I've been away for a while. My bad. Maybe this will explain a little of that.

A few nights ago while watching a video Grace Patton made over on Camp Patton (which she is awesome, go see her. And Grace if you are seeing this, my hat goes off to you). She created a snapshot video referring to the baffling question us Stay-at-Home Moms get asked, "Do you work?" And how Grace puts it, "Well, technically no. I guess not" after showing her video of her morning of "not working."

So immediately the next morning I decided to give this a shot. Surprisingly I should add this particular day was an extremely rare smooth day for us. No plans, no where to be, kids were getting along, listening, and couldn't go outside due to low temps and ice covered everything. The only thing we had going on is a cold we can't seem to shake. Which in turn made the kids just want to take it easy. Unlike today. Today is a real treat. Kids got no sleep last night. And the first 2 minutes of the day I just knew today was and still is a killer.

Before we go on. I just want to add I in no way think working parents have it easier. I know I am very blessed to be home and wouldn't trade it for anything. Matt works his tail end off and I am very grateful for that. This is just my answer to a question I get asked ALL the time, "What do you do all day?" In all honestly I can't sum that up with words, and can barely do with a 3 minute video because like mentioned above each day is different.


Quick Takes

To blog about what I'm thankful for or not, let's let Harper decide.

Nope. Okay

1. Every night the past month we have had a family of three deer come pay a visit to our backyard. Henry is convinced they are reindeer.  So we decided these are Santa's Reindeer who fly down to make sure he is being a good boy. Though, Henry is very certain that they don't fly, because they don't have wings like an airplane. "They swim Mommy." -- as I look out the window hoping an ocean magically appeared..

2. Henry finds a dead bug:
"How does a bug work?"
"Maybe it's dead."
"Silly bug, you're dead."
"BUG come here! Ugh, why won't it come?"
"Mommy can you charge it?"

3. Harper isn't doing much talking. I'm okay with that. I'm not sure how the dynamics will change the day we have two opinionated girls under one roof. The day she starts speaking what she appears to be thinking will be the day my jaw is dropping and slamming on the ground. Although I am almost certain she has been saying, "Daddy" in the midst of her babbling. She'll whine "Mum mum" when she is REALLY upset, and everyone knows Mum mum translates to cuddles.

4. When naming Henry, Matt and I joked about the fact Henry means, "Ruler of the House." That's not so funny now.

More about kids? Okay.

5. Harper has an EXTREME addiction to my hair. It's to the point it's somewhat Silence of the Lambs creepy. She will pull hair from my head, and actually drape it around her binky and store it there. Painful and odd.

"It puts the conditioner on the hair!"

6. Harper has more teeth coming in which in turn means her nose has been non stop running for weeks. We are beyond the lets grab a tissue. I have graduated to using my sleeve or anything in reaching distance for that matter.

7. Henry- "Mommy I want to see a bearded lady." - okay son, okay.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow!



Okay, if you recall yesterday when I mentioned that I like to keep the holiday spirit till after Thanksgiving. I'm  now having to eat my words loud and proud. Today, I can't help myself not to share some holiday DIY projects I've been eyeing! After all, I was just on the Polar Express two days ago, if that doesn't make anyone excited about Christmas , then I don't know what would!

The first holiday craft I am absolutely loving at the moment, and on top of my to make list is this 5 Minute Tinsel Garland Wreath by Creature Comforts. If you aren't following Ez from Creature Comforts on Pinterest, you are really missing out! I absolutely love following her!

What I get most excited about around Christmas time is the wrapping. Okay, maybe not the most excited, kids come first, but wrapping is tailing behind at am uncomfortable distance.  I will get all my shopping done in what seems to be a few hours, but when it comes to wrapping, I will spends DAYS on. And often times the money I put into wrapping will cost more than what I'm actually giving (oops!)  So when I come across a free wrapping printable that is also cute, I'm all about it. These gift tags are from Jones Design Company, and they are so generous to offer it to everyone!

I've never been into Advent Calendars. Usually every year I don't think of it till mid December. This year it's definitely something I want to do, especially since Henry understands and is excited for it. I think it's something he would really enjoy. I came across this antler advent calendar by  a merry mishap (amm) that is so simple and perfect!

On Sally J Shim's blog she makes this adorable Christmas Banner out of card stock, with hanging snowflakes. I have a big 'ol window in mind to do something similar to!
enough said.
I'm just kidding. But seriously who needs Christmas cookies (okay, I lie, I need Christmas cookies). But this forest cake just screams Christmas to me. It would definitely be a fun twist on a new kind of Christmas dessert.
What holiday projects do you have planned?



