Monthly Archives: December 2014

Our Christmas

December 29, 2014

Well, it came and it went faster then any other year. You know how they say the older you get the faster time seems to go? It’s becoming more apparent to me how true that statement is with every year that I get older. We really tried to relax this year and enjoy our time together as a family, we spent time at home playing with new toys and games. I feel like the Christmas season is so busy and we always try to make every single Christmas party that we get invited to. Which always leaves us completely exhausted and frustrated with the girls for fighting or whining, when in all honesty they are just DONE with Christmas. Sometimes you just have to sit back and say no to some things.

We started our Christmas week with a sleigh ride in NH. We went with my mom, grandmother and my brothers and sisters. Everything was covered in snow, we sipped on hot cocoa and we were snuggled under blankets. It was so festive and such a fun way to start the holiday week!

IMG_20141221_194803IMG_20141221_153710 On Christmas eve we did gifts with Jud’s parents and just hung out at home watching Christmas movies and finishing up any last minute preparations. The girlies snuggled on our bed for one last show before bedtime.IMG_20141224_181014 After they went to bed I could hear them talking to each other about how excited they were and that they couldn’t go to sleep. It was so sweet, I remember laying in bed for hours on Christmas eve with my sister, giddy with anticipation for Christmas day! Jud and I got right to work putting the kitchen set together, that dang thing took 2 hours to put together. It was most definitely worth it though. The best part about Christmas for me now is setting all the gifts under the tree for the girls and thinking about how excited they will be to see all the present when they come down the stairs in the morning.20141224_213802

Christmas day we did our gifts and then headed up to my dad’s house for the rest of the day to open gifts and have a delicious ham dinner. Harper enjoyed her first Christmas, although opening presents wasn’t her strong point. I’m pretty sure the wrapping paper scared her, since she cried every time she ripped it. The girls were happy about it because we let them open her gifts for her.IMG_20141225_090618IMG_20141225_092419IMG_20141224_182900 It was a great Christmas! I guess now it’s time to gear up for the new year. Jordyn’s birthday is January 5th so we are thinking about that as well.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and made great memories!

Sickness and Christmas

December 20, 2014

It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to get an update on the blog. It has been a seriously busy and sick couple of weeks here in the Blake house. We have all had the lovely stomach flu that is going around. With the exception of Harper, thank goodness. Elly missed school, Jud missed work, and we ended up falling way behind on our Christmas shopping and holiday shenanigans. Luckily the sickness left as quickly as it came on, it was a 24 hour bug. I’m glad we’re all over it before Christmas week. Now we can let the festivities begin!

Last Saturday it happened that no one was sick so we kept our plans to head to Santa’s Village in New Hampshire. It’s like a little kids amusement park centered around being at the North Pole. It ended up snowing the whole time we were up there which made the experience a little magical. The girls had so much fun even though it was freezing and we all ended up soaked.20141213_13403220141213_135141 Harper stayed nice and toasty in her car seat.20141213_154148 In other news Harper is getting all over the house, whether is be rolling or scooting, she gets where she wants to get. Thankfully she can’t quite reach the decorations on the tree but that definitely doesn’t stop her from trying.IMG_20141210_084254 Yesterday was my catch up on grocery shopping/Christmas shopping day. It was not one of my favorite shopping days. Having two kids in tow while waiting in lines, loading bags into the car and checking lists is a tad stressful. But I have to say the girls were troopers and we got the rest of our shopping done. This was Jordyn on our way home.IMG_20141219_145727 I’m waiting on a few packages in the mail but that’s it! Tonight after the girls are in bed it’s go time for gift wrapping. We have our first Christmas with my mom and siblings tomorrow. We are going to NH and taking a horse drawn sleigh ride followed by gifts at my mom’s house. I can’t believe it’s here already! I hope everyone is enjoying their Christmas parties/gatherings and staying healthy!

Holiday Favorites

December 11, 2014

Since we’re getting down to the last couple weeks of Christmas shopping and decorating I thought I would post a few festive things that I’m loving this season.Untitled.jpeg

Christmas Mug, Girls Christmas PJ’s, Christmas Sweatshirt, Philosophy Pink Marshmallow Set, Plaid PJ Pants, Baby Booties, Christmas Mittens

I’m just starting my wrapping and I’m realizing it takes way longer then I think to wrap everything! I spent hours last night cutting, folding and sticking and I think I wrapped only a dozen things. I think it’s mostly because I’m a perfectionist, which can be a blessing and a curse. Anyway hope you like my little list of favorites!

