Mother’s Day 2014

Mother’s Day may have been a little lonely with Rob gone but my 1.5 kids kept me busy and feeling very loved 🙂

Parker and I went to an early breakfast to beat the crowd. He even offered to pay!
I absolutely love Parker’s daycare teacher. She is amazing and always does adorable projects with the kids. It was so special to have something to open that was made just for me!
We spent the afternoon on the deck playing in the shade and snacking on goldfish. 

It was the perfect way to spend the day!

Christmas 2013

We had such a wonderful Christmas and New Year. We celebrated with Rob’s family at our house a few days before Christmas. It was great to spend time with them and let them watch all of Parker’s new tricks. One Christmas Eve we packed up and headed to NJ.

We spent New Year’s in playing board games by the fire and making a few yummy appetizers! Even Abby wanted to play along.

Rob and I took a little time for ourselves and went to the movies, stayed the night in a hotel and then went to NYC for some sightseeing. It was so relaxing and we even splurged for some room service breakfast! We took the fairy into the city which I haven’t done since I was little. We visited the 911 Memorial, ate THE best sandwiches I think either of us have ever had, visited Macy’s and walked around the city for awhile.

 

In the end we made our way back to VA with a packed car, happy hearts and full bellies.

We also got to make a pit stop on the way home and visit the Train Garden with Rob’s parents which was a lot of fun. I think all of the trains were a little too overwhelming for Parker this year but he will be running them next year, I am sure of it!

We hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a great start to 2014!

On This Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve has always been one of my favorite nights filled with family traditions and love. If that wasn’t enough, four years ago Rob proposed to me on Christmas Eve. He had an ornament made asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. How could a girl deny such romance?

Rob was deployed during Christmas two years ago when I was pregnant with Parker. It wasn’t too bad for me because I was able to go home to New Jersey but I knew it was hard on him. This deployment was much harder and I found myself leading up to this evening with, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” stuck in my head. I wanted nothing more than for my family to be whole on Christmas Eve. I am so fortunate that my soldier came home to me a few days ago and I can spend the evening in his arms.

We are celebrating one last Christmas Eve in New Jersey with my parents and sister. It feels like Christmas here because it is all I have ever known. Our Christmas Eve is Chinese takeout dinner, exchanging ornaments, drinking recipe by the fire, reading Soldiers Night Before Christmas, leaving cookies for Santa, and wrapping last minute gifts.

I know that there are many families who will be celebrating Christmas apart this year. I just wanted to say thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will be on my mind and in my heart. 

A Holiday Home Tour

Welcome to our holiday house tour! It’s been a work in progress over the last two weeks and I am so excited to finally share some photos. There is a good mix of decorations I have collected over the years and a few new items I made thanks to Pinterest.

It’s hard to pic my favorite room but I did really enjoy decorating Parker’s room. We just have a few things in there right now but I have big plans in store for next year!

Parker has his own tree, the one that was in my room growing up. Over the last few years my Mom has gotten us the Fisher Price ornaments and they look perfect on his little tree!
A Peanuts Gang Christmas countdown was fitting since he was our little Peanut for 9 whole months. It’s hard to remember to change it everyday but soon enough I will have a little reminder. 
I made a banner for Parker’s room when I made our big holiday banner last year. 
I love decorating the mantel. It’s kind of fun to see how many decorations I can pack it with. This is an interesting mix of post holiday sales, repurposed items and a few gifts. I really couldn’t pick my favorite of the bunch because they all work so well together. The most recent additions are the “Let It Snow” sign for $1 at Target, lantern for $14.99 (70% off) from Jo Ann Fabric’s and the Merry Christmas banner for $6 from Target. 

I know we have a mantel but there isn’t enough room for all of the stockings. I didn’t have a fire place growing up so this seems more like Christmas to me. I never got around to putting the names on our three stockings, that’s a project for next year I guess!

I saw this idea over at one of my favorite blogs, iHeart Organizing, and just had to try it myself. All you need are a ton of Christmas ornaments and some string. Easy and adorable way to add some holiday cheer just about anywhere in the house.

Two of my favorite traditions that I am really looking forward to as Parker gets older is Elf on the Shelf mischief and advent activities. I talked a little more about these traditions last year here and here. Time got away from me this season but next year Rob and I will be on our A game!

Follow Mary Meyer’s board Elf On The Shelf on Pinterest.

Cookies, milk and carrots are a huge tradition for me. It’s only fitting that Santa has his own table for his pit stop snack!

The buffet is also a fun place to add a little festive cheer. I swap out a new subway art printable in the same frame each season/holiday. You can download a free copy here by liking My Crafting Attic on Facebook. The best score was the three red candle pillars I grabbed at a garage sale for $3 total. I love that I can use them for multiple holidays!
This was a super easy, quick and inexpensive center piece that looks great at the dinner table. It’s short enough to not block the view of the person sitting across from you but still adds great color to the table. You can check out the tutorial over at My Crafting Attic

This year we have both a real tree and a fake one. We have so many ornaments between Rob and I that we needed both to showcase our favorite ones. I decided to do all Disney ornaments on the fake tree in Parker’s play room. This one is my favorite. It was from my Mom the year Rob proposed which was on Christmas Eve. I’ll be sharing more on that next week 🙂

I really wanted to make something for Parker so he could join in the decorating. He doesn’t completely understand it yet but seems to really like putting the ornaments up. You can check out the tutorial on this over at My Crafting Attic
I took a really inexpensive wreath from Walmart and added a bow from The Dollar Tree and ornaments from Target that I also used for the ornament garland. I love silver and red together, it just pops! This is a great way to decorate for the holidays without breaking the bank. 
What are some of the traditions you look forward to during the holiday season? 

Our 4th Weekend

I know this post is a little late.. Silly momma forgot the USB cord for her camera in the rush of packing!

First, let me start off by wishing you all a very happy 4th. I hope you all had a chance to relax, spend some time with family and enjoy great food. I found this quote that I thought put this day into words better than I could.

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Last year is such a blur with me recovering from a c-section and having a newborn in the house. I do remember it being important for P to have a cute outfit and to do his first, of many, in home photo shoots. I even made my Mom and Rob head out to find a chalkboard for me. #babycametwoweeksearly

Ahhh, pictures were so much easier back then when he would pose for as long as we needed 😉

This is officially Parker’s second first holiday. I know, a little much but I was very excited about it and my family went along with it too 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how much they can grow in their first year?!?

This year we decided to head to NJ for the 4th to celebrate.  Rob worked nights last week so he got off Wednesday morning and we headed out right after he got home. It always works out really nice that way because we miss the morning traffic, P usually sleeps for a little while in the car and we get to my parents house at a decent time.

We relaxed on the 4th and took a trip to Rices which is always a good time. I found a pretty awesome hat for BlogHer’13 next month and we picked up an old school Fisher Price Crazy Combo set for Parker! While we were there, he was home helping Big Chief put together his custom made water table.

I thought it fitting to head up to the Firehouse and take some photos of P in his adorable and festive romper. I brought along our smaller chalkboard because it transports a little nicer. He did pretty well despite the heat.

And what’s a visit home to NJ without a trip to Hobby Lobby, quite possibly my FAVORITE store ever! We scored some amazing deals on items for Parker’s big boy room (airplane theme of course) and his play area. The crayon pieces were on clearance for $1-$3. The two airplanes were 50% off and the set of drawers was 66% off. I had been eyeing that for months and was giddy when I saw it on clearance. Don’t forget to follow My Crafting Attic along so you can see what I do with all of these amazing pieces in the next few months!