Our Elf and His Name…

I know Christmas is over, but I had to share our new Elf on the Shelf given to us by the Talty Family.  I am so excited to have him as part of our holiday tradition!  Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who’s naughty or nice?  Liam will be thrilled to know that our elf will be reporting to Santa everyday during the month of December.  As most of you know about the Elf on the Shelf phenomenon you have to give him a name.  So the other night I told Tim, “What should we name our elf?”  Without hesitation Tim said, “his name is Reginald.”  Reginald?  What is that?  I’ve never heard of such a name, but I thought it was unique and fun so I went with it.  We named our elf, Reginald (Reggie for short).

The next morning I went online to register our elf.  It comes with a certificate of elf adoption, which you can print out and show the little ones that it is official.  And you can print out a letter from Santa as well.  This is so cool!

After I registered Reginald, I decided to look up the name to find out what the meaning is.  Well, according to Urban Dictionary Reginald means….

“a person whom is full of themselves; tends to be successful and is pompous about it. they have a competitive mindset and will bang any female while pretending they REALLY care, but everyone else knows…a Reginald can CARE LESS.”

Way to go Tim.  Nice work.  Sigh. :/

Reggie Elf


Christmas 2012 at Casa De Mitchell


Our Christmas morning breakfast! I didn’t have time to practice pancakes from scratch so I whipped up a batch of Betty Crocker cakes…at it’s best. Next year, I will make it a tradition to make the best pancakes for Liam. Any suggestions? Please send me a recipe.


Lot’s of Christmas presents from our family and friends. Most of them from my mom. Sad she couldn’t make it to LA this year, but we did however enjoy all the gifts! Love you mom!

xmas bib

What the bib says… It’s True.


Tim and his lovely mother


Lot’s of Victoria’s Secret sweaters. Building up the wardrobe again this year!

Tim’s Irish, which means this is a match made in heaven. He is a super HUGE fan of Notre Dame. What’s not to love about that team? They are undefeated this year! Go Irish!

Liam's 1st xmas ornament

Liam’s first Christmas ornament from my friend Carmen! We screwed it up the first and second time…3rd time’s a charm. We were going to do Liam’s hand but that didn’t turn out so great.


Personalized stuffed animals from Grandma Sara (my mom).

xmas2012Baby Liam’s first X-Mas stocking


Liam checking out his new toys



Cookie loves her x-mas gifts too. Especially her flying squirrel, which is now ripped to shreds. Poor squirrel…didn’t stand a chance. 10 minutes and poof! Gone.

Michael Watch

One of my favorite gifts from my awesome adorable hubby!! Thanks love!


xmas 2012


It’s the Little Things


Banana Walnut Bread Recipe

I had exactly 3 REALLY ripe bananas and a carton of buttermilk that I needed to use up before it was too late.  The cranberry orange bread I made last time called for buttermilk also, which is why I had it sitting in the fridge.  Wish they would sell this stuff in smaller containers! By the way, this banana bread is delicious.  My neighbors said so.

popupstickersChristmas pop-up Stickers- used on presents and x-mas cards

P1000869Liam’s ornament from our family friend, Reda Garza.


Personalized pacifiers

Nickname: Lil Nugget and GDub all started from the day Liam was born until now.

Baby Liam Meets Santa

It’s 1:30pm and we are headed out the door and on our way to the Grove.  Today is the day Liam gets to meet Santa for the first time.  I am excited and curious.  Excited because it’s Santa. And Curious to see how Liam will react, how the Grove is going to do the “santa Thing”, and how long we have to wait.

Tim did some research prior to us leaving the house.  Reviews said don’t even try meeting Santa after 5:30pm, because the wait is 3 hours plus, and you may not even get to see Santa.  So we made sure we were out the door well before then.

