Sunday, January 22, 2017

Starting off strong!

I can't believe January is half over!  We've packed a lot into these first few weeks of the year.  It's been so cold but we've had some "warm" days thrown in to make it seem not so bad and for this warm weather lovin' mama, it helps!!

For Christmas James and I gave each other a Pelaton bike.  Y'all, I'm obsessed!  You have to find what motivates you to keep working out and for me it's cycling!  I love having the option to workout at home when I can't make it to the gym.  When we built our house we finished out the attic (future media room or something) so that's where we put it.  There are windows for natural light and I can lock myself up there away from everyone and get my sweat on! ;)
James was a runner until a knee injury last year so now he cycles.  If you're thinking about getting one, do it!  So.much.fun.
We've had a few cousin sleep overs here and there.  This particular Friday night the boys were upstairs and stayed up LATE.  They started off in their own beds but ended up under their fort sharing the trundle.
On really cold weekends we find ourselves at the movies just to change it up!  Our theaters here in town finally got those comfy reclining chairs!
And when you can't go outside, you put on your princess dress just because.
I bought this Cinderella dress at Target right after Halloween.  It was major on sale and it was the best $12 I've spent!  
I spy a pouting 3 year old.  She went to visit our neighbors and they weren't home so she pouted.  I guess she thinks everyone should be home when she comes to visit!  ;)
It's not everyday you're in Dillards and you walk past a sign with your and your husband's name on it. It's some brand in the junior department, made me laugh!  Things tend to arrive a little late in Amarillo so who knows, this might be a brand that's been around a while...or not. ;)
I mean baking in your princess dress just makes everything taste better!
Upwards basketball has started!  These two buds play a lot of ball together, I love to watch them grow up!
Two words...hot mess.
Hot mess ready for a Nerf gun fight.
Lunch after church with these two is always entertaining!
We woke up last Monday morning to this beautiful sight as the sun rose.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas 2016

I can't move forward with my blog until I post about Christmas...better late than never right?  We had a wonderful Christmas.  I will let the pictures do the talking!  I have to get this post accomplished so I can print my blog book for 2016!!  We love going through these books each year, it's like a scrapbook without all that work! ;)

2nd grade class Christmas party!
I love this boy so much and love being his room mom!
Christmas morning at the top of the stairs waiting to go down to see what Santa brought!!
New "make-up"!  
Stockings by the fire!
Roller skates...oh Santa, what were you thinking??
It's a tradition that our awesome neighbor across the street does something wild for the kids.  Last year he had goats in his backyard that they chased around.  This year it was pony rides in a little carriage!  Oh what fun!!
Dec. 26th we were off to Dallas to celebrate with my family!
And oh what fun we had!
Lots of shopping, eating, family time, bowling, the list goes on!  Dallas never disappoints when your whole family lives there and the town you are visiting from is a bit smaller! ;)
It was perfectly warm for days outside!!
My kiddos got to meet their second cousins while we were there.  Those cutie pie twins were adorable!
Hanging out at the bowling alley!  Anytime we are in Dallas, Parker wants to bowl.  It's his favorite, go figure...it involves a ball and this kid is just about as competitive as they come.  When you play with P you have to bring your A game!
Being silly with Uncle Ryan!
About to ice skate with this one...I was nervous for the both of us.
Success, it was so much fun!
Our whole group in front of that awesome tree at the Galleria!
We came home to a big snow!  The kids were still out of school so it was a bonus snow day!
That's a wrap 2016, cheers to 2017!
We are already half way through January, whoo hoo!!  Almost one month closer to summer y'all!!


Monday, December 5, 2016

All things Christmas

We are in full on Christmas mode over here and it's so much fun!  Christmas is so magical with little ones in the house and I am soaking it in as much as I can.  We are also instilling in them the reason that we celebrate this season in the first place and that is the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Our little elf arrived complete with a North Pole breakfast.  My kids just stared at him while they ate! Ha!  
Our wonderful neighbors send the kids this amazing gingerbread house from Williams Sonoma every year.  It's amazing!!
Such a fun surprise to open each year!
Happy December 1st!!
Our neighbors were out of town this past weekend and the lights on their tree had been going up for days.  We got a message from them asking if Parker would do the honors and light their tree up!
Ta da!!
A selfie with the tree!
The night we lit the tree it was freezing cold, foggy and drizzling...perfect December weather to light up a tree and then go back inside for hot chocolate!!


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".
Sistas!
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!