Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa, Take 2!

On the eighteenth day of Christmas...

I'm alive! I'm alive! I actually got out and Christmas shopped and everything this morning. Maybe I shouldn't have been operating heavy machinery and I can't be responsible for anything that came out of my mouth (ever have moments where you KNOW you talked to people but cannot remember what you said?!?), but I'm back in the land of the living. SO sore from all the coughing. James is still well...keep the prayers coming for him!

Yesterday at school, the boys had a very special visitor! SANTA! I asked James what he told Santa he wanted (NOT the front wheel of a tricycle this time, RIGHT?!) and he said he asked for a four wheeler. Will said he didn't ask for anything. Par for the course. He's told me NUMEROUS times this year that he doesn't want anything. {I'll share more about the four wheeler that James wants another time. There's a story there.} As a side note, James is WAY TOO LOGICAL for all of this Santa business. We've told him (because he's noticed that they're different) that Santa has helpers because it's his busy season. He asked me today if we'll be seeing the REAL Santa tonight (Santa, Take 3!). I told him that I thought it might be. He said the one from school wasn't the real Santa...because he wasn't wearing glasses. He notices everything.



Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Card

On the seventeenth day of Christmas...

I'm working backwards today to fill in the blanks from the gap where we've been sick so read below to see what else is new...

For six years I've linked up with Faith's Christmas Card Carousel. I LOVE Christmas Cards. I stress way, way, way too much when it comes to finding ours each year and I stalk the mailbox each day when it's Christmas card season!

I LOVE how ours turned out this year. I took the boys to my cousin's for professional pictures. It was an indoor session with a backdrop which I typically don't love, but I LOVE these. It's the first year Eddie and I haven't been in the picture, too, but I was perfectly okay with that!



Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wrapping Night!

On the sixteenth day of Christmas...

I like to wrap a bunch of gifts all at once instead of wrapping them along the way. Typically, I turn on a Christmas movie while the boys are at school and get some knocked out, but this past Saturday night while the boys were at a live nativity with Grandmama and Kelly and Eddie was laid up on the sofa, I got some of my wrapping done. I watched 12 Dates of Christmas, which is one of my favorite cheesy ABC Family Christmas movies {Zack Morris!}

I found the BEST wrapping paper at TJ Maxx this year and grabbed EIGHT rolls of paper. It had been a while since I'd bought wrapping paper for Christmas so it was time!



*** I'm publishing a TON of posts today to make up for the gap in our 25 days of Christmas so keep scrolling! ***

Friday, December 12, 2014

Let's see...Have a Jammin' Christmas.

On the....twelfth? I think? day of Christmas...

So the nastiness that plagued Eddie most of Saturday, ALLLLL of Sunday, and into Monday has made it's way into my body. Y'all pray for our children. Eddie went to work Monday because he had a meeting and a deadline. He said he felt TERRIBLE during his meeting Monday morning and had to excuse himself a few times because he got hot, but he made it the whole day.

I woke up coughing on Monday but got a TON done while the boys were at school that morning. When I picked them up I started feeling kind of yucky...and started feeling yuckier...and yuckier. I finally texted Eddie at 5:15 with a white flag in the air after I'd CRIED when Will wouldn't stop flip flopping on my body in the recliner. Ouch. I spent almost all of Tuesday in the bed. I got up at 9 when Eddie took the boys to school, got up again at 1 when he came home to check on me, and moved to the sofa around 4. I stayed there until I went to bed at 11:30. I probably slept 6-8 hours yesterday. I feel TONS better today but I still have a head full of crud and I am SO sore. I've been awake since 8:30 and I think I might take a shower and put on REAL clothes in a bit!

So that's where we've been. I've back-dated this so that it LOOKS like the 12th, but I'm writing it in bed on the 17th.

I don't think I popped in and bothered you all about Jamberry much when I was in the MAD RUSH that is Christmas, but I'm going to share about it now since I've got NADA and I'd love to catch up.

(Let me just toot Jamberry's horn here and say I am sick in the bed and it is NO big deal. No one to call in and check with, no one needed to take my place, and I can still work if I want to!)

First, we have gift cards!!!! If you need a last minute gift they are delivered directly to your email inbox and until the 24th you'll get a bonus 10% delivered to you in a second gift card. If you order a $25 gift card you'll receive that plus another $2.50 in a second gift card. Let me know if you need help. You can order them through my website - laurenfresh.jamberrynails.net.

Second, December's Sister's Style Exclusive is BEAUTIFUL. It's called First Frost and it's on its way to my house. I cannot wait to get it. It's glittery and beautiful.




