Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Annual Review




Our family's year-end review!


Ashlee:
-Turned 28
-Celebrated 7th wedding anniversary
-Read 15 books in 2014. *The Giver, Sparkly Green Earrings, A Wedding Renewal in Sweetwater, Texas, *Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, *The Fault in Our Stars, *Wild, *Gone Girl, *Heaven is For Real, The Rosie Project, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, What Alice Forgot, The Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies (* indicates movie also came out this year)
-Had strep throat twice
-Moved to Publicity position on MOPS leadership
-Returned as Girl Scout leader again
-Attended International MOPS Conference in Louisville, Kentucky
-Carved a pumpkin for the first time
-Has lost 10 lbs since Halloween! (Ahem, actually it was 15 lbs. I forgot I lost 5 lbs at the start of Summer first)
-Hosted Christmas Tea table for second year

David:
-Had strep throat once
-Celebrated 7th wedding anniversary
-Turned 34
-Sold his Nissan he's had for almost 10 years
-Saw the lighthouse from Forrest Gump while in Maine
-Started a new job in August
-Joined adult bible study with Ashlee at our church

Rylie:
-Performed her last dance recital
-Had scarlet fever twice
-Had staph infection
-Went on a fun horse farm field trip, sold 130 cookie boxes and 108 fall product items with Girl Scouts
-Went on her first school field trip to a farm
-Went to her first little concert at our church
-Attended 2 VBS's
-Learned to swim a little (far from being 100% though)
-Read her first chapter book with Mommy and since read one more (Charlotte's Web and Matilda)
-Got 2nd place in community's Halloween costume contest as Wilbur from Charlotte's Web
-Turned 7
-Went to her first theater play "Madeline's Christmas"
-Joined a children's choir/drama club at church and performed her first Christmas program

Remy:
-Completed her first year of preschool and gymnastics
-Was the only person in our family NOT to get strep/scarlet fever
-Became potty-trained
-Moved to big girl bed
-Started preschool 2's class and returned to MOPPETS
-Turned 3
-Sang in her first school Christmas program



Here's to hoping 2015 is even better!


Days after Christmas Fun

Christmas night we were sporting our matching lobster jammies!
 
Except I couldn't find my lobster shirt (I found it later hung in my closet lol)
 
 
 
 
The girls have been BEGGING for a slumber party since Remy got a big-girl bed this Fall.

 
I told them they could over Christmas break, so Christmas night they did!

 
Course, Remy wanted to play and Rylie wanted to sleep lol Rylie went back to her own room and Remy was just so broken-hearted about it, so Rylie returned to Remy's bed and they both finally went to sleep!


 
But I think they got it out of their system now and won't be asking anymore :)
 
 
We got sick of leftovers and went to Cracker Barrel for dinner one night.

Remy sported her new pink boots. Everyday this girl has her boots on.

 
 
Rylie went with me to get new car tires and brought her cursive writing book.
She's almost finished with it. So proud of her! She loves cursive!
 
 
Then Rylie, my mom, and I went to see Annie!



It was GREAT! I've gotta buy this soundtrack lol
 
 
 
Little tot has LOVED having her own Leap Pad like sisters!
 
 
 
 
Rylie went to Mimi's work Monday so my mom and I took Remy on some errands and treated her to McDonald's lunch with a big playground.
 
She was NOT happy when it was time to go! At bedtime that night I asked what her favorite thing of the day was and she said "Going mcdonald's playground." lol
 
 
 
Tuesday we went to pickup Rylie at her Mimi's work and stopped for Starbucks first. Remy got her own drink!
 
It's just milk in a coffee cup but she is BIG STUFF with her own "coffee!"
 
 
After getting Rylie, we walked to the Galleria and met some friends at Rainforest for lunch!
 

CANNOT believe how big these girls are getting!!
 
 
It was so fun getting out and seeing friends over break. We've been pretty big homebodies lately!
 




Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Day!! (and our card)

We had a pretty great Christmas day!
I took 59383 photos lol


Santa goodies!



