Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Lot of Chrismas Cheer

Our Christmas celebration:

We were supposed to leave on Friday afternoon and make it to Grinnell by later in the evening. Maybe even in time to swing by Casey's and get the taco pizza. Not a pizza, the pizza.
But things don't go as planned. Especially in the midwest in the winter.
So we postponed our drive for 12 hours and spent an extra night at home, which meant an unexpected morning at home that we spent having our own small Christmas. It was still pitch black outside but that just makes the lights on the tree shine a little brighter.
Santa brought Charlotte a play kitchen this year. Bright and shiny she found it under the tree waiting to be fully stocked.

Over the hill, through the snow, to Oma's house we go. And for dinner? The taco pizza. We love coming home.

Oma does Christmas up right. She even talked Santa into making another stop at her house: A vintage doll bed was waiting under the tree for her....with a new blanket for her babies. Pure joy watching her light up as she turned the corner to Oma's living room. The tree, the presents, messy hair, pajamas, all of it was perfect. Even the small tantrum Charlotte threw for who-knows-what.

Later in the day we went to Grandma Faye's house to celebrate with her and Julie. More family, a fantastic dinner, and happiness. We're blessed.

As for our other gifts, we were overloaded with generosity from family and friends. Thank you to everyone. Please give me a 6 month leeway to get you a thank-you. I'm prompt like that.

Lastly - the aprons below were a gift from Oma. Charlotte and Dada have matching ones as well....sassy tiger ones. Rrrrrr. They're adorable; the picture doesn't do them justice. I'm trying to talk Oma into selling them on Etsy. So cute!! Who doesn't want one?

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe Christmas full of love and laughter.
I'm feeling particularly blessed as I take a look around our house tonight. A husband cuddled up next to me on the couch as we watch one of our favorite holiday movies, a dog snoring beside us, and a happy, healthy, and very tuckered out little girl sound asleep. We have a good life. For this I am thankful beyond words.

Our cards this year:

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Preparations

This is a magical time of year.
The lights, the decorations, the pull to "believe" in Santa, in reindeer, in everything.

We've spent the last couple of weeks preparing for Christmas. We've wrapped presents, baked cookies, and spent almost as much time taking ornaments off the tree as we spent putting them on (ahem, thanks to someone)
We've even stayed up late to watch Frosty the Snowman.
We're ready. Bring it on Santa.

Speaking of, Santa was visiting Lincoln Park during the zoo lights festival last week so we made sure to stop by and say hello. Charlotte wasn't thrilled, but she made a quick recovery once the big guy was out of eye shot. We turned the corner and she immediately told us how she sat in santa's lap.....and cried. And if you ask her she'll imitate exactly how she cried, scrunched up face and all.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thinking About Good Things

Not yet ready to talk about the tragedy that happened in Connecticut today.

After tucking Charlotte in tonight and before crying more than a few tears for all of those families that should be doing the same tonight but cant, I spent a few minutes downloading some pics we took last weekend. Originally taken for Christmas cards but we went another direction.

Trying to focus on the good tonight. So much bad out there and I'm not ready to wrap my mind around it. Instead I'll wrap my arms around my little girl and thank every single star in the sky that I can.

Thoughts and prayers to so many people tonight.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas

The universe vs. Me. I'm still winning but by a little less tonight.
I just spent a very well intentioned hour, an HOUR, looking for my phone. An hour that was earmarked for a glass of wine, scissors, a roll of wrapping paper, and some incredibly perfect bakers twine.
I found it lying in the street next to the drivers side door.
I think the universe is being kind to me because as I turn it over and press the button it lights up - it's alive, and working. I come back inside and that's when I see the giant crack.
So now I'm waiting for the Mister to get home so I can tell him that he needs to replace my screen for the second time in a month. Is it too late to call in a Christmas gift from Santa?

In other news it's starting to look a lot like Christmas around here. Stockings have been hung, there are presents under the tree, Charlotte even has a mini tree in her room that she gets to add an ornament to each night. My heart is smiling as I look at these pictures....the perfect cure for a broken screen. And a host of other things.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Seattle Part 2

While in Seattle we spent one of our beautiful (rainy) mornings downtown at the market. The place is outstanding. We did the the touristy stuff. Watched flying fish, put gum on that sonastywecouldbarelyhandleit wall, ate a piroshky while simultaneously wishing we had ordered more than one, and ate donuts....more than one.

Putting some pics in of one of our many flights. 10 hours of flying to be exact. We had a few secret weapons but the best by far were our ipad and a homeade wallet for Charlotte. One that we stashed a ton of fake cards, stickers, etc in - an idea from Oma. Thanks Oma!