Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Raising Blondes with Redhead Attitude

Monday, December 31, 2012

New year New Begining

As everyone knows today is New Year's Eve. The last day of 2012. Looking back, I have to say its been a wonderful year. Our baby turned one and developed her personality, our Bug went from a toddler to a full on little kid, Hubbins and I found our grove and our marriage has flourished, Hubbins became a manager and we got an awesome dog. Those are just a few high lights with so many more small moments that stole my breath. 2012 certainly didn't start well and had MANY bumps and bruises, but over all the good most deffinatly out weighed the bad.

So with 2013 just a day away, I wonder what will happen next year and I have to admit that I'm super excited about the 13 part. It is after all my lucky number, do this has to be an epic year! I'm not big on resolutions since they seem to be made in good intention but rarely followed throw with. So, I hope to continue to find my path, to stay happy and in love with my husband, to take more time to enjoy all the moments of our girls' lives and to find lucky, beauty and peace where ever possible.

Have a safe and happy new year! Love to all my family and friends! May 3013 rock your world.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a fantastic day and was blessed with the gifts of love, peace, family and happiness.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dec 13th

I am now 25 years old! It doesn't seem like that can be quite right most days. In truth, if you ask me what my age is, most days it takes a moment for me to remember. I usually end up adding however old Ladybug is to 21. There are days when I feel so much older than I am and days when I feel like I am too young to be this age. However, I am now 25 years old and in so many ways, my life began 4yrs ago. I've always thought of life as a series of books. You know, the kind where it all centers around one character but the stories aren't always the same or don't really equal out to each other. Where some characters stick around from beginning to end and some fade away at the closing on one book. For me that's how I see things. Sometimes, I feel like my memories are disjointed and don't seem to connect to the person I have become now. Almost like if you jumped into a TV series at the end of its final season and then go back and watch the first couple of episodes from season 1. The main characters don't always match up to who they were at the end. (Or maybe that's just me.....) Anyway, I certainly don't feel like the girl from five years ago nor do I think I would recognize myself in her. Or the girl from ten years ago for that matter. Like I said, I feel like life for me began the day I had my oldest, two months shy of 21.

Some days I feel like I should be going through some crazy need to have my wild 20's and others I feel like I am fresh out of high school waiting to take on the world. Then one of my little ladies wakes up or comes into the room and it doesn't matter what my age is because I am a mom. Or my husband comes home from work and kisses me like he's been dying of thirst all day and I am a cool drink of water (sorry, couldn't help the simile there!) Maybe that's why I forget my age regularly or struggle to feel my age....Because at least to me it really is just a number. I have a great life and a treasure room filled with wonderful memories of my past. Do I have some dark ones I prefer to not look at EVER sure but then again who doesn't? No, I am loving this book in my series. I am loving being a mommy and wife! I look forward to the days I am old and gray! To the days I get to rock our grandkids to sleep and hubbins and I are winkled and walking with canes. I can certainly wait and wish time would go a little slower but I am so not dreading any of it!

Sorry, this is all so disjointed. The best part about my blog is I can simply write my thoughts so that is what I did!

B's birthday and Bug's first dance

Sorry that the pictures are all jumbled up but posting them on mobile and then coming to the computer apparently makes things a little wonky. Anyway, last weekend was another busy one. Ladybug had her first two dance recitals and we celebrated, my nephew, B's 4th birthday!

I love that Ladybug is so into dancing and gets excited every weekend to go to class. I've always been a huge fan it! So going to her recitals last weekend (Sat. at a retirement home and then her big one Sun.) was one of the most amazing experiences. She did fantastic on stage and when we watched the other dancers she was in awww. I think we found a hobby or activity that will be a big part of our little girl's life!

