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Pass the whine…

You know what is a real let down? Finally getting a date night with hubby, then eating a bad meal. Seriously. We eat out so little that when we finally do get a date night the meal should effing fantastic, but it wasn’t, and that sucks. I know. Boo-hoo.

Okay, enough whining…

This weekend we mustered the energy to check off one of our Christmas traditions…Holiday Lights! Last year we went to Golden, Colorado to check out their river walk lights. The girls were so impressed with the huge pine tree completely wrapped in lights that we had to share it with friends this year.

Golden Lights

Standing under the pine tree wrapped in lights

Golden Light

Under the tree of lights

Each branch is wrapped in strands of lights. I wonder if they leave the lights on all year…hum.

Starbucks

Another tradition…stop at Starbucks to warm up

Golden Light 3

Along the walk

Golden Lights 4

Fence post lining the river wrapped in lights

house lights

Our house with lights

Our home: It may be old and worn. It may have stained carpets and pet hair. It may need a fresh coat of paint on the inside, not to mention new windows. There is not a pretty decorated Pinterest worthy fireplace mantle. Very few people I know would have house-envy upon walking into our house, but it is OUR HOME. It is full of love and happiness. And, that is all I can really ask for.

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December Daily | 14

Where to begin? Yesterday, another school shooting here in Colorado. One student in critical condition, the teen shooter dead at Arapahoe High School. Today is the Sandy Hook School shooting 1 year anniversary. I had to turn off the Today Show yesterday morning. Too many tearful memories were being replayed.

I can’t seem to get into a festive mood.

  • We haven’t baked cookies. Thanks to my bestie for inviting the girls over to bake with her family.
  • We haven’t gone out to see the holiday lights (although we plan to go on Sunday).
  • I half-hearted let the girls decorate gingerbread houses, which we threw out after only a week of display because the candies were falling off, and onto the floor, then sticking to our socks when we inadvertently stepped on them.
  • Rocco peed on the Christmas tree…again. Thankfully there is nothing under the tree to get wet except the tree skirt.
  • We’ve watched only one Christmas movie. Home Alone.
  • I think the girls are disappointed in the uninspiring Advent gifts in the countdown calendar this year. Last year, I set the bar high.
  • I am not even sending out Christmas cards this year.

I am just not in the mood.

Anyone out there feeling the same way?

ice skating

At the ice rink

spiral

Spiral

Parker is thinking she wants to start ice skating again. This morning we went to the Ice Centre and I had to bribe Alexandra to get on the ice with her little sister. A Starbucks Mocha Frappacinno was her prize.

Alex hasn’t skated since February of this year. Six years of skating and competing…she still can do a Spiral, but she wouldn’t even attempt a jump or spin in rental skates. She misses skating. I can tell.

December Daily layout

Embellishments by Sweet Shoppe Design.

****UPDATE: Claire Davis, the victim of Arapahoe High School shooting mentioned above, passed away December 21, 2013. Senseless. Her family are an example of grace and love in the unimaginable time of tragedy and heartbreak. “Last week was truly a paradox in that we lost our daughter, yet we witnessed the wonderful love that exists in the world through the tremendous outpouring of support we received,” read a statement posted by the Davis family on the hospital’s Facebook page. {source}

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Santa Ornament (Lazy) Tutorial

December Daily | 8

santa ornament

Cute, right?

This weekend’s Advent gift was crafts. We made these cute Santa ornaments. Inspiration by Pinterest.

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She’s a good little crafter.

I am not good with tutorials. So, here ya go…my lazy Santa ornament tutorial. Enjoy!

santa ornament tutorial

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Go make something creative.

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BTW: I was featured last week on Living Well, Spending Less. If you’re interested in fun ways to spend less, and awesome link ups, you should check it out! Linking up with DIY Dreamer, A Glimpse Inside and Farm Blog Hop.

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How I Know It’s Two Below Zero

DECEMBER DAILY | 7

If you look our house up on Zillow, it will tell you a lot. You will find out our house 1568 sq. ft. That it was built in 1973. Zillow claims there is a one-car garage. There is now a two car garage. It is listed as having a fireplace. I wish I had a fireplace. You will find the price we paid for the house, and it’s estimated value.

However, there is one glaring fact that is not listed on Zillow. Our house still has the original 1973 single-pane windows.

frozen windows

Ice, ice, baby.

Every winter our windows freeze…on the inside! And, that is how I know it is below freezing outside.

Like any 40 year old, you must maintain its body. And, this old lady is worn out, and needs a face lift, stat!

Yesterday I spent 4 hours chipping away at all the ice on all eight windows, melting the ice with a hair dryer, then shrink wrapping them in Frost King Window Insulation. The house already feels warmer.

Minus 2 degrees

Minus 2 degrees (Thursday morning commute)

Like much of the United States, there is an Arctic Freeze here. It’s Canada’s fault. I won’t hold it against them, though. I would love to visit Canada someday.

Lights under snow

Snow over the Christmas lights

Christmas is only two and a half weeks away. Anyone else feeling the pressure?

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Thanksgiving Wrap-Up

It’s December 1st. The quiet of November is over…usher in the “beautiful mess” that is December. {sigh}

Over this month I will be creating posts revolving around December Daily. (If you’re not familiar with this month-long documenting of all things December, head over to Ali Edwards to get the 4-1-1.) But, before I can begin December Daily, we must wrap-up Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving wrap up

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This tween cracks me up…

Alex-Funny Blog

Silly 11-year-old

First, she organizes the clothes in her closet by color. At least she’s not a hoarder. And, this weekend she had her first 100 Grand candy bar (from Halloween trick-or-treating). Upon tasting it, she exclaimed, “I love this candy bar! It’s de-lic-ious!” She makes me laugh.

So, I was looking through our Christmas album. Yes, we have an album that is nothing but Christmas! Don’t judge. Anyhoo, it’s funny the gifts Alexandra has asked, prayed, wished, and begged for over the years. When she was 3 it was  a Princess dress. When she was 7 she wanted a Nintendo DS (she had to save her money to buy it). When she was 8 she wished for a Zuca bag, which I sold this weekend on Craigslist. Her short-lived ice skating career is really over. All she wanted when she was 9 was a Kindle Fire. This year it’s a iPod Touch. And, that is all she wants.

All Parker wants this year is a sock monkey. She’s kind of obsessed. Ah, I miss the age when they just wanted something simple.

What are your kids asking for this year? Are the gifts getting more, and more expensive with age?

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December Daily | Twenty-three, Snow and other things…

rocky mountains

We finally got snow last week! And, as luck would have it, I went to my old office to work for the day…in the snow storm. It felt like going home to visit your crazy family after being away for a while. Familiar but different; and always entertaining.

Pinterest holidays

dog watching tv

Rocco was so intent watching “Christmas in Yellowstone” on PBS. He really perked up when the red fox came on the screen.

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living wreath

Live wreaths were delivered via Fed-x to loved ones.

ice skater

Photo shoot at the ice show.

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