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Christmas Shenanigans

Christmas Eve is always all kinds of crazy around here. We start out with brunch at Mom’s… and a yearly Christmas family pic.  photo Christmas_0051_zpse5ce4f24.jpg

 

Me, Mom, and my sis.. all with our new Frye boots. I love presents from my Mama. :)

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There’s been a lot going on this Fall/Winter season and I am proud to say it has brought me and Mom a lot closer. We haven’t had the best of relationships, but I think we are both in a great place with each other. This woman has given me one of my favorite qualities.. resilience. No matter what happens, put on your big girl panties and deal with it and with a smile on your face.

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C racked up… and was super excited about that Stuffie. “It has SEVEN pockets!!” photo 1815C46D-DC2E-4064-A161-08BDE11015FF_zpslgpxxl9n.jpg

 

Mom couldn’t resist the pull of the houndstooth bow tie for J..

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After brunch at Mom’s, it was home fro a quick nap and then church with J’s family and Christmas with them.

I should probably apologize to my sister in law in advance for Ryleigh learning squeals from The Reds…

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The girls got guitars from MeMac and Poppy… our dog, trixie, has taken to howling when they start playing. Coincidence? I think not… photo 1C4ED373-503B-41B7-B03F-97809F1A7246_zpsnvcveykj.jpg

 

Obligatory family pic in front of the tree.

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After all of the Santa issues, we swapped some presents with Mom and may have made a last minute purchase of scooters.. it’s safe to say that Christmas morning was spent opening tons of presents. I must say, it all worked out in the end, because Mom and Dad got all the present glory instead of Santa.

Claire loved her Doc McStuffins garb from MeMac and Poppy
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Easy Bake Oven? No. Not easy at all. They are liars.
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Mom came to see what the girls got and had a Christmas surprise… Honduras is very close to her heart, and she bought items for families in all of our names. It was super sweet and a nice reminder of doing things for those who are less fortunate than us.
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When J and I got married, his grandmother (who loves Swarovski) bought us Swarovski champagne flutes to toast at our wedding. I get them out every Christmas, since something like that should be used and appreciated.
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My loot? I can’t decide if I was good or bad, since Santa left whiskey in my stocking. But I am in love with my Albion fit gear, Nuun, and hair spray. I’m serious… this was one of my favorite Christmases with J. He’s getting pretty good with surprising me with fun little things.
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I spent Christmas day opening any present the girls brought to me… with 3 sets of grandparents, the amount of toys that were brought into this house was insane. and I have no where to put them. They shouldn’t be riding these in the house, but aren’t they cute?? It’s 20 outside, so I guess I’ll let it pass.
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How was your Christmas?? Did you get anything fun??

Santa Woes.

Yesterday while at work (let’s keep in mind that I work retail and it’s the week before Christmas), my brother in law calls me (which he never calls, he texts) and asks me “Uhh.. what is Santa bringing the girls?”. My mind goes blank. “A bunch of crap.” He starts telling me that he called the girls to ask what they wanted from him for Christmas, and A tells him that she was so sneaky, and snuck into my office closet (that’s locked) and found “the jackpot”. She names two movies that are in there. The thing is.. everything from us is wrapped and under the tree. Everything she found was from Santa. Of course she couldn’t keep it a secret from her little sister.

I realize that in the giant scheme of things, this isn’t a big deal, but on top of the craptastic week I already had, this was just too much. Combine that with the general attitude and meanness coming from her, I really want to give her a lump of coal and that be it. I think Mom is going to switch one of her presents with what we had here, so they will basically get one present from Santa.

I think part of the reason I am so upset, is that all the grandparents got them the things they really wanted, so I was already feeling inferior with what Santa was bringing. And now that all the Santa has been found, I’m just at a loss. Sure I could run to Target and exchange it all, but part of me thinks A should be taught a lesson for snooping. But maybe the lesson is disappointment with no Christmas surprises? She’s stolen the joy from me of watching her open her presents and see what Santa brought her on Christmas morning.

I, myself, have learned a lesson on shipping woes for Christmas, as all of what I’ve ordered for J isn’t here and probably won’t be here before Christmas. As well as smaller things for grandparents.

I can fully relate with Clark Griswold this year…

7 Days til Christmas!

Becca from Becoming Adorrable tagged me in this fun little Christmas post… and I LOVE Christmas, y’all!

1. What do you love the most about Christmas time?
I love the togetherness of family.. the traditions and memories made. Christmas is so magical and special when you have kids!

2. Do you celebrate the holiday in style or is Bah-Humbug for you?
Every year, I try to get started on everything early enough so I’m not scrambling at the end. My goal this year was to have all presents purchased and wrapped by the time the girls got out for Christmas break.

