Merry Everything!

And so I’m offering this simple phrase, to kids from one to ninety-two – although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!

This year feels a bit different, I felt a sense of completeness as I hung up stocking #4 for the first time. Lucy & Conor truly make this holiday (and every holiday) feel magical. It’s like I relive my own childhood as I see the wonderment in their eyes.

Reflecting on the past year, I still can’t believe we have TWO kids. Conor has been such a blessing to our family this year, and I was so excited to show him his very first Christmas tree. I am a bit obsessed with the teal and red bulbs we have on our tree this Christmas. While the kids are small, hanging anything too fragile seems a bit risky, so instead we used mostly stuffed ornaments and I just love how whimsical it is!

As much as I love the idea of making our own memories and traditions, there is nothing like bringing back the best ones from your childhood. When we were young, my dad always put a huge model train under the tree. This was no ordinary train, it had real sounds, lights, smoke puffs, you name it! We even would set up a little village with homes and tiny people in fake snow. I haven’t quite made it to that level yet, but in the meantime we have a beautiful little train set by FAO Schwarz that simply mesmerizes the kids as they watch as it passes by.

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And although it’s been said many times, many ways…

I feel like i’ve hit the jackpot with these sweet & silly kids.

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Masha and the Bear

To say Lucy loves Masha is an understatement. And, as proof, Bryan, Lucy, and I can recite every single word of every single episode verbatim.

If you have little ones, there is a good chance you know about the Russian animated series called Masha and the Bear. To say Lucy loves Masha is an understatement. And, as proof, Bryan, Lucy, and I can recite every single word of every single episode verbatim.  I am pretty sure every polite thing Lucy has learned has been from her incredible daycare, and every naughty thing she has learned has been from Masha. For Halloween this year, Lucy wanted to dress as Masha, and Conor – by default – well…you guessed it…will be the Bear. It is going to be a sad, sad day when I can’t match these two cutie pies costumes together.

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This past weekend, I dressed Lucy in her adorable handmade Masha costume made by Anna Fanosyan, owner of AnyutasCouture. She loved her costume so much that we left it on for half of the day, including our trip to find a pumpkin and our stop to the bakery (cake pop stains may or may not be a part of her costume now). For the past month and a half, Lucy has been asking me, “Is it Halloween yet?” so I am delighted to finally have her wake up tomorrow morning and say YES, it is Halloween!

Conor Boy’s cuddly bear costume makes him the perfect Bear to Masha and he was more fascinated with playing with the grass and mulch than taking photos. We are so excited for Conor to experience his first ever halloween and push him around in the stroller as we trick-or-treat through the neighborhood tomorrow night.

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Wishing all of the little trick-or-treaters out there a happy and safe halloween!

Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

How are there only 4 more days until Christmas?!

It is hard to believe that at this time last year I was 6 months pregnant and now (fast-forwarding to this year) I have a 9 month old baby! Bryan and I are so excited for Lucy’s first Christmas! We are looking forward to spending time with our family, all of the delicious holiday meals, and even though Lucy doesn’t understand much this year – she is just the perfect age to be showing interest in toys. It also doesn’t hurt that we will be off work through the new year, which will mean so much more time with our sweet girl.

I must admit, the past two years I have been a slacker on decorating for Christmas. Last year we set up only the tree (no decorations), and two years ago we didn’t even put up the tree. It’s not even that I was a Grinch about it all, per se, I just ran out of the time and energy. I know, I know, no excuses! This year and hopefully every year going forward, I knew the slacking had to stop and I finally decorated the house for Christmas again. It’s a Wonderful Life is not JUST my favorite Christmas movie, but my favorite movie movie, and it played as inspiration for part of my Christmas decorating this year. I also had the cutest little photo subjects to snap some photos of in front of our tree, enjoy!

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Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

love & lots of whit – jen xo

 

 

The Easter Bunny Has Taken Up Golf

The Easter Bunny decided to visit Bryan. Bryan has always been very into golf, but this year especially he has been obsessive about it! The creative wheels in my head started turning and here is what it came up with.

I finally smelled the first spring scented day last week. It was that unmistakable freshness after a warm rain and the buds of new life sprouting. Perfect timing too, Spring, because this weekend was Easter and we were able to spend it outside with family soaking in some much needed vitamin D. Bryan and I had a wonderful Easter meal at my mom’s house and it was followed by quality time outside talking, laughing, watching the four dogs run around (and Rooney run into the screen door), and watching my step-sister and her fiancé fly kites. Afterwards we went to my dad’s and enjoyed some more time outside while catching up and planning for our 4th of July trip to the lake house. Can we fast forward to July please?

Now for my fun little Easter project this year. The Easter Bunny decided to visit Bryan. Bryan has always been very into golf, but this year especially he has been obsessive about it! We’ve had only a few warm days so far this year (I could count them on one hand), and he has already been out golfing twice and to the driving range at least once a week since March. The creative wheels in my head started turning and here is what it came up with.

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The bunny has laid golf ball eggs in a variety of  Easter colors!
The bunny has laid golf ball eggs in a variety of Easter colors!
I used a driving range bucket to replace the traditional Easter basket.
I used a driving range bucket to replace the traditional Easter basket.
For the "Easter Eggs" I used Callaway Supersoft Multi-Colored Golf Balls
For the “Easter Eggs” I used Callaway Supersoft Multi-Colored Golf Balls

Bryan loved the basket and is excited to start using the new golf balls. He then used this opportunity to let me know of HIS surprise. He bought me my own set of clubs for our upcoming anniversary! I am so excited to be able to start playing – and on top of that, what a perfect week for all of this golf gifting as it is the week of the Masters!

Going back to this Easter Bunny that I mentioned that came by to drop off the basket…we were able to take a quick photo of him before he hopped away:

The Easter Bunny a.k.a. Little Bunny Roo Roo
The Easter Bunny a.k.a. Little Bunny Roo Roo

You really thought you would get to the end of this post without a Easter themed Rooney picture?

love & lots of whit – jen xo