I am taking Centsational Girl's lead and trying to accomplish all this...this week! Hubby is home all week and that helps! We are off to a great start...worked in the unfinished part of our basement and gutted it basically - Bryan put a whole wall of shelves -up and I was able to get all my dishes, silver, holiday, candles, vases and lots of other "stuff" put away - I love it I can see it and therefore I know I will use it!
We threw away a ton and packed up several boxes and bags to be donated. It feels great! Last week was all about family time, laziness and Christmas fun...now this week I want to get clean and ready for the New Year! Tomorrow we'll finish putting away the Christmas and then will tackle Bryan's office...pray for us, ha! A hard days work will be rewarded with a date night - can't wait for some time alone.
So, what are you cleaning, organizing and doing this week?
Hands down one of the best toys we have ever been given! We all love playing it together, even Christian can "build" too and they have a baby version that is soft as well. Most nights you can find at least 2 or 3 of us with our Wedgits and cocoa in front of the fire - they are just so simple and so fun...if you still have Christmas shopping to do,pick these up there are lots of sets to choose from! They can be bought online and in most higher end toy stores. Enjoy!
Look what I got as a gift today...aren't they adorable?! I got one for each child - I cannot resist any form of personalization - love it! Names, monograms on anything and everything if I had my way! Next year I would love to do a whole tree in my living room of picture ornaments, monograms, and silhouettes...not the most original idea but I am a picture fanatic so I think it would be fun!...Thanks again Jen, I LOVE them and they were too cute to add into my already very busy tree so instead they have a very prominent place worked into our mantle garland! And just a random question for you but don't you always take a hostess gift? And don't you always remember close friends at Christmas with a little goody? Don't you bake for neighbors (or something for your neighbors?!)...do you tip your mailman, housekeeper and postman? What about garbage guys...it is hard to draw a line in these categories but friends, neighbors and teachers are always remembered - I give the gal that cleans my house an extra payment or something very indulgent and usually (not always) have remembered any of the other service men/women as mentioned above - I guess I am just surprised at how many people I know that don't give gifts at all...I LOVE to give and I don't always (most of the time) have extra money to work with but to me that makes it more challenging,memorable and fun! Something small and heartfelt for sure! I think it is important to model that kind of giving for my kids too - this Season we are trying to hard to do something"good" and kind or service oriented daily...I am a little late to start but love this idea...it is the reason for the season, no?
This old station wagon is filled with presents...they are like from the 70's, old and faded but a tradition
One of four bloodhound...Cam's favorite!
brothers...and best buddies, they are never far from each other...
the reason for the season...Miss Charlotte loves a nativity!
looking, looking, running, running...
One of Santa's reindeer...just waiting for the call!
Christian thought Jesus' lamb was a 'woof, woof '...
Today we set-out to find the perfect tree...it was so much fun! It was sunny and chilly but not frigid (the snow/deep freeze are on their way)! We make the hour trek every year, usually on the weekend of Thanksgiving but we went today and instead and it was great - no lines, masses of people, etc...it made the experience more "quaint" (does that make sense?) and Christian and sidekicks could run free amongst the trees. Bryan takes the task of finding the "perfect" tree very seriously, I always snicker (or get really irritated - ha, ha...) but he never fails to spot "the one", LOVE him. Charlotte would go up and down the rows mumbling..."we must find the perfect tree - picture big arms here too)...Campbell enjoyed pulling around the tree cart and Christian just ran! The kiddos were very enamoured with the 4 bloodhounds, lamas, deer and other little critters in the petting zoo...Christian loved the "meow" the most and enjoyed chasing him all around. Charlotte would call out to the animals(as we passed by to and fro) - "love you...have fun" love you..." too cute! We ate Oreos (very special treat!) on the way and listened to Christmas Music and copious amounts of giggles (screaming and fighting too). After the tree was cut down by my manly man we headed inside for hot cocoa (another highlight for 1,2 and 3) and talked with the owners of the tree farm - great people! We came home and enjoyed white chicken chili and warm bathes. The sugarplums are nestled snug in their beds and the tree is sitting in its stand (Bryan likes to give the tree branches a night to settle)...ready for lights and then ornaments tomorrow night. I'll give everyone their special new ornament and maybe we'll watch some of "Home Alone"...and wait for our first snowfall of the year!
I LOVE this time of year!
Do you have your tree? Is it up and decorated...?!
I am a stay at home Mom to 3 precious children! I am lucky enough to be married to the kindest, cutest, sweetest man! I love to do anything creative especially scrapbooking, taking pics, baking and crafting with the kids! I love design and throwing parties (especially for my babies) I love to cook, and entertain. I love my friends, my family and my faith. I am always striving to create a lovely home-life and make memories to last a lifetime!