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This weekend has been a whirlwind… in the very best of ways! My cute sister and her family came into town, and are staying with us for a few days so as you can imagine, it’s just a full-time party!  The kids just love being together, and that makes me so happy!


Saturday was crazy with 2 dance performances for Quincy and 2 hockey games between the boys… throw in a Costco trip and you have a super Saturday!  The Dancers were darling in their little Santa helper dresses… they performed 4 different high-energy numbers… they have several performances through the month. Quincy LOVES it so much.


Today my brother and sister-in-law blessed their sweet baby girl…she is so precious!  I am so thankful to live close by so we can be a part of these kinds of events.

My Aunt KJ dropped by Fri, and we were  talking about décor and planning the stockings that I am working on (planning on using my YUDU and all the new flocking, glitter and foil)… and she mentioned a vintage Santa Countdown… immediately, I knew that I needed to swing into action, and these would be a fun thing to give to neighbors with young kids… whether you give this already mounted on a piece of chipboard w/ a ribbon hanger, or just a little DIY kit… include a bag full of cottonballs!



So, I created this fun Mr. Claus and the idea is that you adhere a cottonball each day – onto his beard (follow the numbers to countdown). The Printable is 8 1/2×11 … and the kit includes one that has the numbers, and one without the numbers- so it would be fun to just use as a little activity/craft- where the kids can fill Santa’s whole beard w/ cotton! Capri LOVED gluing the cottonballs in place, and hanging it up. She and Quincy both just love to create little masterpieces… I think that it would also make a really cute card- how fun to size it down as a card, and include mini pom-poms. You can download the Santa Countdown HERE at www.Houseof3.com  ….it’s already the 6th, so get it quick!

Can you believe the first week of Dec is almost over…I am happy to say, that I made this year different for me. I can’t even explain how much more enjoyable it is this year. –usually, I put off buying gifts, and planning out schedules etc. – I push it all until the last possible minute! I knew I couldn’t do it again like that… so I started earlier. Took time and made it a priority…  I love all the décor, and and SO excited that I almost have all the gifts purchased! i feel like there is a totally different peace, and gratitude about the season, and just being a little more ‘committed’ to Christmas, has allowed me to really concentrate on the REASON for the holiday- while I have had fun ‘trimming the trees’ and buying gifts… I feel like everything around me points to the Savior. I feel Him in the joy and the laughter…in the beauty and the magic…the family, the warmth and most of all… in the music. It’s really is the most WONDERFUL time of the year. I’m thankful for my own little attitude adjustment—


I was delighted to get an early Christmas present in the mail this week… thank you Maggie… they turned out SO beautiful! Now I have to choose which ones to print! it came in this GORGEOUS cutom CD case… and the photos are just edited to perfection. i think the one she chose for the front is my favorite…

And I still have a few gifts I need to find. I like it when blogs and magazines share good gift ideas… so, for the next few days, I am going to share some of my good gift ideas:


If you know someone that has an SLR camera she likes to lug around to everything… chances are she would LOVE a camera strap cover. I LOVE having these on my camera straps…so much more comfy! City Straps is offering their stock on hand at 40% offclick HERE to see all the different colors (they are SO cute) and type in “HAPPYHOLIDAYS”  to get  the deal.

Have you seen these? 


I got these, this is my first pair of TOMS… and I LOVE love them. They are SO comfortable, and of course, don’t you love that for every pair of shoes they sell, they donate a pair to people in need.  They do come in about a million colors!  Quincy really wants a pair of these sparkly ones… but I can’t find any in her size.


and i LOVE these so much… they are so cute on littles:


tights w/ shoes… there are so many different kinds out there…

ok, more fun ideas tomorrow! xoxo

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