Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesdays : Christmas Home Tour


Today I am linking up with Andrea to share our home at Christmas time. Just for fun you can see our 2013 decorations HERE. This year we kept it pretty low key. We have a lot going on RIGHT after the new year so we decided it was best to not go crazy this year. LOL!


The past few years we have used a real tree! We love everything about using a real tree...the hunt, the smell, the clean up/no storage...;) The only downfall is I can never get the star to be strait. *insert angry face here 


We have used these red, gold, and silver ornaments for a few years now. I have changed the ribbon and garland up but mostly it stays the same. Mark and I both have so many ornaments from when we were kids and from our wedding. I am looking forward to putting up a tree with just those next year as well as a "pretty" tree too! ;) We do put 1 ornament on the tree each year though...


"Every life leaves something beautiful behind."
My mom gets Wyatt and Sloane a new ornament each year. It's something we did growing up and it's so fun that she carries it on with her grandchildren as well. She gave us this ornament our first Christmas after Wyatt and Ryder were born. It's so special to us. 

I usually put all the past Santa pictures on the shelves where the stockings hang but like I said earlier...this was part of "lowing low" this year. 


lights, Christmas movies, snuggles = PERFECT! 


I loved the little red truck before it was cool to like it. ;) LOL!!! I have this little display set up in the kitchen. I found this fun chalkboard tree at Target but I didn't know what to write on it...Wyatt took care of that for me. *perfect* 


Christmas movies are on repeat around our house so I make sure they are easily found...and we love us some themed Lego's for sure!! 


The decor has plants and then a candle in the middle- Bath and Body 'Tis the Season...my current favorite. 

Wyatt and Sloane both have their own tree in their rooms as well. I don't touch them....it's their tree to decorate...


That finishes up the Christmas Home Tour 2016. If you were here in person just know there would have been some great Holiday Radio playing on Pandora as you walked through. Merry Christmas friends! 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas favorites

Christmas is coming and don't get me wrong I am totally soaking up every second of Fall that I can...but not many things get me as excited as Christmas mail. I absolutely LOVE going to the mailbox a throughout the month of December. Sending Christmas cards is probably one of my top 5 favorite things to do as an adult. Looking back it was the #1 thing I posted about in one of my Friday Favorites in 2015. I know, that's so cheesy but it's true. Every year I search EVERYWHERE for the perfect card to mail along with our yearly family letter. - 2015  2013 2012 2011 Preparing Christmas cards isn't something I dread...I totally look forward to it! No matter how hard I search I always come back to Tiny Prints. The quality is always top notch and there are so many choices. I have already started looking for this years perfect card...here are 2 few of my favorites:



So many people say they don't have time to send Christmas cards. I usually just smile and nod...it's just like anything else. You only MAKE time for the things you want to do...it's that easy. I enjoy sending out Christmas cheer to our family and friends we don't get to see often. Tiny Prints is super easy and quick. The website is super user friendly too! 

Wyatt and Sloane love getting the mail as much as I do...each evening we sit down together and open all the cards. Something else we started when Wyatt was younger was praying for each family that sent us a card. It's just a special way to incorporate all your friends and family into prayer time during such a special season. 

We display the cards from past years with our Christmas decorations. We save each years card on a ring for us to flip through. Christmas cards is a fun way to watch our friends grow!! 

What about you? Do you have a favorite part of Christmas prep too? 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Let's Chat- Christmas Traditions


I already had my Meal Plan Monday post ready for yesterday so I decided it would be OK to be a little late to the monthly chit chat "let's talk." This month is sharing some of our favorite Christmas Traditions. I linked up with Erika and Andrea to share some of my favorite traditions...

Christmas Tree Hunting

It's only been a few years but we started picking out a real Christmas tree each year. I posted about our 2015 tree HERE. We go and pick one out as a family the weekend after Thanksgiving. It has become one of my favorite traditions we do each year.

Decorating 

I love taking pictures of us decorating for Christmas each year. I love watch the kids grow and even how much our decorations change from year to year. Wyatt and Sloane both LOVE to help decorate! 

Send and receive Christmas Cards

I have mentioned it before but sending Christmas cards is one of my favorite traditions! We also have a special thing we do when we receive the cards...during dinner we pray over the family/s of the cards we get that day. I think December is the ONLY time I like to check the mailbox. Ha ha! 

