North Pole Breakfast

Every year, the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving,  John the Elf arrives from the North Pole and brings with him a delicious, sugary breakfast!

This year John was exhausted and just didn’t put as much effort into it as usual.   But I think it still turned out OK 🙂

Along with breakfast,  John usually brings the boys a pair of Christmas PJs and an ornament.  This year it was PJs (which they put on immediately), an ornament and an Advent calendar.  It also turns out the PJs this year were a tad small…maybe John will need to drop off some new ones!

This has become such a fun tradition and even though I was pressed for time (and energy) this year, I still had a blast putting it all together!

And now I’ll leave you with some pics of the festivities while I go move the darn elf!


What’s Up Wednesday!

Linking up with some cool ladies today to share what’s been up around here!

This amazing pizza from Ventosa Vineyards

and Pumpkin Caramel Poke Cake (Alec approved)!

Reminiscing About:
Christmas!  Tuesday I linked up with Andrea (check out my post HERE) to share my favorite holiday (Chirstmas, of course!).  I had so much fun writing and reminiscing about my childhood memories and looking back at Christmases with my kiddos!  I can’t believe how little they once were!

This soap and candle from Bath & Body Works.  They both smell so good!

Been up to:
Soccer, soccer and more soccer!  Fall fun at Ellms Farm.  A weekend away in the Finger Lakes with the hubs, wine tasting and gambling (we stayed at Del Lago Resort and Casino and I highly recommend it)!

I’ve got my “lady” appointments coming up.  Bring on the pap and mamo!  Although they definitely aren’t the most fun things to do, they are so important!

Working on:
Vacation plans for next year.  Thinking about a cruise….

Excited about:
Halloween!  I can’t wait to go trick or treating with the kiddos!

Watching:  The Walking Dead!  So glad it’s back on!  We’re also watching Vice Principals.  HILARIOUS!

I’ve read some good ones lately!
The Breakdown, Behind Closed Doors, The Gravity of Us, When You Disappeared, The Woman in Cabin 10.  Next up is All the Missing Girls.  Do you have any recommendations for me?  I’m always looking for great new books to read!

Listening To:
80’s and 90’s tunes.  Nothing new is really appealing to me right now.

Boots and leggings!  Although only a handful of times.  It has been unseasonably warm for about 2 months now and I AM OVER IT!!  Bring on the cooler temps please!

Doing this weekend:
Soccer tournament, pumpkin carving, and Trunk or Treat!

Looking forward to next month:
Thanksgiving, a family photo shoot, putting up the Christmas tree!

What else is new:
We’re getting a pool next year!!!!


Show and Tell- Favorite Holiday!

    Favorite Holiday

I am so excited to be linking up with Andrea today for Show and Tell Tuesday!

I love all the holidays and making them special for my kids.  But my favorite holiday would have to be Christmas (with Halloween as a close second)!  Growing up, Christmas was magical.  We weren’t rich (in fact, we didn’t have much money at all), but you don’t need money to make things magical for a child.

Back in those days, we almost always had a white Christmas.  There is just something special and magical about snow on Christmas Eve and Christmas day.   Even now as an adult, it doesn’t seem like Christmas to me if we don’t have snow.

We always had lots of Christmas lights, inside and out.  My mom would line the inside of our windows with colored mini lights (did anyone else do that?) and outside we decorated the trees with those giant “vintage” bulb lights.  Our indoor tree was decorated with all sorts of handmade ornaments… some beautiful beaded ones made by a family friend, the garland-wrapped tuna can picture frame I made in kindergarten (which my mom still puts on her tree to this day),  salt dough ornaments, paper chains, and usually way too much tinsel.  It was beautiful.

We had tree decorating parties at my Grandma’s house.  We would all get together to decorate her tree and enjoy her homemade cookies, fudge, and eggnog.  My aunt and I would make Christmas crafts while listening to Christmas music and sipping hot cocoa (I think this is why she hates Alvin & The Chipmunks now!).   We’d watch Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty, Rudolph, The Grinch and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.  After Christmas Eve dinner, we would go for a ride and look at all the Christmas lights.

Christmas morning was always spent at my Grandmother’s house with my aunts and uncles.  The morning would start with a big bacon and egg breakfast and end with presents.  There were usually around 10 of us there, so the underneath of the tree was filled with gifts.  We also all each had a stocking filled by Santa.  The anticipation of those presents during breakfast was almost unbearable!

