and decorations - I think the texas-style room is my fav.

Hope you get a chance to visit my Northern Ireland blog.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Homesteader in Training said...

Oh Kristi! How beautiful everything is. Oh how I wish we lived closer. I just know I could get really comfortable in your lovely house with a hot cup of wassail. I may have to do this today as well.
I have to admit I was a bit envious of your big kitchen lol.
Hugs to you my friend.
Kim

Karen said...

Your home is beautiful!

Dena @ Green Acres said...

You have a beautiful home and I love how you have decorated it. I especially love your family tree. Thanks for sharing!

Cary said...

Your home is so beautiful! I just love that quilt (I'm a quilter), what a wonderful treasure!

ilovemy5kids said...

Kristi,
I love your home! What inspiration!

You are such a blessing in so many ways!

I pray you and your family have the best Christmas ever!

Heather said...

You have a lovely home - Merry Christmas!

Ashley said...

LOVE your home! My entire family went to Baylor (sic 'em!) and I went for a year before transferring to a smaller school. Love your Texas-style family room--so cozy! Come visit me at my house (blog)!

Ameratis said...

Everything looks beautiful! I love your fireplace :) Thanks for sharing!

Amydeanne said...

ooo too cute! i think we have the same dining room table set though I recovered my chairs to cow print lol.
what a gorgeous and inviting home kristy! thanks for the tour!

Jenny said...

Everything looks beautiful!

Heather said...

Your home is gorgeous!!! I love all of your decorations!! Thanks for the tour!! Merry Christmas!!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Thanks for sharing you beautiful home with us! THat quilt is gorgeous!!!

blessings
mary

Tracy said...

What a gorgeous home and what beautiful decorations...wow! Thanks for sharing with us! = )

Nise' said...

Beautiful home! Thank you for inviting us in for a tour. Many are taking Nester's garlandly advice.

amy said...

I love your front door!!!

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I love your shoe ornaments! Too cute! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with all of us!
Merry Christmas!
-Kim

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Your home looks so warm and welcoming for the holidays! Thanks for joining my blog party and inviting us in! -Julia :-)

Alex and Jill said...

I love everything! Thanks so much for opening up your home to us!

Merry Christmas!

Keetha said...

Everything is gorgeous!!!!

I have a bear nativity very similar to yours for my science classroom. I got mine in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I believe you have more pieces (like the animals - - - well, they're all bears, but you know what I mean) But, our "basic" pieces are identical.

Merry Christmas

Paige said...

What a beautiful home! I love the idea of putting each year's Christmas photo out.

Best wishes to you and your family during this Holiday season.

Anne said...

Your family room looks so cozy...:). Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas!

kymber said...

Kristi,
Wow! Your home is so beautiful! Very warm and inviting. I especially love your fireplace mantle. Thanks for sharing and thanks for coming by to visit me at my blog and leaving such a sweet comment. Hope you come back to visit again!
Blessings to you,
Kymber

jill said...

Your lovely holiday home is warm and inviting. Thanks for sharing ... Merry Christmas!

Domestic Goddess..Diva sometimes said...

Very nice!Your home looks beautiful! I also have photos of my kids from past christmases. Thank you for the tour!

Jill said...

Kristi,

Your home is LOVELY!

Every detail is beautiful and welcoming! Looks like a wonderful kitchen and family room to entertain in.

Blessings!
Jill

Elaine A. said...

Merry Christmas from a fellow Texan! Your home is beautiful and I love the idea of the birthday cake for Jesus and the tradition of framing the photo cards. I think I need to do that too!

Thank you so much for the tour!

Heather said...

Your house is absolutely BEAUTIFUL & decorations too. Hey, come on over to my blog and get your AWARD.
Love in Christ,
Heather

Breath of Fresh Air said...

You have a lovely home.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Hey Kristi!
I am in AWE.... ! Positively GORGEOUS! I looked through all your pictures very carefully and feel like I really got to visit! I'd love to see your tree closer. I love how you did the ribbon on it! It's such a WIDE ribbon too!
You have beautiful things, and I can tell you have ALOT OF LOVE THERE!
Thanks for giving us a glimpse into the life of KIKIS CORNER!!! I love it there!
Lea

Best Life said...

What a lovely home! You have convinced me that I MUST get some garland for my mantle next year! Thanks for the tour. Lisa~

KarenW said...

You have such a beautiful home. Thanks for the tour.

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Love the Texas-style! The non-traditional ornaments are the ones I always think of when I remember Christmas as a child. Have a wonderful Christmas holiday; it's almost here!

Karen M said...

You have a beautiful home decorated very nicely! Thanks for the tour! I have many friends who are Baylor graduates.

Kathy S. said...

Your home is very elegent and beautiful! HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!