We Remember

9/11/01

It’s hard to believe it’s been 13 years.

So many lives lost in just the span of minutes.  I pray that my children or their children never have to live through such a barbaric attack in our own backyard.

Not a day goes by that I am not thankful that I am an American.

Hug your loved ones a bit tighter today.

Cheers!

 

 

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When you don’t have time to blog…..

well you don’t blog apparently if you are me.

I have logged in.  Started entries.  Never finished them.  I just deleted seven that were started.

It’s just busy!  I don’t know why the phone has been ringing off the hook.  But, it is!  Did you know there are people that are engaged and planning weddings for 2016?  I have had two calls in a week like that!  I say get married in 2015!!!!

Just as quickly as I started off on a reading binge I have finally come back to a normal reading level.  I have probably read ten books in two weeks.  I’m like an addict when I get a good book.

My favorite new site is Good Reads.  I wish this had been around when I started reading novels at the age of…..eleven I think.  Maybe twelve.  My first novel was “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.”  It changed my reading forever!

If you are on make friends.  I’d love to see what you are reading:

RSVP Shindig on Goodreads.

I am not great at reviewing books.  And I can’t even come close to adding every single book I have read.  I started out adding children’s literature. But, realized I need to start the kids on their own little accounts.  So I spent an hour deleting as many of their books as I could from my list.  I love books.  So I am totally caught up in this whole ‘dreamy idea’ that my children will follow my lists of books one day to read  Then we’ll have these long discussions about Sister Carrie or Rebecca.

When I was little I’d spend my days at the pool all summer long.  Rarely did anyone know that I read a Nancy Drew book  a night.  I didn’t want anyone to think I was a nerd.  How dumb is that?  When everyone started reading the Adventures in Babysitting books I was sneaking books like Animal Farm.  My parents didn’t really tell me I couldn’t read anything I got my hands on.  My mom likes to read, but not like me.  My dad was not a big reader that would sit down with a book.  He was literary though if that makes any sense.  He would give me a word a day in the summer.  We had a blow up the year he gave me the word jejune.

Have you EVER in your entire life used that word in a sentence?  Of course not.  But, my dad was adamant I use it.  I remember the sentence I made up was completely misusing the word too.  We never really spoke of the word jejune for years.  Because it was a word that could start a war in our house over how ridiculous the whole idea of word a day was……

But, after my father met someone one day I asked him his thoughts and I was hoping beyond hope he was going to have something nice to say about this one person because my father is pretty perceptive about people.  Usually he will even pretend over some people.  To make nice.  But, on this one day he said  he didn’t have a good feeling and then dropped the sentence that would forever and still can ring in my ears at times.  “they are embarrassingly jejune.”  If you look up the word you can decide why they were jejune.  Because it has pretty broad meaning……that all go back to being a sad person.

I was always the girl that crossed her fingers we would be given a summer reading list.

So you could say Goodreads is the best new site in my life right now.

I’ve been reading complete trash though.  It’s been mindless trash.  I just got a new book and if I can get all my ‘to do’ items knocked down I’ll be stealing a few hours for it.  I am really sad to look at my list of past authors and see that I no longer have the stomach for one author that I use to love and adore.  She’s local and her name is Sandra Dallas.  Her books are amazing.  Only problem is that she always works in the death of a child in her books.  In her words in an interview I read she says that in her mind is the greatest pain you can suffer.  Um.  Yes it is.  I’ve experienced it.  So I can’t read her books now.  But, I highly recommend them to anyone that loves that ‘pioneer’ woman type story.  She is a very talented artist.

I’m busy getting ready for a Sip and See for my friend that will be having her 2nd baby soon.  Since we don’t do showers for 2nd babies usually I thought this would be a fun get together for all the girlfriends.  I have been trying to decide on my menu.  I was shopping yesterday for a few odds and ends and decided that I would not buy a single new platter, plate, dish, etc.,. for this party.  I am going to use every single thing I own!

I was surprised to see so much burlap decor in a few stores yesterday.  I’m so over burlap!!!  Aren’t y’all?  If not.  Then try to be.  It’s been done too much.

I am looking for a to die for pumpkin recipe to use the 90 cans of canned pumpkin I have in my cupboard.  So please send any recipes you have.

We have had rain.  A little more rain.  Oh and then some rain.  I keep hearing predictions where we may get snow soon.  Of course we will.  Because I doubt if we didn’t get a very hot summer that we are actually going to get a fall.  I’d take a boring fall!  Wouldn’t you?  Boring meaning leaves turn, crisp air, and days in the 60s or 70s.  Yes please!!!!!

