Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving has come and gone and it's hard to believe!  Celebrating with both families out at the ranch was what we did this year!  First, my family came up from Dallas a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving to celebrate and then we were out there with the Austin crew over the holiday.  The weather was perfect!
I had been waiting to get my  hands on this baby for a couple of months!  I finally got to meet my new nephew, Rhett Easton!  Love him!
Sweet cousins at the lake.
You know you have an awesome uncle when he folds himself up into your Razor for a ride! ;)
These kiddos love a four wheeler ride!
Grandad with his girls.
Uncle Ryan with the boys (minus Rhett)!
Swinging on the "swurfer".
It's just fun to pull out the John Deer tractor...they actually had to use it to pull a truck that was high centered.  Someone may or may not have been off-roading!  Ha!
A few weeks later we headed back out and this girl got to drive the dirt road in Daddy's lap.
Thanksgiving morning we ran a turkey trot literally over the hill and through the woods!  Running 3.2 miles before the big feast felt good!
When you find a big cow bone in the woods, you have to carry it around! ;)
Scarlett and Sydney, sweet second cousins.
Auntie Liesl taking the big and little kids on a mule ride.
My boy and his feast!
Sydney loves horses but has never asked to ride one.  Sloan saddled some on Saturday and she asked to get on one.  Nana was a big horse rider back in the day so she was just the one to teach Sydney how to do it right.  

She loved it!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Halloween 2016

Halloween this year was pretty eventful.  First of all, it was warm!  Like wear shorts out trick or treating warm.  Like Parker had sweat running out of his head warm because his costume was hot.  I'm all for warm weather but on Halloween night, maybe a bit of a chill in the air is good?
About an hour before we put the costumes on the kids, Sydney fell off of a toy in the driveway and got major road rash on her face.  Bad.  Took the hide off of her forehead, nose and lip bad.  Nothing like messing your face up before you put on a gorgeous princess dress! :) She looked beautiful regardless, it's a memory for sure!
Batman and Belle ready to take the hood by storm!
They thought these banjo playing skeletons were funny!
Trick or treating lasted about an hour but what they really couldn't wait for was going back home and sitting on our front porch to hand out candy.  Our neighborhood gets completely swamped on Halloween.  We finally ran out of candy at 9:00 and the lights went off, whew!
Halloween was still going strong the next day when they discovered colored vampire teeth in their buckets from the night before.
I mean you better hide!
This little dumpling had preschool picture day a couple of weeks ago and the proofs came back.   This mama was SO happy to see how great she did on picture day!
Do it people.  I won't go off on some political tangent, but go vote!
This quote came today in an article from Dr. Denison (our former pastor at Park Cities Baptist in Dallas, TX) and I thought it was profound...
"Our future does not lie with tomorrow's election or the one after that.  It does not lie with either party or with any branch of the federal government.  It does not lie with state or local leaders, or with multinational corporations, or with any other human enterprise.
The greatest king Israel ever knew (Jesus) said to the true king of the world (God), You rule over all".
1 Chronicles 29:12
"But we trust in the name of the Lord our God". Psalm 20:7
A hedonistic and despotic culture is no match for divine providence, Amen! 
So I ran into Hobby Lobby the other day while both kids were in school and I was met with an overwhelming Christmas wonderland.  I know they put it all out in July, but the decor has taken over the store.  I found this guy and was not leaving without him.  He is about 3 feet tall and is perfect for the hearth of my living room fireplace.  I collect nutcrackers so he's the perfect addition!!
It's kind of become an unspoken tradition that on Fridays Sydney and I bake.  Here she was making homemade pizza dough for family movie and pizza night!
Once Parker got home Friday afternoon we headed out to our little private airport to watch Daddy fly in from Dallas.
The kids love being little helpers with the airplane.
Here they were doing "bug detail".  Just like a car, airplanes have to be cleaned off too!
Sunday afternoon was the coziest ever.  The boys were watching the Cowboy game in James's home office and she was watching it rain out the window.
We ended the weekend with a mother/son date Sunday night!  Parker chose the restaurant and then I took him to see the traveling Broadway musical "Elf" that came through our town for two nights.  It was so cute and very festive (a bit early).  
I hope he always will want to go on a date with his mama! ;)

Monday, October 31, 2016

Our days

Our days have been busy and fun but you what the best part has been?  This awesome warm weather right here in the middle of fall.  I know, it's supposed to be cool and getting colder but this warm weather fan is LIVING it up!!  We do as much as we can outside these days!!
Showing off her new "horsey t-shirt".  This girl loves horses.
Friday night campout in the basement.  In the end, they ended up just watching a move in it and sleeping in their own beds.  
Sidewalk chalk for the win!
This weather has kept us on the golf course.  
These two are trouble!!
Last Wednesday we got to go love on baby Berklee, the newest addition to the Brooks family.  Brie and I had our first babies together, second ones together but she surpassed me with a third!  Ha! So happy for them!
All decked out and excited about costume day at preschool!
Not excited once we got there.
Still not excited once she saw her friends.
She has a hard time when mommy leaves! ;)
Parker wrapped up a fun flag football season last Saturday.
We had a bunch of friends over for a "Treats and Drinks" halloween party last weekend.  The goodies  were great and the fellowship even better!
The two favorite recipes of the night were Mix and Match Mama's Pumpkin Magic Bars and this "Harvest Hash" I found on Pinterest but I ended up drizzling in white chocolate to take it over the top.  Both were very yummy!!
We ended the weekend watching Sydney perform with her 3 year old choir at church.  This was their first time to sing in big was adorable!!

Carving pumpkins in pjs is the best!!
Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 17, 2016

A field trip and a baptism

Last week, Sydney's little 3 year old preschool class took a field trip to the pumpkin farm.  I am a sucker for tagging along on field trips.  These babies are only little once and one day I will miss these precious days.  I love watching her have so much fun with her friends and want to show me around!  

Also, this past Sunday we went out to our ranch to watch my niece, Katherine and nephew, Blake, get  baptized in the lake out there.  Both of them accepted Jesus as their personal savior at Kanukuk camp last summer and they wanted to follow the example Jesus gave us and be baptized.  It was extra special because James's Uncle Steve is an ordained minister and performed the ceremony.  Pretty awesome!!

Cheese face!
"Milking a cow".
They took us on a hay ride out to the actual pumpkin patch where the kids got to get out and pick their very own pumpkin.
They had giant tractor tires out there for the kids to climb all over while they waited on everyone to pick a pumpkin.  Those weren't there last year...a mom totally thought of that!
That same week we had open house and fall festival at Parker's school.
These boys have been friends at school and church since diapers!
She scored a cupcake and wore it proudly.
Just a little fall baking thrown in there.
So I can't quit making Mix and Match Mama's Caramel Apple Pie Neiman Marcus bars.  They are a burst of fall in your mouth and to die for.  Like I can't quit eating them!
We had to get a little need for speed out of our system before the baptism ceremony at the ranch.  You can't go out there and not play a little bit! ;)
What's funny is that Parker is a very cautious driver.  Look at her face...doesn't it make you think twice about putting her behind the wheel when she's older??  
Steve asking Katherine who her Savior is...Jesus Christ.
"Buried with Him in baptism and raise to walk in newness of life!"
Romans 6:4
Asking Blake the same thing.
We are so proud of these two...the very best decision of their lives and we were so honored to be a part of this day!
And to end...this one got her flu shot today and the tears dried up when she was allowed to get not one, but two suckers!  Amazing what a sucker can fix! ;)