“Our other house was two bedrooms and one bath. We wanted to get a bigger house because we wanted to start a family. We moved in on Sept. 30 and I found out I was pregnant with A.C. on Oct. 6,” Kelly Eaton said.
The couple now have two children, 8-year-old A.C. and 4 year-old Rhett, who make use of all 2,700 square feet available to them.
“It is very lived in,” Eaton said. “It’s practical. We sit on our couches and we play in the floor. There’s not one inch that we don’t use.”
The house is also able to accomodate the family’s love of all things Christmas.
Eaton begins decorating the weekend after Halloween. Each room gets its own tree. The master bedroom is usually the only area left untouched by holiday spirit.
Years before other families fell in love with the Elf on the Shelf game, the Eatons were playing a similar game with Annalee dolls.
“We have Annalee elves that hang from our chandelier and get into all kinds of mischief,” Eaton said.
The living room, which is often given a whimsical theme, is the perfect place to display a collection of oversized Annalee dolls. A set of Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman is at least 40 years old.
This year, Eaton also expects to place candy in the fillable lamps on the fireplace.
“We are very traditional about Christmas. Although I don’t decorate exactly the same every year, there are certain things that have to be there,” Eaton said. “Our live tree is our memory tree. It has colored lights and handmade ornaments. Every year, Kyle says it’s his favorite tree.”
The Eaton home will be featured on The Pilot Club of Jasper’s Tour of Homes.
The annual fundraiser is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
Tickets are available from any Pilot member and are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
Proceeds from the event will go to Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI), a local therapeutic horseback riding program.