Christmas 2017, also known as the stomach bug Christmas. UGH.
Christmas Eve started off with some donuts from Cookie the elf. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Maddie & Owen sprinkling reindeer food outside. Poor Fin opted to skip this part and stay in bed. I’m not even sure when the puking started, but it started a few days back with Owen… moved on to Fin and to David, now it’s on to Maddie and I just know my turn is coming. It’s been awful. We haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten… a whole Christmas dinner just packed away in leftover containers that will probably eventually get dumped just because they’ll go bad before everyone feels better. Ugh.
After a night of throwing up, Fin thankfully felt a ton better come Christmas morning. We woke up slow and took it easy. David started a fire, I made some coffee and about 4 dozen muffins (because they’re so quick and easy). We opened presents and spent the rest of the day being lazy bums, vegging out to chips & dip, lil smokies and more before the sickness crept in again and nobody wanted real food for dinner.
Remember Sant shops from school? Well, we normally give the kiddos a few bucks to take, but this year they willingly spent their own money and my heart about burst from the sweetness of it. Here are the gifts they got me. Haha. Can you guess which was from who? They were SO proud of the gifts they each chose too.
Mug from Fin. Angel from Maddie. Keychain from Owen. (we all laughed when I opened that one. It’s attached to my purse now of course and that’s where it’ll stay til I switch purses or until it breaks because #momlife. haha)
This dragon… dinosuar thing… he’s been asking for a Yellow eyes (this version in yellow) for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! We’ve searched EVERYWHERE! (found originally at walmart, but then went MIA). Finally David found this on Amazon after repeat trips to walmart and target just to browse the toys…. took the kids to spend Christmas gift cards a few days before Christmas and wouldn’t you know it, David had to talk Owen OUT of buying this exact dinosuar/dragon thing because Walmart had finally restocked em. I about fell out of my chair laughing when David told me that he had to convince Owen NOT to buy the exact thing he’s been asking for for TWO years now. And the fact that after all that crazy searching, walmart restocked and it was there.
Either way, he now takes Fin’s red dragon (red eyes is his name) and pairs it with his Blue dragon (Blue eyes, duh) and they walk around the house growling at each other and scaring the cat and confusing the dogs, so it’s pretty entertaining.
Overall, aside from the sickness that’s going to be the death of me (I’m being SLIGHTLY dramatic, but only slightly… you guys haven’t seen the way this thing hits people), our Christmas was really nice. We don’t have any family local, so we didn’t have to places to be or people to see. We just enjoyed the five of us in all our sickness.
I hope yours was awesome. I’m ready to undecorate now and get life back to normal. Who else is ready for 2018?! *raises hand*
Today’s post is brought to you by my guests, Personal Creations 🙂
It’s Christmas Eve night, Santa and his team are traveling the world, delivering gifts to children all over the world. Lots of families leave out milk and cookies for Santa, but don’t forget about the reindeer! Guide Rudolf and the other reindeer to your home this Christmas Eve with Personal Creations’ reindeer food and printable poems.
Using a few simple ingredients you likely have at home, create a special treat the kids can leave out the night before Christmas. This is the perfect way to say thank you to Santa’s helpers for all the hard work they have done. Sprinkle the reindeer food onto your yard and await the morning for a special surprise: presents underneath the tree!
Owen made some Reindeer food in school and absolutely LOVES it! We’ll be making more over break. haha
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of CORT for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
We all know that moving can be such a pain in the bum. But a move in the middle of winter?! UGH! Big, fat UGH. Have you ever moved in the Winter? Our little family has, and a lot of our friends’ have moved during the winter season. There’s just a lot more thought that needs to go into it. Thankfully, the people over at CORT hit the nail on the head with their post about “Top 7 tips for a winter PCS move”. Top 7 Tips for a Winter PCS Move
Did you know that Winterizing your car was a thing?! It was not something that crossed my mind until we found out we were getting sent to live in Alaska for a few years. Thankfully we bought a new (and already winterized) vehile once w actually got up there, but I had NO clue we would even need a winterized vehicle.
