Was your Christmas as crazy as mine? I’m sure it was!
We started off with Addy’s school Christmas party…
Umm.. hello twinsies.
We had Claire’s Christmas party on Friday…
And Christmas with Dad and Karen.. I swear he’s not holding me hostage.. the picture was my idea!
Dad and Karen did great.. a Princess crown medal hanger!
Dad is not a fan of toy boxes…
We had two parties Sunday, before heading to my cousins.
Christmas Eve always starts with brunch at my Granny’s and Christmas with Mom and Bill.
The girls at MeMac and Poppy’s
Love my shirt from Jo Jo and Tracie!!
Claire digs her iPad and ear phones from Nana and her pink case from MeMac!
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.
Christmas Tradition with Hubs… champagne and Christmas lights!
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?
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.
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.
Make sure the paper is nice and tight around the box.
Then, I fold the paper around the box, ensuring that there aren’t a lot of gaps in the paper.
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.
The key so crisp looking wrapping, is making sure all the edges are creased well.
Line that corner with tape.
Doing the same thing on the other side.
Finally, line the inside of the last piece of paper with tape and pull up as tightly as you can.
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.
Follow the same instructions as the other side.
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.
I folded mine down. Make sure you crease this edge really well before putting tape on it.
Line the paper with the double sided tape.
Pull as tightly as you can on the paper.
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.)
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.
Wrap it around the box and tie a knot to hold it in place.
Next, take you tulle and make a few loops.
And then cut the edges.
Secure the tulle to the knot on the package!
Here is an example of a ribbon on the package, but my sister is the whiz at those bows. I am not.
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.
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:
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.
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
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?
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.
Hey y’all! I am still alive! This past week kind of took over my life and I am not very good with balance, apparently. With my family out of the country, I am taking care of tons of things for them, plus blogging for my sister on her adoption blog. I guess I’ve put all of my blogging efforts into hers. Moving on…
Since I have major problems with balancing all the aspects of my life, if you have any tips they are greatly appreciated. How can I balanace running, mom, wife, photographer, small business owner, blogger, social media addict?? I dropped runner and blogger this week in lieu of cleaning my house. It felt wonderful. Plus… decorating my tree became the most stressful event ever. I blame Pinterest to fuel my perfectionist self to decorate the perfect tree. And then Hobby Lobby decided to be out of everything I fell in love with. Why, Hobby Lobby, WHY?!
Anyway, our Elf on the Shelf, Buddy showed up this week.. What’s he been up to?!
On top of normal craziness, Addy had a practice gymnastics meet this past weekend (pictures and video to come) and her first real meet is this weekend. Which means, they added an extra gymnastics practice to each week. As if, two days of 2 hours practices wasn’t enough.
Awesome news ALERT.
I have been chosen to be a FitFluential Ambassador. I am super pumped. Complete with my very own page on their site. You might see some other familiar faces in there. The company just started in April and is growing leaps and bounds. I cannot tell you how excited I am for what is coming in 2012! If you are interested, you can apply to be a FitFluential Ambassador HERE. Be sure to tell them who sent you! Even if you don’t blog, you can apply to be a FitFluential Enthusiast.
I also remembered I used to like to run this week and decided to hop back on that treadmill. It was nice. And it hurt. I have also starting planking every day and trying to do some push-ups… my lack of upper body strength is scary.
What have YOU been up to??
Just in case you wanted to send me some Christmas presents, I have compiled a list for you. Or ya know, if you want to steal some ideas, go right on ahead! Maybe they’ll have some Black Friday deals. Does Sephora do Black Friday? Who knows…
I got this tinted moisturizer as a gift from Sephora for spending so much money. How nice of them to fuel my addiction. The color Nude. Sephora
I had a list compiled of all the Philosophy products I wanted and then they went and came out with this for the Holidays. It’s like they know me. Sephora
I need a new blush and I hear this one is good. In the color Orgasm.. get your mind out of the gutter. Sephora
These are my very favorite eye liner pencils.. my color of Mildew is almost out. (Who names these colors anyway? Mildew? Orgasm?) Sephora
I’m not sure if this will be beneficial, but it sounds like a good idea for all that treadmill running. The foot pod that goes with my Garmin watch. Garmin Foot Pod
I need something to display all my Race Bling. They do custom ones too.. Dominate could be a good idea. Medal Display Hanger
I need some dish storage containers. I like this one! The Container Store
This one could work too.. I need one set for Christmas China and another for my Fine China.
I need something like this for my bathroom drawers… I can’t decide between acrylic or bamboo though.. Do you have any? What’s your favorite?
I love my Brooks Ravennas 2. Size 8.
You know I love a good Running Skirt!
I wouldn’t turn down this Running Skirt either.. Size 3. Or that sweet black one they have.
Of course, iTunes Gift cards are always welcome for purchases or books, music, tv shows and movies. Subscriptions to Runners World and Women’s Health are always good ideas too.
In case you didn’t notice, the bed was the hit. We spent most of the day lounging and playing on the bed. Too bad you can’t always have one in your living room.. oh wait. Aren’t those called couches?
These next two pictures make me so happy. You see, my MIL is a picture hoarder. She loves some pictures. And the number of albums of her boys growing up is unreal. And there are so many pictures of the boys holding signs for whatever is going on. “first christmas” or “lost first tooth”. Now my little Addison has her first sign from MeMac… her first White Christmas!!
A White Christmas wasn’t complete without a snowball fight and making a snowman with Uncle Jay… You really should click these two pictures to get the full effect of their different faces with the snowman!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas this year.. we have lots of Before and After’s because 2011 is going to be the year of getting my house decorated exactly the way I want it!!
Addison got excited and didn’t realize it wasn’t her turn.. she covered her mistake with her hands!