Third, if you host a $250 party in January you could earn our fun January hostess exclusive. Hosting is EASY. If you're not nearby, I'll create an event for you on Facebook. You invite your closest friends and I share all about Jamberry, play some games, and give away some prizes. It's a good time!


Thanks for listening to this! I'll be updating more for our 25 Days of Christmas the next few days now that I've returned to the land of the living so check back!


'Tis the Season?

On the...wait, what day is it?!?

We interrupt this 25 days of Christmas countdown because we have had all KINDS of germs in our house this week and I'm BEHIND. I had a whole list of things to do this week...and then Will was sick last Saturday-Tuesday and that threw me for a loop. We rallied and the week was going better and then Eddie got sick on Saturday. And he never gets sick, but when he does he is SICK. I seriously, SERIOUSLY think he has the flu, but he wouldn't go to the doctor so we don't know. Unless one of the rest of us comes down with it and gets tested (and let's face it - the chances are HIGH), we'll never know. I've been playing single parent for two days and I got in bed with Will tonight and almost cried I was so tired and frustrated. He wrapped his little arms around me and patted my hair and sang to me. SO SWEET. But I was still frustrated. HA! Fingers crossed we can backtrack a little bit. Y'all pray for us. We have Polar Express tickets for Thursday and that's the last thing I want to miss. We look forward to that. Everything else can be postponed or moved, but not that. :/ 

*** Originally posted on December 14th ***

Thursday, December 11, 2014

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

On the eleventh day of Christmas...

We've been working hard in the nursery to get all of our projects completed for Christmas. :) Believe it or not, we had several. This is our gift to our mamas and daddies. I hope they love it!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt

On the tenth day of Christmas...

Tonight was our annual Christmas lights scavenger hunt. I've had SO many people ask me what in the world that is. I come up with a list each year of different lights we look for - snowman, 3 animals in one yard, blinking lights, music with lights, etc. - and we start out looking for all of those things. Tonight we added in jammies and hot chocolate for our trip. 

James and Will spent the afternoon with Grandmama while I was at my teacher Christmas party so they were ex.haus.ted. This was Will at 4:30 this afternoon: 


So he was a FABULOUS little one to eat supper with. I thought our night might not happen...but he rallied at the idea of HOT CHOCOLATE!


I told Eddie while we were driving around that this is the FIFTH year we've been doing this. Five years ago we weren't marking off a list, but we were trying to get this cranky little thing to realize that SLEEP IS GOOD.


It works like a charm with him:


But not his brother who isn't EVER interested in falling asleep in the car:


We marked almost everything off our list tonight and had a great time listening to the Home Alone soundtrack. It was a fun night!




Tuesday, December 9, 2014

25 Days of Christmas Movies...

On the ninth day of Christmas...

I've already expressed my love for the Christmas book, but I have another love - the Christmas movie. We have LOTS that we keep on constant rotation on the holidays. A few are the usual suspects and there are some that are harder to find. We love them all! 


1. Christmas Vacation - This is Eddie's favorite and typically the first of the season. I can usually squeeze this one in before Thanksgiving because Eddie likes it so much and, for me, that opens the door to ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS.
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas - I watched this one as a kid and James LOVES it.
3. Home Alone - Eddie HAAAAATES this one. I grew up on it. James loves it. We watch without Eddie. :) (He haaaaates that the parents are so terrible.)
4. Santa Clause - One of my VERY favorites. I love it! 
5. Christmas Carol - This isn't one of my favorites, but it's essential at Christmastime.
6. Santa's Surprise - This was a family favorite when I was a kid. John had it on VHS and wore. it. out. I found it on DVD a few years ago and we've watched it since.
7. White Christmas - This is one I get to watch all by myself...
8. It's a Wonderful Life - As is this. :)
9. The Polar Express - This one is great for ALL children. It's a sweet story and James LOVES it. It's a little slow to me, but he sits and watches all of it.
10. Miracle on 34th Street (original) - Another one I get to watch alone!
11. Miracle on 34th Street (90s remake) - I need to introduce the boys to this one this year!
12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - The animated version is my FAVORITE. James and Will LOVE IT.
13. The Grinch - 
14. The Holiday
15. Elf
16. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
17. Home Alone II
18. Santa Clause 2
19. Santa Clause 3
20. Mickey's Christmas Carol
21. The Muppet Christmas Carol
22. All I Want for Christmas
23. I'll be Home for Christmas
24. 12 Dates of Christmas
25. A Christmas Story

What do you love that I left off?