December 6th . 2018

Advent Calendar 2018

I have finally discovered the secret of never having a disappointment in the Advent calendar. And it is… not sticking to the dollar a day budget. At all. But truthfully I didn’t go over so very much (more like $1 per kid per day) and I had more fun than ever perusing the clearance aisles and picking out the goodies. And who knew blowing the budget would lead to a happy Hadley every morning before school? Worth it.

(Not pictured: Bastien’s reflective running vest (an AMAZING clearance find), sugar cookie Chapstick, and some fancy marshmallows.).

December 4th . 2018

Mountain Mama Christmas Party: Granny Gear Edition

Our party this year was epic and I’m not even kidding. We played The Quarter Game for $1 scratch offs and one of our Mamas won the whole thing on a King, while never once having lost a lotto ticket. We will be talking about it for the rest of our lives. Also, gambling in general just made everything next level.

Speaking of next level, we replaced the old fashioned cookie exchange with a “Bonky” exchange (bike emergency gifts under $2). It was fun and useful and most importantly, no one left with diabetes!

Besides all that, I just love these women with my whole heart. They never cease to talk about medical grossities while eating, and that is the truest friendship you’re ever gonna find.

The weather may never permit another bike ride, but gosh darn it that can’t stop us from being the best biking group on the planet.

December 2nd . 2018


Calendar’s out. Tree’s up. Elf’s hiding. It’s like we’ve done this a time or two before.

I’m reading The Advent of the Lamb of God to Bastien. And recommend! Our church is sending a kid’s Advent devotional which I’m reserving especially for Hadley. And we’ve done the math… since Thanksgiving we’ve committed to two of our Christmas books per day. That’s a LOT of Advent reading if you’re keeping track.

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