Another helpful tip, make connections locally. In today’s world, this isn’t really a challenging thing to do. The internet makes a GREAT source for meeting new people & making new friends. When we first got our orders to Alaska, I joined a local AK group and met a few people. I only joined to get tips to help prepare myself to move to a totally different climate than what I was used to (Tennessee girl), but also on how to prepare with tiny babies! (Fin was 2 and Maddie wasn’t even 1 yet). Thankfully, through that internet group, I met a few ladies that were so beyond helpful! Two of which I’m still really close to now, years and years later.
Winterizing and connecting are just TWO of the SEVEN wonderful tips put together by CORT Furniture Rental. Read those tips and more right here –> Top 7 Tips for a Winter PCS Move
Let’s be real…. the Holiday season can get overwhelming very quickly. Today I wanted to pop in and share a few game changing tips *wink wink* with you guys about surviving the Holidays. They’re really really good ones, too. (I’m giggling as I type that). Okay… are you ready to hear them?!
1. Lower your expectations. I’m completely serious. It is OK to not send out Christmas cards. It is OK to not get every teacher a gift. It is OK to be a scrooge & not donate to that bell ringer, or these kids taking donations, etc etc etc.
2. Only you know your financial situation. Do not go into major debt trying to buy buy buy for all the people. Time is more important than gifts. It just is. Spend quality time with people. Offer to babysit for a date night. Offer to make a meal, bake cookies… etc etc.
3. WINE. or Whine. However you wanna read that 😉 You can whine about it or you can wine about it. The choice is yours, really. I choose wine though :p
Wente Wine is tasty, affordable, delicious, and makes for a great gift for your loved ones (age appropriate of course). Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. They are also recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations featuring wine tasting, dining, concert experiences, championship golf and more.
Share with me a few of your go-to Holiday survival tips! I’d love to hear them.
You know what’s more fun than a Holiday sweater?! A husband that sports one too! HAHAHA! We managed to squeeze in a quick breakfast day date the other day and decided it was a must to rock our Holiday sweaters. Because, why not?!
We went to our go-to breakfast spot down in Manitou Springs, Good Karma Cafe. It’s this cute little hole in the wall place that serves locally grown food. Their biscuits & gravy is to die for! SO FREAKIN’ GOOD!
Plus, they’re cute and that helps. Look at the mirror in their bathroom. Full disclosure, they do have an ACTUAL mirror too, but this was too cute. There’s also a quote about growing your own food but not knowing where to find bacon seeds that makes me giggle every single time I’m in there.
Also, LipSense for the win. SIX hours in and still looking awesome! If you haven’t heard of LipSense yet and are wondering what it is, I did a whole post about it here. It’s worth the read, promise!
That’s all I’ve got today, folks. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed the sweaters.
Are you Holiday guest ready?! Don’t worry, I’m not either…. yet. Something about this whole past year we’ve just flown by the seat of our pants, which is not a fun way to live when you’re used to routine and schedules. It’s a weird adjustment, but makes me extra thankful for last minute deals and 2-day FREE shipping on household MUST HAVES like Viva, Scott, Kleenex, and Cottonelle brands.
Stocking up for guests isn’t something you really think about until you’ve had that awkward “you’re out of toilet paper” conversation for the bajilionth time with great aunt becky that you see maybe once a year. Sorry Aunt Becky, I was not prepared for your over-active bladder. My bad! So, some things I highly recommend YOU stock up on include: Kleenex, toilet paper, and paper towels. Seriously, it’s so easy to overlook these things. Extra people in the house means extra clean up, extra bathroom breaks, and Kleenex is always just a bonus to help your guests fight those change of weather germs that they’ve picked up during their visit. Extra Toilet Paper means you avoid those awkard “you’re out of toilet paper” conversations with those relatives you only see once a year. Avoid the awkward, stock up.
Because of the Holidays, I find it extra fun to grab the Holiday designs. I mean, that snowman was just too cute to pass up! Wouldn’t you feel a smidge better grabbing a tissue from a cute snowman than a plain box?! Maybe not, but hey. Can’t blame a girl for trying, right?!
What are some things you make sure to stock up on during the Holiday season? To be ready for guest? Do you buy the Holiday packaging too just because it’s cuter? I’m such a sucker. haha.