Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes and Gingerbread Kisses!

I'm already seeing *friendly* arguments break out over whether or not people are "allowed" to start thinking about Christmas stuff now that Halloween is over. The great holiday debate cracks me up every year, and most people see a very clear line drawn in the sand. Either you're ready for all things holiday when the clock strikes Midnight on November 1st, or you are bent on making sure everyone else in the world puts it off for as long as possible. (Don't forget about Thanksgiving!) I am obviously biased on this issue as I have been listening to Christmas music and began scouting sales a month ago.

But here is the thing, in defense of all Christmas lovers everywhere. No one...at least no one I know, said anything about skipping Thanksgiving. That is blasphemous. Who would dare? Who doesn't love food and friends and family and being thankful? It's a huge part of the festivities, not overlooked in the least. Christmas lovers just enjoy their turkeys with a little bit of holly jolly, that's all. ;) It's officially the "holiday season" and it's ALL good! There are a lot of holidays happening between now and the end of the year, and just about eight weeks to fit them all in. Some of us think limiting the most wonderful time of the year to a few weeks at the end is a waste. :D So....

I am currently mapping out a month of activities for our family to enjoy once December rolls around. If I waited to do it, it would be too late! (I'm trying out this new thing called "organization" this year. It's foreign to me. Please don't look in any of my closets.) And I purposely got a jump on all things holiday so that I could actually enjoy Christmas this year. I don't want to be that person running around the week of Christmas still tying up loose ends. I want to have time with my kids to read the Christmas story. Explain the true meaning of Christmas (again) and be able to play with them and be with them. Have you SEEN that Ikea commercial? Eee gads. I also wanted to make sure that I had our own family's affairs in order early so that we could focus more on giving to others outside of our little bubble. That's what I want to fill our December with. Loving and giving and playing and appreciating. Learning and focusing on what Christmas means to us. NOT stressing about other stuff.

With that said...we took our Christmas card photos yesterday. :) We went with a gingerbread theme this year. I've narrowed it down to a few I like of each kid, but now the hard part is deciding which ones to put on the card! And I'm not sure if there will be one or two photos of each child...depends on the layout I go with.

Miss Evelyn....


1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 


Gracie Girl....
1. 

2. 

3.

4. 

Mr. Reagan....

1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 

I had to work ridiculously hard for just those, haha. Reagan, once again, thinks this whole thing is an excuse to be a giant stinker. So... here are his "bonus" photos. :)

Hiding his face...

Mid raspberry blowing....

Completely stoic....

...and I will spare you all the pictures of him blowing spit bubbles.

Baby Charlotte....

1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 


So far I'm leaning towards:

Evelyn - 4
Grace - 3
Reagan - 3
Charlotte - 3...or 4....

We'll see! If you were of any assistance helping me decide, I definitely wouldn't complain about that.  And to send you off today, I'll just leave this right here....


Happy Holiday

Happy holiday, happy holiday

While the merry bells keep ringing

May your ev'ry wish come true

Happy holiday, happy holiday

May the calendar keep bringing

Happy holidays to you!


;) 




5 comments:

Cassie said...

i have been jamming to christmas to and from work. i am all on board with you!

and those pictures make me smile. each and every one of them!

Amber Nicholson said...

I have been secretly watching Christmas movies since July. Last night a friend from my ship came over to hang out and I forced her to watch hallmark's the Christmas card. It's never too soon!

Adrien said...

Haha, my kind of girls!!

Stefanie said...

I've been trying to talk myself out of Christmas music and decorations. I'm overly excited about those good ol abc family original Christmas movies! Seriously, those pictures are perfect! I love their personalities shine!

Adrien said...

Thanks, Stefanie! Christmas music motivates me to clean, so...it's a great excuse to listen to it early. Ha! I can't wait for the movies either!

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