Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Highlights 12.19.14

Friday, finally Friday!

I can hardly believe that this time next week Christmas will be over *weeps*. I still feel like I have so much to do to get ready. I guess I have been procrastinating a bit. The presents still aren't wrapped, I  still need to pick-up stocking stuffers and I still have gift cards to purchase. Yikes! I guess I know what my weekend plans need to consist of.

Now onto the usual Friday routine...

{ONE} Christmas Vacation

As of 1:00 today school is officially out and Russ is officially off work for the next 9 days. We couldn't be more excited. Are we going anywhere? Nope! We are going to stay home, enjoy our family time and the final week of the 2014 Christmas season. 

{TWO} Christmas Card Photos

Last week I snapped some quick pictures of the girls on the porch before church for our Christmas card. I wanted to share a few more of those photos

And one more just to keep things classy. 

{THREE} I Confess...

So I have yet to do any "confessing" on my blog and I think I am long over due. So in the spirit of clearing the air and putting myself at your mercy, I thought I would dish out a secret I have been keeping for a while now.

Every time I watch this movie I cry.

I wish I could chalk it up to hormones, or having something in my eye. Anything besides me being completely ridiculous. The girls love this movie and Marissa has recently became obsessed with any talking dog movie so it has been on a lot at our house. Every time it is on (to many to count) I cry and it isn't even just one scene. It is multiple cries every time.

Please still be my friend.

What is the most embarrassing movie that has you crying?

{FOUR} Festivus

Just a friendly public reminder that Festivus is coming up on December 23rd. 

If your sitting there saying "What is Fesitvus"  your clearly not a Seinfeld fan. I'm sorry. 

If you're laughing that I thought to bring this up and knew exactly what I was talking about I kinda want to hug you right now. 

{FIVE} Bob Jingle The Elf

Here is a look at what Bob has been up to this week.

Have a great weekend!

We will see you back here on Monday! 



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Thursday, December 18, 2014

2014 Christmas Photo Challenge

Today is all about Christmas photos. Specifically Christmas photos for a Christmas photo challenge.

Let's see a show of hands from all of those who have participated in a photo challenge, posted a few day and never finished? Anyone's hand up? Please tell me I'm not alone.

When Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me announced that she would be hosting a Christmas photo challenge I was a bit hesitant. Sure it sounded like fun but with a serious past of failed photo challenges I really didn't want to try and fail again.

But I was bound and determined that this time was going to be different and it definitely has.

What has made this challenge so different is that I'm not doing it alone, I am doing it with friends. Everyday I love thinking up what I can post for the day and seeing what others come up with. I find myself checking the hashtag (#2014ChristmasPhoto) every night before bed on Instagram. I have had so much fun does the challenge really have to end on the 24th Stephanie?

Last week I posted a collage of the first 7 photos.

Today I am going to bring you up to speed and share the next 9.

16 days of photos and still going strong. I think I just might finish this one folks!

Have you ever completed a photo challenge?

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Countdown To Christmas Week 4

I am back again with Danielle from Sundaes and Spaghetti and Kelly from Happily Ever Mock for week 4 of the Christmas Countdown Linkup!

I can hardly believe Christmas Eve is in one week, My kids are getting more excited all the time and I am in denial. I wish it could be December all the time.

It was so exciting to have so many of you link up with us. Here are a few of my favorites from the past week:

Amanda from Tickled Pink baked up some really fun wreath cookies.
Ashley from Life On The Parsons Farm talked about traditions.
Jenny from The Chronicles Of We highlighted their busy week of activities.
Elizabeth from All Kinds Of Things  put together a very tasty round-up.

I can't wait to see what you guys link up with this week!

The rules to the link-up are easy! Grab the button and link up with anything Christmas related. Recipes, crafts, family activities. Any and all things Christmas!

Our Pretty Little Girls

Week Four

Most of week this weeks activities were done at home, which doesn't bother me one bit.

We had a hot cocoa and family game night. 

We played some simple dice games coloring a gingerbread man and decorating a snowman.

Daddy and Emily were the winners.

We finally had our Christmas/ North Pole breakfast. 

