Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Thanksgiving Weekend

And so my long weekend ended. Yesterday I was cooped up at home by myself as I was sick. I am still sick, but I had to come to work today for a meeting. Boo. Being at work while you are sick is no fun.

But we did have a great 5 days off with family and friends. Get ready for a photo overload.

Tuesday after work, I headed out to get my hair done. I didn't change much except I had her cut some sweeping bangs again. My so called bangs were really long and always getting in the way. After my hair, I headed out to Picasso and Wine (in the snow) to meet two of my favorite ladies. I wasn't too sure of the painting before we started it, but mine actually turned out pretty good.

I arrived to Picasso and Wine a little early, so I stopped in William Sonoma for one of my favorite treats (they were half off).

Wednesday we went out to breakfast and ran a few quick errands. Nothing crazy and we did them early in the morning. That night my husband headed out to the basketball game and the girls and I cuddled by the fire and hung out. Perfect evening.
 Love this photo of Avery

Thursday was Thanksgiving and I had so much to be thankful for this year. We got up and made breakfast at home and it was a nice little treat. Then we relaxed at home until it was time to headed to my cousin in-laws house for Thanksgiving dinner. When we have Thanksgiving with my in-laws they have a themed Thanksgiving (ie dress like characters from a movie, white trash, etc.), and this year's theme was Dr. Suess. Since the girls already had costumes (from Halloween and that wasn't planned), we decided to match them. The only problem was, we couldn't find any red and white stripped pants, so we went with red and black.
The girls with their cousin Ryan

Friday we got up and headed out to our annual Christmas tree cutting excursion, but this time with the girls in tow. It was really cold out. So we bundled everyone up and headed out. The girls got cold and cranky about a half hour or so after we got our tree, so we had to head out early. But it was still a lot of fun! And my in-laws came too!

Friday evening we had a Italian dinner at my cousin in-laws house again. Complete with meatballs, lasagna and homemade New York cheesecake. It was THE BEST!

Saturday we headed out early again and this time we went snowboarding. The girls' grandma and aunt came over and watched them while my brother-in-law, husband and myself went snowboarding. It wasn't as good of conditions as last weekend, but it was still a lot of fun. And I am still sore from it. Oh and I did fall once too. I was already feeling under the weather when we went, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity.

Saturday night we went to my in-laws house for dinner. My brother/sister-in-law made tri tip (marinated overnight), twice baked potatoes and a salad. It was really good and a nice way to cap off hanging out with them. We watched some football and headed home to put the ladies to bed.

Sunday we lazied around the house since my sickness was in full force. We put up the Christmas tree and I started decorating. It probably wasn't a good idea because it wore me out, but it looks and smells so nice in the house now.

Sunday night we went to dinner with my family and our family friends. It was a lot of fun and the girls got to meet Blaine (a lifelong friend of mine). The girls may have crawled on the tables and banged bowls on the table. We were that family and it was so much fun.

Monday I was full blown sick, so I stayed home, did a bit of Cyber Monday shopping and laid low.

How was your Thanksgiving weekend?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to pop in to say... 

From The Butler Family! I hope you are snuggled up by the fire with your family and close friends. I hope your belly is full, your heart is full and you are surrounded by love. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I am Thankful For

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought I would write about some of the things I am  thankful for.

The first one is easy. My sweet baby girls. They may have had a rough start (premature birth and the NICU for 4 weeks), but they have brought so much joy and love into our lives. I never knew, only imagined, the love I could have for someone(s). These girls are my everything. They make life so much better. I feel beyond thankful and grateful to be their mom and watch them grow. Baby girls, the last 11 months with you has been nothing short of the best months of my life.
 Left: My girls at 6 weeks old  Center: Avery at 10 months  Right: Sutton at 10 months

I am thankful for... my husband. He has been my rock this last year. He is the best daddy to our baby girls. He has really stepped up to his daddy role and takes on his fair share of baby duties. He has been my nurse after three surgeries. Including one where he changed my open wound (pulling out the gauze, cleaning the wound, repacking the gauze and bandaging me up) on my chest twice a day for five and a half weeks. My husband is one of a kind and I really won the husband lottery with this one.
Tahoe Wedding

I am thankful for... my family (immediate and in-laws). My family has been nothing short of amazing this last year. They have been there through my pregnancy, birth of the girls and through their first year. They have babysat the girls more than we could ever ask anyone else. They have taken care of me after the three surgeries I have had this year. They have showered the girls with love and so many gifts (very spoiled little girls). They have been there through it all and I feel so fortunate that our families live close by and can share everything with us.

