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Tuesday, December 29

Life Lately: Edison's First Christmas


Oh what fun!

Per usual, I had big plans for Christmas crafts, actually baking, great gifts, and Christmas cards. But this year, ain't nobody got time for that.


But I did make the "Silent Night" artwork on the mantle, and decorated the house, and the tree. And since we didn't get family Christmas pictures taken, I took a few of Edison under the tree.


Edison has loved the lights and ornaments!

Christmas festivities included tree shopping, going to see Winter Wonder - a Christmas production by Scottsdale Bible Church, watching Elf and enjoying fires in the fireplace.


We opened presents as a family, and Edison got to try out the bouncer we got him, before we flew to Iowa the next day. He was a trooper! He fell asleep before the first takeoff, was content to suck on his pacifier or bottle for the landing and next takeoff, and only cried during the last landing, which was a little rough for all of us. He had no problem getting through security, and since we'd figured out a few days before that he liked being in the infant carrier if he faces out and can see all the people, that made it easy to transport him around the airports.


Since we've been in Iowa, we celebrated Christmas with Brian's immediate family Christmas Eve morning, my immediate family Christmas Eve evening, then drove two hours that night so we could celebrate Christmas morning with Brian's extended family, leaving early afternoon to celebrate with my extended family, and then driving back to spend the night with Brian's extended family. Then we visited with Brian's extended-extended family the next morning, and early afternoon make the trek back to Brian's parents' house, where we're staying. And then we took long naps.


This week, I'm trying to fit in more time with family and friends, while not overdoing it. I've figured out that as much as Edison likes people, he needs time to recharge, which has meant crying most of the day on Monday and refusing to sleep. But we're figuring it out, one day at a time. And seeing my family enjoy spending time with him is totally worth it.


Edison turned five months! Even in the time we've been here, he's started sitting up mostly on his own, rolling over more, making lots of new sounds, and sometimes I'm pretty sure he recognizes his name. He's chewing ferociously on everything, but no teeth yet!


I got my wish for a white Christmas! And then some - we got hit with a blizzard, which allowed us some much needed down time for naps and working on New Year's Resolutions. 




Travel, snow, family, friends, decorating cookies, cozy pajamas, great presents, sleeping in late and drinking hot apple cider out of giant mugs - it's almost like a story out of the Hallmark Christmas movies we've been staying up late to watch. Minus dumping the handsome attorney for the rugged country boy, and having to choose between a promotion in the big city and said rugged country boy. In this story, I will still go back to the big city, and I'll take my rugged country boy with me!



Merry Christmas from us! I hope you have a fantastic New Year!

Thursday, December 3

What's On My Christmas List

For the longest time, I couldn't figure out what I wanted for Christmas this year. The idea of getting lots of "stuff" just was not appealing. But gift-giving at Christmas is such a wonderful opportunity to be a blessing to others - not just just the person you're giving a gift to, but also the companies and workers you support by your purchase. 

In years past, I've shared gift guides for gifts that give back, but this year, I don't really have time for that. You know those "what's in my purse" posts? I thought I'd adapt that, and share what's on my Christmas list this year. 

My Christmas List

1. Black Metallic Desert Wedges. I love, love, love every pair of TOMs I've owned, but I've never tried anything other than flats. I've also never ever worn ankle booties. I could really use a new black pair of shoes for work, and instead of getting another pair of flats, I'd like to add these shoes that give a pair of shoes to someone else.

2. Rose Gold Round Watch in Pale Pink. I love wearing a watch, and this classy handmade watch is is sustainably made from new scrap leather that would otherwise go to waste.

3. #GIRLBOSS. "In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called "Lean In for misfits," Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world." I think this is basically required reading for 20 something women these days, and it sounds fascinating.

4. Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms. Emily Henderson wrote a book! I'm an avid reader of her blog, and I've been awaiting this book release with great anticipation. 

5. Moscow Mule Mugs. Because, copper. I can't get enough. Honestly, I could see myself drinking hot chocolate out of these. How cozy would that be? 

6. Causebox by Sevenly. This would be like Christmas every few months! It's a subscription box filled with ethically made, goodies that give back. It's not cheap . . . so a Sevenly Giftcard to go toward a shirt or print would also be much appreciated!

Not pictured: a lot more books, and some Disney/Pixar animated movies - namely, UP and Wall-E.

For more gift ideas that give back, you have to listen to The Happy Hour Podcast's Christmas episode. So many great ideas! And Jen Hatmaker. Seriously, it's a gift just to listen in! And, I've got a Gifts that Give Back pinterest board for more inspiration. 

How's your Christmas shopping going? I have started ... sort of. The problem I have, is that I find cool things, and then I want to keep them for myself. Anyone else? Let me know in the comments below!