Thursday, December 24, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dina's Return and Christmas Kick-Off!

The morning after Thanksgiving, Dina made her annual return with Christmas goodies for the girls!

Remy's looking hard for her sweet elf!

There she is!!

On the kitchen curtain! I swear the girls get more excited about Dina returning than the actual Christmas day!

Dina had cute giftbags this year (that she may have gotten on clearance at Target last year days after Christmas, what a smart shopper she is! hehe)

Definitely a favorite was this $1 6-color pen with "Dina's" all over it (elf on the shelfs)!

And each girl got their annual Christmas pj's and both girls got matching doll pj's this year too!

The girls were eager to get their dolls decked in new Christmas fashions!

We brought out all the decor this weekend too and just need to finish up the front porch and outside.

Our first Christmas card arrived Friday too so we hung it up!

Sunday my mom went back to Waco and that afternoon we went to hanging of the greens at our church to decorate it for Christmas. We brought our angel tree gifts too.

Our whole family shopped for our angels together this year for the first time. It was hard to keep Remy focused and didn't really care what we picked for her angel, but I hope to continue to do that every year so they're more a part of it.

And now Christmas has officially kicked off!

You probably won't hear from me again until after Christmas lol We have so much going on this month including:

-Dr well visits and flu shot appts
-A birthday party
-Santa mall pictures
-Neighborhood cookies with Santa and winter festival
-Girl Scout troop meeting
-Christmas parade
-Neighbor's cookie party
-Another neighbor's cookie party
-Church cookies with Santa
-Friend's Christmas party with special Santa visit
-School Jingle Bell Fun Run
-Girl Scout planning board meeting
-Girl Scout leadership meeting
-Girl Scout cookie sales begin
-MOPS Christmas ornament exchange party
-Girl Scout service project at nursing home and Christmas party
-Girl Scout cookie university training
-Children's church performances
-School Christmas parties
-Waco visit for my side of family Christmas
-A friend's women's Christmas party
-Annual Christmas tea (that I'm hosting again)
-Christmas with David's Dad and Donna
-Christmas Eve service

And somehow I still have to squeeze in Christmas-shopping, present-wrapping, finish-decorating, light-seeing, cookie-baking, card-sending along with the everyday school, gymnastics, and household duties and cleaning for company!

So yeah, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy 2016!

Friday, November 27, 2015

All The Thanksgivings!

The week before Thanksgiving break was filled with turkey celebrations!!

Tuesday, Nov 17th Remy had a cute Thanksgiving-themed gymnastics class.

Then we changed her into clothes and went to Rylie's feast at school!

They were so cute in line holding hands all on their own :)

Rylie's teacher

Girl Scout buddy we sat with!

This picture more accurately depicts these girls lol

My sweet girls

On our way out we saw a familiar face (bottom left) on the Veterans Day wall of honor, my brother. Rylie took it to school to present to her class.

Then Friday, November 20, I ducked out of MOMSnext a little early for Remy's feast at her preschool!

It was done a little differently this year. I felt kind of rushed and the dessert room cleared out fast! I was glad I grabbed Remy a pumpkin pie on my way in because when I went back to get me one, it was all gone!

Love their sweet table settings each year!

Yum yum!

Finally getting her pie! She's been on a big pumpkin pie kick lately!

Love this little tot!

We had another great Thanksgiving this year!

They've grown so much since last year!

Side by side comparison!

My favorite thing to do Thanksgiving morning is watch the parade. I get so excited, I cry. Seriously. I don't know why, but I love watching every float! 

The girls loved dancing to all the performances!

And they went NUTS when "Chippy" the Elf on the Shelf arrived!!

Almost to the finale.....

Here he comes!!! EEEEK!

It's SANTA!!! 

It's ridiculous how giddy I get at this parade each year! lol Never lose that childlike faith, my friends! :)

After the parade, my mom did some turkey crafts with the girls while we finished cooking!

Tom is ready!

Crescent rolls, anyone? :)

The table is set!

Time to eat!

My favorite memory is when we went around the table and said what we're thankful for. Remy blew us all away by saying she's thankful for everyone in her family and everyone who takes good care of her. Cue the tears! Sweetest thoughts from a 4 year old.

And a sweet ending to our night!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!