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celebrating christmas

22 Jan

{ok ok ok…I know I keep saying how things are getting crazy and how I’m going to catch up on posting but than I’m not catching up. I feel like I just keep making excuses. I don’t really know what is going on….I feel like my blogging motivation has been pretty low since before Christmas. I’m not sure why but I’m hoping I can get better again starting now. I really appreciate everyone out there who is still reading my blog}

I know this post is late but I want to tell you about our Christmas. It was a pretty quiet day but it was a really great day, better than I thought it would be. I knew Christmas was going to be really hard this year without my grandmother. It definitely was, but I think our family did a great job of just getting together and loving one another.

Dan and I started out the day with stockings. We decided not to do presents because we don’t have a lot of money but thought stockings would be fun. Dan did a great job with my stocking! Lots of yummy things and practical things because that is just who Dan is and I love it.

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We got ready for the day and headed over to my step-grandmother Barbara’s house for some snacks. Some of my step-dad’s siblings were there. We hung out for a bit and had some yummy food.

After that, we went over to my grandfather’s house for the rest of the day.

The house was warm and cozy and felt right for Christmas. For the past few years, we have been doing our family Christmas on a day other than Christmas so that everyone can be there. I’m so glad that we were able to all get together on Christmas this year because I think it made it easier.

We had lots of presents under the tree.

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Our family is definitely a present opening family. As soon as everyone was together, we decided to dive right in to the presents. I was nominated to be Santa so I passed out all of the presents. Our tradition is to do one present at a time so that everyone can see what everyone else is getting. It is my favorite way to open presents.

My mom and I both made Shutterfly books for everyone. She made books of just us 4 cousins with pictures of us throughout the years. I made books of just the 4 of us with DeDe, my grandmother. I think everyone loved both of the books.

When the presents were done, we just spent some time relaxing, listening to Ryan play some songs on the guitar. We also ate some delicious food.

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Julia and I also went through my grandmother’s jewelry so we could decide what we would like to keep and what we didn’t want. It made me sad but felt good to go through some things.

I made my brother and cousin put on their presents so I could get some pictures of them. Yay T-Rex!

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I love spending time with these people. With the exception of Joe, we all live pretty close to each other but I still don’t feel like I see them very often. Life gets so crazy. I wanted to make sure we got some family shots before we all headed home.

Love my little brother. He is one amazing person.

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And of course we had to get some with Bubby.

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For a day I thought was going to be so hard was actually really nice and relaxing. It was a great way to spend Christmas. As much as I miss DeDe, I’m so glad I still get to spend Christmas with these crazy people.

 

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merry christmas and happy holidays

25 Dec

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you blog readers out there.

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Thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog. I love doing this and it makes me feel wonderful knowing that people actually read what I have to say. 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and get to spend lots of time with family and friends having fun and relaxing.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

thanksgiving {in ny}

18 Dec

I know this post is way late. I thought I was going to be able to catch up on my posts faster but hopefully I can get some done this week.

For Thanksgiving, Dan and I traveled to NY to go to his parent’s house. We left Tuesday night when Dan got out of work. We got there late, around 10:30. I pretty much went right to bed.

On Wednesday, Dan and I relaxed for a bit and went for a quick run. His brother, sister-in-law, and niece Abby showed up in the early afternoon. We were very excited to see them because we don’t get to see them very often with how far we live from each other. Wednesday afternoon and evening were spent just relaxing and spending time together. We all read a lot of books with Abby, and she loves her Unkie Dan.

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Thursday morning we got up early so Dan and his brother, Jon, could run in the Turkey Trot 5k. Amanda, Abby, and I went with them as support. It was cold and we got all bundled up to wait for them to cross the finish line. We spent lots of time walking back and forth on the wall.

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Later in the day, we bundled up again to head to the playground down the street.

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Thanksgiving dinner was delicious. A few family members came over and we had tons of delicious food that Dan’s mom made. I was sooo full by the end of the meal. It was a nice, relaxed, family dinner.

On Friday, we just relaxed as a family and spent time together. It was the last day we were all going to be there so we just wanted to spend time together. We like to soak in all the time we get with Abby because she is growing up so fast.

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We left Saturday around 12 to drive home. It was a wonderful way to spend our Thanksgiving holiday and it was so nice to see family that we don’t get to see often.

 

free download {holiday gift tags}

13 Dec

Thanks to Pinterest, I found this whole roundup of free holiday gift tags {found here}. There are a lot of really amazing ones so I thought I would share with all of you.

Here are some of my favorites.

from lemon squeezy

from lemon squeezy

from love vs. design

from love vs. design

from hey look

from hey look

 

I’ve been starting to wrap presents so I definitely am in need of some fantastic holiday gift tags! Hope you love them as much as I do!

happy thanksgiving

22 Nov

Today is Thanksgiving and I thought I would take this opportunity to share what I am thankful for this year.

I am thankful for

my amazing, crazy family

my wonderful husband

my fabulous in-laws who are making a delicious meal today

my super cute little niece abby and the time we get to spend together this holiday

my incredible friends who are always there

all of the delicious food I’m going to eat today

the beautiful sunshine today

everyone being healthy

this holiday season is going to be really hard without my grandmother, but I am very thankful for all of the wonderful memories I have with her and all of the traditions we have as a family that I know we will continue in her honor

Over all, I am thankful for having love all around. 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and eats lot of delicious food and spends time with family or friends or whoever makes you happy.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Love, Brittany

fun at school {crazy holidays}

3 Oct

 

You know how every single day of the year has some crazy or silly or weird or stupid holiday? Well, I always thought it would be fun to celebrate something every day when I have my own classroom. Something a little different to add to the day.
I don’t have my own classroom yet, but the other day I was looking up some of these crazy holidays. I probably won’t do one every day but I think  I can celebrate some of these days now, during my long term sub job. I noticed that October 2nd was National Custodial Workers Day. We decided to have the kids make thank you cards for the custodians at our school. We’re taking NECAPs this week anyway so this was a good filler activity for the little bit of time after testing.

So I think when there is a fun day that is appropriate for school, I will write it on the board. Some days we might be able to do some kind of activity for it. Other days might just be so they know what that day is for fun. I think it is a fun thing to do just to mix things up a little.
Is this stupid? Or fun? Or what do you think?

 

photo challenge {day 17 – green}

18 Mar
All ready for St. Patricks day.

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Hope everyone had a great holiday!
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