Family renewal

Although Claire is over 2 months old, we really haven’t had many weekends where it’s just been US-our little family of 4. Between multiple visits and the holidays-we have had family here almost every weekend since Claire was born. Which, don’t get me wrong, has been wonderful, but we were more than ready for some relaxing time together as a family. So, this past weekend we decided to head up to the island alone. We went out to breakfast at our favorite spot, strolled through a very busy farmers market, spent some time with my great aunt and uncle, drank wine and watched the sunset on the beach, and splashed in the pool. It was fun and relaxing, and exactly what we were hoping for. Claire totally got into the laid back, relaxing spirit and slept from 10 pm-7:30 am on Saturday. If she always slept like that, I think we would move to the island full time! 😉

Every time we head up to the island we talk about how lucky we are to have a connection to this place. As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up vacationing here. My great aunt and uncle have owned a condo-just down the road from my in laws condo-for as long as I can remember, and my grandparents used to rent a place here for the winter as well. I have a photo album filled with pictures of me at the island as a young teen and lately Leah has become obsessed with carrying that particular photo album around and asking multiple times about everyone she sees as she flips through the pages and intently studies each photo. It makes me smile to think that one day she will have her own photo albums filled with pictures of her and her siblings playing on the same sand mommy did when she was a girl.

So a relaxing weekend it was and now we are back home where we have been enjoying some “cold” South Florida weather; perfect days in the low 70’s and chilly 50 degree nights. I know, I know, everyone up north dealing with snow storm after snow storm probably wants to kill me for calling that “cold,” but I’m just saying; when you live in South Florida, AKA the tropics, you gladly take any temps lower than 80 and call it winter!

Christmas 2011

Christmas in PA was wonderful.
Although we did not get the holiday snow I was hoping for, we still had that good old cozy family feel in the house all week, making me want to live in fleece pants and snuggley slippers. And so I basically did.

new Christmas Eve pajamas-a family tradition

Hubs' first Christmas pjs!

Brett was sooo excited about my new kitty travel pillow.

My sister was loving enough to get me an antique E.T. glass for Christmas. Oh how sweet of her. Problem is; I have an intense fear of that creature. And I mean intense. It all started the first time I saw that dreadful movie, at about 4 years old. There was E.T. all sickly and pasty in that tube thing…ugh. Just thinking about it gives me the creeps. Bottom line, he’s gross and I will not be drinking out of that glass.

Overall, the week was relaxing and wonderful. The sisters even got the band back together on Rock Band, with a special singing performance by hubs himself.

And although I’m not sure if I did much more than sit, read, watch movies and talk with the fam, it was exactly what I needed for a week.
The week ended with a special girl’s only trip to a bridal shop to search for a wedding dress for my newly engaged sis. We shopped for hours, and we found the perfect dress in the end. And I mean perfect.

And no, this is not the dress she picked. I can’t post that pic on the interwebs. Obvi. But I can tell you that she looks stunning in the real deal. (Although we really couldn’t find a dress that she didn’t totally rock).

We loved our taste of PA winter, but weren’t complaining when we stepped off the plane and into the Florida goodness that is perfect 70 degree weather.

And now hubs and I are in full packing mode, planning on moving into the new digs this weekend!

Happy Wednesday.

Sunday thoughts.

This weekend has been a great mix of relaxing and productivity. Yesterday hubs and I fought the Christmas crowds and managed to finish our holiday list. Well, minus the gifts I need to buy for him. Brett, on the other hand was all like, “How much do you want your gifts to be a surprise?” as he held up a sports bra (super romantic, I know, but the fact remains that I do need some new ones.) I asked him to please refrain from buying my gifts while I was with him, which he lovingly did.

At times I forget that it’s winter when outside it looks like this:

For some reason I keep thinking that it is the same elsewhere, until I talk to someone up north and they mention how freezing it’s been. I have a feeling that hubs and I will be rather shocked when we step off the plane this Friday and into the freezing cold Pennsylvania air.

Today, minus my morning run and church, we have bunkered down in our apartment, pretending that the winter chill is here as well. The day has consisted of good movies and afternoon naps, which makes the end of the weekend all the more enjoyable. Add in pancakes for dinner and it comes out pretty much perfect.

I will leave you with this, a sneak peak of our new house’s dining room/kitchen/sliding door to our new pool!

Hope you had a relaxing and productive last weekend before Christmas!

Exhausted…

Man oh man has this been a crazy week.
December at a children’s hospital brings a Santa Clause every other day, plus a million high school groups who want to come caroling plus holiday craft groups galore…and so on.
And although I love every single minute of it, I definitely come home from work every night totally drained.
And it does make Fridays and the thought of 2 days of resting all the more wonderful.

So welcome weekend.

This weekend may bring a big change for me and hubs! There is a chance that we could be moving to a larger apartment soon.
An apartment that’s more of a house and less of a “I can hear everything my neighbor does” complex.
Plus it’s a 2 bedroom, which means that we are now accepting visitors.
So, you know, if you want to come on down to south FL we would have the space!
More details coming soon

For now I plan on curling up with a good movie (we finally rented Water for Elephants and I’m so excited! That is one of my all time favorite books).
And although husband claims that the cover of the movie “makes it look like it’s going to be boring” I know it’s going to be awesome. Add in some ice cream and you have a perfect Friday night.

