CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS (WE’VE SEEN SANTA NO LESS THAN THREE TIMES)

If you are a mom of littles, you might now be singing “Christmas preparations, you can see them all around. Are you ready for Christmas day to come? Sing it with me, or if you’re a monkey hum!” in your head. Sorry about that. Curious George A Very Monkey Christmas (or Mis-Mis George as Cam likes to say) has been played at least 19730x over the last couple of months and I just couldn’t get it out of my head as a title to this post. #momlife

I shared over on Instagram that life has been a little bit of a doozy lately but we have stayed intentional in doing festive things as much as we possibly can! Nathan and I LOVE the Christmas season and it seems like that fire is catching in our son for sure, which is just incredible to watch. Here is some of what we’ve been up to this month:

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Oh Target. Why do I “need” something from you what seems like every darn day during the holidays? Sigh.

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Cam was SO into decorating both the little tree we got him for his room and our big tree! Only two “balls” were thrown and shattered in the process. Since then he has barely even touched the tree or anything on it which I was not expecting at all!

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This one has been interested in helping in the kitchen lately, which I love! I’m pretty sure he “helped” by eating the majority of the Cheese Its and making bigger messes than I’ve ever seen in my life, but that’s ok. These times pictured right here are what make the really hard, busy, stressful times of the month all worth it. It’s such a good reminder that putting in a little extra effort to make the regular days “special” is totally worth it every time.

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The first week or so of December was unseasonably warm in our area so we went out after dinner a few times to check out the neighborhood lights. Some of our neighbors really go big. Camden loves Christmas “wights” most of all so this was one of his favorite things we did, I think.

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I mean. Can you even with how cute he is?! I love this sweet boy more than I could ever possibly say. He is growing up too fast!


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Speaking of growing up too fast, my baby sister is graduating from high school this year. How is that possible? She had her last Christmas dance and the next morning we snapped this picture while we were visiting their church to support my dad as he became an elder.
(Ps. These are the best jeans ever and I love this Target top so much!)

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Our town has a really awesome light display and one night a year they open it up for walkers (usually you have to drive). We’ve gone the last three years and I just love this little tradition of ours! It’s fun to go at whatever pace you want and really get to soak it all in. I would highly recommend if you are in the area!

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Gingerbread house making! Don’t let this cute photo fool you, Cam was not that interested in this activity. Candy and icing are meant for eating, period. End of story. Do not try to convince him otherwise.

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We love Christmas!!
(We do not love pink eye, which is the reason it looks like my son got punched in the eye. Pink eye was one of the many, many, MANY not-so-fun things we dealt with this month.)

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This kid cracks us up. He is OBSESSED with Santa which I did not expect in the slightest. This picture was taken at a Stories with Santa our local library put on (again highly recommend if you are local) and by the end of the stories and carols homeboy had weaseled his way to the front and would not hear of giving Santa any personal space.  Finally the time comes to sit on Santa’s lap and…this photo is what I get. No smiles at all. Meeting Santa is serious business.

Exhibit B:

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Friends, for 10 minutes before this I was considering leaving before we even saw Santa because I was having to physically restrain my child from running in front of everyone to get to up there. Then it’s our turn and deadpan. Will not smile, will not say one word to Santa. Insert eye roll here.

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Has to be the one to turn on the “wights” all over the house after he wakes up <3

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I can’t believe how lucky I am to call these boys mine! Love them so much.

One more because I just can’t stop…

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Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

I hope you all are having a very merry Christmas season. I know it’s not all wonder and laughs, life doesn’t get less hard this time of year – it can actually be a much harder season for a lot of people. If you are going through a hard time or if you are stressed out by all the things you feel you have to do this Christmas please know that I am praying for you and that this season is about something much more than the gifts we give and festive things we do. Heck, it’s not even about going from house to house visiting alllll the family (though that is another special part of Christmas). This season, to us, is about celebrating the birth of Jesus who is the ultimate giver of unceasing joy even in times when you would think being joyful is just not possible. After the month we’ve had in our house I can tell you for sure, the joy you see in these pictures is bigger than all of that extra stuff. It’s because we have been given the ultimate gift of a Savior.

Wishing you all the joy and love this holiday season!

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