Happy.New.Year.

Bye-Bye Old Year; hello, New Year.

Image

Initially, I was hellbent on getting out of dodge for the holiday. I was dreaming of a cabin buried in the side of a mountain, crusted with snow. The more I thought about it though, the more I didn’t want to go anywhere after all. I enjoy my bed…immensely.

I decided to throw a party at home with just our family. Party bags containing hourly “events” like watching a movie, playing board games, making confetti poppers, pictures in the “photo booth” I’d set up in our living room, snacks, etc. occupied our evening until 2012 was history. At that point, it was all kid champagne, sparklers, pop-its, and smoke bombs…followed by excessive coughing.

Image

It couldn’t have been a better evening.

My New Year’s resolution: to simplify.

I look around my home and can seriously purge 50% or more of its contents and would not miss it. Less is more. I look forward to having much less.

Cheers to 2013.

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

This year, my offering of gifts to my sweet Romeo came a little bit differently. Instead of waiting until Christmas Eve to open all of his presents at once, he received one a day for twelve days. The 12 Days of Christmas! I stumbled across something similar to this on Pinterest and figured I’d shake things up this year… Quite honestly, it was like Christmas morning for him (almost) every day (a few of the gifts arrived later in the afternoon/evening…) and he LOVED it!

I tried to relate each day to the gift. Some were clever, a couple, not so much:

On the first day of Christmas: sexy underwear. Oh yes, these are yummy…
On the second day of Christmas: 2lbs of his favorite coffee, Blue Bottle
On the third day of Christmas: 3 random things he enjoys. this one made me laugh…
On the fourth day of Christmas: four wine glasses
On the fifth day of Christmas: new comfy sleepy pants
On the sixth day of Christmas: six pack of beer – his choice
On the seventh day of Christmas: seven wild 7′s lottery scratch-offs
On the eighth day of Christmas: bottle of Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel (sentimental meaning)
On the ninth day of Christmas: box of truffles (pic didn’t turn out, so we had to buy another box! oops)
On the tenth day of Christmas: pair of new leather flops
On the eleventh day of Christmas: a hungry baker’s dozen of his favorite cookie
On the twelfth day of Christmas: twelve new running gear items

All in all, Christmas rocked this year. I’m a very happy girl. Happy holidays to all!

Completing a Thought

I have a box full of drafts.

My writing momentum is continually cut short by…the inability to commit a complete thought to “paper.”

This is proof to myself that I can actually still publish a post.

I’ve put into words that I’m struggling with this.

My brain is fried.

I need a vacation.

Thought. Complete.

End of Year Madness

The end of the school year was a complete blur. Between Punky’s 5th Grade Graduation, 1st & 3rd Grade Award Ceremonies, Field Days, Water Days, Showcases, Boo’s Birthday, Middle School Orientation, Teacher Gifts, Peer gifts, and oh yeah, work… I’m surprised I’m still standing.

And I LOVE it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Active Parenting is a fatigue-inducing joy.

I love that I knew all the kids in Mouse’s classroom this year, and liked most of them. And that when I would enter the room, the kids would yell, “Yay, Mouse’s mom is here!” ::grin::

I am one of those moms that wants to hand make everything; gift cards aren’t my thing (not that there is anything wrong with them — I just like to torture myself with involved projects. :p )

This year, I went with the owl theme. Inspired by these adorable gift bags by Lisa Storms, I made them, along with painted popsicle stick bookmarks, royal icing cookies and sewn paper candy pouches.

20120618-090935.jpg

20120618-090956.jpg

Ugh, somehow I managed to not photograph the candy pouches! They were owl shaped, embellished and hand sewn. Adorable. They were inspired by these.

Nuts. I am.

Well, Summer is here and I’ve got activities galore planned to avoid any boredom (I’ll post about that the next time I come up for air…)

Random Acts of Kindness

20120508-090138.jpg

Standing in the hair accessory aisle at Target, two young gentlemen walk up and hand us a $20 gift card for no reason at all. Apparently, they aren’t regular shoppers, they just didn’t need anything at the time, or were on a mission of generous intent. Whatever the reason, it was kind. It was random. It was appreciated.

I’ll definitely be paying it forward…

24-Hour Vacation

20120404-143151.jpg

Romeo and I have been having a bit of cabin fever as of late. Work, Munkee schedules, technology, and everyday pains of “regular” life were taking its toll and we needed a respite.

We cashed in a couple handfuls of points, packed an overnight bag, grabbed our puppy, and drove a couple hours south.

Aside from our hotel being completely roped off, surrounded by the city’s finest & wholly evacuated (an apparent bomb threat turned arrest, while we cocktailed at a sister property) ~ we had an amazing 24 hours… So amazing in fact, it felt like a long weekend.

Sometimes just driving two hours and sleeping in a different bed makes a world of difference.

And now, back to the grind…

Red Hot Chili Peppers

20120401-122528.jpg

I figured I may as well finally attend an RHCP show; somehow, I’d missed them along my 36.75 year way thus far. Great show. Happy I could share that with Rosco…

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.