B turned 4 on Dec. 6th and we celebrated Saturday night with a Batman party. My older brother went a little crazy with the decorations but truly that's half the fun of kid parties. Though for me the very best part was watching my older brother and nephews interacting with our grandparents. It show just how far we've all come as a family over the last year. Of course, watching B get super excited about his Iron man mask from us was a very close second. I love him so very much and cant get over how quickly he is growing. I'm sure he will grow into one amazing man one day!
B & Bug with the life sized batman
My brother & Grandfather// Grandma and G

The girls under our tree

Birthday party fun

Ladybug at her recital

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Gingerbread Houses

Today we made gingerbread houses at Ladybug's school. I think the pictures say everything. But I want to thank Yaya for her psychic abilities and sending us the perfect gingerbread house shirt.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Great Grandparents

Last Thursday evening we spent some time with each of my grandparents. I don't spend nearly enough time with them honestly and I get reminded of this every time I see them. Not because they say something (even though they do) but because my heart eases a little bit when I am up there. Watching my girls grow bonds with their great grandparents and see the love between them. I know that time is short and no one really wants to talk about it. But the truth is, they won't be around forever, as much as I wish they could be. So it's so important for me that the girls create these memories and emotions with them now. For me to embrace and savior each little blessing I receive when I get to feel their hugs and see the smiles on their faces. So, the goal is to visit them as often as possible for as long as possible so we can create many more memories. I love you all so very much!

Monday, December 3, 2012

North Pole Breakfast

Sunday we did our very first North Pole Breakfast. I actually got the idea from here. Though, we are NOT doing the Elf thing as it creeps me out. The whole doll watching everything you do and then tattling on you... not cool, not cool! But that is a whole other tangent which I will more than likely go off about before the end of the holiday season. 

Anyway, back to the subject. I feel in love with the idea of a magical breakfast sent from Santa or his elves to kick off the holiday season. I love all the childhood magic and faith Christmas time brings. The girls light up whenever we see a house decorate with lights, or someone even breaths the name Santa Claus. This is also the first year both girls are really into the spirit of the season and can grasp the joy of it all, so I wanted to start new traditions. 

Little Giraffe woke up extra early which meant so did Santa's lil helpers. They decorated our table with mini snowballs, homemade trees (they stole these from my shelf), snow covered donuts, reindeer kisses, fun place mats and special Santa kisses for each girl. Our special elf friends are named Glitter and Sparkle and we will be seeing more of their magic work as the season goes on. 

Both girls got swept up quickly in the magic and took a few moments to see the surprise gifts Santa had sent too. Though, Lil Giraffe was WAY more interested in Elf snowballs and Glacier chocolate milk. 

I love the look of pure magic on Ladybug's face when she saw the table. The little sleepy head was wide awake in a flash when she spotted the magical table and has talked non-stop about her "Santa" breakfast. 

The girls each got shirts to wear when we go see the Jolly fellow later this week and jiggle bells straight from Santa's sleigh. It was the perfect beginning to our Sunday and the start of Christmas season. I believe this is a something we will be doing every year and the start of our new tradition. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Decorations and Parade of Lights

This has been a weekend filled with Christmas fun. We decorated our tree, went to the parade of lights, Christmas gift shopping and this morning was our first annual North Pole Breakfast (I will do another post about this later). All in all its been a very fun filled weekend. To start with here are some of our decorations.

On the dresser in the kitchen. 

The Girls' tree in their room

The living room shelf I am very proud of this shelf!
The girls under the tree
a close up of one of the trees I made

Friday was the Parade of Lights and it was so much fun. Its very much a small town parade but the floats are  so pretty. This has to be one of my favorite events of the year and by far the girls' favorite parade. My favorite float was the dancing Snowmen but the girls agreed the float filled with Angels was the best. I wish had gotten closer to the tree as the crowd quickly becomes a mob towards the end when Santa comes down on his sleigh  Sadly, we were too far away to get any great pictures of the tree lighting but the moment was still magical. You could feel the magic of Christmas vibrating in the air as Santa waved to the crowd before flipping the switch. I will have to post a picture later once I get it from Hubbins, but Ladybug was brave and  took a picture with the Grinch after the parade. Lil Giraffe hide in the stroller with her hands over her eyes so alas she did not get a picture. I hoping we have better luck later this week when we go to see Santa.

Mrs Claus on a bike//The grinch
reindeer scene//Christmas Tractors

Beautiful Flags//Town trolley
Carnahan's tow truck//Awesome Fire Truck

The beautiful trees all lite up!