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Our girl loves her ballet. She's always twirling and practicing on her tip-toes. So, we thought taking her to The Nutcracker would be a fun tradition to start. It was sort of a last-hurrah as getting some really good alone time with mom and dad before we turn her world upside down!

And to be honest, she loved being surprised and she loved sitting in the balcony of a fancy theater eating sour patch kids and she loved parts of the show. But parts were lost on her and she was overtired and yeah. Let's just say we're the parents that let our kid lay on the floor in front of us during the show. But when she was excited, she was excited! And it really made it all worth it.



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Our girl starred in her second production of The Littlest Nutcracker. Honestly, I was a little bummed knowing she wasn't the tiniest ballerina on the stage anymore. But, she was the cutest candy cane! And she takes herself so serious on stage. I'm always in awe at how she can focus so well on her part and not stress the room filled with people watching her! My mama heart literally explodes every time I watch her on that stage. I may have been trying really hard to hold back the tears this year too...

After, we snapped a few photos and we took her out for a her-choice dinner. Which meant Chick-Fil-A, because it's forever and always her favorite.

Here's to a great Spring season of ballet coming up!



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There are only 9 days until Christmas! And just over 3 weeks until our little guy arrives. And, I am surprisingly calm about it all. Even if I can't wrap my head around how fast this year went!

I've been so busy with things around here that I've been sharing glimpses of our life on Instagram but haven't found the time to blog. There's been baking sprees and parties and doctor visits mixed in with decorating and crafting and finishing up the shopping. We're waiting on a few more packages but I think we have everything for the babe and Santa is going to be really good to Lia this year.

M finished up another semester of college. His last, for now! He'll take a break and possibly start towards another degree after we have some time to settle in as a family of four. But I'm just happy to see his face for dinner every night. Because dinner time is still the hardest time of the day in our house!

Lia is on break from ballet and her last day of school is Thursday. I'll stay busy keeping her busy and planning her 5th birthday party!

And that's our life in a nutshell lately. Happy Tuesday, xo!



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I caught her singing Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Its her favorite Christmas song (well, one of them...) and she's so proud that she knows all the words. Her other favorites include this one and this one. Bonus points if you let her watch the music videos!

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here



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I love my husband. And he loves me. But I'm pretty sure that taking me to the Christmas tree farm sounds really good until we get there! I'm really picky, even though I'm never looking for the biggest, most perfect tree. I'm just looking for our perfect tree. It's best we set out a good two hours for this little shin-dig though.

I think we were there around an hour yesterday, debating tree sizes and prices and which ones had too many holes. Then we had to start all over after a bathroom break. But, we did settle on one I was eyeing. Funny enough, it looks completely different (ie kind of bare and holey) in our living room than it did in the field. We were together as a family though and the fact that we're blessed enough to go out and buy a tree means our tree is perfect, regardless.

Also, we were blessed with a cold, gray day that felt like December! Because last year's shorts and tee weather made me want to cry...

Now the tree is up and decorated. Twinkly lights brighten up the living room and L keeps asking when she can open presents because it's already Christmas morning!



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Balancing, twirling, standing on her tiptoes... all of her favorite things lately!

I'm doing this series - a portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014. Follow along, link up & find more from this project here



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Cutting down our perfect Christmas tree.
Watching ALL the holiday movies and shows.
Seeing L's face every morning when she opens the house on her advent calendar.
And her face the mornings I actually remember to move Pipsi the Elf...
But not her face on the mornings I forget!
Hand wrapping presents.
Little man's ultrasound.
And celebrating him at his sprinkle.
Celebrating a 5th birthday!
Baking our favorite treats.
Our girl's recital.
A special trip to see The Nutcracker Ballet.
Stocking stuffer shopping.
The new Annie movie.
Christmas morning cheer.
And lots of hot chocolate. 

Here's to everything merry and festive, xo!