First step, move the cozy coup...

Bike next...

(Nice bike, huh?)

And finally, I'm ready.
Sweater & Necklace: F21, Pants & Boots: Target, Tank: Random Mall Store, Leg Warmers: Gift

This is why it becomes difficult to squeeze in an outfit post daily. Because not only do I actually have to get dressed, but then I have to move sometimes multiple things out of the way just to have a place to take a picture. That coupled with the fact that there are only a couple of shaded places where I can angle the camera in such a way that it doesn't catch the other half dozen toys or work related vehicles and supplies in the background. And none of that is counting the time it takes this amateur to get the camera settings right, upload and edit the pictures and then upload said pictures here and come up with something moderately interesting to write about... or just something ;). See, you thought this was easy didn't you? Well I'm here to  tell you it's not! Or, if it is easy, it's at least not quick! Hahaha... (I felt like I needed a laugh there. So that's what that's about.)

I'll be back on Friday probably to share those New Year's "Goals" I was talking about on Monday. Although I'm kind of in the mood to go into it now, I know I'm on borrowed time as I irresponsibly let Adelaide play a game on my iPad while I'm typing. So really, even if the iPad gave me the time, I would probably have my Mom of the Year award revoked for allowing that to carry on. And we can't have that now, can we?

One more quick note: I've had a few old friends comment about my blog on facebook! Thanks so much guys! It's awesome to know that there are actually a few people reading, and maybe even enjoying my blog! I do it because I really enjoy it, but it is infinitely more rewarding knowing that  a few people are actually reading and looking at the stuff I spend so much of my time on! And it makes it a lot easier to put it out there and feel proud, rather than just incredibly self-conscious about it :) Thanks for reading and for the comments!



^^Oh, red velvet cinnamon rolls, I looooove you so!^^ 

^^You really can't ask for a better picture than this of two 1 year olds.^^ 

^^Scaling gift mountain^^ 

^^FOUR generations of Glowicki's (can you believe we got both of the girls smiling {at least sort of}?!?!)^^ 

 ^^Ignore the sad state of mine and Jordan's hair and focus on Adelaide's sweet smile!^^

Well, our Christmas was a success. Adelaide loved the (free!) kitchen we found for her, as well as the many, many other things she ended up with over the holiday. She and her cousin Hadley enjoyed a game of feed the baby (baby being Adelaide), and GG (Great-grandma) got lots of time with the girls. I got a brand-spanking-new bike with a bell! 

Now, Christmas was great and all, and if given the choice to extend the season, I probably would, but since that's not happening, I must admit, I am somewhat relieved to have it past. I am already looking forward to next year, but I am also feeling so much calmer and relaxed and rejuvenated now that the house is back to normal and our schedule is much more open (room for plenty of nothing for a while I hope!).

This year is the first time that I think I finally understand the desire to make new year's resolutions. In the past, I think New Year's day was just another day, and the desire to make resolutions never really hit me... I made them sometimes, but not really because I wanted to, but just because that's what people did. But this year, I'm feeling it. Now that Christmas is over, I feel refreshed and optimistic; like Spring is just around the corner (which is tragically far from the truth). I feel excited about the new year, like it's a fresh start, and I feel like it's gonna be a good one. I want to make positive changes and goals. I'm going to call mine New Year's Goals though, because for no real reason that I can explain, that just seems like a better fit to me. Something more ongoing, that I will work toward a little at a time. Resolution just seems so much more immediate, and I'm not interested in trying to force hasty changes in my life or in myself, and that's what I think of when I think of a "resolution". So, yeah... feel free to jump aboard the New Year's Goals bandwagon with me ;)

I'll go more into my New Year's Goals another day, but I'll share one now, since it is relevant: I'm going to cut back a little on blogging to 3 days a week, which was my original goal... I'm not sure when I started expecting myself to post 4-5 times a week. Adelaide seems to be ready to drop her morning nap, and even with that 30 minutes in the morning, I was having a hard time keeping up with everything. So now that that morning break seems to be gone for good, I'm going to try to make the transition a little easier on myself by reducing my blog to-do list (and filling that spot right back in... more on that to come).

