Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Weekend Wear

This year, we spent Christmas day at my parent's house beginning around 10:30am after our own little family celebrated.  The day was filled with relaxing time spent with family and because of that, I decided to dress accordingly, meaning as comfy as possible.

Scarf: Gifted from India // Top: UO // Jeggings: Target // Boots: Aldo

Thankfully, for us, Christmas day is spent with only one family, making it much less stressful than it has the potential to be.  Are you really busy on Christmas day or do you have all of your family get-togethers ahead of time?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Weekend Wear

This was the weekend for holiday parties.  On this particular Saturday we had an extended family Christmas party immediately followed by a Christmas house party hosted by one of my lovely friends.  And since going out is a pretty big deal to this stay at home mama, I dolled myself up a bit.

Cardigan: Target // Dress: Gap // Leggings: Target // Boots: Aldo

Any excuse to wear a dress and heels, right?  At least that's how I view it in my book.

I can hardly believe Christmas is at the end of the week.  I still have two people to buy for, but I'm hoping that I'll find something in Chicago tomorrow.  Yep, heading off to Chicago tomorrow kidless.  Thank you mom and dad!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Tree, Meet My Two Toddlers

I'm not sure how you handle your kids in regards to your Christmas tree, if you're a parent.  So far, our tree has been tipped over once but we've been successful at being "gentle" to the tree ever since.  It may have something to do with the reenactment of the Raiders of the Lost Ark scene that happened here.  You know the one, where Harrison Ford is running from the giant stone ball?  Just insert two toddlers instead of Indiana Jones and a Christmas tree for the stone and we have ourselves a Hollywood hit.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Weekend Wear

This weekend was as laid back as a weekend can get for us.  We were home both Friday and Saturday night and had nothing planned for Saturday, except decorating the Christmas tree.  It was so low key that it almost boarded boredom.  Almost.

On Sunday we did our usual morning routine, only this time we made muffins the night before instead of going out and buying them.  Eric's favorite bakery stopped making bran muffins on Sunday morning and only offers them on Friday now.  He was very upset at this news, and when we forgot to pick some up on Friday, decided to try his hand at making them.  I couldn't try them, but he said they turned out good, although not as good as the ones he used to get.  I have now set a reminder in my phone for every Friday to pick some up for Sunday.  

For Sunday dinner, we spent afternoon at Eric's parents, celebrating his Grandma's birthday.  We were even able to face time his sister, brother and sister-in-law in California for a bit too.  It was the first time I'd used face time on my phone.  It's really nice, although a little weird holding your phone way out in front of yourself.

That evening we made a ton of nachos and watched a movie with friends.  We have missed a couple of weeks, so it was so great to see everyone again.  With the holidays, it seems like you either see your friends more or less, depending on how busy your schedules are around this time.

Do you get pretty busy around the holidays?  Do you travel to see family or do they travel to you or is no travel necessary?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Tree Hunting

The plan was to get out tree last week Saturday.  We had the whole day free.  We were going to go out for breakfast, meet up with my family, go cut down our tree and then spend the afternoon decorating.  I was going to be great, except that on that particular morning, it rained.  A lot.

So we went on Sunday instead.

We went after the boys' nap, but before we had to be at a friend's house for dinner.  And by the time we found a tree, we had to race home, switch vehicles, and zoom off to our dinner plans.  Our poor tree was left in the back of our truck.  But today, almost one week later, it's up and decorated.  And so far, the boys haven't knocked it over, which I would consider a success for two very curious toddlers.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Celebrating Adoption Day

Last week, on the one year anniversary of the boys coming home, we had our families over to celebrate.  We didn't do anything huge.  We had some cake, ordered pizza and made some Congolese food for everyone to try.  In the future, we'll give the boys something we bought them in the DRC, but we decided to wait until they were older and can understand a little better.

The boys tried the Congolese food we made.  They weren't too keen, but soup isn't the easiest thing for kids to eat anyway.   Next year, I want to try a dessert instead of having cake.

Despite the low-keyness of the evening, it was a lot of fun.  It was great to celebrate the boys with the people who love them most and those that were there the day they came home.  I still can't believe it's been a whole year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Weekend Wear

This weekend we were given a date night and on this particular day I felt a little daring.  Probably not even close to daring for some, but it was daring for me.  A while back I saw a cute skirt on Pinterest that was paired with mustard tights.  I thought it was so cute that I searched and searched for mustard tights, found them and haven't worn them once.

So this particular date night I decided to whip 'em out and hold my head up no matter what affirming or questioning looks I get.

For me, the funniest part is that we got dinner at a pizza place and went to see a movie.  So my daring outfit was seen by a waitress, and maybe a few theatre employees.  Man, I really am brave.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

When Naps Don't Exist for a Day

On Friday, somehow, the boys didn't take naps and the result was partly cute and but mostly grouchy, irritable,  frustrated and exhausted.

After a playgroup in the morning, they fell asleep on the way home.  I brought them in and straight to bed, skipping lunch.  Lunch could happen after their nap.  But they then decided they couldn't wait and got up and if wasn't gracefully either.  After a quick lunch, I put them back down, but without any success.  No napping.

In the afternoon they had a doctors appointment, which you can guess how that went.  Again, they fell asleep in the car but this time I brought them inside and set them on the couch.  They were allowed to nap for 15-20 minutes while I got dinner ready, then I woke them up.

If you're a parent, you know how the rest of the evening went and if you're not, you can imagine.  Needless to say, it was an early bedtime for the kiddos, which was very much appreciated by this mama.

Lord bless nap time, and help those who are experiencing its absence.