Ain’t No Party Like a Baby Party

I finally put the finishing touches on the Puerperium Cardigan, and wrapped it all up with the Very Basic Beanie and the Leafy Baby Blanket to give to my beautiful cousin for her baby shower.  I really love the way everything turned out, and they were a big hit at the shower.  I hope they will be things that she will be able to have forever and know how loved she is.

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Her family did such a wonderful job putting together a lovely shower for her.  It was so great seeing her surrounded by so much love and support. I absolutely know that she is going to have a little girl who will have no shortage of people to completely dote on her, and mama will have a fountain of support for the weeks and months ahead.  I have every confidence that she has this in the bag.  And for the days that she isn’t sure, there’s always cupcakes.

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smack it up, rub it, rip it doooowwwnnn….

I was determined to reclaim my house from the brink of disaster before everyone returned to school and work this week.  Before the weekend, our dining room look like this.

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It was groooooosssss.  Seriously.  The presents and games are the obvious remnants of Christmas.  The stuff piled in front of the door is the stuff that is waiting to go to out to the shed.  I’m far to delicate to go out in the cold to put it there however, and hubs has conveniently been avoiding it as well.

But, mission TAKE IT DOWN ensued this weekend, and it was good.

We started with cleaning up under the tree and getting all the new treasure to a safe home up in Goog’s room.

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Then it was time to work on getting the holiday cards down.  Every year, I like to hang them with clothes pins along a ribbon.  In our new home, this ribbon was strung along the rockin’ 80’s spindles along the stairs right by the tree.

DSC_0019I hate just throwing them away, so I opt for cutting the up.

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I cut the cards into 6″ x 1/2″ strips, trying to get an interesting part of the card, and we add it to a paper chain that goes on our tree every year.  That way, the warm wishes are always with us year after year.  The clothes pins and ribbon then go in a ziploc to get reused next year.

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Then down came the ornaments and the tree.  We gathered up all the other goodies around the house, of which there aren’t that many, and stowed them in boxes, and hubs toted them all out to the shed.  To celebrate, we played a quick round of Goog’s new game of Clue, which I totally thought I had in the bag, right up to the moment I incorrectly guessed the wrong murder weapon.  Doh!

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And then it was time to rearrange the furniture and put all the pieces back together.  And, viola!

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DSC_0061Anybody out there have some super great tips for de-holidayfying the house in a way that isn’t too painful?  Anyone leaving it up until Valentine’s Day the way my hubs suggested???

holiday mash up

This holiday season, I made a commitment to keep things as simple as possible.  This meant that if something didn’t absolutely didn’t need to be done, it just didn’t get done.  Many things were set aside, including this.

Good news? I have an entire holiday mashup of some of my favorite holiday images from the season in one glorious post.

Here goes.  Get ready.  It’s long.

First, there was turkey.

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DSC_4538This was the first time I made a turkey without the help of my dad, but my mother-in-law was there to lend a hand make sure it wasn’t a disaster.  I made everything form scratch, and I have to say, it wasn’t half bad.

There were celebrations, and lights to visit.

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DSC_4582There was Santa at the neighborhood Christmas party.

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There were miniature trees.

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We will celebrate with my side of the family later this month this year, but we did get to join Hubs’ family to ring in the new year, and I used the time delay function on the camera for the very first time.

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Hope everyone had a magical holiday season!

boo!

DSC_4171 DSC_4179 DSC_4224 DSC_4225 DSC_4229 DSC_4252Disclaimer: my Halloween pictures are super lame this year.  Grace and her little friend were joined at the hip, and perpetually in motion, making getting a shot of G in her costume impossible.  They were just too excited.  Miss G is in the Red Riding Hood, and her little friend Marissa is wearing Grace’s Dorothy costume from last year.  And truly, this is such a great neighborhood to trick-or-treat in.  Neighbors pull families hayride still through the hood, and set up fire pits in the driveway.  Kids are showered with obscene amounts of booty, and they go all out to decorate.  One neighbor had the entire place dripping with bats, and another set up an entire scene from Pirates of the Carribean, complete with music, flying bats, and pirate brew (aka root beer that smoked).

Best part? Adults can often refill a little bit of wine from the bottle by the fire pit.  It’s treating for everyone!

By next year, I will have invested in a flash.  The fund has begun!

cheese with that wine?

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DSC_0105My beautiful friends organized a little outing to the Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Virginia to celebrate my engagement to the Hubs-to-Be, and I can’t say enough about how much fun we had.  We got to the winery around noon for a tour of the winery along with a tasting, and then Carm set up a lovely picnic under a tree and we settled in with some bottles of wine, snacks, and her ridiculous Caramel Bacon Brownies.

Yup.  Bacon brownies.

We had an amazing day and I can’t say enough about how loved I feel.  I can’t wait until Hubs-to-Be and I are all settled with our kiddos so we can host our loves at our place.  Counting down!

[day twenty]

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I call this one “Teenager Bored at a Party.”  I threw a birthday party for a friend, and while the ladies chatted happily, a teenager slowly sunk lower and lower in his chair in the background.  The contrast of the two positions says it all.