Tuesday, March 28, 2017


This year, St. Nick came to our house 5 days late.
With Brad's work schedule, he would have missed the big surprise, so we waited until the weekend to open gifts.
The girls were just as excited as ever.
St. Nick's Day is one of my favorites and I just LOVE the idea of it being simple and small {especially since we tend to go WAY overboard for Christmas}.
This year, Norah got a Barbie doll {just as she had asked for on her list} and Piper got a Shimmer & Shine DVD {because 2 months after Halloween, the Shimmer & Shine theme song is still her favorite} and they each got a book.
And, of course our ornaments reflect something we love... Trolls for Norah, Shimmer & Shine for Piper, and Texas for me & Brad.
Oh that Texas ornament.  It brought me to tears every time I looked at it.  I really will be leaving my heart in Texas.


Bing came back this morning with special Santa paper for the girls to write their Christmas lists.
Bing even left a copy of his wish list.
Norah has been learning how to hold a pen correctly & how to write all of her letters at school this year, so it was extra special to see her write out her list to Santa.  I love that she can write her name... she practices all of the time.
Her list included: Barbies, American Girl Dolls {AGD}, Cards, Santa, American Girl Dolls {again}, Wellie Wishers {WW}.  At this age it was so much easier to spell out the acronyms than it was the entire word. ;)
And, let's be honest... Bing's Christmas list may have been my own. ;)

Monday, March 27, 2017


I got a new camera.
It was an early Christmas present to myself {I made Brad wrap the box so I could open it on Christmas morning}. ;)
It is a learning curve to say the least, but I'm in love!
Just playing around and getting the hang of it with these shots.


Ever since we decorated the tree, the girls can't keep their hands off of the ornaments.  Piper wants to eat them all and Norah just keeps admiring all of the decorations.
Norah always seems to have her tongue out these days... always in deep concentration.
I love capturing those little details.
When the girls were done, they sat on the floor, held hands and just had a good laugh.  They are best friends already & I love it!!!

{I deleted our address from this photo of our first home ornament for security reasons... just in case anyone was wondering}

Friday, March 24, 2017


And, to continue with the theme of cramming Christmas into a few days before Brad headed out of town for work, we took the girls to see Santa.
I was so impressed with Norah this year!
Her fears of Santa are finally gone!
She didn't sit on his lap {which was fine because this mama forgot to grab her pretty shoes and she was wearing Toms}, but she gave us a big cheesy smile!!!  Piper on the other hand... she has a few years of tears left in her, I'm afraid.


We were in quite the hurry to get the tree up and decorated this year.  As soon as we got back from Vegas, Brad was packing his bags to travel for work again.  We were promised by his command that he would be back in time for Christmas.  I was certainly holding my breath that there weren't any storms that would delay his trip.
But, the girls were excited to decorate the tree.
Brad hung the lights, as he does every year & the girls found a little spot on the tree to put all of their ornaments while I divvied them up as we went along.
Norah begged to hang the angel on the tree this year.
We told her she could, but next year would be Piper's turn.
She wasn't too keen on that idea, but sharing is caring, right? ;)

These are some of my favorite moments to look back on.
Listening to Christmas carols while the girls enjoy the holidays...
The little moments the girls have with their Daddy that just melts my heart!
I cherish every second of our time together as a family!

Thursday, March 23, 2017


The day after we landed in DFW from our trip to Vegas, we packed up the girls and headed to our favorite tree farm to get our Christmas tree.
We can never get Christmas started too early in our house.
It's like cheers of joy as soon as we turn the corner from Thanksgiving because I know all of the traditions are about to unfold & I get to see the girls' eyes light up every time Bing makes an appearance.

When we got to the tree farm, it was packed!!  It was their 2nd day open & Santa even paid a visit.  
The girls were ok with seeing him from a distance.
We took the traditional tractor ride out to the fields.  This is always the girls favorite part.  
We had a really hard time finding a tree that was tall enough this year since all of the best ones weren't available for cutting.  We walked around the entire farm until we finally found our perfect tree!
Piper loved being able to join the hike this year!
She just thought it was all a hoot!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Thanksgiving in Vegas

For Thanksgiving this year, Brad's parents flew us out to Vegas so all of their kids and grand kids could be under one roof.
This was the girls' first time on an airplane.
We kept it a big secret up until we boarded the plane & even then they didn't know where we were going or who was waiting on the other side for us.
It was a 3 hour flight from Dallas to Vegas with Piper on our lap.
Brad was convinced she would sleep once she heard the white noise from the engines... unfortunately, that wasn't the case, but both girls did a great job watching movies and listening to the Trolls soundtrack on their headphones.  We had a little incident where Norah's water bottle pressurized and spit a fountain of water onto the woman behind us.  She was so mad.  We can laugh about it now {and hopefully she can, too}.

Once we landed, Omah & Opah greeted us at the airport surrounded by slot machines that Norah wanted to play SOOOOO bad!  
Give it a few more years, kiddo.
We made it to Jenni's house just in time for dinner and the girls immediately ran off and played with their cousins.  Norah asks to go to Aunt Jenni's house almost every single day.  I'm so grateful for Brad's parents for making these reunions possible.


We let the kids get their wiggles out riding bikes outside in the beautiful Nevada sunshine & even the big kids had some fun.
Norah has been learning how to ride a pedal bike at preschool.
I was so excited to see how fast she could go!
I think we will be asking Santa for a bicycle for Christmas.
And, in the evening, we ventured out with 7 kids to the local chocolate factory to check out their lights display and sample their chocolate {Piper's favorite part}.


When we woke up the next morning, Opah built towers out of cardboard blocks with the kids and they all had a blast knocking them down only for Opah to rebuild them.

We ventured down to the strip for lunch and a ride on the giant ferris wheel that overlooks Vegas.  The kids loved looking down onto the street, Opah gave piggy back rides, even my hubby, who is afraid of heights, was comfortable up in the sky.  The ride ended with a dance party that we all took part in!
It was a great adventure & these are some of my favorite memories of the family together!


On Thanksgiving, we celebrated Maddox's birthday!
It's so hard to believe how fast the years fly by.
It feels like yesterday we all celebrated Christmas in Florida... 2 weeks after Maddox was born.
After Maddox opened his gifts we watched the parade and everyone chipped in to make Thanksgiving dinner.
I was especially looking forward to Tre's brussel sprouts and bacon dish again this year!  He never disappoints.
The kids colored & Norah wrote her name all over her place mat.
After dinner, we thought it would be great to take a group photo of the kids... the outtakes getting them all together cracked me up.
We stuffed our faces with 5 different pies {if you have never had a coconut cream pie, you are missing out... where has that pie been all of my life???}.
And, while we had the whipped cream out, we played a few rounds of Pie Face {one of Maddox's birthday presents}!
Norah got hit every time & luckily for us, she came out laughing!

I have to say, this trip only consisted of a lot of fun & memories...
no terrifying travel "adventures" like our last trip to Vegas.
It was a wonderful time with family & I'm so thrilled we could all spend it together.