Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


‘Twas the Week Before Christmas

 twas the week before chrsitmas(Pictures are of this lovely village…the only peaceful looking part of my house right now)

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all the through house

Rotavirus was stirring, only worse was if we had to also delouse
(non-parents, feel free to google “rotavirus” and “delouse”…good stuff)

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care

At least the house had been decorated but no gifts yet there


The children were nestled all snug by the porcelain bowl

With visions of Gatorade, as the virus took its toll

And mamma unshowered walking around with Lysol

Would love to settle down and actually sleep come nightfall


But all will get better, if only Pedialyte was drinkable

Thanks to Amazon and Fed-Ex, the Monroe household is unsinkable

The cards will get out, the cookies will get made…all you moms know what I mean

So Happy Christmas to all and see you on the web in 2014!!


Adapted from Clement Clarke Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas (duh)


Linking to:
Coastal Charm – Christmas Home Tour
Nesting Place – Christmas Home Tour
Sophia’s – Christmas Linking Party

‘Tis the Season

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!!

This is the first year we’ve done two Thanksgivings!  One on Thursday and the second on Sunday–so fun, but I don’t need to eat again until 2014!!
Minutes after the first Turkey was done, as per Monroe tradition, we ushered in the Christmas season with our good friends’ house lighting ceremony.  (Well Done Mr. D and family!)


After leaving Grandma and Grandpa’s house the next morning we went over the river and through the woods (aka up the Garden State Parkway), cut down our tree and set about to make our own little winter wonderland.  Here’s a quick peak…

living room decs
Jesus doesn’t make an appearance in the manger until his birthday.

kids trees
Last year, I surprised the kids with their own little trees in their rooms and it has been a major hit!

christmas tree
As per our own little tradition, that started in Hoboken when we used to carry the tree home 2 blocks,  we ordered Chinese takeout and decorated the tree (of course, while listening to Kenny and Dolly’s Once Upon a Christmas–best $6 you’ll ever spend!).  My favorite part is reminiscing while looking at the cute homemade ones and talking about some of our favorite trips (we always get ornaments as souvenirs)!

So after we were all snug in our beds, Billy Bob Junior showed up (the kids named him??) and TP’d our tree!!!  Oh how I dislike this trouble-maker!

billy bob jr.

If I were keeping it real I would go on to show you the unpacked Christmas village all over the dining room table that still needs to be set up on the front windowsill and I would tell you that we haven’t even touched the outside yet, but I’ve got to go order cards and try and get them out before Easter. 🙂

Peace out,
– kate