Isn’t There Anyone Who Knows What Christmas Is All About?

Did Santa make his way to your house as well? We were able to sneak right up to him!

The holiday season is my favorite time of the year and it always goes by too fast. The lights, the smells, all seem to go by in a hurry.

We had my family in town for belated birthday, early Christmas celebrations and Andrew’s dad popped over to spend Christmas with us. I relate more each year to the Griswolds, but you go with it and embrace all the chaos. (yes, please get a load of Norak’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” hoodie) –






Rhys was in awe of everything, and Ryder looked for Elfie every morning somewhere “up high.” He’s more of a hide-and-seek toy for now…next year he’ll be reporting to Santa. The boys made some uber cute holiday ornaments and presents this year. Our tree is starting to fill up with memories. We spent most of the holiday watching “Prep and Landing,” “Rudolph,” and of course “Go.” Ryder can’t quite articulate “Frozen,” but “Go” works for us.



We’ve started our family traditions, which includes a special Christmas Eve dinner and late night showing of “Die Hard.” I still track Santa! My favorite iPhone app. On Christmas Day we take our time opening presents, and by time I mean all day. It helps Christmas last just that much longer. New this year, moose mugs! Egg nog tastes much better when you cheers to Cousin Eddie.

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Santa was kind to us, and hopefully the boys will let us live in the small house they are building. Personally, I’m enjoying Ryder’s basketball goal and tunnel tent.



We didn’t get a white Christmas, in fact all our snow melted away. It came back late Christmas day and we got 5 inches the day after. Close, Frosty, real close.

Wrapped up the holiday with some skiing, and next year we’ll be taking Rye with us.

I’m glad we got to enjoy family and let the holiday linger. Don’t worry I’m still listening to Christmas Music…

Hope everyone had a relaxing, restful holiday and remembered the reason for the season. Prost!


All Two of You

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Watching you grow has been the delight of my life. I look at you and wonder what dreams you will dream, what mountains you will climb, what joys you will have. I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions. I wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence, along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully. I wish you adventure on your journey and may you always stop to help someone along the way. Listen to your heart and and remember how much you are so very loved.

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun…”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

I know by looking at him that God has blessed me in ways that years ago I never would have believed.

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Five Months New

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Turn ons: Bananas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sophie and a Starbucks straw. Being pushed in a walker by his older brother at dangerously high speeds.

Turn offs: Swaddling. When he stirs at night you can hear him kicking the daylights out of his mattress from anywhere in the house.

Greetings growth spurt! We’re crushing milestones. Rolling over, cooing to anyone that will listen, moving up the food chain, and best of all…

Teeth. Not almost getting teeth, not teething, not maybe getting a tooth. We have TWO bottom teeth. I believe I said, “Holy freaking crap,” when I saw them. He’s eaten my shopping list and lives for Sophie. I honestly feel bad that I missed the warning signs on an emerging tooth, we chalked it up to a fussy period. We’ve started the little guy on solids now and he’s back to sleeping through the night. I love my whittle wheefrigerator.

I think the only thing Rye had more of at this point was hair! Looking back at the babes pictures, Rhys is consistently smiling and all-around happy. Ryder has the mischievous look/smolder going on. They each already have completely different personalities.

There are loads of signs that Ryder and him are getting on exceptionally well. They play great together, given the fact that Rhys is often on the receiving end of some of Rye’s loving touches. When they smile or laugh at each other it absolutely melts me.

holy five months!

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You Serious, Clark?

Hello December. You are sure are full of surprises!
Birthday surprises.
Work surprises.
Baby surprises.
Ryder and Rhys have decided it’s winter, and that it must be warmer in mom and dad’s bed. We were able to talk Ryder into his own bed again (yes, he actually comprehends our negotiation tactics), meanwhile Rhys spent the past week being a fussy Gus and we couldn’t figure out what was going on. And not figuring it out at 2AM, or 4AM, or 6AM is miserable. That was until school sent me a picture of two bottom teeth looking right at me. Teething? Say what? Ryder got a (as in one) tooth around 7 months. Rhys, has two all the way in, and he’s working on his upper front. He’s not even 5 months. What happened to my baby?
Remember that snow blower we got? It’s 50 degrees. And no sign of snow.
Birthday week begins, and I’m pumped I go first so Rye can see what it’s all about.
Our newest obsession is Apple TV. And Peter Quinn. Not in that order.
I’ve managed to crush my Christmas shopping. I’m an organized mess.
Norak will be up for our annual Christmas baking festivities. Shopping for a zillion cookies is a pain in the oven.
Nothing beats a house that smells like Christmas tree and cookies… and an occasional toddler.








You set standards that no family activity can live up to.

We hosted Thanksgiving for close friends and Pop Pop. Andrew and I have cooked in the past but hosting is a different deal. I think we were in bed by 9 that night. Norak’s Sweet Potato Casserole took home the blue ribbon for best dish again. Applause. I was partial to my Bourbon Pecan Pie.
I don’t remember the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade having that many commercials as a kid. Show the floats and get on with it.
Thankful for a big fat Detroit Lions win. That is truly a family Thanksgiving tradition.
Wonder what Matty and Calvin bet on for the UGA/Tech game?
I’m having a hard time believing it’s December and that Ryder is going to be two.
Saw a random Black Friday advert, the day after Black Friday, and ended up scoring my new little dreamboat – our snowblower, Mr Plow. Thankful that with this honkin’ investment we’re certain to get no snow this winter. Andrew has only asked to show me how to use it a dozen times. I mowed the yard 9+ months pregnant, I got this.
Roo’s been traveling, I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants, and knocking out my Christmas shopping.
This is my favorite time of year. I adore the music and will watching all the classics. From Scrooged to Christmas in Connecticut.
Off to try to sneak in some holiday baking.






While You Were Sleeping

I was…
Dealing with a toddler who knew dad was out of town.
A dog that needed in and out of the covers all. night.
A 20-week-old with a growth spurt.
Going on no sleep. All week.

I was also…
Enjoying every second my boys said they needed me. Yes, especially when it was being screamed over the monitor at midnight. Even when I found us sleeping 3 deep in the bed.
They are only little once.
Head over heels in love.