Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Happy Blogiversary!!

Wow!  My Mix of 6 has turned 1 today.   Although today is the anniversary date, I didn't really start doing any blogging until January 1st.   It's hard to believe it's been a year already!  
I had originally started this blog to keep myself on track, motivated, and inspired to start and finish all of the projects around this house.  As well as to stay in touch with our family that is out of state anywhere from 600 to 3,000 miles away.  

In the last year, here have been some of the most popular posts on My Mix of 6:
1) How we organize our family games.  We have a lot of games and try really hard to make a family game night once a week.
2) The way I fold our clothes and organize our dressers.  It has helped with the kids getting ready in the morning, plus it just looks cleaner.  You can see all the t-shirts lined up nicely.
3) Our garden and garden boxes.  I have to say, I just loved having a garden this year.  I loved being able to provide home grown, healthy vegetables to my family.  We have learned a few things with the raised boxes and will have some updates next spring for you, so you must stay tuned.  :)
4) My "Hey, Girl" tribute to my darling, patient, loving, kind husband.  He is the world to me, and I am the luckiest girl in the world that he asked me to marry him.
5) My floating shelves in my living room.  
6) The board and batten wall treatment that I put up in Bubba's big boy room.   It's such a classic look that it will go with him all through his teen years without having to change it.
7)  My chalkboard calendar.   I LOVE this calendar.  The family actually checks it daily.  It is my job to add any additional little detail to it that might lead to any changes, so as long as I'm on top of it, my family is organized and knows where they are to be at all times.
8)  Portable Lego Tray that we made for one of Bubba's friends.
9) We lost a great woman in July.   Our precious Grammie earned her angel wings and while this season is a hard one for us, as the world is not the same without her, we find a little bit of peace knowing she is not hurting anymore.   Thank you for all your love that you've sent us.  We definitely felt it. 

10) My Flower Tower.  I LOVE this pop of color to my front yard.   I can't wait to put more spring flowers in it.
Thanks guys for following our little family blog and helping me have a Top 10 Posts.   I can't wait to see what the next year will bring us.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bringing In a Little Christmas Spirit

Are the days flying by for everyone else, as much as they are for me us? I mean, seriously, it's already the middle of December and I have JUST  barely been able to finish start decorating for Christmas. We are never, ever this far behind.
There are so many traditions that I love sharing with my family this time of the year and I feel like I am missing every single one of them.  Traditions are not to be rushed either.

Decorating of the tree

(The kids decorated the whole tree this year.  And I'm not changing it, I love it)
Decorating of the mantel
Decorating around the house
(This Santa is my absolute FAVORITE Santa ever.  My dearest friend, Jennifer, hand painted this for me one year when she was my Secret Santa at work.  I will always cherish this Santa.)
Our Advent Book's
(these photos are from last year)

Our Advent Calendar
Setting up our little village
Gingerbread House decorating
(Look at those too Goobers up front...they are a wild pair together)
And of course, we cannot forget out little Elf Jason, from the North Pole. He was delivered to us along with the book Elf on the Shelf. Jason has become part of the family and sometimes he pops in during the middle of the year, just to check in on us. :)

I am proud to say that we have finally gotten all the boxes of decorations unload and decorations up on the house.   My very own, son Hotrod, surprised me the other night when I had come home from work to see that there were lights on the house.   It was so sweet of him, knowing dad's been working a lot and going to a class in the evenings, and our time was running out.

I' hope you enjoyed the quick little holiday tour of my home. 

Merry Christmas friends!

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Day of Thanks

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.   We did.  We actually took the 12 hour drive to my parents house this year instead of staying home.   We ended up leaving after work on Wednesday, a few hours before originally planned, so when we popped into my parents house, in what they thought and were eluded to it being an 8 hour trip, they were very surprised shocked to see us.   It was a nice little surprise to give.  :)

My mom did most of the cooking while all of her guests brought some delicious side dishes.  I just love Thanksgiving at my parents.  My mom doesn't hold back and ALL the food is just absolutely amazing.  Everything is out of this world delicious for your taste buds.  We had two turkeys; a 22 pound oven cooked turkey and a 16 pound smoked turkey cooked by my dad.   Then there was fruit salad, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry-orange muffins (made by yours truly), brussel sprouts with hazelnuts on them, creamed corn, creamed onions, stuffing, country green beans w/ bacon, squash, carrot casserole, and I haven't even gotten to the desserts yet.  (Do you see why I love Thanksgiving?  I love food!)  My sister made her amazing mint chocolate brownies, a few pumpkin pies, and a pecan pie.   All very good.   We had 19 people total for our turkey day dinner and 2 of them being super cute pregnant bellies.   (Have I mentioned I can't wait for spring?)
I was able to spend most of Friday with my sister.  In all the years that I've been going down to my parents house, I don't think my sister and I have ever spent time like that together, just the two of us.   It was really nice.   There were some goofy moments shared, which I loved.

Saturday, the three of us (mom, sis, and I) hosted our cousin's baby shower.   Kristin is the sweetest person you will ever meet.  I was thrilled to be able to give her a shower.  Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of the actual shower.  Hopefully, my sister did.
We did a Woodland Themed shower since my cousin and his wife live on a farm and they just love all God's creatures.   Here are a few pictures of the decorations and food.  
I truly love this time of the year.   I love the coziness of the wood stove.  The sipping of the hot tea (or cocoa for the kids).  Movie nights.  The visiting with family you don't get to see all the time.  Even the rain coming down outside, as I type this.
I love the excitement in the kids and the sparkle in their eyes when all the holiday decorations come out of the attic.   Starting with the pumpkins and scarecrows and ending with the lights on the house and the sparkling tree in the window.  This is my favorite time of the year.
So, all in all I had a great 4 day weekend and I hope you did too.  Spent all of the days with my family and loved it all.   Food was eaten, siblings shared time together, grandkids and grandparents hung out together, and a special baby girl was celebrated.
Good bye November and Hello December!!


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