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From the Desk of Clearissa Coward’s Command Center – Sending Merry Christmas Wishes and Happy New Year Cheers

Well Command Center friends and family, we have made it through our first year in blog land and what a year it has been for the Command Center. Thanks to you, the Command Center was noticed and has grown in the genres of organization, DIY and upcycling throughout the year. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with other bloggers and I have connected with some awesome and talented people on this journey. Do know I could not have done any of this without you.

There were days I felt discouraged and wondered why I was doing this at all. There were other days I could not stop my little fingers from hitting the keyboard and sharing with you, my latest organization tip or tip on the how’s and why’s of hiring a virtual assistant.  It has been a roller coaster ride but I would not have missed it for the world.

So as we end one saga and enter another, I wanted to pause and offer a heartfelt Thank You to all of the Command Center followers. You have been loyal and remained interested in what I had to share and without you, my journey would not have been possible. You are appreciated!

I will be slowing down now to spend time with my family, rejuvenate and plan in order to bring you interesting projects, topics and organization tips in 2016. I am looking forward to an even better year with you next year. I wish you all a Merry Christmas filled with joy, laughter, love  and of course, organization and that your new year will be prosperous and filled with all the things your heart desires.

Although this is probably my last post for 2015, look for me to return with a bang for 2016. If you have any ideas or subjects you would like to see broached in the blog during the coming year, please, please share them because this is “Our” blog and I want it to be relevant to your needs as well.

In the meantime, I have included some photos of the sights of my family’s Christmas preparation. We are not fancy, but we do enjoy a cozy and warm environment.

Take care and have a very Merry Christmas.

Avery's Christmas Ornament PM

Avery picked out his very own ornament at the mall this year. We didn’t do a baby’s first Christmas like we did for my granddaughter. Not sure why. Now on to the house. 🙂

Room with a View

Room with a View

My view from the dining room. I used these same bows on my light post and all of my outside wreaths as well as on a vase in my entry. 

Dining Table 2 PM

Table set for an informal Christmas brunch.

Dining Table 3 with Console PM

Another view of the dining room.

Dining Table 4 PM

Looking into the living room from the dining room.

Dining Table in Soft Light

Dining Table in soft light.

Christmas Tree with packages 2 PM

This year I ordered a large role of brown wrapping paper from Amazon. It was inexpensive and  I love the look. The colorful and versatile bows make the difference. I wish the picture showed more of them. The only thing I would do differently is to use invisible tape. Note to self and we will discuss how we can use this roll of paper throughout the year saving on wrapping paper for all occasions.

Bears and Garland on the Stairs PM

Christmas bears stand guard over the stairs. I wish the lighting was better. The entry is very pretty at night.

Schrunk

Another view of the living room. More bears stand watch and Mr. & Mrs. Santas are tucked away here and there through out the downstairs area.

Tree Full

I had help decorating the tree this year. My three year old grandson had a blast and he made me promise not to move the ones he placed. Thus, all of the little ornaments hanging around the bottom of the tree, but I couldn’t bring myself to move them. 🙂

Avery and Santa PM

And finally my little buddy and Santa. The line was so long at the mall that hubs and I decided not to stand there for an hour or more to see Santa. So we visited another shopping area and there he was, just sitting outside a store…Santa. There were no lines and all we had to do was make a donation to the Animal Shelter. A win win situation. And the look on Avery’s face was priceless to me. That’s the face that makes all of the extra work worth while. I hope you and your loved ones have an amazing Christmas and New Year holiday.

From the Command Center and my Family