Our Home, Christmas Style!

It’s the most wonderful time of year!! So I thought it would be fun to share the fun Christmas things that are decorating our home right now. Plus one of the blogs I read everyday (Momfessionals) is doing a Show & Tell of Christmas decor so I was inspired! So come on inside and take a look.. Living in a new house is always fun (& a bit of a challenge) to find new home for the decor. Enjoy!

Welcome to the Jones house!!

  We have a storm door so the pretty Christmas wreath my sister made me gets to hang on the house. It’s called making it work!
 Not having a mantle this year required some creativity! The front entryway buffet got a lot of our usual mantle pieces.

  We do a real tree in the Jones home! The only time we discuss getting an artificial one is when we are lugging it into our home and putting it in the stand. (NOT FUN.) This is definitely something that Nick is very sweet for putting up with me about.. And one day I will probably give in and go with the fake one. But for this year, real it is! (Thanks babe!)  As you can see, our stockings are hung with care… on the random decorative wall (don’t even know what to call that thing!). It makes for great stocking hangers though!         A few other touches in the living room!   LOVE getting to decorate my farmhouse table for Christmas. And obviously burlap has my heart.         The kitchen is so fun this year! It helps that the coffee bar is pretty much where I like to live.

 These little nuggets are on my kitchen window and I love it. They both pretty much hated Santa this year so that hilarious picture will join this one soon. #memories #mamatried

 One of my all time favorite things during Christmas time is receiving all of the fantastic cards! I love when this little tree gets all filled up by the people we love!

 If you know me really well, you know my hidden secret love for snow globes (please please do NOT buy me a snow globe though.. I absolutely refuse to be the snow globe lady). But this beautiful nativity snow globe goes perfectly in our guest room.

 Here is just a fun festive decoration for the bathroom! Because it’s Christmas EVERYWHERE.

 In Caleb’s room, we put this little jingle bell tree. He absolutely LOVES it and Nick even made up a song about it that he sings while shaking it. You should ask him to sing it for you sometime… 🙂

So that’s it, folks! As I’ve (impatiently) learned, so many people collect their Christmas decor over many many years so although I would love to go out and buy everything I want now, it’s fun to think that each year I can bring in a fun new piece!

If anyone is wondering, I do think Caleb is enjoying this Christmas season! The bottom portion of our tree does not have ornaments (because most of them look like balls and homeboy loves to throw balls) but actually, he has completely stayed away from the tree. He even seems a little scared of it and refuses to get too close. Which fine by me!

So other than Santa and the Christmas tree, I’m just sure he loves Christmas…

Our Life Lately

There is so much to catch up on since the end of November was such a whirlwind! Here are a few highlights…

Caleb and I flew out to Texas earlier than Nick for one of my best friend’s weddings. And a blizzard decided to come. So we had to hurry and fly out the night before planned. (Like I wasn’t already a nervous wreck flying with him alone for the first time!) But he was a champ even with a two hour delay. #rockstarstatus 

Here he is flirting with everyone in the airport! 

 
It was all worth it to see Hannah and Matt get married though! It seriously was such an honor to be apart of such a special and beautiful day. Everything about their ceremony reflected Jesus and their reception was such a great portrayal of their personalities. Such a fun day!!
 
Isn’t she such a stunning bride?!?!  
Seriously so cute. And so candid. 

 
It’s always a great day when I get to spend time with some of my best girls from college (and my bestie from grad school that has joined right in!). They make my life. 

And not to be outdone, Caleb was having himself a great time with Aunt LeyLey and Maddie Moo. He even crashed her school’s thanksgiving feast!     

On that Monday, we made the trek to Waco to see the brand new Silos that opened while I was in Colorado (or else I totally would have been at that grand opening!). I’m pretty much obsessed with Chip and Joanna from Fixer Upper and consider myself on first name basis with them. The trip did not disappoint! And one of my besties from FW made the trip to meet us. I have the best friends EVER. 