 

Fall porch decorating ideas- Add a May Arts Ribbon bow to your pumpkin for a unique look

Ready for fall!

Happy Fall Y’all.  Thank you for reading my all over the board post!

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Pretty sure Suri Cruise is screaming into her pillow right now…..

Just woke up from a nightmare. Oh, wait. It’s real. Not again. I just recovered from worrying Prince George was going to be a cool, fashionable princess, and now I have to start all over.

There will be a royal baby coming to a castle in London soon.  I really hope it’s a girl.  I’m ready to see how royalty dresses a little girl so that Kiki and Kanye can see how stupid they look everytime their one year old reaches for her YSL clutch.  I’m talking to you too Beyonce.

Hooray!!!!  A royal baby!!!!

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4 months from today………..

we will all be waking up to Christmas morning.

Just think about THAT this first morning back to school.

Spring is supposed to be a time of “new beginnings”.  For me I think it’s fall now that I will have two kids in school and I have to start back on projects, clients, etc.,.  I am looking forward to just getting organized again.  I can tell in the year since moving I have let a lot slide!  Instead of making sure I organized art projects that would come home, I just dumped in a bin with their names on it.  I am pretty sure that’s better than what most mom’s have time for.  But, I hate knowing it’s just all dumped in a bin right now needing to be put in order.  Then again maybe when they are 38 it would be more fun for them to dig thru it?  Maybe I’ll just go with that!

In the meantime I am already shopping for Christmas!  I am planning my trees.  I have many plans!  Of course!

The most fabulous sea tree I have ever seen!

 

Happy First day of school y’all!  And only 120 days to go!!!!

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Summer love

striped tie. Love this!

Stripes with check with ohhh so much color!

Oh goodness y’all.  Today is pretty much our last day of summer.  I am so sad.

I enjoyed sleeping in until 8 this morning.  Priss met me in the hallway as I went downstairs as she too slept in.  Next week is going to be a rude awakening.  I find dealing with the uniform to be a hassle when I have to order everything.  But, I am looking forward to the easiness of getting Priss ready in the morning.

The Bubba will be a whole other story as he continues to enjoy life in his pjs.  I fear he will not understand that he must be ready by a certain time in the morning.  Next week will have me on edge I do believe.

As the summer has come to an end I am sad to see pink ties and blue seer sucker go away.

But, the pink can still stay……..for fall………..

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pink for fall with raspberry tones

It’s feeling like fall this morning!  Later we will find out who the Bubba has for a teacher this year and Priss will go to visit her classroom.  I hate the cliche of how fast time goes.  The days can be long but the years fly by.  Isn’t that the saying?  It’s so true.  I now understand why you will meet families where there is a ten year old and then a two year old in tow.  This is it for me going into the preschool hallway.  I will have only one Mother’s day tea to look forward to.  *insert lump in throat*  I’m still (LUCKILY) two years away from having two kids in class all day.  Bubba is only a half day student at this point.  So I’ll still have my little shadow to enjoy time with.

I am looking forward to having set time again for work.  We are a scheduled family.  So it works best for our house to be harmonious, when I know how my days are laid out.  I feel for any mother that can’t predict her schedule.  I make dinner at the same time every night.  I do laundry at the same time of day.  I answer emails at the same time.  I even blog most of the time (when there is time) at the same time.  So basically meetings and calls will be easy to embrace again!

I’ve loved my summer with my family.  I love that every morning my children say “I wish we were at the beach right now.”  They enjoyed their summer so much at the beach.  I love that I was able to spend an extra week alone with my kids to see what the future of the summer beach trips can be!  It does get easier the older they get to travel.  I don’t know that I can ever say we’ll do the 20 hour car trip to the East coast.  But, at least I know we are all able to handle it at this point!

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out which direction I want RSVP Shindig to go in.  I get more corporate calls now than I did ten years ago.  I also get more calls for weddings than I did ten years ago and that truly blows me away!  I am the first to admit my advertising is zilch.  I have never hung out with vendors in my city (because I find it to be a conflict of interest.)  I do not network like I probably should.  I just believe in my work and how I interact with vendors for events. I get referrals from vendors and I am always humbled.  Yesterday I had a referral call from a florist here in Denver that I’ve never worked with.  They sent the bride because they thought I would be a fit due to the level of service this bride needs.  So say I was flattered is putting it mildly!  I get emails from wedding planners (pretending to be brides) checking in on me.  I find that humorous because who cares what I’m doing!??!!??  It’s flattering!

