Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I can't resist.

My poor blog has taken a back seat for a while. And, I'm not promising that I'll be posting daily, but I just can't resist sharing some Holiday cheer. This time of year always seems to leave me feeling sentimental, and that usually leads me to write up a little blog post.

I've been waiting for this winter magic to overcome our house all. year. long.
I am SUCH a Christmas nut. I really can't get enough of it. And as much as I look forward to it, and count down the days to it (Heck, I'm usually tempted to buy myself one of those chocolate advent calendars, along with the kids! But maybe a nice one...like a Lindor one. Because let's face it, the chocolates from the cheap ones taste like cardboard. Delicious as a kid, of course, but as an adult? I guess I've become a bit of a chocolate snob.)...I also try so hard to stretch out each festive day as long as I possibly can, sucking every last drop of holiday goodness out of it. I start to panic when we get into the single digits on our calendars (No, I don't actually have one. But I should.), because that means we're that much closer to it being over. No more excuses to wear red and white striped socks, to light up the house with twinkle lights, and the soft sounds of "O holy Night" dancing through the kitchen. No more wrapping gifts every night, around midnight, once all the hustle and bustle has settled down. It's just all over in a flash, and it's back to reality, and back to the top of the (yearly) countdown, until Christmas.

I'm going to miss it.

But this year...this year is going to take the cake for the best Christmas EVER. I can feel it.
Jaxson is at the perfect age. I keep telling him about Christmas - explaining how he'll wake up to a mountain of presents (Yep, a mountain. Mama went a little over board on the shopping. Just a little.), and a stocking full of goodies. And his eyes light up, but I don't think he can truly grasp it. Until Christmas morning - it's going to be magic. I can't wait to see his big, blue eyes light up as he realizes Santa ate all his cookies, and drank his milk....and left a see of red and white packages under the tree. I can't freaking WAIT!

This month has been full of holiday parties. We enjoyed a scrumptious dinner out, for Trevor's company Holiday Party...I hosted a cookie exchange with a group of wonderful mamas...and this past weekend, we hosted my side of the family for our annual Christmas Bash. I think it was the best one yet.

We ate lots of good food, and sampled all sorts of wine.

We exchanged a few gifts (including these awesome "Morphsuits" we gave to my nephews - they were a big hit.).

My family snuggled my babies, and made them feel extra special, and extremely loved.

We played some Christmas themed, "Minute to Win it" games. (What a blast...seriously recommend for every holiday party. We had some really great laughs!)

 (The object is to swing a red pom pom, attached to a string, onto your vaseline covered nose, using only your mouth. Even funnier when you use sparkly pom poms that don't actually stick to your nose.)
 (Junk in the trunk! Attach a kleenex box to your back, with 12 jingle bells in it, and try to shake them all out. Hilarious.)
And, we had a fun little "Photo Booth"!

It was just bliss. And, it even snowed a tiny bit. Just enough to dust the roof tops, and give the trees a little sparkle. Holiday magic, baby...we're sucking out every last drop.

This week we'll be building gingerbread houses, wrapping up the last of the wrapping (witty, I know), and having little friends over for a Pizza and Polar Express Party. It's the last week to indulge in all things Christmas, and we're going all out!

I want to wish all of my friends and family a Wonderful Christmas, and nothing but good things to come in the new year - lots of love and laughter, because that's what life is all about.
Merry Christmas. xoxo

Sunday, October 16, 2011

{ Thankful }

Last weekend, we celebrated Thanksgiving, and boy do I have so much to be thankful for. The feelings are actually overwhelming, when I sit back and look at my life, and realize just how blessed I am.

I'm so thankful for my husband. The man who provides us with all the best in life, and works hard to do it. The man who cleans like it's nobody's business, and has been known to bust a move or burst into song while doing so, cracking me up every single time. The man who has given me our beautiful children, and continues to grow each and every day as a father and role model. The man I call my best friend.
(Disclaimer: Don't get me wrong. This is the same man who passes gas at the most inappropriate times, the man who knows how to push all my buttons, and the man who spits all over the mirror somehow every single time he brushes his teeth. He's not perfect, but I couldn't imagine my life without him, and that's what makes him perfect for me.)

My children - how do I even express that gratitude I have, for having the absolutely priceless privilege of being there mama? I look at them every day, and wonder how I got so lucky. I'm thankful for bedtime snuggles, for the way Jaxson says "I lu-you so much mama", for the way Novelle looks into my eyes with deep admiration as she nurses peacefully in my lap, for the constant laughs I share with Cheyna. I'm thankful for the lessons they teach me each and every day - lessons of patience, kindness, understanding, and love. I'm thankful for the way the have this uncanny ability to mold me into a better person than I ever knew I was capable of being. I'm thankful for every moment spent with them, and never take it for granted.

