Monday, January 3, 2022

Bring on 2022!

One more week of 2021.  As much as we've loved going to Popped Corn, we also have a local popcorn guy just down the road from us.  Redmon's Popcorn was featured on Late Night with Stephen Colbert back in November. b He got flooded with requests for shipping and ended up getting briefly shut down due to some licensing issues.  Jimmy started a Go Fund Me to help him get in to a more suitable space.  He visited Zack this week to pick up some pre-New Year's snacks.
We also made our requisite holiday visit to the Mall of America.  We were actually down there to get a chair at IKEA (see below) and decided to stop at the M & Ms store quick.
In addition to our popcorn snack, we made homemade pizza, half BBQ chicken, half spinach artichoke chicken, and a charcuterie with baked brie.
The chari from IKEA is for my new nook in the living room.  We decided to move the kids' toy boxes to their rooms after the tree came down which left this corner open.  Here is a little time lapse of each addition.
I bought a whole hair- on cow hide a couple years ago at a crazy low price.  I couldn't pass it up, but also didn't know what I would do with it.  This spot was the perfect first use.  I cut off a small section for an area rug and I love it.  I leaned in hard to the farmhouse vibe once that was in place.  A repurposed barrel from my mom made the side table and the open bulb light almost finishes it.  I still need to get a foot stool to make it truly functional for me, but the kids love hangin out there already.

Jimmy had New Year's Day off, but worked Sunday, so we visited my parents.  Esme has been loving games, especially Sorry.  I am so impressed by how quickly she's picked up the strategy, she is so good!
We put on our "number shirts" to watch the Vikings lose to the Packers.  Looks like the light strip color called the winner.
Looking forward to another year of fun!

Monday, December 27, 2021

Christmas Day with the Buxtons

Merry Christmas!! The kids each got one present at home before heading back to Grandpa and Nana's house.  Matching dinosaur/taco jammies!
Once everyone arrived, we got to open our "Santa" bags.  We all got some goodies and gift cards.
We had an Italian lunch before opening the rest of the gifts.
Buffalo plaid all around!  We skipped getting Fleet Farm's Black Friday stuffed animal in 2019 and didn't go in 2020 due to Covid, so I found them on eBay for Esme to give to grandpa.  He was very excited to complete our 6 year series.  Victoria (llama) and Venison (deer) will be living at our house.
Grandpa used his lathe to turn snowman ornaments for all the grandkids.
My brother and his girlfriend, Kelsey, are expecting twins this spring.  They all got pretty spoiled this year.  I've made stocking for everyone else in the family, so I made one for the three new members.  I will add names once the boys are here.
I also made some cute motorcycle onesies as well.
We relaxed after presents with a soak in the hot tub and naps.
So happy to have all of us together again and looking forward to two new little ones joining us soon!
Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 26, 2021

It's Almost Christmas!

The final week of stocking gifts!  I filled the kids after we put them to bed Saturday night, but Esme came out and spotted them.  She was sad that my sock was empty and decided to put some stuff in it since dad hadn't yet.  The video below is her showing me all the cool things I got.  Esme got some silly scents colored pencils and a farm sticker book.
Parker got a pretty sweet new battery spinner in his stocking and I nabbed another one for free on my community Buy Nothing Facebook group.  If you haven't heard of these, you should look it up in your area.
Parker started feeling much better come Sunday.  He dug out some too small Chewbacca jammies to match.  I will have to try to find a larger size for him.
We had to postpone his second covid shot when he got a tummy bug (which ended up hitting at least a few families). Luckily, we were able to snag one for the following Monday. Jimmy took him this time and was able to get it done pretty quickly, but still had to give him a tight bearhug.
No Christmas potluck at work, but they did have a catered lunch on Wednesday of Buca di Beppo and dessert from Jimmy's favorite Crumbl.
I ate most of it before remembering to take a picture.
Our neighbor, Diane, called me on Wednesday as well to let me know she had some treats for the kids.  It ended up being a grocery bag full of candy, cookies, chips, and nuts.  I decided to fill up the kids stocking for a little extra surprise when they got home from school. Esme was so excited!
On Christmas Eve, Esme helped Jimmy make graham cracker cookies. and we decorated mini gingerbread houses.
We headed to my parents for soup supper that night.  We contributed a charcuterie board with a new cutting board I am "borrowing" from my dad.  Grandpa opened a present he got for himself to play with Esme.
"Four to Score" was a hit for Esme!