Post Christmas Decorating

I’ll be honest.  I like decorating for Christmas season , but now I am more than ready to declutter the house. The extra home decor can become overwhelming to me.  Here is what I will be doing this weekend to get our home ready for the New Year!

Declutter

I always feel that urge to organize and declutter after Christmas. This weekend I will be purging, minimizing , organizing and transitioning into winter decor.  So I will go around the house and pack up any Christmas decor that will not work for winter.  I will also donate any thing we no longer use and throw away anything broken.   Less stuff always feels good.

Removing the red berries

Red berries to me scream Christmas.  I will be replacing the red berries with green leafy stems.  If you like the farmhouse look,  magnolia stems work perfectly in the winter.

Add rustic touches

Birch candle holders can be transitioned into winter decor by removing the greenery and red berries for a more subtle look.

Keep the Cozy

Just because winter is over doesn’t mean we need to put away the cozy throws and pillows.  Winter is just starting.  Fur blankets, velvety blankets and  chunky wool  blankets are  all here to stay until Spring.

There are no rules to follow to decorate your home for winter.  It always feels so good to get the house back in order and with a few simple changes you can transform your home from Christmas  to winter decor.

We’d love to hear when you take down your Christmas decor and what you do to decorate for winter.

 

Sunday, December 29th Open House

2200 W. Rockypoint Drive Edmond

This charming updated home will be available to tour on Sunday, December 29th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Located off W. Edmond Rd (2nd St) and Santa Fe in Edmond.  From the intersection of Santa Fe and W. Edmond Rd., go west on W. Edmond Rd., then  north onto Brookfield,  west onto W. Rockypoint Dr.  You will find the open house sign in the yard.

As you approach the home you will notice the newly painted exterior.  Once inside you will find new granite counter tops, a new kitchen sink with a new faucet and freshly painted white cabinets.

The living room offers a brick fireplace, vaulted ceiling, built in bookcase, new paint and new carpet.

This home offers a split floor plan, with the master bedroom across the house from the secondary bedrooms.  The master has a huge walk in closet, new carpet, vaulted ceiling, white cabinets in the bath, tiled shower,  and new exhaust fan.

The guest bath has been freshened up with white cabinets and the secondary bedrooms both have new carpet and new white faux wood blinds.

Come by Sunday and take a tour of this home in the heart of Edmond.

If you would like to schedule a private showing you can reach Kiley at

405-410-9696 or Kim at 405-474-4774.

 

Christmas Eve Fun & Traditions

Every family celebrates Christmas Eve in their own unique way, because each family is unique and special.  Christmas Eve traditions can be sentimental or scared. Families love to reminiscence about the past and look forward to the tradition and making future memories.  It is always special to hear how newly married couples will incorporate their childhood traditions into their new family.

In our family we go to church then come home to find presents on the front porch for each family member.  In the package is new pajamas.  We then all put on our new jammies, gather around the tree and read the Christmas story from our Bible.

If you’re looking for some new ideas for your family’s Christmas Eve, one of these ideas might be worth adding to your tradition.

Make a hot cocoa bar

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Bake Christmas Cookies for Santa

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Read Christmas Stories

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Make the Reindeer Snacks

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Play Christmas board games

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Merry Christmas from all of us on The RED Team!!

Winter Break Activities

Christmas and winter break are approaching quickly! Here is a list of camps and activities to keep you and the kiddos from going stir crazy while out of school. We hope you enjoy this time with family and friends!

 

Through Jan. 5

Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6; train rides, $3. Winter Break hours: Monday – Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 – 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon – 10 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 9 p.m. except on New Year’s Eve, noon – 10 p.m.

Through Feb. 2

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) features daily public skating, private parties, and special events all winter long. $13, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. Monday-Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 7 p.m.

Dec. 19

Third Thursday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features musical performances, art activities, live entertainment and more. $12; members, free. 5 – 9 p.m.

Sounds of the Season Concert at Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30 – 9 p.m.