I love RSVP Shindig.  I love design.  I love color!  Flowers!  Fabric!  I love all of it.  But, I also really love logistics.  The other day I asked to work with someone (just be there shadow for a few weeks) that is working on a major road project.  Not your typical project that you would think a wedding planner would go on.  But, I want to see the logistics of that planning.  I’m a nerd!  What can I say!!!  Also, I’d be tagging along with the CEO of the major engineering project.  Y’all know I wouldn’t be down in the trenches too much.  I don’t have the right shoes!

Happy end of summer!  I’m looking forward to the fall and what changes come with it!

Cheers and Happy Friday y’all!!!

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How to survive an affair in your marriage the right way….

DON’T FLUSH THE RING DOWN THE TOILET.

DON’T THROW THE RING INTO A BODY OF WATER.

DON’T well I think anything after that you can probably find the ring again.  Basically just don’t do anything rash.

Like oh I don’t know………….

Kendra Wilkinson in happier times with her 2.25 carat diamond that cost around $50,000.00

Lord have mercy.  Now first a husband that cheats on a wife that is 8 months pregnant probably cheated way earlier in the marriage!  If he had not and this was a first, then it was not going to be the last.

The hardest part to deal with or most embarrassing for both Kendra and her dumb husband Hanky Panky would be the fact that he had an affair with a transgender model.  I mean where do you go from there.  Not that there is anything wrong with being transgender.  I’m just thinking it would be a real blow to your ego to think that your husband likes a woman that’s a man, that’s a man that’s a woman or neither?  Seems like a lot to deal with on top of oh I don’t know the two kids they have at home, the fact that Hanky Panky is out of the NFL (no paycheck rushing in) and Kendra is not exactly in her prime branding time now.  She’s come almost full circle since her days of living in the Playboy mansion.

Now in terms of the ring.  It’s not like she threw out the ring that Elizabeth Taylor had from one of her hubby’s.

Biggest Celebrity Engagement Rings - Michael Todd and Elizabeth Taylor

Michael Todd’s ring to Elizabeth Taylor 30 carats!

Can you imagine owning a 30 carat ring?  I’d like to give it a whirl!!!  If it came free.  I wouldn’t want to actually have to buy it!

I don’t care if you get a spec of a diamond or something the size of a golf ball,  it’s the most prized possession you will ever own.  Or that’s how it feels (next to your children of course!)  It’s the symbol of love and the future together.  When a man scrapes together money to buy a ring for a woman it means way more than the actual diamond.  The diamond is the symbol of forever!

That Michael guy that Liz married really had high hopes.  It was both their third marriages (as you remember she  was married 8 times.)  They had one daughter together.  This was one of her marriages where it could be defined as bipolar.  They were hot and cold.  Michael died a year after their daughter was born in a plane crash (on his plane called the Lucky Liz!) Engine failure!  Elizabeth Taylor was supposed to be on the flight.  But, she had been told to stay home with a cold.  Michael had even called friends to come along (Kirk Douglas was one that turned down the trip!)  They only found platinum cuff links and his wedding ring after the explosion.

There’s your Hollywood history for the day!

Now either way, I think Elizabeth Taylor was someone with a temper.  But, I’m pretty sure she would never have flushed that 30 carat diamond down the drain!  She was SMART!

No matter what the ring is, the jewelry, etc.,.  Keep it.  You never know what the future holds.  Perhaps you will give the diamond to a son for him to propose with (after having it reset of course.)  Maybe you will just plain sell it!  Who knows.  Who cares!  Just don’t flush the ring!

Cheers!

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What we love right now!

So I had seen this recipe on pinterest forever.  The other morning when I made my first of my three runs to the grocery store for the week I decided on a whim to make this.  Luckily I even remembered to buy low sodium soy sauce.

Edamame Fried Rice

You really don’t need that many ingredients!  I didn’t even have a wok.  Because as you can guess after years of having one taking up space I got rid of it.  Only to need one now since this will be a staple dish in my house in the years to come.

Asian Edamame Fried Rice | Skinnytaste

Ingredients

If you want the true recipe from the source click above.  I’m going to give you my changes thus making it not as skinny probably but still just as healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups cooked brown rice  (I used basmati and it cooked smaller portion than a regular brown rice.  We love basmati in our house)
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped (small to medium)
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 5 scallions, chopped, whites and greens separated
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup ready-to-eat shelled edamame (I used a bag of frozen)
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce

Let your skillet get really hot. Add oil and cook onions, scallion whites, carrots and garlic for about five minutes, careful not to burn. Add brown rice and stir well a few minutes to heat through. Add  soy sauce, scallion greens and edamame, mixing well for about 3-4 minutes.  

