Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Musical Collection

It started when our son was 6 months old. He spotted one of those singing light up stuffed animals they always set out during the holidays. He fell in love and wouldn't let go of it, so we bought it. Then the next winter our next son picked one out.
Over the years other people have given us some, and this year our baby girl picked out her first one.

The boys still love to play with them, especially when they can get all of them going at the same time.
The boys think its a total bonus that none of them play the same song.
I personally think 6 is enough.... the boys, not so much.

Do you have any singing animals? Do your kids love these things as much as mine?


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

10 Favourite Christmas / Holiday Movies

One of my favourite parts of the holiday season, besides family, food, and Christmas lights, is Christmas movies!

I LOVE Christmas movies.

I remember when I was little cuddling up and watching "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" every Christmas Eve, and we can't forget watching "A Christmas Story".

Some of my favourite Christmas movies are

1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas. (The original cartoon, although the Jim Carrey one is funny too.)

2. Scrooged.

3. A Christmas Story.

4. White Christmas.

5. Frosty (the original cartoon).

6. The Santa Clause. (All 3 of them. Who doesn't love Tim Allen?)

7. The Polar Express

8. Home Alone. (Only the first one.)

9. Elf.

10. Miracle on 34th Street.

What are some of your favourite Christmas / Holiday Movies?


Friday, December 5, 2014

Christmas Ornaments Traditions

Do you have any Christmas Traditions?

One of my favourite ones has to do with our Christmas tree and the ornaments.
It all started with my Mom. When I was growing up each year we would pick out a new ornament for the tree. It could be something fun, something meaningful, something in some way to represent the year or an important event that year. I always looked forward to and wondered what my next ornament would be. Where it would come from? Would it be handmade? Store bought? What would be the story behind it?
When I started my own family my mom gave me all of my ornaments. A treasure chest full of a life time of memories. I cherish it so much. So much so that I started to do it with my own children.
We have the typical "Baby's First Christmas" ornaments for them, and also this special "Parents To Be" one that was our first family one.

And as they got older they started to have a say in it. We have Disney Cars, Dr. Seuss - The Cat in the Hat on the Christmas Tree hanging next to handmade personal ones.

I have my Kenya one that I love so much.

And I even have this Angel.

Like I said, sometimes these ornaments represent something that happened during the year, and sometimes its not always a good thing that happened. This Angel my Mom gave me after I miscarried two years ago. As sad as I get when I see this, I also feel comfort by it.

Our Christmas tree truly does represent our Family, in our own special way.
I can't wait to see how the tree will change over the years, and hopefully continue this with my grandchildren one day.

What special Christmas traditions do you have?

~ Michelle

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Nativity Set

Growing up my parents had a Nativity set that I just loved. I would sit by the window and play with it for hours. Through the years, and moves to and from Kenya, I'm not sure exactly what happened to it.
I haven't been able to ever find another one like it. But when the boys were little I did get them a Little Peoples Nativity Set. Its no where near like the one I had, but I still love it, and so do the kids.

I love watching the boys showing it to their baby sister and trying to play with it while including her.

~ Michelle

Monday, December 1, 2014

New Christmas Traditions Have Started

This year I finally got around to starting a new Christmas tradition. 
I've wanted to do it for a few years now, but time always got away from me. Last night I finally did it. 
Here is what I did;
Wrap up 25 Christmas and winter books for the kids. Each night they will be able to open one and we will all sit together and read it before bed. 

Attempting to wrap 25 books with a baby that wanted to eat all the wrapping paper was interesting and prolonged the process by a bit, but it was still so much fun. I had the Christmas lights on, Christmas music, and my baby girl with me, such bliss. 

I don't know about you, but I hate cutting wrapping paper. When it comes to wrapping paper I somehow magically forgot how to cut in a straight line. I love that some wrapping paper comes with lines on the back! Such a help! 

Thank you lined wrapping paper! 

And the finished product. 

I can't wait to get started with this, and do this every year after. 

Do you have any family Christmas traditions? Any traditions you have passed on to your own children?

~ Michelle

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Pinterest Addiction

Hi, my name is Michelle...

I LOVE Pinterest.
How about you?
I can (and sometimes do) spend hours on Pinterest. I will look up anything from recipes, organization tips, workouts, to funny cat pictures.

Are you on Pinterest?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Winter Boots

So I bought my 8 year old some new winter boots, and what happened next I blame on lack of sleep.
I thought it would be funny to try them on. I didn't expect what happened next to actually happen...
They fit me perfectly!
My 8 year olds boots FIT ME! What?! I laughed, and cried, and then laughed some more!
At least if I need to I can borrow his new boots. They are pretty awesome and warm!

~ Michelle