Friday, December 19, 2014

Hello Friday!

ONE | Festivus

With Christmas coming up next week, it’s important to not forget the second most important holiday this year on the 23rd: Festivus. 
If you have no idea what Festivus is then that means you’re not a Seinfeld fan and we should clearly rethink our friendship because that’s just wrong.


Kind of.

TWO | Chickie’s BIG Gift
I always thought I’d have 13 more years to prepare myself for seeing my child behind the wheel of a car but Grandma Santa had different plans so this will be waiting on Chickie Christmas morning…

God help me. What do we think the insurance premium is for a 3.5 year old?

THREE | Wish lists

Speaking of wish lists, if you missed my post this week on what moms really want for Christmas, you can check it out here. Needless to say that once Chickie sees that gift above, I won’t be getting any of these bad boys on my list.

FOUR | A Long Winter’s Nap
The university closes next week for winter break and I’m so beyond ready. My life will be my own until January 5th and I’m looking forward to some much needed downtime, relaxation and time spent with family. 

Oh, and food. Lots and lots of food. Let’s not forget the food. {Dear God, Courtney. Focus.}

FIVE | Cuteness Overload

Chickie has really been bringing the heat lately in the cute department. I mean, she’s got that shit turned up to warp factor 2,000. It’s nice and fun to see her starting to grow out of the constant toddler tantrum phase and transitioning to the I’m-three-and-know-it-all preschooler age. 
I kid, I kid. 

But really, she is growing up SO FAST and learning so many things. It’s like her little brain is a sponge soaking up everything around her and she surprises us constantly with the things she does and says. Just the other morning while we were getting ready for school, she happily declared, “Mama!! Life is good while I wear my cupcake underwear!!” {She has a pair of undies with cupcakes all over them.}

I mean, where do they come up with this stuff?? No clue, but I’m lovin’ the hell out of it. This little girl makes me laugh every day and brings so much joy into my life. Oh, how I love her!

Have a great weekend friends!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

What Moms Really Want For Christmas

Sure, we love the little trinkets and thoughtful gifts that are given to us every year for Christmas but if I had my choice between receiving another infinity scarf or choosing from one of the “gifts” below {Maybe you too if you’re being honest?}, I have to confess that I just may very well want one or all of these…

1 | A Full, Long-Term, Uninterrupted Night’s Sleep. I haven’t had extended, uninterrupted sleep since Chickie was around 9 months old. She is now three and a half. Sure, we get a night here or there but nothing consistent. Thank God for under eye concealer and coffee.

Speaking of coffee…

2 | To Finish a Cup of Coffee. I can’t count the number of times my poor little cup of joe gets heated and reheated in the microwave on a regular basis. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to finish a cup of coffee post pregnancy. I’m starting to think this is an urban legend.

3 | To Watch Something Other than Frozen {Or Animated Variety, Period}. I wish we could just “Let It Go.” No, really. I mean let it go…right into the trash can.

4 | To Use The Bathroom Alone. It’s an amazing phenomenon to me as a mother. No one cares who I am or needs anything from me on the regular but let my ass hit the toilet seat and before I know it, everyone and their brother wants to call or text me or just come walking into the bathroom rattling off a list of demands {I’m looking at you, Maddy}. Added bonus for pointing at my privates and asking “What’s that, momma?” {Again, Maddy, I’m looking at you} Just once I’d love to use the bathroom without this happening…

5 | To Have a Clean Car. I’ve totally become “that mom” with the crushed Cheerios in the backseat and baby wipes all over the car. Finger smudges on the window? Check. Sippy cup in the floor board? Check. Months-old leftover Ritz snack crackers in the seat? Check and check. My once kid-free and sleek Rogue has officially become the Mom-mobile.