Wild Lights

Mark and I started going to Wild Lights at the STL Zoo in 2006~~ I can't believe it's been that long. ;) He actually proposed there during this event. #inserthearteyes Over time it has become a family traditions with his family...


Visiting Santa 

I am totally the mom that makes their kid sit on Santa's lap. Every year growing up my mom would take us and my cousin to the mall to see Santa. I still love looking at those pictures from all the years past. I have loved looking back at Wyatt's and Sloane's as well! 

Schumey Christmas

Kelley and I have been friends since Kindergarten. It's such a blessing that our families are so close! When we started having kids we decided instead of exchanging gifts we would always do something fun together! One year we painted plates, spent a day together, and last year we took a carriage ride to see lights. We haven't set our plans for this year but I am already super excited!! 

We have so many more fun Christmas traditions but those are a few of my favorites!! 


I am looking forward to an awesome holiday season!!! 



Monday, November 28, 2016

Meal Plan Monday

Phew...Thanksgiving has come and gone...goodness it was GREAT! Time well spent with loved ones for us. *PERFECT* I tried to plan ahead and set my meals early last week. I decided what we would have, made my lists, but just didn't shop. I did that yesterday. ;) I am so excited for our menu for the next 2 weeks. Just like last Meal Plan Monday I used mostly recipes from Mix and Match Mama's cookbook.



Tuesday: Pesto Meatballs
Thursday: marinade chicken
Friday: Breakfast

Monday: Taco Salad
Wednesday: Breakfast
Friday: OUT TO EAT (Mama's day off) 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Up Wednesday



I am linking up with Shay, Schaeffer, and Mel to share my answers to these fun questions. What's Up Wednesday is only once a month so it's neat to see how the answers change from month to month. 

What we are eating this week:
I posted about my Monday meal plans HERE

What I am reminiscing about:
Last years Thanksgiving pictures...we are having them taken again this Thanksgiving and it was so much fun!! 

What I am loving:
This holiday season!! Wyatt and Sloane are at such fun ages and I am doing my best to soak up every moment with them! 

What we have been up to:
Lately Wyatt has had quite a few different things going on at school. (Thanksgiving Feast, Library volunteer, parties, projects, dress up/down themed days etc. ) I have been trying to stay on top of all that which is super fun for me but does take up time. I have also been baking A LOT for The Royal Dozen as well. 

What I am dreading:
As odd as it sounds I am not really looking forward to 2016 coming to an end. I love fresh starts and this isn't usually my personality but for some reason I am just not ready...;( 

What I am working on:
The Royal Dozen Christmas cookie set...Yummy!! 

What I am excited about:
This holiday season!!! Last year we were enjoying Christmas time and preparing for our big trip to CA!!! I can't help but just get super excited this time of year. 

What I am watching/reading:
Thanks to my mom I had this awesome book waiting in my mailbox on release day!!!

What I am listening to:
Christmas music...duh!!! 

What I am wearing:
I am wearing lots of leggings and over sized sweaters...;) 

What I am doing this weekend:
PUTTING UP CHRISTMAS!!!!!! 

What I am looking forward to next month:
Christmas Day and all the fun events and traditions that lead up to it...


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Want, Need, Wear, Read 2016 edition

Last year I linked up with Andrea and posted about 4 items on my Christmas list. You can read about it HERE. We follow the popular "Want, Need, Wear, Read" idea...In case you're unfamiliar with the idea, it's where you give gifts with the idea that one is something that the person wants, one is something that they need, one is something for them to wear and the last is something for them to read! Mark and I once again...have decided to not exchange gifts and use that money elsewhere it was  still fun to make this little list though. ;) 

Want:
This is a major big want...I know but my lap top is TERRIBLE! It's old and doesn't even work half the time. I would love to switch to a Mac since everything else we have is Apple. A girl can dream right!?!? 

Need:
This is one of the reason's Mark and I aren't buying Christmas gifts...we need a new dishwasher. Our has been on it's way out for a few months now and it finally quit. We have been hand washing dishes the past few weeks. I can't wait to get a new one in it's place!! 

Wear:

I have given up on getting a pair of Hunter boots and moved onto these...I love how I would be able to wear them with jeans AND leggings. ;) 

Read: 

I think I mentioned me enjoyed to cross stitch people. LOL! I recently had a friend teach me and it's been so fun! There is this super fun book that I would like to have...it's kinda something to read!? ;)

So, your turn! Leave a comment telling me what you want, need, wear, read.
Happy Tuesday!! 

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