Monday, January 15, 2018

Christmas Cocoa with My Babies

Trying to savor every moment with these littles. These were taken just a few days before Christmas, and I am absolutely smitten!

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xoxo Darby

Friday, January 12, 2018

Sheldon's Shenanigans- Elf on the Shelf 2017

Before Christmas is too far behind us, I want to write this down for ideas for myself, and maybe for you too, this coming up year.  I know A LOT of parents that really hate on the Elf on the Shelf because it is time-consuming, but it really has been nothing but something fun we do in our home.  I don't go out & buy anything for it; I just use what we already have and it's really fun and easy.  (Here was what Sheldon was up to in 2016).  Here is what Sheldon got into this year:Elf on the Shelf Ideas 2017- Life with the HawleysDSC_0015DSC_0007DSC_0016DSC_0023DSC_0036DSC_0066DSC_0074DSC_0134DSC_0236DSC_0238DSC_0266DSC_0274DSC_0321DSC_0325DSC_0327DSC_0369DSC_0397DSC_0414DSC_0416DSC_0466DSC_0470DSC_0483DSC_0528DSC_0529DSC_0554DSC_0619

xoxo Darby

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Boys vs. Girls

Occasionally I get asked how similar Dutch & Ellis are in their personalities.  For the most part they are VERY similar.  Both are cuddlers who love to read & to learn.  Ellis is generally a quiet learner who observes and takes in everything, while Dutch is more vocal and desires to communicate about what he is learning.  Ellis' small personality has grown significantly over the past 6 months & she is pretty passive until she wants something and then she is sure to let you know.  She likes to sing and play tea party, but mostly just wants to play with anything Dutch is playing with (which usually is something related to firefighters- in fact, they both refer to Dutch and introduce him to others as "Fireman Dutch")  However, I think this series of pictures I ATTEMPTED to take before leaving for Christmas Eve service PERFECTLY illustrates their personality differences.  Ellis looks almost exactly the same in every picture, while Dutch, on the other hand, cannot contain his excitement and energy.  Going through pictures to write my post about Christmas just had me laughing so hard at these lol. Obviously Ellis just wants to eat her marshmallow & Dutch wants to dance & sing about Christmas lol
Let me show you what I'm talking about (and just for a point of reference I took all of these pictures in about 2 minutes lol):
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Isn't that the funniest thing?!  And yes, sometimes I DO take 4 bazillion pictures just to get one, half-way decent picture lolDSC_0587
xoxo Darby
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