3. Are you leaving anything out for Santa Claus this year so he remembers to leave your presents?
We have to leave a snack for Santa… Generally a Christmas Tree Cake and a Cherry Coke… ’cause that’s what this Santa likes!

4. What is the one gift you are most looking forward to GIVING? {It can be to your kids, another family member, etc – remember to be discreet if they read your blog}
I’m pretty excited to see Mom open her presents this year… I put a lot of thought into them and she hasn’t had the easiest of years.

5. What is your all-time favorite Christmas movie?
Christmas Vacation… one of the first Christmas movies I can remember watching.

6. What is your all-time favorite Christmas song?
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney

7. If given the opportunity, would you participate in an “Ugly Sweater” party and what sweater would you wear? Peruse one on the Internet or even if your own closet and show us!
I would totally rock an ugly sweater party with this gem:
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8. Have you started any Christmas traditions this year that you plan on carrying forward?
Any new traditions? That’s a hard one… I’ve started letting the girls have their own pink Christmas tree. We always put the tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving. We do the creepy Elf thing.

9. It’s Christmas morning… what does it look like outside where you live?
I imagine it’ll be dark outside when the girls wake us up to open gifts!

10. You just found yourself standing under the mistletoe… who comes up to give you a kiss first?

Probably C… we are most likely at Mom’s since she hangs mistletoe and I will have to ask someone to come kiss me. :)

I tag

Natalie at My Crazy Busy Life

Lindsey at Light Shine Blog

Heather at My Life Well Loved

And anyone else who wants to play!!

December Happenings

With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve had a busy week around here with more to come… you should probably expect a few iPhone photo dumps.

We went to A’s school Christmas play… I wore this warm little outfit.

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She was adorable.. singing the loudest and of course, had the biggest hair bow.
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We went to see Santa this weekend… this Santa rocks. Why? Because he’s a friend of my in-laws and actually helped throw us a wedding party. He always references J’s parents and he wanted to know if Poppy was doing his therapy so he would be back on the golf course this Spring. It was AWESOME!! A’s face was priceless! She just chatted him up.
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C? Well…. notsomuch. For the 2nd year in a row, she has yet to talk to Santa. I guess it’s working for her, since he still brings her presents.
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I seriously can’t get over this cuteness…. I. DIE. Mom got the shirts last year and the tutu’s this year. Of course, the tights, shoes, and hair bows came from my workplace.
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I know y’all love a good knee pop from C.

Has Christmas been busy for y’all??

 

Christmas Craziness

Was your Christmas as crazy as mine? I’m sure it was!

We started off with Addy’s school Christmas party…

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Umm.. hello twinsies.

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We had Claire’s Christmas party on Friday…

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And Christmas with Dad and Karen.. I swear he’s not holding me hostage.. the picture was my idea!

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Dad and Karen did great.. a Princess crown medal hanger!

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Dad is not a fan of toy boxes…

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We had two parties Sunday, before heading to my cousins.

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Christmas Eve always starts with brunch at my Granny’s and Christmas with Mom and Bill.

Here’s a look at one of our presents… Mine says Beat Auburn, everyone else has and Sarah’s says Irish for a day, Tiger for life.  20121226-193346.jpg

The girls at MeMac and Poppy’s

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Love my shirt from Jo Jo and Tracie!!

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Claire digs her iPad and ear phones from Nana and her pink case from MeMac!

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Christmas morning here was a blast.. Addy woke the house up at 5:45 to see what Santa brought.

A WiiU was their big gift, but they also got new pajamas, Toms, a bunch of reading and writing skill books(review to come!), and a bunch of other little stuff.

Addy already put Siri to good use, by asking her to help spell words.

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Christmas Tradition with Hubs… champagne and Christmas lights!

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I got a bunch of my Philosophy stuff, a bike computer, an electric wine opener, a BCS Championship shirt, and Just Dance 4 for the Wii U!

Did everyone have an excellent Christmas?! What was your favorite gift?

Present Wrapping Tutorial

 This tutorial is full of LOTS of pictures. For real.

First and foremost. I like the lined wrapping paper. It helps make sure everything is lined up correctly. I leave enough room in the edges of the paper so that if you fold the paper up onto the box, it is about halfway up the box.

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I am not a fan of double sided tape, but ran out of the regular scotch tape and this was all that I had. So, you make sure everything is lined up, then line you paper with the double sided tape. I used about 3 pieces for a regular size shirt box. The double sided tape makes it a little bit harder to make sure that you don’t get crinkles in the paper.

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Make sure the paper is nice and tight around the box.

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Then, I fold the paper around the box, ensuring that there aren’t a lot of gaps in the paper.

