Making new traditions

Christmas has always been a favorite time of the year for me. Starting with a wonderful, family-filled Thanksgiving to all the hype and excitement leading up to Santa coming. This year however the holiday season seems so much more magical and exciting.

I know Liam is one of the main reasons I’m so excited and in the holiday spirit this year. He is starting to understand and learn more and I’m so excited for him to see what Santa brought him!

With all this holiday spirit and with our new and growing family we are making new holiday traditions. We seem to add something new every year and I am excited to see what all our traditions will end up being.

For thanksgiving Liam and I watched A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade in the morning. Owen “watched” too and so did Joe when he got home from hunting.


We went and got our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We always get a real tree. We go out, cut it down, and put it up in the house. Liam thought it was so neat bringing a tree into the house. We have to enjoy a cup of apple cider and a candy cane too.

We also went to a new tradition in our town called Hometown Holidays. This included a parade, s’mores, hot chocolate, and fireworks! It was a lot of fun and we plan to go every year.

We have gone to visit Santa every year since Liam has been born. We are trying to find a Santa that we visit every year but so far we have gone to a different Santa every year. (Any suggestions on the best Santa??)


Now just last week we went for a drive to see some of the pretty Christmas lights in town. Liam kept saying “I’m so excited” as we talked about going after dinner. He loved all the lights (and so did Mom haha).


We had our 3rd (or 4th?) annual cookie bake at my moms. So many cookies were made and enjoyed throughout the day.

My parents also had their first annual cousin sleepover with Christmas jammies and all!


I am planning to make some Santa pancakes Christmas morning once we all wake up and open our stockings. We will probably open presents too and then eat breakfast. Liam will be too excited to wait I’m sure.

It is so fun continuing with family traditions and discovering new traditions. What are some of your family traditions during the holiday season? 




I have been a certified Zumba instructor since January of 2014. Also in January of 2014 I got hired at a local non-profit community center where I live. I started teaching only one class a week and now teach 2 classes a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Zumba Fitness

I truly love teaching Zumba! Its a high energy and fun way to get a workout. If you have never tried Zumba I would encourage you to do so if it is a workout that is appropriate for you. Honestly you have to try Zumba 3-5 times with the same instructor to get a feel for how they teach and to start catching on to the routines. Once you have gone several times you will really start to enjoy the class and have fun (not to say your first class isn’t a blast…it just can get confusing)!

It’s all about shaking it and just moving your body. Don’t worry about whether you are doing it right, just make sure you are having a good time. Zumba is meant to be a big dance party!