Sunday, December 21, 2014

lexington festivities!

last week, maddo-girl, my brother, my mom and i headed up to lexington for a little christmas trip to see our bettye-mom and partake in some faaavorite holiday festivities!

growing up, the holidays for my family always meant heading out of town, because neither of my parents were actually from nashville. so, we'd head up to lexington to spend christmas with my mom's side, or to pittsburgh to be with my dad's side, and that was pretty much ingrained in me as something that defined the holidays. the vibes, the smells, waking up christmas morning with family you don't get to see that often! that was totally christmas to me, and kind of still is... even though it's all been different for years now!

aaanyway, so! although our lexington visits these days look just a liiiiittle different than they once did [i mean, alzheimer's will change a thing or two...], i really love getting to venture up and see my bettye-mom, especially around christmas time. and it's been fun to roll with some newer traditions the past few years, too!


...liiiike stopping halfway through the drive to indulge in a little dairy queen...
[actually, that's kind of an old one for us. still love it!]


...and visiting with our bettye-mom as soon as we get there!
she was so happy to see us, and it's the sweetest thing to see her light up at maddalena.


...staying at our favorite little hotel. madd was aaaaaall about hotel life this time,
and i mean, i was like, weirdly tempted to just not leave for a while! it's cozy there! ;)



...seeing all the pretty lights out at the "tucky horse park!" as miss maddalena calls it...



...aaand checking out the rest of the merry festivities!
we're still nooot sure about getting too close to christmas characters, apparently... ;)
[and after a tearful frosty meet & greet, pursuit of a santa pic was officially abandoned!]



...but show the girl some fluffy animals, and she's all in! i was sooo proud of my festive little animal lover. one of the kangaroos even stole the glove right off of her tiny little hand, and i know it scared her! but she was such a good sport about it, bless her heart. she was totally crazy about those kangaroos [as was that other little boy, apparently, haha!], but then she went on to feed many a goat and sheep [because the 'roos weren't so into her carrots, sadly!]... and even when it got late enough that they were shutting the place down, she was kind of devastated about leaving.

ps. we did not ride any camels this year, but that little camel with the blue eyes!!! gosh, i wanted to bring him home with me!!! oh, and the alpaca with the bangs. ahhh. so cuddly!! i wanted him, too!


...and of course, letting maddalena carry on the tradition of jumping on hotel beds.
aaalways a classic! :)


Monday, December 15, 2014

gingerbread house!


...maddalena's first gingerbread house creation! isn't she cozy? i especially adore madd's flawlessly adorned christmas tree there on the right! [of course, she may have had a little help with most of the house, and it may have taken all my willpower to let go of most of my control issues, ha!]

aaaand now, after cookie making, a variety of shared holiday treats making their way into our bellies, and a little someone eating icing straight from the tube [and loving it!], i think we're officially sugar-ed out for the year 2014! although i'm having a hard time convincing my newest little sugarholic that we should maybe go easy on the sweets... but hey, christmas isn't even here yet, sooo that sounds to me like a problem for 2015! ;)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

holly jolly! [and chilly willy!]


so, hey! guess what? it's cooold! and the outdoors... man, are they dreary! so, i've been trying to keep it nice and cheery around our little housey here, you know, to keep spirits up and sparkly as we attempt to wrap up our christmas shoppings and get excited for ole santy claus to come! and though this chilly drear is not helping a darn thing [we are seriously susceptible to some seasonal affective disorder around here!! i mean, even the fluffies are feelin' it!], it's safe to say that jump-starting our days with a round of charlie brown christmas on vinyl and a good, heaping pour of chocolate milk in my coffee is juuuuust the medicine to combat my increasing vitamin D deficiency! ;) [okay, don't worry, you know i'm taking my vitamins, too.]

and miss maddalena, oooh, she is surely excited about the holidays! it's been extra fun doing christmas prep with her this year. she's making "lists" for santa, getting extra thrilled at every single bit of christmas-anything in every store we go in, and really absorbing the details of christmas for the first time. she's learned that christmas is jesus' birthday, that santa's last name is claus, and how to sing a little jingle bells... and it's just juuuust the best thing to be talking about both the important things and the fun things about christmas with her for the very first time! she's also developed quite a healthy affinity for snow globes, which i, of course, love.

so. anyway! what festivities are left on our list before christmas comes?! well... 

1. visit santa claus! maybe it'll go better this year? ha!
2. drive through all the lights at the horse park when we head up to lexington
3. make some fudge! 
4. watch polar express with maddalena and steven
5. finish christmas shopping and wrap some prezzies!

...the countdown is on! fa la la!

Monday, December 8, 2014

novemberings of 2014


...and so, the holly jolly begins!
as does the wearing of 9,000 layers on my body. ;)
soooo maybe november made me colder... and older...
but! my lights are all sparkly, 
my christmas mugs filled with winter-approved delight,
and my booboos are as snuggly and wonderful as ever.
now wheeeere are you, christmas?!

Friday, December 5, 2014

SLEEVES! and a coupon code!


hey heeeey!! so, not continue on too long about things that i wore over thanksgiving that were black that i super loved... but... yes! to do exactly that!! because that's what i do. and like i said, sleeves! i love sleeves. i feel like half of the clothes on my pinterest boards have poofy or flowy heaven sleeves, because that is what my dreams are made of.


so, a few months ago, i was the luckiest recipient of one such beautifully sleev-ed blouse, tailor-made to my very measurements, and customized to my likings, courtesy of a lovely and distant land called eShakti. it was such fortunate timing! because the husband over here had just had some custom business man shirts done for him via the office and i was all, "ahhh the luxury of business man life!" i had no idea that i could both affordably and luxuriously have my own clothes customized! until... ta-daa!!


so what i did here was this: i browsed their glorious selection of dresses and coats and blouses galore, and somewhere around midnight one night i found myself measuring my own arms and such. i made my choice, put in my measurements [although, customizations are just optional!], clicked a little option to have some embroidery removed from my selection, and voila! and considering these things are customized and shipped all the way from india, there wasn't too bad of a turnaround time at all. two-ish weeks! the quality is marvelous, and i could not be happier with my pretty sleevey shirty shirt. 

aaaaaaall this to say, i will totally be ordering with them again at some point! because it's all just toooo good not to. and! since i'm on a roll here with the coupon codes [tis the season to be shopping!!]... eShakti is offering 10% off of your order with the code LIFEOFCHARMINGS, valid from now until january 3, 2015! this code doesn't apply to overstock/sale items, but it can be combined with other offers, unless otherwise noted. also, they are currently offering a buy 2 get 2 free deal [what?!], and a $30 gift coupon for signing up! oh my. so, if you're still looking for something fabulous for new years, or just want to spoil yourself a little, check them out!!

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