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The stuff dreams are made of.

This was the second year in a row that we got to stay home for Christmas. When you have little ones, you know how important that is sometimes. All they really want to do is enjoy their new goodies and in years past we’d travel from one family Christmas to the next and be exhausted by the end of the day. Both years now, my parents, my grandmother, and my aunt & uncle have come to us on Christmas day to celebrate. It’s much different than all my Christmases growing up (my big fat Greek family is quite fun) but also nice just the same to be a little smaller & a little more simple.

After we opened Christmas presents, just the five of us, I made breakfast and we leisurely got ready for the day. The kids started testing out some of their new toys while I prepped food and got things ready for our guests.  Once they arrived, we talked & ate appetizers and it wasn’t long before the kids convinced the grandparents it was time to open more presents. I got a few handmade scarves from my mom (she’s become a crochet wizard) which I’m still waiting for cooler weather to wear. I also love the basket of goodies my aunt & uncle always give me each year, it’s a present I always look forward to. Tucker got a tablet from my parents and a train for under the tree while Lilah got more of her much wanted make-up and Lexie finally got her monkey in a diaper! To say the kids were satisfied with all their new presents is an understatement.

In the early afternoon we finally enjoyed all the Christmas day fixings and then settled in to rest & relax while the kids played some more and we continued to do what adults do best, talk. It really was a day filled with the stuff dreams are made of.























Christmas morning 2013.

It’s sweet how magical Christmas morning is with young kids. The anticipation leading up to opening their presents left from Santa, and the little twinkle in their eyes as they talk about the big guy. It’s also pretty amazing how quickly they can tear through all those presents that are left under the tree, record time I tell ya.

Our morning at home was sweet & simple. After the presents were opened I made cinnamon rolls & bacon and we played with toys while we waited for our guests to arrive for the day.









A little roasting.

One of the things we did to kick off our Thanksgiving break was have a little roasting party with my parents. We were lucky enough to get some cooler than usual weather during the week we had off & it really set the tone for the holiday. Who doesn’t like enjoying Thanksgiving break in jeans & sweaters & boots? Doesn’t always happen in Florida.

We decided to roast hot dogs for dinner & make s’mores for dessert using our fire pit out back. We love our little patio because Mike built a gorgeous pergola a few years back & we now have the prettiest lights out there that really set the mood when entertaining. They are actually the lights we usually put on the house for Christmas, after last Christmas I had Mike put them out there and told him we’d buy new ones for the house this year.

It was a fun night, a perfect way to kick off the first really cool night of the season (a new tradition brewing? I think so!). The kids made s’mores for the first time (as did my dad, which I find crazy because growing up I spent summers in Michigan at our family cottage on a lake. We had bonfires almost every night, and would roast hot dogs & marshmallows. So, how he never had one before this year blows my mind a bit).

Oh, and no, we didn’t get a dog. That was Molly (our dog that my parents inherited not long after we had Tucker) who came to visit because Lilah and her are fast pals lately. It was a great night & hopefully not the last time we do a little roasting this year!

















A good, good break.

The life of a teacher has it’s perks. When we spend so much of our time, money, & energy on teaching the youth of today (and sometimes always feeling under appreciated) having our little breaks from the classroom are so very welcomed. A week off at Thanksgiving (which not all districts do, sorry Marcie!) isContinue Reading

Thanksgiving 2013 Recap.

It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving has come & gone. The anticipation of the holiday this year was quite different that some years, I think. Mostly because it was so late in November and so many people were trying to get a jump start on the Christmas season even before the ol’ bird had beenContinue Reading

Oh, I am thankful for…

Overhearing sweet words between my girls. (Lilah sneezed and Lexie’s said, “bless you” and Lilah replied, “thank you”. Little moments like that are sometimes few and far between it seems so catching them in the act makes my heart happy). A full cup of coffee. Our sweet little home, even if it’s not our dreamContinue Reading

Happy 4th!

A Family Heirloom.

My grandma recently moved out of her little apartment, the one she moved into after my grandfather passed away, and back into the house she lived in my entire life. My aunt has been living in this house these past few years and now grandma is back. Because of this move, she decided to startContinue Reading

Happy Mother’s Day

Sometimes it blows my mind to think I’ve been a mother for almost six years (or a little longer than that if you include the months before Tucker was born when I carried him in my belly). & it blows my mind even more when I think about being the mother to three for almostContinue Reading

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