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 full of love, household, particular vacation recollections, restricted stress and a number of moments to unplug and chill out. We needed to cancel our plans to go to Florida after Christmas (see extra on that under!) however are so grateful my dad and mom had been versatile with their plans and shall 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 12 months and the drive was phenomenal — so easy 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 fingers on deck with our massive transfer. Ah!

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

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

We additionally crammed our days with play dates, a vacation mug change with associates, present-wrapping and plenty of 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 just a few 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 admire you a lot!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

  • The Starting of Our Massive Transfer!

As you’ll have gathered from what I shared above, we formally have our certificates of occupancy for our new home! HOORAY! This sounds fantastic and whereas, in principle, we are able to formally start dwelling in our new home, there’s nonetheless a “punch listing” 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 attempting to withstand the temptation to right away transfer in and be sensible since we don’t wish to be dwelling in a house overflowing with individuals nonetheless working with three children and a canine within the combine.

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

We missed having a canine in our home over the course of the previous 12 months and a half so, a lot. Pepper is simply the sweetest, funniest little ferret and we love her tons. She makes us chuckle each single day, particularly now that we’ve seen her heat as much as us and start to actually belief us. She loves looking our ft beneath our blankets and grabbing onto the ties of my floor-length gown together 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 completely happy as a result of she appears so content material however a part of me additionally appears on the image slightly deeper and sees a canine who is totally relaxed and never afraid to be weak/on her again together with her new household.

Ryan shouldn’t be allowed to examine my weblog till after Christmas as a result of I couldn’t resist supplying you with guys an early peek into one among his Christmas presents. I ordered his lovely custom hand cut map of UCF (particularly the world of campus the place Ryan and I met) from this Etsy shop and I really like the best way 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 luxuriate in in our new residence that may function a small reminder of the start of our relationship in school. Etsy is the place it’s at for presents like this, I’m telling you!

My score: A- / Style: Thriller 

I cruised by 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 complete novel. The Perfect Stranger was no completely different and I totally loved listening to this one.

The e book begins with a contemporary begin for Leah Stevens. After reuniting together with her previous good friend and former roommate, Emmy Gray, Leah jumps at Emmy’s thought of shifting to a small city in Pennsylvania. It looks as if the right technique to escape the scandal surrounding Leah’s journalism profession and Leah shortly accepts a instructing 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 shortly reveal simply how little Leah is aware of in regards to the girl she shared a house with for years. Leah begins to query all the things — her fellow lecturers, Emmy, her previous and the way all the things is perhaps related, 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 (A giant-time crowd pleaser!)

Slow Cooker Holiday Mulled Wine

Query of the Day

What’s one factor you might be loving this week? 

Any vacation plans? 

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

Ceaselessly 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.