Walks with DJ


I’m sorry family up North, but we are enjoying some beautiful winter weather. Most days it feels more like spring. DJ loves to get outside and Mason is always out with us. He is such a good dog and stays in the yard so we never put a leash on him. But lately she has been wanting to take him for a walk and hold the leash. There is a nice dead end road by our house so its pretty safe for her to walk on since we don’t have sidewalks.


Here they are all set to go. He is so good and doesn’t pull her. I’m glad we spent lots of time training him. 20130201-135247.jpg

They are so sweet together. The road to the right is the dead end that we walk down.


She is pretty independent these days but usually after a few steps she turns around to make sure Mom or Dad are with her.


On this walk, I pointed out this stop sign. I am not sure she knows what the word stop means, but she thought I said it was a “stomp” sign. She was stomping her feet all over the street!


Off to see Santa

Where so excited that Christmas this year DJ would be a bit older and she could also get into the christmas spirit with us. One of the things I was so excited about was telling her about Santa.

She first learned about Santa from a book I made her from Christmas last year that includes a picture of all three of us sitting with Santa. We practiced recognizing Santa all throughout the book and practiced saying Ho Ho Ho. I thought we were I luck for the Santa picture this year

Apparently I was wrong.


She was all excited as we entered the store but as soon as we set her down this happened. We obviously picked her immediately back up and walked around the store for a bit picking out an ornament.

We wanted to get one nice picture with Santa so we went back and didactic family photo. It turned out much better when we sat with her!



Last night we took DJ to the downtown tree lighting and parade. We had wonderful weather and clear skies to make for a beautiful night.

As we walked through downtown and neared the festivities I though we should put on our Christmas gear. To be funny I put on these old reindeer antler headband that I think we got for mason a few years back as a joke. What I didn’t expect was that DJ would turn around in the stroller and ask to wear them (by asking I mean pointing to them on my head and then patting her head then confirmed with a vigorous head shake when I asked her if she wanted them). So of course I let her try them on and snapped a quick picture thinking she would yank them off immediately. Instead she not only smiles and let me take a picture she kept them on and asked for them back every time they fell off!


As we walked through the light and decorations, all she saw was the blue balloons that everyone else had. From the stroller she was lunging for any balloon that passed us by. Before she ripped off a balloon from another kid, we quickly asked another parent and found the tent giving away the balloons a few blocks over. She loved the balloon tied onto her stroller and immediately relaxed and started dancing in the stroller to the live band music.

We got lined up early for a place on the street to watch the parade. We had a few snacks and got to pet some nice fluffy old English sheepdog puppies that reminded us of Finally.

Just as she about ran out of patience the jingle bell run started. We had to hold her back from running out towards every dog that ran past us! After the runners the parade began.

We got a seat right up from and she sat on my lap.  After each float would pass, she would turn back to look at me and ask “Mo, Mo” (More).  We noticed every Snowman that passed and danced to every drum.  We sat and watched the parade for an hour and a half.  It was amazing considering that was an hour and a half past bedtime!  Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the very end to see Santa.  I really wanted to see her hear Santa say “Ho Ho Ho” but it was getting late.  We changed into PJ’s for the ride home and she was asleep not 5 minutes down the road!!


The Christmas Season has begun!!  Seeing it through her eyes is amazing!

The Season of Giving

December 4 Prompt

Author: Jeff Davis

Prompt: Wonder. How did you cultivate a sense of wonder in your life this year?

This is a really hard prompt.  I am a planner and that typically leads to a lack of “wonder” in my life but I like it that way.  I think the most wonder that I help cultivate is in gift giving.  Giving someone a gift is really a way that I show them I love them or am thinking about them.  I love the excitement of shopping for a great gift (and hopefully getting a good deal on it too).  I love wrapping it up and sending it on its way hoping and wondering if the recipient will enjoy it as much as I expected them to.

This also means I love Christmas time because I can buy plenty of gifts!  So far I haven’t done great on my shopping list but we will see what I can come up with.

For J:

J obviously already knows about this, so I guess there is no “wonder” there.

