Monday, November 25, 2013

The calm before the crazy...

This time of year is my favorite... Thanksgiving with its amazing food and family time leads straight to Christmas and its cozy weather, bright lights, and festive music. As wonderful and lovey-dovey as it all is, it's also one of the most stressful times of year. In between jam-packed work days and travel, I do my best to squeeze in decorating, shopping, and wrapping with enough time left over to sit and enjoy the christmas lights for a couple of days. But this year, I am vowing to get things done early so I can really enjoy the holiday season

I had planned to start chipping away at my christmas shopping list last week, but in between a 24 hour trip to New York and back and less than 48 hours in Ohio, the days just got away from me. So now it's time to lock in and get to work!

That's why I'm calling these next few days the calm before the (holiday) crazy. I'll have a slightly lighter load at work this week, which will give me time to slowly start checking things off my personal to-do list. That way once Thanksgiving ends and the mad dash to Christmas begins, I won't be overcome with that inevitable holiday stress. 

So let's all sit back, relax, and enjoy the season. Otherwise it will be here and gone before you know it!

Hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving week! I will be soaking up as much time by the fireplace and at the dinner table with my family as humanly possible!

xo Steph

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Johnny's 1st Birthday

I know I've said this many times, but I just cannot get over how fast time flies. Just the other day I was driving home from San Francisco like a crazy person in a rush to see my brand new nephew, Johnny Fontana. I still remember the night he was born like it was yesterday. I had missed the birth, but that meant I was wide awake when everyone else was exhausted from the long night they all endured. So I found myself alone, cradling sweet Johnny in my arms while his mommy and daddy finally got some sleep. I will never forget that night I spent in that quiet hospital room, cuddling and bonding (and snapping a few selfies!) with our new baby boy. I can't believe it's already been a year.
 My first night bonding with Johnny Fontana.

Fast forward to just a couple days ago when we celebrated Johnny's first birthday with a barnyard-themed bash. I had to miss a big chunk of the party to go celebrate my long-time friend's wedding in Lake Tahoe, so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but it was a huge celebration with all of Johnny's closest family and friends that love that little cutie so much!
Johnny and his proud parents.

 Johnny loved his barnyard cake!
His favorite cousin Brendan wouldn't miss Johnny's party for the world!

There was a sort of funny moment when everyone started singing 'Happy Birthday' to Johnny, and Brendan just collapsed in tears. He HATES when everyone's attention is on him, and clearly on his cousin too. Not sure if he thinks everyone is going to attack, but he is NOT a fan of the birthday song!

I've made it a little tradition for myself to make the boy's banners for their birthday parties. I made Brendan's monkey-themed one, so I was happy to make Johnny a barnyard-themed sign complete with a cow, chicken, horse, and a piggy. Since I didn't get there until dark, I had to take a picture with the birthday boy and what was left of the sign the next morning. Unfortunately, the bottom row fell victim to the sprinklers, but you get the idea!
These precious boys are growing up so fast... I just want time to slow down! There's nothing I love more than chasing these little rascals around, pushing them on their motorcycles, reading them books, and rocking them to sleep. I am so lucky to be their "Auntie Steeeeeee"!
xo Steph