As soon as we get to the Grove we went straight to the rooftop to park (parking was madness!).  We head over to Santa’s cottage.  I have to say, it is quite the spectacular Christmas experience. Lights, decorations, fake snow, Christmas music blaring, elves, and thousands of people. It was like a ritzy packed amusement park, like the ones Tim REALLY loves(not).. From a distance we see that there are about 3 people in line.  HOLY MOLY!!! Did NOT see that happening, the Christmas spirits have blessed us!! Tim and I had a smile from ear to ear. This, was gonna be MAGICAL!

But that “magical” feeling evaporated quicker than snow in July when we noticed a little sign that said “take a number.”  Our lucky number was 204.  Not bad right? It made sense.. This was the Grove right? Lots of people, and they ALL want to see Santa.. Well, they were on 70.

Damn!  So I asked the (freakishly authentic) girl elf at the front of the line about the wait.  She said, “the line is tricky, it can go quickly or pathetically slow, I have a good feeling though; come back at 5:30.”  Sure enough, that was 3 and 1/2 hours later.  Tim’s eyes blinked a couple times, then glazed over but he said nothing. I knew he was overjoyed.

Ugh!!  To good to be true. I convinced Tim to stay until then.  To kill time, we went off and had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory then did a bit of shopping after.  Our last stop was Nordstroms.

After waiting close to 4 hours, in organized chaos and Christmas music, we walked back to Santa’s cottage with our Christmas spirit slowly returning with each step..

Finally, it was Liam’s BIG moment!! Thats when the bomb drops..the (freakishly authentic) girl elf has the nerve to tell us that Santa is going on break. That’s when Tim’s eyes get big and both of us were….”ummm what?!” She goes on to say “the lucky number is 201″….we were #204. Son of a B%#@!!! She goes on to say “Santa has to break from 6:00-6:30, you will have to come back after that.” It was 5:40. I had somehow managed to keep Tim in this place for almost 4 hours and to make him wait another hour was way beyond my skill.

Oh boy, I saw Tim’s face and he wasn’t  happy.  Mostly in shock…he had no words(thank god).  I was so bummed! BUT, then the (freakishly authentic) girl elf see’s the rising anger disguised as disappointment in our faces and tells us that she “maaay” be able to get us in.

I think it had something to do with Tim being a really good samaritan that evening.  He found a money clip with credit cards and $700 in cash just sitting on a chair in Nordstroms. Tim saw it, picked it up, counted it, showed me and then handed it to the salesperson. Don’t know what happened after that, hopefully the salesperson continued the karma! We didn’t stick around, Santa was waiting!! In Tim’s words- “Your Welcome”.

Waiting at the Cheesecake Factory


Liam can scratched this off his bucket list…being bottle fed at Nordstroms.



Apparently Liam didn’t make it on Santa’s list.  Oh well, maybe next year! lol




Ta Daaaa!!!

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Baby Meet Santa

  I am so excited that it’s Liam’s first Christmas!  So I’ve been trying to convince Tim that we should take Liam to see Santa at The Grove.  They have a HUGE 100ft Christmas Tree with more than 15,000 lights and 10,000 ornaments.   And the best part is, besides Santa and his cottage, is that it snows between 7pm and 8pm.  Trust me, it’s something you’d want to see, if you haven’t already.

Me:  “Please, let’s take Liam to see Santa at the Grove!”

Tim:  “Ugh, what if he gets scared and starts screaming and crying when he sees the old man in the red suit?”

I don’t know if this is an excuse or if he is really concerned about Liam freaking out.  But it had me thinking, and now I am debating whether I should tell Liam Santa exists.

And it’s for this reason….











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Liam at 2 Months

 Taken On: 12-11-12


Weighing in at: 10lbs 16oz

Length:  23 3/4 in

Favorite Food: Nutramigen by Enfamil

Words: Lots of cooing and squealing!

Nicknames: Wittle Babeeee & Bobble Nugget

Liam’s 3 Top Picks: Bear Sleep n Play (blue), Monkey Bouncer, and Buff Baby Dumbell Rattle

Baby Got Skills: He is beginning to roll over, grasp objects (he loves his dumbell rattle!), and smile spontaneously