Three Men and One Lady.

New year, new blog.

With new ideas and dreams for this little blog of mine, I decided it was time to move blog hosts.  This was not an easy decision to make, but one that I felt was right for me.  I hope that you will follow me on this new adventure – you can find me at:

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(You can either click on the above image or click HERE to be directly routed to it).

Thanks again, friends, for your support over the years – here’s wishing you a fabulous 2013, full of good health, happiness, and love.  Cheers!

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Merry & Bright.

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Oh, Christmas Eve… we had fun with you this year.  My in-laws host a family party every year on Christmas Eve which always proves to be a good time.  For the past three years, we have added a white elephant game for the adults after drinks, dinner, and many many desserts.  This year, however, I thought ugly festive holiday sweaters/ties would be a good addition to the party… and those who participated did not disappoint!

Unfortunately, though, my Christmas Eve photos were the only ones I took this holiday… I know, I know, HUGE mom fail.  Juggling two little guys on Christmas day on about 4 hours of sleep apparently took all the hubs and I could give that day.  So, no photos of Kingston waking up in the morning to find his beloved knights waiting for him (Santa rewarded this good boy!), or the white Christmas I had been wishing for (we got about 4 inches or so – it was amazing!), or our fun day spent at my parents house with family.  But, if you ask Kingston – this was the best Christmas ever.  And he wants Santa to come back for a visit pronto.

Here are a few attempts at a family photo on Christmas Eve:

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So that’s it.  Thank you, Christmas.  We had a great time this year.

Candy Melt Oreos

Because Oreo cookies aren’t already addicting as-is, I thought I would spice a few of them up (as well as some pretzel rods) for the holidays.  Thanks to Pinterest and a work party, this became a reality today:

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I am sure these will bring some holiday cheer to our Christmas celebrations.  Super easy to make; I didn’t even follow a recipe per-say.  But, I thought I would share with you my own take on this treat… should you want to give them a go, too.

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Yum, yum, yum.

Taking a little {Christmas} break…

Remember when I used to try to blog once a day… a minimum of at least 5 posts per week?  With this holiday season for some reason, blogging has escaped me.  I guess we’ll consider it my “Christmas break” from blogging…

The new year is quickly approaching and I am hoping to be back, better than ever.  So please stay tuned.  Until then, here’s a little holiday cheer from my family to yours:

We wish you all a very merry Christmas, full of love, laughter, and cheer.

Photography {Amber & Shon}

A few weeks ago, I was approached by a friend/co-worker and asked to take a few photos for her.  Her request: Christmas photos of her boyfriend and herself… with at least one photo that would work for a Christmas card.  Me?  I was suuuuuper excited to do this for her – my first official paying gig.  I don’t count myself as a professional by any means, but photography is a fun hobby of mine and I couldn’t wait to get going on these photos.  Luckily, the weather semi-cooperated and we got the job done yesterday.  Here are a few of my favorites…

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Thanks again, Amber!  Happy to do this for such a cute couple.

Visiting Santa Claus.

Remember our experience last year?  Well, my friends, let me tell you… Kingston was a sitting-on-Santa’s-lap CHAMP this year.  Now, it didn’t come naturally/all on his own; the hubs and I have been spending the past week or so getting him excited for our visit.  We made sure to talk Santa up, explain that Santa brings toys, and even show Kingston a picture of himself successfully sitting on Santa’s lap in 2010.  We trained our boy for game day… and it definitely worked.

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We went to see Santa this past Sunday.  Upon arrival, Kingston’s first duty was to make sure to write a wish list for Santa.  With a little help from dad, he accomplished this task with ease.

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Next step?  Pose in silly cut-outs for mom and nana.

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Then be sure to check out Santa’s sleigh and vintage airplane & car.  Be impressed… especially if you’re 5 months old.

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And then it is game time.  Spot Santa and get ready for picture overload (i.e. mom, nana, and employee photo sesh).

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And that’s how it’s done.  But… we still need a few of you and your brother together with jolly old St. Nick…

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It’s okay that you stood next to him instead of sitting on him again, Kingston.  But thank you for the “really, more pictures mom?” brow.

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Admire giant gingerbread house and the remaining decor and our 2012 Santa trip was a success!

Kingston is at such a fun age this year… oh, and by the way – this little 3-year-old is hoping that he will get some knights from Santa, as “knights…my favorite” is what we always hear when we ask Kingston what he wants Santa to bring him…

Cole: 5 months

Cole 5 months

This post is a few days overdue… but still completely necessary.  Cole turned 5 months almost a week ago, on November 27th.  And it hit me; my little is almost half-way through his first year!  Can someone please slow down time just a little bit?  I can’t believe this is true.

I haven’t measured Cole yet for his monthly stats, but I haven’t been very accurate in the past.  My guess?  Cole is somewhere around 20 lb. and 29 in. in length… but these are just guesses.  We’ll get something a little more concrete later this month at my baby’s 6 month appointment (craziness!).

  • Probably the biggest milestone?  Cole’s ability to reach and grasp objects.  He has so much fun playing with a few of his rattles now… it almost feels like big-boy behavior.
  • In addition to his single-grain oatmeal, the boy has been having a few tastes of our food.  Apples, bananas, and potatoes to name a few.
  • Sadly, Cole has reverted in his nighttime routine.  Long gone are the sleeping-through-the-night days; Cole now wakes up at least once a night (boo).
  • Cole has found his toes!
  • Sign him up for gymnastics – this boy is a log roller, but only to his left.
  • He’s a tummy sleeper.  We always place him in his crib on his back, but the boy rolls over onto his tummy to get comfortable.
  • The boy loves a good story and loves to be read to already.
  • No teeth yet, but the buckets of drool continue.  He could be a vampire baby, but we’ll see…
  • When Cole gets frustrated these days, he gets “spittin’ mad” – literally.  The boy blows the biggest air-raspberries/spit bubbles when things aren’t how he wants them.
  • Cole is already interested in his brother’s toys… especially Kingston’s frog pillow pet.

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Want to see Cole’s post from last month? Click HERE.

The Great Christmas Tree Hunt.

 

How perfect was Sunday for our annual Christmas tree hunt at our favorite Christmas tree farm??  We lucked out… and found a pretty great one this year, if I do say so myself.  As usual, I am pretty happy that we have vaulted ceilings; we always seem to pick us a 9 footer.