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Holiday Recap + Life Lately

Well, hello everyone! It has been awhile. The holidays kept us busy and then the plague stuck our house. We have hardly left our house since Christmas and I have been working my tail off to kill all the germs. This was the first time that Ada was really, really sick. We had the stomach bug – which I don’t need to tell you how fun that was, then I caught the stomach bug followed by the flu and finished it up with a cold. But getting the stomach bug was one way to jump start weight loss in the New Year! 😉 Just kidding! I wouldn’t wish this stomach bug on my worst enemy… it was seriously that bad! And then just when I thought we were out of the clear, Ada all of a sudden got high fevers. She has been fighting fevers for days now and I am hoping that yesterday was the turning point for her/us. Please keep us in your prayers! Life lately has been days filled with cleaning vomit, doing so much laundry, going to the doctor, sanitizing the house from top to bottom, doing more laundry, comforting a feverish baby through all the night, snuggling during the day (that part wasn’t so bad) and of course, trying to keep myself healthy so I can do keep doing all of this. Needless to say, I have been nursing a glass of wine every night this week. 😉

But moving on to more pleasant things, our Christmas was awesome! Ada loved all that the Christmas season brought – she loved the Christmas lights, baking cookies, decorating gingerbread men, and of course, opening presents. There is nothing better than witnessing the wonder and joy of Christmas through the eyes of your child. On Christmas morning, I believe Randy and I were more excited then Ada. We got up before her and we wanted to wake her up so bad. So while she slept, I made my first nutty cinnamon rolls. This will definitely be something that I will do every Christmas morning because they were delicious! Ada loved all her presents; especially, her awesome pink Jeep! We are so glad that she loves it because when I got a power wheel at her age, I was absolutely terrified of it and refused to get in it. (Sorry mom and dad!)

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and a happy New Year! Stay healthy! 😉


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Our Holidays in Photos

Our holiday season was sweet and simple, filled with family, friends, and good eats! 😉 We enjoyed spending Christmas with our families and had special visits from old friends for New Years. Ada loved every minute of it and I am so sad to see Christmas end. Ada is already missing her Christmas lights in her room and the choo, choo train around the tree. I am going to have to think of something fun and festive for Valentine’s Day just so Ada (& I) can enjoy another celebration. 🙂

One of my favorite activities that we did this Christmas, was taking Ada to see Christmas Lights in Asheville. It is a spectacular light show that you drive through and all the lights are schronized to Christmas music on a dedicated radio channel. Ada loved it! She just talked and pointed at everything as we drove by. It was simply the best!

Ada and I spend two days making Christmas cookies for our family and neighbors. She had a blast getting covered in flour and eating cookie dough behind my back.

Afterwards, we all enjoyed some milk and cookies by the Christmas tree.

Freshly made Christmas cookies, ready to be delivered.

For New Year’s, we stayed at home and enjoyed playing with Ada and her new toys. Her favorite – the elephant ball popper! But we also enjoyed some cake, sparklers, and champagne (for mom and dad)!

I made us some mini party hats and was delightfully surprised when Ada loved having it on.

I adore this picture! Just look at that adorable, cheesy smile! 🙂

Clapping in the new year! Ada’s favorite word right now is, “Happy”; because of us saying, “Happy New Year!” So now she is running around the house saying, “Happy, happy, happy!” Yeah – it is pretty darn cute.

I hope your holiday season was filled with love, family, friends, and happiness! And may God’s peace and joy continue to bless you all through out the new year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ya’ll!