Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Honorable Mention

Like I said yesterday, we didn't win.

Here's our house:

And here was the winner:

Of course, they spent twelve hours on their decorations to our one.

The kids didn't seem to mind. We got an honorable mention certificate, which they liked:
The tree's slightly smaller than last year's monster. This one's only 7'3" tall. However. we did manage to stuff 100 more lights on it than last year, but we only put 50' of garland on.

The rest of the dynamics are similar.

The rest of the living room is similarly-themed:

Yeah, i got some Santas. Wanna make something of it?

And, of course, we also have a corner devoted to the special that was so bad it went past crappy and ened up on the other side of classic:
I've been told I have more than a passing resemblence to Yukon Cornelius. And yes, Sam the snowman has a rather unfortunately-placed stain. That's part of his charm.

There's some presents under the tree now. Lt. Trouble's gifts have arrived, so I put them under the tree, causing STBEW no small amount of consternation.

Screw it. It's my house, and my Christmas.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like your house much better.

and i LOVE that you have all those rankin-bass toys. takes me back to my childhood...

10:50 PM  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

Okay. Your house looks nice. Your neighbour's house is the stuff my nightmares are made of. How do they sleep at night and I'm glad I'm not paying their hydro bill grinchy grinchy bitch grinch.

Honestly your house is tastefully done.

Now I have to go back and look for the elf who really wants to be a dentisssssst!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Herbie's foot is visible on the right side. the two Yukon Corneliuses* are off-camera on the left. I tried to shield the flash from the mirror that's directly above the table, so it falls off pretty dramatically on that side.



11:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy that you have the water pistol that squirts jelly.

I thought that blow up polar bear in your neighbor's yard was some giant Christmas hamster.

11:46 PM  
Blogger Madame X said...

*looks left and spies the Halloween decorations still out. Looks right and sees huge piles of laundry*

How do you do it?
How do you manage a home and a job and kids and have a house that looks so festive and neat?

Good for you!

7:17 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

sfchick: the best part is that he turns the power off during the day, and it looks like a giant vinyl garbage bag's lying in his garden.

x: we all have skills. i can decorate my house. you look great in your underwear. it's all perspective.


9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Less is more as they say. I like your house better than the winner's.

We watched Rudolf the other night and I never realized how gay the wannabe dentist is. Not that there's anything wrong with that...

Why does STBEW have a problem with the presents under the tree?

9:11 AM  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

That's right, Yankee, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be a dentisssssst!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Madame X said...

Nice spin on that one!
I'll tell that to my Ma next time she comes to visit and complains that my house is untidy!

"But MA! I look good in my underwear!"

10:30 AM  
Blogger Timmy said...

I think you should have won. You house was simple and elegant. The other one looked like Christmas puked on it.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like your christmas stuff. i am trying to be more christmas this year after avoiding it for many years (i never got christmas right either...)

thanks for the inspiration


why is the STBEW itchy about the gifts being under the tree?

11:30 AM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

timmy, ya made me laugh.

my pleasure, cad. STBEW's viewpoint is that the only time presents should be under the tree is christmas morning.

to me, that's a waste of some perfectly good wrapping paper. certainly, some should wait until Christmas morning, but hell, the tree looks nekkid without it.


12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what??? i've never heard of waiting until christmas morning to put any gifts under the tree.

i mean, the gifts from santa can wait until then... but no gifts at all?

that's just not right.

2:02 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

thats another thing. she told our daughter that there's no santa. she did it one day while she was watching them without consulting me, or even letting me know she was planning on doing it.

she wasn't ready for that bit of information.


3:54 PM  
Blogger Heidi the Hick said...

We always had presents under the tree the whole time. Where's the fun?

Hey I need to ask-- where are those multi- tentacled home made ornaments? Did you give them to Puddle? (Yeah I did some reading on the Pirate family backstory!)

4:25 PM  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Oh--you mean Leatherhead and Kang or Krang...the fanged, snarling, salmon-colored, multi-tentacled, evil brain-thing? I didn't see them this year. I never did track down the fanged, snarling, salmon-colored, multi-tentacled, evil brain-thing last year, and it didn't turn up in the move, and if Leatherhead was in the box, I didn't see it, and the kids didn't put it up. At least, not anywhere where I've seen it yet. This is the first year I've let them do most of the decorating.


5:11 PM  

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