A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That

We’ve had a lazy few days, which is kind of nice. We’ve puttered around the house, done a good bit of snuggling and playing, and I’ve really been working on getting the house really cleaned and organized. I don’t know what it is about the new year this year, but I’ve been on such an organizing kick. My goal is to really get our closets in shape, since I always seem to just toss things in them. And, I’m not a big “cleaner” to begin with, so I’m hoping now I can really start straightening up on a daily basis to keep our house nice and neat.

Tomorrow, we have a play date with some of Lucy’s friends from Sabbath School. They’re coming over, and they will be the first kids we’ve had over since we’ve had the play room. I’m excited, and Lucy is even more excited than I am. She has their whole afternoon planned out – they’re going to dress up like princesses and then play princesses. Lol.

The one thing I’m NOT looking forward to, though, is not being able to take a nap. We have to be up pretty early to head to Rome for my ENT appointment, and then Lucy’s friends are coming a little after noon. When they leave, it will be time to run out the door to go to gymnastics. Whew! It will be a busy day, but a fun one. I have a feeling I may be in bed at the same time as Lucy tomorrow night!

Week in Phone Pics ~ 1/52

I’m excited to join up with Living Like The Kings for this Week in Phone Pics feature. I take SO many pictures on my phone each week – way more than on my actual camera since I have my phone with me 24/7.

We had a pretty fun week, especially since New Years Eve came at the beginning.

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Lucy was the center of attention with all her grandparents at my in-laws’ cabin for New Years Eve, and she was awake to ring in 2013 with everyone.

We did some snuggling. We had a mommy-daughter date to see Monsters Inc. in 3D. Lucy got a belated Christmas gift from her godparents (a Cabbage Patch doll!), and we went on a play date to Chuck E. Cheeses!

AJ, Lucy’s favorite of our three cats, got stickered up and, during a visit to the in-laws’, Lucy had a dance party in their garden tub and helped her grandpa on the elliptical. It was a fun week!

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).

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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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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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!

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

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

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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.

Handprint Menorah Craft

When I was interviewing an interfaith family this week, the mother told me her son had made a menorah out of handprints at his preschool. I thought that was such a cute idea. It was definitely something I wanted to do for my in-laws, who are Jewish.

So, today on our way home from my sister-in-law’s house, we stopped by Hobby Lobby and grabbed some supplies. We spent around $10 after two 40% off coupons for two canvases (two pack for $3.99), 2 bottles of paint and a pack of brushes. I didn’t realize the yellow paint was more expensive but, I figure we’ll be able to use the paint and brushes for many, many other projects, so spending $10 isn’t too bad.

Lucy was psyched to paint. She talked about this the whole way home. Thankfully, it was only about a 10 minute drive. 🙂 After we cleared a space on the table, we put down some paper towels and got to work. The first step was to paint her hands. Rather than painting both and then putting them both down at the same time, we did them one at a time. I think that was much easier for a toddler. Mom tip of the day. You’re welcome.

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We put her left hand down first and then the right, putting her right thumb on top of the print from her left thumb, which made a candle holder for the middle menorah candle.

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While Joe washed Lucy’s hands, I painted the base for the menorah. It was fairly simple, which is saying something coming from someone who has no artistic abilities whatsoever. I just painted a line from one hand to the other, then added a thick base. Then, Joe and Lucy added the flames.

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Want to see the finished product??

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Seriously, how cute is that?? And the best part is that it only took about 10 minutes to make! I have plans now for a Christmas-themed painting, which we’ll do when Lucy gets back from her trip with the grandparents this weekend. Can’t wait!

Small Style: FabKids

This is my first time linking up with Morgan’s Small Style feature. Honestly, I never think Lucy’s outfits are cool/cute enough to link up, but this new outfit I got her (for FREE) is one of my favorites. She loves it, too!

Putting dresses or long shirts over leggings or jeggings is one of my favorite ways to dress Lucy, so you may be seeing more of this style as winter progresses. 🙂

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Dress: FabKids
Jeggings: FabKids
Shoes: Payless
Headband: FabKids