  
   
They even put in food trucks and one of them was my most favorite coffee shop in all the land. And all the people said AMEN! 
 
Then look who finally showed up to Texas!! After a week without this guy, we were VERY EXCITED.   (And there’s your little sneak peek to our family pics we took for Christmas cards. This one of the two of them makes my heart melt.)

Thanksgiving was next and such a blast getting to spend the day with so much family! 
Can you even handle the cuteness of these two turkeys?! 

 
He had so much fun with his grandparents!   
  

 
We flew out the day after Thanksgiving but were greeted by JoJo and…. Aunt JJ!!! She was back from the World Race of 11 months of being gone so it was so super fun to have her back! Crazy to think little man was only 2 months old when he last saw her… Quite the difference! (Thank you TimeHop.) 

It was seriously such a blast to be in Texas for so long and get to see so many of my people (although I wish there was time to see EVERYONE). But fun to come back to our new home with SNOW. Hello Christmastime!!!! I mean, when is the last time we went to pick out a Christmas tree and there was real snow on the ground? (For me… Ummm, NEVER.)

 



It pretty much makes you want to snuggle on the couch and watch Christmas movies and drink hot cocoa while staring at the tree ALL MONTH LONG. Here’s to life getting a whole lot more Christmassy! 

  

So this is Fall?!

Since we have arrived in Colorado, everyone has been sure to tell me that the weather has been uncommonly WARM this fall. A bit concerning since I have certainly been able to pull out the boots and sweaters already. (Let’s just remember that in Texas, there are some days this time of the year that I could still be rockin’ some shorts.) So I say that God is easing me into this whole Colorado snowy life. Thank you Jesus for that small favor. 

Well last week it snowed and I was so excited and I took pictures and I went on and on to Caleb how there was SNOW. Nick quickly burst my bubble that even though I was staring at white stuff on our yard, that in reality it was nothing. (This stuff would shut down Texas, but ok.) Then this morning I woke up to what could only be described in my world as a WINTER WONDERLAND. It was beautiful!!! I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. We bundled up our little man and planted him right in the snow. And he LOVED it. He wanted to eat it and play with it and crawl in it. Apparently this kid was made for Colorado.  

    
 (Yes that is my husband standing in snow in shorts. This is what I’m working with, people. He only put on the snow boots to show me that he owned them. Who knew?)

So I thought this would be a great time to share some other things I’ve come to learn about Colorado! Anyone feel free to chime in and correct my observations or add to them because after all, I’m still pretty new here!

  • Nobody is from here. It seems like everyone is a transplant from another state. This makes me feel not alone and also completely understand why the houses are SO STINKIN EXPENSIVE. 
  • This is the land of Subarus and Qdobas and Noodles & Co. All of these things are EVERYWHERE. 
  • Baking here is depressing. If you know me at all, you know I LOVE to bake. But here, none of my recipes turn out like they are supposed to. It makes me sad. 😦 (Locals, this is a cry for help.) 
  • So I’m pretty sure this is a Littleton thing, but you get to choose your own trash service company. Which means there are so many different trash trucks coming down our street so many different days. This is weird to me (and also annoying when you have a child trying to nap). 
  • The fall leaves are GORGEOUS. Who knew that in other places of the country leaves actually changed colors and it was beautiful?! This is what you see in the movies and books but never thought was real. Now I understand when people say Texas knows no seasons. I LOVE IT.

That is all for now, but I’m sure there will be more! Off to go stare at the snow while sitting cozily on my couch drinking coffee!

reunited and it feels so good!

So this weekend three of my all-time favorite girls came to visit! My mom, sister, & niece flew in late Friday night and stayed until Sunday afternoon. It was a fast whirlwind of a trip but SO worth it.   Those eyes. Those pigtails. I can’t even handle it. It was Maddie Moo’s first flight and they reported that she was a champ! No sleeping for her though so she was a bit tuckered out throughout the weekend. But she was still a rockstar! 

