Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Visit From the Tooth Fairy!

Yesterday afternoon my Brooklyn lost her FIRST baby tooth!
It had been wiggly for a few weeks and the grown up tooth was already pushing through!
Brooklyn pulled the tooth out all by herself, but when she did she dropped it on the floor and we didn't know where it landed!!!
We searched and searched with no luck. Thankfully Matt came home and found it on her bedroom floor! She put it under her pillow last night and woke up this morning to find her treasure:)
She can't wait to go back to school to show her friends her new look:)

Party Like You're SIX!!!

This super FUN and SWEET girl turned SIX a few weeks ago and the celebration has continued all month long!
We celebrated as a family on her BIG day with a pizza party at home and homemade pink sugar cookies for dessert!
She got to celebrate with all her friends at school one day too!
I brought her lunch and we had birthday treats to share with her class!
During lunch, Mrs. F made her stand up on a chair while the entire cafeteria sang "Happy Birthday" to her! 
Brooklyn shares a December birthday with her cousin Riley, so they got to celebrate together one day while we decorated Christmas cookies!
Then just last week Poppa and Memaw treated her to a special birthday celebration at
Chuck E. Cheese!
We had a pizza dinner and played lots of games! What a great night!
Brooklyn has one more birthday gift to cash in on from Matt and I.  
We are hoping to schedule it very soon!
Happy 6th Birthday, Brooklyn Bear!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Merry Merry Christmas Time!!!

We just wrapped up another wonderful Christmas season!
We did lots of celebrating which left us a bit tired (actually completely exhausted), but we are so thankful to have several more days of Christmas break to recover:) Whew!
Christmas Eve, like always, is spent with my family.
We all gather for a fun night of food, fun, and of course presents!!!
We always enjoy appetizers together. Everyone brings something to share.
And then the party moves upstairs where the real Christmas chaos begins!!!
We try to keep some sort of order, but that doesn't always work:)
There is wrapping paper everywhere as everyone can't wait to see their surprises!
After all the gifts are opened and everything is cleaned up...
the crew moves back downstairs for Christmas cookies:)
When cookie plates are cleaned off, the kids get in their jammies just in time to head home and get ready for Santa!
My kids went right to bed as soon as we got home and slept until 7:30 Christmas morning!
We all went downstairs the next morning and found that Santa had come!!
Jake LOVES Dude Perfect and was thrilled to find some DP gifts under the tree for him this year!
Santa also brought him an early Christmas gift this year. He brought Jake tickets to the Carolina Panther's game on Christmas Eve. Matt and Jake got to go and enjoy seats in the suite!!! They had a great time!
Brooklyn was REALLY hoping for a new bike this year. Her old one was way too small for her to ride. She must have been a good girl because this pretty hot pink bike was waiting for her when she got up!
She also asked for some Shopkins things...
 And she was SO excited to unwrap this art set that she has been begging for!
My sweet Emmylou was asking for two special things this year.
She wanted a pink Barbie and anything that was Minnie Mouse! Both of my girls received these fun light up water Barbies and they LOVED them!
Emery also got a Minnie Mouse puzzle and a Hello Kitty seek and find book!
Parker was really hoping for a dirt bike this year, but we knew that was asking for a bit much;)
Instead, he was excited to find a REALLY big present with his name on it! He unwrapped it and found a bright red Fliker Scooter ready for him to ride! He loves to play outside and will love riding it around the cul-de-sac!
He also got a fun cash register to play with (Sissy and him love to play store and make believe, so they will actually both love it)! He also got a Charlotte Hornets poster to hang up in his room!
After all of the gifts were opened, we ate a quick breakfast and then headed to church!
It made our morning busy, but we were so excited to celebrate Christmas with our church family!
Later on in the afternoon, Matt's parents came over for more gifts and Christmas dinner (and of course to watch the Steelers game).
Memaw and Poppa got this girl a pair of Minnie Mouse dress up shoes that light up! She wanted them on as soon as she unwrapped them! She LOVED them!
We had a great time with Memaw and Poppa and enjoyed the evening with them!
We had a FULL weekend celebrating with so many people we love!
We definitely had a very Merry CHRISTmas!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Sweet Christmas Traditions!

These last few days have been SO busy, so I'm a bit behind on my blogging!
I have to back up just a little and then I'll share about our Christmas Eve and day!
Last week our crew met up at Gingerbread Lane for our annual evening out!
We strolled the halls...
and looked at all of the AMAZING creations!
We all had our favorites picked out!
After we finished up at the hotel, we headed to Wendy's for our supper (just like always).
We took up a large portion of the restaurant...
but always enjoy our time together!
We also got together last week for a fun time of cookie decorating at Mimi's!
Mimi makes the cookies and we bring all of the toppings!
Cookies are always piled HIGH with frosting and sprinkles!
I think all of the cookies that were made for the day were quickly eaten up with only a few crumbs and sprinkles left behind:)
What a wonderful time of year making Christmas memories!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Christmas at School!

