Happy Holidays, Y’all

Dec 18, 2014 by

Before we dive head first into the next two weeks of non-stop holiday madness, I just wanted to take a second to wish all of you a wonderful end of the year and ass kicking 2015.

May your children sleep when they are supposed to, have fabulous manners, make only minor messes and embarrass you in front of your in laws only minimally. May the wine flow freely, may the hugs be abundant, may the laundry wait patiently while the hum of arguments is drowned out by joyous singing and merriment (or headphones. Whichever.) I wish you many vacation days and maybe a few winter camp days for your kids because DAMN that’s a long break.

I hope your dishwashers run smoothly and your garbage pick up comes in a timely manner. May you, your children and all your loved ones act with grace and kindness or at the very least, fake it with gusto.

May Peace Find You

Dec 18, 2014 by

hands2The holiday season may be merry, bright, chaotic, and joyful for many, but for those struggling with infertility or loss, it can be a cold and lonely time that is particularly hard to bear. I know because I’ve been there.  If you are newer to my story, my wife and I struggled with infertility for nearly two years. We both attempted to conceive, unsuccessfully, but the lengths she went to were far greater than I because of the desire she carried in her heart.  She, like many women, just assumed she’d get pregnant one day and have a child. It was a given.  I mean, why wouldn’t it be?  Women get pregnant and have babies every day.  But month after month, hope soared only to be dashed.  Worst roller coaster ride of our lives. She would eventually undergo many different procedures in our attempt to conceive including two attempts at in vitro fertilization (IVF). We walked away from it all with no baby bump and no answers.  They called it Unexplained Infertility…we just called it brokenhearted.

Thrifty Thursday: Baby it’s Cold Outside

Dec 18, 2014 by

Yes, it’s that time of year once again. Winter. Ok, so winter doesn’t officially begin for a few more days but tell that to the weather! Although I’m not a big fan of the cold weather, I do loooove scarves. Truth be told, it’s really more of an obsession. I just love finding that *perfect* scarf to complete my outfit. I can never have too many. So many prints, patterns, and colors…oh my!

This craft project combines three of my favorite things: my daughters, scarves, and my love of all things crafty and creative! Win-win people! (Confession: I was intending to make this to give as a Christmas present but decided to keep it for myself. I’ll definitely be making more to give as gifts though!)

What you’ll need:

– piece of fabric (jersey type material) cut to 60″ x 15″ or longer

– fabric paint

Lately…

Dec 17, 2014 by

It’s that time of year where things are crazy and there’s so much to do.  Seems like as good a time as any to update you on goings-on around these parts.  This post is an idea I stole from here back in the spring.

Making: the most of every day in December.  These is a special event just about every night this month.  It makes for a tiring, all be it fun, December.

Cooking: this amazing chowder for my friends last week.  It was incredible and will be repeated soon.

Reading: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger.  I’ve wanted to read it for years and it was available at the library the last time I was there so I scooped it up.

Wanting: a good night’s sleep.  Kitten’s been up in the middle of the night again and I can get her to go back but then I’m wide awake.  Makes for stellar work productivity.

The Only Thing That Matters

Dec 17, 2014 by

This past week was a tough one for me.  Both of my boys were sick.  They had horrible colds and coughs that kept them up at night, their noses turned into non-stop faucets, and the little one had an ear infection (probably for longer than he should have because I chalked up the fever to the cold.)  Oh yeah, and I was sick too, but as you know, we Mommies aren’t allowed to be sick.  So I chugged cough syrup, popped aspirins and spent the week not sleeping and covered in baby boogers.  Needless to say, it wasn’t my favorite week ever.

And then Sunday came.  December 14th.

Ways Kids are Like Drunk Elves: Part 2

Dec 17, 2014 by

A couple years ago I wrote about how having a toddler was like having a drunk elf around the house.  Now that we have two little elves around, I’m finding more ways they are similar.

First, let me begin with one Wikipedia definition of an elf:

In medieval Germanic-speaking cultures, elves seem generally to have been thought of as a group of beings with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards everyday people and capable of either helping or hindering them.

I highlighted the last few words because, you  know, perfect description of children. We all know how “helpful” they can be around the house. Especially during this time of year of baking, decorating, and all around family fun.

electric elf

Here some more ways they are alike:

Giving the Elf A Chance

Dec 17, 2014 by

I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of judging things before I try them, especially in regard to parenting. The list of things I swore off before trying include: dressing my daughter in pink and purple outfits, watching and enjoying Disney movies, and the Elf on the Shelf. My opinion of the Elf was sullied by the overwhelming number of pictures that I saw starring this relatively creepy guy on Facebook. I’m not really sure what annoyed me so much about him or the people that were posting all of those pictures, but my feelings about this popular Christmas tradition changed when my husband decided to bring him home. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t even know what the point of Elf on the Shelf was. When I discovered that it could be linked to a shift in fresh behavior, my ears perked up. We’ve been struggling with some pretty heinous pre-K shenanigans at my house and I’m kind of willing to try anything.

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