Friday, December 30, 2016

Winter Break


Long time no blog!

I didn't mean to take a little blogging break, but I will say it's been pretty nice. I've been soaking up the holidays and seriously enjoying the time off that Nick has from work, because baby back up.

We had the BEST Christmas. Now that we have a baby, it's important to me that she wakes up in her own bed on Christmas morning. So for the first time in ten years, that meant no holiday traveling for Nick and I. No packing, no traffic, no crowded train stations, no worrying about the weather, none of that. And it was really, really nice. Although that also meant we didn't get to see ALL of our families so that was a little bit of a bummer, but we'll figure out a better solution for everyone next year. But for Hadley's first Christmas? It was super special to make those memories at home.

Christmas Eve, we went to our church's evening candlelight service and that is hands down my favorite thing of the entire Christmas season. We sat by our neighbors and Hadley hung out with us for the service (she was entranced by the lights) and it brought tears to my eyes at the end of the evening when all of the candles were lit and everyone was singing. It always does.


Afterwards, we made a last minute to decision to stop by our friends house for appetizers. It's so great when friends become like your family, especially when you don't live super close to your own fam. We got home around 8, put the babe to bed, whipped up a little steak dinner and played Santa, getting the presents all ready. The first of many, many Christmas Eves spent putting together toys!

Christmas day highlights: Hadley being scared of the wrapping paper, having my family over for brunch, making our own homemade spaghetti & meatballs (amazing), Hadley's epic 3 hour nap which allowed us to take a couple of our own and being able to finally finish this book, Brady digging into his bag of toys (we got him a water buffalo horn and  he is obsessed), Christmas jams and Nick surprising me with the MOST gorgeous ring to add to my wedding stack. A little belated birthday/baby/anniversary and Christmas present all rolled into one!


On Wednesday we took a day trip to Chicago which - to be completely honest - kind of sucked. Hadley is super chill and almost always so go with the flow, but Wednesday was just not her day. We should have known when we were 20 minutes away from home and realized we forgot the stroller that the day might be a bit of a bust. So yeah, we forgot the stroller, our lunch wasn't super great, a crazily over crowded mall, and a couple of interrupted car naps made for one cranky girl (actually two cranky girls). And let's not even talk about the drive home. In case you are wondering, YES it is entirely possible for a baby to cry (scream) for almost the entire two and a half hour ride. 


But hey, by the next morning she was back to her happy self. And just in time because mom and dad are almost off to DALLAS! Our alma mater made it to the Cotton Bowl and this is literally once in a lifetime, so we're headed down there with all of our friends on New Years Eve. Hads is staying home with my family, so wish me luck leaving her - and GO BRONCOS! See you in 2017!
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  1. Im so happy that you guys had a wonderful first Christmas with Hadley and that you celebrated at home!! Happy New Year girl! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  2. What a break! Now I want to see your georgeous ring stack! And those Chicago photos-dying over the precious face of H. Sorry the trip was a bust, but man-H is such a little ham in her photos.

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  3. I don't believe that Hadley could ever scream ;) Keep the pictures coming on IG please, she is just the cutest!!!!

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  4. Sounds like Christmas was perfect minus Had finding her lungs on the wrong day. lol. ;) love that you spent it at home though. Absolutely perfect. :)

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  5. Sounds like such a great break! I'm totally with you on the importance of kids waking up in their own bed on Christmas!

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  6. I'm so glad you all had such a great Christmas!! A three hour nap, I can not even begin to tell you how jealous I am!! Have so much fun in Dallas!!

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  7. Girl, I have experienced the extended car ride with a screaming baby. They are relentless! Glad she is back to herself after the trauma of being forced to sit in a car ;-) Have so much fun this weekend-sounds like an awesome and spontaneous trip!

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  8. Sounds like you all had the best Christmas!! I think the way you handled Christmas was perfect. We run around like crazy people but I've always told Jared and our families the year we have kids everything changes. Have so much fun on your trip to Dallas!! We love it there and football games are always fun!

