Monthly Archives: December 2015

Chicago Christmas Tradition

Before CJ and I were even married during the Holiday season we always went to Macy’s. They have a gorgeous tree in the Walnut Room and it’s fun to eat there to admire the tree a little longer. Then we would bundle up and check out the windows. For those who aren’t familiar, Macy’s always decorates the display windows and each year it is a different theme or story. This year was the different planets which Nola loved and if you know my husband that is right up his alley. Macy’s of course has Santa so we took the kids to see him there as well.

If you ever consider going, I would highly recommend going early in the morning. When we got in the line to see Santa I ran upstairs to get a pager for the Walnut Room and things timed out perfectly. Otherwise both Santa and the Walnut Room can have a long wait time if you go later in the day. We also went to Christkindlmarket at the Daly Plaza. If you want to see photos of our time there you can check it out HERE.

Here are photos of our time at Macy’s if you care to see:

DSC_0063 DSC_0016 in line to see santa DSC_0022 DSC_0035 DSC_0040 DSC_0043 ornament selfie DSC_0051 looking out the window in the walnut room DSC_0053 DSC_0061 family shot at the christimas tree Macys and for your viewing pleasure, us 8 years ago!!!! DSC_0069 checking out the windows

We had a really great time and hope to continue to go each year. Though I’m not going to lie, with school and just normal life, December’s really seem to get busy! I did my best to have my game face on that day, we mom’s have to do that sometimes, right? but I had a horrible headache which later resulted in a migraine which was no fun, but overall I still had a really great day and I think the kiddos did too.

Hope you are all starting to enjoy your Christmas break! We are over here!!

Friday Ramblings

Hey Guys! I hope you are all well. I’ve been looking forward to Christmas for awhile now, and weirdly after I got our Christmas cards sent it now seems like it’s taking forever to get here. I think it’s because it just seems like things are in limbo over here on our future (nothing bad don’t worry) and I feel like a new year is a fresh start and a good point to make new goals. Something I’m really looking forward to. But I don’t want that to cloud my feelings toward Christmas and I’m hoping to really focus on the real meaning of the Season.

Here’s some other random thoughts or what we’ve been up to:

– Jonas is teething so bad right now. He is rubbing his ears, drooling and biting fabric, bless his heart. Also very discerning when I’m feeding him, but he’s still doing ok with that so far…

– Recently we did a neighborhood crawl and it was a lot of fun. Each house did an appetizer of some sort, we did a chocolate bar and had so much fun doing it we did it again with my family the next night. We made Nola’s sweet tooth dreams come true.

– On the same note we made Christmas cookies this week. Since having kids I now bake and surprisingly I have come to realize that I actually don’t mind baking, but the clean-up is what I hate. After all the dishes of preparing meals 3 times a day (highchair’s kill me people) more dishes just put me over the edge. But we all prevailed and oddly Nola loves doing that stuff and has a long attention span on this activity.

– Cj’s aunt recommended the show A Chef’s Life on PBS and I love it! One day Nola watched an episode with me and we had so much fun! She’s just like me, whatever is on the episode we want to eat at that very moment. She promises me when she’s older she will make us good food. I just love that girl so much! CJ saw us watching the show and he said my dreams came true jokingly, but actually my dreams did come true with that girl (and that husband of mine and my sweet little boy).

– I decided that I was going to work on some new hand lettering techniques while addressing our Christmas cards and that set me back dayssss. It was truly ridiculous, but when I went back to my quick way of addressing the cards it looked so bad, so I would go back to the hard way.

IMG_9213 off-roading!!

IMG_9192 nola loves her cousin so much! IMG_9183 isn’t he just the sweetest little man??

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and are truly enjoying this Holiday season.

Santa Time

Hey guys! Hope you are all enjoying the Holiday Season! We just recently got back from visiting CJ’s family and had a really great time. The kids got spoiled with love and attention and we even got to see a movie!! When Thursday came it was ready, set, goooooo with a vengeance. Meetings, doctors appointments, grocery shopping, etc. But I have to say it’s good to be home and the kids sleep so much better.

We always have had Nola see Santa somewhere, we haven’t stuck to one place or another, but this year the kid’s got to see Santa at Macy’s. And it was fun because this year was Jonas’s first Santa visit! I can tell you that from all the Santa encounters our kids aren’t sold yet on the magical appeal of Santa. I don’t like seeing my kid’s cry, but with Santa that’s the exception, they crack me up. So enjoy!



we never thought easy going jonas would be upset, but we were wrong. and nola’s like what the world is going on guys? ha love this! (sorry this photo is so blurry, i need to take the time sometime to scan it in)


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