Christmas in Kentucky

The day after Christmas, the kids and I went to Kentucky for about two weeks. I wanted to see my family and TJ was crazy busy with work and the CES show in Vegas. Now this is why it’s much better to blog as soon as something happens because I don’t remember exactly what we did. Thankfully, I did take lots of video and have compiled those.

Basically, we hung out with my sister’s family and parents, and just enjoyed being together pretending it was Christmas again. Finn wasn’t sleeping well for the first week though, teething and a bad cough, so that made me extra grumpy for the first few days. I’ll tell you what, I’m just the worst when I’m tired. I need sleep to be a good mom. Anyway, Finn finally started sleeping better and so we got into the swing of things and got to do a lot of fun outings. We went to the conservatory, a kid’s place called Otterville, the aquarium, Newport on the Levee, and the Cincinnati Children’s Museum (for free thanks to my Thanksgiving Point pass!). I got to see several movies while I was home too, which was a blast.

We had a great time and can’t believe it’s all over. It’s always sad to leave home because I never know when I’ll get to go back. Thank goodness for FaceTime, right?

Photos to come soon!

Christmas Day 2016

Christmas fell on a Sunday this year which I really enjoyed. Eva woke up around 8 and then we woke Finny Babe up and headed downstairs. Finn couldn’t stop saying, “Woah!” Which was the cutest thing ever and Eva was excited about all of her toys from Santa. It was such a precious morning together as our little family. We then got ready for church and headed over to TJ’s parents’ home for brunch, which I made a French toast casserole for. Church was a nice Christmas program filled with lots of music, but Finn was pretty noisy so I had to take him out for a lot of it, unfortunately. After church, we relaxed and played in the snow for a bit, then had dinner with TJ’s parents and sister’s family. We got to FaceTime with my family that afternoon and then we headed home around bedtime. Once the kids were in bed, TJ I finished up a few Christmas movies. It was a great day and I can’t believe it’s been more than a month since it all happened.

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve was pretty chill, which I loved. We woke up and had a little breakfast together, I got my workout in, then we headed to my in-laws for lunch and to open up the cousin presents. The kids were all so cute opening up their gifts, and couldn’t wait to play with everything. We played games and just relaxed that afternoon and then headed over to a Mexican Restaurant with some of TJ’s extended family for dinner. Finn was really tired for not getting a good nap in that day, so he was kind of a pain at dinnertime, but we still really enjoyed having a Mexican Christmas! Afterwards, we finished off the night decorating sugar cookies, singing carols, acting out the Nativity, and having a Christmas PJ fashion show over at TJ’s uncle’s house. It was quite the group and a lot of fun.

When we were back home late that night, we watched the classic It’s a Wonderful Life while TJ worked the night away on a drawing he was making for his parents. There’s something so magical about getting the stockings and presents all ready on Christmas Eve, along with leaving the cookies and reindeer food out for Santa. It’s definitely one of the best parts about being a parent!


The other night I was puzzling, my new-found hobby, and I realized I hadn’t blogged for a really long time! I still haven’t written about my trip to Kentucky, my dad visiting, anything about January, or even a reflection on 2016! So much journaling to do. I will start working on those posts soon! Just know we are doing well and that the break of posts has just been because we’ve been staying busy! Winter is surprisingly speeding by, we’ve had tons of snow and LOVE it, I’m in the middle of doing 21 day fix extreme again, we got a second car (!), and we are spending lots of time at home as a little family trying to be creative with our time!

New Year, New 21 Day Fix Group

I didn’t really run a group in December for 21 Day Fix because we didn’t have any newcomers and the holidays were busy, but we are back at it starting the 9th and I couldn’t be more excited for what the next round will bring! Personally, I’ll be doing 21 Day Fix Extreme workouts and sticking to a very strict meal plan, I’ve already started planning out my meals so I can see the greatest results! After all, abs are made in the kitchen. I realized I’ve been doing this for nearly 9 months and it’s exciting to see how far I’ve come, yet realize physical health is an ongoing and ever continuing process. Last year my goal was to lose 25 pounds, I lost about 33 (well 35, but Christmas goodies caught up to me!), and so this year I want to lose 10 pounds but really focus on toning my body. I don’t think I’ve ever considered myself “toned.” So, it’s a new goal for me completely! But I know 21 Day Fix can get me there! Message me for details, it really is more fun to do the accountability group with friends!

Here’s my very first video I made about my 21 Day Fix journey.