Serve.

Next time I will add chicken.  I am not big on eggs in fried rice.  So I wasn’t into it.  I am tempted to run out and buy a new wok.  But, I don’t really want one that bad.  I used a heavy calphalon pan that I’ve had for years.  I stirred constantly and served asap.

My children love fava beans and when they can’t get them they think edamame is the same thing.  I don’t argue!  The low sodium soy was such a nice change that I immediately tossed out our bottle of regular soy.  I didn’t salt and pepper the dish because I am trying to cut salt as much as possible!  But, maybe next time.

Enjoy!  It’s so yummy and a cost effective meal too!

 

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So excited!!!!

All my life……….all I ever wanted to be:

A wife
A mother
A juror (don’t ask)
Wedding planner
A godmother and last but not least an aunt.

I am finally a Kiki (we don’t just call ourselves aunt.  I have to be called Kiki!)  My brother and his wife have welcomed a precious baby boy.  He was 8 pounds and one ounce.  He was one week and two days past due.  Just like his cousin the Priss was! We are all so excited.

My brother and his wife have wanted kids for so long.  So this is just such a blessing in their lives.  I can’t describe how happy I am that my maiden name will be carried on.

Priss and Bubba stayed up waiting for a photo when he was born and it was met with awwwwwwwws.  I let them talk to their Uncle Joe so they could hear the baby crying in the background.  It’s amazing how a baby crying sounds so precious.   I’d say his lungs are just fine from the sound of it.  Also, why is it that you laugh for the first few weeks when babies cry.  It’s so sweet.  When they are two and it’s 3 a.m. it’s not as cute for some reason!

I have a nephew that is 5.  So it’s not like this is completely new.  I remember holding him when he was only a few days old and wanting to just take him home with me.  He was so sweet.  It put me in the baby mood asap!  But, he does not call me Kiki.  Being a Kiki is a Southern girl thing.  I can’t even stand it.

I can’t wait to see this sweet boy.  I think we’ll be getting back on a plane very soon to go see him.  Our extended vacation didn’t prompt him to arrive while we were only a few hours away.  He’s just my favorite because if it had not been for his impending arrival we would not have stayed for three weeks.  I would probably not have flown alone with two ‘childs’.  We discovered that while we miss Daddy/Hubby we can survive and our routine was pretty laid back!  We missed him, but we miss the beach the minute we have to leave.  It’s a circle of madness!  I tell ya.

Either way I have a nephew and the kids have a new cousin and we are all in a giddy state of happiness.  We get photos daily and it’s oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhs  and awwwwwwwwwwws.

Bubba thought we were ‘getting this baby.’  That was a hilarious conversation.  He thought he would appear on our doorstep.  Bless his heart.  So we will just have to do the reverse and show up on his doorstep!

Cheers y’all!  I’m a Kiki.

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How to have a Catholic wedding ceremony with added traditions

Catholic wedding in Italy

Catholic Wedding in Italy

Catholic wedding ceremonies are typically more detailed if both the bride and groom are Catholic.  If one is not then you usually do not have a typical hour long ceremony that has Communion.  Catholic weddings are always in a church.  People always try to get around that one for some reason.  Catholics must marry in accord with canonical form. This means that they are required to have a Catholic wedding ceremony, conducted by either the pastor or another priest deputed by him.  That is as much detail as I will go into on that.  It’s a broad topic and one that I don’t tend to debate.  Personally I think a church wedding can take a lot of stress off of clients when they are getting married in Colorado.  You never have to worry about the weather!  You have built in audio a lot of times.  Depending on the church you don’t need over the top decor.  I love an outdoor ceremony!  But, I just believe that church weddings can be nice for the client that does have a long history of being involved in their church or religion.  

There are a lot of traditions to the ceremony.  But, I think it’s nice when couples can bring in their own twist and style.

1.  Buy the flowergirls their dresses then take them back to keep for a future daughter or grandaughters First Communion dress.  We live in a time when dresses can be redesigned and made new again!

2.  Or flip number 1.  Have the flowergirl where your First Communion dress!

3. Use your baptismal candle as the unity candle.  Now this is tricky b/c we don’t actually light unity candles in our ceremonies.  Some priests allow it.  Some don’t.  But, you could still have it burning at your ceremony.

