Christmas Eve, Eve

It’s Christmas Eve, Eve and we are feeling all the Christmas vibes! The boys are so excited that we have only two more sleeps and Santa will arrive. We plan on staying as busy as we can to make the time go by, but I am soaking up all the magic. I love the anticipation of seeing the kiddos little faces light up on Christmas morning, but will be so sad once it’s time to put all the pretty lights away as Jordan calls them.

I love fresh greenery during Christmas and it makes the house smell so good. We don’t get a real tree so substituting a real wreath does the trick.

We are going to make homemade chicken noodle soup and lounge around watching Christmas movies, making crafts, and yummy treats for the rest of the afternoon.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas Eve, Eve!

Holiday Books

The kiddos love updating their bookshelves as the seasons and Holidays change. It gives us a chance to read books that we may have forgotten about and keeps us in the spirit of the current Holiday. Christmas books are my favorite. There is nothing better than grabbing a few books, snuggling by the Christmas tree, drinking hot chocolate and reading! Here are the books that are currently on our shelves.

Top Ledge – Book 1 / Book 2 / Book 3

Bottom Ledge – Book 1 / Book 2

On Christmas Eve we love to read ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and we will be adding The Christmas Story this year. I love making such special traditions and memories with the kiddos using just a few classic books.

What are some of your favorite Christmas books?

Weekend Overview

We had the best weekend. We lounged in our pajamas, baked sugar cookies, and watched Holiday movies. The boys decorated their gingerbread house on Friday evening and they did such a fantastic job. They definitely used some great teamwork. Jonathan’s favorite part was tasting the icing.

Saturday morning we wasted no time and jumped right into baking sugar cookies. Baking and eating homemade cookies will always be one of my favorite things about the Holidays. We used my Grandma Joyce’s sugar cookie recipe and the boys loved frosting the cookies.

Sunday morning consisted of more lounging and eating cookies! We needed all the rest today as Jonathan has such a busy week at school before he has three weeks off for Winter Break.

Also, baby Jasmine is 5 months old today.

I hope you had a great weekend!

Dashing through the week!!

So thankful it’s Friday! The weekdays are filled with chores, school work, to-do lists, and it seems like not enough time to just cozy up by the Christmas tree. However, this weekend we will be doing plenty of that. I love to do our grocery shopping for the next week on Friday’s so that we can spend as much time with one another doing things we enjoy opposed to running errands.

We plan on making sugar cookies. Lots of sugar cookies! The boys will build a gingerbread house together. Jordan’s new favorite word is teamwork so I am hoping he can apply it while working with his older brother 😉 (not holding my breath though) and all while listening to Christmas music.

Another way to get me motivated and ready for the weekend is a beautiful Holiday smell throughout our home. I made this stovetop scent while putting groceries away and prepping for the weekend. It’s so easy just add water, cranberries, sliced oranges, and whole cloves (I would have added cinnamon sticks, but didn’t have any on hand). Put on the stove on a low heat and your entire home will smell delicious! You can add what ingredients you prefer and I’m sure Pinterest has a ton of great recipes as well.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and if you try any stovetop scents I would love to hear what you liked best!

Holiday Cheer

The Holidays are such a joyous time of the year. I get very nostalgic at this time, but quickly snap out of it with the busyness of Jonathan’s school, Holiday shopping, and the daily needs of my family. The kiddos have been so excited for Christmas and all of the fun festivities. We decorated right after Thanksgiving and Jordan was the most excited. He says every morning “I love Christmas momma!” He loves to stare at the Christmas tree and thinks it’s so pretty.

Our Elf on the Shelf, Max returned as well. The Boys were so excited to see him again. They run down each morning to see where he has moved. Jonathan insists we can NOT touch him or else he will lose his magic. I love all the traditions that we get to start and look forward to year after year. Our December to do list consists of Holiday baking (sugar cookies and possibly fudge), driving around to look at Christmas lights in our neighborhood, building gingerbread houses, watching all the classic Holiday movies, and just enjoying each other’s company while surrounding our Christmas Tree.

I would love to hear what fun festive activities you do with your kiddos.

Thanksgiving 2017

I love Thanksgiving! We had a great time with loved ones, ate way to much, and reflected on all of our wonderful blessings. My mother and Grandma always come up and spend a few days with us. My mother and I split the cooking. We try to prep and make the pies the day before Thanksgiving so that the cooking will be a tad less Thanksgiving Day.

I always look forward to spending the day in the kitchen with my mother while we tag team the kiddos and my Grandmother. We have a traditional Thanksgiving meal (turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato pie, peas, cranberry sauce), however I tried a new side dish (black rice and butternut squash, recipe called for acorn squash, but I used butternut). Overall, the new side dish was a pleasant addition to our menu, but next time I would plan to use more of the ingredients and less black rice.

My husband had to work Thanksgiving Day so we waited for him to get home to enjoy our wonderful meal together.

