Monday, January 16, 2017

Christmas 2016

Before we get too far into the new year I wanted to recap our Christmas. This was probably my most favorite Christmas yet. The kids were so excited for all their gifts and most importantly they were grateful which is something we've really worked on.

On Christmas Eve Eve we made our cookies for Santa. I used the Betty Cracker sugar cookie mix in a bag where you add butter and eggs. It worked perfectly and the cookies held their shape.

So many choices.

We celebrate with J's side of the family on Christmas Eve which started with lunch and presents at his mom's house.

I just adore them.


Later that evening we went to J's aunt's house to celebrate with his aunt and uncle, grandma, and cousins.

It was pretty late once we made the hour drive home, but after the kids put the milk and cookies out for Santa, mommy and daddy had to finish getting everything set up. 

Ben was up first on Christmas morning and he could not wait to wake up brother and daddy. 

My favorite present was this family portrait Ben made at school and both J and I got a little teary-eyed looking at it.

The Aftermath

After breakfast and playing with presents, we went over to my parent's house for a late lunch and to celebrate with them and my sister and her family. If you're keeping count this was number 4. 

Merry Christmas!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday, Friday

I can't remember the last time I did a Friday post and man it feels good to be back. I'm linking up with ChristinaAmanda, & Karli to bring you my 5 things this week.

It was 74 degrees here on Wednesday and today we have all sorts of winter storm warnings as heavy ice is headed our way. I can't say I'm all that sad about it since the schools are closed tomorrow, my work is closed, and I'm stocked up on groceries and wine for the next several days. 

While I may not have even up wine as part of my New Year Resolutions, I did vow to be more conscious about what I'm eating and that includes cutting out soda. I've never been a huge soda drinker but I do love me some Dr. Pepper and over the holidays I definitely drank way too much of it. I haven't had any soda (or caffeine) in January, but I did stop and get a refresher from Starbucks the other morning and the little bit of caffeine in it was glorious.

I took both boys to the dentist on Tuesday morning. I thought I was being smart taking them at the same time but it sure made for a long morning. Ben was too cool to want a picture, but he did so great. The hygienist even remarked about how well he's been brushing which is huge because it used to be such a struggle to get him to do it. Jack on the other hand pretty much hated the whole experience except for the prizes at the end. And a shout out to Ms. Carla who was amazing. 

I didn't talk about our New Years Eve on the blog, but we had a fun and low key night. We went to a new restaurant in town with another couple and then met up with some others at a distillery for a drink. We played Headbands and made it until the ball dropped before heading home. 

I made this easy quiche recipe last night and while it takes a while to bake, it's pretty simple to throw together. Who said you can't have quiche for dinner?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and stay safe if ice is coming your way.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Easy & Soft 2 Ingredient Play-doh

When I first heard that there was a play-doh recipe with only 2 ingredients I was skeptical that it would actually work, but I'm here to tell you it's the real deal. And this is the softest play-doh you will ever touch. And because of the ingredients it smells heavenly too. 

What You'll Need:
-Hair Conditioner 

What to Do:
-Mix 1 cup cornstarch with 1/2 cup hair conditioner. If you want to make a bigger batch it's 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part conditioner. 

No need for the fancy conditioner, the cheap stuff will do.

The only bad part about this recipe is that you might find yourself playing with it and neglecting things like making dinner because it's so.darn.soft. 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekend Recap

This was one of those really great weekends. Although time seemed to fly by Saturday, it seemed to slowly pass on Sunday which allowed me check almost everything off my to-do list and still have some down time to sneak in several episodes of Gilmore Girls. I even got the boys' backpacks packed for school and everything ready to go for the morning which was one of my New Years Resolutions.

Since the new season started on Netflix I decided to go back and watch them from the beginning since I'd only seen a few episodes here and there. With 7 seasons and 22 episodes each season it's taken me a couple weeks, but I'm almost done with Season 7 which means I can start the new ones!

New Years Eve weekend we finally painted the main living areas in our house and it wasn't until we got almost completely done we noticed the color was less greige (grey/beige) and way more mint green. Through tears, J and I agreed to repaint it and tried out a few samples before choosing our trusty Sherwin William's Mindful Grey. We finished all but a few spots on the wall up the stairs and it feels so good to be done.

Mint green.

Mindful Grey on the right. If you saw my Instastory from yesterday, you can see the new color in the background. I'm completely obsessed and can't wait to finally decorate my newly painted walls. 

My parents kept the boys on Saturday so we could finish painting and once we were done J and I decided last minute to go to our favorite steak place for dinner to celebrate a huge work accomplish for him. The food was amazing as usual and it was nice to get out of our paint clothes and enjoy a meal out.

Sunday morning the boys came back home and I was able to clean and get our house back in order without them destroying everything behind me which is a miracle. Anyone else love vacuum lines in their carpet. It's weird the amount of joy they bring me. 

The boys both crashed early Sunday night and I got this post cranked out and a few others for the week before watching several a few more episodes of Gilmore Girls before heading to bed.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to tackle this week.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A New Year {2017}

Happy New Year! I took lots of time off from blogging in December and it was a nice break, but I'm glad to be back. I love the start of a new year. The excitement of another 365 days to live, do, and be anything is awaiting us. Last year I chose JOY as my word that I wanted to represent the upcoming year. This year I'm choosing the word EMBRACE. People, chaos, things not in my control, the peace that comes with saying no, and new experiences. I'm choosing to embrace life, whatever it may bring.

And because my list loving self also needs specific resolutions, here they are.

one. Travel. Near, far, and everywhere in between. Especially just with our little family of four.
two. Build up our savings. Last year we paid off a lot of our student loans and this year I want to focus on our savings account. And even retirement. Who am I?
three. More one-on-one/family time with the boys. Real time, not them playing and me doing laundry or cleaning. Really focusing on them and giving them my full attention.
four. Take an anniversary trip in May.
five. Finish decorating our house. We'll have been here two years in May so it's about time.
six. Be more conscious about my food choices and increase my work outs.
seven. Daily time with the Word and doing bible stories with the boys.
eight. Continue to set a budget each month and stick to it. This includes cooking more at home and eating out way less.
nine. Be more on top of all things cleaning/organizing. Morning time can be rough, so having everything organized and ready to go the night before really helps.
ten. Blog more regularly. I love that blogging allows me to look back on what was happening in our lives.
eleven. Continue dating my husband. Last year we saw more movies than we have in the past 5 years combined. I want to continue to take time for just the two of us whether at home or going out somewhere.
twelve. Teach the boys to give back and help out around the house more.
thirteen. Figure out a great night time skincare routine because my face ain't getting any younger.
fourteen. Check in on these resolutions every month and post updates on how it's going.

Did you make any resolutions for the new year?