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This is the part where you will start to hate double sided tape too. You have to line the wrong side of the paper with it. Pull down on the paper to and secure the tape.

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The key so crisp looking wrapping, is making sure all the edges are creased well.

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Line that corner with tape.

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Doing the same thing on the other side.

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Finally, line the inside of the last piece of paper with tape and pull up as tightly as you can.

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On the opposite side of the box, you will have excess paper. I find if you stand the box up, and let the paper get to that angle, and then cut, it’s much easier.

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Follow the same instructions as the other side.

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Now, we have a jagged edge of the paper. You have two choices. You can cut the paper along the edge or you can fold it down to make a straight line.

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I folded mine down. Make sure you crease this edge really well before putting tape on it.

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Line the paper with the double sided tape.

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Pull as tightly as you can on the paper.

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Crease all edges on the box. (Side note: If you are going to do a tutorial with your hands, make sure your nail polish isn’t a hot mess.)

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Voila!

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For Christmas wrapping, since you have to do so many presents at once, I always try to find a coordinating tulle instead of ribbon. It’s easier and faster to do, and it’s stretchy so kids can easily pull it off the box, unlike ribbon.

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Wrap it around the box and tie a knot to hold it in place.

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Next, take you tulle and make a few loops.

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And then cut the edges.

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Secure the tulle to the knot on the package!

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Here is an example of a ribbon on the package, but my sister is the whiz at those bows. I am not.

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Motherhood Moments

I have had a few WTF motherhood moments this week…

Monday, my mom picked the girls up and took them to Chick fil A for a snack and to play. Turns out that Addy KISSED a BOY on the playground. She doesn’t even know his name. Never seen him before. Ummm.. WHAT?! This proves to be a problem for the future and I am going to need some Xanax for it.

I finally got Buddy the Elf out on Monday night. I was so proud that he decorated the girls pink Christmas tree.

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He was out for all of 30 minutes before Claire comes to tell me that Addy touched him. Well, the elf loses his magic if that happens. Addy is telling me she didn’t touch him and Claire is saying she did. Given Addy’s history of lying, I am not believing her. I try to explain to her that Buddy can’t get back to Santa if he loses his magic… nothing. I am so put out when it’s time to leave for school. Then? I find this:

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This is not mine. I start questioning the girls since it was on the bench that their school bags were on. Addy says it doesn’t belong to her. Claire says Addy took it from mom’s. So I ask Mom if she has seen it. Nope. I ask John. Nope.

So, in an effort to inspire their conscious, Buddy doesn’t move Monday night. Tuesday morning, I question the girls again. Still standing firm with their answers.

Addy gets a little ‘tude with me and Redneck Mommy came out. But you know what? She scared the crap out of the reds and I got some answers.

Turns out, Claire was lying. Addy *almost* touched Buddy. I made C apologize to Addy. Also? Claire stole the ring from her teacher. SERIOUSLY?! So, I made her apologize to Addy again. Then, I apologized to Addy for not believing her.

Man, motherhood is hard sometimes.

Also? That creepy elf needs an instruction manual for when things pop up that I have no clue how to answer. I’m not the best with lying and when Addy pips up with “You tricked us! You decorated the tree!!” I start stuttering and looking around for someone to throw me a life raft.

Christmas Wish List

You know I always do a Christmas Wish List every year. Just in case you wanted to get me something.

I am trying to ask for stuff I would never buy myself. So, here it goes:

I am kind of obsessed with these lenses for iphones and I am not sure why. Can be found HERE. 

I love me some workout gear… This site has the best stuff! 

I need a medal hanger. I like this that can be found HERE

or these letters are just as fun and can be found at Hobby Lobby.

I really have been eyeing these Silhouette Cameo’s… I think I would never leave it’s side.  

I am still looking for this Epiphanie Camera bag… I just love it. Too bad they don’t make this turquoise anymore. :(

I can always use some Hope in a Jar moisturizer… 

I need a bike computer. I like this one from Amazon.. mainly because it comes in pink. Found HERE

I also need a Bike Trainer.. HERE I am not sure which one or what I want.. I just need someone to tell me. 

The usual suspects are always welcome.. Sephora gift cards, Lululemon gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, etc.

What’s on YOUR Christmas Wish List?

 

 

 

 

 

Belated Merry Christmas!

Here is our Christmas card.. yes I took a picture of the actual card. I’m ghetto like that. I meant to share it before Christmas.. but, I apparently didn’t time manage enough time for actually blogging. I also have a Christmas wrapping tutorial that is set to do no one any good since it’s after the holidays. 

Hope Santa was good to you! I’ll be back hopefully sooner than later. :)

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