Happy 2015! I know I'm at least 3 weeks behind, but I swear I will catch up ... even if it's summer before I do! This blog was made to be an online scrapbook, for us to keep track of what the girls did, funny things they said, and how they celebrated holidays, birthdays and other big events, so I figure better late, then never!
A big Christmas tradition in this house is making Christmas cookies. Me, I'm not a fan of baking, nor did we do it growing up (I come from a boxed cake + brownie mix kinda family!), but Nick's family did it every year, so we will continue to carry that on in our house. I can suck it up for one day for the love of frosting and sprinkles, right?!
Friday, December 19, 2014
Happy "five-days-til-Christmas-Eve!" I don't think we could be any more in the Christmas spirit if we tried! We've watched every Christmas movie we own (five times), baked over 10 dozen cookies (+ counting!), sang every Christmas Carol, wrapped every present, and we still have plenty of Christmassy fun planned for this weekend! As always, I wanted to share some photos of our Christmas decorations this year. As you know, we try to theme each room in the house a little different and although I'm missing some rooms this year (need to still take pictures of our Iowa State Cyclones themed basement tree + the girls' rooms), here ya go!
Posted by Nick & Jess at 8:40 PM
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Let me just start by saying that we had a MUCH better experience with Santa than we did last year! Remember last year my no make-up, 3 week post-partum self had to make an appearance in the photo because although Avery was talking a big game, at the last minute she decided she wanted n-o-t-h-i-n-g to do with the man in the red suit. Thank you computer, for letting me crop myself out of this gorgeous photo.
But a new year, new Santa day! This year we adventured to Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, where they win my award for "Best Mall Santa Set-Up."
Right before you meet Santa, you get to go into your own private Ice Castle, where not only did you feel like Elsa, it really snowed! It was hard to pry my kiddos out of there! Let it go my children!
And VOILA! Successful Santa picture!
Posted by Nick & Jess at 4:36 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Our Thanksgiving weekend continued with our annual trip to Williams Tree Farm in Rockton, IL, a farm that I've been going to since I was little to get our Christmas tree. With a chunk of our crew taken about by the flu, my sister-in-law jumped at the chance to get out of the germ infested house to join us (don't celebrate for her just yet, she got sick on Sunday!) It always takes me a little while to find the perfect tree, and this year was no exception. After 20 minutes of wandering around looking, I finally had one of these moments - and it was pure magic!
I have to say, I am so happy with how our tree turned out this year! Our real tree takes us residence in the family room and I went with an all silver/diamond/snowflake theme again this year!
Leg Lamp Onesie from one of my favorite Etsy shops, HERE
Posted by Nick & Jess at 12:02 PM