Monday, December 27, 2010

Music Monday

Today was supposed to be the end of my Christmas vacation, but a power outage at the office gave me an unexpected extra day home! Merry Christmas me! So while Matty naps, I get to do my Music Monday post.  And it's before 9 p.m.! Unheard

This morning, I also was able to spend some time catching up on my favorite blogs and I'm so glad I did. Moriah over at Josiah's Nest shared a song that I find beautiful and uplifting: Chris McClarney's version of "God of Our Yesterdays". I have been feeling so blessed these days and this song reinforces that feeling. I know that our life is in His hands, and that no matter what we face or how down we may be, there is always so much for which to be grateful. I have friends and family who are being challenged in many different ways these days, but I hope this song can bring some comfort and peace.


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas

Tonight I share no pictures, and few words, but lots of love.  ♥

Christmas Eve is magical and I strive to feel this way everyday {no it's not the wine talking.} Ha. =)

Cookies and milk are waiting for Santa. Matty is tucked in. All is lovely {well except for the bright red boo boo on Matty's forehead which will be present in all Christmas pictures tomorrow.} Matty took on the vacuum cleaner today and it won. Yikes! Ah, well... boys will be boys.

Time to cuddle with hubby and fall asleep to A Christmas Story!

Good night all!


Monday, December 20, 2010

Music Monday

Lately, Matty's favorite phrases are "mine" and "I want it." Ha. That said, tonight I share, "The Sharing Song," by Jack Johnson. I think we'll have to have this one on repeat for a while...


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas Greetings

My dear friend, Mary, gave us these pretty, vintage Christmas cards. I adore them! The snowman and squirrel card is Matty's and the caroler card is for me and my hubby. Definite keepers. Please share your favorite greeting that you have received thus far this holiday season :)


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Wherever You Are

Matty is my strength. And my weakness.

I can say the same for words.

Whether it be a song, a poem, or a story, words can motivate me, inspire me and can also leave me vulnerable and in tears.

On Black Friday, I found myself crying in the middle of Sam's Club as I read this book by Nancy Tillman:

I knew I had to buy it for Matty. It is the perfect telling of a love story between a parent and a child.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Music Monday

Lisa Loeb is one of my favorite female musicians. Because I am interested in finding music that I love, that I can also share with Matty, I started searching for some of her tunes that Matty and I could enjoy together. Not only did I find what I was looking for, but I also discovered Elizabeth Mitchell, a folk musician who writes children's music and who has collaborated with Lisa. Here is "Catch the Moon", the title track off of Catch the Moon, a compilation of children's songs by Lisa and Elizabeth.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Trees, Trains and Doorge

Yesterday, we went to the Christmas tree farm. It was so exciting because we haven't cut down a tree in forever and it is our first time cutting one down with Matty. We took a hayride out to the fields and roamed rows upon rows in search of the ONE.  Matty loves the outdoors and had fun making his way through the maze of beautiful trees despite the cold. I swear, he was happy! I think he was just unable to form a smile because his facial muscles were too cold ;-)

We ended up bringing home a Concolor, which has longer, fatter needles and a bluish tint...I love it! We decked it out last night, including setting up a train to go around it.  Speaking of trains, they are one of Matty's fav toys at the moment...he loves to say choo train {almost as much as we love hearing him say choo train.}

One of my favorite parts of decorating the tree is looking at all of the ornaments I have acquired over the years; I adore Hallmark ornaments and couldn't resist adding this one to the collection for Matty:

Matty loves Curious George {or Doorge as he says}. Multiple times a day, Matty can be heard saying "Doorge, Doorge" and that is our cue to put on Jack Johnson's Upside Down vid featuring none other than Curious Doorge. I have been playing this video for Matty, here and there, for the past few months.  I would say just in the past month though, he has become completely enamored with it.  We watch it at least 10 times a day!  This video habit has also made Matty love the guitar even more.  We have two around the house because I have always wanted to learn, but haven't yet...maybe Matty will be teaching me one day! The past few months, he has taken an interest, but even more so now.   He stands with the guitar, plucking the strings and dancing to the is the cutest thing. Ever. Seriously.

A little elf {not THE Elf on a Shelf because I'm still a little creeped out by him and do not think that Matty would understand the concept yet anyway} told me that Santa is bringing Matty a "Matty size" guitar, as well as the Curious George movie, which includes the Jack Johnson vid...hoping to get some cute video footage of Matty rockin out on his guitar to the vid so I can share the adorableness with you all.

Happy Sunday.  I'm not sure what the weather is like where you are, but if it's anything like it is here in NE PA, I'm sending warm snuggie filled wishes your way....brr!