Monday, December 15, 2014

Cozy Weekend and Christmas Cards

I only ever take pictures in our kitchen nook! It's just my favorite room in the house. This is Drew's tree. It is colorful and filled with soft pom poms and animals. Drew has loved the pom poms and I have to remind her often that they stay on the tree. (Not in her mouth) I will be making pom poms for days. My goal for 2015 spare time is to make them for Christmas next year because they take a while! They look adorable though so they're totally worth it.
A rocking horse. Nana brought this over Saturday for Drew to ride on since she enjoyed playing with one at her Great Grandpa's. She loved it. This lady in her Christmas jammies, on a rocking horse... I could serve her with ice cream and eat her right up.
My house is a disaster. This room was clean long enough to take a couple of pictures and now.. maybe I will post those pictures later this week.
I see it like this, I can continue to decorate, address invitations, and bake cookies, or I can obsess over every mess made. I'm really good at obsessing too. It's a little easier to quit the clean obsession when I remember how fleeting time is. Drew is only getting older each day.
I use my mason jars for every season. In the Spring, flowers. In the fall, pine cones. In the winter, Christmas tree scenes! I just need some little deer to put in there.
Our Christmas cards arrived freakishly fast. Thanks, Tiny Prints!
One of my favorite things about this time of year is checking the mail for Christmas cards. I love sending them too. Our card this year reflects our family so well. I debated on picking a more formal picture of Drew, but I loved these pictures from our visit to the tree farm. We enjoyed that day immensely. It may be my favorite day in the last year.
Y'all. Last week of work before Christmas! I. Can't. Wait.

(In Drew's defense.. this was Saturday night. She woke up Sunday morning with a nose bleed and a fever. Not sure she was feeling so well the night before for a picture.)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Style

 I love dressing Drew in traditional smocking like I wore as a little girl. Drew even has a couple of my "vintage" smocked gowns from almost...ALMOST(key word here) 30 years ago. That's because I'm not yet 30, people. There is nothing sweeter or more traditional than a smocked gown. 
 I also love big people style on little people. This outfit is just that. It's so fun and I could almost see it on the page of a fashion blogger posting about going to a Christmas party. 
It's festive with gold and mixed patterns. 
And that's enough about that.
Dress, Cardi, Tights: Target       Boots: Crazy 8

 Y'all, I'm tired. I plan to fully relish in all that is the Christmas season this weekend. 
You can find me in my pajamas, by the fire, watching Home Alone, wrapping gifts, mailing Christmas cards, and snuggling my sugar plum baby. 
 Enjoy the next couple weeks of December... They're going too fast!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How Swept Away came to be

If you're new to Swept Away, here is brief introduction. Why? Because that "About" tab at the top of the page was feeling lonely.
Swept Away began in 2008 when Andy and I got married and has always been a fun way to document our marriage. I used the name Swept Away because it was a play on our last name, "Broome." I didn't know when I began the blog that the name would mean even more in time. My husband is a passionate fisher man. I realized this after we were married when a handful of beach trips had to include a deep sea fishing excursion. It's funny that he loved it so because I remember my dad had always told me that that was one thing he wanted to take me to do that we never got to. Deep sea fishing. Andy made his vacation hobby a living dream when he bought his own boat. 
We named it, yep, Swept Away. 
 (The first Swept Away)
We enjoyed the heck out of that boat. We took more beach trips than ever just to put her in the ocean. I will never forget the wonder I felt when we dropped anchor out in the middle of the deep blue sea surrounded by nothing but water. No sight of land, the only noise was the wind, waves, and people scooting by you to prepare their rod and reel for a big fish! 


 From my personal experience, there was always a tad bit of fear about being out their all alone, but a tingling excitement too. I would always think, "Who gets to do this every day?" I'll never forget the ending to one day on the water, I had called it quits on fishing and sat on the tip of the bow of the boat as it rose high and fell deep. Each time it dove, my toes splashed the water.

I was looking, looking, hoping to see a dolphin and much to my excited terror, instead a shark! A hammer head. Maybe 5 feet long. The wonders of the ocean never let us down. Each time we went out there was something fascinating to see. Andy could tell better stories than I could ever tell as he took the boat out many more times than I ever tagged along. 

