Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas 2014 - Happy but not so Healthy

This is going to be an honest Christmas post, not all our Christmas was wonderful full of sweet red roses and kisses cause well...

No, let me step back and say we are blessed with wonderful family and we will always live life saying family comes first and that's why we do what we do, like travel for Christmas with a 3 year old and a 10 month old.

To start... wrapping gifts, packing for 5 days away for four people, including christmas presents while trying to tidy up gifts for neighbors and finish up laundry, for me, took away from enjoying the days leading up to christmas.  When we aren't traveling I'm able to sit back more, enjoy the tree, the baking of the cookies and the reading of christmas stories... not spend the days trying to get packed and laundry done.

Regardless, we get there and all is well except its hard.  Its hard on kids to travel, not be in their own homes and be overwhelmed with lots of people and new things around.  My three old tends to be hyper and defiant when this happens which obviously adds stress to us.  Mistake number #1 ...attending church on christmas eve with a 3 year old and 10 month old.  I will never do that again, enough said. We made it through and the remainder of Christmas eve was nice with traditions like Big Daddy reading T'was the night before Christmas to the kids and daddy putting together the toys from santa. 

Christmas day was lovely, I have spent Christmas with not a lot of family around before and it doesn't feel like christmas. Hunter V was pretty overwhelmed with what was going on at first but warmed up quickly once he got into the toys. 

 Santa brought Cousin Reagan a bounce house which was a lot of fun for everyone!

And poor James (10mos) caught the stomach bug.  He was sick all Christmas day and although I throughly enjoyed the christmas day snuggles I really felt bad for him.

The next few days we spent hoping between my in-laws house and Hunter's grandparents house making the rounds to see everyone.  I'm so glad we did because again family is so important and we don't get to see them often enough but I do wish I had more time to actually spend with them...instead I'm chasing and tending to kids who are out of their element.  It's truly hard to decide between keeping our kids happy and sacrificing that to give time to those that raised us and whom we'll miss one day (our parents and grandparents).  

To top it all of saturday night Hunter V, myself and Hunter IV ALL caught the stomach bug James had.  The three of got sick all night long and Sunday we were bed ridden.  Thank goodness we were at Grami's house still because she was a life saver taking care of James and Hunter V while Hunter IV and I tried to get ourselves better to take care of kids.

We're all home now recovering and reflecting. It was a nice Christmas, the kids were spoiled rotten, Hunter and I as well.  We have some really amazing parents that we would do ANYTHING for, but traveling with kids is TOUGH especially when you throw some stomach bugs into the mix.  

Between job losses, deaths and illness its overall been a rough 2014 for our family so I am really looking forward to ringing in a NEW YEAR! Here's to a HAPPY and HEALTHY 2015!!! xoxo

Saturday, December 20, 2014

O' Christmas tree...traditions

The personalization and tradition of Christmas trees is what makes them so special. We typically go pick ours out the day after thanksgiving, set it up and then decorate it the next weekend.  I'm sure as the kids get older and become less needy we'll find the time to decorate it the same weekend :)

I'm getting off track.... One of our traditions is putting candy canes on the tree.  I said to my mom a few weekends ago, I remember every year putting candy canes on our tree growing up.  My mom's response was that's because she did it when she was little.  Her family couldn't afford ornaments so her mom would always buy a couple boxes of candy canes and they would decorate with those.  We may be able to afford ornaments now but I love sticking to the tradition and every year when we place the candy canes on the tree I think back to my mom and I's child hood where money or not there was lots of love and thats all that mattered.

Our second tradition is every year we receive a Crayola ornament from my Meme.  My Papa used to work for Crayola so they started this back in early 2000's.  I'll be honest when was in college or just out of college and receiving them, I liked them but never looked at them as sentimental items.  The years have gone by, Papa has since passed,  and the kids LOVE them so they have taken on a new special meaning.   Hunter V puts on all of the Crayola ornaments admiring each one before he places it on the tree, and if bunches them all together into the same spot, ya know what, that's okay with me!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

2014 Home Tour: Christmas decorations

I love looking back through the past years of our Christmas decorations, and I love looking at others decorations and getting ideas for the future!  Here's a little 2014 Home Tour of our Christmas decor.  If your wondering where I purchased any of our decor items its 50% chance Potterybarn and 50% chance Target.

Bowl Target / Balls Misc  


Stockings Potterybarn 

 Poinsettia Trader Joes

 Bowl Target

Vase Potterybarn / Filler Target 

 Pillows Potterybarn

 Sorry to disrupt your nap time Jake!

 I love the simplicity of these mini trees.  They were in the 3 dollar bin at Target!  Now will someone with pretty hand writing please come over and write something festive on my chalkboard?

 Potterybarn (ignore the un-fluffed tree in the background, thanks)

 Saw this little idea of displaying Christmas books in a basket on pinterest.  I give you one guess where the basket is from....   yep.  Target!

Oh wait, hey...this bowl is from Tiffanys!! heck yeah. (wedding gift) Bells are from Potterybarn though...don't worry. 
PB (I'm honestly tired of typing it out)

Sleight PB / Candles PB / Deer Target

Ok, somebody please come kid nap me and take me to home goods or west elm.  I officially have a problem not to mention am incredibly predictable and boring!  

Show me your decor you DIDN'T get from PB or Target...PLEASE! xoxo

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