On the first week of Christmas…

Do you know all the words to the 12 days of Christmas?  I’m totally good with the first 5 but then I start getting a little confused.  Is it 10 Lords a Leaping or Ladies milking… Oh wait, it’s Ladies Dancing?  See?!

Hennyway…we are finishing up our first week of advent 2015 and it’s off to a great start.  In my last post I shared our simple little advent calendar.  The first night of advent (I’m pretty sure it’s the same every year…) we opened Christmas jammies.


I love soft new winter-themed jammies!  You can get them every year at a steal from Old Navy.  I’m pretty sure I now have at least 5 pairs of reindeer jammies.  This year I changed it up a little and got myself bunny jammies with little santa hats. ha!

Day 2 of Advent had all of us meeting up at target to pick out our annual ornament.  Each year we pick an ornament that goes on the “family tree”.  The best part of this tradition?  Going through the ornaments each year and talking about why we chose them.  There are some very funny stories and you can definitely tell what the kids were “into” that year.


We haven’t decorated our “family tree” yet.  But I did decorate “my” tree.   Haha – mine is the one with all matching ornaments that is downstairs.  The family tree is a real tree that we purchase each year that lives in the game room.  A photo of my tree…


Day 3 was all about crafting… Cady and I love the crafting activities.  The boys go along with it because they know it makes us happy.  This past week LaLa was here visiting and she is super into crafting too so she enjoyed helping us make a Christmas Paper Village.


I love how it turned out.  It’s one of our favorite things in the house.


This past Friday night was Day 4 of our Advent and we headed up to our city hall for the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree.




Saturday morning (the 5th Day) we started a new tradition.  We drove an hour away to a small Christmas tree farm.  It was so much fun.  We walked around for a while and finally found the perfect tree.  Matt cut it down and we drug it back to our truck.  We also took lots of pics.











And then last night we decided to start making decorations for our new tree.  We didn’t get the tree all the way decorated but we started making old-fashioned candy and popcorn garlands.  This was Day 6 of our Advent activities.



Hopefully, we’ll finish up our tree tonight.

We’re off to a good start!

Thanks for reading,


P.S.  The announcement that I was waiting to make was that I have decided to leave corporate world for a while.

Believe it or not, this is in fact NOT my first badge pic with my company. This one is only about 10 years old.

Believe it or not, this is in fact NOT my first badge pic with my company. This one is only about 10 years old.

My company has been having layoffs on and off for the last decade it feels like.  I’ve been working in corporate telecom for 20 years and I felt it was time to move on to something new.  Thankfully my company was VERY generous with it’s severance package and I don’t have to decide any time soon what I’d like to do next.  We have prayerfully made this decision and although it feels like a HUGE change for me, I think I will settle in to a more relaxed lifestyle in no time!


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