Christmas 2013 Recap

Is it me or did Christmas go on FOREVER this year?  Even with the short season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I felt like the shopping and festivities went on for months!  Could be the pregnancy tired talking, though.

One thing is for sure, Christmas was way way way more fun this year!  Have you ever read that Oatmeal cartoon about the different perspectives of Christmas for ages?  No doubt we’re in the Thirty-somethings with kids category. “Christmas for 30+ with kids = pretty damn awesome”

We started out spending Christmas Eve with the Man’s family, and Viv LOVED seeing all of her cousins.


She was a little tired from sitting through Mass, (oh wait. that was us. from chasing her around the halls during Mass. As always.) but cheered right up when there were presents to be opened!

xmas eve collage

Christmas Day was a day to Relax.  The Man, Viv, the pups and I stayed home. I’m proud to say we did not get out of our pajamas all day! It was glorious!


Viv loved opening her presents. Both the ripping and the the presents.

Christmas morning collage

As expected, she went just about ballistic when she opened her Doc McStuffins doll. Just a preview of Christmases to come, I hope!

After dinner (ham, potatoes, brussel sprouts) and Viv bedtime, The Man and I watched It’s a Wonderful Life.  Which luckily was available in full on YouTube– who knew?

We spent the day after Christmas with my parents (since my Dad worked on Christmas).  Viv got another new Baby and a crib– so now all three of her babies have a place to sleep a night.  (And boy, do they. she puts them all to bed, covers them with a blanket and tells us “shhhhh” when the lights go out).

xmas again collageA great Christmas indeed. But Wait! I”m not done! ON the 27th, my parent’s next door neighbors had all of the neighbors over for Christmas Brunch. For as long as I can remember, we’ve spent Christmas with my neighbors.  This was the first in recent memory where the celebration wasn’t ON Christmas, but it was just a nice.

Their granddaughter Isabella was born 4 days before Viv, and they’ve had a lot of fun playing together when they come to visit.  (like when they were infants, and babies)

Watching them run around, give kisses and hide under tables was GREAT.

photo 1 photo 2Viv and Isabella would say their favorite part was pressing all of the buttons on those singing Hallmark snowmen.

(like this. all together. all the time.)

We knew Viv took a liking to her friend.  She picks out pictures of babies anywhere, and simply calls them “baby”.  But with Isabella, she points, smiles and says “La-Le-Lellalala” I promise to post the cute as soon as I can capture it on video.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. We loved our last Christmas as a family of 3 people and two dogs. Only 51 weeks to go until Baby L’s first Christmas!!


The Twelve Songs of Christmas

A few weeks ago while driving home from one event or another, The Man made an excellent point about Christmas music on the radio: that it is comforting to know every song that’s one, even if you don’t particularly like it.

And while neither of us hates any particular song*, we differ in our Christmas musical tastes.  We both like the classics – – basically anything Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, or the Carpenters.  But that is where the similarities end.

The Man loves the kitschy music: Feliz Navidad, Dominic the Italian Christmas Donkey, Frosty the Snowman, I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas and the like. Sure, those songs are fun, but nothing quite gets me in the Christmas Spirit more than what I like to call Contemporary Niche Christmas Music.

So without further adieu, I present The Twelve Songs of LiveLafeLove Christmas:

12. My Only Wish (This Year) – Britney Spears

11. Grown up Christmas List – Amy Grant (though Kelly Clarkson’s version is also fabulous)

10. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney

9. Last Christmas – Wham

8. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town – Bruce Springsteen

7. Step into Christmas – Elton John

6. Christmas/Sarajevo 12/24- Trans-Siberian Orchestra

5. Do They Know It’s Christmas Time- Band Aid

4. Happy Xmas (War is Over) – John Lennon f/ Yoko Ono

3. Breath of Heaven – Amy Grant

2. Snoopy’s Christmas – the Royal Guardsmen

1. And of course, the classic, the queen, the star of Christmas light, Ms. Mariah Carey, singing All I want for Christmas Is You:

Merry Christmas Eve!!



*Except for Gene Autry’s version of Up on the Housetop.  I will switch to any other station rather than listen to those creepy Ho Ho Ho’s.

Fancy Tricks

In honor of her 15 month birthday, Vivian has decided to show you all of her tricks*.


 * yes, we call them tricks. listen, we were dog owners long before we were parents, so old habits die hard!


P.S.  Today is the first day of NaBloPoMo October 2013! Remember when I did that last year?  Be warned, we’re going to be heavy on the pictures and videos this month, but isn’t that what you’re all here for anyway?

NaBloPoMo October 2013

Those feet were made for walkin’

I officially have a mobile child.  Viv took her first real steps the week before her birthday at my mother in law’s house. But since it doesn’t count until Mom and Dad see it, we’re counting July 7th as the real walking day.  Since then, she has been more ambitious about letting go of nearby furniture.  On Monday night, she was walking all over the place. We’re in trouble now!



TV Stars!

soooo, my friends Jess and Gavin were on TV last weekend! They were featured on TLC’s My First Home, and had a big screening party at their house!  You may not know this, so sorry for blowing your mind, but SPOILER, reality television isn’t very real!  In fact, they filmed the show last summer, but had purchased the house the year before! The producers did follow some similar story lines, but a lot of details were excluded.

I didn’t have my “real” camera, so sorry for the poor quality. 

tv 2

tv 1 The even better news is that you can watch the episode online!!

my only complaint is that they didn’t ask the Man and I to fake help them move in at the end, since we did actually help them move in!

Related: Realtor Alex was their actual realtor, and is a friend from law school. Lawyer Eric was their actual lawyer*, and is also a friend from law school!




* this isn’t meant to be, but this post could contain attorney advertising, so I’m ethically obligated to inform you that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.