We haven’t seen them since we moved so it’s been 7.5 WEEKS without seeing my little Moo. That may not seem very long, but when I had rarely gone a day of her life without seeing her, it’s kind of a BIG DEAL. And she went and got all big on me!  Here she is being all cute while climbing in and out of Caleb’s truck. I told her that she can stop growing up now, especially this fast. She told me she was going to convince her parents to move to Colorado. It was a good talk. 

So we did as many fun things as possible in those 48 hours… We walked around downtown Littleton, we went winter clothes shopping (my mom doesn’t want me to freeze in my Texas wardrobe.. thanks Mom!), we drove them to Idaho Springs to see a mountain town and eat ‘mountain pies’ (AKA stinkin delicious pizza), we took them to our amazing church, and then they left! Told you it was so quick but so fun! 

Here are some fun pics from the weekend..   

    
    
 
And one more thing I have to show you! We found this mug in downtown Littleton that I am pretty much obsessed with now.  

   
Probably because it’s so true! 

So thank you Mom, Ash, & Moo for making the trip so that we could show you our new home that we love.. We love y’all so much!

(And to the rest of you.. Plan your trips now to come see us. We are waiting.)

Hot Diggity Dog!

We have a ONE YEAR OLD. When did that happen? I feel like I was just pregnant with little man! But yet, he has entered toddlerhood in all its glory… the independence, the tantrums, and the super outgoing personality that has just exploded out of nowhere. The kid is a flirt and hasn’t met a pretty girl that he doesn’t like. (It’s a bit concerning for those teenage years.) So when thinking about Halloween this year, it was exciting to think that he actually would care a little more then just sleeping thru it like last year. 

So first it was to decide WHAT he was going to be. I scrolled thru Pinterest like any good mom with high hopes does. Peter Pan seemed like the perfect fit. He’s too young to care or realize I’m putting him in tights and he’s blonde so what could be cuter. But then we strolled thru Babies R Us and came upon their (on sale) costumes and there hung Mickey Mouse. Now there’s not much that gets Caleb’s attention more than that mouse shouting ‘Hey everybody! It’s me, Mickey Mouse!’ The child could be in the other room and will haul butt at the sound of that mouse’s voice. So the mom guilt set in. Caleb LOVES Mickey Mouse. He doesn’t have about a clue who Peter Pan is. And let’s be honest, I’m the least creative person in the world and not about to MAKE a Peter Pan costume. Mickey Mouse for the win! We bought it, took it home, and he LOVED it. Well except for the hood. These were his feelings on the hood.   

  So now it was time to decide WHAT to do on Halloween. A little bit of a struggle because he’s not walking yet and also can’t exactly say ‘trick or treat.’ I was pretty confident calling all strangers ‘dada’ may not be the kind of message we wanted to send. (Yes, my child refuses to still say ‘mama.’ Not bitter at all.) So we decided a shopping center that was offering a trick or treat event was the perfect place for us! We placed our Mickey Mouse in his wagon and just wheeled him up to each store clerk and they threw candy in his bucket. It was perfect! Pretty sure Caleb missed most of it because he was so fixated on the items that kept appearing in his bucket that he rarely ever looked up (unless I made him take a picture). 

   Afterwards, we ate dinner at the Noodles & Co in the shopping center and he ate macaroni & cheese to his heart’s content. A successful trip indeed!

Once we got home, we did go knock on our neighbors’ doors just because we are new to the neighborhood and what better way to make them meet us! The fact that they had to give us candy was just an added bonus. After going back home, Mickey Mouse was pooped.  

 We gave him a bite of Hershey’s and put that mouse to bed. Halloween conquered!  

 Hope everyone else had a great time! There is seriously nothing cuter than little kids dressed up in costumes so I LOVED seeing everyone’s pictures posted on social media. Until next year!  