Well, I hope everyone else had a magical, happy and fun holiday... let's do it again next year!



Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

We just finished up a wonderful afternoon with my parents. It included the ever-present lasagna, cheesecake and several rounds of Heads Up (the accents and impersonations deck is a must!). There were lots of laughs, smiles and tons of fun. Santa has already been by our house, with a nice surprise for our baby girl waiting by the tree and a stocking full of goodies. 

We missed my sister and her family, but I'm sure they had a great night too. We missed you guys!

Now go to bed so Santa can come! I'll see you all next week.



Hat, Shirt, Sweater & Jeans: F21, Boots: Gift from Mom, Low quality pictures courtesy of the crappy kit lens I was too lazy to change

Tomorrow is my absolute favorite day of the holiday season. Part of me can't wait for it to get here, and part of me hopes today is nice and slow, because I'm not quite ready for it to be over. And you know, the sooner it gets here, the sooner it's over and all that. I'm definitely one who likes to delay gratification, but only when I know the gratification is close and when I am in control of it. ;) It's the anticipation and build-up that I enjoy the most. 

Also, sorry if this hat is wearing out its welcome on the blog these days. In truth, today is the first day I actually plan on wearing it. Normally it's quickly discarded because it's too warm, or Adelaide insists on wearing it herself and then hitting me in the face with it as she tries to put it back on my head, and then it goes away in order to prevent a game of on-off-on-off that would last as long as the hat and I were in her presence. But today, this hat is the only thing standing between me and the gloomy rainy day that will send me straight to frizz-central. Hopefully Adelaide will understand the crucial role it is playing today.

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve and good luck if you have any last minute shopping to get done. Adelaide and I are headed out in search of junk treasures for Santa to stuff stockings with ;)



^^Flash + super excited me = weird looking face!^^ 

^^I'd say somebody had a great day!^^

We did Christmas with my family yesterday, and it was so much fun! Adelaide absolutely loves all of the action that comes along with hanging out with her cousins! Everyone was was so incredibly generous. Adelaide came home with a whole new set of toys to keep her busy for weeks.... or a few minutes at least ;) I got a new purse and boots to show off, as well as a brand  new set of pots and pans to replace our very much past their prime set.

It was so much fun celebrating early. Last night I could've sworn it really was Christmas Eve. The next few days are going to feel even more festive as a result of getting to start early. 

Mandy, Michael, Grady, Cyrus & Everly: Have a fantastic, fun and safe holiday in Arizona!

Mom & Dad: We'll see you in a couple of days to do it again! I think round two calls for cheesecake. What do you think??



Shirt: Urban Outfitters, Skirt & Tank: F21, Boots: Sears, Scarf: Old

So, bad pictures (hello goofy pose, weird face and blurry feet) + a less than great outfit is the combo that brings me here today. Let's just move on from that now....

My grandmother-in-law in in town from Chicago (Hi GG!), and so tonight starts the Christmas celebrating! I think the plan is for us all to head over to my brother-in-law's house since Jordan will already be on that side of the county for work this afternoon. But don't you worry, I don't have to be the one hosting to whip up a tasty treat. I will absolutely impose help out that way, without even having been asked ;)

Now, I think I'm going to go change into some jeans, because #1, I just don't like the Little House on the Prairie vibe I'm getting from this outfit, and #2, it's cold, and even with boots under the skirt, it's just not cutting it for me today. 



Sweater, Tee, Jeans & Shoes: F21, Belt: Target, Scarf: Gift

We have stuff. Piles and piles of stuff. On every flat surface, stuff. It seemed to start getting that way before Thanksgiving. Cans of chicken broth that wouldn't fit in the pantry, plates and utensils, all sitting out on the counter top, just waiting for the big day. Since then, extra boxes and gift wrapping supplies, decorations that never quite found their spot. And as always, mail. On the table, on the bar, covering Jordan's desk. We've never had a good solution for where to put the mail.  

