new words. a pirate’s christmas. holiday cheer.

What is currently making me smile?

(Brandon made this yummy gingerbread tree yesterday!)

Simple joys. Like walking around town with a child in tow and a camera around my neck and decorations and holiday displays adorning window shelves begging for some attention, hoping someone will stop and enjoy the scenery.

 Someday I promise to take my children on the Polar Express because I want them to keep their imaginations as long as they possibly can.

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“caw-pah mmmm num num”…

This is Olive’s response to the cake pop infomercial.

Oh and at the end she said “its cute!”

She also brought me her diaper wipes this afternoon, opened the cover and pointed to the wipes, “baby poop” she said. I did not teach her this. She is learning so much and we are so thrilled everyday when she comes up with new words and sentences and knows exactly what shes talking about. She’s growing up so quick. At 18 months old she is so wise already.

Infact, today as we drove by the golden arches she got all wide eyed and  exclaimed “fries”! That’s our girl!

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We were so thrilled when Brandon announced today he wanted to be in the holiday play at school. It is this evening. So exciting. The play is called A Pirates Christmas and Brandon plays a reindeer. Santa will be there too! So, I have the big camera all ready to go. Brandon chose a shirt so perfect, his red and white tie shirt made by Bubbles and Bugs.

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Last night I got my Merry on and jazzed up the ceiling in the dining room a little. Daddy found our old snowman and i added some sparkle to him too!

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There’s so much holiday cheer everywhere we look. Even at our house.

 

The view from  our house.. our neighbors know how to get their Merry on too!

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Update:

The Christmas play at Brandon’s school was nothing short of amazing and dare I say it was the best holiday concert I have attended thus far.

(Olive  checking out the program highlights)

Although I couldn’t see Brandon as best as I wished so I didn’t get as many photos of him as I was hoping I do understand. I’m sure it is really difficult to get each child in a position where they will be seen by their parents. Seeing him taking part in this play by dancing and singing along with the rest of the students after only being part of this school for three days made me tear up a bit. I love how ambitious he is and he was so motivated to attend and participate all on his own free will.  Proud mama right here.

(he’s the one in the third row towards the end in a black shirt. The reindeer looking towards the wall 😉 )

(preschool above)

See Santa! And pirates and elves!

Pirate ship!

Raising their  swords!

Singing and dancing! Yes , even Santa.

After the concert, out in the hall, I glanced up at a message that hits home right about now.

 This has meaning to me. It was like a sign I was meant to read. It made me think more about our move to a new town. How we are blooming and blossoming every day that passes here. How we are challenged and we push past our most difficult moments, because life itself is so unpredictable. I believe we are right here right now in our life because it was meant to be. And I think of how meaningful this phrase is to our children now and in the future. Brandon is blooming more and more each day and lately I’m digging his new outgoing personality.

Holiday cheers to you and yours.

Believe in the season. school. photos

(watching daddy put away outdoor furniture)

(back yard)

(rain drop)

(mena loves it)

The photos above were taken last week as was me writing this draft.

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For some reason I still cannot find our Christmas decorations. I thought I had peeked in every box but they are still missing so tomorrow I will look some more. Still no tree. No decorations. No holiday treats. Nothing that resembles our love for the holidays. We have ice on the edge of the house though. And snow covered hedges. If that counts as Christmas-y.

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I look outside though and realize we are surrounded by everything Christmas-like in one way or another and it’s a beautiful sight.

(I call it beautiful, Olive calls it a bath!)

The porches of each neighbor covered in lights and so festive. Our town has their holiday on, so to speak. You know the infamous “seasons greetings” adorning every lighted pole and the familiar giant lighted snowflakes you see everywhere this time of of year, a reminder that Christmas is almost here.

Around every corner there seems to be more holiday magic happening. Of course being new to this little town we have yet to discover all of it’s magic as of yet, but it will happen.

Olive thinks so too!

It’s beginning to feel alot like Christmas ’round here.  We have been enjoying holiday specials. In search of anything with Christmas in the title or description. Tonight it was Penguins Of Madagascar Christmas. Gotta love those penguins!

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UPDATE:

The day after I wrote this draft I finally found the holiday decorations and tonight we decorated the ‘happy tree’.

I know some of you will be wondering just why it is named the happy tree and we will have to get to that story another time but i tell you this lonesome and almost forgotten tree is now happy once again. I’m really hoping I can keep up with this little tradition we started a few years back because our kids enjoy it very much.

(olive is mesmerized by the tree decorations and lights)

(Brandon lounging and watching Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas)

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Brandon started back to school today and has already made so many friends. He likes this school and says his teacher is great. We had to laugh when he came home happily telling us about his day and how at lunch he had to move to another table because the girls were swarming him- his words.. haha.  His teacher offered a seat with her at her table instead along with a boy her has quickly become friends with. We have a Christmas play to attend this week; A Pirate Christmas. We can’t wait!  Olive doesn’t know what to think of Brandon being gone from her sight once again. I can tell you she recognizes buses and will yell “the bus” excitedly, at any bus she gets her eye on.

These past few days  has left our little Olive  not feeling well.

There have been lots of snuggling and rocking to sleep in this mama’s arms these last two days.

That’s how I can always tell our babies are sick. They are generally not into snuggling, never have been. But when they are sick they cling to me like static to a balloon. I suck it up, trust me.

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A few more pictures just because.

(playing)

(southern comfort eggnog, whipped cream, shredded chocolate flakes)

(cute winter tights and boots)

(Olive’s hat- courtesy of Three Kittens Knitting)

(our train)

(cute antique bell on our house)

(This was a must, love at first sight for our little apple lovin’ girl)

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And last but certainly not least, little Olive.

-Believe in the season.