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Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Christmas. Show all posts

Monday, December 7, 2015

Adventures with Keegan: Oh Christmas Tree

Sunday, after recovering from Friendsgiving, we ventured out to get our Christmas tree. We headed to little place down the street from us, decided to forgo the big stores and support small business this year, and hunted for our fresh cut Christmas tree. I was really hoping we would be able to go to a cut your own tree farm this year, but with just me and Keegan going, I was not going on that adventure by myself. Me, small child, saw, drag tree. Ah, raincheck on that one.

Snowflake Sweatshirt here

We brought our tree home, and started decorating. This year was a lot easier to get the tree in the house, last year I cut off the netting before I brought it in the house. #youliveandyoulearn

I am so in love with our tree this year, you can just tell the quality is great, no needles falling off yet and the tree is so full and smells fantastic. This why I just could not give in and buy a fake tree. My family always had a real tree growing up, it was a tradition we did every year around this time. It's just not Christmas to me without a real tree.

As I am sitting here writing this, I am watching White Christmas and having a glass of tea while Keegan is taking a nap. It's pure bliss, an afternoon doing nothing but putting pen to paper (or actually fingers to keyboard in this case). This time of year is my favorite, that it is a time of year that brings everyone together. That the snow starts falling, that everything is decked out in magic.

I always try and soak in as much as I can, enjoy the little things like watching the thrill in Keegan's eyes as we look at the lights, pick out our tree, and begin to buy gifts to share with loved ones. This year I plan on really trying to enjoy the season that was cut so short for us last year. As most of you know, last year at this time, my Dad was on hospice care and he passed away just two weeks before Christmas. I spent an entire week away from my son and by the time I got home, it just didn't really feel like Christmas. So this year, we are going to enjoy as much Christmas as we can have.

Advent Stockings here

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Loads of Merriment

We celebrated our Christmas this year surrounded by our Wisconsin family. Keegan was a trooper traveling this time, sleeping for 3 & 1/2 hours and making our trip quick to get to Milwaukee (5 hours! This mom has a heavy foot). We left on Christmas Eve so we arrived just in time for dinner and presents! My mother in law cooked us an amazing prime rib dinner and she even held up my family tradition of chocolate fondue for dessert!

Keegan got to spend some time wrestling with his uncle before we started in on the presents. I love seeing the bond those two have. They don't get to see each other very often since we live here and Scott lives in Iowa. But I have to tell you, that little boy loves his uncle. We also got a chance to talk to Keegan's auntie Kelsey who is currently living far away in Australia. It is so hard not being near her for the holidays this year but thank God for Skype! 

After dinner it was time for presents! Keegan was way more into ripping up the paper this year than the actually gifts but I think he was also a little tired from our journey that day as well. He was ever so spoiled this year. Chris and I bought him a ride along ATV (we both were not allowed to have one as a child) and he HATED it. He would ride around with this horrified look on his face. I'm sure he will love it as time goes on. He also enjoyed getting a new puzzle, a remote control Thomas the train and a huge Little People Zoo from his uncle. We also received some beautiful books from Auntie Kelsey from Australia.

After presents, it was off to bed for our little sleepyhead and time for us as well. It had been a long day of traveling and we knew we would have a big day ahead with seeing more family for Christmas Day. The next day we woke up to a beautiful new blanket of snow. Perfect for an already white Christmas. Keegan decided to give the his new ATV another try and yep, still hated it. But he would at least sit on it this time.

So off to the great grandparents we went. We spend time having ham and all the fixings, talking, playing cards and opening more gifts. This time Keegan was super into the presents. He went a took a peek at them before anyone else and was trying to rip off the bows before anyone would catch him. He kept yelling, "Tee, Tee!" Once again the paper was the best thing he got. He was flinging it everywhere, yelling, throwing it and ripping the pieces to shreds. BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!

Keegan was also able to spend some much needed time with his great-grandparents as well. We really don't see them very often so it was nice for him to get to know them a little better. He loved sitting at the window watching the kids go sledding down the big hill outside.

