It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Would you believe it took us over a week to go from “house with no tree” to “house decorated”? I wasn’t really feeling the holiday spirit the first few weeks and the girls were so busy that we were running out of time to get it done in one day.
First, the girls put up the tree (with my help) on Thursday the 8th

Beautiful G was quick to get the branches on once we set the base up!
Then Sunshine started helping find the branches from the box
Now we have to make it actually look like a tree.

Before we could do any more setting up, we had our family cookie day! Beautiful G (my older daughter) made sugar cookies. Since they (along with one of my recipes) needed to chill, we mixed them up on Friday night.

Beautiful G is mixing up her sugar cookie dough


This is what happens when you spill red food coloring on your fingers. It was fun to scare Beautiful G with it!

Then on Saturday, the girls and I joined my mom and grandma and made a day of making cookies! I didn’t grab a lot of photos because I was covered in flour.

Beautiful G takes a moment with my mom in the middle of baking

On Wednesday, Beautiful G convinced me to put up the lights on the tree. Except I made a big mess of it, so Dave stepped in.

Yay for #thekeeper

On Thursday, as Beautiful G worked on a school project, Sunshine put up our nativity and their stockings (after her shower.)

Sunshine is putting up our Nativity. Yes, it’s a Veggie Tales nativity. Please don’t judge!

Finally on Friday the girls and I decorated the tree itself.

We had a lot of moments of “Mom, take a picture of me putting this super special ornament on the tree!”
Sunshine insisted that “like” ornaments went together. Here she’s adding all of the princess ornaments together.
Sunshine was pouting after we moved some of the ornaments around. Of course, when she realized I was snapping a picture, she couldn’t help but start to smile!

Now it finally feels like Christmas has come to the Gonzales house!

The upcoming week is going week is going to kick Christmas into high gear. We’ve got parties, movie watching (both at school and at home), and we’re even going to see the stage version of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Tell me, what is your favorite holiday tradition and what is your favorite holiday movie (we need to add to our collection, I discovered!)

Self Discipline (My Word for 2017)

When I hear the idea of picking a “Word to Live By” or a “Word of the Year” from bloggers  (especially the motovation/life coach type bloggers) I tend to roll my eyes. Come on, I think, like a word is going to make a huge difference in your life.

So, I found myself a little bit perplexed when I found I had a word in mind for 2017. Why did I suddenly pick a word that should direct my life for a year?

Then I started to think more. Think back over conversations with my husband. Think back on my frustrations for 2016 and the many years before that seemed to slip away with all of their good intentions that never seemed to materialize. I thought about this blog and why I had hesitated so long to get back into blogging after quitting a few years ago. And I realized it all came down to the same thing.

Self Discipline

At that point I did what I normally do with things like this: I looked up the definition. This is what Google came up with:

That I could understand. That was the answer to the questions and discussions and frustrations. Self Discipline. And with that, I chose a word, a focus for 2017. Something I could tangibly work towards in various ways. Oh, something all those life coaches could preach at me about, but ultimately the one thing I most need in my upcoming year and life. What does it mean for me? It becomes a reminder when I look at the tasks at hand and think “Man, I don’t really want to that.” or when I feel afraid to keep going on something because it is hard and messy and not nearly as easy as simply letting it go.

So, self discipline. Pushing on. Digging through. Moving forward. Keep on Keeping On.