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December 22, 2015

25 Days of Christmas: Hot Chocolate Bar

Although it’s still relatively warm around here I am told the cold weather will come and when it does it stays for months. I figured what better way to keep warm than have a little station dedicated to making warm tasty beverages. The buffet in the dinning room was the perfect location and we snagged a new Keurig from Target on Black Friday.

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It was the perfect excuse to make a fun printable.

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And finally purchase this beauty I have had my eyes on for awhile.

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I filled it with lots of coffee, chai latte, and a variety of hot chocolate packets. The top holds some accessories to make each cup extra yummy.

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Then I found some tacky but cute Christmas mugs to make it a little more festive.

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Anyone up for some hot chocolate?!?

Check out all of my 25 Days of Christmas here!

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Parker’s World (3 Years 6 Months)

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It’s been 4 years since we announced to everyone we would be parents. We added it to our Christmas card and anxiously waited for people to receive them. We surprised my Grandmother Christmas morning and she spent the day walking around casually showing everyone her “great grandchild”. For New Years we traveled to TN and I slipped the ultra sound photo into the last page of our wedding book which my Grandma insisted I bring for her to see. She looked at it for awhile, then looked at me as I asked, “do you know what that is”. She said yes and asked whose baby it was a picture of and burst into tears when I said mine.

Christmas Card and First Photo

I can’t believe this Christmas that same baby will be 3 1/2 years old. I can’t believe he is that same baby who will leave cookies out for Santa and fall asleep dreaming about sugar plums. The same baby who will be ripping open presents and beaming with excitement. Time is flying by so fast and I wish it would just slow down, just a little.

Parker has loved watching #sammyandsophiameyer cause mischief around the house. We have been reading lots of books about winter, snowmen, reindeer, Santa, and Christmas, and I think he is finally starting to understand. He loves the old school Frosty and Rudolph videos and asks to watch them daily. Sammy and Sophia left Parker a fun board game “to play”. He did about as well as imaged in the first time 😉


When asked how old he is Parker will say, “I am one – two – three, I am three years old” as he counts on his fingers. Somehow four fingers always pop up though, we are working on that! When we were hanging up stockings I asked him to hand me the one with an A. As he did he said, “A is for Alice.” Rob and I were really blown away with that!

He currently loves quoting Paw Patrol. You will often catch him saying, “don’t worry I am here to help!” or “I will try my best”

While out running errands we were going to stop by Walmart but time was running out and I decided just to head home. Parker was disappointed because he wanted “lunch in a box” (ie a happy meal). The GPS told me to make a u-turn when I passed it and Parker didn’t skip a beat informing me, “the GPS is telling you to turn around!”. Seriously kid, your too smart for your own good.

We took him to see his first movie on Thanksgiving, The Good Dinosaur. He was really excited and seemed to enjoy the new experience. Unfortunatly, about 3/4 of the way through he got a little freaked with the TRex and asked to leave.


After attending a daycare program while we were home in NJ at the end of November he has pretty much done away with naps. Since I still spend nap time cuddling with Caity we decided he could have quiet time in his room watching 1 show of Paw Patrol on Netflix. Thanks to the special parental code we can put a timer on making sure it’s just one show. Then he usually plays, not so quietly, or dozes off for a little while.

He gets dressed by himself about 90%, he mostly just needs direction and the occasional cheering squad. Still not completely potty trained but we are going to get a little more involved this coming month since he starts school in September and I want him to be completely trained and use to it by then.


Hanna our sitter went to wake Parker up one afternoon and found him in the closet fast asleep with ALL of his friends and lovies on top of him. Rob says that is exactly what he did when he was little, I am not surprised in the least!


And he still adores his little sister!