I have gotten myself in a better and more relaxed place when it comes to my own expectations of what I need to get get done daily. Letting the unimportant things slide, letting the house become somewhat untidy a huge mess. But now, I think it's gotten a little out of hand. I've been having trouble finding time to do my blogging and do the housework over the past couple of months, as Adelaide's naps have been getting shorter and shorter.  I've been putting priority on blogging, because I enjoy it, and it's my time to do something for me. I think that's important, but now that our house just looks like one big pile of clutter, I think I better do something about it. But I'm really not all that concerned about it actually. The busyness of the holidays will pass, and so will will the mess that comes along with it. And things will get back to the status quo... or they won't. Either way, I'm just gonna roll with it :)

7 days until Christmas! Can you believe it?!?!

P.S. These pictures are actually a couple of days old. Today is a dreary, gray and chilly day, and we have nothing in particular to do, so I decided to dress like it. Maybe later I'll get around to taking a picture to share with you of what cozy looks like ;)



Sweater: F21, Pants: Target, Jacket: Old Navy, Boots: Sears, Scarf: Gift I think? It's old.

Adelaide had her very first Christmas party this morning! In honor of it, we decided to put on some festive duds (as if she hasn't worn festive Christmas duds 5 out of 7 days of the week ever since Thanksgiving was over) and had a great time!

The Christmas fun sent me on a search for a Christmas questionnaire. You know, like the ones that we used to answer constantly, and then forward to at least 6 people, otherwise you would have "bad luck for 10 years"... remember those? Are my nearly 30 years showing by referring to this? Anyway, I used to love reading and filling those in, no matter how many almost identical ones I had already read and answered. So, here's what I found...

