Yearly Holiday Card

One of my favorite things about this time of year is mail – especially the holiday cards and year-in-review cards we receive from family and friends who we haven’t seen in a long time.  When you have kids it’s so easy for a year to go by in an instant and while social media makes quick catch-ups so easy, it’s not as personal as receiving something via the good ole USPS.  Even if it’s just a photo card, we enjoy getting them (I use the blog as an excuse to not write a year end letter). 😉

When we first decided to send out a holiday card we knew we didn’t want to do a standard photo because it’s not really “us,” so now each year we try to come up with a unique idea, which is both a lot more fun and difficult with kids added into the mix.

2010

The year we got married and the start of a tradition.

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2011

This was the year we found out we were going to be parents, so this idea was actually inspired by a friend who posted a screenshot from ‘Alien’ to my Facebook wall when we announced the news.

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2012

I knew I wanted to do this when I realized that Enzo would be big enough to sit up on his own by the time we need to take the photo.  Nom nom, babies!

XmasCard2012

2013

This year, I don’t have a picture of – we went for your standard collage card because Phoebe was a newborn and we didn’t have the energy to do anything creative.

2014

There really is no explanation needed is there?  Let me just say it is not easy to get two children this young to cooperate for one photo.  It was a fun one, though.

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We already have a plan for next year, and it’s going to be spectacular and take some sewing on my part, so I should probably start now since I don’t really sew.

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Week 19

Well, here we are – almost halfway there and in just a few days we’ll know what to call the belly, but we’re keeping the name a secret for a while, so it’ll be Baby Boy or Baby Girl to everyone else. :p

 

Pregnancy has been pretty good so far… once we got out of the first trimester I stopped getting nauseous and got some of my energy back, which was nice. I am, however, starting to already feel a little off-balance, which probably isn’t good considering how clumsy I am on a normal basis.  While this time of year is normally a little difficult for me mentally, baby hormones haven’t been helping, so I’ve been feeling a bit more down and out than normal.  It definitely helps having Josh be so excited for the holidays and decorating, though. The cheerful glow of twinkle lights have made things seem a little less dark, and I’m hoping all of the crazy hormones will even out a bit and I’ll be my old self again.

 

Sunday Shenanigans

Just because we don’t really celebrate Easter and are no longer children doesn’t mean we can’t see the potential of those cheap plastic eggs. Sure, kids can go on egg hunts, but we decided to have a scavenger hunt! This weekend seemed like the perfect excuse to run around like kids and take advantage of awesome Easter sales, not that we really need excuses to run around like kids and bestow baskets full of goodies to each other.

 

We agreed on 8 clues each, some of which were easy and some of which were more difficult leading to looks of extreme confusion and contemplation.

Most suprising of all was how similar a couple of our clues were and that both scavenger hunts ended in the master closet. Probably because of how much stuff a basket could hide under. 😉

 

After opening our goodies, we ran an errand and then we pretty much relaxed and watched movies for the rest of the day, taking a break to eat yummy salmon.

 

It was nice to have a day of silliness before heading back to work today and starting on more school work. The last day of school is May 16th, though, so I’ve just got to get through the next couple weeks of craziness.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

I don’t know what it is about Christmas lights everywhere that makes me feel giddy. I almost don’t mind that it gets dark as early as it does just because I love to look at the houses that are decorated – the crazier – the better. There are a few houses nearby where the folks have gone all out, and I think we’ll have to go drive by so I can take pictures of the awesomeness. In the meantime, we decorated our own place, however I soon realized that I need a taller step ladder. Our vaulted ceilings are out of my reach and the entry way as well and I had such plans for them!  Perhaps next year.

 

 

Now, it’s time to go enjoy some gaming with the hubby. I finished my bunting earlier, a tree skirt earlier in the week, and now it’s time to take a break. A word to the wise – I don’t necessarily recommend felt for sewing when you have to go through several layers of it. I don’t really mind how wonky it looks, but I’ll probably stick with cotton next time. :p

*God Jul = Merry Christmas in Swedish*