Friday, December 22, 2017

December JOY

Happy Friday!!  This month has zoomed by so quickly.  We've packed in loads of fun with minimal germs so I'm calling that a big win!!  Hope you have had a nice week.

This will be my last post of the year so I've got lots of good things to share with you!!  I'm going on Christmas Break next week.  Kevin's off for the semester and we're going to just enjoy doing things together as a family.  Hope you enjoy your Christmas holiday, too.  Look forward to seeing you back here in 2018 with lots of new content!!

I tried out this hair style from Kate at The Small Things Blog and it was so cute!  It was really quick and lasted all day.  This will definitely be on repeat

We've all been wearing our Christmas aprons and having lots of fun baking/treat making!

I found these darling melamine tree plates for the kids at Target this year.  I switched out our regular dishes for Christmas dishes so it was fun to find a nonbreakable option for the kids.  I usually pick up a new set of Pottery Barn Kids Christmas dishes, but I didn't love their selection this year.

Olive really enjoys these building classes.  She learns to build something new and then comes home to build it again and again with our Duplos.

My MIL got us a Christmas train this year and the kids are loving it!  It's really cute.  I just wish it came with someone who'd put it back on the track again and again after the kids knock it off.

I finally finished Christmas shopping midweek this week.  I am usually done by early December.  Now I need to get busy and WRAP.  Kevin was sure this giant bear would make a fun gift.

We've stayed at home a lot this week because Olive is on Christmas break.  Plus, lots of our friends have been sick.  So staying home meant we stayed germ free :)  Slow mornings watching Christmas movies have been so much fun.

This has been my go to outfit this month - vest, flannel, skinny jeans and booties.

We road tripped to see some friends for Christmas this week.  It was a lot of fun.  The kids both napped on the way there so Kevin and I got a couple of hours of quiet time in the car.  Car dates for the win :)

We went to a cute birthday party.  Olive had fun with her friends and I got to visit with mine.  Aren't these cookies amazing!?!  They're from a local lady so I'm keeping her in mind when my kid's birthdays roll around this Spring.

Fletcher is talking a ton and learning new words every day.  Olive loves teaching him new words.

When I find these two cuties hanging out in the cozy corner reading, it warms my heart!!

We have been watching Frozen a lot lately.  Olive is very into dressing up as Ana or Elsa and acting out as much as she can.  It's adorable and Fletcher tries his best to join in.  Let It Go is their favorite duet.  4 year olds are the cutest!  Olive is requesting Elsa braids, costumes and all the sing alongs.  We're going to a Frozen party tomorrow and Olive is losing sleep she's so excited :)

This guy started hanging around our house about the same time we moved in.  He looked like a rough alley cat hence the name Scrappy.  I started feeding him and he's made a complete turn around.  He looks so fat and happy :)  I contemplated changing his name to Garfield and feeding him lasagna.  I caught him lounging on our deck this week.

Shhhhhhhh Don't tell Olive!  I finished her doll house.  It's a fun Christmas surprise for her!  Can't wait to see what she thinks of it.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  The inside is painted pinks, purples and I think she's going to LOVE it!

Earlier this week on Polka-Dotty Place:

MONDAY: Christmas Cookies
TUESDAY: Christmas Footprints
WEDNESDAY: Living that Vest Life
THURSDAY: Last Minute Christmas

Linking up with Beth for her JOY linkup


  1. Merry Christmas to y'all! I love the "Frozen" live show! Although it's not my favorite, that movie will always be close to my heart since that is the movie Trey & I saw on our first date! Peyton used to ask me for Elsa braids too. I can only braid regular, no French braids for me. She has shorter hair now, and she'll still ask me to braid it for her. I love how the dollhouse turned out. Olive will love it for sure. :)

  2. Merry Christmas! What a special week! Olive is going to adore that doll house - you'll have to post pics of her reaction. So sweet you've been caring for that kitty!

  3. I am loving your favorite outfit. You are looking so good friend. That hairstyle is AMAZING! I am going to have to give it a try.... but I have zero confidence in my ability to pull it off.

  4. The dollhouse is so pretty! She's going to love it!

  5. I am blow away by the work you've put into the doll house for Olive. She is going to cherish that gift.
    Hope you all have a fantastic Christmas! Enjoy the holiday friend!

  6. That dollhouse is amazing...what a special gift. Merry Christmas to your sweet family.

  7. I loved seeing all the fun things you're enjoying this month! Obviously, I love that you're feeding a stray cat...they seem to know where the kindred spirit cat ladies are, don't they? :) You did an amazing job on the dollhouse - that will be so fun for Olive to grow up with! I catch myself dancing and singing along with White Christmas, so I would be right there with Olive and Fletcher on Let it Go! :) Your mantle looks really pretty in that picture, btw!

    Merry Christmas!!


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