I’m quickly learning that life with twins is anything but easy. The days sometimes seem to run together between all of the feedings and everything, but this past weekend was a little different because it was the first time that Chris was away from the girls for a hunting weekend with his brother and my dad. Thankfully my mom came and stayed with me this weekend so I didn’t have to handle the girls all on my own, and she was seriously such a help! But since my days consisted of basically taking care of two little babies and that’s about it (except for my first time driving since my c-section since I was officially cleared by my doctor), I figured that it’d be fun to link up with Andrea and the others over at The Blended Blog for TBB asks for December! Plus it’s a great way to get me even more in the Christmas spirit!
- Real or Fake Tree?
I’m all about the fake tree because it’s just easier! We did real trees growing up, but it got to be such a hassle that we switched to just fake trees, and Chris and I have stuck with that tradition. We’re actually pretty obsessed with Christmas trees and ornaments, and we have three trees in our house!
- Favorite Christmas Cookie?
I love the peanut butter cookies that have the kiss in them. I don’t know why, but those always remind me of Christmas! For some reason, peanut clusters always remind me of Christmas too, and I always love making them when I have time!
- Home on Christmas Morning or Travel?
Growing up for the most part we always celebrated Christmas morning at home and then we’d either do Christmas lunch at our Aunt and Uncle’s house or our house, with it alternating every year. I definitely want to continue that with the girls because I feel like it’s so special to wake up in your own house and then come down the stairs to see what Santa has brought!
- Clear or Colored Lights?
Chris and I have this argument every year, but I’m all about clear lights and he’s all about colored lights! Thankfully two of our trees are clear lights, but we compromised with one of our trees because it’s clear and colored!
- Send Christmas Cards?
One of my favorite parts about Christmas is sending out our Christmas cards and receiving Christmas cards. We’re getting to the point where a lot of our friends are starting to have kids, and I’m going to love getting to see them grow up through Christmas cards!
- Favorite Christmas Present Received?
This is a tough one! I definitely remember one year for Christmas my parents installed cable in my room upstairs and told me that was my Christmas present for the year. I was pretty excited about since all I had before that was a TV with rabbit ears and a VCR which meant that I was constantly watching movies on repeat. I remember walking downstairs Christmas morning, not expecting anything really big and finding that my parents had gotten me a new TV too! It was really exciting! Another really great gift I’ve received is the picture of Dart with the antlers that my sister gave me last year. I literally almost cried when I saw it because it was so perfect, even more so now in the nursery. And finally, Chris is the king of gift giving and he surprised me one year with my brand new Macbook! I love being able to be in the living room with him and work on picture books or the blog on my Macbook!
- Favorite Christmas Present Given?
I totally didn’t know what to say for this category so I asked Chris what his favorite gift that I’ve given him was, and he said his noise canceling headphones so I’ll go with that. He travels so much that they’re really the perfect gift for him!
- Stockings or no stockings?
We always do stockings! It’s kind of a tradition every year what’s in our stockings, there’s always scratch off lottery tickets, a piece of fruit, a gift card, and something else small.
- Christmas PJ’s?
This was a tradition that we didn’t do growing up, but I love the idea of starting this with the girls. It would be fun to have them open up one present on Christmas Eve and all have matching or coordinating PJs to wear!
- Favorite Christmas carol?
This is such a tough one! I love Christmas music, especially Christmas Carols, and I don’t know if I can pick just one as my favorite! I love The First Noel and Little Drummer Boy and Do You Hear What I Hear. I will say that my absolute least favorite Christmas song is Christmas Shoes. It’s one of Chris’s favorite and we always argue about changing the station when it comes on!
- Favorite Holiday Tradition?
It will always be decorating the Christmas tree! The day after Thanksgiving we would always work with my mom to get all the decorations down and then we’d spend the whole day decorating. I absolutely love to do that now still with Chris, but decorating the tree is still my favorite! Chris and I get a new ornament from everywhere that we travel, and I absolutely love putting those ornaments on the tree and remembering where we’d traveled and the fun stories from those trips!
- Early Shopper or Last Minute?
I really try to be an early shopper and will sometimes get most of shopping done on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but this year I’m thinking that I’ll be a very last minute shopper! I really need to spend some time actually thinking about what to get friends and family so I can order those gifts online!
- Favorite Christmas Movie or Show?
One of my all time favorite movies that we can’t not watch during Christmas is Love Actually! It just makes me so happy! I also love Elf and can’t pass the season without watching it and basically quoting the entire movie!
- Favorite Holiday Beverage?
I have to go with my Starbucks drinks for this question! I love Peppermint Mochas and Caramel Brûlée Lattes and get them all the time! Other than that I really can’t think of any holiday drinks that I can’t live without, although the one holiday drink that I can’t stand definitely has to be eggnog! Gross!
- Cookies and Milk for Santa?
We would always leave some cookies and milk for Santa, and sometimes even some carrots for the reindeer! We’ll definitely be doing the exact same thing with our girls!
Well I definitely am a lot more in the Christmas spirit now! I can’t wait to address my Christmas cards that are coming in the mail on Wednesday, and to officially get to shopping too!