James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

James + Reece + Lola + Jessica

Monday, November 29, 2010

Feels like Christmas, among other things...

People, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Ivins abode.

Maybe it was the giant snow storm that trapped us in the house for the majority of the day.
Maybe it was my Etsy/Barnes & Noble online Christmas shopping binge (seriously, those Cyber Monday deals KILLED me).
Maybe it was receiving an early Christmas gift in the mail.
Maybe it was reading everyone else's blogs and realizing how behind I am in the holiday cheer department.

We may never know the exact reason, but today was the day I felt inspired to deck our halls.

Lola was a love and decided to treat me by taking a three-hour nap this afternoon, so I got busy making pizza dough for our traditional "Decoration Day Feast."  Last year I made chili and cornbread with the intent to turn it into our staple annual meal, but I didn't have the stuff for it and I was really, really craving pizza.  I guess we'll be switching it up every year.  THAT will be our tradition.


We busted out Lola's Christmas pj's early just for the occasion.
Well that, and we haven't done laundry in about a week.
My girl is so goofy.
She kept us entertained at dinner by sucking the BBQ sauce off her chicken and crust and then throwing the remains on the ground with a resounding "Mmmmmmmm."


After dinner, I turned on "The Polar Express" for Lola while Reece braved the 18 inches of snow to procure our decorations from the outdoor storage.  I love my husband.

The problem is, my daughter can't seem to sit still for more than about three seconds unless she's eating a lollipop.  The only way I could get her to settle on the couch next to me was to give her full control of the PS3.  And for the record, she's made it quite clear that taking posed photos is not her thing anymore.


Daddy returned alive and I got to work on the tree while he regained his strength.  By the way, Lola sat quietly for him without a fight.  She's a bit of a daddy's girl these days.


I was particularly excited to pull out the decorations this year because many of them are brand new.  I stumbled upon Target's 90-percent off Christmas sale last year and stocked up big time.

But apparently I forgot lights, so the tree decorating basically stopped at assembly.
That's how I roll.

Lola particularly loved out advent calendar stocking.  I have a feeling I'll be lifting her up to play with it countless times over the next month.


Our tired girl quickly turned into a bit of a Grinch, and our attempt to get a happy picture in front of the naked tree failed miserably.  But it's pretty funny, and funny is always better than nothing, right?


Since I'm quite disappointed about my undecorated tree, I'll end with a few of my favorite decorations, including stockings for our cats hung above their food dish, of course.


And here's a little Christmas reward for all those who had the patience and stamina to get through this ridiculously long post:


Look familiar?
That's right, the shower curtain will once again be making frequent appearances on the blog.

If you can't tell from the pasty skin, bloated belly and exhausted look on my makeup-free face, Lola's getting a baby brother or sister in June.

And we're pretty freakin' thrilled about it.
In fact, we couldn't feel more grateful and blessed.

34 comments:

siovhan said...

IS THIS FOR REAL?!????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'M SO SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAY IVINS FAMILY!!!

Amy said...

Oh how I missed the shower curtain! :) Congratulations!!!!!!!

Also, Christmas looks lovely at your house - well done.

Candace said...

What?!? Is this serious! Congrats! Ahh that's such exciting news! Lola is adorable so I can't wait to see what no. 2 looks like.

aubrie said...

Congratulations! So exciting! Good luck, I hope everything goes smoothly and that you feel great (and not sick) over the holidays.

Also, I'm loving the green bowl full of red ornaments. The decor looks great!

Kathryn said...

I am a blog stalker of yours..congratulations!!

Adam and Tara said...

HOLY CRAP!!! I am so so so excited for you!! And no, I couldn't tell a thing!! How far along are you? Wasn't it around christmas you found out you were pregnant with Lola? WOO!

Megan & Matt said...

Oh my gosh! So, so, so happy for you guys! Congrats!

tara said...

Yippee Skipee! Congratulations you guys! SO SO excited!

Kimba said...

ohmigosh! jess! that is so exciting! and yes, wasn't it around christmas last time?! that is so fantastic. super happy for you both! hope you're feeling okay! i can't wait for more updates. :) and you're adorable, as always.

