Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Christmas Eve + Christmas Day | 2018

This past December, our beautiful girl celebrated her 7th Christmas, while our sweet boy celebrated his 2nd. I can still remember every detail of Gracie's first Christmas holiday as a part of our family; forever changing what Christmas meant for her Mommy and me. She made it everything by just being there. She sprang forth so many traditions that we began or carried on from our own childhood, because we now had a family and a reason to go big for the brightest holiday of the year. It's hard to believe that so many Decembers have come and gone since that first in 2012 and yet they have. She's grown so much bigger and now knows all about both Jesus and Santa. She's learned to write her own wish lists for St. Nick and is now the one reading her favorite Christmas books to us, which has been such a gift for her mamas and her little bro. 

With all of this change, we've been given the amazing gift of having a second little one, five whole years later - bringing back that baby magic that we couldn't wait to feel again. The wonder of watching your baby looking wide-eyed at Christmas lights, is a feeling that I can't even put into words. Seeing them stare up at the Christmas tree or pull every ornament off of it, with their chubby little baby hands, makes the season so much more fun. They make us want to do more, see more and feel more. They motivate us to dust off every tradition we had growing up, while also looking for new ones to start, just for them. They make all the time and creative juices that we can summon, so worth the effort; because we know that Christmas is the stuff childhood dreams are made of and we want those dreams and memories to be the best ever!

This year for Christmas Eve, we hosted G's family at our house. It was the off year for G's brother and his hubby to visit for the holidays, so I anticipated that our Christmas Eve would a quiet one. Turns out, I was wrong about that, lol! Life with 2 littles is so much louder, a bit crazier and basically anything but quiet. Something I should already know by now! ;) The Guncles called us on FaceTime so they didn't have to miss out on anything. Like past years, when they couldn't be here with us for the holiday's, they sent gifts before hand and to say that they went overboard, would be a huge understatement! These two are so spoiled by their uncle D and uncle C. :)

G's parents brought posole, tamales and lots of other yummy New Mexican Christmas dishes for us to enjoy and we provided the evenings desserts. I must say, now that I've experienced an ultra comfortable Christmas Eve in PJ's, I don't know that I'll ever be able to wear anything else but that, going forward. It was just so relaxing! We all spent the evening hanging out, eating and opening presents until it was time to put Gracie and Will to bed. 

Look at this cutie in her Moana outfit and Will in his Christmas jammies. Our little stinkers could not have been more excited.  

My absolute favorite part of Christmas, is getting things prepared for Christmas morning. I know I say this same thing every year, but I just LOVE IT so much! Reading Christmas stories before bed and putting cookies, carrots and milk out with our babes before tucking them in, always makes me so excited and happy that I get to do all of this mom stuff. G and I usually stay up until around midnight wrapping gifts, stuffing stockings and getting all the "gifts from Santa" laid out and it always gives me soooo many feels to stand back and take in the view of our tree, once everything is set up. Just knowing how excited they're going to be when they wake up is the stuff parenting is all about. All those special little moments!

This year Santa brought Will his first Balance Bike in bright orange with a matching Mickey Mouse helmet and he brought Gracie her very own light-up pink scooter with matching pink princess helmet. Their other gifts from St. Nick were a train set for our train-obsessed little guy and the all too famous Star Wars interactive Chewie toy for Grace. The Bean just about lost her mind when she opened Chewie because we had told her that it was on lots of kids lists and there may not be any left for Santa to bring to our house. She couldn't believe that there was one for her and said, see I told you I've been so good! Ha!

G's gift from me was a wine fridge - something she's been begging for, for years! I found the perfect one that's narrow and fits right next to our bar, while still leaving room for Will's highchair. The wifey surprised me with the new Apple Watch, which totally blew my mind! It's probably the most amazing thing she's given me (aside from my babies and wedding ring, of course) and I've used the heck out of it! With all our efforts to get healthy, the Apple Watch has helped me take things to the next level and really push myself daily. I LOVE IT!

Per our annual family tradition, once we were done opening presents and having coffee, we all headed to Nani and Grandpa K's house for Christmas brunch and more presents! As I do every year, I bought the little ones matching Christmas jammies, which were Harry Potter this year and just the cutest things ever! I was excited to see how much more Will was into all things Christmas. He was just as excited as the girls and even sat at the kids table with them for the first time ever! Right after the photo below was taken of all the kiddos sitting together, Gracie stood up not realizing that the table cloth was tucked into one of her slippers and she proceeded to pull the table cloth and everyone's food right off the table and onto the floor... She was shocked and the rest of us couldn't help but laugh! My poor little gal, she's always doing stuff like this, lol. She was just happy that we weren't upset with her and that there was plenty of food to make new plates. ;) 

Be still my heart! Here we have 7 years of matching cousin Christmas pajamas! I hope with every part of my soul that these kids let me dress them in matching jammies well into their teen years and I can't wait for the day that my sis has a baby, who we can add to the mix. It'll be difficult to find matching Christmas jammies for so many kiddos with ranging ages, but I'm 100% up for the challenge!

