Cookies for Santa

On our list of many preparations before Santa comes down the chimney is always baking some sugar cookies and decorating them for Santa. When I was growing up, we made a big deal of this every year. I always remember being so excited to decorate cookies. Many wonderful memories were made along with many very creative Christmas cookies. Since this was one of my favorite traditions, I wanted to continue to do it with my boys. This was the first year Jake could really do anything. Liam is still young but enjoyed helping bake and then eat quite a few cookies… hey its Christmas; it’s ok to indulge. At least thats what I tell myself. I saw and tried this new Velvety Soft Sugar Cookie recipe. OMG is it good! Delicious.

The boys always love helping me cook anything so the baking part was pretty fun as well.IMG_9324IMG_9336IMG_9348

 

Then its the cookie cutter time which Liam enjoyed throwing them on the floor but Jake really liked cutting the cookies out. IMG_9401IMG_9402And finally the decorating…IMG_9413IMG_9419IMG_9420

 

We only had the patience to decorate maybe a third of the cookies but thats is ok . They are delicious just plain too. Here are Santa’s cookie plate cookies as well as some other awesome cookies.IMG_9424IMG_9425IMG_9426IMG_9427It is an awesome activity for little guys even if it’s not Christmas. This Dump Truck and this Bulldozer cookie cutters could make for a fun cold and snowy January afternoon I am thinking.  And I definitely recommend trying this sugar cookie recipe. I am eating one right now! haha.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all around. Until next week, XOXO.

Hot Cocoa and Family Jammies

My best friend threw a Christmas Pajama themed Friendsmas party and I was sooo excited to get all my boys matching Christmas jammies. There were tons of cute family pajamas everywhere but I really love the classic buffalo plaid look so I got us these. They turned out so cute all together. We even got Emma a little doggy bandana… sorry Tiny cat but I didn’t see any matching cat shirts. IMG_9171IMG_9176IMG_9182IMG_9186I was a little sad after these festive pictures turned out so well that I already made and sent out Christmas cards. I will just have to remember this when doing Christmas cards next year.

I had made some snowflake marshmallows for some winter hot cocoa too. It seemed like a perfect thing to sit in front of the fireplace and sip hot cocoa in pajamas. The boys loved it. It was just a small thing to do that seemed so fun and special to them. I used this Martha Stewart recipe I found and they turned out really cute. While the marshmallows where sitting, I sprinkled some christmas sprinkles on some of them to make a little extra fun.IMG_9213IMG_9201IMG_9205

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IMG_9313It was very fitting that we had a hot cocoa day since this past Wednesday was national hot chocolate day. We just had so much fun. Today we are working on making some cookies for Santa and planning a fun week before Christmas full of Christmas activities. Cheers some hot cocoa and snuggle someone you love while relaxing and remembering the Spirit of Christmas this coming week.

Now where is my snow??!

Until next week, XOXO!

Winterlights at Newfields

This past weekend we visited the Indianapolis Museum of Art or what is now called Newfields (a little has changed since I last lived in Indy). They are showing a pretty awesome exhibit called Winterlights which we loved! Some very amazing decorations hard to capture in photographs. Everyone loved the over 1.2 million lights that made up the exhibit.  If you are in the Indy area, I totally recommend checking it out but make sure to buy tickets ahead of time online. Especially on weekends as they have been selling out. I have read that Santa is there on Tuesday evenings for the little ones or us forever kids as well as free cocoa and cider for kids. 20171203_20024720171203_19482720171203_19323920171203_19310520171203_19181120171203_191856Not only were the lights amazing that night, but it was a beautiful full moon too.20171203_195433^No not Christmas lights, but the moon!^20171203_19245420171203_192858The best of the family shots we could get…20171203_19394220171203_19385020171203_19381220171203_19381820171203_193751A couple selfie shots because why not.

They had this crazy cool giant tree made out of recycled plastic toys such as kiddie pools, sleds, etc. I personally thought that was so awesome since I have worked with repurposing used materials into artwork.

Throughout the lovely stroll through the lighted garden, are hot chocolate stations and girl scouts with smores at the end. Jake somehow heard about smores and demanded smores the whole time. He did not take a nap earlier that day and was Mr. Super Grump at Winterlights… you just can’t win them all. He did really enjoy it overall though.

Yummy!20171203_201349-220171203_201349I think these floating trees with the dangly snowflakes were my most favorite. How cool are those??!! Total Christmas Tree goals right there for me. Love it! Winterlights is such an amazing exhibit and lights display incase you haven’t realized how much I enjoyed it by now. I know I was way more excited to go then the boys… hopefully it’s an yearly event!

I have just been in heaven with all the fun festive Christmas events going on. Hoping to check off a Santa visit here soon and some Zoo lights too. Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas season too. Until next week, XOXO.

