Thursday, December 18, 2014

Elf On A Shelf - Part 2 & Other Stuff

This I know for sure....

I totally suck at elf on a shelf.  It took me a while to finally remember to put him out and then once I did...I couldn't remember to move him around.  Luckily, the resident 15 year old is helping me so Hank has been moved a few times.  Here are the times I also remembered to snap a picture of Hank and his whereabouts...

 He's holding a super cool fly swatter I found at Bass Pro Shops a few years back.  Crazy guy...

Hanging onto the mistletoe crystal.....

Flirting with Barbie looking at the Nativity under the tree and the lights on the tree...

This is by far my favorite....playing poker in the kitchen with Bella's stuffed animals. Christopher came up with this one and I LOVE IT!

the last two days Hank has spent hanging upside down from one of the blades on the ceiling fan.  We forgot to move him so we told Bella the weather was too bad for him to make the trip back to the North Pole.  #lazyasses #bigfatliars

Last weekend I gave myself a present and had my hair done.  Man, I always feel good when I get my hair done.  I don't keep up with it like I should so its always a treat for me.  I went darker and here's the end result...

Still some blonde highlights cuz I'm not ready to let go completely.  Been a blonde all my life but I do like having some dark thrown in there.

Later that night Bella and I got in our jammies, popped some popcorn and headed out to look at Christmas lights.

I started this tradition years ago when Christopher was little and continued it with Miss Bella.  We couldn't talk Chris into going with us this year but we had fun with just us girls :)  Jammies and popcorn are a must!  My kids have never been fans of hot chocolate so we take an ice cold Dr. Pepper with us as our drink instead.  I did stop at Mickey D's to get a coffee for myself this year :).

Since this is the last week of school before the Christmas Break, Bella's class is doing lots of fun stuff.  Tuesday, they had to dress like a reindeer.  I could have sworn we had antlers but I couldn't find them so I gave her two ponytails and told her to tell everyone they were her antlers.  I also put some red lipstick on her nose to look like Rudolph.  She wanted her entire nose red...little stinkpot!

I love this little mess....

Today they get out of school early and I sure wish I could leave work early to spend more time with them before they head to their dad's. They will be with him until Monday but I will have them for Christmas and I will be on vacation the minute I leave work the 24th until January 5th!!  WooHoo!! 
I always wish for 5 minutes to myself but when I do get it, I have no idea what to do with myself because its so dang quiet and I miss my babies so much.  I plan on wrapping some presents, picking up the house because there's stuff everywhere and maybe do some baking.  And you know Christmas movies via the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime will constantly be on.  Going to enjoy my time.  

Almost forgot, a couple weeks ago Chris had his Fall Sports Banquet so I went with him. He sat with his friends and my sister was kind enough to let me sit with her.  We took some pictures afterward...

Look at my handsome boy....

and with his Godmother, my sister :)

So proud. He didn't win any awards but was recognize for running with Cross Country on the JV team.  Since sister and I were at the awards and its not really any fun for our younger ones, they stayed with Pop and Nana who were ringing the bell at Kroger.  Here's a pic of these cuties with Daddy and Lena....

That about sums up some of our time the last few weeks.  I'm about 90% done with my shopping but will have to wait until pay day next week to finish up the rest.  Last minute shopping is not my idea of fun but sometimes it happens that way.  

Hope y'all are enjoying the season.  Have a good one!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Thanks

Happy turkey leg!!

Ok, I know it's not turkey yet but it's tomorrow and I'm super excited about it. I'm not cooking up a storm yet but honey's mom is going to put me to work when we get there this evening and I can't wait. In the meantime, I've been baking on this end and picking up some last minute things for the trip. I have really been enjoying my time off this week. It's given me the opportunity to take Christopher to his drive times and pick him up. I'm not quite sure what we would have done had I not been available. Spending time with Bella has been a blessing as well and I know she has loved being home and not at daycare. I may have to work Thanksgiving week off every year from now on. The only thing I would have loved to do would have been to surprise honey at work one day and take him to lunch. That would have made his week! Maybe in the near future when Chris is driving (gulp) and I don't need to be his transportation service, it'll work out.  For now, I'm  enjoying my time at home with my babies soaking it all up!