4.  Wrap your bouquet in your rosary.

5.  Add religious medal to your bouquet or to the boutonniere of the groom.

6.  Turn your wedding dress into a baptismal gown down the road.

7.  Use a kneeler during the ceremony.  Or one part to discuss with your priest when discussing ceremony…..where will you sit during the homily. Will the chairs face out or will your backs be to the church?  If your backs are to the church remember to include that in your wedding decor!  I think two small wreathes of olive leaves with a satin bow could be gorgeous.  Or just two small white wreathes.  This is not the time to ghetto it up with your ‘monogram’ or whatever symbol has been used on your wedding printed items.  Keep it tasteful!

8.  When Ava Maria is sung…….(I am not a fan of that song for some reason if it’s in English.  I love when it’s sung in Latin.  So think about that.)  Place a bouquet of flowers by the statue of Mary.  Catholics love them some statues.  The only other religion to be more reverent to saint/statues are the Greeks.  You can also have a flower girl carry the small bouquet down for you and place it later.  Or for added drama have the bouquet at your seats prior to the ceremony or on a small table next to you.

9.  Have the flower petals from your ceremony turned into a rosary.  If you are lucky enough to have rose petals.  Most churches do not allow it.  But, here’s hoping!

10.  Have your family bible used during the ceremony.

11.  For the guests be kind and do a program that they can follow during your Mass if you are having a detailed and long ceremony.  I always hear guests wondering if they should go for Communion or not.  It’s very confusing.  So even go as far as mentioning that in the program.

12.  Washing of feet.
It’s pretty darn powerful to be that humble on your wedding day.  I’m sure there are people that would laugh at this. I had one client do this a few years ago and there was not a dry eye in the entire reception.  Even the frat boys that were groomsmen sobered up and were in awe.  The groom turned and did this same thing for his wife.  Marriage is not something to be taken lightly and I think in the end this was even more powerful than the vows.  It was a very raw moment but such an act of love.  It brought that “in sickness and health” to a new level of thought process.

John 13: 1-17 Washing of feet

Amazing photo by Ryan Ray Photo

13.  Pray together.  Have photos.  If you are not seeing one another prior to the ceremony, then perhaps praying with your backs to one another on kneelers in a chapel would be an idea.

14.  Pick songs or readings from your parents weddings.

15.  Have rosaries blessed during the ceremony as gifts to parents, grandparents, and children to come.

When you are Catholic you have 7 sacraments. We typically know the ones we’ll all receive
Baptism
Confirmation
Holy Eucharist
Penance
Anointing of the Sick
Holy Orders
Matrimony

I have received all but two.  Holy Orders and Anointing of Sick.  So I hope when I exit this world I am 6 for 7!  The beauty of the 7 sacraments is that you can some what plan for the future of your own family.  When my children were baptized they both held a sterling silver teething ring, I wore a ring I wore on my wedding day, they had my handkerchief from the wedding day as well to hold on to.  We embroider Christening gowns with their date and place of baptism.  Priss wore a bracelet that will one day go around her bouquet and of course we had rosaries that they will continue to use during their sacraments to come.  Y’all know I am already making plans for First Communion and we are over two years away!

My point being to keep in mind that there is life after the wedding day.  Not just the marriage (everyone knows that.)  It’s the life that you may continue to have in church with your family.

Catholic weddings are all about the tradition.  It doesn’t have to be stuffy.  It can’t be you walking down the aisle to a Pearl Jam song played on a violin either.  Embrace that you are going to have a ceremony that will end up timeless (aside from the bridesmaid dresses.)

Good luck and happy planning!

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Is it weird that I am already planning for Christmas?

So just before I left on vacation I saw someone post a little clipping that said “Only 24 weeks til Christmas.”

I did my Scarlett O’Hara and thought “I’ll just think about that tomorrow!”  Because in all honesty 24 weeks is not that far away!

We have so many traditions that I have to start on them now and not wait.  For instance…..Christmas pajamas.  When I was in South Carolina shopping for Priss and Bubba at one of my favorite little stores I even suggested that they start getting Christmas pajamas in just for my yearly visit.  I wasn’t kidding!  I am on the hunt for those right now.  I don’t know how many years I’ll be able to pull it off with matching pjs for the kids.  But, I’m  not going to waste a single second!

Here’s a quick list of things we do and things we are adding this year.

