Busiest Time of Year For Sure!!

This season brings a lot of things! Fun traditions, great memories and busyness! With a preschooler and newborn the busy season just got busier! Lately I’ve felt like I can’t catch my breath. I’m constantly doing something from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to sleep 7 days a week. And even then I don’t accomplish everything I want to in a day. I’m trying to make the Christmas season fun and memorable for Avery all while I Continue reading

Our Views on Santa

I have been asked numerous times what mine and Josh’s views on Santa are and I thought I would write a blog on it. Josh and I are FIRM believers that we should never lie to Avery. We want her to be honest with us therefore we need to be honest with her. And technically speaking telling our kids Santa is real is a lie. However, Santa is a fun part of Christmas time. In December Santa is in lots of movies, books, and at the mall. At first the thought of Santa coming down the chimney, eating our cookies and putting presents under the tree scared Avery more than it excited her. So we decided to tell her that Santa is more of a fun story around Christmas time and that there is a Santa at the mall but he doesn’t come inside our house. She liked this much better. So when we went to go get our photo taken with Santa the kids there were telling him what they wanted. Avery wanted to do this as well and she asked Santa for Phineas and Ferb toys. She told us that she wanted Phineas and Ferb toys from Santa so mama got her lap top out and started looking. These are HARD to find!! I looked and looked and ended up having to bid on them on Ebay and I get no credit haha. We weren’t planning on doing any presents from Santa but Avery wanted this one to be from Santa. She knows he isn’t real but she still likes the idea of telling Santa who she sees in all her Christmas movies what she wants and it coming true. We are still figuring out Santa in our house because her feelings might change in the years to come. But we don’t tell her “Santa is watching you better behave” or “Santa comes to our house on Christmas and fills the stockings and eats the cookies”. This won’t stop us from making cookies Christmas eve to eat though! Santa is a fun part of Christmas but he isn’t the reason for it. That’s really what we want Avery to understand. She knows that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and that’s why we celebrate it. (She still thinks Jesus is a baby because of all the nativity scenes though haha). Our traditions celebrate Jesus’ birth and celebrate the holiday season. We never want to put the focus on Santa so in our family Santa is more of a story that people talk about around Christmas time and he’s in lots of fun movies. And that’s our views on Santa! 7 more days until Christmas!

Preparing for the holidays!

Preparing for the holidays is in full swing at our house! As I am writing this blog I’m laying next to a warm fire at my mother in law’s house. The crackles, smell and warmth is enough to put me to sleep! A real fire always makes me feel like we are in the holiday season! With thanksgiving next week and Christmas in 40 days I thought I would write about how our family prepares and enjoys the holidays to the fullest. Even though we only have 1 kiddo and all of our family except Josh’s mom & stepdad lives far away we still make the holidays as special as we can for Avery. We want her looking back and having the best childhood memories from this time of year.  Continue reading