December Wrap-Up

We have been offline for a few weeks. I have to say it has been peaceful.  Now, it’s time to get back into a routine. Christmas is put away, which always makes our house looks bare, but I want to share our December with you.

Husby’s birthday is the first week of December but he was at work for most of December so he could be home through both holidays. It was a long and fast three weeks with him gone, stay at home mama’s you know what I mean. Hudson and I watched as many Christmas movies as he would sit still for and read piles of Christmas books snuggled up by our fire. It was blissful!

We went on our annual trip to Coeur d’ Alene for the Journey to the Northpole. This year we took my dad along for the trip. We had so much fun! H loved seeing Santa and hearing his name on the Nice List. The hotel sent Elves to our room with cookies and milk after seeing Santa. The whole experience was magical.

A fun highlight was our Polar Express Pajama party. We had friends over to watch Hudson’s favorite Christmas movie and sip hot chocolate….coffee for all the mama’s or a mimosa…….maybe two. We piled pillows and blankets in our living room and everyone wore their comfy jammies. It was so much fun and easy to throw together.

20151213_13310320151213_13311120151213_13315620151213_133143-1The big day was eventful, Hudson finally got the big firetruck he has been asking for. We had to visit it every time we went to the store. Thankfully, it was sold out quickly, I was able to tell Hudson Santa must have gotten them all for other kids.

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We had a great December I hope yours was as memorable as ours!

 

 

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Christmas Eve Eve!!

With Christmas Eve tomorrow we have been doing some fun crafting and Christmas related fun! This is my FAVE time of year, I love everything about it and all of December is solely Christmas around here! We of course did the annual drive around to check out Christmas lights and Harper just thinks all the pretty lights are SO COOL! Especially the blow up Mickey, Minnie and Olaf that are in the neighborhood! We had to wear our matching Christmas shirts too which made this outing that much better!

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We never get family pics because we rarely have anyone to take one of the three of us so this year I was gonna make it happen…with every intention of getting Chrismas cards made…go figure I didn’t get around to doing that (I’M SO BAD!!) But anyway I love the way they ALL turned out and am gonna get a bunch framed so at least I have that 😉 We just went down to the lake in town on day that wasn’t freezing and I had a friend take some, here are a few of my faves.

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I skipped taking the Harpster to see Santa last year because I knew she either could care less or would be scared, plus we were super busy with wedding prep so this was the year. 🙂 I wasn’t sure how she’d do, literally had no idea but didn’t think it would go well, she’s quite the mama and daddy’s girl right now. She loves Mickey’s Twice upon a Christmas right now and says Santa when he comes on so that was my tad bit of hope! The Santa here was awesome to say the least and his helper Elf was just as amazing! The lady grabbed her and was talking to her, let her play with her light up necklace & she was all smiles already! Handed off to Santa went just as smooth! She was a little iffy but we got some good smiles and all was good!

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Lucky girl even left with a candy cane, cookie and reindeer horns!! She was so proud walking out of the mall 😉

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One of my friends got us a Gingerbread house kit for an early Christmas gift and again, I had an idea of how this was gonna go with an almost two year old but it was entertaining and fun to watch her help me decorate! I put the house together and made sure it was good and dry before letting her help, she thought it was the best thing ever, having candy in dishes right in front of her and definitely ate more pieces than she put on the house or cookies 🙂 (as I had expected) hehe!

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Next on to a Christmas craft, I looked on Pinterest and found this cute idea of a Rudolph with her handprints. She thought it was the funniest thing in the world I was painting her hand and giggled the whole time we were doing this. How cute is this little chubby brown hand?!

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So you just put a handprint on the paper, then flip it and do one more, then I had her put white fingerprint snow in the sky, covered with glitter, (because everything is better with glitter), 4 black fingerprints for the hoofs and glue on a red nose, eye, and a jingle bell! I used a rhinestone for the eye and a button for the nose but you can really use anything you can find or even paint them on too! Of course with a toddler this couldn’t go perfectly smooth with no mess & after I put the glitter on she picked up the bottle and dumped the whole thing in one second but hey, I guess the kid just loves glitter as much as her mama? 😉

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Here’s how our finished product turned out! I’m in love and for sure gonna stick this in a frame to bring out on display every Christmas!

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I’ll leave you with a couple pics of us in the matching shirts I told you about in my Christmas gift post! Happy Christmas Eve Eve! I hope you all have the best holiday yet!

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25 Days of Christmas

We have not made many family traditions really at all. We have spent most holidays traveling to this house to see this person and then on to the next.  We were only HOME for a few days and had to see everyone. Or Jordan was deployed. After Hudson arrived my desire for our own family holiday traditions was at an all time high. Our first Christmas he was only a month old. Jordan was in Washington while Hudson and I were in Montana. The second all the family wanted to see Hudson open gifts so we drove all over. But now, we live close to all our family and friends we can make traditions as a  tiny family of four, we cant forget Jackson. Hudson is at the perfect age to start our own thing. The only issue is  at 2 many of  activities have to be instant gratification. However, they are for the whole family. I hope you get some good ideas for your family!

25 days of Christmas

  1.  Decorate the house (tree, lights, stockings)
  2. Watch Twice Upon a Mickey Christmas, it has proven to be a good one for Hudson.
  3. Make Snowman Soup, hot cocoa
  4. Happy Birthday Daddy! Give him his birthday gift
  5. Take a picture with Santa
  6. Parade of Lights in Downtown Missoula
  7. Jammies all day, Bake sugar cookies and decorate
  8. Deliver goodies to family members
  9. Christmas music dance party
  10. Read the Polar Express
  11. Make dog treats for the neighbors
  12. Take toys and clothing to the Women’s Shelter
  13. Make popcorn and watch  ELF as a family
  14. Go see Reindeer at Murdoch’s
  15. How the Grinch Stole Christmas play date
  16. Make bubble Santa Beards at bath time
  17. Make Christmas bark
  18. Watch a Christmas movie with Peppermint Sundaes
  19. Make Snow Cream
  20. Build a Snowman
  21. Take a  night drive to see the Christmas Lights
  22. Picnic by the fireplace and read Christmas books
  23. Christmas Craft project; coloring, stickers
  24. Open our Special Christmas Eve gift, jammies, snack and new book
  25.  PJs all Day, Merry Christmas to all!

IMG_20141201_224301 I found my advent calendar at Target. They had a ton of options but you could always make an advent garland from gift tags and clothes pins or a cute felt one. The possibilities are endless!

I hope you incorporate some of our traditions into your families this holiday season. What are your family’s traditions?