Happy Weekend.

Oh Christmas tree

When taking a picture in front of a Christmas tree, you must wear your winter garb.

Brett and I had a low-key weekend as I continue to recover from my oh-so-fun ER experience. But we did make a trip to the good ol’ Big Lots on Saturday in order to get our first ever married Christmas tree.

Although Brett and I are both adamantly  against fake trees (I mean, come on, 3/4 of the joy that comes from having a Christmas tree is the awesome spruce smell) we didn’t have much of a choice this year.
Since we have a little apartment and since we live in Florida, where real Christmas trees don’t exist (kidding. kind of) we decided to go with a fake one. Just for now. Until we have our house.
So don’t judge us, okay?

But I have to say, little Herbie looks so festive all lit up and decorated. He shines and shines in a little corner of our family room, making anyone whose gaze falls upon him happy and full of Christmas cheer.

And maybe he doesn’t smell delicious, but we fixed that problem by buying a balsam fir candle, also at The Big Lots. Thank you Big Lots for bringing the Becker family such holiday happiness.

Lazy weekend

So I know I haven’t blogged in quite a few days now, but it’s just been one of those weeks. A week full of work, running, going to the doctor for a skin infection (I know, gross but true), getting a hair cut and being filmed for a children’s TV show. Oh yes, being a child life specialist is never dull. I’ll talk more about the TV kid’s program another time. Like when it’s close to coming out, because I know you’ll all want to see it. And once you do, I’ll be available for pictures and autographs.

It basically rained all weekend and I loved it. It gave me the feeling of a cozy fall weekend, regardless of the fact that it’s still 85 degrees outside.

The husband and I had a relaxing weekend, making our morning Starbucks trip on Saturday morning (and getting my second pumpkin spice latte of the season!) reading, going for a rainy afternoon run, watching some good movies and getting in lots of cuddles (which are a weekend must).

Today, the pouring rain and my “fall feeling” made me decide to make my first pumpkin loaf of the season. Man I love pumpkin and I plan on eating a LOT in the next few months.

Fall continues to call to me with snuggling up to watch some afternoon movies and making baked potatoes for dinner tonight. I will post a pic to show off my new hair cut once I actually decide to make it look pretty. For now I’ll hold you all in suspense.

Happy Fall.

Lazy Sundays

Happy Weekend! I think I have come to enjoy/appreciate weekends so much more since I started my new job (I am a Child Life Specialist at a Children’s Hospital-a job I will talk more about in the near future). For the past 4 months I have worked every-other weekend, which basically, to be honest, has been terrible. Although I have Friday and Monday off on the weeks I work weekends, not having 2 days off in a row makes me come back to work feeling less than refreshed. Luckily, I am changing departments starting in August to an outpatient unit which is closed on weekends. So my schedule will officially change back to the norm Mon-Fri in only a few more weeks (and I couldn’t be happier about that!) Anyway, all that to say..I love weekends with a renewed passion and this weekend happened to be a great one!

Just for kicks here is a list of 10 things that made this weekend fantastic: (Because I’m sure you’re all dying to know…)

1. Watching Harry Potter Friday night…and Saturday night….and again tonight. The hubs and I are preparing ourselves for HP7 part 2 this weekend, which obviously means having a HP viewing party of all previous movies.

2. Shopping with the husband on a Saturday and finding super sweet finds at different stores. We have been trying to finish out our wedding registry, buying things we still need. Which luckily is not that much. And although I usually hate hate hate long shopping days, Brett thoughtfully bought me a bag of coconut M&M’s at the Big Lots, which lasted me through the rest of our shopping afternoon. (On a side note, go buy those M&M’s they’re delicious!)

3. Sleeping in. Although thanks to my daily work schedule my body seems to think it needs to wake up at 7:30 am everyday. Including weekends.

4. Setting my alarm to go running before church but then turning it off to get 45 more mins of sleep instead.

5. Going to church. Because of my terrible (but soon to be changed!) work schedule mentioned above, going to church is not something I get to do every weekend and I really miss it when I don’t. Also, church is prime noodle watching, which I love. (Noodles=babies in the Becker household).

6. Cleaning the apartment. Weird? Well maybe but I love starting the week with a clean house.

7. Chatting with every one of my sisters on the phone. Doesn’t happen often enough!

8. Snuggling.

9. Making homemade caramel brownies! Although technically I haven’t tasted them since they’re still baking…but they smell good and that’s a good sign. (Update-brownies are out of the oven and they LOOK good…even better sign).

10. Well I could really only think of 9 reasons so number 10 is just HAVING a weekend. Because weekends are wonderful.

Back to Costa Rica…..

On your honeymoon, it's good to bring your own pool boy to get you drinks.

Still more to come…have a great rest of your weekend!