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Coffee by Treelight

So tonight, I stayed up late folding several loads of laundry that I had been neglecting over the weekend, and finally as I was finding myself down to the last bit, my sweet husband brought me some Starbucks. (He knows this gets him brownie points!) It was like I was getting rewarded for getting that mundane task done! :))  Thanks honey! 

 I had on my favorite long knee-socks, and sat on the floor near my Christmas tree, and sipped away with no lights on other than those on our tree!  The ambience is so relaxing! The only thing in the world better than coffee, was witnessing my family interact with each other from across the room. Not saying anything, just watching. Taking it in. I have always known this, bc am extremely partial, but I realized tonight that I do have a BEAUTIFUL family.  
Sometimes I forget my importance in each of their lives, and when you take a step back, sometimes you catch a glimpse for a split second, of the fruits of your labor. All the love and time I put into my family, just bouncing and radiating off of each of my family members, made me so proud. I know that I have done a great job with my girls. Their manners, their optimism, their silly quirks, and the way they express themselves, etc.. I know they learned most if it from me! 

With Caity, it is obvious on a daily basis, that I am important to her. I mean, I am the only person who takes care of her and knows every single thing about her and her health history, medications, schedules, routines, etc.. 
 Today, it became really evident when I randomly asked Angel, "What would you do without me?" Her reply to me was, "I would feed Caity for you."  Awwww!! <3 Trust me, there were happy tears after that. What a selfless thing to say! My 5 year old is always thinking about other people. This makes me so proud. 

Also tonight my brainiac of a child, was trying to teach me how to make hand-hearts. (I pretended not to have a clue, so she could get credit for teaching me something..) Gosh, she's so cute. "First you make a C shape, then you put your thumb down. No mom. You're doing it wrong. Do it like this." *shows me her hands* "Now try to make one with me! Like this!" -Angel

This is our hand heart we made together. 
"Not bad, could be better."-Angel :))
She makes me laugh. She must get that part of her from her daddy though. ;)

Jocee is my youngest, and she is my favorite 3 year old in the world. She is extremely shy around strangers, and her daddy. He's one of her favorite people, but if Adam makes eye contact with her, she freezes up, makes funny faces, and does not reciprocate with the eye contact.  She always puts her head down, or looks at me, the moment Adam catches her eyes. It's fun to watch, but sometimes, makes me worry about her. She says she loves her daddy and tells me everyday when he goes to work that she misses him. I often wonder if she acts shy to just get his attention?  At 3, that is possible, right?  She and Adam pick on each other a lot. She is definitely a mommy's girl 99% of the time, but on occasion, you'll catch her doing something sweet with her daddy. 

Tonight, Jocee was playing with a toilet paper roll. She loves these things. Always playing with them or the ones left over from paper towels. She colors them and makes them into "noculars". So cute.  Anyways, Adam snuck up behind her, and told her he loved her, and her reply was, "Wuv you too Daddy!" and then she tilt her head up to let him kiss her.  Melt my heart! 

It really is the little things. Thanks for letting me share my reminders.
 It's easy to get caught up in life and stressors, but taking a step back once in a while is good for the soul. 

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve. For those celebrating, Merry Christmas.


Photo Dump | Nov & Dec 2013

 Just some random personal photos I wanted to post on here. 
November & December 2013

My daughters are the sweetest children ever.
They are also the happiest. 
I live for their smiles. Luckily I get plenty of them. :))

I drink coffee on all days that end in -y!  All dayy, erryydayy! ;)

My sister Destinee and I both showed up to Thanksgiving dinner wearing almost the same thing without planning it. She's so cute! 

 My Grandma Viv is the number 1 love of my life. My soul-mate. I would be lost without her love and wisdom. When I am sad, she lifts me up. When I am happy she humbles me. I could go on for hours, but I am just grateful for her in my life. I visit her in the nursing home as often as I can. Each visit makes me cherish her and what time she has left more and more. She is now 82 years old, and is still the sweetest and sometimes funniest lady I know. During our most recent visit, I climbed in bed with her and snuggled her. We went through old photo albums and laughed, cried, and just held hands. We even played footsie. lol. Love you Grandma!! <3

Aunt Heather came to have Thanksgiving with us again this year because we host family dinner at our place every year. She's so awesome. She arrived with Starbucks for me because she knows my heart! ;) Love her. Wish this picture was taken on my good camera! :(  We'll take a better one on Christmas!  Destinee came and as always helped me prep dinner and clean afterwards.  We then had girl's night in and played games. Vegged out. Was a great time! I adore these ladies. We always have fun together. 

Family Tequila Nights. I am not usually a drinker. I usually am the only sober one of our group. I can count 5 times that I have drank in the last 11 years. Kind of sad, but when I do give into drinking.. just so happens that I always have fun! I have learned this year that I can drink whiskey just fine, but no bueno on tequila and margaritas! lol ;)

Me, Adam, Destinee, & Cam
I laugh at myself in this one. I totally wasn't ready. 
I barely had my lime in my lips and so missed the middle finger memo.. lmao!

I said, "Don'tchu do it..." and she licked my hair anyways! 

I am not a lipstick person. Evidently. 

So earlier this week, our doorbell rang, and nobody was at the door... however, this huge santa sack of gifts was left behind for our girls. Adam and I didn't recognize the handwriting on the packages and nobody has came forward to tell us who left them.  Not sure if we should be creeped out or not.. but sure are grateful. The girls are excited. They think Santa is real, so who knows?  #SecretSantaRevealYourselfNOW!!  And if whoever left these, reads my blog, thank you!! 

I love little snowmen. I have these on my kitchen table right now.

I took some of my other snowmen knacks outside and put them in the snow when it was about 5 inches high so I could show how deep it was. 

Jocee and I checking out the first snow of the year as it was falling. Love it! 

Took me and Adam 15 minutes to blow up that sled. So worth it for the fun we had with it outside. We ended up 7 inches of snow last week and made the most of it! 

Made "snow-canoes" as the girls called them instead of volcanoes, at MIDNIGHT, as a family one night because we were all up and couldn't sleep.  Was so much fun.  
(Google+ just automatically turned these into gifs! View here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/100319582314662310716/posts )  

Angel and Jocee sliding down the hill! 

My best friend is better than yours! 
She brings me chocolate and coffee almost everyday!! :))

Love these babes. 

Snuggles with Jocee! 


Spent time with my father, brother Kevin, sister Brandie, and their kids over Thanksgiving also. Here is my father with each of the girls.

My nephew Ryan.

Ryan, my brother Kevin's son, & Chloe, my sister Brandie's daughter. 

Cam & Des let me take some fall photos of them! They're so cute.

This is Amanda, my awesome neighbor/friend!

 I was practicing bokeh on Amanda's tree recently!

 Family Bike Ride 

The girls with their friends Cale and Chris.

Fall is our favorite time of the year! 

My daughters are so cute! So glad the 3 of them are close. <3

Hope you enjoyed these and the bit of insight into my world. 
It's not glamourous, but it is pretty!! ;))