Monday, December 30, 2019

This Weekend:

* Friday was our designated day to go shopping and let the kids use up some of their Christmas gift cards and money. am I old enough to have TWO teenage boys that are old enough to care about the clothes they wear and actually enjoy shopping at the mall?

I feel like it was just yesterday when I myself, was bopping around Fair Oaks mall as a teenager in at Wet Seal and Contempo.

We discovered a few things on this shopping trip...

Carson LOATHES trying on clothes.
And he hates even more...waiting for his brother to try on clothes.

London has a REALLY hard time making up her mind.
When there's a sale and it's 'Buy 3, Get 3 free'...some serious decision making has to go on. 

* Friday night we had a girls night with my side of the family.
We ate dinner at the Olive Garden which was PERFECT because it was a cold and rainy day and their Gnocchi soup completely hit the spot!

And then we went to the movies and saw...


Ok here are my thoughts on it:

It was a cute movie with cute characters was SUPER hard to follow.

Like it's not a kids movie at all because London {age 10} had no idea what was going on.  Nor did I.  Or my mom.  Or my one sister. 😂😂😂

Maybe it would've helped to read the book?
They kept doing flash back scenes and then switching to current scenes and it was just too much.

There.  I said it. 
Don't hate me.

* Saturday was spent loafing around.
Loafing has been a common theme around our house this Christmas break and I am AOK with it!

I did manage to put on a bra for a few minutes and run to the grocery store + Crumbl to try their new Gingerbread cookie before it was gone.

{SO yummy! VERY ginger-y!}

We ordered chinese takeout Saturday night and loafed some more.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
Grant gave a talk on the new mutual theme "Go and Do" and knocked it outta the park.

For reals...when did Grant become SO MUCH TALLER than my parents?!?  How did this happen?

* I finished up "The Crown" on Sunday night.
I'm sad I have to wait again for the next season.

I LOVED the new characters.  
Especially Phillip.

And did anyone else finish the series feeling bad for Prince Charles?  Who would've thought, right?!  

Friday, December 27, 2019

Christmas Day.

Christmas morning began at 4:45 am when I got up to go to the bathroom and heard that my kids were already up waiting and giggling in their bedrooms.  I chose to ignore them and go back to bed until 7:00 which is when they were allowed to wake us up to go downstairs.😂

Santa came!  Even for Cubby!!

Seriously wish we owned some stock in Vans.

Yup!  He ASKED for this shirt!

After Santa gifts, we opened up gifts from under the tree.
The kids all got their ornaments.

Grant's this year was.....a Hershey's kiss!
Why you ask?
Because he got his very FIRST kiss this year from a girl.

We ate a big breakfast and lounged around in our jammies until it was time to go over to my parent's house for the rest of the day.

My mom had her table set so pretty!!

Before we feasted....we took a few family pics.
My sister reminded us that this may be the last family picture with ALL of us Lamoreaux's in it for 10 years - - if everyone in line goes on a mission!  Crazy to think. 

The entire Lam Fam Bam.

Grandma and Grandpa with all of their grandkids.

We opened up cousins presents, grandparent presents and doggie presents.

Golden Girls lovers....isn't this shirt that I bought for Adam AWESOME?!

We continued on our Christams tra-dish of all going to see a movie together.  This year it was....


Oh my goodness, I LOVED this movie SO much!
{All of us did!}
It brought back SO much nostalgia for me.

Tom Hanks was phenomenal as Mr. Rogers.

The world NEEDS MORE Fred Rogers out there
 that is for sure!

We went back to my parents house afterwards for dessert and games!!  My brother makesTHE most DELICIOUS homemade pies.  Like - he puts Kneaders to shame!

It was such a lovely day...I really didn't want it to end.
I was SO stuffed by the time I went to bed that night.
My heart AND my stomach.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas Eve.

We had such a lovely Christmas this year.
 I feel like the time from Thanksgiving through Christmas was just wonderful and I'm sad to see it all come to an end.  I'll keep my Christmas decor up until New Year's to revel in it all for just a little bit longer. 

Today....I continue my tradition on the day after Christmas of staying in my jammies all day and sitting on the couch all day, only to get up to go to the bathroom, eat and refill my Diet Dr. Pepper. 

Oh - and UPDATE MY BLOG!!!
Yes, I'm back.
I finally have some down time and it feels wonderful.
I have so many fun things to share with you in these next few weeks and into the new year!!

I'm also looking to get my blog re-done....
You know...a new look, maybe a swtich from Blogger to WordPress or something else? If anyone has ANY tips and ideas of people who can make this happen for me {I'd much rather pay someone than figure it out myself because let's be honest, I'm sort of a tech moron}....
please feel free to message me! 

