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Sunday, December 21, 2014

My List Of Christmas Must Haves




It's the last weekend before Christmas! I am sure each of you has a weekend full of  Christmas parties, shopping, baking Christmas cookies and making memories with your loved ones. What a wonderful time of year. Recently, I was asked to write a post for a company called Man Crates. For those of you who aren't familiar with Man Crates, they are a company who makes an amazing gift product for that special man in your life. Man Crates ships brag-worthy, fun and manly gifts for your fellow. Man Crates holds true to their name. When you order a man crate, you will receive a wooden crate that comes with an engraved crowbar. Your special guy will get to show off a little, by opening his gift. Your man will use the crowbar to open the box and find all of the goodies inside. Man Crates is not only fun, but also has a large variety of contents and themes to choose from. You can choose to fill your Man Crate with one of the following themed treats... The Whisky Crate, The Cigar Crate, The Gamer Crate, The Slaughterhouse meat crate, The Golfers Crate and so much more!






 



Man Crates has asked me to share about the top, must have things that I simply cannot live without this Christmas! Well, aside from the given of the love of my family, friends and special people in my life, I simply cannot do without the following items this Christmas:



I just love the sounds of the holidays... I know you do too! Who doesn't enjoy a good Christmas song? A Christmas song can take you back in time and help you remember a special Christmas from your past! Christmas Music sets the theme for my home during the holidays. With so many different Christmas albums to choose from, this year, you will here the following must have Christmas albums on my IPod and around my home...





Let's face it, the man is a vocal genius with a voice like no other!





Okay, now that we have background music to set the mood for our holiday season, let's talk something sweet and delicious!


I love to make Christmas cookies during this time of year. Spending an entire day baking with my little ones is a day made in heaven for me! I know not all of us enjoy the process of baking, but love the end product! We can't all be Martha Stewart right? Well, for those of you who have a sweet tooth like me, but want to cut out the middle process, I give you...

Mrs. Fields cookies!




We just received one of these gorgeous boxes full of Mrs. Fields cookies; cookie cakes, hot chocolate and candies. I have literally had to ration it out for my husband and three year old little boy! The cookies are do die for and oh so moist and chewy!!!





Okay readers, if you have little ones in the room, this portion of the blog is rated A.E.S for Adult Elf Supervision. Proceed with caution, Elf On The Shelf Information being given... At our house, Christmas just isn't Christmas without a visit from our Elf On The Shelf, Jingle! I have three little boys and this is our second year doing Elf on The Shelf as a family. My husband and I love our elf, Jingle just as much as the kids do. We have the best time coming up with different ideas and adventures for Jingle. If you have little ones at home, I highly recommend adopting an elf this Christmas... it's not too late, six days until Christmas!











No Christmas is complete, in my mind at least, without a few Christmas movie nights! We do family movie nights with the kids showing all of the classic Christmas cartoons like Frosty and Rudolph and Charlie Brown. I love all of those, but I'm talking about some of the Classic Christmas comedies for the big kid in all of us.
Here are a few of my favorites...


It's A Wonderful Life





National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation





Elf







Four Christmases



Miracle On 34th Street






The Holiday





The Family Stone





Scrooged




Meet Me In St. Louis




Little Women

The Family Man





Okay, now that we have our music, our tummies are full and we are ready to get warm and snuggly with a good Christmas movie, let's talk about keeping warm...

I love the winter months because it is a great time to use all of the beautiful scarves and hats that I have collected throughout the years.

Every year, my mom, AKA... Grandma Gigi, makes all of us a scarf and hat set for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.



















Next, We love warm and cozy chenille socks around here. My family always fills each stocking with beautiful socks at Christmas, which are inexpensive and very much appreciated and used.





Finally, last but not least...





No Christmas would be complete without a beautiful, sparkling, Christmas tree to give light and warmth to a home.







Of course the greatest gift and the one thing I love the most at the holidays and all year round are these four guys right here...





Merry Christmas to all!






Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Little of This, A Little of That ...