 And what is this blog or our boat adventures with out my amazing captain. There may be no memory I treasure more of my side kick than our trips out into the ocean. He always had me huddle up to his side as we made our way out. If you've ever been deep sea fishing, you know that the trip out can beat your body up if you're not on a huge boat. You also get very wet. He always placed me right by his side so I would bump into him and not get wet. He let me drive the boat too. He probably loved most watching someone else get a big catch than himself. But rest assure, he was the very best at catching big ones. He would fight a fish for what seemed like hours trying to get it in the boat. Watching him and waiting to see what mystery would come out of the water was literally the best part of the trip.

Shortly after Andy sold the first boat and bought Swept Away II, I found out I was pregnant with Drew. It was decided quickly that the finances and time that are required of a huge ocean friendly boat were not necessarily baby friendly. 


 (This was taken less than two months before we found out I was pregnant with Drew)

We sold Swept Away II and then we got Swept Away III or as some call her, Drew. 

We wouldn't trade Swept Away III for the biggest boat in the ocean. I've found too that Drew is quite undeniably our greatest adventure yet. Even before we took trips to the middle of the ocean, life with Andy was always magical. With Drew here, that magic just multiplies. I thank God for that. That what could feel mundane and routine to some, I can look back on as being totally magical. Life may not look as fabulous as it once did, but it certainly is in a completely different way.
It is my sincere hope and prayer though that some day Andy can get back in the water, as the captain of his boat. Even if it includes a move to the Sunshine State where I can play first mate. 
We can dream right??
 As for now, we continue to live many boat-less adventures with our prized pie little lady. 
I know this post was long, but how do you summarize 6 years of blogging? You can't. That's what the archives tab is for. Read through some old posts and get to know the Broomes. Or click over there on the right hand tab "Popular Posts" for the things people have most enjoyed about this little blog. I will never limit my writing to any one topic. I enjoy my family life most, but every now and then you will find a DIY, home update, and of course, Fashion Friday.
I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

There's a sinus infection, but there's Jesus

I was going to be a blog updater of at least three times a week. Then I remembered I was a full time working mom. In addition to that, throw in a sinus infection. There ya go people. It turns me into a once a week type blogger. We can't have that so I will be going to the ENT tomorrow (for only the millionth time this year). Andy went Friday, smart guy. He's feeling better. I don't know why I didn't just go. I was thinking I would push through it. The last time I was at the ENT with a sinus infection, Dr. Pitts told me I was the worst he'd seen all day. He said "young mothers are so busy taking care of everyone else, they neglect themselves, and then come in here feeling worse." He had that right.  
For the record. Before Drew was born, I never got sick. NEVER. I never got viruses, colds, sinus infections, never even had allergy problems. I always had energy and that general "umph!" I love you, Drew. I reallllly do. I'm just complaining for a quick little second. You just go back to hogging the Christmas lights.
This is Drew's very own tree. The one we picked out here. We came home and attempted to decorate it. She obviously loved the lights. She didn't understand wrapping them around the tree. Nor did she understand that all of her soft ornaments were meant for the tree and not to take "nite nite" with her. I did get this tree decorated, eventually. I also got the big tree done too. Neither of which I got a good nap after doing. Wait, I'm a mom. I keep reminding myself of this when I long for a weekend nap.
Did this sound whiny? I hope not. I tried. But in my defense, I feel like my head is going to explode from sinus pressure. End whining. Here is some happy stuff:

Drew is no longer sick!
I highlighted my hair for the first time in months and it feels glorious.
I made some slam dunk vanilla butter melt away cookies which I will post about (when the sinus pressure goes away!)
Drew is saying so many words now including "poot." Thanks Daddy.
Wearing socks to bed with your feet lathered in Vicks vapor rub really does help a cough. I don't care what snopes says. I've tried it for a few nights now.
Sierra Mist Cranberry is here for the holiday and it. is. delicious.
I have slacked on my advent devotional the last two days but I am getting back on track this evening. If you are still looking to catch up on one, I highly recommend this one! 

