And just like that December came and went and I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering how the heck we are already halfway through January? I’m feeling so behind on things…which is not unusual for me lately, but I think that’s pretty normal when you have two 3 year old’s. One of my resolutions this year is to get caught up on all my to do lists, Justin likes to remind me that you will never be all the way “caught up” because there will always be things to do, so maybe I need to focus more on being organized and doing things on schedule instead of “catching up”, either way I need to reduce stress in that area of my life. So this post may seem pretty late, and it kind of is, but in keeping in line with my resolution I’m going to spend the first part of the year posting aaaall the photos and posts I intended to do last year but never got done…starting with our month of December wrap up!
This year we got our tree earlier than usual and pulled out all our Christmas decorations right after Thanksgiving (normally we are scrambling last-minute a week or two before Christmas), I felt so on top of things! We met up with friends and took the kids to see the Reindeer at Watson’s nursery the first day of December, which is something I’ve wanted to do for the past couple years! I think the kids ended up loving playing on the hay bundles more than seeing the reindeer, but it was so fun!
One of my favorite Christmas memories growing up was getting that cardboard advent calendar from the grocery store filled with chocolates, I dunno what was so exciting about eating one of those chocolates every day, but I loved it!…and they really didn’t even taste good! Ha! I wanted to start a new tradition with my own family based around this wonderful memory, so this year I made an advent calendar on our chalk wall with a string of lights and these cute craft bags I found at Hobby Lobby. I filled some of them with activities we got to do that day, some with small toys, and some with little treats. It was so fun watching the kids run to their bag and tear it open each day.
Ev’s trying out our raw pumpkin cheesecake from Unconventional Baker, it was SO GOOD.
The night before Christmas, Stormy wanted some slippers but he doesn’t have any that fit so I let him borrow my socks, I couldn’t stop laughing at how cute he was walking around in those things! Needless to say, they are not my socks anymore!
Stormy and Ev’s got pretty sick a few days before New Years so Stormy was too exhausted and didn’t make it until midnight…which totally worked out since I was only able to find one sparkler in the drawer! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Cheers to 2017!