Holiday Bucket List

Happy December, friends!!!!!  It’s here! πŸ™‚  We are so excited, December has been my favorite month of the year since I was a little girl and it’s only gotten better each year since becoming a mama.  I keep reminding myself to soak these next few weeks in, life is so busy and flying by, but these special moments are the ones I want to remember forever.

We got into the spirit earlier than ever this year, a couple weeks back we took the girls to the mall the night Santa came in.  Waverly remains legitimately petrified by him, something that’s been on repeat since she was one, and I’ve definitely decided that’s one battle I am not going to fight this year.  She was perfectly content staying back and watching from a distance, without taking her eyes off of him, and I’ve promised her that’s all she has to do when we take our annual trip to visit Santa at Bass Pro Shops this weekend.  She’s written two letters to Santa (one from her requesting a Shopkins bike & the other in her words from Avalon, asking for Elmo since that’s her favorite), and she’s planning to have Avalon deliver them for her when she sits on his lap.  Which pretty much just melts my heart.

Our elf on the shelf also made her debut!!!  I usually wait until December 1st, but I knew I had to work that day and it would be just way too crazy, so we did a themed breakfast over the weekend.  We have had so much fun with this already, Waverly gets so excited to see where she is each morning and Avalon always runs over to where we find her laughing & pointing, saying “hi elf!”.  Also, at the risk of screwing myself on this one, so far the fear that the elf is going to report bad things to Santa has worked like a charm.  We are riding that one for as loooong as we can.

The night after Thanksgiving we made a list of the things we want to do this holiday season.  It was so much fun having Waverly join in this time, remembering things that we have done in the past and wanting to do them again.  Can’t wait to check off this list, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year!!!

1 –  Make Christmas cookies.
2.  Go to Christmastown.
3.  Bass Pro Shops to see Santa.
4 – Go pick out a tree.
5 – Drive around and look at lights and drink hot chocolate.
6 – Go pick out a toy to give the less fortunate.
7 – Watch holiday movies and eat popcorn (so far Waverly’s favorite is the grinch!).
8 – Caroling at mommy’s school.
9 – Ice skating.
10 – Go see The Nutcracker.

Wishing you the happiest weekend! XO


  1. December 2, 2016 / 11:46 am

    I love this time of year! Noah is also nervous around Santa. He loves watching him from afar and talks about him a lot, but won't go near him without us and still won't talk to him. He's been this way since a baby as well. I guess we should be glad they aren't eager to sit on a strangers lap ;). And good luck with ice skating! We tried last year and it was a disaster when we remembered Chris and I haven't been since children and could barely stand up, let alone hold Noah up too… It was comical!

  2. December 2, 2016 / 11:46 am

    It cracks me up that your spirited child is the one afraid of Santa. Silly Waverly, but as long as she's happy that's all that matters. πŸ™‚ The photo of the girls smooching just melts me. Goodness! Love your Holiday bucket list. Have a great weekend.

  3. December 2, 2016 / 5:25 pm

    Your girls are just too precious! P is pretty terrified of Santa too so I am so curious to see how she reacts this year!

  4. December 2, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    Love that Avalon is so into the elf already! Finn is too. It's amazing what they pick up from the older ones. Finn is fully aware he can't touch the elf, however he does not listen to the same instructions about our tree…

  5. December 2, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Love this list. We want to go ice skating πŸ™‚

  6. December 3, 2016 / 4:14 am

    Aw! What a sweet list! Maybe when she sees Avalon being brave she'll want to join in too πŸ™‚ Or maybe A will freak out and you'll get another fantastic screaming picture lol!

  7. December 3, 2016 / 5:35 am

    Sounds like you guys are going to have a great December!!!
    I love that picture of the girls on your bed – the lights are a great addition!

  8. December 3, 2016 / 6:10 am

    Your list is such a good one! We have several of those items on our to-do list as well!
    Our elf appeared 12/1 and I LOVE that Marcus actually *gets* it this year.

  9. December 5, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Can you believe it’s December? Wow! That happened so fast. I didn’t get to start our Elf on the Shelf until December 2nd due to a crazy travel schedule. I always have so much fun with it. Do you only move the elf each day? Or are there fun and silly antics? I love to hear how everyone uses the Elf on the Shelf. That picture of Waverly on the table kissing Avalon melts me. Sweet sisters! Your list sounds like so much fun!!

