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.

Christmas Tour-2016

“It’s my favorite time of year!” says Piglet’s Christmas Thomas as it chugs along the track. I couldn’t agree more! I love decorating for the holidays.


Being the first Christmas at our new home, I wanted to make sure it was special. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas decorations.

Piglet helped me with these bathroom carolers, that he calls “Whistle Singers”. I love how the one on the left is a reluctant singer.

In the kitchen, I framed my favorite Elf quote. Match calls me his little Elf, because I have a slight sugar addiction.

We also added a splash of decor to Piglet’s room. We hung snowflakes and little Christmas trees around the track. I added lights to the train for a festive touch. Next year maybe I’ll add lights all the way around the track.

I made my own ornament wreath out of leftover ornaments and garland

We also made sure to bring back the Olaf door for Piglet.

I love how magical everything is. I am so excited that we’re having Christmas at home this year. Thanks for stopping by for our Christmas tour. I’d love to see your houses! Send me a link so I can visit.

Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Farm

The day after Thanksgiving, our town has its annual light parade and Christmas tree lighting. We met up with my work buddy and his family for hot cocoa and to watch the parade.


Piglet had so much fun watching it. I loved watching his little face light up with wonder.


That Saturday, we went to the Christmas tree farm to pick out our tree. It was a chilly morning, and we had to bundle up. dsc_1080

Every year I think about getting a pre-lit, artificial tree. They look so easy to set up, and they are so low maintenance. But then I remember that we would miss out on this experience. There’s something so special about picking out just the right tree.




We were able to warm up in the barn with cider and hot cocoa while they bundled up our tree. The farm dog cozied up to Match. I could see us getting a golden retriever someday, if we ever get a house in the country.


After we got our tree, Piglet and I got to decorating. He was so excited to put the special ornaments on the tree.



I’ll show you the fully decorated tree in my Christmas tour post. But I will say it’s my favorite tree yet! Do you have Christmas traditions you do with your family to start off the Christmas season?


Christmas at the Duplex

Last year we moved in the middle of December, so I didn’t get to truly deck the halls like I wanted. We didn’t get a tree, and we didn’t have a fireplace, so the stockings had to be hung from the window (not nearly as cute as the fireplace). This year we have a fireplace and a mantel, which makes this Christmas elf very happy.


This year we still don’t have a ton of room for a large tree, but we could at least have one. I actually love how sweet and simple it is. Piglet loved that he got to put the star on top with Daddy.


We took a break from Christmas decorating to read The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I love that Match snapped this picture. It was such a sweet and heartwarming moment with my little one.


Here’s the tree all finished.


Santa also delivered a gift for Piglet early this year. It’s a special Christmas Thomas the train set, which we hoped would go around the tree. When it arrived, we realized it was way too big, and that Piglet would probably knock the tree down playing with it. So it is currently taking up our living room. It’s pretty cute to watch, and Piglet loves it so much.


We hung up our snowflakes again, and I added a little flair to our kitchen. I always wish I could deck things out even more. Maybe when we buy a home again.



I went to a wreath decorating party with Fliz. It was a fun little get together, but it was clear that the ladies were way more experienced at making wreaths. It was my first attempt, and it’s a little thin.


I also saw a fun idea on Pinterest to make an Olaf for the inside of the front door. Piglet loves it!


I love all the Christmas decorations, and I’m trying to soak up every minute of Christmas cheer. I can’t believe that we only have 5 days left til Christmas!