Friday, December 7, 2018

Christmas Wishlist

Happy Friday!  I have a good bit of my Christmas shopping done and am hoping to finish up the rest this weekend to leave more time to enjoy the season!  Derek, Tatum and I all had our lists made early so I thought I'd share them today.

I'm most excited about watching Tatum open his gifts but it's fun to have a few things under the tree. A new cordless vacuum is high up on my list - a few cookbooks too then a few accessories to enjoy too.

Derek has a lot of golf items on his list - a game, new wedges, pullovers, etc.  He's hoping for a new coffee/expresso maker and a few other cooking items too.

Tatum's list is of course the biggest and most fun!  At the top of the list is a play kitchen with food and also a ride on car.  He loves little people, Mickey and music stuff.  It's the first year he can play outside in the snow so he needs some snow gear too!

Enjoy your weekend! xx 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Meeting Santa & Other Things

I think it's beginning to be a new tradition for us to do our official Santa visit on the Friday after Thanksgiving - there isn't a line, the mall is quiet for shopping and we all have fun having lunch afterwards.  It was much more fun this year than last year - Tatum slept through it all last year so it was super fast.

This year he was not into it at first - as we all danced around and played music we at least got a straight face instead of crying. 

After Tatum fought his way through his Santa visit they recommended we jumped in in the hopes of a smile, a smile we didn't get but a fun family photo we did!  The photographer then told Lovie, Poppy and Uncle Davey to jump in and it was a great unexpected family shot!

While Tatum didn't love Santa, he loved the reindeer hat he was given.  He wan all over playing in his hat while we waited for the pictures.  Once we were done we all went out to an early lunch then had a family Christmas shopping day.

We meant to decorate our tree the day we got it but we ended up doing it about five days later - the three of us went out to dinner and did a couple ornaments with Tatum then finished after he went to bed.  Decorating real trees is always so much harder than the fake ones!

A few more pictures from the Santa parade we went to.  I'm glad Tatum seems to like Christmas just as much as his mom does.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Home Tour

Christmas is one of my favorite seasons to be home!  I try to make sure we have a good amount of nights "in" during this busy season to enjoy cozy nights with the lights on the tree and enjoying the decorations.  We started pulling out decorations the week of Thanksgiving and slowly decorated through that weekend.  

The living room is my favorite room at Christmas time and it's the most that room gets used all year!  I love having a glass of wine sitting by the tree in there after Tatum goes to bed or enjoying a cocktail with Derek before dinner.

We rarely use the kitchen table at this stage in our lives - Tatum eats in his high chair so we usually eat at the counter seats.  I do enjoy having the table decorated though!  This is probably our last year of Derek and I moving the advent calendar in the background as Tatum will take that over next year.

We have a few touches of Christmas spirit around the kitchen - not a ton. I love having the candle scents throughout the house this time of the year too.

I keep our Spode dishes out in the dining room for decoration then they are easy for Derek and I to grab for dinner whenever we want. The tables cape is a mix of new things with old this year and I still have to put up our manger - the plant is holding its spot for now!

Luckily Tatum hasn't noticed many of the decorations this year because they aren't in an obvious spot where he plays.  As this is only our second year in the house, I enjoyed mixing up a little bit where some of the signs and things went.

We originally had his little people nativity set out for him to play with but I kept finding the pieces all over and I don't want to loose any just yet so we set it on display for now.

This year we added some touches to Tatum's room!  Last year I'd decorated his playroom but now that he actually plays in there and toys are everywhere I knew that wouldn't work.  The crib sheet and advent pillow are new additions.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

This & That

Tatum and I both love our time in the playroom - he plays with as many toys as he can fit into his hands and I try to use the time while he's busy to do some Christmas shopping on my iPad.

Speaking of Christmas shopping, Tatum is at the stage where he really starts noticing toys at the store and was in awe one day while we were shopping.

We celebrated our best girl's fourth birthday!  Stella's birthday was the week after Thanksgiving and we tried to make a big deal out of her with a walk, a few Christmas toys (which she unstuffed right away) and a burger/fries from McDonald's.

She's also never far from Tatum's high chair - these two love the same foods - Tatum is continuing to try new things and I love thinking back to the summer when we he hated eating in the beginning to loving it now.

A few more photos from our fun at the local tree lighting on Sunday night...