🎼🎶Put the tree up before my spirit falls again…for we need a little Christmas, right this very minute. 🎄🎶
Today was the first day back to normalcy for us after 5 straight days of Christmas festivities. Don’t get me wrong. I love Christmas. LOVE IT. I love everything about it – twinkle lights, the smell evergreen and cinnamon, pretty wrapping paper, the tinkle of bells, carols everywhere. I even approve of snow around Christmas. I wore flip flops this year, but I still approve of snow. However, 5 days of constant going and doing and seeing lots of people is hard on a 3 year and a 7 month old. (Who am I kidding? It’s hard on a 28 year old too.) So, getting to play dress up with Ellabelle and take a nap with Mattie was very welcomed today.
But as the season goes, I think I need one last little dose of Christmas before I bid farewell to my favorite holiday.
To start – cookie day!
Wrote letters to Santa and mailed them
We met Santa! Twice!
St Nick visited… and so did Christopher Pop-in-kins
We put up lights and the tree
Christmas Day evening
As sad as I am to see the holidays heading out for another year, I’m very much looking forward to 2016. 2015 gave me my Matilda, but it’s been a rough year otherwise. I hope everyone had a great December and has a happy new year! 🎉
I love holidays. I blame my mother. She decorates for every single holiday. There is hardly a day in a calendar year where her house is not decorated (Those rare days being the switch between two holidays). It wasn’t until high school that I realized that this holiday obsession makes her weird. And when I say weird, I mean it in the best way possible. Josh thinks it’s crazy. He doesn’t understand the point of it all. It’s safe to say that his dad wasn’t hanging heart covered garland for Valentine’s day or covering the house in bunnies for Easter so it’s no surprise. To me, decorating for holidays is just part of the change of the seasons. And changing season themselves are reasons to celebrate.
I’ve been itching for fall this year. Summer was weird this year, wet and cool, and it was spent down and out for the most part. Between the healing cesarian incision and having a newborn, I wasn’t in the holiday mood (Sleep deprivation will do that to you). Don’t get me wrong, I obviously was into the specific holidays as they rolled around, but the decorations and the celebration of the season wasn’t there. It was as tired as Josh and I was. So, fall. I’ve been waiting for it – tights and moccasins and hats and football and changing leaves and crisp air and pumpkins and turkeys and costumes and hot cider and the list could go on and on.
Oh, and just for the record, my house was decorated in falling leaves and light up spider webs complete with glowing spiders and creepy gauze and tombstones and garlands with skulls and pumpkins and spiders for all of October.
To start the month, on October 1, I had a structured oral exam with the police department of Blue Ash. I didn’t think I did very well. They only hired for one position so I didn’t have my hopes up, but I did get invited back for an interview. I never heard anything back to I didn’t get selected. 😦 Oh well, that’s life.
Then we started our busy weekends of October with the return of one the best parts of fall – football.
10/3 – Alex’s band performance
Alex is Josh’s sister’s daughter, and she plays the flute in the band. We were going to try and go to one of her games in September, but it poured down rain and we didn’t want to take Mattie out in it. So we rescheduled and it was still wet and rainy. We arrived before the beginning of the game, and we were bundled up. It was cold! Luckily, Mattie was dress in long sleeves and pants, her jacket, a hat, inside of her mei tai carrier against my chest with my jacket around her exposed legs and a hood on the carrier and blanket. She was the only one of us that was warm. Ellabelle was excited though and the rain couldn’t dampen her spirits. She had been saying all week, “Go see Alex play music!” We only stayed to see her perform til the start of the game because it was so cold. We said our hellos and then went to Josh’s mom’s house for hot chocolate.
10/4 – Bengals game
Auntie Ang and Mike watched the girls so that Josh and I could go see the Bengals face off against the Kansas City Chiefs. I was a little worried for them because both girls together can be a bit of a handful. They did wonderful though, even letting us go out to dinner before we picked them up, but I could tell they were happy to have them leave.
As for the game, the streak has been broken, they WON! I have never seen a professional team win while at the game – the Reds, the Blue Jackets and both Bengals games I had been to. Well, third times a charm because they beat the Chiefs! It was an amazing and exciting game to get to see live.
Lately Ellabelle has been wanting the match Mattie when I get them both dressed. So, besides the adorableness of tights and knee socks, theres also sister matching going on.
10/10 – Barn n Bunk Pumpkin Patch and Lisa’s 50th Birthday Party
I’ve been waiting and waiting (not so patiently) to take both of my girls to a pumpkin patch. We went to the same one we went to last year. We went through the corn maze,
Ellabelle rode the train,
rode the tractor ride around the pumpkin field,
and checked out the pumpkins for sale.
We let Ellabelle pick out a pumpkin for her and one for Mattie.
