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What I Wore


The final two weeks of 2014...

I'm going to skip the clothing brand listing this week (that's a heck of a lot of pictures) and cross my fingers that nobody cares. The point is, I'm still challenging myself to get dressed beyond sweatshirts and yoga pants (except when I go walking at the track with a friend on a cold day!), and taking pics to hold myself accountable. I'm still trying new things (like dressing up a plaid flannel shirt with a pencil skirt!), and stretching my comfort levels (laceup wedge booties with a dress!).

What I Wore Wednesdays is fun. 

pleated poppy

Christmas 2014


(I just love a catchy title.)

It's been a full and hectic week of Christmas celebrations and family outings for the past 6 days straight! I'll give you three guesses as to how I feel about this...

a. stressed and grumpy
b. enjoyed it but glad it's over
c. more! give me MORE CHRISTMAS!

(If you answered C then you are correct. If you didn't answer C then you don't even know me, man.)

Round One: Christmas Eve at my folks 
Highlights: Celebrating with my cousin Michelle and her husband Dan who are visiting from New Zealand. Kelly's hot chocolate bar. Surprise stockings. Playing NERTS.

{ipad wishes come true!}

Round two: Christmas morning at home
Highlights: The slow and relaxed pace. Watching my kids exchange gifts that they had bought for each other themselves. Surprising the kids with a new trampoline when they thought we were all finished with gifts. A new fancy camera from the hubs! 

{new hat, hoodie, sweats, and phone case!}

Round three: Christmas afternoon at Russ's folks
Highlights: Enough food for two days. Teri's gravy. Movies and games until late. When the tree fell on my nephew, Mark, and no one went to help because we were all laughing to much. 

{Grandpa Ray with his grands and great grands)

Round four: Christmas dinner Friday evening at my folks with extended family
Highlights: Dad's prime rib. Discovering coconut lindor truffles. Poo-pourri. Up the River, Down the River (card game) & 5 Second Rule.

Round five: Cannard/Lynch extended family Christmas Saturday afternoon
Highlights: Aunt Niki's chicken salad. My father-in-law taking the place of "Scotty the Elf" for the first time and capturing it on camera ;)

{the grandma club}

My most favorite thing of all throughout all the celebrations was spending time with family (I love our families so very, very much!), the enjoyment of giving gifts to others, singing happy birthday to Jesus, and really making it about Him with our kids.

I hope everyone had a truly Merry Christmas!

Monday Confessional - Christmas wrap


This weekend was "the weekend". The weekend I was finally going to wrap all the presents I have had hiding in various places in my bedroom and walk-in closet since Black Friday. I gave myself plenty of pep talks, bought new paper, and then procrastinated at every opportunity because... wrapping takes A SWEET FOREVER.

By Saturday evening I was at a total of zero presents wrapped so I shut myself up in my room while the boys picked a movie to watch in the living room. Eight minutes and two presents later Russ came in and said they were going to run to the video store and if I came with he'd take me to Big Burger for a shake.


And that's all she wrote for Saturday because then I wanted to see the movie they picked and next thing I knew it was midnight. Darn.

Sunday morning was our church Christmas Extravaganza service (my favorite of the year) and after that an afternoon nap and the Amazing Race finale because, priorities, people. I finally started wrapping again at 5 pm, finished seven presents, and then got a text message from our friend Tracy wondering where we were because we were supposed to be there for dinner 40 minutes ago.


We had a delightful evening by the way. Santa came!
{Blake for real excited, Cooper good naturedly pretending, and Kendall obviously not.}

When we got home again Russ had to go to bed so my wrapping operation was shut down for the night. I'm sure you can guess how heartbroken I was.

The good news is, if I wrap nine more gifts today, I'll be halfway done!


J&J's Annual Shopping Trip - 5th edition


Sunday was the fifth annual "Christmas Outfit Shopping Trip" that Jana and I look forward to every year. Because mama's gotta look her best on Christmas.

At first we planned to leave right after church and head straight to lunch before beginning our shopping, but then we decided... let's skip out a wee bit early! We coordinated to indiscreetly slip out of the service at the same time, and it worked fabulously... until we met up in the church foyer and Jana realized she'd left her coat on her chair. Thus, she had to take the walk of shame back into the service.

Her walk of shame was not as bad as my walk of futility though... at our first stop at Costco to pick up my Christmas cards. Jana dropped me off at the entrance and I told her I'd call her to drive back up to the door as soon as I had them. A plan that would have worked better if I didn't then leave my cell phone in her car. 

"How hard can it be to find a car in the Costco parking lot?" I thought as I ventured out to find her. HA. Oh hahahaha. 

Ten minutes later, after wandering aimlessly and feeling like an idiot, I walked back into Costco and borrowed a cell phone. And then realized I don't have Jana's phone number memorized because, hello speed dial. 

Eventually we found each other. 

And drove straight to Sweet Tomatoes. 

So what if both those plates of salad are mine?! IT'S SALAD. Reason #23 to go to Sweet Tomatoes :)

Further stops included the mall, TJ Maxx, Ross, and last but not least, Red Robin for a late shared dinner, because we shopped ourselves to the point of famishment. Shopping is hard, guys! 

I'm kidding. Shopping is fun. Especially on J&J day. 

(Even if we spend an hour in Barnes and Nobles and walk out with zero purchases.)