Monthly Archives: November 2014

And then it was Christmas

I always like waiting until after Thanksgiving to get started on Christmas decorating but it seems that between Finn’s birthday and the extra Christmas stuff at church and all the parties we need to squeeze in, if I don’t do it the weekend after Thanksgiving I’m scrambling.
So, while I was home alone with the kids while Mark was at work (working for a retailer means it was crazy busy for him this time of year), we got the house decorated. It feels so nice to have that done and now I can work on Advent and the rest of this season’s to do list with a little more of a peaceful heart. And really, not much beats seeing the excitement of the kids and hearing them squeal (and in Finn’s case scream “we have a Christmas house now!!” with such pride) or sitting next to the tree with a good book. Yep, it’s the most wonderful time of the year…

I had really good helpers. We had a few hiccups through the day and they were tired by this evening but they stuck with it all day and helped me pull stuff out, put it up and then clean up all the tubs.





Bonus: when we opened the tubs we found all kinds of things that we bought on clearance last year. I had completely forgotten about it so it was such a fun surprise. And I’m so glad we bought it last year so we could enjoy it this year. I love all of it so much.




We even did the outside but Mia thinks we need to do a bit more. Now to just convince Dad!

Excited about all that the next several weeks will bring! But right now, I’m enjoying my heated blanket, the soft glow of the tree, and a hot cup of decaf Earl Grey.


Not going to get too lengthy because it’s been a great day of doing mostly nothing and eating great food and I’m ready to enjoy a cup of tea and a book before bed. A bed that I will not be leaving before dawn to battle the crowds, by the way.

I end this day with a thankful heart. As I watched the kids laughing and running in the driveway today, I thought back to all that God has taken care of and provided to us in just the past couple of months with our transition to a new town and into school. What a bumpy road that was for a while but we saw Him guiding us all along and placing us exactly where we needed to be.

And for that we are so incredibly thankful.


What happened to Fall?

That may be a touch dramatic, but I feel like we quickly went from eating popscicles outside to almost becoming popscicles outside, with no great Autumn sandwiched in between to ease us into the bone chilling cold we feel here.

We have two “winter precipitation events” headed our way and I’m sorry, but I just can’t have Finn’s exhuberant reaction when he heard the word S-N-O-W. Maybe if I could be guaranteed to be home and not have to get out in it… I am thankful none of us are driving 30 miles to work/school. That eases stress. I’m also ecstatic that we were finally able to get the garage sorted out from the move and we can now park in there. One school morning of scraping ice off the car was enough to motivate us to kick into high gear on that front.

So living here and having Mia settled in at school (and being able to finally park in the garage), things are slowly getting into a routine and we’re finding our new normal. Even if that does mean snow in November. So wrong…

We celebrated Mark’s birthday this week, in a way only a 6 and almost 4 year old could dream up: donuts for breakfast and Chick-fil-a for dinner. They each picked their presents all by themselves: one picked a fancy disposable razor and one picked a “build-on brick” mug, basically a Lego mug that you can build all kinds of stuff out of/onto. Bet you can figure out who gave what. Ha, so match their personalities.  (Unfortunately, Mark has yet to be able to use one of his gifts – Finn calls it his Lego coffee.).  If you asked Mark, I think he would say it was all perfect.

They’re practically teenagers:


planning great celebrations


and wearing huge shoes.


What happened?

But they’re still just so fun.
We were waiting for her prescription (ear infection and respiratory stuff) and she was watching herself dance on the screen, couldn’t get any better than this blur of a picture. Yes, she is sick. Oh the wonders of ibuprofen.

Now to get some rest because they sure don’t sleep in like teenagers.