Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Home For The Holidays {Wayfair Giveaway!}

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

If I posted a picture of my house right now, I’m pretty sure Wayfair would throw me out of their Homemakers program. But since they totally understand my aspirations to one day have a catalog perfect home, they’ve kindly sponsored a post so I can at least DREAM about getting organized. 

We’re hosting a bunch of people this year, not for Christmas exactly but for Caroline’s birthday party the weekend before. Don’t ask how party planning is going, the answer is AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. But even if I’m running around like a crazy person writing a menu 12 hours before the guests show up we’ll have a house full with more company staying at hotels. No matter how behind I get, I am committed to the house being MAGICAL and FESTIVE and WELCOMING, so here’s a look at how I’m getting my home ready for the holidays.

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Linc is totally ready for the holidays with those jammies

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My Week(214) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

We played a little hooky this week. Since E is on actual non-working vacation for the first time in three years I’ve declared December the DON’T CARE month and we’re doing as many fun things as possible, even if it means skipping school. The kids are 5 and 3, I’m pretty sure they won’t be educationally handicapped for life just because they missed a few days. Especially considering last week was half-days and Evan spent them watching movies. They’re probably better off with us in Ohio, learning useful game-playing skills like Battleship and Hand & Foot.

Sunday:

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No no, no pictures please

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My extremely fancy and professional set up for Christmas card photos

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I COULD have gone to the grocery store alone, but then who would have said hello to all the lobsters??

Monday:

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The pretty sky makes this house look extra creepy

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MOMMY TAKE A PICTURE

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Magic garden of the future!! Caroline tried the parsley. Said it tastes like parsley.

Tuesday:

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Abominable snowman ring pop was an excellent choice

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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Look Ma, found my foot

Wednesday:

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Internet, meet my new baby, Laptop, meet the internet.

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5 pm teacher conference might as well be the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

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She made up a song about his feety-feet and sings it all the time

Thursday:

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Abandoned gas stations make surprisingly good places to stop on long trips

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She’s the Queen of Burgers

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“Mom, did we trash the place?” “Yes honey, you trashed the place.”

Friday:

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Teaching Evan about targets… “And that’s why Daddy works on submarines!”

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A quick wrap job so I had my hands free…

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…for the important stuff.

Saturday:

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Why yes you may go outside and play in the freezing cold if you want.

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Hello, is it me you’re looking for?

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Linc and I went for a freezing cold walk to look at lights. He lasted 2 minutes before he fell asleep – and stayed asleep – for almost 2 hours.

I can’t believe it is already the second week of December. TOO FAST TOO FAST. I need more time to do all the holiday stuff. Plus I haven’t even MAILED Caroline’s birthday invites. If I hadn’t ordered them already I’d be tempted to just make a Facebook event and send it to my entire friends list and just hope a few people show up. I can’t imaging why I feel so rushed and disorganized this year. Maybe I’m not drinking enough Diet Coke. That MUST be it.

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WELCOME HOLIDAY SEASON

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

I’m not going to lie, I am not a huge fan of Thanksgiving. I feel very meh about all the traditional food (except for pie #teampie) and if we aren’t going anywhere I end up doing A LOT of work for people who also feel very meh about the food. It ends up being much more about the tradition of making the food – being in the kitchen, letting the kids help, timing everything perfectly – than the actual food.

This was the first year I enjoyed having the kids participate in the cooking. I really WANT them to have good holiday memories of togetherness in the kitchen but sometimes I just want to pour a cup of flour without anyone dumping half of it on the floor. I am TRYING. I am allowing the floor to be flour-covered and the pie to be over-cinnamoned and my patience to be stretched thin in the hopes that they will one day face the same thing with their children and realize “Wow, my mother really loved me.”

In the spirit of accepting that the holidays don’t have to be perfect to be special, here are some photos from our Thanksgiving weekend. We went full Christmas on Black Friday – tree shopping trumps gift shopping – although I’m not happy with my current decorations. Caroline’s mermaid birthday is clashing with my previous princess/woodland fairy themes. I need a LOT more silver and pink. But in the meantime, enjoy pictures of dirty dishes instead.

