Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Our Christmas

I haven't posted on here in a couple months so we have a bit of catching up to do. I'll start with Christmas and then I'll have to go back and post our Thanksgiving/Disneyland pictures another time. 

We have had a really great December. It's been a lazy and cold December but a really good one. I always feel like Christmas is kicked off with the annual Wells Christmas parade. I look forward to it every year. The biggest bonus is it goes right by our house so we can just walk on over. It was extra cold this year. 
 Spotting Santa!
 The parade was super fun. It was especially fun when one of the people shot jolly ranchers to the crowd and Amelia took one right to the forehead. 

We also hit up the annual Christmas party at the local library. They do fun crafts and Santa comes to read stories. Basically I refuse to pay and/or wait in line for Santa so this is the girls chance to see him. They both like him from afar. 
They both made "Reindeer food" at the library and we talked about it every day until Christmas. They could not wait to put it on the lawn so the reindeer could find our home. 

We also threw a little Christmas Eve Eve pajama party. I forgot to take pictures but it was so fun. Everyone came in pajamas and we had tons of food and a little ginger bread house making contest. I love a good competition. Hopefully we can make it an annual thing and I can figure out a way to have more people come without getting too overwhelmed. 

Christmas Eve we spent the day playing games and eating party leftovers. We also dressed up in festive clothes and took the girls to the movies which was great. We saw Sing and Brian and I laughed out loud the whole time.
Post movie happiness. 

We don't have a lot of traditions that we stick to but one that we always do is Brian reading the girls The Night Before Christmas in pajamas. I have to say I love the anticipation of Christmas more than Christmas itself. Before the presents its all about love and hanging out together. 
 This year I used my old Stendig calendar pages as wrapping paper. I think I saw someone do that last year on IG and loved the idea. Plus...recycling!
One of my all time favorite Holiday traditions is Christmas cards. I LOVE sending them out and receiving them. We run out to the mail box everyday to check for cards. Seriously send me ALL THE CARDS. 
We put out some treats for Santa and the reindeer. We also put out a little note the girls wrote for him. They were REAL excited about it. 
 Sprinkling their Reindeer food on the lawn. 

This next picture is random but I can't stop laughing. As soon as Coco came up the stairs she was taking off her boots. She is such a character. 

After the girls were in bed I wrapped the rest of the presents and set up Santa's gifts. We ate the goodies and wrote a little note from Santa. 

Christmas morning excitement! She was confused that Santa came and there was no snow though. She insisted it wasn't Christmas yet. All around us there was still snow but our house was all melted. Bummer. But we assured here Santa had come and the excitement sunk in. 
 For at least a month Amelia has been asking for a small standing elephant from Santa. Easy girl to please. 

Coco had the best reaction for this horse calendar. She kept saying, "I love it, it's so great". This age is so fun because they get excited over everything. 

Post church and finally getting to play with all the presents. Such sweet kids. 

It was another great Christmas! I love the holidays but I am also very excited to take all the Christmas decor down. The girls have been playing with all their goods for the last two days and we have been soaking up Brian being off work in the laziest ways. Movies, food, and repeat. Back to reality tomorrow and lets get working on our resolutions. So long 2016...you were good to us but I love a new year and the promise of a fresh start. 

I hope everyone had an equally wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Our Halloween

Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's the only holiday I really decorate for and we obviously love to dress up. This year we went back and forth a lot but Amelia ended up picking our costumes. Tangled was a theme we could all get on board with and excited about. It's getting harder and harder to come up with something that everyone is happy with so our group costume days are numbered.  
The big statement piece for the costumes was the wig I made for Amelia. It was a labor of love and really the only thing I made. My mom made the rest as usual. She really could open up a custom costume store. 
his wig took me about 4 hours to make. The thing that took the longest is the unwinding and laying out each individual piece. I used two skeins . The unwinding alone took 2-3 hours and then we sewed sections together and glued them on. Almost like extension pieces. I also thinned it out once all the hair was on because it was way too heavy. But all the work was worth it because she loved it and it completed the whole look. 
Our first party was our Church trunk or treat. The girls loved seeing all their friends dressed up and helping me decorate for the party. 
Our trunks had to me moved indoors due to weather but I think it turned out great. Brian decorated the booth and handed out candy while I took the girls around. I LOVE that he gets into it. He added the crown in his satchel and I couldn't stop laughing. So cute. 

It got a little late for poor little Pascal. She kept using her tail to balance on the ground. Cutest Pascal around, although most people just thought she was a frog. 

The next night we went to a Halloween party at a local farm. They had another trunk or treat, food, games, and a horse parade. As in the horses were dressed up and they did a little parade. The girls LOVED it. 

Once we finally made it to the actual day I was feeling pretty beat. Well mostly I was hungover from all the candy. The girls were up and ready to party. 
Lately when I tell them I'm taking their pictures all they want to do is jump off things and then look at every picture.

My tangled/Halloween decor. I'm not much of a holiday decorator. Mostly just chalkboards and banners. Basic. 

Halloween night we went to downtown Kennebunk trick or treating. We go from store to store and its great for little kids. Not a lot of walking but a lot to see. I love it because it's still light out so I get to see all the costumes and we don't have to walk on dark streets. 
Hoss and I ended up dressing a little more casually. He was a cowboy and I wore my regular clothes with a witch hat. Coco was also done dressing up too.
Kennebunk is the cutest downtown with the best New England vibe. 

I am always sad to say goodbye to Halloween and October. I can feel winter breathing down my neck and I'm not ready at all. I hope everyone had a fun, safe, and sugary Halloween. Until next year!

Happy November!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Fall So Far

Fall always seems to be the busiest time of year for us. With all the bugs going into hiding I am filling up our schedule with as many activities as possible. This October is extra busy with Brian taking a long trip to China and I have family coming into town. Last year I toughed out the life of single parenthood and it was the hardest 3 weeks. I was super sick and painted our kitchen cabinets. I still haven't recovered. This year I talked my mom into coming out while he is gone so I can get a least one good night of sleep and all of my doctor and dentist appointments taken care of. 

We made our fall bucket list last week and have been getting busy checking everything off. Here are an insane amount of pictures of what we've been up to so far.  (sorry for some of the iPhone quality pictures)
One day while Coco and Brian napped Amelia and I spent a magical afternoon at the beach. I don't get to spend a lot of time one on one with Amelia and it was so much fun. She is all sunshine. 
After Brian and Coco woke up we headed back down to the beach for some sunset twirling. 

One of our favorite fall activities is Kennebunk's Harvest fest. It's super low-key but perfect for our family. They have free pumpkins to take home, cider donuts, crafts, and a horse wagon ride. What else could anyone want?

 They were so proud of their creations. 
 Picked out their own pumpkins. 
 Cider Donuts!

After Harvest fest we took a trip down to Long Sands beach and explored the tide pools.

Another bucket list item is apple picking. We went to Mcdougal Farm with our playgroup. Oh and a tractor ride...check.   

Coco was eating apples for 90% of the trip. I came home with at least 4 half eaten apples in the bag. 

Next week: Leaf peeping, pumpkin patch'n, and soup making.