Kari McCallon said...

Congratulations Ivins Family! I am so excited for you guys!

Madelyn said...

No way! That's so exciting!! Congrats Jess! Yay!

Stephanie Kay Moore said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Marissa said...

Oh my goodnes, congrats!! A brand new baby AND grad school? Next year should be crazy fun for you guys!

Emily said...

Hurray!!! Congrats! I had this slight thought when you asked how my pregnancy was going that maybe.... but then again, maybe you were just being your nice self- but when you're pregnant yourself you're so much more aware of other pregos you know? WELL CONGRATS!! Can't wait to see more of that shower curtain :) Has this pregnancy been different so far?Hope you're feeling good!

Mal Mecham said...

Jess, you better not be kidding! I'm so freaking excited for you!!! I don't think it's possible to make a cuter kid than Lola, so good luck. :)

Welcome! said...

Congrats my friend! How exciting!

Jessica said...

Holy cow! That's amazing! Congrats on baby #2! And I'm so glad the shower curtain is back. :)

Alysha said...

HURRAY FOR BABIES! NIECES AND NEPHEWS! YOU DID SO WELL WITH LOLA-I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE NEW ONE! :) LOVE YOU!

AJ and Cindy said...

oh boy, I don't know what else I could say that I haven't already said! :) I hope you know how excited and happy we are for you guys! This has been such a fun adventure for us to go through with you, thanks for sharing so much with me! love you so much!!

Brooke Hill said...

Congrats on the new baby!!! That is so cool. Love your christmas decorations too!

Cory and Hilary Belnap said...

Yay! Baby #2...when is your due date, beginning or end of June???

thecori.com said...

Whoot! Whoot! Congratulations! I am a wee bit jealous but more so happy for you!

mathistown said...

Hooray! I think baby news is the best kind of news! The kind that deserves a facebook response AND a blog response. ;)

Congratulations!

robocop said...

I didn't notice that you were showing on Thursday...probably that jacket you were wearing. You look so cute and that Lola is looking like a kid now, not so much a baby. Good thing you have another one on the way!

We need to plan something soon. I feel like I've barely talked to you about the pregnancy. Festival of Trees this Thursday or Friday?

ECR said...

Congratulations!

Kristin said...

Congratulations! That's exciting! We have the same advent calendar stocking. I love your decorations!

The Grady's said...

oh my goodness! CONGRATS!!! I am so excited for you. Party of FOUR - crazy!

-M- said...

Aww! Congratulations!!! That's wonderful! :)

Liv said...

you are a brave soul :) i'm still terrified at the thought of having more children.

you seriously look fabulous and i hope the pregnancy speeds up for you!

De Rosa said...

We couldn't be more happier, and it couldn't happen to a better family. We are so blessed to have you in our lives and we can't wait to meet him or her in June. What a journey you guys have come on since we meet you. Now you are adding another and it seems time just keeps flying bye. We wish you the best love you guys always. You really are going to make one amazing Mom of two! Just remember twos is easy you just have to have two lollipops so Lola doesn't still the new babies! Anyway once again we are so happy and congrats a hundred times

steph, brent, and joaquin said...

AHHHH! How awesome! I am so happy for you guys! Hope you continue to feel better and I can't wait for more shower curtain pictures!

Jessica and Reecey said...

Thanks everyone! You are all so sweet. We are so excited! I am 12 weeks along and due June 19th.

alyssa said...

I think I left a comment but maybe I didn't? Or maybe you erased it, which in that case, feel free to erase this one too :)

Just wanted to say congratulations! I love your blog. I am a photographer and I just love seeing the pictures you put up. I always put tons up on our personal blog, which I am still trying to decide if I want to make mine public again.

Here's the link to my photo blog if you want to check it out, see who I am.
http://www.alyssapaulphotography.blogspot.com/

Congrats again, I just love babies!

Jessica and Reecey said...

Alyssa! I would never erase a comment! Thanks so much for your message. I can't wait to check out your blog.