1. Egg nog or hot chocolate?  Hot chocolate with as many marshmallows as will fit.
2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Just sit them around the tree.
3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? Jordan and I had colored lights on our very first Christmas tree, because that's what he wanted... we switched to clear every year since then, but I added one strand of colored this year for Adelaide. Having her around made me want to veer away from the red & silver motif that I have so steadfastly hung on to for the past decade, in favor of a more fun color palette this year... pink wrapping paper? Yes!
4. Do you hang mistletoe? Nah.
5. When do you hang your decorations up? Day after Thanksgiving, no exceptions!
6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? Excluding dessert?!?! Why would dessert ever be excluded from anything?? Forget that. My favorite holiday dish... sugar cookies with frosting I supposed. Mostly because that's the only thing I can think of that I always make during Christmas, and pretty much only make during Christmas.
7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? When I got Mall Madness. My parents had me convinced that they had tried soooo hard, but just couldn't manage to get it- sold out everywhere. And do you know what was waiting for me on Christmas morning? Mall Madness. And I loooooved it! Surprise, surprise. I guess this shopping & clothes thing started waaay back.
8. What is on your Christmas Wish list? I guess a bike, maybe some tennis shoes... I mean, there's things I would like to have, but I'm really not dying for anything. I'm far more excited to give the gifts I found for everyone else this year. 
9. Do you open a gifts on Christmas Eve? Growing up we always got to open a gift from my Grandma and Aunt and one from under the tree. Now, we do Christmas Eve with my family, so we exchange gifts with them. I've always kind of liked Christmas Eve more than Christmas day... the anticipation is at it's absolute height, you can just feel it all day long. Christmas day always ends up feeling kinda depressing toward the end, because it's all over. Sad :(
10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? With the hodgepodge of ornaments we've collected over the past 10 years... My favorites are the homemade ones we made on our first Christmas, and the ones we've been collecting from the places we've traveled (one from each trip). I'm really excited to start traveling with Adelaide, so she can start her own collection!
11. Snow? Love it or dread it? Loooooooove it. But I'm a Texan, so I'm lucky to see it a couple of times each year, so what's not to love?
12. Real tree or fake tree? I've never known anything other than fake. Those real ones can get expensive! I can't imagine my cheap self shelling out for that year after year.
13. Do you remember your favorite gift? Other than Mall Madness, I'd have to say my engagement ring, on Christmas morning 7 years ago. Again, I was beyond surprised, as Jordan had spend the previous 3 1/2 years convincing me that he wasn't really into the idea of marriage. Clearly I have a long history of having the wool pulled over my eyes. I guess my naivete works in other people's favor quite well!
14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you? Giving and focusing on and being with the ones you love. I love the goodwill that you see and feel everywhere during the holiday season. This time of year just makes my heart feel happy and full.
15. What is your favorite Holiday dessert? See #6
16. What is your favorite tradition? Christmas Eve with my family (see #9). I think it's the most long-standing Christmas tradition we have. This year my sister will be with other family in Arizona, so I'm really looking forward to having our get together this weekend, and still doing something with my parents on Christmas Eve. I sure ain't gonna turn my nose up at two celebrations in place of the usual one!
17. What tops your tree? A star
18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving? See #8
19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? Baby Please Come Home, by Hanson! I remember my mom and sister getting me their "Snowed In" CD one year... they said it was going to be a Christmas present, which made me kinda bummed, because I wanted to listen to it all month, not just on Christmas day (I'm a stickler about Christmas being over after Christmas day). And again, they surprised me by giving it to me in on our way out of Wal-Mart that day, so I could listen to it all month. It's still in the glove box of my car, and it skips on this song.  I guess from all the re-winding of the "baby, baaaaaby" at the end. Still love it!
20. Candy canes, yuck or yum? Yuuum. But it has to be the right brand. 
21. Favorite Christmas Movie? The Santa Clause
22. What do you leave for Santa? Nothing for over a decade. We'll probably start next year though ;)
23. Do you have a Christmas morning tradition? Jordan and I always wake up really early, (like, even earlier than usual)... like 5 something, he stokes the fire if we had one the previous night (which we usually do), while I turn on the music and make our coffee. Then we would open our gifts together, but if this year is anything like last year, we'll probably twiddle our thumbs staring down the baby monitor ready to pounce on Adelaide the second she makes even the slightest move! We won't be those parents (ahem... mom & dad), who tell their kids to go back to bed, it's too early ;)
24. Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall? I prefer shopping at the store, because it's more fun with the instant gratification of taking it home and wrapping it right up. But, I do more shopping on-line, because Amazon Prime just makes it too affordable and easy to do it any other way so much of the time.
25. Christmas letter or Christmas card? Picture card. We just started doing them last year, and I am so looking forward to being able to look back at all of our cards from each year! 

Now if you love these as much as me, copy and paste your own in the comments. I'd love to read it!



^^It's kinda like wearing a blanket. And what could possibly be bad about that??^^

Hat, Sweater & Dress: F21, Boots: Target

Two things: 1) I have no clue why the color is weird in my pictures. They all look fine in iPhoto. I even tried to re-upload them yesterday (keep reading), but they still looked weird, which leads me to 2) This post is actually from yesterday. I had it all done and ready to go, but then the color in the pics was off, so I tried to redo it and went about my business while I waited for the upload, and never came back. That's why I'm just leaving it how it is, otherwise, I'll probably walk off and forget again. I actually just sat down to work on my post for today, when I saw my unfinished post from yesterday still sitting here (add that to the list of why yesterday was "one of those days")... Yep. That's about the story of my life these days. It's funny really. Or pathetic. But I choose to laugh, cause whatever. So, here's the post I wrote yesterday:

I would already put myself into the slightly clumsy category on a normal day. So, when I say that I woke up on the clumsy side of the bed, it's bad. This morning between 5:30 and 6:30, I swear I was on a mission to wake Adelaide up with at least three different loud-noise producing klutzy acts, which miraculously didn't wake her. But, never fear, number four finally did the trick. At least it was almost 6:45 at that point, and she was probably waking up anyway (oooor, that's what I'm going to tell myself to soften the blow).  



