Merry Christmas

Just a quick pop-in to say Merry Christmas!

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One day Henry was in the best mood, agreeing to everything, so we had an impromptu photo shoot for a Christmas card photo. He’s just the cutest thing, and I cannot believe that next year at this time I will have a 3 1/2 year old AND an 11 month old. Crazy! Don’t worry, this year we’re not thinking too far ahead and are savoring the last one with just Henry — of course he will be getting spoiled – it’s so hard not to do. I mean, look at that face and smile!

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Hope you get spoiled and/or enjoy doing the spoiling!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



our christmas

happy new year! can you believe it’s 2014? i can’t, though when i think about how it will be 2025 when i officially have a teenager (my boy growing up and looking so old is what gets me thinking about this), 2014 doesn’t seem so crazy. i haven’t made any resolutions, but perhaps one should be to blog more, huh?

going back in time, all the way back to 2013, this year’s christmas was even better than last year, since henry was older. he still doesn’t understand the concept of christmas, and was hysterical crying for at least five minutes after seeing santa this year (quite different then last year; although can you blame him? this santa was horrible looks-wise.), but it was so much fun to buy for him and see him love the presents he got – he wanted to everything to be opened immediately to be played with, but yet moved on to the next present well (and wanted it to play with it immediately, and so on and so on). this year was a bit different than past years as celebrations were small and plenty (versus one small one on christmas eve then seeing tons of family on christmas), but it was also nice to be more relaxed (and convenient).

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we were so glad to be able to celebrate with my sister and her boyfriend the weekend before christmas while they were in town for a family wedding (which was also tons of fun). a couple days later on christmas eve we went to a lovely mass at my parent’s church where henry was surprisingly well behaved (minus lots of talking), enjoyed a yummy dinner and the ‘kids’ (ahem my 26- and almost 18-year-old siblings) opened a present each – henry got new jammies to wear that night, which i think will be a new tradition. christmas day henry slept in until 9 am. i repeat, 9 am. of course i was excited and up for a while sitting in bed, drinking coffee, willing him to wake up. then he was in a bad mood and had to be happy-fied with some curious george before we went downstairs. and then i think we were so excited to show him his new kitchen that santa brought him (that the elves were up until almost midnight working on) that we scared him, but it didn’t take him long to start playing with it. by the time presents were done, and pancakes were eaten (that i had to go out in my pi’s and buy sugar for at a 7-11 because i didn’t have two tablespoons of sugar in the entire house!) it was 11:30! we decided to sneak in some sledding before my family came over, and followed it up with cooking, more presents, finally stockings (we ran out of time earlier, i couldn’t believe i!) and a delicious dinner if i do say so myself.

here’s the sh*t ton of pictures from our christmas activities and celebrations. god speed getting through them 🙂

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hope yours was just as magical!


christmas 2012

i feel like as you get older, birthdays and holidays lose their excitement a bit. don’t get me wrong, i still love the day that celebrates me, and christmas is my favorite time of year, but it’s not the same as when you’re a kid. but it turns out having a kid is just as good, or perhaps even better since you are the one bringing them such joy. sure, henry was too young to understand christmas and santa (and i can’t wait until he does), but the magic was back in full force.

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henry jord

gracie henry


we had a lovely christmas eve at my parents’ continuing our traditions of christmas eve mass, opening a present (if there is one that is useful for the night like a game), a delicious dinner and playing games (and, um, drinking too much ;)). christmas morning was full of present opening (with some really great presents!), eating paper and ribbons (henry only), and getting the house and food ready for the 36 total people attending christmas dinner at my parents’. it was a packed house, which is how i love christmas, and it was so great to catch up with cousins and grandparents and eating way too much delicious food. henry did so well, happy as could be getting passed from person to person, until dinner time, of  course. but once he was fed he was happy again and i could actually eat my cold but delicious dinner.

such a great first christmas with henry, and i already can’t wait for next year!

how was your christmas? did you get everything you wanted?


