christmas home at night

As always, I had great intentions of sharing our Christmas decor over the season. Alas, it's Christmas Eve and I'm just now getting around to snapping some pictures of our home dressed up for Christmas. 

We went a little lighter on the decorations this year, mainly focusing on our living room. The result was a sparkly, cozy feel that we love. 
With that, we are off to spend the day with our favorite little Christmas present. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope that the holiday is a happy one for all! 


Done! (ish)

After long last, our kitchen cabinets are finished being painted... This arduous process took us 5 weeks, instead of the estimated two. We started the week before Halloween and ended the week of Thanksgiving. I won't go into all the reasons for the hold up but let's just say that big projects and small babies don't always go hand-in-hand. Nonetheless, they are done. And we love them. The white is the first step at brightening up that dreary, dated kitchen. Of course finishing this one project makes me ready to tackle the rest of the kitchen (hardware, new counters, floor, backsplash + potentially opening it up to the rest of the house). All those things are set for TBD dates in the future so in the meantime, let's just focus on the pretty, white paint, shall we? 

 And just for a quick comparison, here's what the old kitchen looked like: 


4 months

Hayden is 4 months old which is just crazy! I can't believe how fast he's growing up! Nick and I love that we get to see more and more of his little personality coming through each month. This sweet boy loves to cuddle with Mom and Dad and still loves to hang out in the front pack on Mommy or Daddy. 
Hayden has traded some of his babbling for shrieks and screams which he finds quite amusing! He loves to "talk" to his stuffed animals and his reflection in the mirror. 
This month (and a little of last month) was part of the 4 weeks where Little Mister didn't sleep at night. Fortunately, that ended and we are back to good sleeping habits (for now!). Hayden goes to bed around 6:30  and sleeps until 5:30 am.  He now wakes up just once a night to eat.  
Hayden demonstrated his rolling over skills this month and likes to roll from tummy to back during tummy time. He's only got about half a roll down in the other direction but he keeps working on it! 
Mister loves to hold things in his hands. He usually falls asleep holding his blankie and likes to hold onto his rings in the car. He likes to put his pacifier in his own mouth but hasn't quite mastered taking his hand away from his mouth without removing his paci too! 
This kid looooves to laugh - at mommy and daddy, his toys, peekaboo, the hair dryer, and his reflection. And sometimes at nothing at all- he just randomly starts giggling. Nick always asks him if he's thought of a funny joke when he does this. 
Hayden is now 14 lbs 4 oz and 25.5 inches long. He is in the 30th percentile for weight and 60th for height. He is finally all the way out of his newborn clothes and wears a mix of 0-3 month and 3-6 month clothing. 
This coming month brings some big changes with Mommy going back to work (soo sad!) and Hayden starting daycare. Even with our new schedule we are still so excited to see what month 5 has in store! 



Our vacation to Hawaii last week was a major success. We enjoyed ourselves so much, even if Nick had to work most of the trip and Hayden wasn't really supposed to be in the sun and we had stick close to our hotel to try and keep up with naps and bedtimes, because we were in Hawaii! We hung out at the beach for a bit, lounged by the pool, listened to the live entertainment at the hotel each night, walked around all of Waikiki Beach, explored the aquarium, drove to the North Shore one day, and ate lots and lots of local foods. Fair warning, we took A TON of pictures to document Hayden's second vacation. Prepare to be inundated...

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