Sooo excited!








She just asked Santa for this the week before!

And started on it right away before opening any gifts!






Seeing "how many puppies are there inside....3, or 4, or 5!"
There were 3 and one is a runt! LOL






Stockings!





"Look, Mommy! I got Strawbewy Shortcake panties!!"




Finally got her Girl Scout barbie doll!



David opening his gift from the girls.....



Something from his childhood to pass on to them....a Lite Brite!




My mom got her favorite Christmas movie on DVD that she's not been able to find in stores! Thanks Amazon! :)













All she'd asked for were pink sparkly boots and she got them!!


And purple too since that's her favorite color!



Rylie got pink sparkly boots too!




Rylie really wanted a locket like American Girl Samantha! So Daddy got her one!




Matching lobster jammies like Mommy's!


Had to put the helmet on right away!



Sweet gifts from Rylie and Remy they each made at school!

Rylie's hand



Remy's foot

How cute that they matched too!




Time for breakfast on their new Frozen table and chairs! 



After breakfast, we headed to Mimi's house but first stopped by the homeless shelter near downtown to drop off the hats and gloves Rylie's Girl Scout troop donated.

 It was a very emotional place to visit on Christmas day. There was a parking lot nearby FULL of homeless people with trash bags of belongings waiting in a really long line for some food some men were cooking on a big smoker pit. This shelter we stopped by was for women and children and there were kids playing in an empty parking lot outside of it.....with no toys. Just running around with each other while their moms sat and watched. It was pretty humbling for Rylie to see that some people have nothing. 



Opening gifts at Mimi's house!

Mimi's sweet coworker Dawn gave Rylie some lipbalm (that she's now obsessed with!) and the cutest scarf!




Stockings!





Rylie won't have to steal Remy's doll bed anymore!



Remy was so funny. She saw the bunk beds as soon as Rylie opened them and grabbed her Plum Pudding SS doll and quickly put it on the bed and told Rylie "here, Rylie." She thought the bed needed someone to lay on it right away!



I think her dolls like it!




New backpacks and lunchboxes! Yay!!





Someone's returning to gymnastics in Jan in style!



And someone else's dolls will be stylin in Jan too!


She got so tickled over these pink leopard doll jammies!


Cutest coat!



Rylie's doll Kit made out good too!






Remy's big gift was her own LeapPad just like sister's!



Now she'll stop stealing Rylie's!


Aunt Lana did good with this doll wardrobe! We've got it all set up in Rylie's room and it's the cutest thing!



Special gifts for Mimi!




SOOO excited for this! I can't believe I said last year I wouldn't need this. 
With all I do for MOPS, Girl Scouts, birthday parties, home decor, and scrapbooking, I DO NEED THIS!!



David finally opening his big gift. It killed him all morning seeing it sitting over there and opening it last.


A new grill!


Our camera battery died at the last gift opening so we just have a cell phone picture of our family, but it's a cute one!


THEN....a little Christmas magic happened at lunch. We were all finishing up our meal and just talking when we started hearing bells. Then we heard the garage door open. I thought it was just Daniel stopping by with his girlfriend, but Craig (Gaga) went out there to see what it was and there was another Christmas gift to unwrap......



We have a new TV!

In case you haven't noticed in photos I've posted here, we've still had a 24 in tube TV in our living room that's 20 years old! The picture was getting so bad, you could barely read any words on it and the sound was bad. I felt guilty not being able to host MOPS movie nights or Girl Scout party because our TV was hard to watch movies on. But it was fine for us for the time being and the girls didn't mind it while watching their shows. We've had lots of more important things to use our money on, but we were just talking about it last week that next year on Black Friday, we need to plan on getting a new TV.

So this gift was a COMPLETE surprise and it was all sweet Gaga's doing. Such a sweet, selfless Christmas gift for our family! I'm still in awe now as we watch TV in our living room and can READ the words on it! Ha! We feel so blessed by this Christmas!!



And our card this year.....Merry Christmas from our family to yours!