Christmas truly is a blessing to watch when you have children. Now I have to break the news to him that the tree can't stay up all year long and all the decorations get put away. Our house will feel so much bigger. We have to make room for all those new toys!

We hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday! I know we had a blast this year with Keegan being older and watching through his eyes and expressions. I can't wait to see what he will be like next year....

Sunday, December 22, 2013

This Festive House...

I didn't put out all my decorations this year. It's kinda a bummer when you think about it, all those fun little things stored away. But I just didn't see the point in going all out when we aren't going to be celebrating at our house this year. I did however put up some stuff and Keegan has been loving it! He even learned how to say tree this week! It kinda comes out like "tee" but who cares! It's super cute!


Even Keegan was able to have some festive Christmas stuff in his room. I really wanted to go all out for him this year as well, but I was only able to do so much with his room colors being so blue. We still added just a little bit to make his room fun. Lots of Christmas themed books. Our favorite by far is Fa La La by Leslie Patricelli. I mean adorable.

We also had some fun for Keegan this weekend watching Elf, going to our friends house to bake cookies and trying hot chocolate for the first time (it was super cooled down and had a ton of whipped cream. Also, it was a huge mess. I wish I would have taken an after picture!

Yep, that's his Christmas hat from last year. We have been putting it on his stuffed animals but he keeps wanting to wear it and it's a little snug. Cracks me up every time!

We hope you all are enjoying your last few days until Christmas. We are trying to soak up as much as possible before it is all over. It's feels like it takes so long to get here every year and then goes by way to fast. Take the time to stop and smell the pine trees!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Found Talent

A few weeks ago, I was in talks with my friend Barb about doing some family photos for her Christmas card. She and I have known each other for awhile now. We met in our mommy group almost a year ago and have had so much fun watching our boys grow up together. It has been hard not being home and having a play dates during the week anymore, but we decided last weekend to get together for our photo session. I was really happy with how they turned out.

Here are a few of my favorites:

 Aren't they the cutest family? I just love the sleigh they brought along to use as well. It was really a fun first time doing a photo session. How do you think it turned out? I am really loving my new found love of taking pictures. Can't wait to take some more soon!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Traditions

Christmas has solidly been my favorite time of year since I can remember. My parents always did such an amazing job of making Christmas memorable. I mean I can think back and remember multiple things when I was younger. Egg nog, Christmas Movies, and our own homemade buffet with fondue on Christmas Eve every year!

By far the best however was when I think I was about 6 or 7 years old. It was around that time that there is that one kid in your class who tries to tell everyone about the Santa secret. Ugh, that kid was always the worst. It wasn't something I asked my parents about. I figured the kid was an idiot and I kept on moving with life. Christmas Eve was finally upon us and I figured tonight was the night. Either Santa was gonna show up or he wasn't.

Christmas morning came, bright and early for me and my sister. Like the crack of dawn. We ran down stairs to see an amazing array of presents. But that wasn't the best part. My dad went to the window and yelled, "Girls, I think you need to take a look outside!" Out we went in our pj's and boots and wouldn't you know it, sleigh tracks in our front yard. I mean seriously, reindeer tracks and boot prints and everything. It was amazing. I was convinced. Santa was real.

It took me a a few more years to really learn the truth. My dad told me all the tricks, how he built everything in his workshop, welded all of it together to make the sleigh and reindeer tracks. They thought about it for weeks. It was so special to me. It was a Christmas I will never forget.

There where many other Christmases and memories that I loved about my childhood. But that one was my favorite. I hope to make Christmas as special for Keegan as my parents made it for me. I'm working on it.

My mom ordered these adorable mugs from Crate and Barrel for us to use for Christmas this year and I love them. They came just in time to join our freshly baked cut out cookies.

We made so many but I am pretty partial to one in particular. Can you guess which one? :)

I can't wait to use them to start our new Christmas traditions. Only a few days left till Christmas. Hope you
are all having a ball working on your family traditions!