And lastly, my complaining sure doesn't sound like I have a lot of joy, but please know, I have so much joy in my heart. I am a mommy who gets worn out, we all do. I am human, therefore sinful. My heart can reflect ugliness from complaining some days, but that leads me to what this season is about. The baby that came to take that ugliness away and replace it with the ultimate love. I am so thankful for that. I am so thankful for the daily opportunity to re- focus on God's gift.
So say it with me...
There's a ____________, but there's Jesus. 
(Get it?? Plug in your complaint here.)

Hope y'all are having a great week!
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Winter Peach

Drew likes to throw a little dose of comedy into most situations whether intentional or not. If she throws food from her tray and we get on to her she grins really big and says "hiii!" As if to distract from her "no no."
 Or she sporadically bats her eye lashes in the middle of dinner every time you attempt to give her another bite.
 Today Drew pulled a good one on us.
 We got a wild hair to take the mule riding on some of Andy's hunting trails. Drew was dressed for the day so I grabbed my camera, knowing an opportunity for snaps would present itself.
 Indeed it did, but we had to work for it. Andy didn't feel comfortable taking the mule down a steep hill to the creek, so we made the trek on foot. It was worth it as Drew loved trying to stomp in the creek and I loved capturing her little personality.
 But we weren't there long when Andy asked what that brown spot was on Drew's sweater. I said "maybe mud?" (We are in a creek, ya know??) Nope. Not mud. I think you know what it was. 
Thanks Drew. You obviously didn't care about it, but your daddy sure didn't appreciate hiking you back to the mule with your mud on his clothes. 
 She's always pulling one on us. 
Vest: Carters   Sweater, Tights, and Boots: Crazy 8
I told Andy his arm was already smelly, might as well make fun of it. Look at that baby and her daddy. Just alike.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Pickin a Tree

 I've waited for this day forever. I anticipated taking Drew to pick her first tree since last Christmas! We have an artificial tree in our den, I know lame. So we wanted to pick a tree to sit in the kitchen nook where Drew likes to play. We wanted it to be small and easy to decorate with soft ornaments that were OK for her to touch.
 Lucky for us, we live less than a mile away from a Christmas tree farm!
We loaded up the mule and headed down the road to pick a tree.
 I have been to a few Christmas tree farms in my life and this one by far was my favorite. It felt cozy and friendly. They had a barn full of apple cider, hot chocolate, and coffee. 
Fresh wreaths and garland too.
 The icing on Drew's cake was the hayride. That girl loves to watch a tractor and she had a front row seat on the hayride to watch the tractor pull us along.
Her vocabulary is growing daily and she squealed "teeee" and "mooon" as we rode. (*tree, moon)
I gave Drew a few sips of my hot chocolate which may explain why she was so cranked up all night. She loved it! First sip of hot chocolate in the books. 
First hot chocolate mustache too.
 "This one dad!" 
Drew wasn't really that into picking the tree. She just wanted to run through them all.
She also wanted to run from us. Her new thing is to go the opposite of the direction she is being asked to follow. I'm getting really good at faking something exciting going on in another room in attempt to wrangle her.
 "Not true mom!"
Drew is calling me "mommy" now. So weird, who taught her that? I really don't know. I have only ever referred to myself as "mama." Or boss lady, only to Mr. Broome, of course. 
(Ha! Juuuust kidding.)
 We loved the whole experience today. The owner and his crew were super friendly, like something out of a Hallmark movie. No kidding, Springbrook Farms could be in a Hallmark movie. You heard it here first.
And of course, If I could do it differently next time, I would've gone a little closer to dusk for better pictures. I would've also had another cup of hot chocolate. Sigh.
 (Headed home with our tree!)
 I made a bunch of pom pom's for Drew's tree and I'm trying to find more soft ornaments to make. I will post some pictures of it once finished!


This is by far the best time of year. I hope you are relishing in it as I am. And if you were thinking about an advent study...I am reading this one. And if any of you have an idea of how to enjoy the season of advent with your toddler, please share!