FREE Gingerbread Challenge at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. All ages welcome. Preregister. 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 19 – 20

Winter Mornings at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals at the education table, play games, read a holiday book and embark on a scavenger hunt in the Crystal Bridge and Children’s Garden. Then, make a cup of hot chocolate in the Garden Classroom and enjoy more holiday festivities. All ages welcome. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8 (1 free adult Crystal Bridge admission per paying child). 10 a.m. – noon.

Dec. 21

Parent Night Out at Artsy Learning Center (1215 36th Ave NW, Norman) features pizza, a movie, crafts and play time for kids. $35; $30 per sibling. 1 – 5 p.m.

Dec. 23 – Jan 3

Winter Break Camps at OKC Recreation Centers (various locations) features an assortment of activities that promote community involvement in recreation, cultural, health and family life. Daily snacks are included. For ages 6 – 15. $50. See website for times and locations.

Dec. 23, 27, 30 & 31, Jan. 2 & 3

Winter Break Theatre Day Camps at the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) offers kids a look into theater and musical theater. For kids ages 5 – 13. $45 per day. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 606-7003

Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 & 31, Jan. 2, 3 & 6

Kids Art Camps at Artsy Rose Academy (7739 W Hefner Rd) features all kinds of art fun, such as watercolor painting, drawing, mixed media and more. For ages 4-15. Please bring a sack lunch, snack and drink each day. $50 per day. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 23 – Jan. 3

Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of family-friendly activities including scavenger hunts, crafts and more. Free with admission while supplies last. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dec. 23, 27 & 30, Jan 2,3 & 6

Schools Out Day Camps at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) welcomes ages 4-11 to learn more about nature and their favorite animals. Snacks provided, but campers should bring their own lunch. Members, $40 per day; nonmembers, $45. 8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Dec. 22

Winter Solstice Walk at Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center (18154 1st St, Spiro) features a guided tour of the prehistoric Native American archaeological site to discuss the powerful Caddoans who created the mounds, how they became a very important leadership group and why some of the mounds line up to solstice and equinox sunsets. Adults, $5; kids, $3. Tours are held at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Dec. 26 – 27 & Jan. 2 – 3

Winter Break Camps at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a two-day camp exploring a variety of scientific principles. For age 4 – 6th grade. Members, $45-$90; nonmembers, $50- $100. 9 a.m. – noon & 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Christmas Break Camp at the Yukon Community Center (2200 S Holly Ave, Yukon) features e games, crafts, sports and field trips. For ages 5 – 11. Preregister. Resident, $45; nonresident, $55. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 21

Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features treats and favorite characters from The Nutcracker. $30-$35. 4 – 6 p.m.

Dec. 23, 24, 26 & 27

Winter Break Camps at Soccer City (4520 Old Farm Rd) offers kids ages 4 – 15 a chance to enhance their soccer skills. $30-$75. 9 a.m. – noon or 1 – 4 p.m. All day option available. Also held: Dec. 30 – Jan. 2. 748-3888

Dec. 23

Holly Jolly Horse Camp at Cadence Equestrian (14150 S Pine St, Edmond) features daily horse riding lessons, horsemanship skill building and more. For ages 5-15. Preregister. $100. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dec. 28

FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Be sure to bring your binoculars and dress appropriately. Each eagle watch is limited, so reservations are required. 1 p.m.

Dec. 27

Thunder Youth Basketball Hustle Camps at The Link at First Moore Baptist Church (301 NE 27th St, Moore) is designed for athletes ages 6-14 years old at all skill levels. Campers will have the opportunity to play on the court of the pros, grow in the fundamentals of the game and engage in a hands-on, team-centric environment. $65. Ages 6 – 9; 8 a.m. – noon; 10 – 14, 1 – 5 p.m.

Dec. 30 – 31 & Jan. 2 – 3

Christmas Break Volleyball Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) teaches basic techniques to help young athletes improve their volleyball skills. For ages 7 – 14. Preregister. $55. 9 – 11 a.m.

Christmas Break Art Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. For ages 6 – 12. Preregister. $55. 9 a.m. – noon.

Christmas Break Gizmos, Gadgets & Thangs Camp: Robots at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Learn to build your own robot. For ages 7 – 14. Preregister. $25. 1 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve Activities at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium (308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater) features fun family activities suited for all ages. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features games, crafts, music and more to celebrate the last noon of 2016. 11 a.m. – noon

FREE Happy Noon Year’s Activities at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, crafts and a noon-time countdown. 11 a.m. – noon.

Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown and back to Bicentennial Park. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $30-$40. 3 p.m.

Opening Night at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, comedy, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5, FREE.7 p.m. to midnight.

New Years Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features dinner in the Museum Café and views of the downtown fireworks from the rooftop at midnight. Prices vary. 7 p.m. – midnight.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features skating, party favors, door prizes and a sparkling grape juice toast and balloon drop at midnight. All age welcome. $15. 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Jan. 2 – 3

Christmas Break Basketball Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) teaches basic techniques to help young athletes improve their basketball skills. For ages 7 – 14. Preregister. $55. 9 a.m. – noon.

Extreme Animals Christmas Break Camp at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore). Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawlies and more to learn about different animal habitats. For ages 6 – 12. Preregister. $80. 9 a.m. – noon

Jan. 3 – 5

Eagle Watch at Arcadia Lake (9000 E 2nd, Edmond) features an information display at the park office and majestic eagles in their natural habitat. $3 per vehicle. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Jan. 4

FREE Fishing Day at OKC Lakes & Ponds (various locations). No city permit required, however a State license is for anyone 16 and older.

Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Dress warm and wear rubber soled shoes. Equipment provided. Preregister. For ages 10 & up. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Saturday for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features horse-related crafts including a horseshoe picture frame, storytelling and a showing of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – noon.

Jan 6

FREE First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; Kids (17 & under), FREE. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

12 Days of Christmas Books

Did you know in Iceland books are exchanged as Christmas Eve presents? After opening their presents they spend the rest of the evening in bed reading and eating chocolate!

Well, I couldn’t pick just one book to share with you, so I have narrowed it down to 12.  One book for each night for the kids to unwrap and read.  By the time Christmas Eve arrives they will have a quite a stack to read through. Each year you can  re- wrap the same books or you can add new books to your Christmas collection.

 Room for a Little One  

“The story of Jesus’ birth in that Bethlehem manager is told in this sweet tale from the perspective of the animals.”

Age Range 2-8 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Classic Seuss) by [Dr. Seuss]

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

“No Christmas season is complete without the Grinch and all of the Whos in Whoville who help him find the true meaning of Christmas.”

Age Range 5-9 

Christmas Love Letters from God 

“The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page.”

Age Range 4-8

Sam’s Christmas Wish

“Sam’s Christmas Wish is a story of love, service, and sacrifice. It is one man’s realization that Christmas is not just an event, but a spirit that can transform the lives of many.”

Age Range  8 +

 

Tale of Three Trees (Board Book)

The Tale of the Three Trees

“For those who want to stress that Jesus is the reason for the Christmas season, The Tale of Three Trees is a perfect pick.”

Age Range 3-5

 

The Gift Giver

“The book brings you the story of how Santa came to be. A wonderful way to teach my children that Santa Clause and Christmas is more than expecting the next big toy. If you are a fan of The Polar Express, and T’was the Night Before Christmas, you will love The Gift Giver.”

Age Range 4+

 

God Gave Us Christmas

“This enchanting tale provides the perfect opportunity to help young children celebrate the true meaning of Christmas and to discover how very much God loves them.”

Age Range 3-7

 

The Polar Express

“It tells the tale of one boy who is whisked away by Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.”

Age Range 4+

 

“We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them?  It tells the story of the birth of Jesus with humor and a sense of wonder and awe.”

Age Range 4+
A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree by [Monroe, Colleen]

A Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

 “An old pine tree never gets selected by families at the Christmas tree farm and all he wants is to be someone’s special tree. It is a wonderful story of acceptance, love. kindness, friendship, and JOY. “

Age Range 0-6

 

The Legend of the Candy Cane: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy by [Walburg, Lori]

“Adorable story about what’s boy dreams snowmen do to celebrate Christmas while we are sleeping.”
Age Range 3-7
 “Because Joshua couldn’t go with his friends, “he was the first to welcome Jesus into the world.” He gave Jesus an incredible comforting gift – you have to read it to found out what!”
Age Range 3-7
This tradition is super fun the kids really looking forward to opening one book each day leading up the Christmas Day!
My husband and I do not have any “little ones” at home anymore, but I have decided to start a “Christmas Book Basket”. I plan to buy 3 of each Christmas book, one to keep at our house, one for daughter’s family and  and one for our son’s future family.
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What are some of your favorite children’s Christmas books?

