When I opened up my phone to grab some pictures for today’s “Slice of Life”, I noticed there weren’t nearly as many as usual. Definitely a sign that we’ve been hanging low and soaking up the quietest Christmas season we ever have, and I don’t hate it. Not one single bit.
If there’s one thing I’m learning as I get older, it’s to recognize and embrace days/weeks/seasons of rest when you get them, because it’s simply inevitable that busier or more difficult days are around the corner. Life always seems to go in ebbs and flows like that, so for now, we four DeSpains are embracing the quiet. With our home going on the market in a couple weeks, we are keenly aware that chaotic days are coming, ready or not!
Here’s a glimpse at a few things we’ve filled our time with lately.
Hadley is our #1 fan of Christmas/wintertime and wants to do all the things related to it: ice skating, snow ball throwing, cookie baking, gingerbread house making, Christmas lights touring, etc. etc. etc. Between the things she hears at school, sees on Christmas movies, and reads in books, she is very aware of all the fun she could be having. Ha! Jamie and I are a little caught off guard this year by all of her new requests, but it’s super fun to watch her grow and enjoy the season in new ways with her this year.
She saw the gingerbread houses at Target around Thanksgiving, so I told her we could do one when dad got home. She absolutely did not forgot and brought it up within approximately 12 hours of him being home.
We grabbed the $9 one from Target, buuuut…
… it was a flop. There’s a reason gingerbread house making was never my favorite thing to do growing up. 😉
If she asks next year, we’ll just superglue the silly thing! Hadley had a ball for the hour that we worked on it though, so that was a semi-win. After the house fell down for the 5th time, the kids gnawed on the candy and licked the icing before hopping in the tub, putting a checkmark in the “I wanna build a gingerbread house mommyyyyy!” box.
We got to squeeze in two (2!!) dates last week. Hooray! We had a little brunch date at The Chef after dropping off the girls at school on Wednesday, and then on Saturday we had a fabulous meal at the new Wine Dive Kitchen downtown, followed by seeing Daddy’s Home 2. We hadn’t gone on a classic “dinner and a movie” date since before Hadley was born, but it was really fun! I’m not sure why those kinds of dates are typically considered boring or cliche, because we had ourselves a ball.
This is basically the scene in our kitchen every. single. time. Jamie or I attempt to cook. Sadie is so (so!) obsessed with all things related to cooking and pulls out her stool every time we’re prepping a meal. I kid you not – every time. As soon as Hadley sees Sadie grab a stool, she has to grab hers too. I like to let them “help” for about 5ish minutes to embrace their interest in what I’m doing, but as soon as they start cracking unnecessary eggs and trying to touch stove burners, everybody gets kicked out. 😉
And that’s a little slice of our lives lately. xoxo
- Are you into the “dinner and a movie” date night thing?
- Do your kids love to cook too?
Hi! I’m a proud Army wife and mom to two little girls (ages 1 and 4), and I love sharing our lives with you. I blog all about motherhood, our time in the military, our travels, our meals, my fitness journey, my fashion favorites, and so much more. I truly enjoy sharing it all! I can’t get enough of birthday cake ice cream, weekend sunrise runs, or making my girls belly-laugh. I write almost daily about my family’s lives, and though I like to keep things light, I also share the messy parts too. Welcome! So glad to have you around. I’m active on Facebook and Instagram and would love to communicate with you there!