Let's start off with saying, we respect the turkey. The anticipation of being face deep in a plate of cranberry sauce with a side of goodness is overwhelming at the moment. Any holiday that's sole purpose is to eat till you're in a coma while grandparents' entertain the children is my kind of day. We have always been pretty dang on loyal to keeping the "tis the season spirit" till the Sunday after Turkey Day. Rather or not that's our way [read: my way] to respect the holiday and all it's devouring traditions that go along, or just being lazy, not my call. However, this past weekend we decided to live on the edge. This may have been the craziest Matt and I have gotten since Baby Fest 2011; a party Matt's cousins' put on in order to get all the babies together... wild night.
We boarded the Polar Express with the big guy himself followed by some Christmas shopping (say what!?). Afterwards, Matt and I took naps and I watched some late night Antique Road Show till 3am. We're awesome like that.
When given the opportunity to ride on an antique train that dated back to the 1920's as a treat from my Parents, all of us (and I'm talking about my pretty rad family) jump on board, literally. Who could pass up the experience of a train ride consisting of story telling, candy, cookies, hot cocoa, bells, carols, elves, and some one-on-one time with Santa. I would have done this the week before Easter.  Not to mention, part of the proceeds went to our local Children's Hospital. Win, win and win.
Prepare for the photo overload. It's my thing. Trust me, I still held back and did a lot of editing out photos. It was a Mommy with a camera dream event.
The two love birds themselves, my parents, who made all this possible.
While waiting for the Polar Express to pull up, We drank some hot cocoa, ate some cookies and snapped some photos at the photo props. Harper did a lot of wondering around and exploring, while Henry did what he always does, stayed close to us and glued to our legs.
All Aboard! Henry who loves anything that has wheels and an engine was super excited. He was in his element and glued to the window, unresponsive. We gave him his moment to take it all in.
On our way to the "North Pole" we listened to the story, Polar Express. While Volunteers walked around showing all the kids pictures in the book. (below is my adorable nephew Jackson, "Jacksey")
The Conductor came around, Henry was more excited about seeing him than the Big Guy himself.
All the kiddos got some chocolate. Harper being Harper making a beautiful mess of herself.
Santa showed up! And all his Elves passed out "believe bells" from the story, while Santa made his rounds. It was so cute seeing all the kids shake their bells to see if theirs jingled.
Then the whole car joined along in singing Christmas Carols. My niece, Anabella, participated with holding up the sign during the song, "Twelve Days of Christmas."
Henry has never been a fan of people singing.
Okay, the next moment is one I am excited. I will never forget this and I am so proud of my little guy. In past years, I've always had the child who screamed Bloody Mary at the faintest presence of Santa. All week though, he has been practicing over and over what he was going to tell Santa. When Santa first appeared, Henry hid his head. Nearing the end of the trip there was some warming up, and courage built up to tell Santa that he has been a good boy, and asked for a yellow car for Christmas. I am over the moon that my sister-on-law got this photo! After three years of waiting, I finally got my Santa photo! And this was a HUGE milestone for my sensitive guy.
Bye Santa!



Today I had well intended to do one of those fun photo every hour post (similar to pink pistachio to name one), and I did really good!!!.. for two hours. Then  life in the form of an unpredictable 3 year old happened.
It went something like this.
8:00 am
Guess who woke who up to today.

Breakfast with TVsitter.

So far so good. This I can do.

Harper playing nicely. Building something magical and brilliant.

Henry looks sweet and innocent doesn't he? During further inspection I realized there was a slip and slide on our bathroom floor and he had been scrubbing the sink with Daddy's toothbrush.

So then, we had to change his wet clothes. He wanted pajamas on, because that's the obvious thing to wear during the day. Actually, this was really cute. Tomorrow we are going on the Polar Express which is pj attire, so he's just really excited and getting an early start for the train ride.
He then decided turn into a terrorist (and I say this with certainty. Age three is AWESOME. but fun at the same time odd?) because the shirt he wanted to wear was too big (it wasn't it fit him). So we switch it up with a shirt in the same size.. that he was okay with? I don't try to understand. 

All was calm... for the moment.
10:00 am
We called Santa.
Followed by Henry wanting to vacuum the floor (Harper too). His idea, not mine. Thank You Santa.

Anyway. Have a happy rest of the day...

Or don't...
I'll never know.
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