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We laughed.  We ate.  We played in the snow.  We stayed in our pjs all day, for days.  We made new memories.  We followed through with years long traditions.  We hugged.  We cheered.  We ate. View full post »

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  • January 7, 2016 - 11:23 am

    Calista - Oh, my gosh, the warmth and love in these pictures is palpable. I love your star ornaments! It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 12:51 am

      sarah nadine - We did have a great Christmas, and it’s crazy to think that it is now all over! Hope yours was just as awesome. And yes, I too, love the crocheted stars … IKEA special from a few years back 🙂 xoReplyCancel

      • January 12, 2016 - 2:21 pm

        Calista - Our Christmas was lovely and simple. We enjoyed it immensely and had a great time with my husband’s side of the family. I am so fortunate and blessed to have family that gets along 🙂ReplyCancel


It felt all too wonderful to get to dinner time last night and it feel like a “normal” day.  I absolutely LOVE all the celebrating, extra events, yummy foods and Christmas cheer that decorates my home, but there is something so refreshing about having life get put back on it’s tracks for the simple every day.  We packed up the tree a bit earlier this year as it was not absorbing any more water and was starting to sag into funny shapes(!).  With the tree away, we were ready to greet the new year with a fresh slate … having a clean house for starters.

I haven’t been one to really make “resolutions” per say, but in the last few years I have really stuck to a word/phrase that I project will carry our life’s theme through the year.  It’s been interesting to see how the year plays out and see how life has relevantly revolved around the “thought” of the year.  Last year’s word was:  i n t e n t i o n .  This year, we have chosen the words: s t e a d y ,  s l o w ,  s i m p l e .

We’ve been talking about  s i m p l i f y i n g  things for a while and to this point have made small steps towards making that happen.  But with this ‘fresh start’ to the year, the reminder is exciting to think that we are the ones in control of making those steps as little or as big as we want.  It’s given us a push to evaluate (again) how we’d like to see life happen in our corner of existence.  There will be some physical changes to pare down some of our things, and shifts of where we invest our time.  To ‘resolve’ to live more simply is more of a life’s goal, as opposed to a single year’s goal.  So clearly, this will be something “in progress” for the rest of our lives!

Within the realms of s l o w i n g down, I’d like to make room for my hobbies to be filling my time, not other time wasters.  My novice knitter has spoken and I am once again trying to stick it out to finish a project!  Hoping to learn some new knits and actually see Matt or the boys wear something I’ve made.  I’ve also mentioned crocheting to my big-time crocheting friend … hoping she’ll get me hooked (haha!).  I haven’t yet incorporated it, but I would also like to play more piano at home.  For the past few years, I’ve been playing piano at church every few weeks.  Now that I’ve had Israel and am taking a break, my fingers aren’t getting their ivory time quite as much as I’d like.

Matt and I do really well at dreaming up things and bringing forth ideas.  Our follow through?!  Not nearly in the same camp of accomplishment.  One of the ways we hope to become more  s t e a d y  is to see things through, no matter how big or small.  Again, a lofty lifetime kind of goal, but one we will be working on … for years!

On a much lighter ambition and nothing really to do with s t e a d y  or  s l o w  or  s i m p l e, another change I am going to work on this year (which I guess is like a new year’s resolution then!?), is getting IN the picture more often.  Literally.  It kind of hit me when I was asked to send in a picture of myself for this women’s event at church and I could not find a single picture of just me since our wedding photos!  Sure, I’ve taken a selfie here and there but nothing that I deemed as an actual picture of me.  I plan on asking to get my picture taken, therefore being willing to be in the picture no matter what … I need my kids to look back and actually SEE me being here!  We’re also going to get some more family shots this year (post soon to follow on that!).

Now that you know what some of our goals are and what we are aiming towards, what are some things you are planning to work on this year?!  Or resolving/determing to learn??


pic pix: me in this funny selfie on my new iPad (so awkward!), Jan.2016, backseat of my mom’s car

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  • January 6, 2016 - 12:16 pm

    Calista - I read a post yesterday over at Hand Free Mama about being softer in order to allow my loved ones to shine. That really hit home because I can be a bit of a control freak and I find that I can be rather rigid in my approach to daily life. It doesn’t allow my husband, my son or myself much room for spontaneous choices or exploration. So…here’s to being softer in 2016 🙂 We went out for frozen yogurt last night in between homework projects. It may not have been the wisest course of action, but it was fun for all of us!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 12:54 am

      sarah nadine - We forget that life is not something we can be in control of. Life is a gift, each and every moment. So, kudos to you for approaching it with some fun! It can’t be that way every day, but I bet if you knew it was your last there would not be an ounce of regret hashtag: so much food for thought


      • January 12, 2016 - 2:18 pm

        Calista - I love your blog for that very reason: I always walk away thinking about life in a deeper way. Thank you for that 🙂ReplyCancel

PINMerry Christmas, Joyeux Noël!!