This family of mine. At the risk of sounding super cheesy, they really are the ones who make Christmas so magical and I'm forever thankful that I get to call them mine. 

I hope you all had an awesome holiday season, however you celebrate! Cheers!  

{ Our 2018 family Christmas Videos }

Monday, February 18, 2019

8/52: L O V E M O N T H

I have so much to share from this year's Valentine's Day festivities, from Gracie's first Papa + Granddaughter dance to me and the wife's fab #dateday, but first I have one more Christmas post in my drafts (believe it or not, haha)! For now, here's a little teaser of this year's love month decorations. 

Y'all would be so proud of me! I had the house decorated for Christmas by December 1st and actually made the time to decorate for Valentine's Day, something I've been dropping the ball on. It's like, I have boxes of decorations for Vday, St. Patrick's Day, 4th of July, you name it and I just stopped putting them up around 2 years ago. Well, Mama's back at it! More on this coming soon. :)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

7/52: Why we never gave up

Every now and then, I'll see a picture that reminds me of all the reasons Georgia and I never gave up trying for another baby. We knew that Gracie was meant to be a big sister and we knew that when it did happen, it would be better than anything we could possibly imagine. 

This pictures is one of those photos that stopped me in my tracks, and made me take pause to give thanks. These two. What did we ever do without them.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

My Annual Christmas Catch-up // 2018

So here we are, at the start of February, and I'm behind on the sharing of our holiday adventures... shocker. Haha! I did manage to get most of my thoughts and feelings regarding this Christmas written down (in the month of January), so that's impressive if you ask me! What catching up on all of the things we did in December to celebrate Jesus, Santa and all that other festive stuff has shown me, is this - we do way to much shit during the holidays. Like, way.too.much.shit. It's exhausting just reflecting on all of it, so how we manage to make it to everything we're invited to... how us mamas throw so many outfits together, constantly running out the door and crafting and baking and making... and, and, and... is beyond me. Yet, so many parents just like us, do it every year. I've concluded that we're all goddamn superheros and we deserve capes! 

When I think about what the holidays, especially Christmas required pre-kids, it's insane to see just how much our lives have changed. Our pre-kid Decembers required that we go out and party (A LOT) and then show up at a family members house, hungover on Christmas Eve, only to then make a follow up appearance on Christmas day at another relatives house. That's it. This is all that was required of us. So again - things have changed and they've gotten harder so... give us our capes! It is fun though, isn't it. The magic of Christmas. The making of time to still see friends and still have fun and do our best to make the holidays enjoyable for both the little humans and the big humans. We did manage to do a bit of that this year, so I guess G and I are still cool. Thank goodness.

Our #momsquad all got together for a night at a brewery + gift exchange in early December and it was such a fun night. This group of moms is something else and I just love each and every one of them. We range from super hippy, organic living with dreadlocks, to proper blondes who don't curse in public, to moms like me, who fall somewhere in-between. And I'm telling y'all, for as diverse as our group is, we have an absolute blast together and just laugh our asses off, regardless of what we're doing! 

We were of course, the loudest group at the brewery and were some of the last to leave. We chatted about all the stuff our kiddos have been up to, as some now go to different schools. There was the usual spouse talk, which is always funny considering G and I are two women, both present for these spouse-bitch sessions, lol! We enjoyed flights of local brew and good food. Twas' a great night, all around!  

G and I actually finagled our way into an overnight "moms night out" at a fancy hotel, without our little stinkers and it was glorious! As I've mentioned here before, G's company is super fancy and really goes all out for their employees for everything, including the annual holiday party. They most certainly did this again this Christmas, hosting a bash at the nicest hotel in town. They wined and dined us with a 3 course meal, drinks for all, entertainment and then gave away all sorts of TVs, trips, iPads and who knows what else. We didn't win anything, but it was the perfect night out for us. The company offered to pay for half the cost of renting a suite, so we jumped at that and loved having a reason to get all gussied up and pack an overnight bag.

Our bestie, who you know here as Gracie and Will's "uncle A", also works with Georgia, so he and his boyfriend uncle B, went with us! I had honestly forgotten how much fun double dates could be! We didn't talk about the kids once. No talk of what we needed to get done at home, in prep for Christmas. There were zero conversations of, where we need to have the kids tomorrow and who we need to bathe and feed, lol. There was none of that and getting the chance to decompress and have fun together, is something I don't think we even realized we so desperately needed.

