Monday, January 17, 2022

New Year's Eve 2021

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I can't believe we are already into 2022. I am thankful for a new year and a fresh start as 2021 was pretty rough. We went through some hard times in 2021 and hopeful that they are all behind us now.

I thought I would recap our pretty low-key New Year's Eve.

The day was pretty easy and chill. Rory and I had the day off, though he did a bit of work as someone needed a pre-approval to purchase a house. 

We ran a few errands, watched some football and lazed around the house most of the day. But we all showered, got ready, so we could take some photos and eat our fancy (that's what the girls called it) dinner. I wore my comfy sequin joggers that I posted here.

I made king crab legs, roasted carrots and twice baked potatoes with some crusty bread. Everything turned out really good and the girls ate a ton of crab. They loved the crab with butter drizzled all over it.

King Crab Legs
That is about 2 1/2 pounds.

I had way more crab than the three legs (one already cracked) of crab.

After dinner, the girls had some mint chip ice cream and some sparkling cider. Rory and I had a rose prosecco and some chocolate. 

After cleaning up, we got ready for the girls New Year's celebration. I had picked up some poppers, glasses, horns and sparkling cider from CVS and the dollar store. Nothing too crazy, but I wanted the girls to have a little something. We also broke out our sparklers from our wedding and lit those.
I wore my new Ugg slippers, my cozy A&F shirt that I can't stop wearing and my cozy sequin joggers.

I didn't capture photos when we were outside celebrating with the girls as it was dark, but I got a bunch of videos that I posted to my IG.

The girls went to bed at 9 pm. After they were in bed and asleep, we watched two episodes of Goliath, drank more prosecco and waited for midnight. Close to midnight we turned on the Nashville New Year's Eve show (which is so much better than the one with Ryan Seacrest), rang in the new year with a kiss from Rory and one from Walter. 

Walter had a hard time with all the fireworks that were going off, so we had to give him an anxiety pill and calm him down. We finally went to sleep at 1 am.

And just like that, we are into 2022! Cheers to a great year ahead!
Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The One With the Girls 7th Birthday

I still can't believe I have 7 year olds. How fast has the last seven years been? So fast.

Before I get to the girls birthday day, I wanted to share their outdoor mud kitchen that they got for Christmas. My in-laws brought it over the day before their birthday as we had too much snow to get it there on Christmas Day. 

And we put it in our guest bedroom for now until it warms up outside. We have been having temperatures in the 20s and so many storms.

Rory and I took the girls birthday off and did all the girls favorite things. Ok, not all of them, but a bunch of them.

We got up, got ready and headed to breakfast at Pine State Biscuits. The girls choice. We had pancakes, biscuits and bacon.  

Then we took them to their first surprise...we went to see Sing 2 with my parents. The girls were so happy to have grandma and papa there too. The girls got candy and popcorn and we all watched the movie which was sooo cute. Definitely worth seeing.

After the movie, we headed home and the girls opened up their gifts. Now if you follow me on Instagram, then you might have seen where I asked how many gifts do you give for Christmas, birthday and from Santa. I had all sorts of different answers and settled on 5 gift for each of them. The girls received ballet shoes/slippers, Nevada Wolf Pack hats (they they have been asking for), Hanna Andersson Dresses, Hanna Andersson leggings and makeup sets. They asked Santa for makeup sets, but I wanted to save the ballet shoes and makeup for their birthday.

Yes those are play heels that my in-laws got them months ago that they always wear (only in the house).

Then we watched some football before heading to dinner. I did snap this photo of them before we left. Look at how grown up they are.

Then we headed to Bangkok Cuisine for Thai food. The girls love panang curry, pad thai, rice and roti.

After dinner, we then went to a cirque du soleil holiday themed show named Holiday Dreams. Even though it is very Christmas based, they focus on the holiday season. It was so much fun and very impressive!
I suck at taking selfies, but we had to capture the evening.

The girls loved the show. It was so much fun! I got tons of videos and posted them to my Instagram as pictures don't do enough justice.

After the show, we headed home and tucked our newly 7 year olds into bed. Then we watched an episode of Goliath and snapped this photo. I put up a few decorations for the girls and they always love these balloons!

Monday, January 10, 2022

Christmas 2021

Christmas has come and gone, and while I was excited for a fresh start, I was sad when it was all over. We spend the whole month of December prepping for the big day, and then it is gone in a flash.

Our Christmas starts on Christmas Eve. The girls and I baked cookies and decorated a few of them.

Sugar Cookies

Then we all got ready, and headed down to my parents house to help my mom make cinnamon rolls and got to our friends annual Christmas Eve party.

