Wednesday, December 5, 2012


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So...I've been working on Christmas cards. Why do I always feel like I have to do these on my own and do them handmade? Oh my. I have spent hours today, just me and the Cricut and the paper cutter, and I'm not even a quarter of the way done. Regretting not going the Shutterfly route! Oh well...if you get a card from us, please appreciate it!! :)

A week from Monday, we head to Disney! So excited!! We are surprising the kids. I want to have a bunch of little "hints" wrapped up to give to them every hour or so ( a Mickey coloring book, a new Disney movie, a t-shirt, etc) but my husband just wants them to see the entrance when we drive in. What do you suggest??

 I am seriously like a kid when it comes to Disney. I am sooo excited!!! This is where we are staying:
Can.Not.Wait!!! I have heard the animals will just walk up to our balcony. AHHH!!!!

 If you have any tips or advice for me, please share!!


This morning, my daughter came running in to my room declaring she couldn't brush her teeth because Eff had her toothpaste!! Good try, sister!

And here's what ol' Eff is up to tonight:
Silly Elf!!


They are getting so big!! I had my sweet photographer friend take some pictures of them by themselves when we took Christmas card pics. Thought I'd share some with ya....
Sam, 7 years old
Meri Hobbs, 5 years old

Eli, 3
Noah, 2

I am SO blessed!!!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Just Call Me Scrooge

Y'all, I love Christmas. I do. It is a wonderful time of year and I love the spirit and excitement and wonder. I love talking to my children about the birth of Jesus and how much He loves us. I love drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies snuggled up on the couch. I love looking at all the lights and decorations. I love hearing the Salvation Army bells being rung at the stores. I love buying Christmas presents. I love getting Christmas presents. It is an awesome time of year.

But this year...I have not wanted to decorate. GASP! I know. It's terrible. I want my house to look pretty. I LOVE the way it looked last Christmas. (If you didn't see it, you can see it here.) But every time I decide to climb up in the attic to pull the decorations down, my next thought is, "Eh..." How terrible is that? My children keep asking when we are getting a tree. But I have no desire. I don't want to spend several days putting it all up. And I SURE don't want to spend several days taking it all down. We will be gone out of town twice between now and Christmas. So we wouldn't even get to fully enjoy it. Am I the worst mom ever if I don't decorate? Can we just buy a tree and put it up undecorated? I need some serious motivation here!

I am also stalled out on my Christmas cards. I bought the supplies. We had the picture taken. I even made the list. But that's where I stopped. I have a serious case of the lazies this year!

On the other hand....I am still rocking out the Elf on the Shelf! Here are our last two nights....

Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Magic Continues

So, as you know (because of my bragging on myself), Eff came back last night. If you don't know, read this post. And keep up, next time!

As expected, my kids were really excited. And asked way too many questions. I had to threaten to send him back to the big guy if they kept asking me questions about him.

  • Why doesn't he close his eyes?
  • Why does he like to keep his arms crossed?
  • Can he talk to Santa?
  • Does he lose his magic if adults touch him?
  • How does he know my name?
  • How does Santa know his name if we named him?
  • How does he get back and forth from the North Pole?
Man...I said the word magic more times today than I did in my previous 34 years combined.

So, before bedtime tonight, we planted the magic seeds to see what would happen. Only half of my kids participated in oldest is spending the night with a friend, and my youngest went up to his Daddy when we were about to start this project, held his arms up and said "night, night Daddy." So we took that hint and put him to bed!

But here are the 3 & 5 year old enjoying planting the seeds...

And here's what they will find when they wake up in the morning......

If you have any great elf ideas for me to do, leave me a comment and let me know!!!