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Tis the season

Our holiday season was crazy hectic (isn’t everyone’s?). In addition to all sorts of holiday fun I had 3 large events for the radio station I work at, my brother graduated college and my best friend had a baby, all in December. I wish I had kept track of all the fun activities better but since I didn’t, here’s a little recap. This is an email I wrote my kids. (I made each of my kids an email address when they were born. I send them emails to document their lives, my emotions about their milestones, etc… In all honesty it’s not something I do nearly enough!)

I just wanted to send a note to thank you both for giving me such a magical holiday season. In 2012 around the holidays I told your daddy that by Christmas 2013 I wanted a baby on the way because kids are what makes Christmas fun. Well, by 2013 Lucille was on the way, 2014 we celebrated her first Christmas and by Christmas 2015 we had Lennon and got to celebrate another first Christmas.

This year we did a lot that I hope we will do again and make into traditions.

To kick off the holiday season we went to Christmas in Perry with the intention of meeting Santa. The wait, however, was over 2 hours. So we skipped that, but we did watch the parade. Lucille loved watching all the lights on the fire trucks, as did cousin Walter who we met there. Lennon, you slept through the whole thing.

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The next day we went and got a Christmas tree. As we’ve done for years we went with Nay Nay, Pop Pop, Aunt Kray Kray, Uncle Adam, Uncle Joe and Aunt Marcy. Meaning we had to pick out 4 trees. The weather was beautiful. I had you both dressed in winter outfits and I had to strip you down because you were overheating!

We went to Byrncliff to try to meet Santa again, and this time it worked out much better! We were the first family to get to the buffet breakfast and when we finished Santa was supposed to be arriving in 10 minutes. We went to the room he would be in to get in line and nobody was there yet. There were activities set up: a coloring table, cookie decorating table, a place to write a letter to Santa and a marshmallow toss. So Lucille did all these things with the elf that was there until Santa came. When Santa came we had him all to ourselves. Lennon was more than happy to sit on his lap. Lucille liked him from a bit of a distance. She did give him several high fives. I think it was really special that we got to see him all by ourselves. It definitely made it less scary for you two.

We also got to make Christmas cookies with your cousins Tristan, Maddy, Gus and Alli! Making Christmas cookies is my very favorite thing to do in the holiday season and I’m so glad we have an extended family that we can enjoy it with!

My favorite part of the holidays this year was our new Christmas Eve tradition. Instead of going from place to place on Christmas we decided to celebrate with my side of the family on Christmas Eve. This makes Christmas last 2 days!! We had so much fun spending the entire day with our loved ones, watching Christmas movies, opening presents and then playing with them, and of course eating!! Then before we left Aunt Sarah got emails from Santa Claus for each of you, as well as one for each of her kids. Lennon, you of course didn’t understand yet. But Lucille you loved watching the videos, way more than I expected!

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Christmas day we woke up and opened presents at home just the 4 of us. Then we spent mot of our day at NayNay and Pop Pop’s. Again, it was so nice to see them for a whole day instead of just a couple hours. In addition to the immediate family Uncle Mike, Uncle Beaver, Carmen, Kris and Khloe all came over too. Lucille you followed Khloe around like she was the coolest kid in school haha. Lennon, you have been so happy throughout all these festivities. You’re definitely at your best when you’re surrounded by friends and excitement!!

A few days later we went back to Aunt Sarah’s for our extended family holiday celebration. Uncle Tom and Aunt Sherry were visiting from Vermont and Uncle Mike and Aunt Kathy from Wisconsin!

For New Year’s Eve we went and had an early dinner (3:30 so our noisy kids wouldn’t disrupt most people’s dinner plans) at the Club. I loved bringing you 2 out to a fancy restaurant with us to celebrate the end of a fantastic year and the start of a new one! This is definitely going to be a yearly tradition. When you get older you can have some Shirley Temples with dinner. Lucille, we tried to give you crab cakes because you loved them when you tried them over the summer. But, you refused to eat them and just ate our oyster crackers and most of our dessert, which was sherbert. Lennon, you pooped yourself shortly after we got there and then slept the rest of the outing.

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I love you both so much and I know next year the holidays will be even more special!!

