It's a Gift to Find the Festive in Everything

It's a Gift to Find the Festive in Everything


Here we are exactly two weeks away from Christmas Day. Just like everything else this year, it feels like the month of December has already flown by. We did all we could to make this weekend a festive one. Our big event was going to see Santa Claus and doing whatever it took to make sure Magnolia didn't cry out in fear when she saw the jolly old man. And so we did a peek-a-boo session with him & it worked out wonderfully. I mailed out our merry cards, we read Christmas books by the sparkling tree, I made (and ate way too many) festive rice crispy treats, and we had Santa Paws II & Home Alone playing on repeat. We put on our comfy clothes & Magnolia had on the cutest jammies, we loaded up the car headed to Christmas in the Park, and we had to turn around before we even left our town. Magnolia wasn't in the mood for a night time drive, she never really is, but we thought we'd give it a whirl. We came home & she took a bubble bath and we hopped into bed. There was a dance session with daddy somewhere in the mix!

There are so many things I still want to do in the kitchen before Christmas Day, but I'm holding off because I want Ryan to be home to enjoy all the sweet treats with me. After one more work trip he'll be home until the New Year & we cannot wait! I wish I had the artistic talent to decorate sugar cookies like Yeh. These have to be the sweetest things I've ever seen. 


This cake explosion by Lauren Conrad is something to be seen. And another cake that is all things Christmas with eggnog, caramel, gingerbread, cookies, & chocolate - will someone please make this one for me?


I keep telling Ryan how badly I want it to snow. The weather here has been unusually warm & all I can imagine is a layer of glittering white snow for Magnolia's first Christmas. Have you seen all the Gigi Pip beanies? Love them. I ordered one for my niece & got one for myself [half off] during their 12 Days of Christmas sale. Now I need to find one for Magnolia, I have a few in mind with two poms on top! 

I've already got Magnolia's Christmas Eve jammies and she's going to be a total doll in them & mine are currently on sale. 

We just recently signed up for Amazon music, and I really have no idea why we hadn't done it a long time ago. It is the best thing ever. We can listen to almost anything we want anywhere we go. I've been playing A Johnnyswim Christmas quite a bit, and it's a beautiful album. 

Have a merry Monday xo 
Wendy
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We Believe in Santa Claus

We Believe in Santa Claus


Or I should say we are working on our belief in Santa Claus! I don't think we could have watched Santa Paws II enough to make this little girl like the sight of him. My sister and I, took Magnolia and her cousin Addy, to Bass Pro one day last week to see their Santa. I was sure that if Magnolia saw Addy happily sitting on his lap that she would feel comfortable with him too, and I was very wrong. She took one long serious look at him and was crying the biggest tears. I know some people think it's cute, but it just breaks my heart so I snatched her up as fast as I could. Her daddy & I made a new plan for her visit with Santa this weekend. We'd stay in the photo with her!


She did much better being close to us, but she still kept a very close & skeptical eye on the white bearded man in the bright red suit! She started to get a little uncomfortable being near him & we wrapped up the photo session as fast as we could. We got two tearless photos with Santa, and so we are calling it a success. 

-photos by Jordan Photography

I have a feeling next year this jolly old man will be getting an earful about all her Christmas wishes. 

Merry Christmas to you & yours xo 
Wendy, Ryan, Magnolia and Santa

Shop Magnolia's Christmas outfit below. 


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Ruffling Feathers & Saying NO To Cry It Out

Ruffling Feathers & Saying NO To Cry It Out


A few months ago I shared this disturbing article on Facebook, and I described Sleeping Training or Cry It Out (CIO) as neglectful & abusive. The article detailed a story of an infant that cried alone in its crib for so long it vomited. In my FB post I also stated a time I witnessed CIO in person. The crying baby & the neglect of the parents as they tended to their house party has never ever left my mind.
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Kansas City's Union Station & Magnolia At Ten Months

Kansas City's Union Station & Magnolia At Ten Months


I'm at the kitchen table, drinking my first of several cups of coffee, we've got Willie Nelson's Holiday station on Pandora. Magnolia is at the sliding doors, saying "dog" over & over again in her flannel Christmas jammies. Ten months ago on this day, Ryan and I were checked into the hospital. I was in my hospital gown breathing through each contraction as we waited for the most beautiful moment of our lives. Meeting our baby girl. This morning I sang her Happy Birthday, just as practice for her party in a few months 😉. I think I need the practice more than her. I need to work on keeping my eyes dry!
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Hot Chocolate & Cuddle

Hot Chocolate & Cuddle


Ryan likes to joke with me that this time of year is all about "hot chocolate & cuddle!" We drink a lot of hot chocolate around here, or I guess I should say, I drink a lot of hot chocolate this time of year. If we don't have plans for a Sunday our default plans are to watch movies and drink hot chocolate, when in reality we don't usually make it through ten minutes of a movie before we are on the floor playing with Magnolia or doing some type of chore, such as endless loads of laundry. Either way, the Christmas season is for sweet treats and family time.
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