Monday, December 9, 2013
Per an advent calendar activity, Olivia and I made peppermint bark one morning last week. Needless to say, her favorite part, aside from eating the chocolate before we melted it, was crushing the candy canes up. I added an extra step to the very simple directions in making any kind of bark and that was adding a few drops of peppermint extract to the white chocolate after we had melted it. No one is a huge fan of the big chunky pieces of peppermint in the bark so we tried to crush them as small as possible but I found adding a few drops to the mix helped with the flavor too.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
I love the holidays but Christmas ranks well above the rest. Love the decorating, the chill in the air, the baking and the excitement my girls get this time of year. This year I was a little more low-key with the decorating since the baby will be arriving just days before Christmas and I knew the more I put up, the more I would have to take down later and not sure how I'll be feeling. But what we did looks merry & bright and what's important is that the girls love it all.
Our activity advent calendar which I began just a couple years ago. Easy thing to put together and the girls look forward to what each day has in store for us during the Christmas season. Some of our favorites so far: Visit the Macy's Light Show in Philadelphia, french toast and hot chocolate for dinner, and yesterday we celebrated an early Christmas with the Pitocco's. More pictures to come from yesterday which was so much fun!
Subtle decorations on top of our piano...
A simple country star hanging in our mudroom...
Our stockings hung by the curtain rod in the dining room. We have these great, old stocking holders for the fireplace but I just love the color against the white of the curtains and french doors.
Our fireplace and tree. That's a simple garland I made last year using baker's twine and pom-pom balls.
A ribbon wreath I made last year that this year I decided to instead of hanging it, putting it around my candle.
And another wreath I made last year. Now just hanging in our kitchen above the sink for some festive color.
And the books. We have tons and tons of books and our collection of Christmas books is growing each year too which is great. The girls camp out in the living room, tree lit and flip through one after another while I flip through my Christmas magazines. I love it.
Our advent calendar is an activity-a-day thing in our home and the girls love it. Especially when it's something really fun like having french toast and hot chocolate for dinner which was one of our activities this past week. We call french toast Anthony's special bread around here since that is Daddy's go to breakfast staple with the girls. On the occasion that I make it, it's still called Anthony's special bread.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
The last few years now we've made a point to get the girls into Philadelphia for the Macy's Light Show at the Wanamaker Building and to see the train display at Reading Terminal Market. It has been a great experience each time with all of us leaving with a wonderful memory. We decided to go December 1st this year since as I'm getting closer to my delivery date, walking is getting sort of interesting. More of a waddle and preferably not for long periods of time.
But we made it down and had such a fun time! The lights, the music and the girls happy faces really get you into the spirit!
Afterwards, we make a habit of checking out the Macy's window displays and walking down to Reading Terminal Market which is only about 4 blocks. This pregnant woman can handle four blocks especially when a delicious mocha coffee and a sweet treat is my reward!
Buttons all around the train display for little fingers to push over and over again. Which we all know little ones LOVE to do.
The Reading Terminal Market never disappoints with their selection of great shops to choose sweets and great coffee from. The girls happy faces should tell you just how delicious they think this place is.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Per every year, while in Maryland for Thanksgiving, we go out with my very talented brother Scott to get some pictures taken for our Christmas card. The girls love hanging out with Zio Scotty and he always makes it fun for us all. It was a very cold morning and we literally were gone an hour so it was perfect. Managed to get one of the girls that I LOVE and then two that I LOVE of the family as well. Was going to just have the girls on the card this year, but figured I should document my huge belly also.
Fun with our shadows.
Maybe a little too much fun!
Nothing like getting the kids to run off some energy. Which they love and do often!
My little free spirits. Love them so much and love these pictures of them so much too.
Total Daddy's girl.
And, of course, the mama's girl too.
Stay tuned for the card!!! I love how it turned out.