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I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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This mama is on the...

It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

A little late to post, but I am so thankful for these two right here. Thursday was our 6th Thanksgiving together, but it was our very first one together in Maine with our family. Our FIRST one out of SIX Thanksgivings. So take the time this holiday season to thank our first responders. Service members, policemen, firefighters, paramedics, nurses, etc. Not everyone gets to be home for the holidays and this year, we are more than thankful to have the opportunity to be home with everyone 😍
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5 Christmas Traditions We Have In Our Home

5 Christmas Traditions We Have In Our Home - The holidays are a perfect time of year for family traditions. So today I'm sharing some Christmas traditions that we have in our own home.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year to create Christmas traditions in your family. Growing up, we had a few traditions of our own in my household. We’d go for drives through other neighborhoods to see the Christmas lights. We’d decorate the tree together as a family with Christmas music playing in the background. We each had our own box of ornaments that was specifically our own so that we’d always have our own ornaments to add to the tree each year. Even Christmas morning was full of traditions long after we stopped believing in Santa Clause. We were never allowed to go downstairs before waking our parents first. They were the first to go downstairs to “check if Santa left yet” (aka to make themselves a pot of coffee since we typically woke them up WAY too early). We’d also take turns opening gifts so that we could all see what everyone was getting rather than it being a chaotic mess where we’re all ripping open our gifts at one time.

Traditions are so important for a family. They’re traditions that you’ll pass down to your own children as well. While we’ve only had one Christmas together in our own home in the last few years (the others were spent back home with family), we’re still in the process of creating our own traditions. I’m sure they’ll come after a few more holidays in our own home, but for now, these are the traditions we’ll have in our home.

We pick out the perfect tree at a local Christmas tree farm

No offense to those of you who love fake Christmas trees, but I grew up going to our local Christmas tree farm as a family and picking one out each year. To me, it’s just not Christmas to pull a tree out of the attic, brush the dust off of it, and set it up in your living room. I will never give up my real tree and thankfully Zack feels the same way. So this will be a tradition that we keep in our home once we’re back living in New England. Right now, it’s a little more challenging being in Southern California since their version of a “Christmas tree farm” is a stand in the middle of the desert where they sell trees. Totally not the same! So this will be something that will be very important to us once the baby is born and we’re in our long-term home.

We open gifts on Christmas Eve

We never did this in my household growing up, but Zack and I tend to open the gifts that we buy each other on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas Day. Zack is the one who started this one simply because he was impatient that year. It was Christmas 2014, the only other Christmas we’ve spent in our own home together and it was the year he bought me my “engagement” ring. Out of nowhere, he approached me in the kitchen wanting to give me my gift so it then led to giving each other all the gifts we had purchased for one another. It’s nice because it gives us time to ourselves. Christmas Day is spent opening our gifts from family and friends over FaceTime or with them in person so Christmas Eve is more for us and our own gifts to each other.

We spend Christmas Day with family

Like I just mentioned, Christmas Day is spent with family whether it’s over FaceTime or it’s bouncing between all their homes, opening gifts. Whatever it may be, we’re with them that day. We do this for Thanksgiving as well. It’s just such a good way to spend time with them all even when they’re thousands of miles away. It allows us to celebrate the holidays as one big family and keeps us all connected. Once we’re back home, though, we fully plan to be physically present for these things. We’ll probably do gifts in our own home first thing in the morning with our kids and then bounce around to each side of our family that afternoon, but whatever the plan ends up being, we know we’ll be with family.

We send out Christmas cards

This was something I always knew I wanted to do when I got married and so far, I’ve done it every year (okay, I missed the first one, but that’s because we had been married for all of two months and we didn’t even have a photo together yet…so that one’s understandable). I just love sending them out to friends and family and keeping them all updated on life. I typically send them all a little note as well thanking them for their continued love and support and updating them on anything new going on here. Sometimes I add extra photos too for them to frame and keep in their homes. It’s fun and I know they appreciate it as well.

We go Christmas light sight-seeing

We used to do this all the time growing up. We’d get into our comfy clothes (bundled up with jackets of course) and we’d spend an hour or two just driving through the neighborhoods, looking at Christmas lights. I remember our surrounding neighborhoods in Vermont being FULL of gorgeous decorations. Burlington is always super pretty this time of year too. We were super little back then, yet I remember it like it was yesterday. I’d love to do this with our kids someday.

What Christmas traditions do you have in your home?

XOXO
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