I was lucky as a child to have so much extended family around me.   We spent every Christmas when I was young with my Grandma (and Grandpa when he was alive), aunts and uncles.   I will cherish the memories of those big family Christmases forever.

Now that I have my own children, I try and make Christmas just as special for them.   We are creating new traditions, as well as mixing in some of the old.  As a child, Christmas was the one time I believed that anything was possible.  I want my children to believe that too, and hold onto that for as long as they can.

Christmas parade
Making gingerbread houses

The Polar Express
Tree decorating


North Pole breakfast- year 2
North Pole Breakfast- Year 1

Making Christmas cookies
A Frosty Fest


Fall Bucket List 2017

Truth be told, I wasn’t going to do a Fall bucket list this year.  Soccer dominates our lives on the weekends, and it’s already October.  I really wasn’t sure what I would be able to fit in.  But the more I thought about it, I decided I need to MAKE time for fun fall activities.  I mean, it is my favorite season after all!   And so the Fall Bucket List 2017 was created!

1-  Haunted Hayride:  We didn’t fit this in last year so I’m really hoping we can do one this year!  They are so much fun!
2-  Apple Picking:  Fingers crossed.  Apparently the apples here are ripening quicker than usual thanks to the HEAT WAVE we had in September.  I’m not sure if we’ll be able to get to the orchard before all the good apples are gone but we’ll try!
3-  Make apple crisp:  Oh yeah, this is definite!
4-  Go to a pumpkin patch:  Fingers crossed on this one too!  But I think we can fit it in!
5-  Carve pumpkins:  Put this is the DEFINITELY column!
6-  Do a Halloween craft:  Anyone have a good one??
7-  Halloween movie night:  Yes!  Yes!  Yes!  Complete with Halloween inspired snacks too!
8-  Trip to Salem, MA:  This has been booked for months!  I am sooo excited!  I’ve always wanted to go to Salem and being able to go during October is going to be awesome!
9-  Weekend away with the hubs:  Coming up this weekend!!  We are headed to the Finger Lakes.  More to come in a future blog post!
10-  Day in VT leaf peeping:  Definitely on the “maybe” list.  Not sure if there will be time but I really want to!  The leaves are always gorgeous in VT!
11-  Attend a fall festival:  If I can locate a local one, I think I can make it happen!
12-  Go trick or treating:  Definitely!  My favorite part of Halloween!

What’s on your list???

All Fall!

I’m so excited to link up with the Blended Blog for some fall fun!!  This is my absolute FAVORITE time of year!  And at the end of the post, I’m sharing some of my favorite fall pics from days past!

TBB Asks….

1. Favorite Fall Sweet Treat?   Apple crisp and pumpkin cheescake
2.  Red, Yellow, or Green Apples?  Red
3.  Favorite Fall Sport to Play?  Soccer, of course!
4.  Best Drink for Fall?  Cider!  And Apple Cider Sangria!  Yummmm
5.  Favorite Fall Activity?  Apple picking, leaf peeping, haunted hayrides!  I can’t choose just 1!
6.  Must have Fall Purchase?  Scarves and boots!
7.  Pumpkins:  Pick your own or store bought?  Pick your own
8.  Real or Fake Pumpkins?  Real outside, fake inside
9.  Favorite Halloween Costume?  Hmmm.  I’m gonna go with the classic witch
10.  College football or NFL?  Ummm… none.  Sorry y’all, I don’t watch football! Well, maybe the Superbowl.
11.  Fall or Halloween Decor?  Both!
12.  Raking Leaves or no Leaves for Raking?  We have leaves, but my husband usually shreds them with the lawnmower
13.  Favorite Soup?  Broccoli cheddar or French Onion
14.  Favorite Fall Candle Scent?  Macintosh Apple!  Followed by pumpkin spice.
15.  Love or Hate Pumpkin Spice?  See above 🙂
16.  Short Booties or Tall Boots?  Both
17.  Favorite Halloween Candy?  Kit Kat, Reeses, Take 5
18.  PSL- Yes or No?  Well, maybe once a season.  It’s a little too sweet.
19.  Hayride or Corn Maze?  Hayride!  Preferably a haunted one!
20.  Favorite Fall TV show?  WALKING DEAD!!!!!!

Me & baby Nick. I was so young! And thin!


Nick’s first apple picking trip 


Nickolas the crayon. I miss those days!
Alec’s first apple picking trip
Wow, the hubs was young once too!
Brew fest at Stratton Mt. Vermont