Friday, January 9, 2015

The First Snowfall

I have been working on keeping busy this winter, trying to avoid the winter funk that inevitably sucks me in.  Sunshine makes me happy and definitely something I need. So this past Monday when the temperature was in the high 50s, the kids went to the park to play!   

Just two days later, the temperature was in the single digits with negative windchills. Nothing like winter showing its ugly face all at once.  

My sweet Lily loves the snow! She has been asking for months if it was going to snow for her to go outside and make snow angels and a snowman.  We may have not had enough for a snowman this week, but there was definitely enough for a few angels. :)

While Violet napped, Andrew, Lily, and I headed out for a short time.  It was wayyyy too cold to stay out for long, but the joy on my oldest daughter's face was absolutely worth it.  Andrew is such a great brother and pulled her along in the sled down the driveway a few times.

Next up was a little snow throwing! Andrew took Lily's little snow shovel and tossed some snow at her and she retaliated doing the same, though most often she hit him with the actual shovel. He's a good sport!

 Lily has spent a lot of time talking about deer and hunting with her daddy.  Last year she went "shed hunting" with him to look for antlers that deer have shed and it's one of her favorite things to do! She can't wait to go again.  When she found a branch from a tree that looked like antlers sticking out of the snow, she was super excited! "Oh Mommy! I found some antlers!" and spent some time playing with her "antlers."

Very soon afterwards, Andrew had decided it was way too cold and he was ready to go inside. I agreed with him! Brrrrrrrrrr! Lily was convinced with the promise of hot chocolate!

The weather hasn't yet warmed up, but the sun is still shining! Only 20 weeks until summer!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

A Netflix Giveaway! #StreamTeam

Another Christmas has already come and gone. It's so true when they say the older you get, the faster time flies by.  My husband and I rarely get each other gifts at Christmas time and focus rather on our children. We always say we have a March Christmas because we tend to exchange gifts at that time of year.  It's become our own tradition and I love it! This year we did exchange a few gifts and managed to surprise one another!
One of our favorite gifts we've given each other in recent months is time. We've made going out on a weekly date a priority--even if it's only for a couple hours.  It's been good for our marriage and our family!  Best. Gift. Ever.

Our home dates always include Netflix! We can always find something we want to watch together. Christmas Eve we, Santa & Mrs. Claus, stayed up wrapping and building, we started watching an old show we used to watch when it was on tv called Life, but it abruptly ended with the Hollywood writers' strike.  It was fun to watch it again this many years later after seeing the same actors on other shows we have loved, namely Damian Lewis from Homeland.

All that to say how much we LOVELOVELOVE Netflix!  I've said before and cannot say enough that I am so thrilled to be a part of the Netflix #StreamTeam.  And it's going to get awesome for you too!

Maybe you didn't get something you really wanted for Christmas and are still longing for that one elusive thing.
Well, you are in luck!
Netflix has generously given me two complimentary 1 year subscriptions to give away and I have decided after gifting one to a deserving family to give one away here on the blog to a lucky reader! I'm grateful for y'all and as this season of giving and holiday wraps up and a New Year begins, I'm happy to share Netflix with one of you! I wish I could share it with all of you! :)

The deets:

Entering to win is easy! Simply choose one of the options in the rafflecopter widget below or choose as many as you'd like for more chances. It's up to you! You do not have to complete all entries to win.

Open to US residents only. Winner will be notified by email and announced on this post. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. Contest will end January 3, 2015 at 11:59pm. Good luck, friends!

p.s. for a few more chances...head on over to my friend, Stef's blog ! Her giveaway ends 12/30.

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Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Connecting Past & Present with Netflix-- #StreamTeam

**Make sure you make it to the end for a near future announcement and a funny surprise my husband is sure to kill me for, but it's connected!

As December comes to a close and feels like the fastest month ever with all the hustle and bustle between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it almost seems impossible to get everything done! Sometimes I simply recognize it's not possible and reprioritize. Watching holiday movies and shows is one of our favorite traditions. One thing that isn't always the easiest is finding something to keep my teenage son, preschool girl, and baby girl engaged for some family watching.  It can be tough with that wide age range.  This month, Netflix has us covered--easily!

From the time Andrew was little, we've loved The Madagascar movies. He was only 5 1/2 when the first movie came out and we saw it at the theater. He had a Madagascar videogame he loved too! Over the last few years, we've watched the original movie and sequel again. Lily loves the penguins, just like I do! And WHO doesn't love, "I like to move it, move it!?!"

Last Friday, Netflix launched another original series! All Hail King Julien  is a fun and funny series with 5 brand new episodes!  We've had a busy last few weeks with band rehearsals and concerts and some sickness tossed in for good measure, so Saturday night was the perfect night to relax, pop some popcorn, and watch this new show!  If there is music involved, Violet is right up in the thick of it and from the beginning of the show, she was happy!  She and Lily danced every time the music started. Andrew and I enjoyed the show, laughing quite a bit! He made a few observations in relation to the Madagascar movie also.  We watched two episodes that night before deciding to watch a few holiday shows on Netflix as well.

The girls busting a move during All Hail King Julien


Andrew using Lily's Penguins of Madagascar binoculars to watch King Julien and then the Madagascar Penguins: A Christmas Caper.

Here's a video of Andrew in 2008 playing his Madagascar 2 game on the Wii. It still makes me laugh! {He had just turned 9} The song in the game is called Dance Like an African

The kids finally settled into a pile on the floor {you can only see the top of Lily's head} to finish out our night watching Veggie Tales: Saint Nicholas A Story of Joyful Giving. This is one of my faves!

There are a lot of holiday choices on Netflix and we've been watching most of them! Mickey Mouse, Curious George, and The Muppet Christmas Carol just to name a few.

Here are some recommendations:
Curious George
in search of santa

And for teens and parents...
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As a part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, {which I simply could not love more} we will be ringing in the New Year with our King Julien party kit! I'm a sucker for those glasses displaying the year and can't wait to have a picture of my family in them!  2015 here we come in style! We'll actually be ringing in the New Year with another #StreamTeam member, so be sure to look for lots of us hailing King Julien! I'll also have a great Netflix giveaway too, so be sure to check back!!

I'll leave you with this...

Disclosure: As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam I was provided subscription to Netflix and also exclusive insights or other products. All opinions are my 100% my own and I was already a proud Netflix subscriber prior to this opportunity. Please see my full disclosure