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 stuffed with love, household, particular vacation recollections, restricted stress and a number of moments to unplug and chill out. We needed to cancel our plans to move to Florida after Christmas (see extra on that under!) however are so grateful my dad and mom had been versatile with their plans and will probably be coming to see us on Christmas day after opening presents with my sister and her household within the morning. (We truly drove to Florida on Christmas final yr and the drive was phenomenal — so clean and simple so that’s our hope for them, too!) Their journey is a dual-purpose journey — have a good time Christmas collectively (yay!) and assist us with the boys whereas we’re all arms on deck with our massive transfer. Ah!

This week has been all types of loopy however all types of nice, too. Final weekend, amid shifting craziness, Chase and I had been capable of 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 return by as a result of he’s in class the longest and can also be concerned in probably the most actions so three hours of high quality time with my greatest child was so particular!

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

We additionally crammed our days with play dates, a vacation mug change with buddies, 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 residing in our new home and household and buddies is what I’m loving most this week however carry on scrolling for a peek into just a few further 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, nevertheless typically you decide to cease by my weblog. I respect 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 concept, we are able to formally start residing 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 so on.) so we’re making an attempt to withstand the temptation to instantly transfer in and be sensible since we don’t need to be residing in a house overflowing with individuals nonetheless working with three youngsters and a canine within the combine.

The nice information is that we’ve been capable of start shifting some objects into the home and we spent virtually all of final weekend in addition to any free moments this week shifting a bazillion bins 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 figuring out we’re *this shut* to residing within the house we’ve been constructing for greater than two years has me so unbelievably excited… and pressured as a result of shifting 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 giggle each single day, particularly now that we’ve seen her heat as much as us and start to actually belief us. She loves searching our toes beneath our blankets and grabbing onto the ties of my floor-length gown together with her tiny tooth and growling her ferocious growl as she swings herself forwards and backwards. One her her favourite previous instances is falling asleep throughout us within the cutest little positions. The image above makes me so completely happy as a result of she appears to be like so content material however a part of me additionally appears to be like on the image somewhat deeper and sees a canine who is totally relaxed and never afraid to be susceptible/on her again together with her new household.

Ryan shouldn’t be allowed to verify my weblog till after Christmas as a result of I couldn’t resist providing you with guys an early peek into considered one of his Christmas presents. 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 presents with that means and love that that is one thing he’ll be capable to show and revel in in our new house that can function a small reminder of the start of our relationship in faculty. Etsy is the place it’s at for presents like this, I’m telling you!

My ranking: A- / Style: Thriller 

I cruised by means of one other thriller audiobook amidst the entire boxing and unboxing shifting 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 the whole novel. The Perfect Stranger was no completely different and I completely loved listening to this one.

The guide begins with a recent begin for Leah Stevens. After reuniting together with her previous buddy and former roommate, Emmy Gray, Leah jumps at Emmy’s thought of shifting to a small city in Pennsylvania. It looks like the proper method 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 instructor 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 thing — her fellow lecturers, Emmy, her previous and the way every thing is likely to be linked, amid the rising suspicion that Leah herself may need been concerned within the crimes on this small city indirectly.

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? 

Eternally 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.