Here’s to hoping we all put down the technology for a while and talk to each other face to face.

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 8, 2014

You know those days where it’s so cold outside that the insides of your nose freeze within a matter of 3 seconds of being outside? Well today is one of those days. It’s hard to believe this cold winter weather is here already, it makes me want to cry. But as my kids get older I do get a little excited at the thought of all the fun winter activities we’re going to do! Sledding, ice skating, snowman making, maybe even skiing within the next few years?

Speaking of being outside in the winteriness, this weekend we took the girls to Hadlock field (where the Portland Sea Dogs play) where Santa was supposed to fly in on a helicopter, it was a little winter festival type thing. Unfortunately it was pouring, so they couldn’t bring Santa in with a chopper but we still had some yummy Christmas cookies, listened to some live music and then made s’mores in the rain.20141206_10370120141206_10501120141206_105540

On Friday night Jud and I got a date night to finish up our Christmas shopping for the girls. It was so nice to just get in and out of the car without buckling and unbuckling car seats. Not to mention walking around the store with a coffee in one hand and a free hand to shop and browse with. While I was out at Target I saw this cupcake mix, it’s from my favorite cupcake shop in New York City.20141204_093325 They went bankrupt last spring and closed all their stores, this was horrible, terrible news for me and my sister in law (who lives in NYC). But we heard that they were able to get back on their feet and open their bakeries again! Click HERE to check them out online.

Anyway, back to the point. We are pretty much done our shopping for the girls! Just some stocking stuff to get for them. Unfortunately I still have all my family members to shop for, I’ve make lists though so it’s just a matter of going out and getting the things. For now I must start wrapping, blah. I start out excited to wrap gifts but a few hours later I’m hating it! Maybe some year I’ll get super ambitious and wrap all my present like this.977957a70f851ef7b3515d0552ed724a I think the color coordinating is so pretty! But alas, my girls will be thrilled this year with the Dora, Sophia and Frozen wrapping paper that their gifts will be wrapped in.

Here is a little sneak peak at our Christmas pictures!View More: http://sharalynnphotography.pass.us/theblakefamily Hope you all are enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanksgiving Weekend

December 2, 2014

Well we had quite a busy week leading up to Thanksgiving day. Getting our house cleaned and ready with three kids was no easy task but none the less had to be done. I mostly tried to corral the kids into one room at a time while I worked on cleaning the non occupied rooms. The plan was better then the execution. Somehow the house got clean and the dinner got made! My family members all brought a dish, so it was a collaborated effort to get the meal on the table. My husband was in charge of the turkey and decided we should try to brine it a couple days before, this consists of basically soaking the turkey in water and spices for a few days to make the turkey super juicy and flavorful.20141125_211518 See how it looks so nice and cute in this brining bag? Well, that didn’t last long, Jud went to pick it up and “POP” the bag broke. Yep, raw turkey juice and nastiness went all over the kitchen counter and floor. So fast forward a half hour after cleaning that mess up, we had a turkey in a trash bag chilling out in the fridge. Let me tell you though, this was the most amazingly delicious turkey I’ve ever had! My husband is a genius, and he will always have turkey duty now. The whole dinner was so yummy and spending time with my family that I don’t see very often was so nice.20141127_13472620141127_15062520141127_133124 After we had all stuffed ourselves and were hanging out on the floor we looked through all the black Friday flyers and chatted about life, love and happiness. The kids got to play in the foot of snow that we got the night before, which was a perfect way for them to burn off some Thanksgiving energy. They banged on the window and told us to look at their snowman, which was beautiful in it’s own special way, haha.20141127_153920 Sunday afternoon I made my very first homemade turkey pot pie with all the leftovers and it was delicious. Next time I will try and make it a little thicker but other then that I must say it came out great for a first timer.20141129_174202 (The crust was store bought)

We put the tree up and the rest of the Christmas decorations are out, so now it’s time to finish up our shopping and wrap until we drop, or loath wrapping paper and swear that next year we’re only buying gift bags! It’s my favorite time of year where almost any given night now, you will find me snuggled up under a blanket drinking egg nog and watching Christmas movies!20141129_163025 Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving with friends and family!