Saturday, November 24, 2012

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas

thanksgiving happened upon us at the earliest it could this year, which allows extra time to enjoy this holiday season.  and we are making full use of it.

as i type at my desk with my steaming cup of coffee resting beside me, the pandora on my computer is crooning out christmas tunes.  our hot apple pancake breakfast is baking in the oven.  crosby has visions of sugarplums as she still slumbers.  michael is out at the farmers market picking up roping for our outside light decor. harper is anxiously sorting through our ornaments to decide which ones to hang.  wintry scented candles are burning in several places.  ah, it's beginning to look a lot like christmas around here.


yesterday, in keeping with our annual day after thanksgiving tradition, we met my parents and heather, tim and the boys at the tree farm.  the weather took a 180 from thanksgiving's 60 degree and sunny day.  we fought blustery, cold wind.  and mom-of-the-year that i am, i plum forgot crosby's coat.  poor thing was wrapped in a blanket, and was shivering by the time we were done.

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we spent more time than usual, but found a perfect tree only to discover a crookedy trunk as michael was sawing it down.  we decided to try and make it work.

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we arrived home and both girls crashed for a 4-hour nap. last night as we set up our tree, snowflakes began to fall.  over the past couple of days, we've watched our share of christmas films...polar express, the grinch, elf.  i love this time of year.  when we bundle up and huddle down in our home.  celebrate each other and warm our bellies with comfort foods.  snuggle in together and appreciate all the little things.  kiss and hug a bit more frequently.  abandon schedules to spontaneously go out for a sled ride or to build a snowman or sip hot chocolate.  last year, for some reason or another, i did not blog much from halloween through christmas.  i plan to do the complete opposite this year, and blog the heck out of this season.

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Thursday, November 22, 2012


i feel very blessed.  and while i do realize this throughout the year, thanksgiving allows me a full day to rest upon it and soak it all in.  so many things to count...our health and food on our table.  our jobs.  a roof over our heads.  a warm bed to sleep in.  clothes on our back.  family that we are close to and can rely on.  a husband who i love and am proud of each day.  two healthy, happy children who love to read and learn and explore, who i enjoy talking with, who are independent and determined and observant.  my heart is happy and full.

happy thanksgiving friends.

a few recent moments, instagram style.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


one reason to love michigan is the frequent sightings of red barns.  this one, i've seen daily for the past 3 years, as it is on the property of the school where i work.

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between this location and another one downtown, it provided the perfect setting for my friend, katie's, 3 boys...


and the boys provided a perfect silly morning.  boys will be boys.

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boys will also be fantastically sweet and brotherly, and these three were adorable as always.

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what a handsome trio. ♥ ♥ ♥


Sunday, November 18, 2012


meet our niece, emma  newest, littlest love she was heaven to photograph

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congratulations to my sister-in-law, jen, and brother-in-law, pat, on your beautiful little girl.

Friday, November 16, 2012

little mermaid

last friday night, my girl and i had a mommy-daughter date.  i told her about it the night before, and she was super excited for it.  to be honest, so was i.  she even made me a bead necklace at school that day.  

it all started because harper has been telling us she wants to be a mermaid when she grows up for several months.  michael found an event at our local rec center, and proposed taking harper.  i thought it was a fabulous idea.

we geared up for our mermaid splash bash, and got ready to meet and swim with mermaid luna.  harper got to try on a mermaid fin, and because of all of her excellent swimming lessons, she was able to get around pretty well.  we swam around for a bit, chatted up luna, and took some underwater professional photos.

afterwards, i treated her to a peppermint hot chocolate by the fire to warm up.  we sat in comfy chairs and giggled and talked.  i have visions of continuing to do this as she grows up, and am looking forward to more in depth conversations about life and love and dreams.

for now, i'll keep her little and cherish her a whole bunch.