I am thankful for... my pup, Walter. Walter is a pretty amazing dog. He puts up with a lot and still loves us unconditionally. The girls are fascinated with him and he puts up with them pulling on his tail, not so gently petting him and he returns their loves with lots of slobbery kisses. He may not get as many walks as he did when he was an only child, but he is my first child. He has a special place in my heart and I love my Roo Dog.

I am thankful for... my and my families health. This year has been full of health scares. From my own three surgeries (traumatic birth, breast abscess and umbilical hernia) to my father-in-laws retina detachment repair, we have had our fair share of health issues this year. But thankfully, everyone is healthy and have made it through this year fairly unscathed.

Monday, November 23, 2015


It's Monday, but that is ok because it is almost like it is also Thursday. I am only working two days this week and I couldn't be happier. We have family coming into town this week and lots of fun ahead. I can't wait. In the meantime, we just need my husband to get healthy (he got sick yesterday afternoon) so we can enjoy this holiday time. The first Thanksgiving for our little ladies.

This weekend went by in an instant. Friday after work, we took the girls to our favorite little sandwich shop, Pedaler's Deli. And we even picked up a pint of their pumpkin cheesecake ice cream. Said ice cream didn't make it through the weekend. We ate the entire thing over two days. So good.

After lunch, I headed out to run a bunch of errands. I wanted to get most of the weekly shopping out of the way before the holiday shopping hits an all time high. I picked up dog food and treats, bought a bunch of things to craft for the girls' birthday and somethings for the babies (baby food, diapers, q-tips, etc.). It was a lot.

We ordered take out and stayed in that evening.

Saturday we headed out to breakfast early because we had some games to watch later that day. I also had to go back out to three stores to try to find an adapter so we could connect my laptop to our tv. I have no clue what happened to our old one. The rest of the day was spent at home watching Nevada play Utah State (football) and Nevada play Pacific (basketball). We also headed out to sushi for an early dinner.

Sunday, the grandparents came over to watch the girls, so we could go snowboarding. There isn't a ton of snow, but enough to get a taste of snowboarding again. And it felt so good.

We even got to take a little break for a cocktail.
Mt Rose
We still need a lot more snow!

While we were off snowboarding, we got a couple texts with pictures of our girls.
 Left: Sutton Right: Avery (the girls loved being pushed around in their diapers box like it was a train, even though their faces don't show it)

The rest of the day was pretty lazy. I did head out to do some grocery shopping for the week and we made dinner. It was a sit by the fire and watch football the rest of the day, kind of day. And it was awesome.

How was your weekend?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Brows and Wine

Did this week seem really long to anyone else? No, I guess it is because we have a full week mixed into these partial weeks. Next week, I only work 2 days. Oh, I am so thankful for the 5 days I will get to spend with my family.

One. I went for a run this week. This is huge because I haven't gone on a run in over a year (doctor cut me off last year in October). I told myself to take it easy, but I wanted to get in at least 3 miles. And I got in 3.3 miles. And now I am sore. But it was so worth it. (yes I have been working out the last 5 months, but not running). Many more runs to come.

Two. I have another girls night next week. After work on Tuesday, I get my hair done (much needed), followed by Picasso and Wine with my favorite ladies. This is what we are painting.

Three. Everyone (in the blogging world) has been talking about Anastasia product for your eyebrows. I have thin brows (thanks to having really thick ones as a child and waxing a ton over the years) and use a pencil to help fill them in a bit and darken them up in between eyebrow tints. So what is your favorite? The powder, pencil, pen, gel? And would you recommend a place like Sephora, Ulta or a department store to try it and make sure I am getting the right color?