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Holiday Bucket List

I did my very best to patiently wait for Thanksgiving to come & go before officially embracing all things Christmas, but oh my!  There were many moments it was all I could do to keep myself from dressing as Mrs. Claus & putting Waverly Maye in an elf costume. πŸ™‚ 
Whatever the case, we made it & now it really is the most wonderful time of the year. 
Bring on the scented candles, festive music & holiday FASHIONS, there is no turning back now!

Headband & RadioFlyer

I always love the holidays, but am more excited than ever know that I know how much more fun Christmas with a little one can be!!!  Waverly was 5 months last holiday season, so this year she will definitely be able to understand more & we plan to take advantage of every little moment. 

How about a holiday bucket list to make this month official?!
1.  Decorate our first home!  Yay for having our OWN house this year for the holidays!  One of the first things I thought about when our agent first showed us this house was how perfect it would be to decorate at Christmas.  Can’t wait to DECK THOSE HALLS … that are all our very own!
2.  Make our very own ornaments
3.  Drive around town to see the lights.
4.  Girls ornament exchage with cocktails instead of kids. 
5.  A visit to Christmastown. 
6.  Bake some holiday goodness for friends & family.
7.  Watch Christmas movies … namely Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street & Christmas Story.
Most likely as my toddler runs rampant through the house, but it’s the thought that counts, right?!
8.  Go see SANTA!!  Although I will admit, we have already taken Waverly to see Santa twice this year, it just hasn’t been official yet since she hasn’t been on his lap.  And let’s just say, girlfriend doesn’t seem to LOVE the big guy.  Think good thoughts for me on our actual trip soon.
9.  Take Waverly Maye to her Christmas party at our kids gym & bring her first “teachers” some cute Christmas goodies!
10.  Choose from our advent calender each day, which will have lots treats & activities.
11.  Shop until we drop!  And then once we cross everyone off of our list, still go to the mall as much as possible just to be a part of all the fun, which is probably so very dangerous. πŸ™‚
12.  Host Christmas dinner.
13.  Make Christmas cookies for Santa.
14.  Keep a holiday-scented Bath & Body Works candle burning as much as possible.
15.  Dress in festive fashions all month long!!!!! 
 So there you have it, I call them my FESTIVE FIFTEEN!  I am such a list kind of girl, so I can think of no better way to kick off this month than this.  I may just print this out life-size & attach it to our fridge.  If my husband wouldn’t officially think I was Christmas crazy. πŸ™‚
I hope that everyone is having the BEST start to the holiday season & are taking full advantage!!!

Looking forward to Friday’s post with lots more holiday goodness. πŸ™‚
Have a good rest of the week!



  1. December 4, 2013 / 1:44 pm

    I love that you are choosing to dress festive all month long. I'm not sure Savanna has enough Christmas outfits for all month but I'm sure we can pull off one a week! πŸ˜‰

  2. December 4, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    I am a list girl too! Love the list!

  3. December 4, 2013 / 2:12 pm

    I get so excited to put Weeks in Christmas jammies every single night! Loving her little boots- precious!!!

  4. December 4, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Her outfit is adorable! I love this list. I'm nervous about taking Dominick to see Santa as well. :S

  5. December 4, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    Festive Fashions all month long! I love itt!!!

  6. December 4, 2013 / 10:17 pm

    My holiday bucket list is nearly identical to yalls! I think the only difference is I will do almost everyone with a cocktail in hand and the Grand Illumination in Williamsburg is on the list too.

    A Modern Navy

  7. December 4, 2013 / 11:24 pm

    I LOVE your bucket list. You're going to have a wonderful holiday season! I actually just moved back to Charlotte from Virginia Beach ( I was reading your ABOUT page) Your family is adorable!

  8. December 5, 2013 / 3:45 am

    Great list! Lovinggggg that buffalo plaid!

  9. December 5, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Such a great list! I need to get started on ours!

  10. December 5, 2013 / 2:04 pm

    Those pictures are adorable with the bows on the back of the boots–too cute. Good luck seeing Santa later this year!

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