Tis The Season....

OKAY... you got me... the holidays are OVER.  But that doesn't mean I can't share our holiday festivities with the blogging world, RIGHT?

As I've done so many times before I've jumped in and out of the blogging wagon.  Does anyone else know what I'm talking about here?  It's so easy to do... in case you don't know what I'm talking about. News Resolution.... is to not say that I won't do it again.  I think I can make that happen...

So last time you read about my life we were painting pumpkins and preparing for Halloween, but since that time we've stored away 12 month clothing (with a few tears) and we've been had a few food battles with the little mister.  We enjoyed a wonderful, delicious dinner with my BIG family for Thanksgiving.  We filled our tummies full and maybe even had to unbutton our pants so we could be a little more comfortable for the rest of the day.  After wonderful family time and amazing food I geared up and made my way out in the cold night for some Black Friday SHOPPING.
My friend, Brittney, and I ran into Santa while we were out.  Naturally we had to stop and get our picture taken with him.  Also, notice our Thing 1 and Thing 2 sweaters, we had about 8 people comment on them.  It was hilarious and fun.
I was able to get just about ALL my christmas shopping done that night.  I was very happy, especially because most years I would wait until the last minute.  I'm sure none of you have done that.  
During the Thanksgiving week my brother, his wife, and 2 kiddos were in town.  They live in Florida so we don't get to see them often.  I got some snuggle time in with my niece, Leona.
She fell asleep right on me, and it was so comforting.  It also gave me baby fever.  I still have it. :)
This year was my first attempt at baking an apple pie.  I don't really like it that much and didn't end up eating any, but I was told it was very good.  
I got all fancy with it as you can see.
As Thanksgiving past Christmas quickly was upon us.  I felt like we blinked and the next day was Christmas.  We had everything ready and wrapped before Christmas Eve, again I was well prepared this year.  No procrastinating at all!
Corbin helped us decorate the tree.  It was so fun since he was older he seemed interested in helping for at least 10 minutes.  When last year he wasn't interested at all.  
At work we had an Ugly Sweater day and I got to wear my Santa sweater.  Funny thing is I had people tell me my sweater was actually cute.  I didn't agree... but it was still fun to see all the seriously UGLY sweaters people wore to work.  

And yes, I am wearing head phones at work.  My job allows me to be able to jam and listen to whatever I want while I work.  It's awesome!
We started a new tradition this year as well.  We will take a trip to Bronners in Frankenmuth to get an ornament.  We went with our friends Tim and Brittney.  We had a blast!  

Corbin picked out a Dinosaur ornament and we picked out a tabletop decorations "ornament".  We had it personalized so we can remember that we got it in 2013, and had our names put on stockings as well.  
I was able to snap a shot of it getting personalized... isn't it cute?
Just as many families do we had to get photos done for our Christmas Card.  Normally we do some silly goofy card but we couldn't really think of something that we really liked.  So, we settled for just normalness.

My friend, Brittney, with Beautiful Bliss Photography took these shots for us.  Follow the link to check out more of her work.  We love them and her!

Another tradition we started this year was letting Corbin open one gift on Christmas eve.  We let him pick the present and boy he was so excited when he opened it.

His very first drum set.  Look how ecstatic he is about this.  We got him just a tabletop drum set, seeing how he is still a little one, but will eventually get him a bigger one.  He loves it.

Whew... we were so busy!!!!! Once I get our Christmas Eve and Christmas day videos together I'll share with you!
For now, I'm off to dream land.  This momma needs her beauty sleep.

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