Monday, April 10, 2017


It's Christmas Eve...
which means, stuff as much Christmas events into one day as possible!

Today we made Christmas cookies to leave for Santa.
Sugar cookies are probably my least favorite cookie to make, but I have the most fond memories of making them as a child that I can't help but to carry on the tradition with the girls.
Norah and Brad did all of the rolling and cutting while Piper ate the cookie cutters and I captured the moments.
I love every little inch from head to toe covered in flour & they both loved sending sprinkles everywhere to add the final touches to their cookies.

While we waited for the first batch to bake the girls had a marshmallow fight in the kitchen.
I'm going to go ahead and blame Brad for that one.
They loved it, though... so many giggles echoing throughout the house.

While the second batch baked, we tracked Santa on his journey around the world.  Just a few more hours until his big arrival!

And we closed out the night with the traditional 'Twas the Night Before Christmas reading from Daddy.  I love this moment where both girls are cuddled up on Brad's lap with so much excitement for Santa to arrive!!

And, off to bed they went with visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Christmas is just around the corner and we are soaking up every second of extra play and Opah snuggles!!
When Norah was itty bitty, I bought her the Little People nativity {big debate in our house... is it pronounced NAH-tivity or NAY-tivity??}.  Piper LOVES playing with it, putting the angel on top of the manger and playing "Away in a Manger" each time.  It was an easy hour of entertainment for her.

Brad's sister got the girls matching PJs at Thanksgiving.
Our kids have their daddy's hips... we always need smaller pants. haha.


Whenever Brad's parents are in town, they treat us to one of our favorite restaurants in the area, Pizzeria Testa.
It is always such a great time down on the square at Christmas.
It is decorated with lights that play to the local radio station & we get to watch the horse and carriage go by while we wait to be seated.  
It's never a short wait, but with good company, it's always enjoyed.
Norah was so lady like using her knife and fork to eat her dinner.

Friday, April 7, 2017


We live in the most adorable little community with an amazing HOA who puts on the best events throughout the year.
This year we were surprised to find out {very last minute} that our local Deputy was escorting Santa around the neighborhood.
When we heard he was hitting our street, we ran out the door {messy faces and all} with our neighbors and close friends so we wouldn't miss him!
I am so amazed at how excited Norah is to see him this year!
She was the first kid to run up and give him a hug!
It's such a big change from last year.
Piper was still skeptical and stayed back with the adults.