A pumpkin patch is everything that is fall – all the smells (straw and cinnamon), all the sights (dying corn, which is kinda depressing if you think about it so don’t think too hard about it, and pumpkins), and the feels (both physically – baby wearing and rest your chin on her knit hat and carrying pumpkins by the stem – and emotionally – my heart swelling as Ellabelle jumps up and down when she finds the right pumpkin).
After the pumpkin patch, we took Ellabelle and Mattie to spend the night at Mamaw and Papaw’s so we could go to Lisa’s birthday party. Ellabelle was over the moon about it.
We went to Django’s in Northside for dinner with everyone. The shrimp tacos are amazing.
We went back to the neighborhood bar, The C&D, for about 2 hours. Josh and I sat and watched the first Iron Man at the bar. Everyone kept saying we were being anti-social, but it was crowded and watching a movie without someone screaming or throwing toys across the room was exactly what we love to do without our munchkins. We did get into the group before the party bus showed up and then once on the bus. It was a great time on the bus. What’s better than cruising and belting out some of your favorite songs with like 20 really awesome people?
10/11 – Soccer
Ellabelle had a lot of fun at soccer. There were only 4 kids that showed up (out of 15?), and she loved the games they played.
10/12 – Job interview
I had a job interview bright and early on Monday morning. Poor daddy had to take the girls to work til I was done. The good news is I got the job! It’s part time and in the evenings making pretty decent money. I had to go take the drug test so it was almost noon before I saved daddy from the trouble twins.
10/17 – Trent spends the night and Alex’s band competition
We watched Trent Saturday into Sunday. Ellabelle was ecstatic to wake up and have “Cook” here (Her “Tr”s come out like “C”s). We went to watch Alex play with her high school band in a competition. We had no idea what to expect, but it was actually pretty cool to watch. Afterwards, we went to Marion’s and had pizza. Ellabelle was glued to Trent’s side the whole evening, and I know she was sad when he had to go home the next day.
10/18 – Last soccer practice of the year
Only 6 kids showed up, but it was a fun closure to Ellabelle’s first attempt at soccer.
10/22 – Library craft day
Our library does craft days every month for kids ages 3-5. Ellabelle was ecstatic when we got there and there was a huge group of kids. The theme was trees, and they made two crafts, listened to a book about trees, and learned a fun song.
We also carved pumpkins. Ellabelle painted her little one.
We carved the bigger pumpkins. Ellabelle hated the guts but loved the seeds.
She was terrified of them once we put them outside though
10/24 – Halloween Trick or Treat at the Library and Britnee’s wedding reception
The library had a not scary halloween event on Saturday morning. Ariel and Sleeping Beauty looked adorable. Ellabelle loved all the games, won a few prizes, and got some candy. We also checked out a few books about Halloween.
Saturday night was 2nd cousin Britnee’s wedding reception. The wedding had been a week before in Florida, and they had a regular reception up here. Ellabelle had a blast! She loved dancing and being with her Auntie Ang and Mike. I, personally, love weddings. So, it was a great night. Josh was exhausted because he had worked 10 hour days at work before hand so him and Mattie weren’t as into it all as much as Bee and I were, but it was still a lot of fun.
10/31 – Trick or Treating with Ellabelle’s “boys” and Lisa’s Halloween Party
We went trick or treating around our friend’s neighborhood because 1) no one gives out candy in our neighborhood and 2) Ellabelle loves seeing her boys. We rode in a golf cart which ended up being a great idea because of the little legs and the crowds. Ellabelle and Hudson trick or treated for the full two hours and scored a ton of candy.
We went to Lisa’s halloween party afterwards. Ellabelle played on Lisa’s iPad. Mattie was unhappy with Oma’s clown make up. Josh fell asleep (which happens every year somehow).
A few random pics:
Aaannndddd . . . now November.
November has been crazy for us. I’ve been working every evening, and Josh has been working 10 hour days for overtime. Life has been beyond stressful financially which has taken a toll on us emotionally Our furnace had to be fixed. Our car is still in the process of being fixed. I’m honestly happy to see it go. I’m so excited about what December holds for us. But for now, November (mostly in pictures):
11/3 – We voted
11/6 – Josh and I had our 9 year anniversary. We didn’t do anything, but its still worth noting. lol
11/7 – Thanksgiving Craft Day at the library
11/8 – Out for Oma’s birthday
We ended up at Logan’s and it was yummy.
11/15 – With my schedule at work, we had to put the Christmas decorations up early. We started by raking up the leaves to begin with. EB was daddy’s big helper.
Ellabelle loved helping with the lights too.
11/21 – We mailed the girls letters to Santa
11/23 – Mattie’s 6 month check up
All 16lbs of my chunk is healthy and happy
11/26 – Thanksgiving
11/27 – Helped decorate Oma and Opa’s tree & Christopher Pop-in-kins came back