We are officially on Christmas break around here! I have been SO ready for my kids to be HOME!
We have been busy doing so many fun Christmas things, but now that school is OUT we can fully enjoy the season!
The kids enjoyed some fun celebrations at school these last few days!
Parker had his preschool class party last week and got a visit from Santa!
Then on Tuesday night he had his sweet preschool Christmas program except he cried and cried and wouldn't go up on stage! He is so shy at preschool, so I wasn't surprised at all! 
I did manage to get this one sweet picture of my handsome boy after his tears dried up!
Jake and Sis both had their class parties on Monday. Emery and I were able to go and help out a bit. We went back and forth between classrooms and we were both so tired by the end! Ha!
Jake's class crafted, had a pizza party during lunch, and played some CrAzY relay games in the afternoon! He had a blast with his buddies!
Sissy's class had fun too!
They came to school in their jammies and had several stations set up around the classroom that they rotated around. 
They decorated cookies...
Played Christmas BINGO...
and made a couple of precious ornaments that are perfectly hanging on our tree!
They finished up with a cup of hot cocoa and the Polar Express!
And after a half day on Tuesday...school was OUT! No more school until next year:) Yay!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

A Seventeen Year Old Tradition!

This past Friday we loaded up the car and headed to a VERY special place...
McAdenville...Christmastown,USA!
 Seventeen (!) years ago Matt took me on our very first date to McAdenville and we have been every year since! So crazy!!! I cannot believe it has been that long!
It is such a special night for us and one of my most favorite Christmas traditions!
We start the evening with a quick supper somewhere and then get in (the sometimes LONG) line to see the lights!
We ride through the lights for a bit and then find a place to park and walk through the rest!
It was pretty cold this year, but we all bundled up good!
I LOVE watching the kids get so excited as they walk through!
It's a bit magical!
Five of my most favorite people!
So thankful for each of them!
Another wonderful evening spent in McAdenville!
Merry Christmas 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Make A Wish!!! You Are Six!!!

This girl turned SIX last week and I don't think she could have been more excited!
She counted down the days until her special day and was beyond thrilled when the day finally came!
She woke up at the crack of dawn to find Christmas lights hung on her door:)
We celebrated as a family last week, but have a few more celebrations planned throughout the month! Can't wait to share about those!

This girl is one of my favorites! She is kind, sweet, a bit shy, a good friend and just so much fun to be around!
I love doing fun things with her! 
She loves kindergarten and has made so many great friends!
She is learning to read and write so many new words!
She loves to do arts and crafts and is really good at drawing pictures and writing stories!
She is the sister sandwich of our family and does a pretty good job at handling her brothers;)
She is the sweetest big sister to Emery too!

She is such a blessing to our family and we love her so much!

Happy 6th Birthday, Brooklyn!
Love, 
Daddy, Mommy, Jake, Parker, and Emery

Sunday, December 4, 2016

On the First Week of Christmas...

The Christmas season is in full swing over here! Our calendar is already bursting with Christmas fun!
Last Sunday I took Brooklyn to see the Nutcracker! It is put on by the youth ballet, which makes it just perfect for us! We saw this exact performance last year and definitely wanted to see it again! 
A wonderful tradition with my girl!
Later on in the week, the little ones and I went to see our own little town light up its Christmas tree!
We waved to Santa, saw a live nativity, and took a ride around the block on a horse drawn carriage! A perfect night with my little crew:)
 The weekend got CrAzY with Christmas fun!
Saturday night was Matt's work Christmas party. It was for families, so we all got to go! It was a tacky Christmas theme, so Matt and I had to dress up a little.
 Then on Sunday we took the big three downtown to ImaginOn to see the
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever"!
I tired to get tickets a few weeks ago, but they were just a bit too expensive for us, so we decided not to go. Then on Friday I entered a contest to win two tickets...and I WON! The lady was so kind though and ended up giving me SIX tickets so that our entire family could go! I was SO excited! I had heard such great things about the show. The kids and I read the book and watched the movie last year, so we knew the story well! The play was AWESOME! If you are in the area...you must go!!! We LOVED it!
We had plans to go to the Christmas program at our church Sunday night, but we were a bit tired from being gone so much this weekend. We decided to just enjoy it from home and watch it on the computer!
What a great weekend we had with more Christmas fun to come!!