For my Mom:

My mom has been looking for a good set of these so her coffee is warm when she gets out of the gym in the mornings

For my brother:

My brother loves fishing and clothes, combine the two and you get a fishing shirt!

For my sister:

I found this snowboard at a local goodwill store. Its a Ride GNU it great condition. My sister will love it!

For J’s parents:

J thinks they would really appreciate a nice matching set of pots and pans. We are going in with his other sisters to get them a nice set.

As you’ll notice, there are still quite a few people left off this list! We still haven’t finished our shopping but we will get there soon!


Dancing at the Wedding

December 3 – Moment.

Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colors).

(Author: Ali Edwards)

I would have to say the moment this year was probably our wedding day. So much happened that day but it still has so many clear memories. I think one of the best parts of the day was dancing towards the end of the reception. The DJ was going strong with music that was pleasing all of the crowd. My friends and family were all out on the dance floor. It was hot, people were sweating but it all made it worth it.

Looking back on 2010

J and I were discussing the other weekend what in the heck we were going to accomplish in 2011. So much happened during late 2009-2010 that I’m not sure what else we need to do!

June 2009 – Got engaged
August 2009 – Find house we want to buy
October 2009 – Finally close on great first home
December 2009 – I finish my MBA
January 2010 – Now that all that other stuff is out of the way time to start wedding planning
March 2010 – Purchase first vehicle together
June 2010 – Wedding’
July – November 2010 – Finally settle into new home
December 2010 – First Christmas at home

I am going to try to participate in Reverb’s 2010 reflection challenge. Here is today’s prompt:

December 1 One Word.
Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
(Author: Gwen Bell)

My one word for 2010 would have be Love. We were surrounded by so much love in 2010 it was amazing. I have never felt more supported by our friends and family.

Holiday Plans

I am so sad we won’t be hosting thanksgiving dinner at our house this year. We chose not to invite everyone over because 8 adults and 7 not so little kids would just be tight in our house. The kids need room to run around and activities to do. We just aren’t set up as a kid friendly house right now.

If I were to be able to host Thanksgiving, there is no doubt I would be using these bad boys. Printable thanksgiving party decor. The suite includes menu cards, kids stuff, place cards, etc. All in some great green and orange designs. I’m so sad.

However, this will be our first Christmas in our new house. We are thinking of hosting J’s family over for Christmas dinner and the family gift exchange. The kids always get enough gifts during the family gift exchange that it keeps them busy for a few hours. This would give us (ok really, me) the perfect opportunity to use some free printable Christmas decor!

I have already scouted out some of the great gift tags etc that West Elm has posted. Who knew they posted cool stuff like this on their website. I can’t wait to start planning a menu and everything else! Merry Christmas!

Our first Christmas cards as newlyweds!

This Christmas I am really looking forward to sending out our first set of newlywed Christmas cards.  My parents have always sent out Christmas cards and I would love to continue the tradition.  I also think it would be a great way to follow up with all the friends and family that traveled to our wedding.  We did not due pictures with our thank you cards since we didn’t want to wait too long to get them out so we figured this Christmas was a great opportunity to send out a wedding photo!

I was looking around at a couple of sites that offered these and there are a lot of cute options out there.  Unfortunately, due to our limited funds, I can’t spend too much on these because otherwise we wouldn’t have money to buy a Christmas tree!  After some research I decided Shutterfly.com offered the best options within our price range.

We will more than likely use one of the follow wedding pictures on the front of the card:

I want to include “Merry Christmas” if possible (I’m not a fan of Happy Holidays”). I also really would like to go with a lovely shade of green similar to the olive green we used in our wedding.  I haven’t totally decided between folded or flat. Here are my top three choices as of right now, they are all great!
This one is also available in red which might be very festive:

This one really matches the green flourish we used in our wedding theme but I’m not sure I love the wording.

Shutterfly Peace Love Holiday Card

I absolutely love the design of this card but we might have trouble cropping our pictures square to fit. This one also comes with great options for the inside!
Shutterfly Peace Love Holiday Card

Now I just have to decide and place my order.  I can’t wait to send these out this year!

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