Music!

Even though Christmas is over for this year, I still wanted to share this really awesome version of Blue Christmas. One of my favorite daily reads, Skunkboy Creatures, recorded this song with her husband. Their two-person band is called Gift Horse. I just love it!

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Furtado Christmas!

Last Sunday we headed over to Aunt Sue and Uncle Rodney’s house for a Christmas get together with the whole Furtado clan. It was a lot of fun! I am really glad I got to go! She really knows how to throw a holiday party! There was a gigantic, beautifully decorated tree, decorations everywhere and tons of gifts- the kids were really excited! They had lots of food and all so delicious! Of course, I forgot to bring my camera so there aren’t any photos from me but hopefully someone else has some. I did grab a photo of Max before we left the house in his Christmas sweater. I tried to get one without the bon bon in his mouth but dude was not having it.

Fort Christmas.

A new tradition we started this year is Fort Christmas. This year it’s in our bedroom since we all share one, but I hope in the future, someday when Max has his own room, to help him build one each year (for as many years as he is into the idea…). I got the idea from one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess. She builds one each year with her husband in their bedroom, so its a little different than our kid version. I think it’s the sweetest thing! They also started a new one this year- 12 dates of Christmas, which she talks about more on her blog. Obviously Dan and I have no way to have a date each day/night for 12 days before Christmas, but in the future I plan to do a similar countdown with family activities the 3 of us can do, and include family members as well if it works that way. I’ve seen other people do this with an advent type of calendar, where instead of candy, they have something fun planned each day, like drive/walk to look at Christmas lights, make Christmas cookies, go sledding (if there’s snow- none here yet!), decorate for the holidays, etc. I love this idea! I’m really excited for the time when Max is old enough to participate in this sort of thing and we can start all of these new traditions for our family! Anyway, back to Fort Christmas. A few years ago, when I was single and living in a teeny tiny apartment by myself, my mom gave me a little pink feather Christmas tree. It already had lights on it and was only about a foot and a half tall. I kind of thought… This is the tackiest thing ever, but this year I have decided it’s not at all tacky- orrrrr it’s the perfect amount of tacky…either way, I LOVE it now. And I am so glad I saved it! Getting a real tree would mean having to kill a tree and also having a huge mess in my apartment. Max has already proven at other people’s houses that he will certainly pull those trees down if given the chance…so I think it’s a good thing we skipped on it this year, although in the future we will probably do something like this (I hope with a fake one….a tinsel tree or white tree would be my favorite!). I built the fort in a corner of our room between the wall and my dresser by tacking up thrifted lace curtains and letting them drape down to the floor. I stacked some old and pretty books under the tree to make a pedestal. It’s totally kid friendly because Max can hang out in there and pull the tree down all he wants without risk of getting hurt, and it’s aesthetically pleasing to me, too! every time I turn the lights on Max runs over to it and ooh’s and ahh’s over it. Adorable!

Oh, and have a wonderful Solstice! To celebrate we are having a really yummy meal tonight by candlelight.

Paper snowflake land.

I’ve been feeling festive lately and I originally thought that with our lack of funds this year I wasn’t going to be able to decorate for winter and the holidays. I realized I have lots and lots of craft stuff pile up everywhere and all it took was a few specific Pinterest searches to put it to use! I got lots of good ideas from my awesome mom’s group, too. This week I’ve made a ruffled felt garland, paper snowflakes, and set up a new tradition: Fort Christmas in our bedroom (more on that another time). The best part of this photo is that you can’t see the disaster that was my living room outside of the frame.

Here are a couple of close ups of my snowflakes (before I realized Max could reach them and a couple of the lower ones…went away…).

In case you were wondering, we were watching Gnomeo (a Max favorite…and mine too, lately), and that’s what the reflection is in the window.

And here is a picture of the awesome mess I made, including when Max decided all of my neatly piled tissue paper scraps would look better all over the floor. Although Max is pretty darn cute and we have an awesome vacuum cleaner, so that last part turned out not to be such a big deal.

It was a fun day! I am already dreaming about next year…

Giving thanks.

Last week Dan, Max and I had a quiet little Thanksgiving at in our apartment, just the three of us. After all of the wedding chaos we really weren’t up for heading out anywhere so we just relaxed all day! Dan got up at 5  and threw a boneless turkey breast and veggies I prepped the night before into the slow cooker and it was ready to eat by lunch time! We had a pretty simple meal- the turkey and veggies, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce (made the night before, easy peasy- recipe here), cornbread stuffing and biscuits. Mmm! We hung out in our pajamas all day and listened to classic Christmas music. Perfect day!

Sunday.

Sunday was Father’s Day and Dan’s mama took us all out to lunch to celebrate! It was deeeelicious! The restaurant had a high chair set up before we even got to our table and they brought a little plate of bread and banana slices out for Max before we ordered. I was impressed! If you have kids and have ever brought them out to eat at a restaurant you know this is rare! We had such a nice day!