Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Christmas is a couple days away now and as I've gone through Facebook, Instagram, etc over the last couple weeks I've found myself thinking about what traditions we will start/have for our little one.  I've had a board on Pinterest for awhile now titled Husband. Wife. Family. Traditions because I think traditions are important especially around the holidays.  However, I don't think we need to be so stuck in a box and some years it will be ok if we end up straying from the norm.

As a married couple Jarad and I already have a couple traditions.  The weekend before Christmas we travel to a friend's Grandparent's lake house in Orange, Texas.  We hang out, eat, shoot skeet, be merry, etc and sometimes the girls slip away to the next town over in Louisiana to get nachos and gamble a $20 bill away.   We call this tradition "Misfit Christmas" and anybody is welcome to attend if they are free.  Most people aren't free because they have family events and such to attend to and hence the name Misfit Christmas.  We love this tradition and look forward to it every year.

The other tradition Jarad and I have is Christmas day we go and see a movie in the afternoon and then I cook steak and scallops for dinner.  I typically try different methods of preparing the scallops but I think this year just some good ol' seared scallops sound perfect.  Why mess up a good thing?  And our steaks are from a Rodeo Champion steer that Jarad was gifted from work.  I have shrimp in the freezer already so Twice baked shrimp stuffed potatoes are also on the menu.  It's a Paula Deen recipe and so you know it's good.  We had those a couple years back.

These traditions hopefully will continue even with Peyton in the mix but I can't wait to add some additional ones.  What will our Christmas Eve look like?  Christmas morning tradition?  The weeks leading up to Christmas?  Will we go see the lights at Santa's Wonderland in College Station every year?  Where will we take her to see Santa each year?  Will we pick out an ornament as a family each year to add to our tree?  It makes me smile and my heart very happy to think about what things will be like.  I can hardly wait but as Jarad said yesterday "It's just you and me, our miniature family for now."  So we will continue to enjoy this last holiday season as just the two of us.

What are some things you look forward to during the holidays?  Do you have traditions or do you like to change it up every year?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

His and Hers

The seating in the living room...well most of our rooms was limited.  We have a couch and a giant bean bag.  I've never been a fan of the bean bag but Jarad loves it and so does Petey. 

Jarad had also wanted a recliner for the living room but he was not going to part with the bean bag.  For awhile I thought we would have to move the bean bag to another room but where? or heaven forbid get rid of it.  But I knew a recliner in the living room would come in handy when the baby arrives.  So for the last couple of months, I've been working on Jarad with the plan of adding a recliner which wasn't the issue.  The issue was getting rid of the bean bag.  It wasn't going very smoothly and I wasn't sure I was going to able convince him.  But last week I started rearranging the furniture in my head and I figured out a plan that would allow us to have both a recliner and a bean bag. 

After I let him in on my idea he suggested we go look at recliners Saturday and well we purchased a recliner on Sunday.  Jarad picked it up yesterday and I sat in it all evening yesterday.

It's really his recliner because I picked out a lovely glider for the nursery that he wasn't a fan of but I think is perfect for rocking the baby and to use while breastfeeding.

The two chairs definitely look like his and hers versions and are going to come in super handy once the baby arrives.  Recliner mission completed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pete and Peyt

I've read several articles about helping a pet transition to having a little one in the house.  It's something we are going to have to work on.  Right now Petey gets all our attention when ever he wants.  He has horrible separation anxiety and you better pet him when he nudges your hand.  And don't stop till he says you can.   You better make sure his food and water are full or you will find the bowls all over the kitchen when you come home.

If he wants on my lap, I allow him.  He can even use the tv tray as a headrest. 

But he's just the cutest.  Maybe as cute as his cousin Harper....

I had gotten some baby clothes that I was going through and he just was having it. 

Having a baby in the house is going to be a huge change for us all and especially Petey.  We will have a lot to figure out with both of them but I can't help but think that Petey will be the best big brother. Yea I'm turning into that mom and human mom and there is no difference between the two...for now.

Monday, December 15, 2014


Sometimes I feel like the whole 9 months of pregnancy is a test or foreshadowing of what's to come with a baby.  Except I really don't know what's to come and that's frightening in and of itself.  We were suppose to have our childbirth preparation class on Saturday.  It had been scheduled for a couple months.  We had to be up early to get their by 8:30.  We get there on time and by 8:50 when the security guard and hospital police officer said it was very unusual for the lady not to have been there by 7:45 we knew we had been stood up.  Now we had the rest of the day until a Holiday cookie party that night with nothing planned.  And Jarad was like....

I like plans.  I try not to get bent out of shape when things don't go as planned but it kind of just throws me off.  As we drove away from the hospital Jarad asked me if I was sad.  I wasn't sad I was disappointed, aggravated and frustrated.  If you say you are going to do something, do it or call and let me know.  I know there will be tons of surprises that come along with parenthood and I'm trying...learning to go with the flow a little more.

and later Jarad practiced holding a baby
and playing the part of Santa....vacation Santa that is



Monday, December 8, 2014

The Holidays are underway

I knew I hadn't posted in a little while but I didn't realize it had been that long.  oops  The holidays are in full swing.  Thanksgiving was more of a Friendsgiving.  If we don't go camping in the frigid cold..ok we only did that last year... we go to our friends' place.  It's a great mix of friends and family for them.  I made a recipe from Plain Chicken, Bubble Up Pecan Pie.  I added dark chocolate chunks because everything is better with chocolate.  The only thing I regret this Thanksgiving was not having another piece of this.

On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Natalie, Drew and I travelled north for the day.  We visited our aunt, uncle, cousin and his family.  I got to snuggle with a cute little boy.  I have to get my practice in where I can.

Then a stomach bug hit our house this past Thursday.  Jarad got it first and then Friday late afternoon it hit me.  I felt like crap all weekend but tried to make the best of it.  We don't have many weekends of just us and easily going and doing things.  So I rested up Saturday the best I could between a few errands and then got myself ready for a friends' annual Ugly Sweater Christmas party.  I ended up having a good time but getting home at 2am was too much.  And the heartburn till 3am didn't help. Jarad says I do too much and don't rest enough.  hmmmm maybe I'll start and see how that works out for the household.


Christmas decorations went up last week.  Everything is pretty much the same set up with the exception of a few additions.  Jarad and I picked out a stocking for Peyton on Saturday as part of our errands.  Pretty sure we got one of the biggest available at Hobby Lobby but why not?!?!

She also has a few ornaments from GiGi on the tree already.  We got the cute stocking one at a store called The Round Top Collection.  I loved seeing all their Christmas stuff and can't wait to see what they have for the rest of the year.

Three years ago I also started getting a nutcracker every year.  This year we added a cowboy one.

We have a few more things planned for the holidays but I am also going to try to slow down a bit...maybe.