Posts Tagged ‘holidays’


Happy Fourth! Thank you to all those who make this country a place I am proud to call home. May our freedoms always endure. Here is a little red, white and blue. Smiling together, miracles do happen!

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My Happy Heart

I am not a huge Valentine Day kinda gal. With kids however I find myself falling into gift buying and craft making obsessions come any holiday. This year the girls received some valentine trinkets each with a bunch of balloons tied to a plush love. Their smiles were my gift. OH and ELLA walked…. WALKED!!!!! I cannot believe it! My Valentines…

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Happy Heart Day!

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A Michigan Christmas Morning


Her big gift Chaucer the dog

Garbage is more fun than toys

Sure mom I will smile for the camera!

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There is something so magical about Christmas tree lights. I wish it were acceptable to get a new tree every month of the year so that every night I could sit peacefully in the glow with a hot cup of tea.

Of course there is no more magical night than Christmas eve and I snuck down right after Santa must have left to snap these pictures! One year I will catch him! Here is my parents tree Herbert in his Christmas Eve glory!

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My house + 7 Preschoolers + 3 Toddlers + 2 babies + 7 adults = crazy fun!

My house has never felt so small but what a blast!  I love my mommy friends and love that preschool has introduced me to even more wonderful ladies!  Not to mention a wonderful sweet group of kids!!  This was a total group effort and I say major success!

even milton wanted part of the action

first cookie!

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(DISCLAIMER:  this was written weeks ago and I totally forgot to post it!)

7 days and we are off to Michigan
14 days until Christmas

Tis the season for cheer, joy and love! And there is no better time to have children than Christmas time! I get more excited every year. A friend posed a question on facebook asking for ideas of Christmas traditions. It was wonderful to see so many ideas and certainly sent me into the holiday spirit!

Here are  some of the traditions that I hope to make a regular part of our holiday season. Do you have family traditions what are your favorites!!??

The great tree hunt–  each year we cut down our Christmas tree at a local tree farm.  And I always name them.  Even Ava asked this year, “what is his name?” Love that she already knows that our trees have names! (**This year was the year of 2 trees; Our first tree Ferdinand made it only a week and was no more gratefully replaced my my loving husband we welcomed Sir Edger the Nobel Fir)

Advent Adventures-  I love the idea of an advent calendar.  Since we will be heading east every other year I decided to start two countdown traditions.  Years that we travel, like this year, I wrapped 18 christmas/ winter books.  One for Ava too open each night until we leave for Michigan.  It has been a big hit!  On the years we stay west we will have 24 books!  When we remain home I would also like to do an advent calendar where each day the kids open a little box. Instead of a present it will be a season related activity; get a tree, make an ornament, bake cookies etc.

Elf on a Shelf–  I was so excited to start this tradition… so far I have not followed through but I will attempt again next year.  Ava just does not seem interested.  I must share however that Ava named our elf, Tony, after Larry’s good friend.  She LOVES Tony!!!!

Christmas Eve–  The girls will open two presents.  New Christmas pajamas and a new ornament to place on the tree. We will make and leave cookies and milk for Santa and of course carrots for the reindeer!  Also love the idea of having the girls choose an old or broken toy for Santa to take back fix and make new for another little boy or girl (Thanks Sharp family for that one!)

Presents-  Each girl gets three presents and a stocking full from Santa.  Three gifts because baby Jesus got three gifts and because that is enough.  I think it is a great reminder of the purpose of Christmas and limits that urge for more.  (again I must thank the Sharp family!!!)

May you all have a wonderful holiday season!!!

Advent Book Pile

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Ava smiled, at the camera!  She LOVED her peacock costume and willingly ventured outside for pictures and a peacock dance. Could she be any cuter?

This Halloween we once again avoided the trick or treat outing.  The last thing needed here is a bag of sugary treats!  We instead hit Larry’s school carnival and the Aquarium for some Halloween fun in costume, carved a pumpkin and visited out neighbors for one special treat!  My littlest munchkin sported the same adorable pumpkin hat as Ava on her first Halloween!  We had a wonderful fun-filled weekend made even more special because Grammy was in town to share all the excitement!  And to top it off I love these pictures but the one I love most is Ava dancing with the leaf I am pretty sure I will find some wall space for that one!



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Since I have completely neglected my poor little blog I thought I would share pics from our recent trip to the pumpkin patch in honor of Halloween. It was Ava’s first school field trip and the most perfect mid day light possible. If you take away that sometimes I am a stress ball with two kids, outings and photography attempts it was a total success! Ella ate a few tablespoons of dirt but wouldn’t you do the same for these adorable pics!  (more on flickr account if you are interested!)

New Favorite!

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Happy Fathers Day!

As his Spiderman card says, “AMAZING, SPECTACULAR!”  Ava picked the perfect card, although I think it was more for her than Larry!  “Spiderman is cool” she said.  To her Larry is a superhero!  There is nothing more amazing than watching a man with his girls.  Thank you honey for being the incredible dad that you are, these are two very lucky little ladies!!!

Side note:  when Ava handed Larry his card this morning she said, “Happy Valentines Day!”  HA love it!!!

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