Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Cheer

I LOVE family traditions and building those memories your children will tell their children about some day...

Weather it's the strawberry festival, pizza night on the floor, fall hayrides, you name it, I love being able see the exact same event year to year and watch the kids grow.  

Cutting down our Christmas Tree is definitely up there as one of our favorites!

And just because I am feeling a little nostalgic, here's a little walk down memory lane from years past...
Before Kids (was there ever a time!!?) Just me!

And then he came along...



And then there were 2!




3 is a Charm! :-)
 It's crazy how the weather can shift from 0-60 degrees this time of year!
We had really nice weather this weekend and the kids were so excited to get our tree!
The boys who started our family tradition!

They loved the ride!

And picked out the perfect tree!

Adalei was full of Christmas Cheer!

Timber!

Braden helped for the 1st time this year!  He got it started for Daddy!

And then enjoyed his ride back!

We love the place we go because we get a nice long visit with Santa.  We stay and have lunch and talk to Santa for around an hour.  He's the nicest!

Adalei wasn't too sure at first, but gave it a shot!

Nora was definitely not too happy with Santa this year!
We warmed up by the fire and enjoyed cookies and hot cocoa.
Tried to get a couple family shots.

And then the Whole Family! We love having Uncle Brett, Aunt Val and Nora living so close to us now to get to do these things together! 

And I LOVE being an Aunt, she's just the sweetest.
Our tree is finally up and our house is starting to look a lot like Christmas!
Tomorrow morning our 10 day Countdown will begin!  :-)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

My girls

For as long as I can remember (and it's been a good 15 years now), I've looked forward to seeing my best friends from High School at all of the Holidays when we are all in town.   (One of these days I'm going to have to scan in a pic of us from HS to see if we look any different! :-)

We try to plan get togethers a few times throughout the year but Thanksgiving has become our annual, no matter what, we must see each other, plan nothing else, Sat. morning, show up in your P.J's, eat lots of junk food, laugh and reminisce kind of tradition. 
Now, it's especially fun because we always seem to have a new baby join our group.
For the record, 3 of our kiddos are MIA in this pic!  We officially have more kids than us now!
Meet Luke, he's a week old and he's the sweetest!!!
We couldn't keep our hands off of him. 
We love seeing new friendships form. 
and watching Auntie Bridge spoil everyone!
It always goes by too quickly, but it's such a blessing to have each other!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Thanksgiving part 2

We got spoiled and had 2 Thanksgiving Celebrations at the Grandparents. 
Mimi and Papa's house was a blast...
as you can see from the photo evidence.
Where else can you be a Pilgrim

And an Indian!
While we enjoyed our feast, the kiddos got to color on this awesome tablecloth. What a great find!

One of our Highlights of break was going to the Farm Park.
We will definitely make this a tradition and go back every single year, it's fabulous!  There are so many awesome things to do there...

Pony Rides
Farm Animals
Little Nora loved the animals too!
Cookie Making
Look at this sweet face!
And the BEST part was making toys in Santa's Workshop.
It doesn't get better than this!  You have your very own elf helping you make your toy.
Of course, Braden picked a ninja turtle.
Painting and glitter are next!
Reese picked Olaf!
And Addie picked a caterpillar.  She painted (very seriously) like this for a long, long time.
She was mesmerized.
Her cheesy smile
Our night ended with Santa.  Adalei got hurt right before the picture, so she wouldn't sit with Santa.
Although, I have a feeling she'll be crying anyways when she does sit on his lap.  She is just started a stranger danger stage for the 1st time and I don't think Santa will pass the test!
We had a fabulous time with the Grandparents, Aunt Val, Uncle Brett and Baby Nora.
Love making memories together!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Black Friday!

One of my favorite days of the year!  Shopping with my Momma!
Our first purchase, in my favorite store LUCKY!
Our morning Dark Chocolate Mocha Break!
A few more bags in hand
We hit the toy store!
6 hours later...lots of awesome Christmas presents and quality time shopping!  Now, I cannot wait for Christmas because I can't wait to give everyone their gifts!!
Love you Mom, thanks for our special day together! xo