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 Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to two little girls (ages 5 and 2) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo