December 28, 2018

The Week In Between

Hello, my friends!
I hope your Christmas was as merry as can be.
We are currently enjoying my very favorite week of the year.
I love this week in-between.
We are home, snuggling, watching movies, sipping coffee, tea, and cocoa, and playing brand new games together. Some of us leave for work but come home as soon as it is done, returning to our cozy little holiday nest. 
The tree remains up and lit, casting a warm glow during the long, dark evenings.  The toys and books are scattered around the family room, and there they will stay. Life will return to normal soon enough, and we aren't in any rush to say goodbye to this cozy, magical time.
I hope you have a wonderful and blessed New Year celebration, my friends.
I will be back next week!

December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, my friends. 
Have a cozy, blessed, festive time with the ones you love.

Thank you for visiting.
I am always glad you do!

December 21, 2018

Weekend Plans And It's Almost Christmas!

Well, that week went by quickly! How are you doing, my friends? Are you ready? Christmas comes whether we are ready or not, so why not relax and enjoy these last few days of anticipation? We plan on doing just that. Saturday will be a quiet morning with Mass in the afternoon, followed by dinner. Then we are planning on popcorn and Rudolph to end the night.

Sunday we are having our traditional Rudolph Breakfast. It is a simple, fun breakfast that we consider the official start of our Christmas season. I will also iron the Christmas tablecloth and get out the beautiful, new silverware Nicolas' mother brought me when she visited last summer. I will also wash and fold the "secret" Christmas Eve pajamas so they are ready for Christmas Eve. I have been doing this since the kids were babies, and although they know they are getting them, they always humor me and act surprised. : )

But first...

December 14, 2018

Weekend Plans

Happy Friday, my friends. I hope your week was happy and healthy and cozy as can be!
Our week was filled with fun, food, and friends.
And plenty of cozy too.

My awesome sister-in-law Beth got Flynn the most fun game for her birthday.
We have played a great deal of Yeti In My Spaghetti!

December 12, 2018

There's Still Time

Don't worry. Don't panic. There is still lots of time left. Lots of time to watch Elf together after dinner, pop popcorn and drive around looking at Christmas lights, bake snickerdoodle and molasses cookies, drink cocoa by the fire, wrap and deliver presents to family and friends, and read Christmas books from the basket by the couch.

So don't worry if you feel anxious and stressed. There is plenty of time remaining to enjoy every moment of this blessed Christmas season!

Like families used to do.

Thanks, Pinterest for the images.

December 10, 2018

Things I'm Loving Now

What's not to love about December and Christmas? Here are a few special things I am loving around here lately. : )

 This is so fun!
It is Scrabble but with extra Christmas fun.
We got our game from Santa, but I did see it on Amazon.

December 7, 2018

Weekend Plans

Hello and happy Friday! I am sitting by the fire this Thursday evening, sipping coffee, as the snow falls outside. December evenings have arrived. Our weekend plans are simple, but fun. Friday evening we will attend mass for the holy day, and then return home to a dinner I will put in the crockpot early in the morning. We are having a beef roast with onions and potatoes, and hopefully, a few carrots if I can find some in the refrigerator!

Saturday is quiet before mass, and then we will probably go out to dinner before returning home for a cozy evening with cocoa and Christmas movies. Sunday is a special day! We are celebrating Madison with a Tea Party Bridal Shower. We are looking forward to visiting with family and friends and showering our bride-to-be with love.

Meanwhile, it is all Christmas, all the time around our house lately.

December 3, 2018

Our (New) Home At Christmastime

When we looked at this house almost one year ago, I thought of how I would love to decorate it for Christmas. Last week, we finally did. I opted for a simpler, more classic, less cluttered approach this year. I added a few new pieces to some of the special and favorite decorations we have accumulated over the years. We are loving the first cozy days and nights here in our Christmas home.