Friday, December 19, 2014


Lots of good stories for you this week...

// I confess that I somehow lost a set of keys last week.  I have never lost keys in my life and they mysterious jumped off my key hook during the week.  Too bad I love getting my mail every day so I guess my punishment was no mail checking since Saturday.  I may or may not have stalked our postman and sweet talked him into handing me my mail.  I also may or may not have blamed my missing keys on Olive since she came out to get the mail with me.  Good thing she can't talk because I'm pretty sure she had nothing to do with my missing keys!

// I get annoyed when people refer to Olive has HE.  She wears a bow or girly outfit 99.9% of the time so usually it's not an issue.  With all of our hospital visits lately and Olive wearing a hospital gown, she got called a boy a few times.  I found myself quickly clarifying with things like, "Yes, SHE is doing great." or "SHE loves to twirl and rarely sits still."  We were also checking out after an appointment and the receptionist said Olive was pretty and that she thought she'd be a boy based on her name.  I had no words, but apparently Olive is a boy name to her??

// I got a phone call this week and the person said, "Can I please speak to Olive?"  I busted out laughing because it caught me so off guard.  It was a nurse from the burn center and she must have quickly looked back at her chart because she followed it up with, "Actually can I talk to the parents of Olive?"  It still makes me laugh to think of handing Olive the phone to chat.

// I was unpacking Christmas decorations and emptied out a box.  I found a brand new pair of earrings in the bottom of the box.  They've been missing for about 4 years.  I got them for Christmas, thought they got thrown away, dug through a million trash bags and must have accidentally stuck them in with my new Christmas decoration.  It went to storage for the last few years and now I have a new pair of pearls to wear for the holidays!  Hooray!!

// We have a sweet neighbor that likes to invite Olive and I over to see her.  Her house is full of dainty, fragile, museum worthy pieces so I watch Olive like a hawk.  She also has decorative tassels on her lamps, curtains and furniture knobs.  Olive (the tornado) likes to touch the tassels and I don't really worry about that.  We were sitting on her couch and Olive decides to flip open her coffee table book.  That would have been fine except for that fact that there was a ceramic bird sculpture sitting on top of the book.  In the blink of an eye Olive whips open the book and send the bird flying.  The sculpture snaps in half and I want to die right there.  I scoop up Olive and say it's time to leave.  I apologize profusely and can feel my face getting red.  She assures us superglue will fix it and it was no big deal.  I still felt bad, until she invited us back over the very next day.

//  I'm not the kind of shopper who walks up and starts talking to a stranger.  I smile, talk to babies and am a pleasant shopper, but I rarely strike up a conversation with a someone I don't know.  I parked next to this lady and her cute son at Target yesterday, we walked in together and continued to bump into each other inside the store.  I checked out and headed to the car.  While I was loading I see that she's also loading up her car.  I MAKE myself be brave and go talk to her.  I told her that we recently moved to Mississippi and that I was looking for for fun story time or play group opportunities nearby and tried very hard to not seem like some weirdo :).  She suggests a few options  nearby that she loves and said she usually goes so she'll look for me next time.  She didn't seem to think I was crazy and she gave me some great suggestions.  This is probably a sign that I should stop and talk to more people to build my little community in Jackson.  Message heard loud and clear.

// Kevin was meeting with his supervisor and they were discussing a patient.  Kevin described her as "hot and bothered" and his supervisor was shocked/burst out laughing.  He was surprised that she reacted so strongly so he reworded and said, "You know like when someone is all worked up."  She told him that's not what she thought hot and bothered meant so they both had a good laugh.  Once again, my hubby should probably avoid using all idioms.

Linking up with ConfessionsFriday

The Highlights

I cannot believe that Christmas is NEXT week!!  I found myself wishing there were still a few weeks until Christmas so we could enjoy the treats, carols, lights and gatherings with family and friends just a little longer.  Alas, I have no clue how to slow down time so I'm just going to try to slow down my schedule a bit for the coming week and enjoy e.v.e.r.y. moment.

The best parts of my week were...

1. I got all of our presents wrapped and ready to give.  I LOVED the way our foot print Christmas tree gift tags looked on each gift.  I hope everyone loves them as much as I do!!

2. Baking tons of treats and goodies with Olive.
She was eager to help and we had a great time together.
We did sugar cookies for our neighbors and gingerbread people just for fun.

3. I planned a little North Pole breakfast one morning.
My daughter clapped when she saw her plate.
I'll take that as the highest toddler compliment.

4. We did our Christmas early this year so we didn't have to haul gifts home.  It was simple and sweet and everyone LOVED their gifts!!

5. Lastly, and most importantly, Olive had a great visit with her Burn Center doctors this week.  Her hand is healing perfectly and she will NOT have to have any other procedures done!!!  The staff was so sweet to her and even wrapped up her bunny's hand to match hers.  It was adorable and meant a lot to me for them to go the extra mile with her.

I guest blogged over at Mississippi Women Bloggers this week

Hope you have a great weekend!!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cookie Decorating with Toddlers

I'd been wanting to make a gingerbread house with Olive all month long and I decided to do something about it yesterday.  I stirred up some gingerbread (I don't have a tasty recipe - Mine is solely for building and being HARD)  I posted a tutorial & my recipe last year along with some pretty precious baldy baby pictures :)

I was getting ready to start rolling out the dough for my house, when I realized that it would be much faster and just as fun to cut out gingerbread men & women to decorate.  Olive wouldn't know the difference and she'd have a blast with the icing and candy.  That's how the house idea got scrapped and we moved on to decorating gingerbread people.  

My friend Erin at Bambini Travel wrote about setting up an activity for her twins when they were napping and leaving it out as an invitation to them as when they woke up.  She let them find the activity on their own and then they got started when the kids discovered it.  I thought it was a great idea so I set up a little gingerbread invitation of my own for Olive to find when she got up from her nap.  I got all the supplies ready and was looking forward to Olive finding it.

 I rarely buy new candy for our gingerbread house.  I try to save candy from Halloween-Christmas and use that on the house.

Olive went straight for the candy and started counting it.  She knows ONE and TWO so her counting went something like this 1,2,1,2,2,1,1,2,2,2 :)

 Nerds were fun to shake, fun to sprinkle and even more fun to eat.

 She was all business with the butter knife.
I squirted some icing out in a mound for her to play with.

Olive played with the gingerbread set up for an hour
and was not thrilled at the hint of the words time to clean up.

 Our finished products :)

 Another day of making messes AND making memories together.

Christmas Tree Foot Prints

I try to make personalized gift tags for my family and friends each year and always enjoy putting them together.  Last year I did photo gift tags with a cute picture of Olive on them.

I wanted to be a little more crafty this year so I started thinking about hand print or foot print options.  I browsed pinterest a time or two and decided the foot print Christmas tree idea was my favorite.  I had 100% of the supplies in my craft closet so the DIY Gods must have approved of this project - haha!

Supplies you'll need:
blank gift tags
green paint
sponge brush
wet wipes
various paint colors
glitter glue pens
towel to put down on the floor

My toddler is 18 months old and never sits still so I have to be a little creative when I want foot prints.  I opted to put her in her high chair, feed her lunch with a side of PBS and start stamping while she was distracted.  It worked brilliantly!

I set all the supplies out ahead of time and got everything ready.

I stamped all of the tags at once and then let them dry for several hours.

 Once they had dried, I got busy decorating those trees.

 I let all the glitter glue and paint decorations dry over night.

The tags looked so cute!!
I was really happy with this simple DIY and I hope our family and friends are too!!
You've still got 7 days left until Christmas so give these a try!!