Weekend Open Houses in Edmond

Brenton Hills Open House Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00.
AMAZING VALUE!!!!!

$495,000

Wonderful 5 bedroom home situated on a beautiful green belt lot!

 

Swing by Fairfax Estates Sunday, December 8th, 2:00 – 4:00.

$434,777

This home is a must see! The kitchen offers freshly painted cabinets that opens to the living room with abundant natural light and a vaulted ceiling.

If you interested in these home and can not make it out to the Open House, call us!  We would love to schedule a private showing for you!

Kim Spencer 405-474-4774

Kiley Spencer Hendley 405-410-9696

Terra Spencer Myers 405-474-4242

Tips & Tricks for Guests Over the Holidays

Whether you’re hosting a couple of friends for a dinner party or your parents are coming to stay for a week, holiday cleaning is a chore that seems to sneak up on us. After many hours of Christmas shopping and office parties, the last thing on your mind is to prep your house for guests.  Here are some tips to make your life easier for when guests arrive. 

1. Try to have plenty of the necessities your guests may need (extra blankets, towels, etc.) to prevent them from having to ask.

2. Allow guests to help themselves.  For extended house guests show them where everything is and let them know they can make themselves at home.

3. Make sure you keep them in the loop (what time dinner will be ready, when you will be away from the house, etc) so they don’t feel like they are in the way of things.

4. Have some coffee ready in the mornings, or a coffee station available for your guests to make their own when they wake up.

5. Give your guests their privacy because everyone needs some alone time.

6. A little decor goes a long way. Have your Christmas decorations put out and your guests are sure to feel right at home.

And don’t forget to call The RED Team when you or someone you know is ready to buy a home or get their home SOLD! 405-474-4242 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a special time to be grateful for loving family, great friends, supportive communities, and all the gifts of life we’re all blessed to have. Thanksgiving is a day to thank God, not just a time to feel grateful while stuffing our faces with turkey. Gratitude will improve your life. It enhances our experience of life’s good things, allowing us to enjoy them more thoroughly. Gratitude always provides us with dignity, perhaps even with laughter, to survive the hard things in life. But we don’t just have to be thankful around Thanksgiving! Lets be thankful all year long!

We are truly thankful for YOU, our clients! Thanks for the support of The RED Team over the many years! We appreciate you! Now, go enjoy some time off and eat lots of yummy food!

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

As you spend this 4th Thursday of November celebrating Thanksgiving surrounded by family and friends consuming delicious food, we thought we would provide you with some fun facts to Wow your guests with.

The History Facts:

  • The Settlers of the Plymouth Colony celebrated the 1st Thanksgiving in 1621 with 50 Pilgrims, 90 Pilgrims that lasted over 3 days, and only 5 women are believed to have been present.
  • Sarah Josepha Hale, who wrote the poem “Mary Had a Little Lamb” campaigned 17 years and finally convinced President Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863.
  • President George H.W. Bush is the one who formalized the turnkey pardoning tradition in 1989. 2 turkeys are sent to the White House each year.

The Fun Fact:

  • There are towns in the U.S. named “Turkey”. Turkey, Arizona / Turkey, Louisiana Turkey, North Carolina /Turkey, Texas.
  • 1876, year the Thanksgiving football tradition began with Yale playing Princeton.
  • 1920, year the 1st NFL games were played on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The Dallas Cowboys and the Detroit Lions have played every Thanksgiving since 1966.
  • It takes 10 hours and 33 mins to burn off the average 4,500 calories the average American consumes during Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Black Friday is the busiest day of the year for plumbers.
  • Over 8,000 participants walk in the 2.65 mile route of the Macy’s Day Parade that has over 3.5 million spectators attending and over 50 million television viewers.
  • Over 32 million people begin Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving Day, with the average 5 day spending to be above $300.00.