Better Late then never {Christmas 2013}

Right after Christmas we jetted to Oregon, and I left all my pictures behind. This week I’ve been playing catch up and I finally got a post together of our 2013 Christmas. It was a special day spent blending families, creating new traditions, and focusing on the reason for the season. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…

IMG_4017 Candy Cane Lane






IMG_4044cake pops for breakfast 


my dad just adores her 
someone was on Santa’s good list

IMG_4057 the boys setting up the trampoline… this picture gives me deja vu of when I was a kid. 

IMG_4067her beautiful mimi


The Christmas decor is down and I am ready to bring on Valentines Day. Life is most exciting when there is a holiday to celebrate.

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For me, the days leading up to Christmas are always spent caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping. I’ll have you know I finished ALL my shopping yesterday with 3 days to spare. It’s a record you guys. Hallelujah. Certainly I’ll be back for more…I never know how to be DONE when it comes to gift buying.

IMG_3873how beautiful is my momma? 



We are winding things down for a week of rest. In the past week, we’ve crammed in all things Christmas. Holiday sing alongs and Polar Express parties at preschool, cookie baking and way too many sweets, shopping, visits to Santa, gingerbread house building, time with family, and reflection.


One of my favorite traditions… a Wintersteen Farms wreath straight from Oregon. Your senses will thank you.




We are packing up and headed north to Oregon right after Christmas for a winter wonderland. Landyn’s first vacation will be in the books. A road trip to Oregon with a four year old. I must be getting brave.

Christmas is near.

I’m swooning over these festive numbers over at Groopdealz. They would both be a gorgeous addition to your holiday ensemble.

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Hot Apple Pie Holiday Cocktail

IMG_3923 Every holiday season, my mom makes this apple cider cocktail for family and friends. It’s one of my favorites and always reminds me of the fall and winter months. It’s super easy and a great warm drink to entertain holiday guests with. I love staying up on Christmas eve by the tree and sipping on one of these. The ski slopes make awesome ones too.


Hot Apple Pie Cocktail

(recipe per drink)

warm apple cider (5 oz…Trader Joe’s sells it by the gallon)

Tuaca liquor (1 oz)

Top with whipped cream and cinnamon sugar.

I added marshmallows and red sugar sprinkles for a festive look.


What’s your favorite holiday drink?

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Christmas Spam

Good lord are we cramming in the holiday activities. With one more weekend before Christmas, we are busy spreading holiday cheer. I have yet to send out our holiday cards and I’m no where near finished with my Christmas shopping… but I will get there.


We attended the most magical Christmas party this past weekend filled with Dickens carolers, caroling in the back of a flat bed truck, high school choir performances, Santa, and picturesque decor. Landyn was in absolute heaven. This was the epitome of the Christmas spirt and it felt good to share it with my little family.







Growing up, my parents always made Christmas a magical time for my sister and I. When I think back on the days leading up to Christmas and Christmas morning, I am flooded with happy memories. I can still hear the music boxes on my mom’s snow globes and smell the gingerbread ornaments I made in first grade that adorned the tree. I vision the wreath I made out of a coat hanger and plastic bags that my mom proudly hung in the house. I remember “A very special Christmas” playing on our record player in the background. Record players were a tad before my time, but my mom always broke it out during Christmas time. I remember my momma’s breakfast casserole every Christmas morning. I remember the butterflies on Christmas Eve and waking up way before dawn.
I also remember when my parents split when I was in second grade, and how it felt to share my time. Splitting holidays and spending the day driving from house to house. I would always wake up Christmas morning to the excitement of new toys, and I had to leave them all behind half way through the day to go see my Dad. I remember missing my mom and feeling guilty for leaving her behind. It’s these harder feelings that has me sensitive to Landyn’s situation and paving the path a tiny bit different. I’ve been in her shoes and my heart aches for her. So I do what I do best, I protect her.

IMG_3858Landyn’s leg warmers: Ooh La Leggies 


I’m sure I’ll be back with some more Christmas spam before the season is over. I hope you are all healthy and well.



Leaving you with some Groopdealz picks I am all over…




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