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Ending 2013

December 2013 has flown by. It’s hard to believe everything we have been through and experienced this year.

The year has been interesting but the weather seems just as interesting.

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It’s been raining, 40 degrees (& hot) and now it’s snowing.

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After much procrastination and thought I finally got my hair done right. Of course with the help of my husband. I don’t feel like it needs done anymore.

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I got a toy this year from my future brother in law, Joe. It’s a noise maker that aids you to fall a sleep. Let me tell you it definitely works.

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Sunday we went for a special day out with Emmett’s Aunt Amy & Uncle Joe. It was pretty cool sitting as a family in the back seat. 🙂

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Yesterday E & I made a trip to the local Walmart to return some wrong sized vacuum bags. While there Emmett was so well behaved I thought I had the wrong child. I think he’s growing up nicely. He did enjoy playing with my phone, he loves taking self portraits.

I’m ready for 2014 to be more organized. So for every room I have thought of a small organization idea. This shelf is for our big bathroom. With potty training quickly approaching I needed some shelves (that’s at least what I’m telling myself).

My big New Years resolution (for the the last several years) has been to be more organized. Now that we have a two year old added to the mix that goal is slightly hard to obtain. So I’ve changed it a little, I would like to be more organized than the year before.
Here’s to being more realistic as well.

Looking ahead to 2014:

+ Potty Training
+ My sister graduating college
+ Summer road trip to visit friends and many toddler friendly activities
+ Camping (A lot)
+ Expanding my crafting talents and sales
+ Possibly getting a few more cleaning clients
+ My Baby Sister turns 21 😦
+ Planning a fall Bridal Shower
+ The Wedding 🙂
+ Emmett turns 3 😦
+ Santa’s sending a magical elf to spy on Emmett

Happy New Years (Eve) Everyone.

I’m off to organize & get this tree down. (I don’t like starting the new year with Christmas decorations).

What are you looking forward to in 2014 ?

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Christmas 2013

This has been quite a blessed week. I love all the presents we got and gave 🙂 Emmett actually got some pretty cool toys, some that I’ve never seen or heard of.

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We received several ornaments this year and I wanted to share.

From top left: my Aunt Dee made Emmett this cute ornament. The pink hair dresser ornament is from my sister. The family stocking’s ornament is from my mom as well the family ornament that so needs a picture.

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The adorable personalized Santa Moose Family was from our sister-in-law. And the Christmas tree verse one is from Steven’s mom.

I love decorating the tree each year and remembering who gave us or where it came from. I especially like the homemade ones from when my sister and I were little, and can’t wait to make memories with Emmett.

Starting next year 🙂 I know I’ve said this every year since he was born but its going to be so much more fun with him next year.

I plan on making him a felt tree with gifts and ornaments to decorate and I will probably put a tree up in his room like I did last year. This year I let my life get too busy and I won’t make that mistake for my family again.

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My sister and her fiancé got Emmett a tool set to go with his little work bench he got a few months ago. He thinks its so awesome that he has a work light just like Daddy. He shows it to everyone that comes in the door.

Emmett also got enough PJ’s to live in for a month. He’s sporting his Christmas Eve gift ones (Jake the Pirate). We don’t get dressed on Christmas. 🙂

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After everyone left our house Christmas Day we relaxed as a family and watched Open Season & Open Season 2, that Santa brought the boys in their stockings. Emmett and I were playing with my phone during the previews. 🙂

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Hoping everyone had a wonderful weekend after such a great Christmas week.

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Merry Christmas

I just love Christmas and this time of year. I have picked up a few odd jobs on top of my already loaded plate so I haven’t been able to keep you updated on all things Christmas at our house.

Cooking & cleaning are on my list of favorite things so I’ve been spending a lot of time looking up new recipes for this years celebrations, shopping and prepping in the kitchen.
Today I made a great desert dish from my friend Rachel’s Blog , actually I made two. The chocolate trifle was a hit at both my husband and I’s family gatherings.

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The local Walmart didn’t have mint Oreos so I used Winter Red Oreos and Mint M&Ms for a festive feel and taste. Plus I’m like totally addicted to mint.

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This was me really getting into the Christmas cooking mood 🙂 I got a new candle I will be breaking out very soon too.

Both my husbands and my extended family’s do a pass around game with the story “The Night Before Christmas” it’s a fun way to get a gift and not break the bank.

Below is a picture of a gift Emmett got from my Aunt Donna, after our game was over.

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As you can see Santa came to our house as soon as our little man went to sleep. So I must at least try to get some sleep for our big Christmas celebration at our house.

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What are some of your Christmas & Christmas Eve Family Traditions ?

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