We of course do that sweet little Elf on the shelf (do you hear my sarcasm?)

Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf

I happen to know that this year when the elf arrives he has a few tricks up his sleeve.  I think he may even have a new wardrobe.  The kids fell apart last year when he woke up one morning in a football jersey.  So we’ll see if can improve on that wardrobe malfunction.

Last year I helped a friend change her elf around while they were in the mountains.  Since then I’ve been making plans to continue to change her elf around too!  Odd how something this silly can make me this excited!  And stressed when you wake up at 6:45 and realize the elf is in the same spot from three days ago!

Reindeer Food

ReindeerFood

Reindeer Food recipe courtesy of Paper Fections

Check out this little craft project over on Paper Fections

Christmas Books for Children

Books

Christmas Books

I have a huge bin of book that are only out from Thanksgiving night to a few days after Christmas.  I think the stack has grown every single year.  We read “The Night Before Christmas” obviously the night before.  But, we also have several books with a spin to it on the classic!  Some of my faves are Christmas in the Big Woods.  Laura Ingalls Wilder books are pretty great.  This one just puts such a great reminder that Christmas isn’t about a ton of gifts.  We love Christmas Story as well.  It’s become another must read.  We love reading in our house so it made sense that books would be part of our “things to do” each year in the days leading up to Christmas.

"You'll shoot your eye out!"

Christmas Movies

 Movies!

On Thanksgiving we always end up watching Christmas Vacation.  If the kids are up we watch the one that is on television.  If it’s just the adults we watch the DVD.  And one thing for sure we all laugh like it’s the first time we’ve ever seen that movie.  It never gets old!  I was so excited when the kids were okay with watching White Christmas.  One of my all time favorites and I find I quote from that movie from time to time.  Probably because I would watch it in July sometimes when growing up.

Cocoon Couture santa sacks - reindeer

Give to Charity

We adopt a family

We clean out old toys too.  We give to those that will not have new toys under their trees.  Last year we had to really explain why we didn’t just give old toys we also bought for others and gave it away.  Priss really got into it.  From the time she was only three she told us “You know Christmas is not just about gifts.  It’s about Jesus too.”  She’s always understood on some level.  But, now she is finally maturing and understanding a bit more to help her brother understand.

Advent Calendar that brings the family closer together. Instead of candy and toys, have a pajama dance party or a slumber party next to the Christmas tree! Or Christmas movie night with popcorn!

Advent Calendar with things to accomplish

Advent Calendar
I use to go cray cray with buying trinkets, candy, etc.,.  In the end I would have all this junk piled up and really did we need more stuff?  So a few years ago I changed it up and decided the advent calendar would be filled with ‘things to do’  Sometimes they get treats like books, a new movie, every now and then a bit of candy or a special cookie.  There are not toys!  I include traditions again.  So ‘drive around and see lights.’  ‘Hot chocolate for breakfast’ Last year tickets to a show.  It’s so much fun for the kids to rush down in the morning and see what the surprise of the day is.  Last year I numbered bags and tags and had them tied on the railing.  If you remember we were still dealing with painters in the house.  As the advent calendar dwindled I added Christmas cards on.  It was a win win!

Gifts
We follow the rule of 4.
Something you want.
Something you need.
Something to read.
Something to wear.

Of course I’d love to pretend they don’t get other stuff.  But, they do.  With so many relatives that ship gifts as well as close friends.  Christmas morning is a production.  But, we love the chaos of it!

Our new things to do this year and one I am excited about…..

The best neighbourhood tradition! Sometime before Christmas, one neighbor starts the game, secretly leaving a basket of treats together with an Elf sign and Elf poem explaining how to play the game.

You’ve Been Elf-ed

Since moving I’ve been trying to really get to know my new neighbors.  We have so many kids around us.  I am loving it for our kids.  Plus, just really fun people!  SO we are definitely doing this.

Hubby and I have a tradition of shopping one night together for Christmas.  We leave early in the afternoon and hit ten stores to get everything done.  We still don’t though because we end up going out to eat and then I have one glass of wine and I am ready to sleep.

This year we are adding a few things for us because while it’s all nice we have a million things going on with the kids, I also know that one day they will grow up and reading certain books will go away and reindeer food will be shelved until they have their own kids.  One day they will also live in their own homes with their own traditions and I don’t want to be sitting around bored and wondering what to do!  So I am trying to make sure we keep up with our own list of things as a couple.

So there you have it…..only 141 days until Christmas!
I’ve got work to do!

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