Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. We love to celebrate over here and a day about love is worth celebrating to me! On holidays I always do up our table the night before and have it ready for a special breakfast. I have been doing this before Pinterest, instagram, blogging, and even kids. Holidays have always been a big deal in my family growing up and I love keeping this tradition alive. Now please know our “special” breakfast is waffles, with fresh raspberries, and whip cream. I keep it pretty simple but the kids love it. It is fun to make things extra special for them.
Do I look as tired as I feel??? Hello Wednesday! Since New Years Eve we have been taking turns getting sick with the flu/cold in this house. It seems one of us gets hit with a bug every few days. I have personally been sick twice in the past two weeks! Cold and Flu season is truly kicking our butts this year. I am going to say pretty confidently that they did not get the flu shot right this time around since we all had ours and we have all been sick this season. Amongst the chaos of sickness though I have been cleaning, organizing, and changing around our house. In this picture I am sitting on one of our newest purchases!
After Christmas and before we even began taking down the Christmas decor we started renovating our bathroom. Jordan was on vacation so it seemed like the perfect time to get started on a project before he headed back to work. Looking back we should have waited. In the midst of renovating I came down with the flu. Our Christmas decor lingered into January and half of our bathroom was sitting in the hall…for days. I am happy it is pretty much completed and yes the Christmas decor finally got put away but our home still remains in chaos. Miss Charlie started with the flu last week which meant my focus was on her and laundry not a tidy house. Hopefully by the end of this month we will have everything where it needs to be. Renovating with kids is a challenge even when you are only doing a small bathroom.
What a fun festive weekend we had over here! We really brought the Christmas spirit into our home! We drank eggnog, ate cookies, decorated some of the house, read Christmas books and watched Christmas movies. We really brought it and it was so much fun! This is why I love Christmas. It just brings so much joy and fun into our home!
November is the busiest month of the year around here. My goal each year to have ALL the Christmas shopping done by December 1st so in November I am doing the scramble that a lot of you save until December. Trust me it is just as painful but I just like to get it done and over with so I can enjoy the holidays. It has been a busy week of decorating for me. I have been decorating my own home, our church, and also prepping for an event next week. I have also been working each evening for a few hours. So today I decided I needed to “chill out!”
What a wonderful holiday filled weekend! We even got to see the Big Elf himself! November is always the busiest month of the year in our house. Busy in a good way though. We do all of our Christmas prep, shopping and decor in November. I try to be completely finished everything for December first that way I can sit back, relax, and enjoy holidays while also saying yes to all the festivities that come our way. I love being among the bustling crowds in December however I do not like to be IN them racing for that last gift.
We partied hard for this little 2 year old. Yes, Mr Simon is officially two! I am sure about now that he thinks life is one big party because we have been non-stop celebrating. It started off with his cousins surprising him on Wednesday afternoon with cake and a “Peppa Pig” party. Mr Simon loves “Peppa Pig” so much. I have never done a character themed birthday but for my little boy, well you should hear him oink! On the day of his birthday he woke up to a “Peppa Pig” pancake breakfast and presents from us. We bought him and Miss Charlie “Peppa Pig” t-shirts and they were them all day. Miss Charlie always says she is “Peppa” and Mr Simon is “George” and quite often she refers to us as “Mama Pig” and “Daddy Pig” and we try not to get offended, haha.
Wow, what a busy weekend! It came and went very quickly but I thoroughly enjoyed it. This year my parents were preparing for a trip and Jordan and I were both so busy that my Mom decided we would celebrate the US Thanksgiving in November as an extended family so I just prepared for our family.
This will be the first year our family has ever followed a school schedule. With Miss Charlie going into kindergarten, we lose out in the freedom to just go and do as we please. Remember, last fall we went on a Family Vacay to PEI while everyone else headed back to school. Since my Hubby works shift work and I all night shifts we have not ever followed much of a daily schedule as it is always changing day to day. School is a great way to get on schedule though and I have been thinking up lots of goals for my “new” year. Gretchen Rubin has often said on her podcast: “Happier” that September in a lot of ways is like January in that you are beginning a new year. Now that Miss Charlie is off to school, this really rang true to me this year. So hear are some goals I have for myself for our “new” year this Fall:
I have been waiting and waiting to decorate for Easter and then it just kind of snuck up on me. It is now only two weeks away! I kept myself from buying anything new because I remembered packing Easter decor away last year so I must have all kinds right!? Wrong! I only had a couple of things when I went to get it all out yesterday but we made do. I will definitely be heading to Michael’s this week to pick up more! I also need to get fresh tulips because they just scream spring. (hint hint Jordan)