I'm thankful for the constant display of love and support displayed by our wonderful family and friends. In the past month or so, we have had non stop dinner parties, play dates, and other gatherings with loved ones. And, each time we end one of those magical days, I go to bed feeling deeply satisfied, and blessed. Blessed to know such wonderful people, and blessed to be part of such an amazing family.

I'm thankful for hot coffee on these cool mornings, for a cozy fireplace to snuggle up to, for the fall aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg that fill our home.

I'm thankful for our health.

I'm thankful for the food on our table, and the roof over our heads.

I'm thankful for more this year, than I have ever been in my life.
I feel truly blessed, and completely content with our beautiful life. And I wish you, my friends, this kind of love and happiness, each and every day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday Ten

First of all, a big hello to all my new followers from the Blog Hop!!! Thank you all for joining.

After my little Thanksgiving hiatus, away from the computer, I am feeling renewed and refreshed! I had such a fabulous time with my family. Once I get the photos uploaded, I can share it with you!

But for now, it's time for the Tuesday Ten roundup, again! I have to admit, this is usually my favourite post of the week. It gives me an excuse to sit on Pinterest for a good while!
This week I decided to share with you, some of my favourite fall fashions! Pinterest is fantastic if you're looking for some style inspiration. The possibilities are endless!

1. One of the best things about fall is sweaters! And this combination of grey and red can carry you right into the winter months.
2. The next best thing about fall fashion? Boots!

3. And, you've gotta love the scarves!

4. I love the little, hidden bird detail on this bag.


5. The Burberry scarf says it all.

6. Stripes always make me happy :)

7. I'm normally not one for leather jackets, but this is just cute all around!

8. This zebra print/orange combo is awesome.

9. I never feel like I can pull off a hat like this, but it really is adorable.

10. Hehe, I love how even the drink coordinates with this last outfit.
Now, are you itching to do some fall shopping? I sure am!

I'm linking up this week, with Miss Mommy's Tuesday Ten! Go on over, and check it out!

Wishing you all a fantastic week!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

{Blog Hop}

Some bloggy mamas that I have been following have started a monthly "Blog Hop". Basically, a bunch of bloggy's link up, we visit each one, commenting on posts, following each other, etc. Being that I am brand new to blogging, I thought this was a fantastic idea - all aboard!

Hop on over to Miss Mommy's blog to check out the blog hop, yourself.

For those of you visiting my blog for the first time, Welcome!! Have a look around for some tasty recipes, and fun ideas. Like I said, I've only been blogging regularly for about a month now, but I have so many great ideas in store, so please come back often! Feel free to leave some comment love, and check out My Facebook Page, and "Like It". Once I reach 100 "Likes" I have a super awesome giveaway in store - I am so excited about it!

Happy Thursday! I'll be back later with a delicious recipe for Banana Oat Muffins, and hopefully with another fall craft I am working on.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pumpkins Galore!

Festive spirit is high in this house, as we gear up for Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving falls super early this year, and I love it! It means we get to deck the porch with pumpkins, and make rustic leaf accents to display on the dining table for almost a whole month - all the way to Halloween!

Last night, the kids were tired and cranky, but I refused to let it dampen the fun I had planned. I got them all sugared up on chocolate, to recharge their batteries, and we ventured on a little jaunt to the grocery store to find the perfect pumpkin (or 6). I know, I know, the pumpkin patch would have been way cooler, but we already have a trip planned a couple weeks from now, and I want pumpkins right then and there. So to the grocery store we went.

Then, we bought more chocolate. Yep, the sugar high doesn't last long, before the next sugar crash comes! Bad mama, I know. But this week I have been cutting Jaxson's nap out. It's been an off and on battle for a couple months now, and I finally decided to just bite the bullet and do it. The kid was napping 3+ hours per day, and then staying up until all hours of the night. It just wasn't working anymore.
So, it just means lots of snacks throughout the day, to keep him happy and keep him going, until 7:00 rolls around and I can put him to bed.

They had lots of fun decorating the porch and garden with pumpkins, corn, and cutesy scarecrows. And then we just chilled on the front lawn for a while, because it was a beautiful fall evening.

(This picture is classic - this is her "I'm trying so hard to sit up" pose.)

This weekend holds a promise of lots of fun, laughter, and good food. We'll be heading to Rockton for their Annual Fall Fair, to eat some tasty fall treats and test out our favorite rides, then we'll have a full house for a delicious Thanksgiving feast, followed by an annual family gathering on Monday, that we like to call the Turkey Bowl. Football, hot chocolate, and pastries all around! Makin' memories, baby...I can't wait!

Happy Hump Day!
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