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Super Bowl Sunday

I know it’s a little late, but here’s a recap of our unplanned Super Bowl evening.

We had big plans to have friends over for the game. I came up with a pretty good menu – vegetarian chili, pizza rolls, chicken nuggets for the kids, pasta salad, chips and dip, and cookies – and Lucy and I spent some time out picking up decorations and last minute items.

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But, when Joe returned home from his 30-mile (yes, that was 3-0) run, he wasn’t feeling quite right. We waited until about 45 minutes until our guests were supposed to arrive to give him a chance to start feeling better but had to call it off. We’re not sure if he had a stomach bug or it was something with the long run and amount of fuel. In any case, he wasn’t in any shape to have people over.

Lucy was REALLY disappointed because she was looking forward to playing with the kids who were supposed to come. I think she thought she was being punished because she kept begging us to let them come. It broke our hearts. So, we set up the party for her. I didn’t make all the food I was planning, but I set up some decorations and put out some food for us all. She had a blast!

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Lucy had her first taste of grape soda.

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We watched some football. We watched a time lapse video of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.

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And, we played some games.

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It was a nice, fun, family night. Gooooo Ravens! Hopefully next year, we’ll be watching our Falcons in the Super Bowl!

Lucy’s First Haircut

We recently got Lucy’s hair cut. For the first time. At age 3. That’s how slowly my kid’s hair grows. I mean, really, up until this year, she hardly had any. And, if it wasn’t for the straight strands underneath all her beautiful curls making the back look like a mullet, we probably would have waited even longer.

We don’t have any children’s hair cut places in town, so our options were either Great Clips or a salon. We opted for a salon and, boy am I glad we did. The stylist was SO good with Lucy and the hair cut REALLY enhances her curls. It seems MUCH more curly now, which I love. So happy.

And Lucy? She did awesome. She didn’t cry. She didn’t fuss. She sat, intently staring in the mirror as the stylist worked.

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When the stylist was done, she sprinkled fairy dust on Lucy’s hair. And that was when she won all of us over. Best children’s stylist ever.

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Before we left, Lucy insisted on sitting under the dryer like the other women.

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And, we had to get a picture of her in front of the salon, since we hadn’t gotten one when we arrived.

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Her hair doesn’t look too much different, but it is a little shorter and a *little* less shaggy. Honestly, I didn’t want it cut “short” because I want it to grow a bit. We needed it cleaned up a little, but with all those curls, it’s always all over the place! I wonder how long it will be before her next haircut!

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After:

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Handprint Reindeer

I just realized I never shared the Christmas craft we made for my parents this year! We made Joe’s parents a handprint menorah for Hanukkah, so we made my parents a handprint reindeer!

We set Lucy up in the kitchen and went to work. Just like the menorah, this was super easy to make and barely took us five minutes. I’m all about the super easy crafts, especially when it comes to paint.

We painted both of her hands and put them down one at a time so that the thumbs were touching in a line.

I painted a half circle at the bottom for the face and left it to dry. When it was done, I cut a circle out of red scrapbook paper (since I didn’t have red paint) to attach for the nose and then drew two eyes with a Sharpie. And, the finished product:

So stinkin’ cute! Now, I need to make one for us to have here at home!

Early Shopping

Wow – I have gotten SO much shopping done lately for Christmas/birthdays. I got Rivka and Asa taken care of (whew!), and I have Harrison and Marshall’s Christmas gifts. I love being ahead of the game (like super ahead of the game this year), and everything I got are things I know they will enjoy later this year.

I also got a bunch of great things for Lucy. I scored some great deals on princess toys during the Target toy clearance, so she’ll get those for her birthday (which is princess-themed. Duh.). And, today, the princess keyboard I got a fabulous deal on arrived. She loves music (I sure hope I’m not buying a ukulele at musicians friend¬†one of these days), and I know she will go crazy over this. I can’t wait to see her face!

Oh, and did I mention I also have gotten gifts for all the women in the family already as well?? I love shopping throughout the year like this. It makes things so much less stressful when the holidays roll around.

Ringing in the New Year

We had yet another laid back New Year’s Eve this year. After Joe got off work, we headed to his parents’ cabin in the mountains for the night. My parents came, too, so it was a lot of fun. Lucy had a blast and LOVED being the center of attention. Shocking, I know.

I had a tough time staying up until midnight. Lucy ended up waking up, so she was up when we rang in the new year. We watched the ball drop in Times Square, and she tried sparking cider (she didn’t like the fizziness).

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Next year, we may host a party for our friends at our house. We haven’t done that in a while!