Issues I am Loving Friday #453

Christmas weekend is right here!!! For these celebrating any one of many myriad of particular holidays in December, I hope the remainder of your 2022 is stuffed with love, household, particular vacation recollections, restricted stress and a number of moments to unplug and calm down. We needed to cancel our plans to go to Florida after Christmas (see extra on that under!) however are so grateful my mother and father had been versatile with their plans and can be coming to see us on Christmas day after opening presents with my sister and her household within the morning. (We truly drove to Florida on Christmas final yr and the drive was phenomenal — so clean and simple so that’s our hope for them, too!) Their journey is a dual-purpose journey — rejoice Christmas collectively (yay!) and assist us with the boys whereas we’re all palms on deck with our large transfer. Ah!

This week has been every kind of loopy however every kind of nice, too. Final weekend, amid transferring craziness, Chase and I had been capable of escape for some particular one-on-one time to see a Nutcracker-inspired Christmas present within the metropolis. One-on-one time with Chase is the trickiest to come back by as a result of he’s in class the longest and can be concerned in essentially the most actions so three hours of high quality time with my greatest child was so particular!

(Jacket: Amazon / High: Talulah / Corduroy pants: Amazon / Block-Heel Booties: Amazon / Necklace: LuluCherry

We additionally stuffed our days with play dates, a vacation mug trade with buddies, present-wrapping and plenty of at-home holiday-related actions — cookie-making, Christmas clay creations (thanks Goal greenback spot), the works!

The vacation season, the anticipation of lastly residing in our new home and household and buddies is what I’m loving most this week however carry on scrolling for a peek into a couple of further issues that made me smile! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and a really, very Merry Christmas! Sending a lot like to all of you and a lot gratitude for making PBF part of your life, nonetheless usually you choose to cease by my weblog. I respect you a lot!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

  • The Starting of Our Large Transfer!

As you might have gathered from what I shared above, we formally have our certificates of occupancy for our new home! HOORAY! This sounds fantastic and whereas, in concept, we are able to formally start residing in our new home, there’s nonetheless a “punch checklist” of issues to finish (wallpapering, electrical points, paint and trim touchup, some cupboard fixes, alllll the landscaping, some exterior portray, and many others.) so we’re making an attempt to withstand the temptation to instantly transfer in and be sensible since we don’t wish to be residing in a house overflowing with folks nonetheless working with three children and a canine within the combine.

The good information is that we’ve been capable of start transferring some objects into the home and we spent virtually all of final weekend in addition to any free moments this week transferring a bazillion packing containers over to the brand new home and unpacking some issues as nicely. We’ll transfer our beds and ourselves the week between Christmas and New Years’ and figuring out we’re *this shut* to residing within the house we’ve been constructing for greater than two years has me so unbelievably excited… and careworn as a result of transferring with children within the combine isn’t any joke, however we’re nonetheless feeling largely excited.

We missed having a canine in our home over the course of the previous yr and a half so, a lot. Pepper is simply the sweetest, funniest little ferret and we love her tons. She makes us chuckle each single day, particularly now that we’ve seen her heat as much as us and start to actually belief us. She loves searching our toes beneath our blankets and grabbing onto the ties of my floor-length gown along with her tiny enamel and growling her ferocious growl as she swings herself backwards and forwards. One her her favourite previous instances is falling asleep throughout us within the cutest little positions. The image above makes me so joyful as a result of she appears to be like so content material however a part of me additionally appears to be like on the image a bit deeper and sees a canine who is totally relaxed and never afraid to be susceptible/on her again along with her new household.

Ryan is just not allowed to verify my weblog till after Christmas as a result of I couldn’t resist providing you with guys an early peek into considered one of his Christmas presents. I ordered his stunning custom hand cut map of UCF (particularly the world of campus the place Ryan and I met) from this Etsy shop and I really like the way in which it turned out! I’m such a sucker for presents with that means and love that that is one thing he’ll have the ability to show and luxuriate in in our new house that can function a small reminder of the start of our relationship in school. Etsy is the place it’s at for presents like this, I’m telling you!

My ranking: A- / Style: Thriller 

I cruised via one other thriller audiobook amidst all the boxing and unboxing transferring mayhem final weekend and it was one other winner. Megan Miranda’s thrillers are a few of my favorites as a result of they’re fast-paced, suspenseful with out being scary and twisty all through all the novel. The Perfect Stranger was no totally different and I totally loved listening to this one.

The e-book begins with a recent begin for Leah Stevens. After reuniting along with her previous pal and former roommate, Emmy Gray, Leah jumps at Emmy’s thought of transferring to a small city in Pennsylvania. It looks as if the proper approach to escape the scandal surrounding Leah’s journalism profession and Leah shortly accepts a educating job the place she will be able to start anew.

When a fellow instructor is arrested and Emmy disappears, Leah finds herself wrapped up in scandal as soon as once more. After reporting her roommate lacking, Leah solutions questions from the native police, questions that shortly reveal simply how little Leah is aware of in regards to the lady she shared a house with for years. Leah begins to query all the pieces — her fellow academics, Emmy, her previous and the way all the pieces is likely to be linked, amid the rising suspicion that Leah herself may need been concerned within the crimes on this small city not directly.

Peppermint Oreo Ice Cream Dessert (So extremely easy however nonetheless festively scrumptious!)

Oreo Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert

Slow Cooker Holiday Mulled Wine (A giant-time crowd pleaser!)

Slow Cooker Holiday Mulled Wine

Query of the Day

What’s one factor you might be loving this week? 

Any vacation plans? 

What’s one factor you feel grateful for this vacation season? 

Endlessly and all the time, I’m feeling grateful for my household. One thing in regards to the vacation season solely serves to emphasise the gratitude I really feel for the well being, security and happiness Ryan and I’ve with our boys, our family members and one another.