We ate, drank, chatted and took many photos.
Isn't my nephew so darling?

Avery and Caiden

Sutton and Caiden

Then we headed home to get ready for bed, put out cookies, milk and bourbon for Santa and get the girls to bed. They were in bed around 9:30. Then Rory and I watched a show and waited for the girls to go to sleep. Then I put out all the gifts that we brought home from my parents, all the gifts from us, then Santa gifts and finally filled the stockings. Oh and ate some bites of cookies even though we were fully stuffed.

How I wish we had a mantle over our fireplace for our stockings.

Then we went to bed around midnight. The girls slept in until 7:45 ish and I call that a blessing. We got up, made coffee, lit the fire and set everything up for the girls to come out. I videoed a lot of Christmas morning, but here are a few snaps.
Slippers from Santa...also their sticker by number books.

Rapunzel Wet Brush sets from us.

Walter eating a homemade tree treat from a friend. He loved it!

After gifts were opened, it was time for breakfast. We had my moms cinnamon rolls, bacon and mimosas. Rory also had bagels with lox and cream cheese. The girls only had orange juice, but in fancy cups.
These were so yummy!

These are our wedding champagne glasses. Also, we were watching A Christmas Story. I wish I took a picture of the chaos to my left (all the girls gifts) and to the right (all the wrapping paper, boxes and bags).

Around 2 pm, we all got ready for the day. Then we headed over to my in-laws house for Christmas dinner.

Now I want to mention how this wasn't a perfect day. What we put on Instagram and blogs is usually the best of the best, but the girls threw several fits, complained about not having as many Christmas gifts and didn't want to listen when it was time to put stuff away, to get ready, etc. My girls were a bit nuts on Christmas Day which took some joy out of the day, but overall, it was a great day.

Ok, back to the recap. We went to my in-laws house where it was snowing. Way more snow than we had at our house. We got our white Christmas. 

The girls opened gifts, we took photos, we had appetizers, we ate so much food, we drank some good wine, lit some sparklers and fireworks, made wishes that you send up in the sky, and then we had dessert before heading home.
Those booties are from Christmas last year.

The whole family...including Walter in his Barefoot Dreams sweater.

Prime Rib, Creamy Horseradish, Creamed Spinach, Potatoes Au Gratin, and a Salad.

We got home and Rory shoveled snow while I got the girls to bed. It was a very fast, but good day!
Friday, January 7, 2022

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday all! I meant to post our Christmas update on Wednesday, but then life and medical stuff got in the way. So it is coming next week instead.

We have a busy few weeks coming up with the girls birthday party, a fun trip for just Rory and I, and a medical thing. I will explain more on that later.

Anyways, onto Friday favorites and Happenings.

ONE. I have been wanting a Varley sweater for months now. Yes, I know a lot of bloggers have posted about it. But when a local blogger posts about it, I trust them. I know them IRL and trust their recommendations. 

I have been waiting to find it on sale as I wasn't paying the full price of $158. Nope. I got it on sale, in the dusty rose color and I am anxiously awaiting it to arrive on Monday. 

I can't wait to wear this to work, or with leggings or jeans. I feel like it can be dressed up or down.

I ordered a size small.

Varley Vine Pullover

TWO. Now that Christmas is over, I can share one of the gifts that I got Rory. It's an Allbirds Long Sleeve Tee. I love Allbirds. I have three pairs of shoes from them including the ballet style flats that I got from them recently. By the way, I love the flats and have worn them most days at work.

But I didn't know that they made clothes until recently. Basically when I was looking at the Tree Loungers for me, I saw that they made clothes. And since we love the brand so much, I bought the long sleeve tee for Rory. He has worn it two or three times since Christmas and loves it. 

It is made with wool (like most of their items), but it isn't hot. It actually is very breathable, soft and reduces odor which is a good thing for men. Rory often complains that shirts like this smell towards the end of the day, but not this one.

They are not cheap, but they are amazing quality.

Allbirds Long Sleeve Tee

THREE. As I mentioned above, Rory and I are going on a trip for a holiday party for his work. I have been eyeing these two dresses for awhile now, but they are out of stock in my size. Ugh. So I have alerts on them.

All else fails, and I wear the black dress that I wore to his cousins wedding, but I wanted something long sleeve as it is in Colorado...and it is very cold there right now.

Lulus Silver Sequin Dress

Baltic Born Poland Sequin Dress

FOUR. Weekly funnies.

Have a great weekend. I am linking up with A Little Bit of Everything.