baby it's cold

Oh goodness I love January. And December. And February. And Spring and Fall are great too. Just don't talk to me about summer. Don't you dare. But maybe I'm okay with all of this cold weather stuff (unlike so many others) because I know what to do about it. Here is what you can do. In my humble opinion ... 

1. Take pictures. Taking pictures of anything automatically makes it 1,234 times better. Seriously. Try it. Your dog ate your couch? No biggie. Just take a picture. People will laugh with you. And cry with you. And then all will be good.

2. Grab all your blankets and throws and pillows and sprinkle them around your cold hardwood floors. It somehow makes it cozier. And messier. And just more fun. 

3. Drink an absurd amount of coffee and tea. All day long. And hot chocolate with extra marshmallows.

4. Redecorate. Redecorate. Redecorate. And maybe even organize your spice cupboard. Things are gettin' crazy up in here. 

5. Make grilled cheese. With extra cheese for the kid. And extra extra cheese for you.

6. Wear slippers.

7. Give your dog a large window to look out of so that he can stalk squirrels. And bark at the mailman.

8. Let your kids make messes.

9. Chase the sunlight.

10. Play "this little piggy" 118 times. And savor those sweet little giggles.

Enjoy this beautiful, cold season.
It only comes around once a year. :)


sherm and zeus

It is currently 14 degrees outside. So yes, these pictures are a few months old. And 14 is warm if we are comparing it to yesterday. Which we are. I love this weather, don't get me wrong. But for those of you who don't ... here are a few pictures of green grass and bare baby feet (and dogs, of course) to help get you through this chilly week. Sherman recently gained a new first cousin named Zeus and boy are we obsessed. The only thing cuter than a chocolate lab might be a yellow lab. Or a black lab. Okay, so I love labs. And puppy labs?! Oh, my puppy ovaries! Give me one noooooow.
Look at that smile.
Best cousin friends forever.


see ya next year

Way too many people have tricked me lately by saying "I'll see you next year" or "I'll get that done for you next year" ... and I just stand there staring at them like "Huh?? What exactly do you mean you won't get it done until next year?? Next YEAR??" But then it eventually registers- that December is almost over, that 2014 will soon be 2015. And I smile and laugh and act like I got it all along. And yes, this happens to me every year. It takes me a while.

So this is us signing off until next year.
And depending on how our current kitchen remodel (Part 3) goes, it could be us signing off for a few weeks. Tonight Dan and I will be sipping champagne while removing blue floral contact paper with a heat gun. Okay, okay, so I will more than likely be snuggled up on the couch with a good book while Dan works on the kitchen. But either way, I know you're jealous. ;)

Happy New Year!
May 2015 be your best year yet.

that's a wrap

Thanks, 2014.
You were one of my favorites.


christmas morning

It was a slow and simple Christmas morning for us over here. Porter decided to wake up earlier than usual, but I don't blame him one bit. I mean, it's Christmas!!!! I think I even let out a little squeal when I first opened my eyes around 6am and could have possibly been the cause of his waking. I get a little excited on Christmas. But once we were up, we took it slow. We drank our coffee slow and ate our breakfast slow. Porter opened a couple of small gifts and we pretended like one of them hadn't already been opened last week when he was teething and not napping and I accidentally gave him a present to keep him occupied (shhhh, don't tell). We read The Christmas Story nine times and snuggled under blankets while Sherman ran around with three tennis balls in his mouth (he is feeling much, much better). When Porter went down for his morning nap and Sherm's mouth was too tired to hold any more tennis balls, Dan and I turned up the Christmas tunes and retreated to the kitchen to start preparing a late brunch. I made cinnamon swirl bread (yes, I am taking a bow as I type this) and Dan made bacon and sausage quiche (he never bows, it's expected of him). Then we popped open a bottle of bubbly and waited for family to arrive. Our little home was quite the beautiful mess when it was all said and done. A beautiful mess indeed.

I hope you all had a speical Christmas with family and friends. 
It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. 
Now if it would just snow again. :)