We have so much to be thankful for and so blessed to have another Thanksgiving in the books with our loved ones.

Three Indoor Activities for The Kiddos

With the weather changing and getting much colder our outside time is well limited and will be eliminated heading into the Winter months. I love, hate the cold Winter months. Having kiddos cooped in the house for days at a time can be challenging on everybody. Let’s face it toddlers and older children need the outdoors to run, play, scream, and get dirty, but at cold temperatures or wind, rain, and snow that is not doable. 

I have to constantly keep tricks up my sleeve so that we all don’t go crazy and everyone’s needs are being met to the best of my ability. Here are three indoor activities that my three and seven year old thoroughly find enjoyment in.

1. Create an indoor obstacle course. I will bring a few of the boys outdoor toys inside and incorporate indoor toys to set up the course. Our items include a tunnel, floor shapes from a game, balloons, small trampoline, cones, and a little basketball hoop. If you don’t have these items you can get creative and improvise by substituting or use toys that you all ready have. These are just toys that we have on hand. You can time the kiddos to see if they can improve their time which keeps it challenging and will tire them out (which is the entire point of the obstacle course). 

2. Hide and Seek. My kiddos LOVE playing hide and seek and especially if I join in. We make rules like we can only hide in certain rooms so it makes it not so challenging and no one goes to far. We will play several times per day and the kiddos never get tired of this classic game. It also gives the little ones the opportunity to practice their counting to 5 or 10 which is a win!

3. Create a treasure map or mystery hunt. I haven’t quite mastered this one, but can see huge potential here. I recently created a treasure map giving the boys several clues before finding the big treasure. My seven year old will read the map and include his brother along the way. If you have kiddos who are to young to read you might try creating a map with pictures that they recognize for the clues and help them along the way to finding the treasure. I plan to create more elaborate maps in the future and making the hunt a bit longer since the boys were seeking more clues once they found the treasure. For example, I would write and hide a few treasures ( we used toy rocks from the boys campfire set) along the way, some clues had the “treasure” and some did not. Ex: You will need to check the car station to see if any hidden treasure awaits. You can be as creative as you desire which makes this game have tons of possibilities. My boys liked it and even created a treasure hunt for me to find which is another great way for them to be creative with their writing and drawing.

I would love to hear what indoor activities you do with your kiddos during the long Winter months. 

Jordan’s 3rd Birthday

Our sweet Jordan turned three recently. We just celebrated at home and loved every minute! He kept reminding us that his Birthday was coming up a few days before his actual Birthday. He is the sweetest boy! He loves to play with his big brother and watch his baby sister do tummy time. 

His favorite food is corn. His favorite color is green. His favorite movie is Boss Baby. His favorite toys to play with are his cars, Toy Story toys, and train set. 

He says throughout the day, “Mom, I love you too much.” It is the best and I don’t ever want him or that love to EVER change. He is the best big brother to his little sister. He is very protective of her. When she cries he says, “Mom, crying baby!” It makes me laugh each time. He adores and wants to do everything his big brother does. They love to play with each other and with that comes the arguing, making up, ripping toys from each  other’s  hands, and loving one another to pieces! 

We love you to pieces Jordan!!! I hope all your wishes and dreams always come true!

Halloween 2017 AKA Halloween 7.0! 

Halloween this year was so much fun and exhausting! Jonathan was a swamp zombie, Jordan was Iron Man, and baby Jasmine was a pumpkin. This year was our 7th year of putting on a Haunted house. The theme was a Butcher Shop, however we also, had decorations throughout our entire front and backyard. Basically, every inch was covered in Halloween. My husband did an amazing job and completes all the work by himself. I help when I can, but he is the driving force! He really out does it and the kiddos and I appreciate all of his efforts! 

I took the kiddos out Trick-or-Treating while my husband ran the show at home. The boys had a great time. Jonathan was leading the way while Jordan was trying to keep up! Jordan kept saying, “Best Halloween Ever!” 

Below are pictures from the Butcher Shop/ Halloween 7.0!!!

Below pictures are from our front and backyard! 

We will now be cleaning up Halloween 7.0 until Thanksgiving!! Have a great week. 

Heading Into the Weekend like Boo-yah!!! 

We have been enjoying all the October Vibes and especially the beautiful weather we have been having here lately. We are on our final push before Halloween to get everything set up for our Haunted House. We also will be celebrating our sweet Jordan’s 3rd Birthday. We are just having a party at the house this year, but he will wake up to a few balloons Jonathan and I hung up after he went to sleep. Jonathan insisted on throwing streamers on the balloons 😉 

The boys had a great afternoon gathering leaves in our backyard and jumping and throwing them around. It truly is magical to hear children laugh and play! It’s the little things that I hope my kiddos will always enjoy! 

We will be celebrating, decorating, and enjoying the last few days of October this weekend. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!