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Good Morning Dear Ones!
 We have had lots of rain over the past few days and the sun is just now starting to peek through the clouds. It is crisp and cool and I love that when I walked outside this morning, I could see the steam from my breath. I love winter!



Today is one of those days where we have a whole bunch of errands to run... vacuum, clean the inside and wash the outside of the car. Run to Target for more baby wipes, some baby food products and formula, lunch at the park, ( if the weather permits) and make it home before afternoon naps. Did I mention that tonight the kiddos and I are all heading over to Gigi's house to see Santa? Yep, Santa is coming by her house tonight in his beautiful sleigh, ( a once a year tradition put on by the city... every year, Santa drives by each house in the city and throws candy canes to all of the boys and girls.) So much fun and I never know who is more excited about this, the kids or me?!!




I am so excited that I have a little time to blog this morning while the babies nap and Robbie colors/ watches a little bit of Caillou and plays pirate all at the same time. :) Now that the twins are nine months old... yes, NINE MONTHS OLD!!!( I just can't believe it!). I have started to try to schedule our days a little more, mostly because I think I will go INSANE if I don't implement a little more structure throughout the day. By the time 4:30 rolls around I am thoroughly EXHAUSTED and it is really all I can do to stay awake until dinner! The twins are both crawling and into everything and all over the place and with these new developmental milestones comes a few night wakings for mommy.
So for any of you twin mamas or mamas of multiples, here is a basic outline of our new daily schedule.


7:00 am
Babies up and awake and given a bottle. Then keep them up , awake and playful. ( Usually I put them in their jumpy or let them play in their pack n' play with toys.


7:30 am
Robbie wakes up and comes and joins us.
I get breakfast ready while the twins and Robbie all play in the family room/ have a Praise Baby DVD on. I love starting the morning with these calm and beautiful worship DVDs.


8:00 am
Breakfast for all three little ones.
Babies- Practice with sippy cup with 2 to 4 ounces of milk and a fruit and grain breakfast ( oatmeal, brown rice cereal and fruit like banana or apples.) I try to read one book to the babies at breakfast.
Robbie usually gets a sippy cup with almond milk, eggs and cut up fruit or fruit/ veggie smoothie.


8:30 am
Play time together
We have been turning on the Christmas songs and playing Legos or blocks or cars and trucks in the living room.


9:00 am
Joey and Jacob are put down for their morning nap with 4 to 6 ounces of formula.
Ideally nap for 1-1 1/2 hours
During the babies nap time, Robbie and I read books together during our quite reading time/ work on school time letters and numbers, play Legos and then Robbie is allowed a cartoon, which is usually Caillou. During Robbie's cartoon, I am able to blog, write Christmas cards, I get to shower and get ready for the day.


10:30 to 12:00/ 12:30 p.m
Both babies are awake and it's the perfect time to run our errands for the day. Target, Costco, Market... This is also a good time to give Robbie a snack on the go.


12:00 ish
Lunch time for all three and mommy!
Twins each get a sippy cup of formula. Robbie gets a protein, grain and fruit. Usually cheese, lunch meat and crackers with yogurt.


1:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m
Robbie goes down for his nap until 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. This is his quiet time where he must stay in his room. If he chooses not to sleep that is fine, but he must stay in his bed and lay there quietly.
The babies nap also at this time for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. This is free time for mommy to tidy up prep dinner if needed.


3:00 p.m
Babies awake and time for a baby finger food snack or bottle.


3:30 p.m
Robbie awake and snack


3:30 to 5:00
Playtime outdoors, ( bike ride, park anything to get energy out of Robbie and the babies out for some fresh air!) A little more school time/ Robbie practices Spanish flash card words


5:00 p.m
Supper time for the twins. Usually sweet potatoes, chicken and apples etc...


5:30-6:00 p.m
Playtime get more energy out and one cartoon before dinner. Read books to babies.


6:00 p.m
Family Dinner time. Have the babies sit at the table in highchair to become familiar with mealtime.


6:45 p.m
Get bottles ready for babies


7:00 p.m
Bath time
This is the hardest part of the day, especially when Richard isn't home, because I have to get all three bathed and dressed and it gets a little chaotic!