XOXO,

Mommy

On another note, now that we’re a week into the new year I’ve also finally set some resolutions:

  1. Blog at least twice a week
  2. Try a new recipe or attempt to improve an old one once a week
  3. Read to the kids every day
  4. Go on a date with Peter every month
  5. Don’t let stress make me a grumpy mom. Enjoy all my moments with my kids and remember they are what’s most important. Not my job, how clean my house is, etc.




Family Halloween Costumes

With Halloween just a few short weeks away I thought what better way to kick off my blog than a list of Family Halloween costumes? Halloween is kind of our family  holiday as I met my hubby at a Halloween party. And what’s not to love about Halloween? It’s basically a day devoted to playing dress up!

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And the fun shouldn’t be reserved just for the kids. This is our chance to pretend to be someone else for the night too. My sister’s family did family themed Halloween costumes for years and some years I joined in on the fun. Other years I stayed at college and dressed in themes with my friends. (See above, our “Christmas” Halloween costume. My 2 favorite holidays combined!)

I’ve spent lots of time thinking about ideas for Halloween costumes. I’ve thought of more than my family will ever be able to use. (After all in 6 years or so Lucille will start putting her foot down and demand her own costume, the Disney princess of the year or if she’s like her Mom, a Pink Power Ranger!)

So here are my favorite ideas. If you have more ideas feel free to share them in the comments!

1 Parent, 1 Child

Kangaroo & Joey- This one is great if your baby is still young enough to stay strapped to you.

Mary Had A Little Lamb- Mommy just dresses up in an old fashioned dress and baby is a cute little lamb.

 

Family of 3

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Popeye, Olive Oyl and Swee’ Pea- We did this one last year for Lucille’s first Halloween. Because we weren’t going out at all, I was a little lazy with mine and Peter’s costumes. But I think the trick or treaters, or at least their parents, knew who we were supposed to be.

Fred, Wilma and Pebbles Flinstone

Barney, Betty and Bam Bam Rubble

Little Red Riding Hood, Grandma and the Big Bad Wolf

 

Twins

No I don’t have twins, but my sister and I have daughters just a few months apart. So when we were pregnant I thought about Halloween costumes we could do for the 2 of them. (We ended up not doing any because I wanted to dress up with my daughter! haha)

Sonny and Cher

Mickey and Minnie

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Raggedy Ann and Andy

Mario & Luigi

Twin Cabbage Patch Dolls- This is what we decided to do before I decided our family would do the Popeye theme. Put them side by side in a double stroller and put a box around the stroller to look like a toy box. You can make your own cabbage patch wig by following the instructions provided by Kristina of Mother’s Niche, just click here!

 

Big Ol’ Group

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You’ll notice I list a lot of Disney movies in this section. Almost any popular animated film can be turned into a big group costume. This list includes some that I think would be the most fun, and some that my sister’s family has done in the past!

Peter Pan and Friends -Wendy, John, Michael, Captain Hook, Smee, The Crocodile, Tinkerbell, other pirates, more lost boys… this costume can include the whole extended family! My sister made a great Smee at 8 months pregnant.

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Winnie the Pooh

Wizard of Oz

Shrek

Mickey Mouse and Friends

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Carebears

Circus- This is the one I am most excited to do in the future. But I want to wait until we have Baby #3 so we can have 3 animals. I picture myself being the ring master, hubby being a clown and the kids being a lion, monkey and elephant. Other ideas are a tightrope walker, a tiger… it’s another costume that allows for an unlimited number of people.

The Simpsons

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Monsters Inc- Mike, Sully and Boo are obvious but if more people want to join in the fun, they can create their own monster.

Toy Story

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Scooby Doo- I have to give my sister credit. Turning her wagon into the Mystery Machine really put this costume over the edge.

Sesame Street

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Friends- This costume would not only be adorable but pretty easy! A boy in a striped red shirt and a blanky is Linus, a girl in a dark blue dress is Lucy, a light blue dress is Sally…. all these items can probably be found in your closets. And as long as you’re all together and one person dresses as a beagle, you’ll be easily recognized as the Peanuts!

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

 

I hope you found an idea for your family. Have a safe and happy Halloween!!