Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Never say this word to a guest.



I loved this article  about the one word you should Never say to a guest in your home,
I am guilty! I am so very guilty. I do it all the time.

The article made me think...
...I am being ungrateful when I point out the negatives in my house.

Jeff works hard...
1. So we can live in our home.
2. Fixing up and taking care of our home.

What kind of a thank you am I giving him if I complain?

When I focus on the things that aren't finished or are messy or need to be fixed or painted...
...I lose sight of what I have!
There are people in this world who would give anything to have a house half the size of mine!
Unpainted upstairs trim and all! ;)







{Brother selfie...I love it.}



This little fluff-ball turned 2 months old on Sunday. ^^^
He follows me with his eyes. He smiles at us. He giggles. He's way too much fun.

...We baked M&M cookies today.
..Frankie slept most of the day....it's his favorite activity.
....My kids wrapped a few of their Christmas gifts.
..Two more days and MY SISTER IS COMING FOR A VISIT!!!!! I can't wait.

I love you December.
XxOo

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Christmas Masquerade Ball.












My sister Stephanie put on a Christmas Masquerade Ball.

Puffy, fancy, twirly dresses.
Fabulous food.
Glowing candles.
Dances from the 1700's.
The decorating was beautiful, elegant and very festive....
..a red velvet couch for sitting and tall candles and sparkly Christmas lights glowing everywhere.

This was an adult/young adult only party.
However...No baby sitter + family connections = Sam and my girls being able to attend.
{at the last minute} The girls think it may have been the best night ever.







Today we officially start our annual three week Christmas break.
We will resume school after the New Year.

To celebrate...we are cleaning out closets this afternoon and organizing clothing.
"Yay!!!" the children all exclaimed in unison when I told them of my Monday plan.

Hope your week is off to a great start.
XxOo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We call him....



....Frankers
...Frankie Doodle
......Little Guy
..Peanut
...Peanut Butter
.....Pumpkin
..Pumpkin Shnitzel
.....Baby
...Babykins
.....Punkinini
...Dollypop
......Frankie Baby
..Cutie
.....Cutie Pie
...Cutie Pumpkin
...Love Muffin
..Scrunch Muffin
.....Muffin Baby

He may never know his real name.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Wait...How much are those jeans?


My little guy and I went shopping this weekend.
He needed a pair of shoes/slippers...I needed a pair of jeans.

Fact:
The longer you walk around Nordstrom, the more you become desensitized.
I realized this when I found myself standing in a dressing room facing the mirror wearing
a {very comfortable and near perfect fitting} pair of $288.00 jeans.

The  pretty lady that worked at the store told me I would love them. I did!
She said they were premium denim. They were!
She brought a bottle of water to my dressing room...
....along with a pretty sweater and a cardigan to try on with the fancy jeans I now wanted.

"So, how did they work out?" she asked.

How did they work out?
Hmmm...How did they work out?
It depends how you look at it. Actually it's more like...it depends on who's looking at it.

Jeff's face flashed before my eyes...Did I want to Live or Die? Live. or Die?
Another flash...it was the kid's hungry little faces....Groceries or Jeans?
And then there was that whole conscience thing.

Soooo.....I chose life and went to Trader Joe's Saturday evening.  :)






We've been decking our halls.
I absolutely love this time of year!
These next couple weeks are devoted to celebrating this blessed and wonderful season.

Hope your week is off to a good start!
XxOo

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Finding "The One" in the dark.



1. If you leave the house at {almost} dusk ,
you will cut your Christmas tree down in the dark.
A record year for the amount of time it took to find one. Ha!









2. He's a really good dad.
3. Admiring his big brother.
4&5. Browsing around the little shop at the tree farm.
6. "No way!"

Happy Tuesday.
XxOo

Monday, November 24, 2014

One of my favorite weeks.

{Photo credit for the above ^^^ goes to my lovely sister Caitlin}

It's Monday.
It's snowing...three inches so far snowing.
It's windy...35 mph wind gust windy.


Our house is warm and cozy...
....baby sleeping peacefully in his swing.

.....boys laughing and doing who knows what in the basement, I don't think I want to know.
I hear the keyboard, I hear talking, I hear things moving around. It's loud{ish}.


...the girls and I are making Thanksgiving place cards in the dining room.
{we're using a Martha Stewart glue pen and Orange Sorbet Glitter..
because in my opinion...there's no point in using glitter if it's not Martha's glitter.
seriously.it's the best. and a bottle lasts forever and ever and ever.} 




{this photo ^^^also on my camera from my dear sister...
now I want coffee and the NY Times....even though I don't read the NY Times}


{Can a baby be overloved? If the answer is yes...then this baby most definitely is.}


This is one of my favorite weeks of the year.
I love, love, LOVE this week and the weekend that follows.

This week we get ready for Thanksgiving.
Things run smoothly because we do what I wrote here. 

Thanksgiving. {we are hosting for the 11th year in a row...we love it}
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!
Friday morning shopping.
Cutting down our Christmas tree!
My awesome husband's birthday.
Decking our halls.
Watching our first Christmas movie of the season.
Implementing the "Christmas Music Only" rule!..although sometimes I break that one.

and my favorite part?...Jeff is usually around all weekend.




{said with a heavy Chicago/Italian accent...."Hey, Don't look at me. I have mittens on." ^^^}

Hope your week is off to a great start.
Happy Monday.
XxOo

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

When Hockey Fails. Plan B.

Can we get a group shot?

Take 1....

Take 2....


....and Take 3.


Plan B...B for Bowling.
We had plans for a Sunday night hockey game...all of us pictured.
A mix up with the tickets...my sister in law's grand idea...a fabulous Groupon found...
....Bowling it was!


Cousins.


Like everyone else in the country...we have snow. Already.
Actually..it is snowing right now. Just flurries. Again.
...and the temperature? 14 degrees. -3 with the windchill.
Don't worry though...it's going to warm up to 18 tonight...and we have a high of 24 tomorrow.
Heatwave in November!

I'm about ready to break my "No Christmas movies before Thanksgiving rule".
So far I've {sort of} been strong. Does "Little Women" count?




{Sammy took pictures out the window early Sunday morning before church. ^^^}
The kids are elated for snow. My children want to live where it's cold year round. Crazy kids!


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I actually wrote all of the above on Monday. It's been sitting on my screen since then.
Life is a little crazy in our house. Good crazy. But crazy nonetheless.

Last week I was pretty sick. If you're a nursing mom, I have some information here you may be interested in. If you are a man...you probably wouldn't be interested in the link, so don't bother. ;)

This week I feel so much better.
We're catching up on things around the house. Laundry.School....all the good stuff.

Hope you're having a good week.
XxOo