Robbie bath first. Get Robbie in jammies and pre-occupied.
Babies bathed, diapered and dressed.


7:30 p.m
Read story do prayers for Robbie in his room with the babies. Put Robbie to bed and then put babies to bed with a bottle and cuddles.


So there you have our new plan of action which tends to get off track a little during the holidays. That's okay! We will stick to this as best we can for now and after the holidays we will really commit to following this with no interruptions for the new year!


This morning we played and played Legos for a good while and all the boys loved it!





And now it's time for the adventures of Jingle....

Day # 17

I know you all are wondering and asking the question, "What has Jingle been up to today?" Well I will tell you. This morning we woke-up and found Jingle parachuting down from the ceiling with his friend, Frosty The Snowman! Jingle was holding on to Frosty's legs for dear life!


We found this note written by Jingle...


When we looked under the tree, we found these...

Yummy Snowmen Peeps!
How sweet of Jingle and Frosty to go skydiving off of Rudolph just to bring us these peeps!

Well as the morning went on, just after breakfast, we heard a loud thud in our dining room!
We ran in and found poor Jingle lying on the floor like this!

Oh NO!!!

Robbie was pretty upset!!!


Then we realized that maybe if Jingle got some rest, then he would feel much better. Suddenly things were looking up!


We rushed him to Robbie's room where he is resting comfortably.


We will keep you all posted on his progress!

Have a great day friends!
9 more days till Christmas!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Preparing For Christmas


She's getting ready for Christmas.

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10 More Days Until Christmas!
 
 
It's Tuesday already?! Wow, the days seem to just be flying past us now. I really do feel that this year, my little family and I have truly been enjoying the Christmas season all December long. We have been cuddling in our den in the evenings and enjoying hot chocolate, ( "With marshmallows" Robbie told me to tell you!) while watching Christmas movies. We celebrate our nightly advent ritual of lighting a candle, reading a scripture and devotion and singing Christmas songs. Our days have been filled with crafts, playing in the rain, visiting Santa and preparing for Christmas ! The most important preparation for Christmas this year has taken place within our hearts.




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Robbie really "gets" Christmas this year! My little man is especially interested in the story of Jesus' birth and preparing for the celebration of His arrival each night as we approach Christmas.
Budget wise, this Christmas has been our most frugal spending year yet! With a hubby as a full time law student and three little ones, we feel blessed to have each other this year. I have made most of my gifts and it has been a true homemade Christmas and I wouldn't trade it for the world! I hope each of you is taking the time this Christmas season to enjoy your loved ones.

We have a Jingle sighting...

We last blogged about Jingle on Thursday and so, we will pick up with last Friday's Jingle sighting!


Jingle Day # 12

Robbie stayed the night with Gigi and Grandpa last Friday, so Jingle made a trip to Monrovia and left Robbie this adorable Elf On The Shelf blanket. Jingle made sure Robbie was all cuddled up and Robbie has slept with this blanket every night since!


Jingle Day # 13 

 
On Saturday morning, that little stinker, Jingle, was coloring in a new Charlie Brown coloring book that he brought for Robbie . I guess Jingle's favorite color is blue also!
 
 
Jingle Day # 14
 
On Sunday morning before church, we found our Jingle kneeling by the manger.
he also left Robbie a copy of The Little Drummer Boy movie.
 
 
Jingle Day 15
Yesterday was Monday and we found our sneaky little Jingle sitting in a Solo plastic cup castle!
That little elf rummaged through our cupboards and took all of our plastic cups! Silly Jingle!
 
 
Jingle Day # 16
 
Well this morning we heard lots of noises in our bathroom... Robbie ran into our room and we both knew it was Jingle!
 
 
He took Daddy's shaving cream and started shaving!!
 
 
 Robbie thought this was just about the funniest thing ever!
 Jingle also left a few new Cars undies for Robbie!
 
 31 busy days hath December.
I found this cute little vintage list of things to do in December. Thought you might get a kick out of it!
Tis' The Season!