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Here’s what has been on my Instagram lately.

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I bought this Nate Berkus fabric at Joann’s a few weeks ago. It was 50% off and I had a coupon. I have been searching for new fabric to cover Seamus’ headboard since we moved into the new home last year. Currently, he has plain blue fabric that we used when we made his headboard when he was three. It had marker on it and just took a beating when we moved. Plus, it really made his room seem so dark. This new fabric will brighten up his space considerably. I will post his revised room once I get some pictures.

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We have been getting pummeled with snow and wind around here. The house literally blends in with the snow. It has been so cold, the kids haven’t even been able to play outside. The snow was actually frozen, more like an ice rink.

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Baking to keep warm. Vanilla cake and banana bread, Any excuse to take out the vintage china is a good excuse to me.

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A boy and his fire.

Antelope Canyon

If I had my pick between camping or going into the city, I would pick going into the city in a second. But after much thought, I think I am doing my children a disservice. I started to keep a file on all the places I want to take them that does not involve New York when were have free time. Camping in our backyard or the local beaches this summer is number one on our list. But I am also thinking in broader terms as well.

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Antelope Canyon in Arizona is going to be our first destination. Next year we are traveling twice because of Irish Dance competitions In Orlando and possibly Europe. But if the Europe one doesn’t pan out, I am thinking Antelope Canyon will be on the agenda. Miss F will be 5 then and I think she will be able to navigate the terrain.

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I have already started to look into trips out there and what organized company we would use to go through the canyon. I think Lower Canyon will be our choice. The pictures clearly do not do the reality justice, but can you imagine what the visual and emotional impact seeing it in reality will be!

Have you gone and what do you suggest?

Four Years Old

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My Dearest Finley,

There are no exact words to completely describe what an absolute love you are to me. You have brightened up our family’s world from the moment you were born.

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Always dancing, whether it is in Irish dance class, or around the house, or from the car to school, there is always a hop to your step. You love to sing, or make up your own songs. You give hugs and kisses to us all.

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You love to play with Barbies, and be a mom to your dolls. You love to eat ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches. You love your school and sing about God and how he loves you. At night when we go to sleep, you say your prayers. They are not traditional prayers though. You talk about all your cousins and wish them toys and cookies. You talk about Piper and wish she always comes home with trophies. You wonder what Poppy is doing or Nana. You talk about the clouds and the stars. You just get it.

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You have such an old soul. You often cup my cheeks with the palm of your hands and tell me I am your heart. You make me stop and really process that I have everything I ever need. I am beyond lucky to be able to spend my days with you. Watch you grow and learn new things. See how you process the world around you. I think I learn more from you, more than you learn from me.

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I cannot wait to see all the things you learn to do in your fourth year. I wonder what new things you will say, how you will continue to be the special person that you are. Your smile brightens up everything in the room. I am thankful every single day for you. Now let’s celebrate!

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Holidaze

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Wellllll…..hellllllo there. Radio silence again from this little ole blog. I apologize. After Thanksgiving, there was not one day where it was not madness overload on activities. I hope you had a very wonderful, blessed holiday. Around here, it was pretty much great. It was the first Christmas in the new home. It was magical.

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We made ornaments this year. The kids had a good time and thought it was cool to watch them slowly bake in the oven.

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Miss P became quite the baker for the season and made fresh batches of cookies several times.

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Looking for the perfect tree was also a family event, with Poppy and Nana meeting us, a holiday tradition. We actually got two trees this year, one for the basement and one for the upstairs family room.

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Although the decorations were minimal, the house was definitely in the holiday spirit. Miss F loved the nutcrackers and would rearrange them every day.

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I think our annual Christmas Eve bash was a hit as well. We had new friends join in this year and everyone had a great time.

Wishing you all a wonderful season of memories in the making.