Mercy Me, It’s STILL Christmas

Yep. I’m that girl. It’s still Christmas. The tenth day, in fact.

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Well, I’m not exactly that girl, but I posted to Instagram yesterday: “We are in a play LATE, go to bed LATE, get up LATE, snuggle LATE habit. I’m loving every minute, but Monday morning is gonna hurt!” Eh, we’ll adjust. It’s still Christmas!

Yes, our tree is still up. (Still standing, even!) Yes, I ate cheese dip with chips and a side of yummy 7-layer bar for breakfast yesterday morning. At 10:30.

Last night while the other kids were busy with a sleepover and movies and such, Lance and I taught our two bigs to play 10-point pitch. After I won đŸ˜‰ and we cleared the table, he looked at me and grinned, “THIS is what I dreamed about when we were dreaming for kids.”

Yep. We’re living it up.

It’s still Christmas.

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I may or may not still be listening to Christmas music (some, busted out on the kids’ new karaoke machine, of course) like MercyMe, It’s Christmas. I can’t help it! While others are “so ready to be done” with Christmas on December 26, we’re just getting started, Christmas music and all!

Christian Christmas music is a great way to center our whole holiday on the Reason for the Season, and I was super pleasantly surprised to hear it playing at the mall when the girls and I took a day trip out a few days ago. What a gift!

Apparently not all businesses have gone secular for the holidays. Who knew?! Have you ever eaten at Pizza Ranch? There’s a fairly new one about an hour from me that we haven’t visited yet, but when I recently heard more about the company, I was instantly in the mood for a good pizza and chalked it up as a Must Try on our next trip to town!

Pizza Ranch was founded in 1981 in Iowa with a vision to glorify God by positively impacting the world and a mission to give every guest a legendary experience. MercyMe worked with Pizza Ranch in December to debut their new Christmas album. Incredible!

To celebrate their partnership and everyone who likes to celebrate all 12 Days of Christmas, I’m giving away a MercyMe, It’s Christmas cd on the blog. (Yes, in January.) To enter, just leave a comment. Any comment will do, but I’d love to hear if you are still celebrating Christmas with me. Or if you are dreading the early morning Monday alarm. Or if your tree was down and packed away on December 26. (We can still be friends!) Or which Christmas songs you could listen to all year long. Anything, really!

Giveaway ends Monday, January 4 at 11:59pm, CST. A winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email.

 

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New Year’s Eve Time Capsule ~ Free Printable

I don’t remember the first year I posted one of these (2011 maybe?), but I do remember a kind reader asking me if I had one last year, and I didn’t! (Oh, the guilt!) New Year’s celebrations can be fun for the whole family as we look back on the past year and look forward to goals and plans for 2016. You can download this free printable for the kids to fill out. Stash them away in a safe place, or keep them in a time capsule along with a few of your favorite things to open up next year!

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Click here to download.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie and can get it together in a day (nothing like the last minute!), I love these New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags from Hoosier Homemade. Enjoy!

(PS ~ My year in blog stats email came yesterday. Nineteen posts in 2015. Pitiful! I used to write more than that in a month! No promises, but gosh I miss this place. “Stop” is my word of the year and I’m hoping its reminders will help me get back to my favorite things and GO.)

What are your plans for ringing in the New Year? We haven’t even made any yet, but I owe my 8yo a clothes shopping trip, so we might do that tomorrow. Then we’ll likely fix some fun food, play some games, maybe watch a movie, and call it a night (likely with extra kids at the house)! I also have an essential oils class to get written and published before Friday. Here goes!

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Excuses, Excuses…

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I feel like I am forever finding excuses (good ones!) for not hopping in here to blog more often. Just in case you think I'm on vacation or something, here's today's excuse... Toilet Girl strikes again, 5 minutes before nap time. (She's … [Keep reading…]

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Day in the Life {November 15}

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When I set the 15th to be my monthly Day in the Life, my own birthday was the farthest thing from my mind, so I didn't think about blogging my birthday every year! Before I start with Sunday, the 15th, I must tell you that I am brilliant and … [Keep reading…]

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Little Helpers

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The other evening my husband came rushing up the stairs and asked for my phone. "How do I take pictures with this thing?" After a 2-second tutorial, he hustled down to the basement. That's usually not a good thing for us. Exhibit A Exhibit … [Keep reading…]

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Crowd Pleasing Cavatini

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Crowd-Pleasing Cavatini was one of the very first recipes I published here, in September of 2008! It's still one of our favorite meals, easily feeds a dozen or more adults, and deserves a bit of a revival. Cavatini is a great recipe to … [Keep reading…]

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A letter to the mama who is freaking out that she isn’t doing enough.

Money Making Mom

Have you heard the exciting news? My friend Crystal, the Money Saving Mom, just released a new book, Money Making Mom. Crystal is a long-time (in internet years) friend. We met on Twitter, oh, 7ish years ago maybe? She wore 3-week-old Silas in … [Keep reading…]

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In the Toilet

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Ever feel like life's in the toilet? Well, I've got nothing encouraging for you tonight. Sorry. Just this. Twelve+ years of parenting. Six children. Several flushed toothbrushes. Countless toilet-water-dipped hands. But this was a … [Keep reading…]

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Easy Seasoned Snack Mix

Easy Seasoned Snack Mix

Teaming with savory flavors and a variety of crunchy textures, I have made and taken this Easy Seasoned Snack Mix to lots of gatherings and get-togethers over the years where it's been met with rave reviews. "I can't stop eating it. What's in this?!" … [Keep reading…]

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