Y'all have a great Thanksgiving Eve!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Elf On The Shelf

So I'm going to attempt to make this Elf happen this year, but I'm going to use an Elf (Hank) that I already have that looks very similar to the ones you buy.  Funny thing about Hank is that I bought him probably the first or second year I was married because we (Mom) always had elves on our tree growing up so I had to have them on my tree.  I've decided Hank will be given extra special magic by Santa this year to help keep an eye on Chris and Bella.  Chris will be in on the fun since he still believes but is old enough to know how it works now.  Much to my relief, he thinks Santa is still pretty cool.  And he better because in our house, you have to believe to receive a gift Christmas morning. :)  Yep, I'm one of those people!  I've never stopped believing.  What fun would it be if I didn't believe?  I love the magic of Christmas and I love the story of Jesus' birth.  Its beautiful.

Ok, enough sappiness.  Down to the business of Hank's first appearance.  I've consulted with a couple  of my girlfriends who tell me their Elf makes their appearance around Thanksgiving.  Is that the norm?  I'm drafting a letter for his first appearance explaining it all to the children.  I'm clueless when it comes to the dos and don'ts of Hank the Elf.  So, any advice and/or tips you can give me would be awesome.  I will be perusing your blogs to find out what y'all have done.  I already have lots of ideas from Pinterest!  I hope the kids will be as excited about this as I am.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

It Got Cold!!

Hey y'all!  I guess you've noticed that it got really cold outside.  Personally, I am loving it!  I'm excited it will be cold through the weekend. Nothing I love more than being at home in my pajamas watching Countdown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel and having something warm and yummy cooking on the stove or baking in the oven.  Gonna be a great weekend!

I took this picture this morning and sent it to my honey with a good morning...don't you just love my scarf?1?  I've been looking for a leopard scarf for a long time....

I should probably do a post on my loves of scarves.  I usually add a few to my growing collection every year.  Its a good thing I wore one today because the heater is out in the building so it was a cold 59 degrees in my office when I arrived.  My little heater helped throughout the day but it was still cold!  Good thing we had coffee to help.  

Honey doesn't always get a pretty picture like the one above in the morning.  Occasionally I send him something like this....

That was pretty much straight out of bed Tuesday morning.  I asked him if I scared him.  He never responded.  Probably because he was passed out on the floor.  Ha!

This same day, honey decided to play with a longhorn in the field next to him.  The longhorn decided to charge him.  Good thing that fence was there.  I told honey, fence or no fence, I would have had a heart attack for sure.   

Monday must have been a really hard day at school because this girl crawled into bed with me around 8:15 and in 15 minutes she was out for the count.  First grade is tough!

One day last week, girlfriend decided she wanted to leopard out for the day so she put this little outfit together.  I love it!

Saturday morning the girls went to a Bridal Brunch for our sweet Kristian.  They had a waffle bar and all other kinds of breakfast goodies.  Since we were all together, a picture was a must!

That's Cori, me, Bella, Kenna and sister...sweet girls :)

That about sums up the past week or so.  Are y'all gearing up for Thanksgiving, planning your meals or where you're going to be?  My babies will be with their dad this year so I'm on my own.  Honey's momma is hosting Thanksgiving and invited us so I'm headed to Dayton for turkey this year.  I'm pretty excited to be able to spend the day with honey and his family.  I will miss my babies and my family but at least I have someplace to go.  

OH!  Almost forgot....I bought a Christmas gift the other day and ordered one last night!  Two down and several more to go!  LOL!  Hey...I'm making progress!  

Y'all stay warm!