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A BLUE Christmas with the Colts

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The boys had an opportunity to play on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium over the weekend during the “Bleed Blue” Blood Drive event. It’s a great deal all around – Brad gives life, gets a free football, and the boys call score touchdowns on the same field our beloved Colts play.

bleed blue blood drive event lucas oil stadium colts

If only I had access to that field every cold day this winter!  Talk about a great way to run off some energy running 100 yards a 1/2 a dozen times!

Here’s some of the video highlights that are sure to make SportsCenter. ;)

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Love these boys and their competitive spirit and endless energy!  So thankful to be able to make memories like these with them!



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Christmas Traditions To Make The Season Magical


It’s a precious thing to behold Christmas through a child’s perspective. This year I’m soaking up these Christmas moments with my Littles while they last.  I know that the excitement, the innocence, the wonder, are depleting by the year. The way they light up when we plug in the tree for the first time, the way they react when they find their favorite ornament, how they serenade Brad as he puts up lights outdoors, and the anticipation of counting down the days, are all things that will be a little less on the “magic scale” come next Christmas.  Which is why we’re savoring it all the more this December.

So What Are Some Ways We Hold on to the Magic of the Season?

~ Walking downtown Indianapolis to take in the Circle of Lights, the reindeer, and the nativity

~ Dancing to Christmas music on Pandora

~ Watching some of our absolute favorite Christmas flicks together

~ Opening a door of their an advent house every morning of December

~ Decorating sugar cookies with grandma(s) ~ Allowing them to decorate their own kids’ tree

~ Sleeping under the tree on Christmas Eve

~ Caroling to neighbors and to the nursing home

~ Reading some of our favorite Christmas stories: The Polar Express, The Tale of  Three Trees, The First Christmas Tree, and others

~ Making Reindeer Food together


We’ve also been having fun with the North Pole Magic Mail, and the North Pole Communicator that Hallmark sent us this month. And the boys would love to decorate a Gingerbread House this year, so maybe we’ll add it to our yearly traditions if it’s not a complete disaster. Hopefully a lot of these traditions will continue for years to come, and perhaps one day they’ll carry on a few of these magical traditions with their own kids. Their spirit is contagious, and I hope we can spread some of that child-like wonder to family and friends this season. It’s all about enjoying the moments, celebrating the meaning, and soaking up their excitement this season. 


So How Do YOU Make the Most of This Magical Season?  What Traditions Do You Enjoy with Your Kids? What’s Your Favorite Way to Take It All In?

This post is part of a series that I’m partnering with Hallmark for during this month of December. I’m honored and grateful to be part of their “Life is a Special Occasion” campaign this December. 


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Scenes from a Snowy December Weekend…


Friday brought us our first snowfall of the season, which came as no disappointment to four six-year-olds. We had a great day staying warm inside doing our school work, putting together puzzles (they are on a puzzle kick lately), and watching The Grinch.  I had discovered earlier that day that we only had 2 pairs of snow pants that fit from the previous year, so we had to put our snow activities on hold.  Instead they wore their sock hats inside all day.

I went shopping later that evening and found 2 pairs already marked 70% off, and Henry and Brooks were dressed before I could even pull the tags off.


Who says 8:30 is too late to go play in the snowy backyard? We found these kid-sized shovels for $5 and they are quite the hit! Brad is getting excited at the thought of his shoveling days being numbered.


The next morning we braved the cold morning at Eagle Creek to take our Christmas card picture. We’re running a little late on getting our cards out, but bonus SNOW pictures! 


We told the boys for their eager cooperation they would be rewarded with a peppermint hot chocolate from Starbucks to warm them back up.


Such grown up Dudes sipping their drinks, and hanging with the Saturday morning crowd!


After their morning Cuppa’Mint, we went home to bundle up for the sledding hill. (Have I mentioned that getting them ready to play in the snow is SOOOOOOO MUCH easier this year?  We’ve cut getting ready time by about 20 minutes!!! Makes Saying YES to the Snow Days all the more worth it! ) 


The sledding hill did not disappoint – so fun that even Brad and I couldn’t resist a few slides down to the bottom.  After that we headed to Covington Grandpa and Grandma’s to help them decorate their tree, which was a joy for all of us. Why didn’t I take any pictures???!!! 


And Sunday we did church and hunkered down inside to watch our Colts struggle again, catch up on the extra laundry, and play with LEGOS. Never to old to create, right?  

So that was our snowy December weekend…how was YOURS? Did you decorate for Christmas, work on Christmas cards, play in the snow, make Christmas treats? 

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