6 | To Cuss with Abandon. I admit it - I’m a girl who cusses. To be even more honest, I enjoy cussing. There is nothing better than dropping an F-bomb on occasion or using some explicatives to describe a situation or in conversation. Michael and I are both pretty funny about this and our conversations can be totally random and hysterical but when you have a kid{s}, this is something you curtail quite a bit because let’s be honest – as much as it’s funny to hear your kids drop some bad words {And it is. You’re lying if you say otherwise} it’s not necessarily right to let them go around talking that way. You try your best to clean this up a lot with little ones around but boy oh boy what I wouldn’t love to just let ‘em roll…

7 | To Make It Through the Day with Clean Clothes. Moms, picture this: You come to the end of the day and guess what? Your clothes are clean. You don’t have any boogers, dried snot or food stuck to you. You can actually take your bra off without a pile of Cheerios falling out {True story}. Aaaaah. A girl can wish, right?

8 | To Be Able to Eat My Dinner Before it Gets Cold. This very rarely, if ever, happens anymore. I usually have to get up a bagillion times for a litany of things before I’m actually able to just sit down and eat my dinner which by the time I do, it’s usually cold.

I make fun but really, I do love my life and having Chickie to share it with keeps me young, active, happy and fun. Having said this, I have to admit these things above and more are a few things I miss being able to do solo from time to time.

So, what would be on your “What Mom Really Wants for Christmas” list?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Must Watch Christmas Movies

For me, there is nothing I enjoy more during the holiday season then plugging in the tree, lighting some candles, pouring a glass of wine or making a hot cup of tea and turning on my favorite Christmas movies. 

The holidays simply aren’t the same without these must have movies for me each and every year. The added bonus? Chickie is really enjoying most of these with me and it’s so much fun to experience my favorite movies all over again with her and through her excitement and joy of the season. 

My most favorite movies are an eclectic mix of both modern day and traditional and no matter what your preference is, there is certainly something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Starting top left to the right and moving down…
10 | Love Actually

9 | The Family Stone

8 | Elf

7 | A Charlie Brown Christmas

6 | The Holiday

5 | A Christmas Story

4 | A Christmas Carol {The original from 1938}

3 | Miracle on 34th Street {The original from 1947}

2 | Home Alone

And last but certainly not least…my all-time FAVORITE Christmas movie everrrr…

 What is a must watch Christmas movie for you and your family?


Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Made It Out Alive

This weekend was perfect, although it went by way to fast.

A little relaxation, a little productivity and a little fun.

Wine: the official drink of parents with children on the weekends
during the holidays everywhere.

Friday evening kicked off with lots of snuggles and Elf. Chickie also decided that she was ready to go and meet the fat man in the red suit which was somewhat surprising since last year’s visit included a sucker punch to Santa’s face while Michael and I laughed hysterically. In case you're new to these parts, allow me to bring you up to speed...

So, yeah.

At any rate, we woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Saturday morning and Chickie was still talking about going to see Santa.

So we loaded up and off we went. Considering how much of an epic fail last year’s visit went, I have to say that I wasn’t expecting much but wow! I was pleasantly surprised!

{No Santas were harmed in the making of this photograph.}

No one got punched and we all made it out in one piece!

The rest of our Saturday included a celebratory lunch at Chick-fil-A followed by a well-deserved nap and then lots of goofing around coupled with copious amounts of shenanigans and tom foolery. 

{I'm not really sure what's up with this dress. She loves to wear this thing all the time at home. -18 outside? Who cares! Let me wear a dress!}

Sunday morning after breakfast, we loaded up the car with a few gifts to donate to the University Police’s Toys for Tots toy drive and dropped them off with the help of one very excited little elf…

All week long, Chickie and I talked about donating the toys for the boys and girls in our community who may not be lucky enough to have toys for Christmas and what the true meaning of the holiday season is about. At three, she isn’t going to fully understand every nuance of the spirit of the season but she’s old enough to start learning so it’s important to me that she knows Christmas is about more than just Santa and gifts.
She was so sweet about the whole thing. All week, she asked, “Mama, are we going to give away my toys for other boys and girls?” in such an excited way. It was so cool to see her get excited about wanting to help others. I’m hoping to find other little ways for us to be involved in our community not only now through the holidays, but as a normal part of our day to day routine.

After a glorious three hour nap yesterday

We enjoyed a low-key evening of snacks and movies…

Well, some more than others.

How was your weekend?