Issues I am Loving Friday #453

Christmas weekend is right here!!! For these celebrating any one of many myriad of particular holidays in December, I hope the remainder of your 2022 is crammed with love, household, particular vacation recollections, restricted stress and a number of moments to unplug and calm down. We needed to cancel our plans to go to Florida after Christmas (see extra on that beneath!) however are so grateful my dad and mom have been versatile with their plans and will likely be coming to see us on Christmas day after opening presents with my sister and her household within the morning. (We really drove to Florida on Christmas final yr and the drive was phenomenal — so clean and straightforward so that’s our hope for them, too!) Their journey is a dual-purpose journey — rejoice Christmas collectively (yay!) and assist us with the boys whereas we’re all fingers on deck with our large transfer. Ah!

This week has been all types of loopy however all types of nice, too. Final weekend, amid transferring craziness, Chase and I have been in a position to escape for some particular one-on-one time to see a Nutcracker-inspired Christmas present within the metropolis. One-on-one time with Chase is the trickiest to come back by as a result of he’s in class the longest and can be concerned in essentially the most actions so three hours of high quality time with my greatest child was so particular!

(Jacket: Amazon / High: Talulah / Corduroy pants: Amazon / Block-Heel Booties: Amazon / Necklace: LuluCherry

We additionally stuffed our days with play dates, a vacation mug change with associates, present-wrapping and many at-home holiday-related actions — cookie-making, Christmas clay creations (thanks Goal greenback spot), the works!

The vacation season, the anticipation of lastly dwelling in our new home and household and associates is what I’m loving most this week however carry on scrolling for a peek into a couple of extra issues that made me smile! I hope you all have a beautiful weekend and a really, very Merry Christmas! Sending a lot like to all of you and a lot gratitude for making PBF part of your life, nonetheless usually you choose to cease by my weblog. I recognize you a lot!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

  • The Starting of Our Huge Transfer!

As you will have gathered from what I shared above, we formally have our certificates of occupancy for our new home! HOORAY! This sounds great and whereas, in idea, we will formally start dwelling in our new home, there’s nonetheless a “punch record” of issues to finish (wallpapering, electrical points, paint and trim touchup, some cupboard fixes, alllll the landscaping, some exterior portray, and many others.) so we’re making an attempt to withstand the temptation to right away transfer in and be sensible since we don’t need to be dwelling in a house overflowing with folks nonetheless working with three youngsters and a canine within the combine.

The good information is that we’ve been in a position to start transferring some gadgets into the home and we spent nearly all of final weekend in addition to any free moments this week transferring a bazillion containers over to the brand new home and unpacking some issues as effectively. We’ll transfer our beds and ourselves the week between Christmas and New Years’ and understanding we’re *this shut* to dwelling within the dwelling we’ve been constructing for greater than two years has me so unbelievably excited… and burdened as a result of transferring with youngsters within the combine isn’t any joke, however we’re nonetheless feeling largely excited.

We missed having a canine in our home over the course of the previous yr and a half so, a lot. Pepper is simply the sweetest, funniest little ferret and we love her tons. She makes us snigger each single day, particularly now that we’ve seen her heat as much as us and start to essentially belief us. She loves searching our ft beneath our blankets and grabbing onto the ties of my floor-length gown along with her tiny enamel and growling her ferocious growl as she swings herself forwards and backwards. One her her favourite previous occasions is falling asleep throughout us within the cutest little positions. The image above makes me so glad as a result of she seems so content material however a part of me additionally seems on the image a bit deeper and sees a canine who is totally relaxed and never afraid to be weak/on her again along with her new household.

Ryan just isn’t allowed to test my weblog till after Christmas as a result of I couldn’t resist providing you with guys an early peek into one in every of his Christmas items. I ordered his stunning custom hand cut map of UCF (particularly the realm of campus the place Ryan and I met) from this Etsy shop and I really like the way in which it turned out! I’m such a sucker for items with that means and love that that is one thing he’ll be capable to show and revel in in our new dwelling that can function a small reminder of the start of our relationship in school. Etsy is the place it’s at for items like this, I’m telling you!

My score: A- / Style: Thriller 

I cruised via one other thriller audiobook amidst all the boxing and unboxing transferring mayhem final weekend and it was one other winner. Megan Miranda’s thrillers are a few of my favorites as a result of they’re fast-paced, suspenseful with out being scary and twisty all through all the novel. The Perfect Stranger was no completely different and I totally loved listening to this one.

The guide begins with a recent begin for Leah Stevens. After reuniting along with her outdated buddy and former roommate, Emmy Gray, Leah jumps at Emmy’s thought of transferring to a small city in Pennsylvania. It looks as if the proper technique to escape the scandal surrounding Leah’s journalism profession and Leah rapidly accepts a educating job the place she will be able to start anew.

When a fellow trainer is arrested and Emmy disappears, Leah finds herself wrapped up in scandal as soon as once more. After reporting her roommate lacking, Leah solutions questions from the native police, questions that rapidly reveal simply how little Leah is aware of in regards to the lady she shared a house with for years. Leah begins to query every little thing — her fellow academics, Emmy, her previous and the way every little thing may be related, amid the rising suspicion that Leah herself may need been concerned within the crimes on this small city not directly.

Peppermint Oreo Ice Cream Dessert (So extremely easy however nonetheless festively scrumptious!)

Oreo Peppermint Ice Cream Dessert

Slow Cooker Holiday Mulled Wine (An enormous-time crowd pleaser!)

Slow Cooker Holiday Mulled Wine

Query of the Day

What’s one factor you’re loving this week? 

Any vacation plans? 

What’s one factor you feel grateful for this vacation season? 

Endlessly and at all times, I’m feeling grateful for my household. One thing in regards to the vacation season solely serves to emphasise the gratitude I really feel for the well being, security and happiness Ryan and I’ve with our boys, our family members and one another.