Kicking off the Christmas Season

I don’t know what it is this year, but I’ve been more into the Christmas spirit then ever. I just love how into holidays Piglet gets. It makes me get even more excited, and makes me want to make everything as magical as possible. Even Match gets into it, and has been helping me decorate.

We surprised Piglet again with the Holiday Express to kick off the first weekend of December. This time Match was able to join us! I love that this has become one of our family traditions. His little face lit up when he saw Santa. Also, Piglet recently got glasses, and they are just about the cutest thing ever.

This year we got great seats, right at the front. I wish we could travel like this all the time. It was so relaxing!

We had such a fun day! After the train ride, we went to a nearby pub. They had a play area, a craft table, and they were even giving out free cupcakes. Don’t mind Match, he’s going full amish on me.

We topped the day off with a walk through George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego. It is gorgeous! I love this park. I want to do family photos there someday.

Piglet and I spent Sunday working on more decorations for the house. We made the golden snitch from Harry Potter, to go with our Hedwig tree topper. I also made a Nimbus 2000 out of twigs, twist ties and hot glue.

Here are a few photos of the rest of the house. It feels extra magical this year. Match helped me make the winter tree for the corner, and we did more indoor lights than we’ve done in the past. I’d still like to do more, but time is my enemy these days, so this may do for this year.

We watched Elf with Piglet on Friday night. Then Sunday night Match and I watched the Holiday and snuggled up, and I remembered how the first time I watched this movie with him I knew I wanted to marry him. That happened to be the Christmas he proposed too. So far it’s been a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season.

Christmas ’17

Merry Christmas, everyone! How was your Christmas? We had our second Christmas at our home, and also the second that we haven’t spent it with family. It was just a quiet Christmas at home with our little family of 3.

Christmas weekend started off with me having Friday off from work. Piglet and I spent the day relaxing. We had Kempo in the morning, then we baked up a bunch of cookies all day. We had Happy Hour with friends in the afternoon.

Saturday morning was Piglet’s belt test for Kempo. He has been doing an amazing job at Kempo, and shown a lot of focus for a 4 year old. There are times where he goofs off in class and it makes us cringe as parents, but most of the time he does great. The belt test he just blew us away with his focus. 1 whole hour of following directions, having to stay quiet and calm, and having to remember all the moves. I was practically in tears when the belt ceremony came. He was so proud of himself, and us of him!

We celebrated with a sushi dinner. That boy loves his sushi!

Christmas eve we opened presents with Grandy and Grumps over Skype. We spent the rest of the day playing with the games they bought us. We also made sure to leave out cookies and hot cocoa for Santa.

The anticipated Christmas morning finally arrived, and Piglet was once again so cute. He was such a good boy about not waking up too early. He has this habit of coming into our room around 5ish in the morning to cuddle. Then he usually wiggles around until we give up and wake up around 6. This Christmas, he snuggled up with us, and tried to sleep in, until I had mercy on him and woke up at 7:30. I managed to scurry out there first and make sure the lights were on and the fire was lit. It all looked so magical.

Santa brought Piglet a couple of great presents, including Legos that he desperately wanted. Santa also made sure to make our choo choo loving boy his very own Train lego.

Match outdid himself and genuinely surprised me this Christmas. Tickets to a comedy show in Portland! I have been begging him to go to stand up comedy with me for almost a decade, and he finally did it! I was floored. I know this photo looks staged, but Match snapped it right when I opened his card.

We had our traditional chocolate croissants for breakfast, and then spent a lazy morning hanging around the house. In the afternoon, we had our neighbor friends over for a playdate. They’re a wonderful family with two of the sweetest little girls. Piglet was so happy to hang out with friends after being out of daycare for an extended weekend.

Merry Christmas from our home to yours. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends.

Christmas Home Tour ’17

I’m a little late on this post, but it’s been a very jam packed December. I’ve been so busy with work, and every weekend I try to make up for it by filling our weekends with family activities and quality time together. It doesn’t always ease the mama guilt, but it helps.

Christmas, as many of you know, is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the decorations, the music, the clothes, all of it. This is our second Christmas in our home, and this year with the fireplace, it just feels more magical.

This year we went back to the tree farm that my co-worker and friend owns. We opted for a Noble Fir for the first time, and I’m completely hooked. I have less allergies with this tree, and the needles are staying on the tree, instead of in a pile on my floor.

This is Piglet’s go to expression. Cracks me up every time!

Match and Piglet adding the final touches on the tree.

My heart is sad that this is our first Christmas without our furbaby, Oscar. But he has ornaments all over the tree.

I bought us matching jammies this year, and I’m pretty sure this will be our new tradition. I can’t get enough of them, and Piglet loves that we all match.

We even wore our matching jammies when we took pictures with Santa. Nevermind that I look like a giant in this picture. Santa’s elf asked me to sit on his lap, and it messes with the angle. But it was worth it to see Piglet smile like that!

Here’s the rest of our Christmas touches around the house. This was my first year with the Disney village, courtesy of my stepmom. I especially love Beauty and the Beast, which happens to be one of my favorite Disney movies.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without the Olaf door, and of course the hanging snowflakes.

We didn’t do much to deck out the outside of the house. I’m terrible at hanging lights, so I did a little stream along our rock river. Match promised next year to do more for the outside.

Tomorrow is the kickoff to my mini-staycation. I’m off from Friday through Tuesday. Piglet and I have a fun filled day planned, starting with baking Christmas cookies in our matching jammies. This is the best time of year! Do you have any Christmas plans? Did you deck your halls?

Leprechaun Shenanigans

Happy belated St. Patty’s Day! Piglet’s daycare is so good about sparking the kids’ imaginations. They made a leprechaun trap, and they have this little cutout of a leprechaun that the teachers move around the room, and pretend he moves on his own. I was inspired, so I dug out our stuffed leprechaun that MIL gave to us a few years ago.

We treated it kind of like Elf on a Shelf, except he doesn’t cause trouble. Anyone else seriously annoyed by the idea of a lookout for Santa that makes trouble? I don’t really understand it. But I love the idea of capturing a bit of that magic, and the way Piglet’s little face would light up when he realized his leprechaun moved. We started out having “Happy” (Piglet’s name for his leprechaun) leave chocolate chips in his trail, but quickly I decided that had potential to cause a huge mess. So later in the week, I grabbed a box of Lucky Charms.

We ended the week with Happy leaving Piglet a note and the big box of Lucky Charms. We’d move him all over the house One night he even helped make dinner!

 

At his daycare party, the kids got to check their trap for the leprechaun. They didn’t catch him, but they did get lots of gold coins and rolos!

They also had the kids tell them what they’d do if they caught they had the leprechaun’s gold. Their little answers were so cute. Apparently, Piglet thinks Match and I need new wardrobes, lol!!

He also got an adorable green bowtie to take home. We had a birthday party to go to that night, and he cracked me up because he insisted on wearing his bowtie. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from our little leprechaun!

Have Yourselves a Mellow Little Christmas

Merry belated Christmas! It was the first year we’ve ever, ever had a Christmas all to ourselves. That includes when we were dating. I can’t honestly think of a time I’ve had this mellow of a Christmas since I was a little girl. It was just me, Piglet, Match, and Monkey, and it was wonderful.

We started the day off with a little magic from the North Pole. Match’s coworker gave him a huge bin full of wooden railroad track, so we made a track that lead into the living room.

The look on his face in the morning was priceless.

We did stockings and presents, and then had a relaxed day of playing with our little man, eating yummy food, and just being together. It was such a nice holiday. I love this age, and how Piglet has fully embraced the magic of Christmas. I’m so glad that Piglet’s presents were quiet too. Nothing that was electronic and beeping. I’d have had to slip macks ear plugs into Match and my stocking. Instead, Santa brought Piglet a car car wash and car service station that comes apart. He spent hours playing with it.

I got my Christmas wish. I got to spend the day with my two favorite men. Oh, and I got Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which I read in two days (Thanks sweetie!).

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope it was magical.