Christmas tree & decor 2014

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here. Luckily my grandmother has boxes of decorations and let me pick through them for my house. I’m thrilled. K and I had a great time putting it all out too.

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Our tree

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I love the loose beads and ornaments

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Now, time to start hosting this holiday season! Merry Christmas!

The Elf on the Shelf arrives

Once you are 3 you are old enough for Santa to send you a scout elf to watch over you. So K got one sent to her just before Thanksgiving. She arrived via US mail, and K named her Ellie.

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She has gotten into a few things while she’s been here. See, she wakes up at night, returns to the North Pole, and reports back to Santa.

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Her first night here she returned with a card made by Santa.

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The next night she played dress up with Boppy and Tinkerbell’s clothes!

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We found her reading once too.
And another time she was watching Christmas movies.
We just can’t wait to find her every morning and see what she’s been doing.

Here are some additional photos of Ellie’s adventures:
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Halloween Day 2014

Halloween is always full of treats and surprises, but this year is one I’ll never forget.
It started out pretty much the same as always. We dressed up and went trick-or-treating.

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We met at Nonnies and made our way through her neighborhood.

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Then we had to go pick up Shawn at the airport. He was in MN on business, and today was our 4th anniversary.

When we reached the airport I got a very big surprise…

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He proposed!!! Of course, I said yes.
Happy Halloween and Happy Anniversary indeed :-)

A day trip to San Franny

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Mr. T forgot a few things for a job he had in SF so naturally, he called me. At first I wasn’t thrilled to drive 40 miles last minute to drop off a dozen power cords, but it actually turned out to be a nice day with my daughter. We hung out down town, had lunch, and hit the park at discovery museum.

Christmas 2013

We decided to stay home and have Christmas in California this year. Although we missed my family dearly, it was nice not rushing through the holiday to get everything done. Santa was very good to all of us and here are the pictures.

First we cut down our tree on Black Friday. That is our tradition.

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Then we tie it up and bring it home.

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And decorate it.

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Then we went to Christmas in the Park.

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And we took her to see Santa. She smiled like a big girl.

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We made Santa some cookies on Christmas eve.
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Then it was Christmas Day. She could finally open what Santa brought her.

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She got a new bike!!

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A cash register.

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Crayons.

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A Hello Kitty chair.

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All of this stuff! Games, books, Little People, pajamas… Wow!! She must have been really good this year.

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This is what Santa brought me. Nice!

I of course made way too much ham. It was just us after all. But I enjoyed making my first ham. It was not as good as my dad’s, but oh well.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!!

Halloween 2013

Our first trick-or-treat experience this year was at Santana Row. Its always a big crowd and the stores are high end like Gucci, Burberry, even Tesla cars. Its a lot of fun and something I’ve shared with our Mommy and Me group since Kenlee’s first year. This year it was just us and Ellie M & Josh. Here are the pics.

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This is how she says, “RAWR!”

For actual Halloween we took her to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood. We live in such a great place for kids. We started before dark but it wasn’t long before swarms of kids were out!  She never said the words, “trick or treat,” but she did say, “thank you,” very politely at each house.

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We had a good time. She loved her costume. I just can’t wait to do it all over again next year!!

Oh I almost forgot, we had to walk to the store for milk during the day, so naturally, she threw a little something on. (They trick or treat all day on our block, so she had to dress up too.)

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Happy Halloween everyone!!!

K Made Cupcakes

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Tonight since I was off I made cupcakes with her help. She chose the sprinkles, she poured in the water and oil and she stirred. Then of course, like any child chef, she got to lick the beaters. It was a lot of fun. I think she liked them too. I heard a big “ta-da!” while she was eating it!