Four.  I am breaking in my season pass to Mt. Rose this weekend! After last weekends storm, cold temperatures and snow making, they opened up another big lift. Sure there is still a lot left to open, but we have a babysitter (grandparents) and a few hours to kill up at the mountain. I can't wait. Hopefully my legs are ready.
 Mt. Rose (parts of the right side are open now)

Five. I have started my Cyber Monday list. I never ever partake in Black Friday (I worked it once in high school and it was awful), but enjoy shopping from the comfort of my house or work (sorry) and stocking up on everything that I need to buy this holiday season. We have quite a few things we need to get for the girls plus all of our immediate family. So tell me, have you heard about any Cyber Monday deals? Places? Send them my way please.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Favorite Holiday Treats

I am not a big sweets person. I can pass up desserts most nights when my husband asks if I want ice cream, chocolates, etc. I would rather have a nice glass of wine. But when Thanksgiving and Christmas come around, I tend to indulge in sweets a little more. How could you not with all the seasonal treats.

I have some of these items in my shopping cart as we speak and others I wait until I can hit the store from them. But they are always a must around the holidays. And I ramp up my gym workouts to burn off all the extra yummy calories I enjoy over the holidays.
Favorite Holiday Treats

One. Peppermint Bark. William Sonoma carries the best peppermint bark by far. Or at least from the ones I have tried. We always scoop up a tin or two of this and it is a favorite evening treat. And my brother-in-law may have eaten an entire container in one day last year. Just maybe.
Two. Modjeskas. Or what I like to call them, Scotch Kisses. Caramel covered marshmallows or heaven.
Three. Pumpkin Seed Brittle. I love brittle, but usually not peanut brittle. It is ok, but my least favorite brittle. BUT, pumpkin seed brittle, oh so good. I love most things pumpkin and this brittle doesn't disappoint. It has a slight spice to it that add the perfect balance to the sweetness.
Four. Fleur De Sel Caramels. Another William Sonoma favorite. I found these a few years back and now anxiously await their arrival on their website (which is always before stores in Reno). Bittersweet chocolate with sea salt and a velvety vanilla caramel inside.
Five. Vanilla Marshmallows. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving, we go Christmas tree cutting. And we always bring out hot chocolate. It is probably the only time of the year I enjoy hot chocolate. But I always add these vanilla marshmallows to give it that extra yumminess. These are way better than the crunchy marshmallows that come in the hot chocolate packets.
Six. Trader Joes Peppermint Joe Joe's. Do you like oreos? Well these are like oreos only better (which is saying a lot). These chocolate cookies have a vanilla peppermint cream with crushed candy canes. They are many flavors of Joe Joe's, but this one is my favorite. Pair it with a cup of coffee or over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Seven. Davidson's Christmas Tea. Sparks (neighboring city to Reno) has the Davidson's tea warehouse. They also have a little shop inside to buy and try teas and tea accessories. Their Christmas tea is a favorite. I stock up on it and enjoy it for months to come. The spices are perfect combination to the black tea. And you can find it online or in most Whole Foods and other shops. So good and perfect for a cozy cold day.

What are your favorite holiday treats?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Stocking Choices for Avery and Sutton

Finding stockings....something that has taken way more time and effort then it should have. I have been on the search for Christmas stockings for the girls. I never really thought about it until a couple weeks ago when we were putting our Halloween stuff away.

I started searching Etsy, West Elm, Pottery Barn Kids, Restoration Hardware Baby, Target, Amazon, etc. Either nothing jumped out at me or it just seemed so expensive. I didn't want the clique "Baby's First Christmas" stocking because it would only be for the first Christmas. I want something that we can use for years to come. At least until the girls are old enough to pick out their own.

I wanted to personalize the stockings, but it wasn't mandatory. And I didn't want any Disney or child themed characters.

Here are a few of the ones I searched and liked.
Christmas Stockings

1. RH Baby and Child Knit Stocking - $34 (on sale for $24)
2. RH Baby and Child Fair Isle Knit Stocking - $34 (on sale for $19)
3. Pottery Barn Gray Snowflake Stocking - $34.50 (on sale for $27.50)
4. West Elm Jingle Velvet Stocking - $49+ (on sale $39+)
5. Target Holiday Cream Fair Isle - $13
6. West Elm Knit Stocking - $24+ (on sale $19+)
7. Etsy Eugenie2 Personalized Knit Stocking - $37.50

As you can see, I clearly have a sort of look I was going for. We ultimately decided on #2, in red and white with gray personalization. I can't wait to get them in the mail and hang them up!