Anyhoo - - here's a recap of our Christmas Eve.

I got up early-ish and picked up the rolls I ordered from 
Rise Up Bakery {for Christmas dinner}.  
Locals - - it's in Gilbert and their bakery is MY FAVORITE!!!! 
If you haven't tried it - you MUST!

We continued our tradition of decorating a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve...

We started this when the kids were little to help pass the time by on a day that seems SO super long for kids.

The tradition just stuck and my kids {thankfully} still get excited to do it.

While the kids were working on that, I finished up the final touches on my tables for Christmas Eve dinner.

 Aren't those scalloped PAPER plates adorable?
They're from the Pioneer Woman and they're my FAVORITE find of all at Wal-mart.  Yes, WAL-MART!

We had a mexican FIESTA with 
my side of the family for dinner 
{minus my one sister and her family
 who were at their in-laws}....

We feasted on homemade tamales {that I bought from someone because have you ever tried making tamales?!? THEY ARE A PROCESS!!!} green chile shredded beef tacos, homemade refried beans, cilantro lime rice, cilantro ranch, chips and alllll the fixins. It was all SO yummy and I think EVERY Christmas EVE from here on out should include mexican food.

We played a white elephant game that was SUPER fun.
Everyone brought their 'A' game when it came to the gifts.

A few favorites were....

The Donald Trump paper weight//pencil holder

Monkey Butt

A sweet pic of my sister as a teenager
{yes...her glasses were REALLY that big!}

A People of Wal-mart adult coloring book
{can you EVEN?!}

But my dad came out the REAL winner with $20 cold hard cash.  Oh....and London...

She scored the beloved BURRITO blanket and she couldn't have been more thrilled!

We watched THIS nativity video which is hands down my new favorite portrayal of the Christ child.  Everything seems so accurate and I can't help but cry when the Wisemen finally make to see our Savior, a few years after his birth.

We ate delicious desserts made my brother Kirk and Adam and the kids carried on our tradition of opening up Christmas jammies before bed time.

So much work and effort was put into making this day a success and boy oh boy it was worth it!  Our home was filled with the ones we love, good food and lots of laughter.  
All of my favorite things!

Sunday, December 8, 2019

An Update...

I am indeed alive and well!
Thank you for all of your sweet messages asking if I've been ok.  It's been almost 3 weeks since my last blog entry - - I think that's the longest I've ever gone without typing.

Things are fine but I've been OH SO BUSY.

The busy-ness of the Thanksgiving // Christmas season is crazy enough, but add to that raising teenage kids {who knew teenagers had so many emotions?}, running an Etsy shop that BOOMS at Christmas time, family time, decorating my house and addressing and stamping Christmas cards....I feel like there just has not been NEARLY enough time during the day and my little ole blog has taken the backseat because of it.  Will you forgive me?

Here's a recap of what I've been up to....

MOST of the hours during my day have been spent upstairs in my craft room completing orders for my Etsy shop.

And when I'm not in my craft room....I'm at the Post Office, shipping out packages of completed items.

We did manage to sneek away up to the mountains for Thanksgiving with Joe's side of the family and it was JUST the break we've all been needing.

It SNOWED which was pretty magical for us desert rats.
I lasted about 5 minutes out in it.  
My kids lasted well over 5 hours in it.  

We made lots of crafts, played lots of game and ate way too much.  It was pretty perfect.

This past weekend, London and I continued on our very favorite Christmas tradition of all by attending 
The Nutcracker ballet.

We've been going since she was about 2 or 3 years old and we look forward to it EVERY year.

Last night we headed over to my brother's home where we were treated to the yummiest dinner served on the finest of china.

His house is pretty dreamy....but it's EXTRA dreamy at Christmas time.

We attended our 2nd year of the Luminaries at the Desert Botanical Gardens with my side of the family...

It rained but we still managed to have fun and make some memories.  My dad even rode one of these around {much to his chagrin...}

Lastly, this weekend we attended our kids' 
Christmas dance recital....

I BEAM when they're on stage.
They're so much fun to watch.  

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So there you have it.
That's where I've been in a nutshell.

This week I hope to: finish up all of my Etsy orders that need to be shipped out, prepare for and host 2 parties at our home, attend Joe's work party, finally figure out what we are going to do for our Christmas neighbor gifts and do some more shopping on Amazon for Christmas presents.

I have SO MANY NEW FUN things to share with you guys coming up!! Bear with me and I hope to be back to my regular blogging schedule SOON!!!