North Pole Breakfast

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Today we had our annual “North Pole Breakfast” when our elf, Candycane, arrived. The kids were so excited he came back again. It’s so simple to do and really doesn’t take much time or planning.

Let’s take a look back at the past 3 years of this tradition shall we?

2014…where it all began 🙂

2015 (I was slacking on the decorations a bit)

Today

All I used were decorations from the dollar store. The best part is you can reuse them every year and the kids are none the wiser.  Then I ran over to Acme to grab what I needed for the actual breakfast.

Menu

Santa Hats- slice of banana, strawberry, topped with a mini marshmallow (held together with a toothpick)

Candy Canes- banana and strawberry slices

Snowballs- powdered donuts

North Poles- stacked powdered donuts held together with a candy cane

Christmas Tree- grapes, apples, strawberries, and pretzels

Stockings- jello cut with a cookie cutter and topped with mini marshmallows

Snowman- waffles and icing (or could use whipped cream) and clementines stacked together

Chloe’s allergic to eggs and dairy, so we keep the menu simple with mostly fruit options. Makes grocery shopping very easy 😉

Like I said this really doesn’t take a whole lot of planning, but the kids LOVE it!! Now that the breakfast is over and done with, I think Candycane may have some tricks up his sleeve this month!

xo

 

 

 

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25 Days of Christmas

Christmas is a big deal at our house. It’s our favorite time of the year, and we love making it special for the kids. Last year I bought an advent calendar from Pottery Barn Kids. I like to fill each day with a little candy cane and an activity we could do together. The great thing about this is you can always switch activities around to fit your schedule if something comes up. I like to save the more time-consuming activities for the weekends, especially now that I’m working.

Here’s this year’s list of holiday fun!

  1. Decorate the tree
  2. Make and decorate cookies
  3. See a Christmas show
  4. Candy cane hunt
  5. Wagon ride to see lights (We like to drive around and look at lights too, but this way gives the kids a better view. I had an extra set of lights I didn’t use for decorating last year, so I threw them on the wagon to make it a little more fun)25-days-of-christmas-9
  6. Picnic by the tree
  7. Make ornaments
  8. Donate canned food to church
  9. Christmas movie by the fire
  10. Make salt dough ornaments for grandparent gifts
  11. Polar express ride
  12. Write letter to Santa
  13. Buy or make gift for sibling
  14. Sing Christmas carols
  15. Indoor or outdoor snowball fight (I hope we can do an outdoor one this year-fingers crossed!!)
  16. Go to a tree lighting
  17. Visit Santa at the mall
  18. Go ice skating
  19. Family camp out by the tree
  20. Buy a gift for a toy drive
  21. Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows25-days-of-christmas-1
  22. Wrap gifts
  23. Make reindeer food
  24. Sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn
  25. Jesus is born! Put Jesus in the manger and celebrate Christmas 🙂

Here’s the  printable version of the activities I use, if you’re interested. I included some blanks for different ideas you may have as well as some extra activities.

I also like to do the “25 Book of Christmas” idea I got from Pinterest. The first year I did it, I was scrambling around trying to find Christmas books at the library and Barnes and Noble. Now I have so many that it’s more like the “40 Books of Christmas” haha. I have a weakness for children’s books, what can I say. I wrap each book and stack them in order from smallest to biggest under the tree. Every night in December Chloe chooses a book (or 2, depending on how many we have left) to unwrap and we read it in our “cozy spot” next to the tree. This year Miles is big enough that he’ll probably want to get in on the action too :). Wrapping the books is a pain, I’ll admit, but once that part’s done it’s totally worth it to have that special time together every night. It’s quickly become one of my favorite traditions.

Once our elf arrives, I’ll post about the North Pole Breakfast.

Can’t even believe Thanksgiving is this week and I can officially be in full-blown Christmas mode. Woo hoo!!!

xo

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We’re Expecting!

Ron and I always knew we wanted children, but we could never agree on how many. The decision was made for us when we found ourselves unexpectedly expecting in June. What’s crazy is that Chloe knew I was pregnant before I did. One day she randomly said, “I think you’re going to have another baby in your belly.” Sure enough, I found out I was pregnant about a week later. I’ve always heard that children are intuitive when it comes to things like that, but I never believed it until now.

When we found out we were both shocked but so excited. I was happy that it worked out the way it did, and we would no longer have to have the whole “third baby” conversation anymore. Unfortunately, our joy was short-lived as I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks. This was the first time I ever experienced a miscarriage and we were both devastated by the loss.

I bought myself this necklace, so I would always have something to remember our angel baby, who would have been due on Valentine's Day, 2017
I bought myself this necklace, so I would always have something to remember our angel baby, who would have been due on Valentine’s Day, 2017

After we had time to grieve, we decided we wanted to try for another baby. We were finally both on the same page and it felt really good. It didn’t take long before we found out I was pregnant again. The first few weeks were very nerve-wracking; I overanalyzed every little symptom and convinced myself I was losing the baby on several occasions, but now I’m 16 weeks along and things have been great!

I’m one of those women who absolutely LOVE being pregnant. I love the baby bump, feeling little kicks, and knowing there’s another life inside me. There’s nothing else like it. We’re both in agreement that this is definitely our last baby though, so the pregnancy has been bittersweet. I was so excited when I felt the first flutters around 12 weeks, but then it made me sad to think that I would never feel the “first flutters” ever again. We can’t become like the Duggars though and just keep popping out babies. Eventually these kids have to go to college (insert panicked emoji here). All I can do is cherish every moment of my last pregnancy and realize how very blessed we are to have two healthy children and another one on the way. I thank God every day for the life he’s given me.

Sidebar- I realize it’s been about 3 months since I’ve written a post. Turns out being pregnant with two kids, a full-time job, and a husband taking classes for his Master’s doesn’t leave a whole lot of extra time for blogging. I’m going to try to do better though- promise!

xo

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