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  9. So glad you had a magical first Christmas with the little one! How nice that you didn't have to travel either - Ryan and I can't wait for that day, ha! Have a fun New Years!

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  10. Haddie - cry for that long? I dont believe you ;)
    I love you made the call to make your girls first Christmas special at home. Good for you!!!

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  11. What a sweet Christmas! I love her sweet smile so much! I hate Chicago was a bust, but she still looks so stinking cute! Happy New Year! xx, I'm Fixin' To

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  12. How sweet that you guys gave up going on vacation so she could wake up in her own bed on Christmas! I can't believe she cried the entire way back, she seems like such a chill babe! Sorry that your trip to Chicago was a dud, but glad you guys had a wonderful Christmas! How fun that y'all are gonna be in Dallas for NYE, hope your team wins and happy 2017!

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  13. Yay for your team making the cotton bowl - not going to lie, that's the one bowl Mizzou always makes it to, so its nice to see other teams, haha! Have a great trip!

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  14. I love that you guys stayed home to make Hadley's Christmas special! We did the same thing and didn't leave Christmas morning like we usually do. Sounds like santa was kind to you with your new ring!!! Sorry that your trip to Chicago was less than thrilling. We all have our bad days and I guess we can only expect and allow the same for the kiddos, right? Have fun at the Cotton Bowl! Hope your team wins! Happy New Year!

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  15. That's awesome that you got to stay home for Christmas morning. And as she gets older, that'll become even more a must! We have Christmas morning here and then head to Grandma's. We're blessed in that we all live so close. I'm not sure what we would do without our family close by. I hope you all have a Happy New Year!

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  16. Your Christmas sounds so special, I cannot wait to do the same next year with our little girl! You totally deserve that ring mama! Cheers to 2017!

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  17. HAVE SO MUCH FUN IN DALLAS!!!!!!!!! And get some BBQ!!

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  18. That sounds like the best Christmas ever! Love that y'all were able to stay home for Hadley's first Christmas :) Happy New Year!

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  19. I love that you decided to stay at home with your family this Christmas. Now that we're 800 miles away from ours, I've been contemplating not going home for every holiday... especially when we decide to have a baby. I remember waking up in MY house as a kid and that's how I really want to raise my family too.

    And yes - DALLAS. Please get some BBQ.

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  20. aww what a cutie.. she is just all smiles! Glad to hear you had such a wonderful holiday.

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  21. Such a wonderful Christmas! I hope y'all had a blast at the Cotton Bowl! And so many great moments for Hadley's first Christmas!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  22. Oh no!!! I can't even imagine a car ride home of unrelenting screams like that but that sweet face though ;-) I went to a candlelight service as well and it was such a nice experience as well. Happy New Years girl!

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  23. I love that picture of her at the end right after you were talking about how cranky she was. It reminds me of that commercial "First they're sour, then they're sweet..." LOL Happy New Year!

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  24. Yikes! Sorry to hear that Chicago was a rough day. I hope Dallas was a great trip for you guys, though! And hooray for such a good Christmas day! :)

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  25. Glad you guys had a great first Christmas with your precious babe and hope you had fun in Dallas!!

    xo, Kristina
    Medicine & Manicures

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  26. aw sorry you weren't able to see all of your family, but no travelling is awesome! important for kids to wake up in their own beds i think.. although, i didn't wake up in my own bed till i moved to the US lol. we went down to melbourne every single year.. but i woke up in 'my bed' down there, so it was okay? i don't know haha. sorry chicago and the drive was a bust, hope next time is better :)

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  27. What a wonderful first Christmas as a family! I totally agree, staying home with the little ones and creating memories as a family is much better than traveling! I can relate to the crying baby for an entire 2 hour ride... Remi as a baby always cried nonstop no matter how long the ride was! Phew, exhausting!

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  28. I obviously need to see the ring! So glad you all had the perfect first Christmas at home with Hadley!

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