Bunnies, Eggs and Friends

We had a fabulous Easter this year. It was a pretty busy morning, but it was a ton of fun.

It all started out with Lucy getting her Easter basket! She was super psyched about everything in it, but I think the sidewalk chalk was her favorite. Girl loves to draw!



Then, we headed out to have Lucy’s picture taken with REAL bunnies! I had put off taking her to see the Easter bunny, and I’m so glad I did. This was SO much more fun, way cuter, and Lucy wasn’t freaked out like she normally by the creepy Easter bunny! In fact, Lucy wanted to bring the bunnies home with us. Lol. I can’t wait to get her picture this weekend!

After having her picture taken, we swung by the store to grab some munchies for a picnic and then headed to an Easter egg hunt with Lucy’s Sabbath School class! It was SO much fun! Lucy was staking out the eggs she saw as we walked from the car to the barn where the picnic was going to be held.

And, you guys, she ROCKED this egg hunt. For realz.





This is when she shouted, “YAY! EGGS!” Because she’s crazy like that.


After lunch, we picnicked with friends whose daughters are Lucy’s BFFs, and we all had a blast! We got some ridiculously cute pictures of Lucy and Macy. Seriously.





See? They are so stinking adorable! When we left, we went to Outback since we were still hungry and kids ate free, and then we came home to relax. And, count Lucy’s eggs, of course! Girl got 50 EGGS! She’s an egg hunting monster!


Of course, we had to dump out all our loot, just like on Halloween!


And, because I love it, a shot of Lucy with baby Belle. So cute!


I hope you all had a wonderful day as well!

Simple Valentine’s Craft

We are going to visit Joe’s grandma (who recently moved to Atlanta) tonight. She hasn’t been doing well lately, so we’re hoping a visit from us will help cheer her up.

Well, that and this super adorable Valentine Lucy and I made for her today.


Seriously. How cute is that?? And, it took no more than 10 minutes to make! I put her hands on a piece of red cardstock and used her thumbs and first fingers to form a heart. Makeshift heart. Then, I traced her hands, cut it out and taped it to a piece of pink cardstock! In the heart area, I wrote, “I love you.”

That’s it! Easy peasy. And so stinking cute. I think we’re going to have to make these for the grandparents, too! Like this craft? Use the button below the post to PIN IT!

A Low-Key New Year’s

We had yet another laid back New Year’s Eve this year. After Joe got off work, we headed to his parents’ cabin in the mountains for the night. My parents came, too, so it was a lot of fun. Lucy had a blast and LOVED being the center of attention. Shocking, I know.

I had a tough time staying up until midnight. Lucy ended up waking up, so she was up when we rang in the new year. We watched the ball drop in Times Square, and she tried sparking cider (she didn’t like the fizziness).

Next year, we may host a party for our friends at our house. We haven’t done that in a while! And find the deals of weeklyads !

Christmas Decorations – A Bit Late

I know it’s late, but since a lot of people in the blogosphere posted pictures of their Christmas decorations, I wanted to share mine as well. Our living room is fairly small and, since I don’t really know yet how to decorate the other rooms, I just decorated the living room. Enjoy!

This year, we didn’t get a real tree because we just didn’t have time to go get one. We picked up a pre-light fake tree at Big Lots for 50% off and, when we took it down tonight, we talked about how much easier it was. I still prefer real trees, but this will do if we can’t or don’t feel like cutting one down. And, though it wasn’t as full as I like, it was still pretty.

Every year, we get an ornament that represents something about our family from the year.

These I made last year with my mom’s group. I love them!

And, that was our decorated house this year. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

Christmas 2012

Warning: This will be a long post. But, it’s full of pictures of an adorable little girl, so it’s well worth the read!

Our Christmases are always “messed up.” We spend Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, which is when my family has traditionally opened presents, so, rather than dragging all of our presents for Lucy to Tennessee, we modified our celebration and open our gifts here on Christmas Eve morning.

This year, we opened stockings on Dec. 23. I picked up a bunch of little stocking stuffers at Party City for no more than $1 each and a couple of little princess toys, and they were a HUGE hit! We also got Lucy a Hello Kitty digital clock off Amazon for her stocking but, after a couple of minutes, it stopped working. We’ll be calling them to get a refund.

Lucy was SUPER excited to open her presents the next morning. She did really well this year by not disrupting them as they sat under the tree. She really didn’t go near them as well. I was one of those kids who sat by the tree, shaking presents and trying to guess what was inside the wrapping, so I was pretty impressed with my girl. She got some awesome things – an Ariel doll, a train set, a shopping cart, some Strawberry Shortcake DVDs, play food, a Barbie karaoke machine and a personalized Minnie Mouse blanket. Her “big” gift was a train table, which she loves. Yep. That’s my girl – princesses and trains.

A few hours later, we headed to my parents’ house. Although it fell on a Monday, we chose not to go up on Friday because we didn’t want to ask someone to come check on our cats.

When we arrived, we hung out and Lucy made cookies with my mom for Santa. It was quiet since my brother and his family weren’t there, but Lucy loved getting all the attention. After our traditional dinner of Chow Mein, we headed to the living room to open presents. Lucy was SO excited to give everyone our gifts (she had been trying to ever since we walked through the door). And, of course, she was excited to open her own gifts!

After all the presents were opened, Joe, my brother and I headed out to see a movie (The Guilt Trip. It was pretty funny.) When we returned, my dad read Lucy her 24th book, “The Night Before Christmas.” I feel like I should have had Joe take the picture. He says he’s their adopted son.

And, Lucy put out her cookies for Santa and went to bed.

On Christmas morning, Lucy was SUPER excited to see what Santa had left for her. She waited fairly patiently for almost an hour until we knew my parents were awake and could go over to their house. She was not disappointed! Santa brought her a princess mp3 player that play music and the princess stories, a Cinderella doll, and a box with a bunch of princess dress up clothes and accessories!

She and Daddy also read her note from Santa (thanks, Uncle Randy, since Mommy and Daddy forgot to write one!)

And, Snow White joined us for the rest of the day.

Joe’s parents came up for lunch, as they do every year, and we had a great time. I love that our families get along so well and spend the respective holidays together.

I cannot wait until next Christmas. Seeing the magic through my daughter’s eyes makes it so much more fun.

Christmas Cards 2012

Yes, you read that right – this year, we got multiple styles of Christmas cards. I needed to order enough for our family and friends but didn’t want to pay anything, so I used several promotions to order from three websites for free! I am nothing if not frugal.

I love sending and receiving cards. Since I can’t send one to all of you, they’re being delivered right here for all of you to enjoy!

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!