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Our Christmas

What can I say, we had a wonderful Christmas.  I can’t get over how wonderful it was. To celebrate the birth of Jesus, and share his love with others, to open presents from Santa Claus and all that comes with the season, including spending time with family. But now our tree is down, the decorations all put away. It’s time to bring in the New Year. And there is so much to be thankful for. This time of year I’m reminded of how lucky I am to be here and with people to love. Isn’t love the best thing in life? It’s truly a gift. So, to end with that note, here are some of the things that brought me joy this last week: gifts of thoughtfulness that definitely didn’t go unnoticed.

1.A thoughtful surprise from our realtor. He’s truly the best. The oreo truffles were to-die-for!

img_2537  2. Pajama day at daycare. I’m so thankful for Veronica. Even though she doesn’t celebrate the holiday, she still did something festive for the kiddos.

img_2546 3. A calendar gift that is actually going to benefit someone else (and not just a wall in my house)!  Thanks, Heather ;)

img_2547  4. The luminaries our neighbors picked up for us and set out in front of our house, so we could partake in the neighborhood tradition on Christmas Eve. They are so sweet.

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Hope you all had a merry Christmas!

Family, Holidays

Merry Christmas

I didn’t get around to mailing out Christmas cards this year, so here you go. Merry Christmas from us to you! I’m so freaking excited for 2017. Another baby. More blogging. More life goals to accomplish. More joy to share with those I care about. More adventures. Preschool for Jace face. And maybe a vacation in there somehow?? Hope you all have a lovely holiday. Thanks to those who check this little blog of mine;)

Flagstaff, Holidays, Video

The Polar Express + a VIDEO

This past weekend we got away from the hustle and bustle of Phoenix and went up to Flagstaff, mainly to get up to The Polar Express in Williams (part of the Grand Canyon Railway). And what a magical weekend it was. Just as I had hoped. On getting there a day early, we hit up a couple breweries, including Mother Road (it helps that I’m a bonafide DD for Roberto), played in the snow up at Snow Bowl, boarded the train late Sunday night and finished the weekend at Rock Springs Cafe for some apple crumble and coconut cream pie. Which btw, everytime I go to Rock Springs it makes me want to run home and watch Waitress (it’s one of my favorites:)).  I can’t express enough how AMAZING The Polar Express was! Even though it was like we were stepping into Christmas on crack, it was just what we needed to kick off the holiday season. There was no way we were leaving without the Christmas cheer ingrained in us that night. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jace’s face more happy. I think I will remember his smiles and giggles and singing for the rest of my life. It was fun cozying up in jackets and beanies for once, and just relaxing at the hotel we stayed at. We even took a nap and watched It’s A Wonderful Life (Rob’s favorite Christmas movie of all time). Hope you all get to do something festive like this in your parts!

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Scenes from Thanksgiving weekend

img_2185Hi friends. Hope your Thanksgiving holiday was as relaxing as ours. Other than having everyone over for Thanksgiving, we really didn’t do much, and it was glorious. We slept in every day, watched Home Alone and Elf a few times, clipped Black Friday coupons and chillaxed. Even got in some exercise and gender revealing. Our turkey took a little longer than we thought on Thanksgiving, which made everyone a little hangry, but once we got it all out on the feasting tables, it was like no one waited an extra 2 hours to eat, ha. We all just dug in and laughed at our epic fail. Poor Rob was so stressed about the bird he almost didn’t have an appetite. Almost;) And everyone went so long without eating that they overate and didn’t save room for dessert, which meant I got to keep the Costco pumpkin pie all to myself! WIN!  Continue Reading

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Easter Morning

thumb_IMG_0737_1024 Hope you all had a nice holiday weekend. Our little family had truly a wonderful Easter Sunday. Such a special day in our hearts and all that more enjoyable to rejoice with family. Easter morning we surprised Jace with his basket, then headed over to my parent’s house for brunch and an Easter egg hunt. Somehow I didn’t get any family shots in. Typical me, right? The only person I tend to capture is Mr. Jace these days. But I guess I should get us in some pictures sooner or later! Next time ;) My mom had an amazing feast prepared for us. The ham was mouth-watering good — I don’t know if it was the glaze or cooking time, but it was life changing. Biscuits and gravy, over easy eggs, the whole thang. Jace of course made out like a bandit. And this was only at one Grandparent’s house. Later we hopped on over to Rob’s family’s house for another feast and egg hunt. So much fun! Until next time, God bless!  Continue Reading