Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Years Eve!

One thing I do every year on New Years Eve is walk outside at midnight. No matter what I am doing, I walk out of my house, close my eyes, take a deep breath, let it out, and turn and walk back in. I got the idea from someone years ago, but can't remember who. The idea behind it is that you are walking out on the previous year, letting go of everything bad you may be holding on to, and turning to face the New Year with a clean slate and a clean heart and mind.

This year my girls and I did something new, we took a bubble bath tonight. We washed away all the bad things we said and did this year. All the time outs, all the times I yelled, all the times we got hurt and all the times we weren't kind to each other. We let it all go and forgave so we can start the year with a clean slate :)

We also got a message from our Elf on the Shelf who is missing us but happy to be home with Santa!

"A brand new year! A clean slate on which to write our hopes and dreams. This year: Less time and energy on things; More time and energy on PEOPLE. All of life’s best rewards, deepest and finest feelings, greatest satisfactions, come from PEOPLE--
people like you... HAPPY NEW YEAR!" -Joanna Fuchs

Sunday, December 23, 2012

25 Days of Christmas - Home Alone

So my girls and I had a laid back Christmas activity tonight so that we could save our energy for the next two days of CRAZY Christmas fun! We watched Home Alone for the first time ever.

And this was their favorite part! The aftershave... they giggled and laughed out loud both times! ha ha

They loved it! 2 days to go...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

25 Days of Christmas - The Nutcracker

My favorite time of the Christmas season is when I take my beauties to The Nutcracker. Every year we see the Kimberly Lewis Nutcracker because all the dancers are 21 or younger and because they always have a surprise visit by Santa during the 2pm showing.

The girls and I always get dressed up for it and it is a very fancy night for us all. :)

It's always great to get fancy with friends too!


My kids really love that everyone gets up and dances in the aisles during intermission!

At the end of the show, the dance company performs a cute Grinch skit.

Then Santa was brought on stage!

My girls are always mesmerized when the snow falls from the ceiling. They love it!

I think the best part however is that the girls get to take pictures with their favorite cast members!

Another wonderful Mother Daughter moment with the best dates in town! ;) 3 Days to go!

Friday, December 21, 2012

25 Days of Christmas - Baby Kellan and Winter Break!

This morning we discovered the seeds that we planted in sugar the night before had sprouted into Christmas Tree cookies! So it was a very exciting start to the day ha ha.

Later that day the girls had a fun first day of Winter break by playing Just Dance on XBOX :)

Then Aunties Kim and Gerry came over to visit with Baby Kellan. And we got to exchange presents. It was great!

And when we ate our cookies they turned our tongues funny colors.

The girls treated us to a little dance and gymnastics performance!

Baby Kellan is such a love...

I loved my snuggle time with him and Ella :)

We ended the day by heading over to our friend's house to celebrate the start of Winter break!

4 Days to go...