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My Week(213) in iPhone Photos

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Welcome to a WHOLE NEW WORLD. This world is called “My husband is home after 4 months of being totally gone and 3+ years of being mostly absent”. We’re a full week in and definitely still adjusting, especially since not only is E back from sea he has a MONTH OFF. I’m trying to make up for the last 3 holiday seasons he mostly missed in the next 3 weeks, so the gingers might be missing a little school. Who really learns anything between Thanksgiving and Christmas anyways? They’ll have plenty of time for school during the horrible months of January, February and March.

Sunday:

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Warm enough for a casual walk to church

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What big eyes you have

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I pulled over to take a picture of a heron, but it flew away so just IMAGINE a beautiful white heron in this picture

Monday:

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SWEATER PANTS

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The first time I got him on my back for any length of time and he REALLY liked it

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Sitting in the dark editing newborn photos because that’s when it is quiet

Tuesday:

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WHY IS THIS BABY IN MY SWING????

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I took approximately 65 pictures to get ONE where she was holding still enough to be in focus

Wednesday:

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Super excited to be “helping” Caroline

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Gross, gross, gross weather

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Helping with the apple pie

Thursday:

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We ate a bunch…

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…visited some baby friends…

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…and then relaxed in our pie comas.

Friday:

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Instead of Black Friday shopping, I got my roots done. Wise choice.

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Gorgeous (COLD) day to chop down a tree

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Light Up City Hall

Saturday:

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E taught the kids SkipBo. They’re terrible.

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SANTAAAAAA!!! I KNOW HIM!

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Linc is SO DONE with his stuffy nose. Poor baby.

I think I might have actual blog posts to write this week. Although don’t get your hopes up TOO much, I also have two sessions to edit and Christmas cards/birthday invites to order. Plus finishing up a bunch of loose work ends. So…just kidding about the blogging thing. I should be able to actually sit down and write about things on my mind some time after the new year.

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Sunday, December 29th, 2013

Considering this week was Christmas, it was decidedly uneventful. I mean, BESIDES Christmas. But we spent all of the 25th (and the 26th) in pajamas eating stocking candy and being as lazy as possible. Then I got the worst pregnancy headache of my life (aren’t you glad I announced so now I can complain about it all the time???) and barely moved for 2 more days, so there you have it. Uneventful.

Sunday:

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At the casino for some shopping, donuts and examining a fake ice wolf

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Sleeping beauty

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I have eaten two of these in a week

Monday:

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Watching the zamboni

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Once she got the walker thing she did great

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5 pm. THANK GOD the days are finally getting longer again.

Tuesday:

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A Christmas cookie miracle!

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Easiest baking ever

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My favorite part of Christmas Eve

Wednesday:

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Arming my children, one gift at a time

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Presents bigger than the child herself

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Blurrily playing their new Jake and the Neverland Pirates game

Thursday:

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Christmas recovery: chugging water and watching HGTV

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Wiggly tooth. He fell on his face. The dentist said he’s going to lose it and have a hole for a long time.

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Nothing says “Happy Day After Christmas” like Taco Bell

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Two things in common: cuddles and technology

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Using his new fan to dry Caroline’s nail polish

Saturday:

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Apparently all the baby wants is fake Mexican food

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Naps for those of us with migraines/exhaustion

I had a newborn session this week (an early Christmas present not due until January!) and another session scheduled for next week, and I’m surprised to find myself excited about it. I burned out a little after the fall and hardly picked up my camera during the holidays so I’m excited to get it out again. Plus I’ve got a pregnancy post to write and a What’s for Dinner post I never finished and like 10,000 words about the Walking Dead I’d like to write but will spare you because no one cares about a show that already happened even if I only just caught up on.

I should probably also get the kids out of the house before we all go nuts, but everyone is doing that so pretty much everywhere is full of parents with the same crazy look in their eyes counting the days until school vacation ends.  I’m hoping a Target run for some storage bins and and Icees for the kids will do the trick.

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