(Nick does not share my affinity for costumes. Obviously he chose to not join our theme and go as Donald Duck.)

Onto Thanksgiving!

you can take the girl out of Texas…

So life looks a little different than the last time I posted.  Which is a lot of reason why I HAVEN’T posted in forever.  We moved to Colorado, y’all!  And boy did we do it fast.  Nick accepted a new position and within 3 weeks, we were the newest residents of Littleton, Colorado.  And now we have been here a MONTH.  Time flies when life is changing like crazy!  So as most of you know, I am a born and raised Texas girl so I have received a LOT of questions about how I am doing.  So I figured why not just tell you all at once!

I am GOOD! I really am loving our new home, new city, new church, new state!  Now hear me right.. I’ve got Texas pride like no other and the Lone Star State is being represented WELL in our new home with all kinds of Texas decor.  And it’s the first time in my entire life that I’ve found myself caring about things like Caleb going to an elementary school that does not have the Texas flag flying outside.  Let’s just say I get weirdly nostalgic about all kinds of random things.  And I am ADAMANT that I will not lose my accent and that Caleb will always know he’s originally from the best state ever.

BUT.  Life is seriously fantastic here!  Have you ever just shown up somewhere and it just feels like home?!  That is our new church and this town for us.  The people are incredible and the mountains are GORGEOUS and everyone has gone above and beyond to make us feel so welcome.  Talk about God just confirming over and over again that this is where He has called us.  It is like a breath of fresh air (fresh MOUNTAIN air!).  I always tell people that it is hard to be TOO upset about anything when everytime you turn, you are staring at the glory that is the mountains!!  I can’t imagine ever getting used to it.

So thank you friends for all of your prayers and checking on us!  God is taking care of us and allowing us to stare at mountains while He does!!!  (Can you tell I’m a little bit obsessed?)  But as a true Texas girl, I have never experienced the winter that is coming.  And I am not generally a fan of the cold.  So that should be interesting.  So keep the prayers (and possibly coats or hot cocoa or anything else that can keep me warm!) coming.  And I promise to keep you up to date on all of the adventures of trying to get used to this whole new world!

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Our sweet little home!

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This is just driving down the road. Staring at snow-topped mountains in the distance.  (Nick was driving, I promise.)

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Chilly weather does mean this guy in puffy vest which equals about the cutest thing in all the world.

To All The Mamas…

So I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to every mother in the world.  I’m sorry.  I thought I knew.  I had nannied an infant for a year and a half, been a nursery/childcare coordinator at a church for two years, and even taught preschool for a few years.  To me, I thought I had a jumpstart on what it took to be a mother.  Children weren’t new to me… They have been apart of my world for quite a while now.  But up until a little more than nine months ago, I KNEW NOTHING.

All of the thoughts.  All of the analyzing.  All of the questions.  All of the worrying.  All of the decisions.  IT NEVER STOPS.  And to top it off, you get to do all of this with little to no sleep.  I went to grad school where sleep was very minimal and I thought I knew what exhaustion was.  But nope.  Grad school has got nothing on motherhood.

Should I let him sleep in the swing?  Am I creating a sleep prop?  When does he sleep in his crib?  Will he ever be able to sleep on his own now?  Will I be rocking him to sleep when he’s 15?  Is it normal that he sleeps through the night so early?  Wait, why is he not sleeping through the night anymore?  How much should I feed him?  Am I feeding him too much?  Is he crying because he’s hungry?  When does he eat table food?  Is he going to choke?  Why isn’t he crawling yet?  Should I be encouraging him more?  Does he pay too much attention to the TV?  Do I need to read him more books?  Am I making him dumb?  Do I hold him too much?  Should I force a pacifier on him?  Is he sucking his thumb?  Should I make him stop?  Is he too much of a mama’s boy?  Should I let him have teething crackers?  Am I giving him too many teething crackers? Does he nap enough?  When should he drop one of his naps?  Why is he crying????