It was so fun hearing two little girls screamed with delight as they walked out of their rooms that morning. 

I definitely see this becoming an annual tradition.

We have continued making our way through our Christmas book advent.

I FINALLY snapped a Christmas card picture and got them mailed.

 I told my mom that I wasn't going to do it this year. Then she reminded me that I had put together a Christmas card EVERY year since I was pregnant. She told me I probably would regret missing a year and after thinking about that for about a week, I decided she was right. So before church on Sunday I snapped some pictures of some little girls who happily posed themselves and I miraculously caught some good ones.

This isn't my favorite, I'll wait to share that one ;).

Monday I posted a tour of Christmas past. I received so many sweet comments on that post. It was fun to go back and look through all of our Christmas' as a family

Lastly let's take a look at a few things Bob Jingle was up to.

He did a little sewing

Chocolate in bed, my kind of guy.

And coloring by the tree.

Christmas is getting so close, but we only have a few more activities left.

Now it's your turn to share what you have been up to. Grab the button and link up!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pretty Girls Handmade

In case you missed it, I made an exciting announcement on Friday. While this is still very new I thought it would be nice to write a small post with some extra info about my newest adventure.

I opened an Etsy shop!!!

 Pretty Girls Handmade officially opened for business on 12/11/14 and I couldn't be more excited about it. 

Why did you open a shop? 

There are a few ways I could answer that question. One answer would highlight how much I love being crafty, creative and making things. Another would talk about how I have been told countless times that I should open an Etsy shop. When most of your hobbies focus around making things people just expect it. Lastly, I would probably say that finding an extra way to help contribute to the household income would be helpful. 

I have been thinking about opening and Etsy shop for years now. Seriously guys, a long time. The timing just never felt right, I never really wanted to and I was (and still am) terrified. 

I want people to love the things I make. Quality is huge for me. Can you tell I have been called a perfectionist more than once? This character trait is a blessing and a curse.

What is your shop going to sell?

As of right now I have some really beautiful flannel plaid infinity scarves. I made 16 to start and have already sold around half of them (so encouraging). I can hardly wait for some more material I ordered online to get here so I can make more.

In the future I would LOVE to put some knit/crocheted items on there but those obviously won't be as abundant seeing they take more time to make. I have also played around with the idea of some athletic headbands, different scarves and maybe some simple leather jewelry. Time will tell!

Which is your favorite?

What else would you like us to know?

I called my shop Pretty Girls Handmade because I thought it would be fun to some how connect it to my blog. However having said that I don't have any plans to change the focus of my blog to highlight my shop. I did want to do this post and from time to time I may throw something out there but don't expect much to change.

If you're local and would like to pick up your order from me, I have a special coupon code for you! Just contact me before your purchase so you can avoid shipping fees.

We gladly take special orders.

How to connect with Pretty Girls Handmade?

Etsy: The easiest way is through our Etsy store

Blog: I do have an Etsy mini store in my sidebar and an Etsy tab at the top of the page.


Instagram: Hashtag us with #prettygirlshandmade


Thank you for all of your words of support and encouragement since I announced the store on Friday. They really do mean so much to me.

If I left out anything feel free to ask me any questions. 
Also, if you have an Etsy shop and have any tips for a newbie you can leave those to!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Past

One of my favorite parts about the holiday season are the memories made.

I love thinking back on previous years and reliving them through pictures.
I thought it would be fun to share with you some highlights over the past several years of Christmas'

Let's start at the beginning


This was our first married Christmas and the year we announced our family was growing. We used this picture for our Christmas card announcing the news.


Our second Christmas was her first, things were definitely more exciting.


This was the year we really started forming our traditions, we had a blast.


This Christmas we were expecting an addition to the family in February. 


2011 brought a lot of changes. It was our first Christmas as a family of four and Emily took her first steps on Christmas eve.


Our first Christmas in our new house and it was a great one.


With the girls being a bit older this was one of the best years yet. 

Looking back at these picture I think two things.

1. Wow, we looked so young 7 years ago.
2. It is undeniable that God has abundantly blessed us.

So,excited for the new memories that 2014 has and will continue to bring.

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