Having two hip surgeries in one year does something to you...and adding in a young green horse doubles the trepidation. I've been on Mata Hari a few times before but I actually think I'm ready to start riding her a little more. Not jumping. Oh God no! Just some dressage. She's such a level headed little mare and if I ride after Madison goes, she's tired and quiet!
For the holidays I decided to put these little goofy nail covers on my nails - something I NEVER do let alone polish them. They were fun!
So imagine my delight when I got this fabulous knitted hat in the mail from my friend Betsy that totally matched my nails and even the sweater I was wearing that day! (Please forgive the awful selfie!)
I already posted this picture from the laundry room remodel but it was hiding the one part that wasn't finished.
I hadn't yet repainted the cabinet. And now that is DONE! :) Here it is after I just got started.
And voila! Here is the whole finished room! A little warped looking since I used the pano feature on the phone but the only way to get the whole 8x12 room into one picture. Ha! I just noticed my wine glass sitting on the counter! No, I don't normally sip wine while doing laundry but I do have my box wine hidden on the window sill behind the dryer!!
And the view from the other direction
I couldn't be more pleased with how this room turned out. I still need to eventually replace the big picture window on the other side of the room but in the mean time, its fine.
Getting ready for Christmas was a bit chaotic this year because my work-life was beyond crazy and sucking up ALL my time but with Scott and Amazon's help, we were able to pull it together!
Austin was so thrill with...pajama pants! LOL!
Madison was super happy to get some new boots...
And a pretty pink scarf and headband from her brother.
Scott customized a racing shirt for Austin.
And Madison instantly fell in love with her new yoga mat.
I don't think he was awake enough to realize he was modeling for my camera!
One of these days I'll have two matching table cloths but in the mean time, I'm just happy I can fit 8 easily and I'm pretty confident we could squeeze in 5-6 more.
Later, we got everyone's appetites up with a Wii Bowling Tournament. I was a winner with Olivia in the first round but then I crashed in the second round. Too distracted with getting dinner ready I guess!
A little earlier we did a little portrait photography - of course this started at Madison's request since her and Darryl have to memorialize every occasion when they are dressed up! And dressed they were - Madison was quite fashionable with her J Crew skirt and necklace and Darryl made a statement in his plaid Christmas shirt with a new green bowtie and Columbia vest.
Scott wore his new 1/4 zip from Madison and hurt our eyes with the bright orange.
Austin also wore a new hoodie (and those new pajama pants that you can't see in the picture thank goodness!).
Daddy definitely loves his kids!
That bow tie got a whole lot of fussing!
I need to photoshop Austin's bright smiling face from one of the other pictures into this one...
And never ones to wear the same clothes for long, Darryl and Madison put on their ugly Christmas sweaters for one last picture later that evening.