merry merry


just wanted to pop in and say merry christmas! i hope santa was good to you and you have a lovely day with those you love.

henry’s first christmas has been everything i’ve dreamed of, complete with a long nap – one of the best presents a mom can get 🙂

i’m off to enjoy the 36 people headed to my parents’ house…


handprint ornament {diy}

henry has adorable, tiny hands, like all babies. and i’m sentimental and want to remember them forever. i was thisclose to buying one of those handprint ornament kits from the store but then i heard about salt dough. seemed easy, and i had all the ingredients so i tried it out. and easy it was. the hardest part was getting henry to keep his hand spread out while not grabbing the dough.

diy handprint ornament

first make your salt dough.

salt dough:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

mix together until fully incorporated. knead dough for 7-10 minutes, or until soft and smooth. roll out to your desired thickness on a floured surface, mine was about a quarter-inch. create your ornaments, poke a hole in each for hanging (with a straw or skewer) and either bake in a 200 degree oven for a couple of hours or air dry a few days until dry. once painted (or not),  spray with a couple of coats of poly to seal and help it last.

diy salt dough handprint ornament 1

i pressed henry’s hand in the dough before cutting out – it was a bigger target for his wriggling hand. after i used a bowl to cut a circle around his handprint. then before baking i  stamped his name in the dough – one time with ink, one time without (i made two in case). after baking the ink was completely visible (which means it works), however, i didn’t like my execution of it. but you can leave all the decorations until after drying, the dough takes paints well.

after quickly sanding rough edges (i wasn’t very clean with my cutting) i spray painted the entire ornament white, then painted the stamped letters with gold rub ‘n buff.

diy salt dough handprint ornament

handprint ornament in tree

diy handprint ornament

please ignore the execution of these (they were done quickly and without much thought) but the leftover salt dough can be used for extra handprints or additional ornaments, shaped any way you please (cookie cutters would work well, of which i have none). (that’s an h for henry, i wasn’t spelling ‘oh’ or ‘ho’)

salt dough ornaments

perfect for a last-minute gift for the grandparents or to hang on your own tree to remember those itty bitty hands.

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hand henry

henry drool henry

what, you thought i would have a post without henry in it? 😉

are you ready for christmas? i have just a couple small gifts to get still (ugh, i hate being this last-minute, and i don’t know when i’ll get to them) and just a couple small ones to wrap. i. am. so. excited!


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christmas 2011

we had such a wonderful christmas. my sister-in-law and her family were great hosts, we received awesome and generous presents, everyone (seemed) to love theirs, and we had lots of family time. christmas eve we celebrated with a night of appetizers (my fave) and scattergories (another fave). christmas day we started with a great breakfast (courtesy of pinterest), opened the piles of presents and had a delicious dinner which included a monster prime rib made by ryan. once we were back in chicago we had christmas #2 with my family, which included our yearly tradition of ice skating, garrett’s popcorn and going to macy’s to see the tree and get clearance ornaments, a rib dinner, more presents and playing my new game, the game of things. it was so much fun and i can’t wait to do it all again in another 361 days (with a six month old! crazy).

of course i took a ton of photos. here’s a photo dump of the above and more.


wheres jimmy{where’s jimmy?}


bows{no bows were safe}



christ eve

sar and mike


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beck window

bears onsie{a gift from me to ryan, preparing for next season already}

coat{my new coat!}


ray bans






ry jimmy

sleeping bag{first sleeping bag}


gramps jimmy

gloves{our hand-knitted gloves}

stuck fam

dessert{the fabulous and yummy dessert}


kids tree


xmas #2

jord jar



hope you had a wonderful christmas, and have a fabulous new year!


merry christmas

the presents are all wrapped


the stockings are hung (with care)


nails are glittery

glitter nails

and red lipstick is bought

red lipstick

i’m ready for christmas! (and i’m off of work until january 3! )

i hope you have a very merry christmas filled with family, love and fun.

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