Finally starting on my December Daily.
December Daily is definitely one of my traditions for this magical month. Maybe even the top three. Right up there with the kids meeting the big guy and presents.
Check out the past books here.
Loving these Christmas Bingo cards to include in my Dec Daily.
In the pic above you can see I soaked three of my Bottle Brush trees in bleach from last year to re-dye them with more of my favorite colors. Check out my video tutorial for the trees here.
And Tim Holtz sells his trees all grouped together now so you can make your own colorful forest. I was only going to display mine for Christmas but Collin insisted on leaving them up. I think they’ll always be displayed now. One of those things my kids will remember from our home. I can still remember a cross stitch my mom hung and a quote about fear my dad hung in his office.
…then I cried a couple hours later and begged Collin to leave work and pick up the carpool.
Scenes from tonight.
It feels straight up cozy and Christmasy in here tonight. I know, I know it is Thanksgiving Eve… but I can celebrate two holidays at once. That’s why I’m decorating our tree while Collin is making apple pie and the kids put on a Christmas record and the Polar Express movie.
There have been a string of seemingly meaningless events this week that caused me to stop and be thankful for all the simple blessings in my life. Which are many… especially if you count all of my incredible family and the amount of pies that are in my kitchen right now. Honestly though life isn’t perfect or easy. It’s hard and sometimes I cry or worry, which some might say that neither of those help the situation, but that’s when I turn to other things I love. Like peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, filling up an online shopping cart, Diet Coke, a hot bath, prayer & more prayer. Also, laughter–which Collin effortlessly makes possible every day. I’m blessed to share the amazing and the challenging times with my best friend. Creating something with pictures and a story, cuddling, yoga, kissing Myles & nuzzling into his cheeks, a dance by Quincey and Lola, an Avery bear hug, a new stack of pretty paper or sending a happy mail of goodies, any Will Ferrell movie but preferably one that’s hilarious. Oh, and taking photos… like I did just now. Happy Thanksgiving! Thankful for you!
Teaching Quincey the secrets to the apple pie he makes every year for the past twelve and counting. Though this year he got frustrated and said to enjoy this because it’s THE last year he’s making them. But I think I’ve heard that before. ; )
My baby. Can you see that toofer? Stop it. Showing off by sitting up on his own too.
Something you may want to add to your Christmas list (and since we are all Santa might as well grab one for your workshop) the new Dear Lizzy product–triangle punch. It comes in two sizes 1.5″ and 2″ in length. That way you can layer them on top of each other. Yessss! I only have the 2″ but need to get the other size asap. It even comes in a darling mint green color too.
I have loved using it to add triangles here and there to projects and also it’s perfect for making garlands. Save those paper scraps and punch away!
Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms. tom hanks You’ve Got Mail
Something about this dark, crisp autumn day with yellow leaves filling up the view out my window that makes want to curl up under a blanket and watch You’ve Got Mail. Or any other Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan film for that matter. What ever happened to Meg Ryan…? Even French Kiss is still such a cute flick. Anyway, today I am making chocolate cookies, cleaning up my desk I’ve been avoiding at all costs and other activities that scream it’s fall people.
And now pics to prove to my kids the fun we’ve had… Including taking our camper out to the mountains on its first adventure. Bike rides on a warm day and Myles + leaves. Doesn’t fall look good on him with this sweater, button down shirt and jeans. All he needs is a cup of apple cider and knitted scarf.
Fairy Birds is a darling book that teaches kids to give to others by spreading acts of kindness through out their day. Even better– they do so while dressed up in wings and sprinkle confetti hearts as they go. This children’s book series is about Fairies who are actually in Fairy Godmother training. If you notice the wings my girls are wearing… each feather is earned when they are in training. In the first book they can grow their pink “givie” feather as they give to others. I love what this teaches and in a fun-interactive way!
Head over to Small Fry Blog for more pictures, videos & details including 3 giveaways for books & darling accessories…! Such a great gift idea and prezzie for your own Fairy Birds. Thanks to Emily and Nicole at Small Fry for the pictures and magical afternoon adventure!
As I am typing this our camper is getting the finishing touches on a fresh coat of paint. I can not wait to see it all shiny and new. Collin worked on the flooring and the upholstery is all done in a flashy turquoise… Just in time for winter! haha But we should still have some nice weeekends before hibernation. I collected some things to put inside and will share some pics of our process when we get it back home. Collin even came up with a “name” for it. It made me tear up because it has to do with my dad and so many of my memories of him were camping… but I’ll save all that for another day.
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite-only a sense of existence.”
And a date to Target with my little guy!
Also, one day I thought I want to play the ukulele… and the first song I want to learn is Edelweiss. How random are both of those thoughts?! Not that random if you know me. For one, Sound of Music is one of my all-time favorite movies. And second, I have always-always wanted to learn to play the guitar. So I bought a mini one.
It’s actually easier than I thought. I am not good at all, by any means. But I can play sounds that sound like the song it should be. ahaha
Do you play the yook? any tips or favorite tutorials on youtube?
Getting Halloween costumes together and enjoying this wonderful fall weather! xo, Lizzy
One of the must-have items on my baby list was a Solly Baby wrap. It has been a lifesaver having my fourth child so my hands are free to help any of the girls and Myles is close to momma. Right where he wants to be.
He was definitely colic-y the first couple months of his life but loved to bounce soooooo when he was fussy I put him in the wrap that way my arms didn’t die after a while. The first time you try it all the fabric could be intimidating, at least for me, but after a couple times of tying it you get better and faster. I promise. ; )
Looking at these pics while he is sleeping is killing me. He’s the sweetest baby! Oh my gosh… I literally kiss, hold, squeeze, smooch him all day long. muah muah muah! Excuse me while I kiss the screen…!
What is one of your baby must-haves…?
A traveling letterbox is going to be a blast to send around. Your ethusiasm is just what I was looking for. Glad you are nerds like me. ; ) Sooooo, I am working on a post with more details… stay tuned. For those of you who have no clue what Letterboxing is or what I am talking about click here.
For now, dream big… and keep your phone safe. After the worst day ever yesterday I found mine in the bottom of the washing machine. After the spin cycle had just ended. All clean and smelling like Downy fabric softener. Cripes!!!!!
photos via this pin
Collin made a video of Myles’ birth and I had to share. I love it something fierce.
With this simple yet moving video I can recall specific details of those tired, blurry & beautiful newborn moments. Collin adds another creation to the list of things-I-would-run-and-grab-if-our-house-were-on-fire. Thank goodness it’s online… but I probably would still end up racing out the door with the 27″ iMac in my clutches, just to be safe.
M Y L E S I love the flashbacks of before Myles was born… thinking about what we were thinking just a short five months ago. How our family was growing… and to have a little boy…! All the unknown. How things would change. Now his personality is shining through and it’s like he’s always been here.
When he finished this little video, before our family dinner on Sunday, he walked away from the computer with his eyes all sparkly with tears… I knew it was a good one.
VIEW THE VIDEO HERE or PLAY BELOW
A Little Girl & Her Bear
Lola & Tuque are best friends. This is them everyday-the only difference is I filmed their meaningful connection. I want to start making more videos and directing a dog and two year old is tricky! Neither of them want to listen unless there are treats involved. That’s why I just let them do their thing. I had to capture how much she adores him and how patient he is with her.
Honestly though, the main reason I put this vid together was for my husband. Some days he misses scenes of our wacky life and I wanted to show him just how much love Tuque gets on a daily. It was fun to sit him down in front of the computer, put his headphones on and press play. Hopefully this will make up for the times I’ve complained about our cuddly bear. ; )
VIEW HERE or click play below.