I blinked

I knew there was something I was forgetting…..Kind of like that damn dream where you wake up in a cold sweat because you just know that you enrolled in a class in college and you forgot to go…I am going to just chalk this month up to motherhood amnesia and life…A whole lot of life.

To be honest, I am a little life hungover right now but in a good way. My introverted self is exhausted to the core but in a good cozy by the fire, warm in your tummy, content sort of way. That may not make sense to anyone else but me…..

So, where have I been? Good question and I am not sure I have a solid answer. But, I am going to throw it all out there in true photo dump blog fashion.

We closed up the high tunnel for year. Disced that lettuce right under and said good night.

 

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We traveled out-of-town to see a local Christmas production….We lasted till intermission before we bailed. I know it is rude but Mae and adults alike had had there fill.

 

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We hosted godparents and family this past weekend for Mae’s baptism. I overly stressed in true Stacie fashion and was drained when it was all over but we had a wonderful time. Mae loved her dress and knew it was her special day. She sang a little song all the way to Mass that morning…..”Baptism…Baptism….Baptism!”

 

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OH…yeah and there was a Thanksgiving in there somewhere…

 

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This was our first PALEO Thanksgiving and it was a hit.

 

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We said goodbye to this guy. We was getting up there in years and not moving the best any longer. It was also time to bring in some new genetics….So…. we artificially inseminated 25 cows this past weekend (and a baptism, crazy – I know).

 

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Add Christmas shopping and prep for a house full the day after Christmas…..

Oh…and we are working on another Christmas project for Mae.  I am envisioning a late night Christmas eve again……More to come on that.

 

Can you stand another Christmas Post?

In the middle of crazy christmas holiday party prep saturday we made a mad dash to town to ensure that little bit had her yearly awkward Santa photo. Our little museum in town does a fairly good christmas tree and model train display in addition to the Santa’s workshop.

Let’s start with last year’s picture…..I am ashamed to admit the amount of stress wrapped up in that cute little holiday dress Mae is wearing. Being my first holiday dress experience, I went completely overboard with the pressure I put on myself.

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

Picture this. One trip to JCPenny’s and two outfits purchased. One trip to Kohl’s and another two outfits being purchased…..followed by too numerous to remember stops to find the perfect pair of dress shoes. Calls to my mother and sister and pictures sent of each outfit from the store to them both. I am not one to waffle around about clothes selection but the holiday perfection pressure got to me. On the car ride home I was sweaty, frustrated and completely wrung out. It wasn’t until a few days later that I could shake the stress and get a better perspective on the entire riduculous venture. All but one of the dresses went back and we skipped wearing the shoes that I had finally settled on. Mae wasn’t walking yet and they didn’t really fit anyway.

Flash forward one year later.

Wake up Saturday morning, remember that it is the 14th of December and that it necessary to track down a Santa somewhere. Yep, just as I thought. The only Santa available the rest of the month in a 35 miles radius is today from 1-5. No matter that we are having a large holiday party tonight at our house with lots of prep left to do and that we don’t have a holiday outfit. Let’s put on our favorite overalls and rubberboots and hit the road.

Christmas 2013

Christmas 2013

Mae wasn’t too keen on Santa but loved her first candycane!

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Christmas in overalls and boots!

The entire experience was much more enjoyable without all the extra pressure.   We will have to repeat again next year!

On a sidenote, that is the same Santa as last year and I hope that it continues to be for the near future.  How great would it be to have pictures with the same exact Santa every year!!!!!

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