Life with the Bs


Christmas Wrap Up

Was Christmas really last week?  I’m still in vacation mode and it’s a good thing since I’m back on it for 2 days tomorrow.  Vacation mode takes practice!  We had a wonderful Christmas with lots of family, friends, and food.

I hosted my Christmas cookie exchange again this year and sadly, didn’t take one picture!  We had a great turnout with lots of new faces.  And I made too much chicken salad again so we ate it for days.  I make it once a year and then eat it for a week and don’t want it again for another year!

We hosted Tim’s extended family the eve of Christmas eve.  We exchange silly gifts wrapped in newspaper.  Some of them have been passed around for decades.  This year, we happened to create Santa and his reindeer.  The younger kids thought this was awesome and wanted to prance around the room.  The older cousins, not so much!

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Janie sang with the Angel Choir for the pageant and Christmas Eve Mass.  My nieces were angels in the pageant.  We tried to talk Nolan into being an animal but he wasn’t interested.

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Christmas morning was spent at home with just the 4 of us.  Janie got a sewing machine.  Thanks to YouTube, we are sewing professionals.  I can really see getting into this!

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The boy that doesn’t play with toys got a sound activated plasma ball.  Yes, those are veins popping out in his neck!  What was Santa thinking?

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We spent the rest of Christmas day with my family for more food and fun.  We had free tickets to the Georgia Aquarium so we used those on Friday.  It was packed but still a good time!

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We celebrated with Tim’s family on Sunday.  We had a great week of festivities in honor of the birth of our Savior!

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He still needs a nap

Nolan has a summer birthday.  I didn’t think much about it until party time and all his friends were out of town.  But when we were getting close to Kindergarten, people started asking me if I was going to send him.  Of course, why would I pay an extra year of childcare if I don’t have to?  The cut off is in September and his birthday is well before that!  The more I talked to people, the more stories I heard about people doing 2 years of PreK or a year of private Kindergarten and a year of public Kindergarten.  I was all confused…..I thought he was ready!  I talked to his PreK teacher towards the end of the school year and asked what she thought.  She assured me that he was ready.  So in August, he went off to Kindergarten.

Things have been great!  He loves it, he’s learning all his sight words, and only changing his color on occasion (Angelica TOLD him to throw food in the lunchroom).  I was pleasantly surprised at how well he was doing.  However, he started falling asleep on the bus ride home.  They are the first stop so the ride is all of about 10 minutes.  He would come home and melt down.  No fun for anyone!  I realized that he’s a young 5 year old and the boy still needs a nap.  They don’t have nap time in Kindergarten anymore.  We usually have an 8 o’clock bedtime on school nights but this wasn’t cutting it for Nolan.  I bumped his bedtime up to 7 – 7:30.  What a difference it has made!  No more after school melt downs.  He’s well rested and hasn’t been falling asleep on the bus.  I can’t believe that 30 minutes could make such a big difference!


Christmas Home Tour

Two posts in one day, I’m even shocked!  Welcome to our home….

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We’ve got our Christmas cards to your right.  I LOVE getting Christmas cards.  I can’t wait to get the mail each day in December!

Dec 004I heard that there was a Christmas tree shortage this year due to drought.  Our tree definitely has some bald spots and is drier than trees that we’ve had in the past.  I like to keep our house decorated through the Epiphany (January 6th) but we may be left with bare branches by then!

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We also have a red and black tree in our basement.  Lucky for us, we can cover the Dawgs and Falcons with 2 colors so it’s a win for everyone (except for our teams that don’t like to win on a regular basis).  And it’s nicely placed under the best Uga picture ever!

Merry Christmas from the Bs!

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Stitch Fix #2

I got my 2nd fix from Stitch Fix for my birthday last week.  After my first fix this past summer, I knew I wanted to try it in the winter.  I had a $50 credit due to friends that gave it a try so I told Tim that’s what I wanted for my birthday.  Another 5 for 5!

My photog is at school so I’m not actually wearing the clothes.  I’m no model so this is probably better anyway.  I got a pair of jeans and 4 tops.  The jeans are awesome!  The perfect fit, length, and rise.  They are pretty wrinkled here because I had to dig them out of the dirty laundry.  They have become my go to jeans!

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I really like this top!  The only downfall is that it’s dry clean only.

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This is my favorite from this fix!  I love green and it’s the perfect casual look so I feel like I made an effort.

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As I’ve mentioned, I stay away from pink being a red head so I never would have been drawn to this cardigan.  It’s more of a coral color, not really pink.  I received a ton of complements when I wore it on Sunday.  It’s also nice and warm!

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This is the only item that was questionable.  I would have returned it but then I would have lost the 25% discount for keeping all 5 items so I was cheaper to keep it.  I think it might look cute with a faux fur vest to tone down the pattern.  I’ve asked for one for Christmas so I will keep you posted.

Dec 018With my $50 credit and the 25% discount for keeping all 5 items, each item came to about $30.  That’s reasonable, especially for a great pair of jeans!

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Thanksgiving Wrap Up

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving!  I got to host this year.  I was only in charge of turkey and mashed potatoes so that was easy.  I used this recipe to brine the turkey.  It turned out pretty good!

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However, this is what Nolan ate for Thanksgiving….

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That’s cranberry sauce and a roll.  He has no idea what he’s missing!

We spent Black Friday at the Fernbank Museum and even ran into neighbors that had the same idea!

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Nolan wasn’t excited about stating his fear.

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But he loved this lightning thing.  He talked about it all day!  Don’t they sell these things?  I think they did in the 90s.  There’s a Christmas idea!

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