Bloggers Anonymous

Hello. My name is Tommy, and I have a blogging problem.


More precisely: a lack of blogging problem.

Considering that Missy’s last post was written on December 20th…and the post prior to that was written on December 2nd, I’d say that having a lack of blogging problem is putting it nicely. The hiatus wasn’t planned, but between the busy holiday season and a steady stream of house guests, it just sorta…happened.

Truth be told, I actually had a blog ready to publish on December 23rd, but Mr. and Mrs. Claus were up past 11:00 PM because they waited too long to wrap their remaining presents and didn’t want to do it on Christmas Eve…whoops! Needless to say, that post still remains (mostly) unpublished.

Which brings us to now: almost an entire month into the new year without a single sentence worth of updates.

Yes, we do still have a blog (rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated) but sadly, I’ve neglected it for far too long. But it’s a new year! It’s twenty fourteen and another holiday season has come and gone; to say that these past few weeks have busy would be the greatest understatement of all time. So where to begin? I think a proper run-down from where we last left off is in order tonight:

The 2nd Annual Hardinge Christmas Party was a rousing success last month, especially since we expended the format from just an “Ugly Sweater” party to an “Ugly Entire Outfit” party. We had some seriously awful submissions…and by awful, I mean totally awesome:

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Biggest party win? Our White Elephant gift was a huge hit with the girls, who quickly put the Floor Air Hockey set to good use (the puck has a battery powered fan that allows it to float across the floor just like an air hockey table):

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Sienna, Rowan, and Jovie had their preschool Holiday Program last week in which they got up on stage with their classmates and sang festive songs for 20 minutes while we watched and clapped along. It was oozing with sweetness.

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Speaking of the older girls: big thank you for all of your awesome comments on Missy’s post last month!

Christmas Day was blissfully as low-key as can be, bouncing back and forth across the street for different phases of gift opening and stuffing our faces, finally capped off by dessert with the rest of Missy’s family. I won’t go through our entire haul, but I wanted to mention that Miss and I bought each other these totally rad tee’s from our favorite local swag shop:

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We have a million-bajilion other pictures and videos from Christmas morning, but if you’re curious as to how things went (and as to how “Sister Shopping” turned out in the end), this picture pretty much says it all:

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Yeah. Seeing that makes my heart explode. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some more pictures up soon.

A few other random thoughts leftover from Christmas:

  • Do you “Elf on the Shelf?” Missy and I do not. But we saw an abundance of creative Elf on the Shelf pictures from parents our age and I have started questions whether or not it’s something we would want to incorporate into our Christmas Traditions. As of right now, we’re still leaning heavily towards not, but could be persuaded otherwise. Elf on the Shelfers, what say ye?
  • We also don’t do pictures with mall Santa Clauses, mainly because I’m almost positive that we would stand in line for two hours just to get pictures that turn like this. Are we bad parents?
  • Although this is largely a seasonably dependent thought, but come every Christmas season, if I had access to a time machine I would go back to 1979 and stop Paul McCartney from ever writing Wonderful Christmastime. Just me? What are your favorite and not-so-favorite holiday songs?
  • Christmas consumerism seems to reach a new all-time-low with each passing year, but I absolutely loved Apple’s Holiday 2013 iPhone commercial.

Midwest Family Christmas

Usually December 26th marks one of the most depressing day of the year, but not in 2013! This year the fam flew into town the day after Christmas for a midwest family Christmas! Missy and I spent the weeks prior to their trip transforming our unfinished basement and preparing for their arrival…

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…mainly by making sure everyone has a place to sleep (all Home Alone jokes notwithstanding)

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…and a gathering spot to hangout…

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(Carpet scraps, FTW!)

…tip back a few brews…

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(…those are beer samplers, not shots.) (…and milk.) (…FYI.)

…play tons games, natch!


The best part was watching how much fun the girls were having with the east coast crew:

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This Christmas marked the first time that my Mom, plus the four of us sibs, were all sleeping under the same roof since the summer I moved out to Iowa…nine years ago this June. You can bet your britches Ma was thrilled. Can you say “Photo Op?”

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Of course we had to get a few more! The sibs:

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The Bros:

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And the extroverts 😉
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We even posed for a few child-like Christmas Card pics with our posse:

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“Hey, have you ever noticed how people in those old-timey photos never smiled? We should do that.”

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Nailed it.

And we can’t forget about Mimi & Poppy’s visit either!

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Obviously, things were just a little more more low-key, but the girls had just as much fun!

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I clearly did not take as many pictures as I should have. Too busy enjoying the moment, but I hope you at least understand that this was pretty much the best Christmas yet.

Last but not Least

Speaking of posing for Christmas cards, I quickly wanted to share our Christmas Card – 2013 edition with you!

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A big thank you to everyone for following along with us this year here on Living in Pursuit. Although we don’t post quite as often as we’d like, we’re sure glad that you still read along when we do. Expect more good things to come in 2014. But for now, I raise my Moose Mug of eggnog to you.

I (very, VERY, belatedly) hope that your Christmas was Merry and Bright, and that you had a very safe a joyous New Year. Thanks for sticking with us,

-Tommy & Missy

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About Tom Hardinge

Loving husband to my wife Missy, loving father to my four daughters Sienna, Rowan, Jovie, and Lola. I'm a chronic over-packer who loves good coffee, good music, running, waffle tee's, fleece pants, and Jesus Christ!

2 thoughts on “Bloggers Anonymous

  1. Loved this entry (love all of them really), but the part about taking a time machine back to 1979 to stop that song from ever being created is SPOT. ON.

  2. LOVE! and was thrilled having you all ‘corralled’ under one roof! (hee hee!) 🙂

    1) in keeping with not getting caught up in the consumerism or Christmas I would not buy into the ‘elf on the shelf’ unless of course ALL profits were going to something like Samaritans Purse Christmas Child. 2) never (maybe once) stood in a line and paid to have childrens pictures taken with Santa…..again the Christmas consumerism attack….wouldn’t buy into it 3) Christmas song I find hardest to listen to: Barbara Streisdand singing The Lords Prayer….I just don’t get it

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