IT NEVER STOPS.  And yes, some of my questions are beyond ridiculous.  Some of my thoughts are even more ridiculous.  And the amount of times I google things is the most ridiculous of all.  (Nick has definitely cut off my googling rights at times.  Rightly so.)  It is just like the moment that your precious little baby enters the world, your mind and heart and everything in you just becomes so overwhelmed TO GET THIS RIGHT.  This little human is looking to you for everything.  And the love that you have for this little human is huge.  More than huge.  So by goodness, you want to make sure everything is done PERFECTLY.

But here’s the thing that I just keep learning through this whole journey.  It will never be perfect.  Never.  There will be times that he will cry because he’s fussy.  There are times that he will wake up at night and the reason will not be known on this side of Heaven.  There are even going to be times that he pays attention to the TV (oh the horror!).  Life is just going to happen.

AND THAT IS OKAY.  Because God is bigger.  And gives me grace everyday to figure out this whole motherhood thing (which really is WONDERFUL and FANTASTIC).  He is the one who entrusted me with this little guy after all.  So more than anything, my biggest goal everyday is pointing Caleb to Jesus.  My biggest desire for his life is for him to KNOW AND LOVE JESUS.

So mamas everywhere, I see you.  I might not have noticed you as well before in all of my naivety, but I see you now.  And boy am I grateful for you and your wisdom and encouragement and especially your prayers.  Because God is bigger than our concerns, worries, tears, and exhaustion.  He loves our little people more than we ever even could.  So it’s best if we just trust in Him, right?  I’m praying for you, mamas.  And you promise to pray for me.  God’s got this.

Try to Keep Up

Here it is everybody. My first blog post. Well honestly it’s not my VERY first blog post because I used to blog before husband and baby came along, but life got.. well, you know.. busy.  I have been considering jumping back into the blogging world for a little while now, but kept talking myself out of it because I didn’t want to fulfill the stereotype.  Have a baby, stay at home, start a blog.  Because really, what do I have to say?  Except maybe a lot because I spend my days with an eight month old and a nine month old.  So even if it’s not important, someone should probably hear it besides the little people. So here I am.

First let’s start off with WHO I am. My name is Raven and I am a YOUNG twenty-nine year old. (I turn thirty in a week and I am resisting it with every ounce of my being. #29forever) A little over three years ago, I married Nick who just happens to be the most amazing and hilarious man ever. And then a little over eight months ago, we welcomed the cutest baby boy in all of the land into our family and named him Caleb.  (So mommyhood is still real new and fresh over here. I hear you get a trophy and money reward at the one year milestone. Hoping that’s true.) And pretty much the most important thing about us is we LOVE Jesus.  He is the core of who we are and who we strive to be.

Nick and I met in Fort Worth, Texas although neither of us are from there.  He’s a Colorado native and will never ever stop telling you how much he loves his state and how their weather is just soooooooo much better than Texas’.  It’s just best to not bring it up if you don’t want a thirty minute convo about things like humidity, heat, blah blah blah.  I am actually from the Galveston, Texas area but lived in Fort Worth for seven glorious years.  God moved us to the north Houston area a little over a year ago and now we are adjusting to more heat and more humidity (well one of us is adjusting).

So basically in one year, Nick and I found out we were having a baby, moved cities, lived with my family for a few months, changed jobs, bought our very first home, and had that precious baby.  To say it’s been a whirlwind is an understatement.  To top that off, my sister and brother-in-law (who are in fact the family we lived with for that small beat) had a baby five weeks before us.  Which brings me back to the other baby I referred to earlier that I spend my days with. I have the opportunity to stay at home with my little man while we also get to hang out with my little firecracker of a niece. So life is all kinds of busy and all kinds of crazy and all kinds of wonderful.

And THAT is why I have decided to document it and share it with my world. I would love for you all to hear my adventures of trying to keep up with the Jones’… So stay tuned…