31 December 2014
30 December 2014
We didn't go super overboard with Mallory's Christmas gifts. We tried to keep it simple and stick to the list. Good thing we did because it took miss thang alllllllll day to open her handful of gifts. After taking a break to eat breakfast and another break to eat a cookie and FaceTime her grandparents, we threw in the towel and opened the remaining couple of gifts for her. Of course, leaving the wrapping paper and boxes to be played with. ;)
|Kyle thinks he is hysterical with his note.|
All Christmas stuff has been packed away until next year when we will be celebrating with not one but two babies! Eeeek!
I hope you had a very merry Christmas!
29 December 2014
I saw this resolution/goal guide by Lauren Conrad and really liked it! I think it is a great way to incorporate both wishes and remedies into your new year. Using her guide as my own, here are my hopes & plans for 2015...
Go on more dates with Kyle. || Looking back on 2014, I would say we went out (sans baby) mayyyybe 3 times. We can and should do better than that!
Return to a healthy weight for my body after delivering our baby boy! || My own fitness was not a priority after Mallory was born. I think that may have been a mistake. I do so much better, both physically and psychologically when I'm fit. I can find a way to balance my parenting goals with my personal fitness/health goals. (More on this after baby woody is born.)
Breastfeed our son for at least 6 months then, however long he wants to after that. || I loved breastfeeding Mallory and hope to be able to give baby woody the same start in life. Although, I'd really appreciate it if he caught on quicker than his sister did. ;)
Save more money. || Ok. That's kind of vague. Maybe I should just say "spend less money." ;) We would love to see our student loans vanish in a hurry...
Visit North Pole, AK. || Oh yeah! Why wouldn't we want to go to a tourist trap of Christmas-y goodness? I don't like any of our children would forgive us if we didn't. ;)
Clean up my diet. || This goal kind of holds hands with my "healthy weight" goal. I think if we eat out less frequently and incorporate more fruits and veggies into our diet we'd be in a good place since our choices aren't terrible to begin with. Guess I need to bone up on my cooking skills. ;)
Organize the linen closet. || I don't know that I've paid any attention to this closet since we moved in and I tossed everything in there. It's baaaad.
Own these. || Clearly I have trouble pulling the trigger on this purchase. Come spring, they are mine!
Take yoga classes again. || Yoga was something I really enjoyed pre-Mallory. I think it is possible to find an hour or two a week to sneak away to a yoga class. Right? Maybe? I hope so.
There you have it. Short, sweet and simple!
Well, I hope so anyway.
Cheers to 2015!
25 December 2014
Wishing you a very merry Christmas, from our family to yours!
Can you believe I talked Kyle into wearing an ugly Christmas sweater?! I didn't even have to! His work Christmas party this year was an ugly sweater party and he actually got super into it. This isn't even the sweater he wore to the party! The day of the party he found out his boss had the same sweater so he sent me on an emergency ugly sweater replacement mission.
We used Tiny Prints again this year for our holiday cards.
24 December 2014
Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you are all getting off work early and enjoying some serious family time. Sometimes I think Christmas Eve is more exciting than Christmas Day. All the anticipation and traditions. Mmmmm :) It's just the best day ever.
One of our family's Christmas traditions is enjoying a nice mug of glühwein. Glühwein is a German mulled wine drink that is served hot! It's absolutely delicious! Today I'm sharing my dad's glühwein recipe. Well, at least I think it's his recipe. It may just be one that he stole but has been calling his own. I'm sure we'll never know. ;)
I don't like to leave the kids (or the pregnant) out of anything festive, so I've included the kinderpunsch recipe that I've been using. Kinderpunsch is essentially the alcohol free version of glühwein. So so good!
If you try either of these recipes out, let me know. I'd love to hear how you like them!
|This is the tea I used in mine.|
23 December 2014
18 December 2014
I had a mild panic attack earlier in the season while looking through some of my favorite retailers' sweater selection. I was seeing a whole lotta the cropped sweater look and was not pleased. Long live the oversized sweaters and tunics!! (Alright fine, the cropped look is cute as long as you aren't sporting a pregnant belly.) I'm convinced that chunky sweaters look good on every body type whether you're expecting, concealing those extra holiday pounds or just dig the look. (For the record, I fall into each of those categories.)
Forever 21 has a killer selection of sweaters this year! If you have the time and patience to sift through their racks, I highly recommend it.
16 December 2014
15 December 2014
Mail our Christmas cards! I'm saying this is done even though it isn't actually happening until today. The FedEx guy delivered our order from Tiny Prints in an empty box?! A couple of hours on the phone with FedEx later, the cards were on their way to my door...again. (The box had somehow come open in Maryland but the delivery man didn't find it strange that he was lugging an open, empty box...) We have them now and they are addressed and ready to roll!
See our little boy! YES! He was just perfect. I have to say that we were quite pleased that he wasn't cooperating with the monographer, because it meant we got to look at him just a little bit longer. Doctor said everything looks great!
11 December 2014
As we started walking, I could just feel Kyle laughing. He had every right to! These trees may smell like Christmas, but they certainly didn't look like Christmas. They were all tall, skinny and sparse! We walked around for about 45 minutes before selecting the most plump tree we could find. After all of my nagging about cutting down our own Christmas tree, we sure as shit weren't going to leave empty handed!
This tree has affectionately been named "Jimmy" and is strictly being used for his aroma and ability to house a few lights. Thankfully, I had set up and decorated our artificial tree earlier in the week. We are still laughing at our Jimmy Christmas tree daily!
we Kyle loaded the tree on the car and we were heading home, he looked over at me and said "that was a lot of fun." He was absolutely right! It wasn't about finding the perfect Christmas tree, but about spending time together, having a great time, and doing something festive for Christmas. It got me thinking a lot about the amazing family traditions I had growing up, the ones Kyle and I have already created for our own family and how those will evolve as our children grow up.
Kyle and I each brought traditions into our marriage that we have and plan to continue. Our Christmas Eve activities are a perfect blend of traditions from both sides of the family. We begin the evening by eating a big dinner complete with a ham and way too many sides, then we sit around the Christmas tree and read the Christmas story from the bible. After the story, we open our Christmas Eve gift which is always crazy festive PJ's and once the kids are a little older will also include a movie or game of some kind, you know to give Santa some space to do his thing later on in the night. Everyone then goes off to change into their jammies and we all pile in the car to go look at Christmas lights while rockin' out to Christmas music. We when get home it's bed time!
At this point in our lives, that's really it. As I've mentioned before, this is the first year we are spending Christmas 100% on our own as a family and Mallory is too young to really notice or care what is going around her.
Some family traditions we look forward to carrying on :: Making reindeer food and cookies for santa. Helping the kids build a fort so they can all camp out together waiting for the big man to arrive. Drinking gluhwein together on the couch until the kids are no longer stirring so we can put together their stockings.
Some traditions we are excited to create :: Exchanging stockings together, just as a couple, on Christmas Eve after the kids are asleep. Having two Christmas trees; one for the adults and one for the kids. Maybe even cutting down our own tree! ;)
So, cheers to the most wonderful time of year with a a young family!
What are some of your family traditions?
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