Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Favorites!

I can hardly contain my excitement.  TWO weeks of snuggling my boys, long coffee mornings, lazy days and the freedom to do anything!!  Happy Friday all!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Where are your Feet?

A couple of days ago, my friend posted this quote on Instagram:

"Stay where your feet are."

That is so simple (yet so difficult) for this season as in Christmas but also for this season in my life. It is easy to get caught up in the past and certainly distracting to start planning for the future.  But if I only stay where my feet are, I can enjoy this moment.  This moment.  My feet are currently curled up under me.  I am enjoying the silence of my kitchen while my kids somehow are still sleeping.  My coffee is steaming next to me and I am here.  Where my feet are.  

Where are your feet?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Weekend Re-Cap!

Oops, a day late here!  Yesterday was crazy with work and all that business, but I feel on schedule now.  Plus, only FOUR days until we are on Winter Break and I can't wait to lay on the couch and snuggle my dudes and have a wonderful holiday!

This weekend was much calmer than the one before and much needed!  Friday we had some beers and convinced the kids to play in the basement while we watched 22 Jump Street.  I thought it would be kind of stupid but we actually laughed quite a bit.
Saturday I woke up for some yoga and then subbed a beginner yoga class which was fun!  I did a little school work and then we went out to dinner for Mexico (aka chips and salsa).  Saturday night was spent doing some basketball tricks off the couch.  For an hour!

Sunday was our big event!  My girlfriend hires Santa every year to come over for breakfast, while everyone just brings a side dish to share.  Paul was SO EXCITED!!!

He sat on his lap and asked for a Spiderman lego guy and a Superman leg guy (what??) But after a quick Amazon Prime search, Santa is going to make dreams come true!  

At first Charlie thought Santa was an okay guy.

But then quickly changed his mind!

We all came home for naps and the Bronco game and then spent the rest of the evening lounging and folding laundry!

Hoping this week goes fast for all of us!! Happy Tuesday! 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Favorites Videos

Happy Friday!  Here are some videos to keep you laughing through the weekend!!  

Co-Sleeping is a nice thought, but this is seriously what it is like: 

Jimmy Fallon + Steve Carell = Hilarious 

This is just the truth: 

 Can't resist a Taylor Swift parody! 

Have a wonderful weekend! xo

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Christmas Card

Do you know how hard it is to get two children (boys) to look at the camera and smile at the same time?????  It should be an Olympic event and I'm not even joking.  We were in the mountains and I had this little hope that we could squeak out a picture good enough for a Christmas card.  I kept my desires to myself because I didn't want to put too much pressure on our photographer (my dad).  I put the boys in collared shirts and at first Paul cried because he hated his outfit (um, what?).  He calmed down and it was go time.  I don't want to fully admit the things that were coming out of my mouth to get both kids to laugh but think farts and grandma in the same sentence.  At the end, everyone was sweating and the collared shirt came off.  But we got something so sweet.  

(It's not crooked, must just be the way I'm holding it) 

Thanks goodness Christmas cards only have to go out once a year!!  Any tricks to get your kiddos to smile?? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Charlie is TWO

I didn't know I would be so emotional about sweet Charlie turning TWO.  It literally feels like yesterday that I was rushing to the hospital praying for an epidural only to find out when I arrived it was time to push.  

Charlie is the cutest, sweetest two year old.  He loves basketball, cars, crashing, jumping, balloons, stuffed animals, stacking blocks and reading books.  He loves to be outside, or to be in the bath and to sing.  He's talking so much more and still loves to snuggle.  We are so lucky to have this boy in our lives.  Happy Birthday Charlie! 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

What I Read in November

November was a great reading month for me.  I can already tell December is not going to be as good. Ebbs and flows like everything else!

Here is What I Read: 

A cute easy read about a family and Christmas.  Nothing heavy or life changing, but a good story about the holidays! 

Another easy read, a love story from the 1960s but gets intertwined to the present day!  The older love story is WAY more interesting than the present day love story, but still worth the read! 

I usually don't love science fiction, but this was a really interesting futuristic love story.  And make you think about our obsession with technology and where it could go.  

This is young adult, but it is SO GOOD!! It is about twins, Noah and Jude.  Some of the story is from Jude's point of view and the other from Noah's.  I thought about this book for weeks after I finished!   
Read this over Thanksgiving break, easy and entertaining and you can finish in just a few hours.  Not my favorite of hers, but still worth my time! 

This was not my favorite by Moyes, but perhaps reading two books by the same author in a month is a bad idea.  Just a bit predictable!   

A suspense, mystery novel that took place in a school so hit close to home! :) It was hard to put down! 

I read A Thousand Acres in college and LOVED it but I am not sure I have read anything of Smiley's since.  I didn't know if I was going to like this, it is a family story taking place on a farm but I really enjoyed it!  

 If you read any book this year, let it be this one.  I cried the entire time.  It is heart breaking, optimistic, beautiful and I haven't stopped talking or thinking about this book since I finished.  When I was pregnant with Paul I remember going to bed each night wishing and hoping that my baby would be healthy.  Please don't have down syndrome or autism or any other crazy disorder, disease, etc.  I remember being nervous with Charlie too, but a little less so since I had Paul to distract me.  But after reading this book, I think I was praying for the wrong thing.  I really just hope my children are kind.  This book does such a great job of portraying the social structures of middle school and making you think about why some kids are mean, why some kids feel like they have to be mean to fit in, and why some kids go against the grain and are just kind. Please let my boys be kind.  READ THIS!! 

Any great books you have read lately?
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