Enjoy the special memories about to occur, the yummy treats ready to consume, and every moment this season of celebrating Jesus’ birth holds.  From ours to yours, may your Christmas be merry & bright.


pic pix: the boys’ gingerbread houses made with Yaya, A-Boo, and Uncle Jesse, Dec.2015, at home 

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PINI cannot believe we are finally here … the week of Christmas!  Almost all my gifts are wrapped (pretty good for me, as it’s usually not done until Christmas Eve) and I only have one gift to get yet.  We had a bit of an out-of-the-ordinary weekend: 1. we had our company Christmas party on friday night and 2. I threw my back out somehow on Saturday, leaving me out of commission most of the weekend and 3. Judah was in his first Christmas program Sunday night.  Eventful, busy, fun – minus the pain part –  but we are really looking forward to getting more in our “normal” routine before Christmas.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year, wouldn’t you say?  Before it all gets going, we hope to get these things done …

. get our Christmas cards out (eep! sorry everyone, you probably won’t be getting them until after Christmas this year)

. figure out my phone situation – I dropped my phone in the bathtub last week (another eep!)

. work on some more knitting and maybe teach myself some crochet, if I get to a store to buy some crochet equipment.  if not this week, sometime in the weeks to come

. rest, recover, and ice this back of mine

. hopefully my back will be healed so I can get a good house clean done before Thursday …

. mama watters is so inspirational  … I might make a few of her latest EO recipes as last minute gifts, if we have time for it

. hoping to get out to see some friends this week.  we miss everyone!

. and of course, get OUTSIDE!


Besides Christmas Eve and Day, what are y’alls plans this week??


pic pix: hot cocoa in the mountains, Dec.2014, Lake Loiuse, AB

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  • December 22, 2015 - 4:29 am

    Candace - 1. doesn’t getting older suck? Sorry about your back!
    2. explains why my texts aren’t getting through?
    3. if you need help.. I’m your girl! I also have every size hook imaginable in case you want to just try it out before committing?
    4. Miss you! Merry Christmas xoReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 8:23 pm

      sarah nadine - i would love to get a crochet lesson from you (crochet queen!!) … let’s incorporate that into our next visit! which should be soon, i’m just sad that it’s not before christmas. my communication habits are bad WITH a phone, now without one … you gotta be on my case!! merry christmas, dear friend and i want to see you (and that baby!) before you turn 29!! xoReplyCancel

  • December 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

    Calista - Oh, no! I hope your back heals quickly! Your 2014 hot chocolate looks delicious and I hope you’ve been able to have some in 2015.

    I’m working until early tomorrow afternoon & then I’m taking off to go get a few groceries for the side dishes I’m bringing for Christmas dinner {roasted asparagus and deviled eggs}. And I still need to wrap the presents I have and I haven’t quite figured out how to do that since my husband and son are almost always around. I think I’ll cloister myself away in the attic and just get it done! 🙂

    xo xo xoReplyCancel

    • December 23, 2015 - 8:34 pm

      sarah nadine - ha! i have had a copious amount of hot chocolate mugs this year … just no time to photograph them! i hope you are able to get all your wrapping done and how cool is it that you have an attic?! merry merry christmas to you and yours, calista! xoxoReplyCancel


Only slightly excited about this!  Having the boys be so excited about the little things – like snow! – makes me love celebrating this season even more.  It’s not that I ever didn’t like all the celebrations, I just have a renewed love for it all watching the boys light up about what I’ve heard for years.  Talking about little shepherd boys and little drummer boys making their way to see baby Jesus, opening advent and giving little gifts because of God’s great gift to us, and their excited talks about spotting Santa Claus on the front lawn … they are too much fun!  Matt took the boys tobogganing a few times this week (now that we finally have snow!) and the copious amounts of hot chocolate we have been inhaling has kept us warm.  All to say, this year, I especially have all the warm fuzzies around the celebration of our Savior’s birth.

going to steal this idea to make some neighbourly christmas gifts.

ways to spice up your hot chocolate.

love these printable holiday tags.

this lego nativity comes with instructions to make your own.

a printable 2016 calendar for you, or a diy gift for someone.

did you know, there is such a thing as netflix socks.

gingerbread latte with salted caramel sugar? hello saturday.

making these with the boys next week.

might gift one of these and make one for myself too.


pic pix: hunter eating yet another christmas orange, Dec.2015, at home

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