Sweater, Jeans & Hat: F21, Button Down: Old Navy, Shoes: JC Penny

I don't know about anyone else, but for me, buying Christmas gifts has (or had, until this year) become all about being certain that I was giving something that the person wanted and/or of equal value to what I would recieve from them. For years I have found myself asking people close to who I was buying for, "What does _____ want?" or "Do you have any ideas for _____?" It was like the old way of choosing gifts, of just shopping around and until you found something that was like, "Oh this! I think so and so would really like this!" was not even an option for some reason. 

I feel like over the past few years, so often all of the thought was taken out of choosing gifts, and it was replaced with stress and detective work. I felt like I had to find something that each person already wanted, rather than me choosing something I thought they would like, and that I had to spend this specific amount on each person. One thing is only worth $__? So I need to find something else to go with it worth $__ so that together it equals whatever set amount I had in my mind. So dumb! There really wasn't any fun in it, or even any surprise a lot of the time. And all too often I would revert to the gift card, so they could just go buy whatever they wanted.

Now, I'm not against gift cards by any means. As a person who is addicted enjoys shopping, I can totally see that there is a place for them. Choosing to give a "shopper" a gift card, so that they could enjoy the experience of shopping, actually does show a lot of thought. I just hate when I've reverted to gift cards in the past, instead of really thinking about the person and finding something I believed they would like. You know what else I really hate about gift cards? The fact that how much you spent is, like, right there in your face, front and center, all that really matters. I always feel like I am saying, here, you're worth $__ to me.

So far this year, I have bought a couple of gifts that were purchased based entirely on what I thought that person would like. And man, it was so much more fun to buy those things and I am so much more excited to give those gifts! I'm not done with all of my shopping yet, and I already sent a few "What does ______ want?" texts... but come to think of it, I actually got that person something I found on my own, not something suggested by someone else. 

So, my goal for my remaining shopping is to shop from the heart. Wander around until I see something that I think each person would like. Like the old saying goes, it's the thought that counts. And I intend to put real thought into it this year, and enjoy it!

Only 13 more days until Christmas! Enjoy it!



Okay, okay, I know what you may be thinking (particularly if you are my negative-nancy brother-in-law... not to name names or anything, ahem... Justin) "Shopping?? I thought you were aaaalllll about this Mr. Money Mustache dude... I knew it wouldn't last long. So much for that early retirement stuff you were going on about!" [insert smug look here] Well, I've got news for you, you naysayer you! I didn't spend a penny!

So now, who's wondering where this amazing new place is that I found where you can shop (and not just window shop, but actually get something to wear) without spending a dime.... It's the other side of my closet guys! So, I guess you can't shop there specifically, but maybe you have your own other side of the closet to pilfer? Bonus to snagging something from Jordan's side:

It's oversized and just perfect for burying my frozen nose in. Probably my frozen ears too. Good luck with your own other-side-of-the-closet pilfering!



Sweater, Leggings & Boots: F21, Tunic: H&M

I don't know if it's writer's block, or that I just truly have nothing of value to say lately. I've been having a really hard time coming up with anything write, much less, something even mildly interesting... time to hunt back through The Daybook's archives for inspiration I guess. She always seems to have an interesting or funny story to share.

I would share with you all of the mishaps that have been going on, possibly due to mom brain? But I think my mom brain has gone and forgotten all of it for self preservation purposes. Suffice it to say that my mouth rarely says what my brain is thinking (ex: "Do you like this car?" When I really mean, "Do you like this song?" Guess since we were in the car at that moment, my mouth decided that that fact should trump everything else), I constantly forget what I am doing right in the middle of doing it and I lose

I think I probably already had more "dumb blonde" moments than any non-blonde should have before Adelaide was born. Now it's just bordering on pathetic!


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