*Meanwhile I am the one person praying for snow 😉 *

Christmas and the end of 2016

We had been on the road traveling for the last couple weeks. We set out on the long journey from Tampa to Chicago then down to Kokomo Indiana. Not that long by plane but we wanted to bring our wonderful Emma with us and she would get too scared on an airplane. So it’s a two day journey in a car with two boys under 2, a dog and a ton of stuff. I know I always over pack but I get so excited to wear something different! This particular trip was honestly very stressful for me. Liam pretty much never switched to a different time zone and stopped sleeping all night. Not his fault, he’s not 4 months yet and its alot for him to do. But I felt like I was on an opposite schedule than everyone else the whole time. I can’t wait for the day when our trips that mess the kids up are for fun vacations instead of just going to see family every time since they are far away. It was so nice to get home but I still wish I had more time to see friends. The couple of playdates I did get to have made me so happy to know that there are other moms out there like me. (You know who you are 🙂 )

It was a nice Christmas. I have been excited to start doing some family traditions of our own this year too. Some of my favorite Christmas traditions is making Christmas Cookies for Santa…

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It was a wonderful Christmas. So much fun watching my little boy get excited and open presents for the first time.2016-12-15-22-27-352016-12-16-07-35-11-2Another Christmas tradition I love is getting matching Christmas jammies and a Christmas book to read together on Christmas eve…2016-12-16-07-38-49^Matching Christmas jammies! I ❤ these boys!^2016-12-16-08-20-502016-12-19-11-41-562016-12-20-13-15-112016-12-20-13-16-21

One of the hardest things for me about living in the south is no snow. I absolutely love snow. I was so excited to have snow to play in this year while visiting and even more excited that Jake LOVED it too.2016-12-19-10-56-262016-12-19-08-52-24^Emma missed the snow soooo much too.^2016-12-19-10-59-09^The first steps out in the fluffy marshmallow world.^2016-12-19-11-00-082016-12-19-11-02-492016-12-19-11-03-452016-12-19-11-03-532016-12-19-11-03-542016-12-19-11-03-51^SNOWBALLS! Thank goodness for a waterproof phone case!^2016-12-19-11-06-222016-12-19-13-46-132016-12-19-13-46-44^Eating snow. “It’s delicious!”^2016-12-23-16-29-052016-12-23-16-29-57^Daddy and baby snowmen.^2016-12-20-16-12-53^The boys were thrilled about our matching Indianapolis Colts hats. haha.^2016-12-20-23-16-53

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are ready to ring in 2017 this weekend. I know I am going to dress up fancy and drink fancy champagne from our super comfy couch here at home.

Until next week, XOXO.

Family Christmas Card Pictures

A few weeks ago we all traveled up to Indiana for a wedding and visited my parents. My mom and dad own a Christmas tree farm which was super fun to grow up there. Over the past 3 years, I have been pretty sad not to get any Christmas tree farm Christmas card pictures, so I was pretty excited when it worked out that we got to take some family pics. Since it was quite an Indian summer this year a bunch of tree still had fall leaves on them. I loved being able to get some of the beautiful orange leaves in the background too. Everyone cooperated fairly well too… well we bribed with cookies. 🙂 The Christmas season is hard for me living in Florida. I really miss snow, and sweaters and boots and family. It just never feels like its Christmas and the holidays just sneak up on me. added-emma-2

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This little Santa helper has gotten all the Christmas shopping done, THANK YOU ONLINE SHOPPING! But I have been busy the past couple weeks with visitors and a sick baby. My little office is just a mess of amazon boxes. Lets hope Santa finds a way to get them all wrapped… hopefully during some good nap times!

Until next week, XOXO. Keep spreading holiday cheer to all! ❤

Merry Christmas 2015

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Merry Christmas today and woke up to a visit from Santa. It is so nice to see all the love every year on Christmas morning.

I thought I would share some pictures from our Christmas card this year. Some cute outtakes and the ones we ended up using. 2015-12-07 16.46.012015-12-07 16.47.052015-12-07 16.50.14-12015-12-07 16.50.35-12015-12-07 16.51.592015-12-07 16.55.18-12015-12-07 16.55.18-22015-12-07 17.05.27-12015-12-07 17.05.36-12015-12-07 17.06.302015-12-11 17.28.14

^Jake was into helping wrap presents. Glitter on baby toes…soooo cute!^

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Merry Wonderful Christmas from us to you!

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Enjoy the end of 2015. Until next week! XOXO.

Decking The Halls

Bring on the Christmas season!!! We are fully submersed in Christmas music, cooking baking and house decorating Christmas spirit down here. I have been channeling my inner Elsa to bring a little midwest snow to our warm Tampa home. Snowflake decor everywhere!! It was the first year we did not cut down our own Christmas Tree from a Christmas Tree farm which was a little sad but not as sad as the Christmas Tree farms around us. I think our Costco Christmas Tree turned out very pretty.

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WOW its sooo tall!!

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And finally another snowflake project I have been working on. Jake has tried to destroy it while helping me so it is taking a bit longer than anticipated.2015-12-11 14.00.22

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! Merry Christmas Season!! XOXO

It’s Christmas Time

It is pretty hard to get into the Christmas spirit when it is 80 degrees outside and you have been used to the chilly midwest winters. I found it very odd Christmas shopping in shorts and a t-shirt this week. I have been working on getting into the Christmas spirit by listening to Christmas tunes and of course going crazy decorating. Since I have been missing the snow (yes, I am that one person that just loves snow every year), I definitely had my own Elsa moment where I was putting as many snowflake decorations as I could find everywhere.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas decorations this year…

Our Beautiful Tree

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Yes we have a giant teddy bear my husband randomly found at Home Depot. I am not sure why Home Depot was selling giant teddy bears but apparently it was the last one. Jake will enjoy him when he’s bigger.

Emma and Tiny’s stockings of course!

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Changed up my Thanksgiving table box to a lovely Christmas box.

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I had some fun with our staircase.

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And of course some outdoor lights. Next year we will have to go bigger but it’s a good start this year!

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And of course looking forward to a very Merry Christmas season. Hopefully it will cool off so I can wear some of my cute sweaters and boots!

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