January 11, 2019

Harrison :: Three Years Old

Are birthday blogs still a thing? Yes, and they are actually only cool if you post them 4 months late. Just letting you all know that I love my second child. I did take pictures of him, just didn't get the post ready to go until after the new year.

Harrison is so passionate. He is getting better are reasoning, so the meltdowns are fewer, but man, when that boy is hungry WATCH OUT. (Just like his dad). He loves baseball, basketball, and football. The new house has a large circle path, he will often play baseball and run the entire house and slide in the living room, where we are all to scream, "S A F E" - and he will do it all again if we don't yell it. 

He loves the movie The Sandlot, and often tells me I play ball like a girl. Yup, and that his girl friend is Wendy Peffercorn he cracks me up. He is also really into Robot Trains and Cupcake and Dino. Harrison loves to play in the bathtub and then snuggle. He still holds my neck when he is sleepy or needs some comfort. 

He hates seeing his "ya-ya" (Amelia) cry and will rub her if she is upset, unless she took his toy and then he probably made her cry. They are getting to an age where they can play all day together. This play makes my mommy heart explode. 

His favorite foods are PB+J, Boston Cream Pie, yogurt, and chocolate milk. Over Christmas he did in fact start sleeping in until about 8am - this gives us hope for summer. His little smirk and laughter get em every time. He will also hug me and tell me thank you all the time. Please Harrison always stay this sweet. 

Christmas in the new house.

What a fun season. 

It was full of new. Ben celebrated his first Christmas NOT in his childhood home; his parents are currently living in our basement as the renovate their lake home, so they too were in a new season of life. I gave up on trying to keep up, so no Christmas cards were sent, I am going to do New Year/Thank You cards instead, and small gifts were sent. Our first Christmas to host, and I enjoyed the decorating so much that I busted the real camera out to document. 

We have since put all the decorations away, but our first festive season in the new house was a success. We hosted Christmas Eve and I so enjoyed having all the kids running around, eating Chinese food, laughing with my sister-in-law and just making new memories. 

I like to use what we already have, like wreaths made from the trimmings of our tree, and the red ribbon (still from our wedding) to hang things! I should have gone to more after Christmas sales to stock up, more square space, means more to decorate. Next year I will be more prepared for the other spaces, so this year I just focused on a few areas and made mental notes for the coming Christmas Seasons.

I was so lucky to see this really neat hanging Christmas sign from The Honeysuckle Shop - It was actually a vintage Christmas gift bag that has been up-cycled. I am beginning to see worth in thing before my time. They have made it this far, why push them to the side? Vintage is my love language.

Enjoy taking a step inside our winter wonderland. 

December 22, 2018

Holiday Happenings

We have been having so much fun with the kids this season. They are old enough to appreciate the fun holiday things, and they are young enough to soak it all up. Moving the Elf on the Shelf has been fun and seeing how excited they get when counting down for Christmas on our advent tree is amazing.

Amelia really understands what we are celebrating and for that I am thankful. She sings all the time and asks to wear "festive outfits" - her words. Harrison just loves the hot chocolate, watching The Grinch and finding the elf every morning.

Speaking of The Grinch, we had a local store run a promotion, and part of it was getting your picture taken with The Grinch, we obviously had to do it. The business was the same place that we did Jakes "doggy boot camp" and it was fun to be able to bring him! This also allowed us to have the kids wear sweatshirts that Rosemary made Ben 20+ years ago. With the big move, many vintage items were gifted. These beauties were awesome, and the red one still has jingle bells on it.

I am starting to think I should just use Jakes picture with The Grinch as our Christmas Card..... joke is on all of you, we aren't even sending cards out this year. I took that off my plate and decided to book a session after Christmas and do NEW YEAR Cards.... Genius huh??

Ok, next on the genius ideas, instead of doing traditional Christmas cookies (though amazing and we still do them with cousins later) we are going to just do "dipping cookies" and it was less work for me, and more fun for them. They actually turned out amazing!

We gifted these to teachers, coworkers, and friends! Let them dry, put in festive cupcake holders and then gift bags. Boom - easy and fun for all. As you can see, shirts are optional when making.

Next up on the blog, my Christmas decor, with so much more house, it seems like I didn't decorate much, so I am waiting to buy all the clearance stuff on December 26th. Smart shopper here.
December 20, 2018

Give Thanks

This year we are practicing some new traditions. I love making new memories, but leaving behind old traditions can be hard. I was so thankful to be able to open our home and host my very first Thanksgiving. I had a lot of help from Ben, he smoked the turkey, and Rosemary, she helped with sides, and my SIL Lindsay, she did everything I seemed to be lost in doing.

I really enjoyed decorating and preparing for the meal. I did not like being stuck in the kitchen, or as I call it: the cock pit of the house. It is small and impossible to feel part of the party. I am hoping to have a new kitchen in a few years! That might make the cooking part a bit more enjoyable. 

Ben's parents, Rosemary and Steve, are living with us as the renovate their lake home. They both retired this past spring and sold their home of 30+ years. After the sale they moved in with us and have signed the contract to begin the gutting of their old cottage to make it more of a forever home. 

We were able to host Ben's sister and her family - the cousins play so well and giggled and ran around the house the entire afternoon. We are also celebrating and super thankful for their newest addition, Adah. They are currently waiting for the call to get on the plane and get their daughter from India. What an exciting time, and stressful! It will be helpful to have my in laws close to help with the cousins and getting everything ready for Adah's homecoming. 

We have so much for which to be thankful. 

Cheers to the holiday season and the moving from pumpkin creamer to peppermint mocha. 

October 14, 2018

Loon Lake Perspective

It is 55 degrees outside today and I am missing the warm mornings at the lake. I spent most of my Saturdays shooting weddings this summer, but on the few weekends I made it to the lake, I enjoyed giggles, splashes, and patriotic shirts. [Seriously though, scroll down and tell me Ben isn't the hottest man you have ever seen, I felt like I just needed to salute him and then kiss him!]

Loon Lake will forever hold a special place in my heart. It is where I feel I made the final cut with Ben and his family, it is where Ben proposed, and it is where we will build a future for our family. My kids have learned to swim here, they have learned to love the boat and s'mores, and they race to the car when we tell them, "We are going to the lake!"

I took my drone to the lake and got some really neat shots of us in the boat, (the one Ben proposed to me in!) and of Amelia swimming... and Harrison peeing. Then I landed it in the water, about 2 feet from the shore. Good thing I got the warranty huh? I am going to get these images printed for our home. I love when Ben and I create memories where we both cling to remembering them for the sake of our children, and their children. Building a life to be remembered, one trip to the lake at a time.

Amelia surprised us all this summer with her swimming skills, she was determined to not use her puddle jumper and to swim like a big girl. She did a great job, her jumping skills and goggle application needed to be documented, and laughed at. I love this girl.

Harrison had one focus all summer, throw the ball, get the ball, jump in with the ball, repeat. He loves the lake, but mostly just loves the ball. He even started using tools to just get the ball. He also loves adventures to our lake neighbors and tickles from daddy.

Yummy Husband Here.