G purchased the sexiest little white and black coat for the occasion and looked fine as hell! She's been doing so amazing with her workouts, increased weightlifting and healthy eating, that I wanted to tackle that little hottie to the ground, Ha! It also helped that the lighting in the ballroom was a dream and made us all look like we were in our 20's. God bless good lightening! 

My little sis flew in from Vancouver BC this same evening with her boyfriend, who we were meeting for the first time, so that was an added bonus! She met us at the hotel after her flight got in and had a few drinks with us before heading to my mom's for a nightcap. That and our room service buffet was the best end to such a fun night! I still have dreams about those street tacos... drool...

We rounded out our pre-Christmas holiday festivities with Nani's philanthropy, Operation Santa's Child! This was like the 20th year that she's had this community event and this year's was bigger and brighter than ever!

It's always a challenge to share photos of this special event, while still respecting the privacy of the families who are adopted. I wish so much that I could share all the pictures of the huge smiles and happy tears shed by parents watching Christmas coming to life for their kiddos, but I also know that without their permission, that wouldn't be right. So instead, I'll share some favorite photos of my sweet family, our awesome float and Santa!

This was the first year that my mom and stepdad were completely settled in their new house and with the tent they rented for the backyard, there were people everywhere. We played boardgames and this meme game that was hilarious! We also ate, way too much and opened presents from auntie M, since she couldn't come back for Christmas day! Will discovered Grandpa K's music room and drum set for the first time every and then blew everyones mind with his mad skills on the drums! It was adorable! 

And the kiddos had a blast! 

Next up, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Goal: finish Christmas posts before Valentine's Day, haha! We'll see... ;)

Monday, February 4, 2019

6|52 N I N J A

Our boy got this Ninja Turtle mask in a kid's meal last summer and he's still completely obsessed with it. He'll walk around the house wearing it for hours, even in the bath and it just cracks us up! The Super Bowl was a total snooze-fest this year, so we ditched the game and had a balloon bath instead. 

Thursday, January 31, 2019

5/52: New do, who dis?

How cute is this big boy of mine?! We almost always wait way too long to take him in to see Uncle D at his barbershop and every time we finally make it in, we swoon at how handsome he looks and vow that we will not wait so long the next time! *but then we always do...

I just can't believe that my baby's going to be TWO years old in just over 2 months. I guess I better get started on the party planning! Bet you can't guess the theme??

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Twinkle Toes Elf | Year Five

Our beloved Twinkle Toes made her glorious return to our home this past December; only this year she brought another little elf! Yes my friends, TT has a brother who has yet to be named. Initially G called him Jose, but that's only because he looks much more Hispanic than Twinkle Toes does, hehe! Like we did with TT, William will be the one to name his new little elf, once he's old enough to do so and so until then, Jose it is! ;)

This was TT's 5th year visiting us, (6th if you include the Christmas that Gracie was given her sweet little elf from Auntie Missy). With this being the first year that there were 2 elves crashing at our pad every evening, it was a busy month for all of us! 

Mama was afraid that after all these years, our visitors may run out of places to play and while it did require much creativity and thinking outside the box to surprise our kiddos with new places to visit every morning, (places that they hadn't visited before) - they managed to do it. These are some very talented elves, if you ask me! I think it did help that there's a fairly new outer space themed nursery that they were able to explore.

They had so much fun playing with all of the Bean's holiday school projects she brought home, like the little elves she made in her weekly art course. It worked out perfectly that there just happened to be a little Gracie elf happy to hang from the chandeliers with our trouble makers!

One of their absolute favorite visits of the year was the night they got to go fishing in the kitchen! They worked together for over an hour to get the water just right for Gracie and Will, because it just had to be the perfect color of blue! That next morning, Gracie came running to her Mamas screaming, "Moms! I found our elves and they're fishing in Diet Coke"! LOL! Thankfully TT and her little brother elf were fast asleep at this point, so they didn't have to hear that the water they worked so hard on, didn't end up looking like water at all! Ha!

The outfits these two sported every day didn't disappoint either, because as you can see, this duo is quite fashionable. Will's little elf dressed as a solider on day one and then insisted on wearing his royal blue shorts the remainder of the month, while TT changed outfits on almost a daily basis. Gracie got such a kick out of that! Unlike previous years, these guys scaled down the gifts they brought from the North Pole for their humans, mostly because there's two of them now, but they still got some cool little gifts! There was candy left for our stinkers, along with Christmas socks, more decorations for Gracie's bedroom Tree Lot and lots of stickers.

Sister Bear will turn SEVEN this March and her Mamas' only wish for next Christmas, is that she continue to believe in the magic of her special little elf; because while it may be a lot of work preparing for our elf visits every year, it's something us Mamas absolutely treasure.

Here's a few favorites from visits in years past ~

Twinkle Toes | Year Four
Twinkle Toes | Year Three
Twinkle Toes | Year Two
Twinkle Toes | Year One

Until next year, you two. 💝

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