ORNAMENTS WITH GRACE

Easy DIY ornaments

If you’ve followed along our IG stories, you know that Grace is a natural in front of the camera.  She’s often hosting her own “cooking show” and says things like “this cider has apple components and sparkly flavors”  Honestly, I don’t know how she comes up with these things but she loves it and I love encouraging her to be fearless and to just go for it!

Last week, we were talking about what kind of ornaments we wanted for our Christmas tree and Grace suggested we make our own! So, we went down to our local craft store and picked up materials for these Easy DIY ornaments!
Easy DIY ornaments

 

//Materials 

Clear plastic globes

Lightweight shimmer or glitter

 

//Instructions

Sprinkle some of the glitter into the globe, make sure not to overfill it, hook the top back on and give it a shake!

Super easy.

We’re hoping to get our tree up first thing in our NE home and I’m pretty sure these snow globes will make their appearance.  Until then, all of our Christmas stuff is in boxes and we are living vicariously through my friends on IG and facebook!

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

She managed to get sparkles all over the floor and table and let me tell you, my floors never looked so pretty!

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

Easy DIY ornaments

Sources: Grace’s hair bow // Grace’s shirt  // Plant 

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THANKSGIVING 2016

​​I hope you guys had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are elbows deep in Christmas decorations! Today we’re Disney World bound with a full minivan and super excited kiddos. Follow along on our IG stories to see Disney world decorated in all of it’s Christmas glory! 

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We had the best time last week,  celebrating thanksgiving and kicking off the Christmas season. Grace helped me cook a couple of side dishes and Alex got back from Nebraska just in time for the holiday. 

We also spent the afternoon decorating for Christmas at Alex’s parents house and enjoying a Cuban feast. 

​​So much to be thankful for this year. We can’t even begin to put it into words. We had a baby, we’re getting relocated, we renovated our current home and I quit my job and became a stay at home mom! 

So excited about celebrating and enjoying what’s left of the year! 

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THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS

give thanks

A few Thanksgiving thoughts:

  • We’re just coming out of a 17 day stretch with Alex being gone and the kids and I cranking it out at home. They were tough days. Long days. Some days ended with wine and tears and some with laughter and pillow fights.  I wish I could say it’s over but it’s only a matter of time before he ships off again. Today I’m thanking God for these past 17 days.  We made it.
  • My parents spent a lot of time here with me.  They have always been my constant. It doesn’t matter where we are in life, they always come to the rescue and this time around they didn’t disappoint.  As soon as they heard that Alex was going to be gone for an extended time, they moved right into our third bedroom.  I wonder what life will be like without them near to us.  I’m not looking forward to finding myself in need of them and knowing that for the first time ever, they won’t be there.
  • Emory is not sleeping through the night.  I tried forcing her a couple of nights ago and it ended up with a puke fest that quickly turned into me saying “that’s it, you’re sleeping next to me until you’re 15!”  She’s such a good girl and she’s our last so part of me wants to hold on to the dependency aspect of our relationship a little longer than I did with the older two. I’m pretty sure she’ll be the child who has to sleep train me!
  • Our Nebraska home is almost ready for us.  I can’t believe we’ll get to live in such a beautiful place.  I shared a bedroom with my three brothers until I turned 15.  It’s such a surreal feeling to be able to provide for your kids things that we never had or dreamt of growing up, like their own room!
  •  I’ve been binge watching the hallmark channel (online because we don’t have cable) and my Christmas spirit is bursting within me.  We arrive at NE on the 7th of Dec but our things to get up there until the 15th giving us only 10 days of Christmas.
  • I’m pretty sure I tore some sort of ligament or tendon in my ankle.  I injured it about three months ago and I can’t seem to shake the pain away.  I’ve never feared seeing a Dr. before because I know the diagnosis is going to make me rest and this is not a season for rest. Maybe it’ll be forced rest. Maybe it’s for the best.
  • We’re going to my in laws home for Thanksgiving.  I’m in charge of a dessert and drinks.  I’ll be poaching some pears and making sangria! We requested cuban food for Thanksgiving because we have no idea when we’ll get to have real Cuban food again so we’ll indulge in our ultimate comfort food.
  • Thinking about this verse. Give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you… this season we’re in, our health struggles, our parenting, our new Nebraska chapter, these are all things that He willed for us.  These are things that our in our lives for a purpose and we are to give thanks in all of these circumstances. So humbling. Also, so much peace comes from knowing that He is sovereign and has plans to prosper and not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 9:11) I am so thankful for that.  For His will and for His plan.

I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving!

 

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