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Just Like Dad


After some errands around town, we plopped little man (still in his car seat) into the stroller and headed off for a family walk. We didn’t get too far today in the cold weather. In fact, when we reached the turn around point to head on home, Dad realized that little man wasn’t wearing any gloves and he wouldn’t keep his hands under the blanket. So, Dad takes his new Christmas gloves and puts them on little man. They reached up to his elbows but he loved it. I guess we’ll have to find some little man gloves.

Christmas reflections


I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Its time to get back to writing again. We had a great Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We opened a few presents early like the recordable book my parents gave little man “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and a very noisy learning farm sit to stand walker from my sister.

Christmas day started with the opening of the stockings. Our pups loved their treats and so did my husband. He got some delicious Walker shortbread cookies and chocolate. We talked to family and I got the turkey in the oven. Then it was more phone time. We were all set up for Skype but we never did it.

Our wonderful dinner consisted of a turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and rolls. We were too full to eat the pumpkin pie so it will be enjoyed tonight instead.

I’ll be home for Christmas


This is one of my favorite Christmas decorations. While we won’t spend the holidays with our parents and extended family, I’ve thankfully never had to spend a holiday alone. Birthday yes, but no holidays. My wish for everyone is to be home for Christmas. Each year so many people are away from home for the holidays. One of my childhood friends was deployed last Christmas. While the family was sad he wasn’t home, I don’t think any of us could imagine how sad he was. This year, my grandma and my husband’s grandpa will both be spending Christmas in the hospital. She is in her late 80’s and he is in his early 90’s. I don’t know how many Christmases they each have left.

This is my son’s first Christmas and I hope that he will always be home for Christmas. Maybe one day we will live close enough to the rest of our family to celebrate each holiday with them. We are already lucky that my parents and my husbands parents, and most of the extended family, live fairly close together. This makes visiting very easy. But due to the cost of airline tickets, dog boarding, as well as getting time off; I haven’t spent a Christmas with my parents in 6 years! Time sure has flow by and I get sad thinking about not seeing them but I only have to look over to my son to smile again. He is my family, and my husband too of course, and we will spend this Christmas together. Our first as a now larger family and I love it!

We won’t have snow for Christmas, we haven’t had one since we left Utah (snow all winter long). We also won’t have mistletoe. I’ve actually never had mistletoe before. As far as the presents go, they are all under the tree waiting for Christmas morning. Except for 4 presents that is. One my sister got for my son is waiting all assembled and I’ll bring it down Christmas morning. One my mom got for my son has the instructions on it to open Christmas Eve. I’m really curious as to what that on is. The other two are in transit and I’m hoping they get here by Christmas Eve so we can have them Christmas morning. Otherwise, we will have to wait until the day after Christmas (or later) to get them.

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree

What’s in my nursery?

I thought I would share with you the products that I have for my son. I know that it was hard to decide on some items for my son so I’ll let you on on what works, what doesn’t, and what I can’t live without.

What works
Crib by Graco
Pack ‘n play by Graco
Swing by Graco
Pacifiers by Avent
High chair by Graco
Exersaucer by Evenflo
Nursing bras by Bravado
Nursing pads by Avent
Diapers – Pampers Swaddlers
Wipes – Pampers
Diaper rash cream – Beudreaux’s but paste
Crib mirror

What doesn’t / I didn’t need
Teether toothbrush – hate
Nursing cover – not needed
Nursing tops – not needed

What I can’t live without
Nursing bras – Bravado
Nursing pads – Avent
Pacifiers – Avent