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Happy New Year!

1 Jan

Oh my…how the time flies. Has it really been two weeks since I last posted? Is it really 2012?!

Hmmm…maybe it’s time for a December holiday recap and a look ahead to the 2012 year.

December Holiday Highlights

1. Hubby and I celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary at a wonderful restaurant called Oceanique. It was pricey (jawdroppingly so) but our marriage is worth celebrating. College savings plan be damned!

2. Henry, Deron, and I trekked to Arizona for Christmas and enjoyed the warm air, carne asada burritos, and starry nights. We relaxed, slept in, and ate a mountain of food. It was magical. And I think it’s official…we have the best family in the whole world.

3.  Henry learned to crawl. For reals. There is no stopping this kid now.

4. My 29th birthday was marked with a shopping spree (How does Sephora gain such control over me?), Snickers pancakes, and even more relaxation.

5. We were the lamest New Year’s celebrators ever and went to bed at 8:30pm. Boo.

What an enjoyable, entertaining, and easy holiday season! Thanks everyone for the perfect presents, the big hugs, and for doting on Henry. We feel very loved right now.

A look ahead to 2012

1. We eagerly await the move to the new apartment in a couple weeks. More space! Less junk! Babyproofing!

2. Deron applies to become a firefighter captain early this year and will finish the process by May. Good luck hubby!

Plus, our little family has a few goals for the upcoming year:

  • SEE MORE FAMILY, MORE OFTEN. Brother bear and his lovely will (hopefully) visit in early spring. We hope to coerce the Grandmas out here as much as we can. And we fly to Florida in April. Yay!
  • BE POSITIVE.  Less whining about work, Chicago, busy-ness, blah, blah, blah. Focus on the good stuff. There is SO much good stuff.
  • MAKE A COMFORTABLE HOME. Already touched upon but very important. Comfy home = happy Becca.
No doubt 2012 will be as eventful as 2011. Hope the new year brings many joys to all of you. Happy New Year!

Happy weekend! (and Becca’s Christmas wish list)

10 Dec

Happy weekend!

It’s hard to believe everything that’s happened this week. So many changes. Maybe things will be a bit more normal with the new week. Crossing my fingers!

We’re taking this opportunity to settle down a bit  and return to the business of celebrating Christmas. I’m itching to decorate our tree, make some Christmas candy, attempt homemade egg nog, and build a gingerbread house. Lots of fun stuff to do and only 15 more days to do it. We better get crackin’.

I’m also wrapping up the week of Christmas wish lists with my own list:

Something she wants: Etsy artwork

My home is the sea

Other artwork: Married to the sea, Seaside, Kathleen, All Together, Pow wow, Jump

Something she needs: functional accessories

Weekend watch

Other functional accessories: Sunglasses, wallet

Something she wears: totally non-functional, just plain pretty accessories

Florence perfume

Other pretty accessories: earrings, scarf, bracelet, another scarf

Something she read: Books about sweets!

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Other books: Cakespy


Deron’s Christmas Wish List

9 Dec



Something he wants: toys!

Legos Volkswagon T1 Camper Van

Other things he wants: Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens, digital camera tripod, remote shutter release

Something he needs: dress clothes and accessories!

Fossil Grant leather watch

Other things he needs: Fossil front pocket wallet

Something he wears: Patagonia t-shirts!

Patagonia Mountains and Clouds T-shirt

Other things he wears: t-shirt, t-shirt

Something he reads: books about food!

Ruhlman’s Twenty

Other books he reads: Medium Raw, The Nasty Bits

Henry’s Christmas Wish List

6 Dec

Okay, given the sadness around our apartment these days, I need to post something a little lighter.

So, here it is folks, Henry’s Christmas wish list. It includes something he wants (toys!), something he needs (room decoration!), something to wear (sweaters!), and something to read (board books!). If it helps, I’ve included links for other stuff Henry might like.

Something he wants: toys

B. toys Parum Pum-Pum drum set

Other toys: B. toys ballyhoo balls, B. toys Fish and Splish Bath Boat, B. toys whacky ball, B. toys Zany Zoo Wooden Cube, B. toys Elemenosqueeze blocks, K’s Colorful Bowling Set, Kushies Beanstax, Kushies Stacrobats, Melissa & Doug Knob Puzzles

Something he needs: room  decoration

Land of Nod Robot Decals

Other decorations: Skip Hop bookends, Target Space Curtains, Land of Nod Planets Mobile

Something to wear: sweaters

Circo Robot Sweater

Other clothes: Circo dinosaur sweater, Ministar Bootz, Gap Bear Slippers

Something to read: board books

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman

Other books: Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo, Dear Zoo, Dr. Seuss ABC, Harold and the Purple Crayon, My Truck is Stuck, Peek-a-who?

Christmas…it’s on!

1 Dec

Today just so happens to be December 1, which is a big deal in Beccaland. It’s a HUGE day. Because for me, December 1st marks the beginning of that most magical time of year, the Christmas season. Now I can start decorating our house with snowflakes. Now we can put up the Christmas tree. Now I can start buying the red and green peppermint candies. Now I can start watching The Muppet Christmas Carol on loop. The real celebration can begin.

But be careful!

There is a delicate balance to strike during this early phase of the Christmas season. And some people, in my opinion, get it wrong because they start celebrating Christmas in November. The TV stations, for example, get it wrong. They showed Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Monday. That was November 28. Way to early. The stores are way off base and start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. Again, way too early.

And the problem with starting the Christmas celebrations too early is that it is unsustainable. By the time you reach December 25, you’re kinda ready for Christmas to be over. So sad! But what you really need to do is plan a slow build towards Christmas. Start small. Start slow. Then gradually increase your holiday dorkiness to the point that you are wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Or maybe have decorated your tree with the characters from the manger scene in Love Actually (see below):

Our family will be celebrating our first real Christmas with Henry and I’d love to make it extra special. Things I’d like to do this holiday season include: 1) making a gingerbread house, 2) decorating our tree with another fun theme (I’m thinking felt this year), and 3) making my own egg nog. I’m so excited for what the next 24 days will bring.

Christmas…it is so on.

Catalog insanity

19 Nov

I think they’re onto us…the catalog companies have recognized that we actually buy things from them. And they’re telling their friends. Because we are getting about 10 catalogs a day. That’s right, a big, huge stack of Christmas catalogs every day.

But, truth be told, I kinda like getting them. I don’t have the time to window shop anymore nor do I have any inclination to subscribe to another magazine. So catalogs are the only way that I discover new trends and products. Okay, it’s really catalogs and design blogs. Well, and Northwestern undergrads too (they’re so trendy, those kids).

For example, we recently received a catalog from Zingerman’s, an Ann Arbor, MI institution. This place is (apparently) legendary, although we’ve never been there before. And their catalog is amazing. They sell all kinds of baked goods, meats, cheeses, olive oils, seriously everything. And it all sounds delicious. Their Christmas Brunch Box has almost all of my favorite foods in there- scones, bread, bacon, coffee, cheese, pancakes. They also have a clever monthly food club, The Forbidden Foods Club, with themes like Anaphylactic Armageddon (peanut-y foods) and Hypertensive Episode (sea salt-based foods). How clever! We must visit this place!

So, I guess I’m the reason that companies continue to send out old-fashioned paper mailers in this internet-driven age. Because while part of me wishes that catalog companies would save the trees and reduce their paper use, the other part is glad that I get little moments of enjoyment in the mail everyday. Oh, those catalog companies are so sneaky!