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 reminiscences, restricted stress and a number of moments to unplug and calm down. We needed to cancel our plans to move to Florida after Christmas (see extra on that under!) however are so grateful my mother and father had been versatile with their plans and can 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 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 fun Christmas collectively (yay!) and assist us with the boys whereas we’re all arms on deck with our huge 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 at school 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 stuffed our days with play dates, a vacation mug trade with buddies, 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 buddies is what I’m loving most this week however carry on scrolling for a peek into a number of further issues that made me smile! I hope you all have an exquisite 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 respect you a lot!

Issues I’m Loving Friday

  • The Starting of Our Huge Transfer!

As you could 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 idea, we are able to formally start dwelling in our new home, there’s nonetheless a “punch checklist” 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 folks nonetheless working with three children and a canine within the combine.

The good information is that we’ve been capable of 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 effectively. We’ll transfer our beds and ourselves the week between Christmas and New Years’ and figuring out we’re *this shut* to dwelling within the residence we’ve been constructing for greater than two years has me so unbelievably excited… and harassed 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 snort 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 toes beneath our blankets and grabbing onto the ties of my floor-length gown along with her tiny enamel and growling her ferocious growl as she swings herself backwards and forwards. 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 just a little deeper and sees a canine who is totally relaxed and never afraid to be susceptible/on her again along with her new household.

Ryan will not be allowed to test my weblog till after Christmas as a result of I couldn’t resist supplying you with guys an early peek into one in every of his Christmas items. 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 items with that means and love that that is one thing he’ll be capable to show and revel in in our new residence that can function a small reminder of the start of our relationship in school. Etsy is the place it’s at for items 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 totally different and I totally loved listening to this one.

The guide begins with a recent begin for Leah Stevens. After reuniting along with her outdated buddy and former roommate, Emmy Gray, Leah jumps at Emmy’s thought of shifting to a small city in Pennsylvania. It looks as if the proper option to escape the scandal surrounding Leah’s journalism profession and Leah shortly accepts a instructing job the place she will 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 shortly 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 little thing — her fellow academics, Emmy, her previous and the way every little thing is perhaps linked, amid the rising suspicion that Leah herself may need been concerned within the crimes on this small city not directly.

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 feel grateful for this vacation season? 

Perpetually 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.