Christmas 2016

Although it wasn’t planned we ended up heading to New Jersey a few days early which meant we would be there for all of my favorite Christmas Eve and Christmas Day traditions. We did some last minute shopping, decorated the tree, read stories, wrapped gifts, and ate all of our traditional favorites with lots of cookies in between.

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We carved out time while home to meet up with one of my closest friends at Hershey. It was a little chilly but it didn’t stop us from having a blast. The kids absolutely love the rides and of course the sweet snacks!

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There was also a lot of down time which the kiddos desperately needed. They enjoyed wagon rides around the orchard, hot coco, and playing with all of their new toys.

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Rob and I were able to spend the New Year’s weekend at the beach with friends AND had a date night out.

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Our local Chick-fil-A saw us several times over the course of our stay getting our nugget, milkshake, and playground fix in.

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And the best part…? It actually snowed!!!

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Sammy & Sophia’s Favorite Accessories

 

Over the last few years I have collected quite a few outfits for Sammy and Sophia that I just adore. They mostly wear the aviation jacket and plaid skirt but every once in awhile they come back from the North Pole in a different outfit, sometimes specific to the mischief they have gotten themselves into. Here are a few of our favorites!

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Aviator Jacket | Plaid Skirt & Boots | Robe | Boys T-ShirtsPjays | Girls T-Shirts | TuxedoSatin Tiered Skirt

The robes are definitely for the marshmallow bath and the pajamas are perfect for Christmas Eve morning. The t-shirts are new this year and I am excited to start changing them out throughout the month as well.

 

Sammy & Sophia Are Back!!!

There are so many things I love about the Christmas season. Time with family, the cold weather, decorating the tree, cookies, and watching the joy on Parker and Caity’s faces. Most of all though, I think it’s our elves Sammy and Sophia. Planning out a month of fun things for them to be doing really keeps me in the spirit of wonder and excitement all month. Not to mention watching the kids faces every morning as they look to see what mischief they got in.

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Last year I created a calendar to help facilitate Sammy and Sophia’s daily movements. It made things much easier and a lot more fun! Out of all of them these were probably my favorite.

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This year I want to incorporate a little decorating and family oriented. Sammy and Sophia stick to more lighthearted mischief and role model good behavior. I also don’t focus much on them reporting back to Santa although desperate times we casually remind Parker that Sammy has an in with Santa.

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Christmas Eve

I love the Christmas season but it’s the Christmas Eve traditions that make it magical. Last minute shopping, eating Chinese for dinner, wrapping presents, baking a Sour Cream Coffee Cake, watching movies, and reading Twas The Night Before Christmas in front of a warm fire.

Christmas Eve earned a special place in my heart when Rob asked me to marry him five years ago. One of my favorite traditions on Christmas Eve is opening ornaments. I have received at least He used one of our traditions of opening ornaments on Christmas Eve to ask me to spend the rest of my life with him. I was so surprised he was proposing after nine months but knew it was he was Mr. Right.

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It’s hard to believe that five years later we are sharing those traditions, and a few of our own, with two beautiful children. We started the 2014 year not knowing we were pregnant and ending it with a beautiful three month old and amazing big brother who loves her very much.

From our family to yours we wish you a Merry Christmas filled with loved ones, traditions, and memories!

 

Kids Craft: Salt Dough Ornaments

On our way to NJ for the holidays we stopped by PA to spend the weekend with close friends. We love visiting and always have a lot of fun playing with the kids and then enjoying some adult time after they go to bed. Since the kids couldn’t play outside for very long we decided to make Salt Dough Ornaments. I had never made them before but it was so much fun!

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These are easy, quick and really fun to make!

Mix 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup salt into a mixer on low. Drizzle  between 1/2 c – 1c water until the dough forms a ball. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness. Kids can use cookie cutters, Play Doh tools, hands, feet, or anything else to make fun shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet in the over on 300 degree for about 30 minutes.  Once they are cooled you can add paint, glitter, or other fun accents.

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Adults can also have fun making ornaments. I never did a hand print for Parker’s first Christmas (bad momma here) but decided doing one with both of their hands would be cute. It didn’t come out perfect but I LOVE it and can’t wait to hand it on the tree. I will use Sharpie to write the date on the front and probably their ages on the back.

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