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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ok..Let it go Clark!

What does Thanksgiving mean to my husband? It means spending the day hanging off the ledge of the house stapling as many holiday lights onto the house as possible.



Every year we have the same drill when the sun goes down and on come the lights. We are not able to pop a piece of toast into the toaster, turn on a hair dryer or use any electronic device or the entire circuit board will blow on the house.

While I spend the entire year trying to conserve energy by doing laundry in the evening, sweating out the summer trying to avoid using the a/c, it all goes out the window for the month of December. We officially become the most non eco-friendly house in Orange County.

To my husband it is all about trying to win the neighborhood contest, that after almost 10 years we still have not won. This year he vowed that he will win the "winner" sign in his front yard...so help him!

The day after Thanksgiving he was busy hanging lights, I was in the kitchen with my Mother-in-law when all of a sudden we heard a massive crash. As we came running out the door, we saw all the other guys coming running towards my house too. In that moment, I thought that my husband might have killed himself trying to win a silly light decorating contest.

When I came outside he was laying on the ground and said, "I think something might have broken, but I have to get back up and finish stapling that strand to the house." I put my foot down and said, "No!" Yet he climbed right back up on the ladder and started stapling again.

The next morning he was sore and in a lot of pain, and yet out decorating again. The entire decorating process on the house took him 4 days total.


The neighborhood is gearing up for the voting this week. My husband is getting nervous that he still might not have enough lights because the guy down the street added music to his lights. The kids and I wanted to surprise him by getting a couple of more decorations hopefully to seal the deal for him!

We headed to Sears to see if they had any unique decorations. All the neighbors go to the local home improvement store, and let's face it, they all have the same decorations. As the kids came down the escalator at Sears, they screamed and ran into the holiday decorations area of the store.

We hit the jackpot! Sears had unique decorations that nobody on the street has. We found the coolest Disney items to add a personal touch to our decorations. While shopping, we needed to think about where we would be able to fit more decorations of the house.

The kids picked out the coolest Disney carousel that actually spins around! It was regularly priced at $199, and we were able to get it for only $99. We also found the cutest matching Mickey and Minnie statues to greet our guests by the front door.

We ran home as fast as we could to get the decorations set-up before Daddy came home. We had to move some things around, and the final result was amazing. We will keep you updated in a couple of days on whether my husband achieves his goal of winning the neighborhood contest this year!

I was compensated for this post as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All my photos, thoughts and opinions are of my own. #searsrealcheer #cbias

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