Up To (Great) Grandma’s House We Go

This past Friday we went on a short road trip up to my grandmothers home with Lily and my mother. We had four generations all together at once!

Lily was surprisingly good on the way up, she has been starting to cut a tooth so she has been fussy for a little while know but she ended up falling asleep before we were fully out of the city! She slept until the car stopped in my grandmothers driveway so I was able to sit down and just listen to some music on my mp3 player without distraction.

While we were there my grandmother actually brought out toys that I played with as a kid, and even a barbie doll that my aunts played with when they were children! Lily loved eating the barbies feet. Throughout the day we baby proofed in sections, Lily would find the photo frames on low bookshelf’s and we would take those, then candles, and little candy bowls, it was actually like a game, how quick could Lily find something she shouldn’t have?

Showing off her new hat!

Showing off her new hat!

We shortly decided to sit out on the front deck and layed out a quilt and some toys for Lily, we sat there for awhile and then moved to my Grandmothers front garden were Lily loved looking at the flowers and trying to eat the grass, and she loved the gnomes!

We then sat down to some amazing barbecued burgers and salad with radishes and apples in it and Lily sat eating her Gerber puffs and then “chewing” on a celery stick since she doesn’t have teeth fully yet.

It was nice to see my grandmother and Lily had so much fun playing with new toys and seeing her great grandmother. She tuckered herself out and slept most of the ride home.

Christmas Shopping

Yesterday I took my second trip for Christmas shopping, and I’m still not done! I am pretty close though, all I have to do is a couple more things for Michael’s stocking, and I need a stocking for Lily still.

Last year due to being on the psych ward in our local hospital for a month+ I was unable to get a day pass so that I was able to do Christmas shopping, luckily I was in art therapy so I was able to use my projects for Christmas shopping. Where the presents were liked and understood by my family I wanted to make sure I gave my family something amazing this Christmas.

Christmas Shopping In Heels!?

Overwhelmed with Presents!

This is the most Christmas shopping I have done in my life! I’m buying for my parents, my sister and her husband, Michael and my little cutie, Lily. And I’m not going  lie, it’s exhausting!

Not just the running around, the going to two different malls, different big stores, random smaller stores. But shopping with a baby is exhausting also! countless moments spent having to carry Lily around the store because it was the only way to calm her down (I’m pretty sure Lily is starting the teething process) and countless diaper changes, folding up the stroller, taking out the stroller. It was exciting and I feel proud that I was able to handle 4+ hours of shopping two separate days of shopping in under a week.

One of the hardest things is keeping myself from buying so much. This year is one of the first years I have more then $80 to spend on Christmas gifts, and that coupled with wanting to make Lily’s first Christmas, and the first Christmas with Michael more amazing by buying great gifts it’s hard to stop myself from buying plenty. But I was strong and didn’t spend a crazy amount and didn’t go as crazy as I want to. I turned down buying that new xbox, and I turned down buying Lily three different fancy dresses (Honestly as much as I love them, she wouldn’t fully have anywhere to wear them to)

Christmas shopping for a bigger family, and my own little family makes me feel more grown and mature, and I adore the feeling! I’m proud of myself for being able to even go out and budget for Christmas, I’m proud of being able to think of multiple gifts, and creative ideas for gifts. I’m proud that I’m even able to go out shopping and not have a panic attack, heck January of this year I had a panic attack just going into the same malls as I did my Christmas shopping due to social anxiety.

In all honesty, I really do like the experience of Christmas shopping, I love giving things to others and I can not wait to see my family’s face’s when they open there presents, I think honestly the only thing that could make Christmas shopping better would be A) if I didn’t have to walk around for 4+ hours in one day to do the shopping B) If I had more money to buy the things I wish I could buy for my loved ones!

I hope your Christmas Shopping is the best experience it can be, and GOOD LUCK.

Do you like Christmas shopping? What would make it better?

My Aunts Bridal Shower

Boy has this year been, and will be filled with a lot of showers, from my cousins baby shower, my future baby shower, and finally yesterdays beautiful bridal shower for my aunt, my mothers sister.

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

I stayed over at my parents house Friday night so I was able to help my mother make finger sandwiches, cut fruit, and watermelon for the watermelon limeade. We also made my first mixed tea, which we then chilled to make homemade ice tea that tasted amazing, and I will be posting about soon. We then woke up bright and early to finish all the food, and then transport to our church were we were holding the shower. We decorated with red accents and got everything set.

I was so happy to see my aunt have her time to shine, and I loved seeing her so happy. She was given gifts that were meant for her, great spices, cookbooks, gifts that refereed to family jokes which made all of us laugh.

Homemade ice tea!

Homemade ice tea!

We had plenty to eat with sweet squares, plenty of savory and sweet dips, vegetables, wonderful baked breads, finger sandwiches, cupcakes made by my cousin, and of course the punch and ice tea, which happily everyone raved about the tea!

I’m so happy to share these moments with my family. I haven’t been to many of these occasions, mostly due to not many having happened yet in my family, but also because of my anxiety has caused me to miss out on some family occasions. I am so happy to be able to handle these occasions yet again after many years. I am happy to be able to see the joy in my families eyes when we all get together.

Congratulations Aunt Shirley, I can not wait for your wedding next month, and see you walk down that aisle as gorgeous as always, plus a little extra sparkle on your day of course ❤