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?

Tech Dept Christmas Party and Zoo Lights

Tonight was our Tech Department’s Christmas party. Being in my new leadership role, this was the first time I organized a party as what my team affectionately (or not so affectionately) call me, “bosslady”.

It took awhile for the team, and the department as a whole, to warm up to the new changes. But I think the easy talk, laughing and general merriment tonight was a sign of how we’re grown. I am happy to be working with this crew, and I’m feeling a stronger sense of connection. We cracked up during the Dirty Santa game. I ended up with a pair of men’s size Star Wars boxers. I’m pretty sure I’ll be re-gifting those next year!

My little elf stole the evening with his cuteness. This will be my first year working the Christmas break since I started with the school district. I’m taking 2 days off work which will turn out to be 5 days off due to where Christmas lands. I’m so excited for some down time with my little guy, and with Match, though he doesn’t get to take any time off this year.

Last weekend we experienced the Oregon Zoo Lights. It was not the best night to go, since the weekend was crazy busy. But it was the only night we could go with Old Married Couple. I’m sad to say they’re moving back to California, now that they’re finally having a baby. I’m so happy for them, but I’m so sad we won’t get to have them close by, and watch their baby grow up. Sure we’ll visit, but I’m still really going to miss them.

Hoping you’re all enjoying the joys of the season, and not too much of the stress.

Surprise Holiday Express Trip

You guys, it’s the Christmas season. I really do love this time of year! On Saturday, my amazing co-worker K treated me and Piglet to a trip on the Holiday Express. It was such an awesome gift. Match had class, and was super bummed to miss out. I didn’t tell Piglet where we were going, just that we were having an adventure. When we arrived, he saw the train, and said, “Oh wow we get to look at the train!” Can I just say how happy it made my heart that just looking at the train would have been enough for him? But I was able to make that little boy’s day when I said, “Oh no buddy, we’re going to RIDE the train!” His little face lit up with pure joy.

When we boarded, as we were driving past the Portland waterfront, he turned to me and said, “Great surprise, mommy!” My.heart.

Icing on the cake of a perfect day was when we discovered that Santa and his elves were on the train! He got a candy cane and he even got to hold Rudolph for awhile.

I love making memories with this little bug. What an awesome experience, and now we are hooked on the Holiday Express. I can’t wait to go back next year!

I’m so grateful for my co-worker for bringing such joy to my little boy’s heart.

Finally Got My Fireplace

I’m beyond excited. My amazing husband installed an electric fireplace in our living room. It was my biggest complaint about our house when we moved in, that it didn’t have a fireplace. I love the ambiance and the way it adds to a room.

Match had to do a lot of work to get it installed. He ran a new electrical outlet through our attic. I got to help pull the wire! This whole being married to an electrician is really paying off.

Here it is all installed. I am so, so happy with my beautiful living room. He gave me a great Christmas present!