Friday, 28 December 2012

Holiday Wrap Up

We had a great couple of days eating, shredding pretty paper, and spending quality family time. On Christmas Eve we went to Derek's parents and played some games, ate the best ham I have ever tasted, and Anders fell in love with his chameleon puppet. We came home to put Anders to bed by 7:00 and curled up and watched Elf. Will Ferrell's "SANTA!!!!" never gets old.

Anders woke up nice and early, perfect for his excited parents. We brought him down to the tree and started to open stockings... Anders didn't get past his Lindor. We then had some fun opening the rest of our presents. Anders got some jammies and a story, Derek got a snowboard, and I got my long overdue extensions. The rest of the morning Derek played with Anders and I tried to figure out how to put in the blasted extensions. But I sure loved having long hair again once they were in. Best 2 hours spent.

We then headed over to my parents for brunch and Derek cooked up a storm making his waffles. Once everyone got there we opened up presents and my poor brother got a stomach flu. He ended up going to bed and the family worked on a puzzle. We finished off with a fabulous turkey dinner. All in all a wonderful 2012 Christmas!

Friday, 14 December 2012

Happy First Birthday Little Man!

 The day has finally come... my baby's first birthday. This year has been full of learning and fun and it has flown by. Unfortunately we are sick again. We were supposed to have his birthday party this Saturday but we cancelled it and moved it back a couple of weeks. And it's going to be a blast, because I put a lot of time in planning it haha.

We stayed in bed in the morning but we could feel the excitement in the air that today was a special day. I ended up making some cupcakes and we wrapped a couple of presents. Anders had fun eating his cupcake and we had fun watching him. A very simple day, but special for us.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

New Traditions

As it is our first Christmas in our new place and with a new baby we have been having a lot of fun bringing in the Christmas spirit with music, projects, and  activities.

Here's what we've been up to:

  • For the first project of the year I wanted to update my wreath on my door. I went on Pinterest and found this idea to use Christmas ornaments with a Fall wreath instead of greenery. I have been loving Christmas ornaments for decorating because of the colors and sparkle that they bring. Seriously, they are everywhere in my house. So when I saw this idea I knew that is what I wanted for my wreath. I got the wreath at Michaels, the balls from the dollerstore, and the bow from Walmart. I'm pretty happy with the result and love looking at it when I pull up to our house.
  • Since this is the first year with our little man I decided to make us some matching stockings along with the help of Derek. I'm not really one for sewing, but I actually had fun with this project. We wanted the stocking to be thick so we quilted some diagonal lines so that the batting wouldn't move around. I also decided to alternate the insides with different fabric. For instance on the red one I put in the turquoise fabric. I like when you look inside you see a pop of color. To finish off I added some fun ribbon. Mine is the red one :)

  • We also decided to make an advent calendar this year (pic above). Again I found this idea on Pinterest to make a tree out of stripes of Christmas paper which was so easy! It was my idea to use magnets and put it on the fridge and turn it into an advent calendar where instead of chocolate we have a Christmas activity. So far we have done 3 activities: cutting out snowflakes (that we put up in our bedroom windows), shared a kiss by the mistletoe (I ended up drawing one and put it up), and getting a Christmas surprise (I made Derek some sugar cookies-his favorite). Very simple ideas, but they are little bursts of fun to put a smile on your face. I will definitely do this again next year.
  • We also took Anders to see Santa. I think we had more fun than he did, it was a big milestone for us. Anders didn't really smile, but he didn't cry either. All in all, a fun trip.
What are you doing to bring in the Christmas spirit? Any easy decorating ideas?? 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Christmas is Coming Early: First Giveaway- CLOSED

I have a little Christmas surprise... Firmo has offered to sponsor my first Giveaway! I feel like I have reached some sort of blogging milestone haha.

 Firmo is an online eyeglass store that sells frames at an affordable price. Additionally, they offer a great new customer promotion by offering a free pair of glasses while the customer pays for shipping.   Sounds like a great deal? I think so!

In partnership with Firmo we would like to offer 5 lucky readers a $20.00 voucher for their store. This Giveaway is International so come on everyone! Here is what you need to do to enter:

Giveaway will end on Saturday Dec. 8, 2012 at 11:00 pm. The winner will be chosen at random. 
Please note that this Giveaway does not cover shipping and will expire on December 25, 2012.

Good luck!