Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Years Eve


We spent New Years Eve with our friends. The kids stayed with my mom and we had an adult night out and start to the new year! We started off at our friend's house--appetizers and games and then we ended up at my favorite restaurant, 36, where we rang in the new year!
We have made some great friendships during our time in Missouri...so thankful for these girls, their husband and their families that have made our time here so much better!
We had a pretty amazing 2017 and we're excited to see what 2018 has in store for us. Happy New Years!! 


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Eve

Christmas this year was pretty amazing. The kids are at such a great age (so fun!) and we were busy with so many fun activities but right before Christmas, the craziness slowed down and we were able to really soak in the time together.
Christmas Eve service as a family...the first time as a whole family! The pastor read them the Christmas story from the Bible and how Jesus was born and then we all sang 'Silent Night' in candlelight.
We came home and had a list of things that needed to be done before we could go to bed...check the Santa tracker 1000 times, make cookies and letters to Santa.

I love these sweet letters, their handwriting and how much thought was put into them.
We put out all the stuff for Santa and then went to bed. It took a little longer than normal for them to both fall asleep, especially for Amelia. She just kept saying "Mom, I'm too excited to go to sleep." We would check the Santa tracker, see that he was getting closer and then try to go to sleep. HA!
I think everyone was asleep by 9:30pm and then they were up by 6am because SANTA CAME!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

An Early Christmas Present



Yesterday we headed to Springfield, MO and got an early Christmas gift.
Jason's truck that he bought when we first moved to Missouri was giving him so issues so we both decided that it was time to upgrade. He finally found the one he wanted....it took him months to find exactly what he wanted.
My mom kept the kids so we could make the 8 hour round-trip to Springfield. It was so good to have so much time together to talk without being interrupted!
Jason couldn't wait to go and look at it....
We finally got all the paperwork taken care of and we could go and look at all the 'bells and whistles'. He was in heaven!
Merry Christmas to Jason! He's worked so hard for a new truck and I'm so glad that he found it!
By the way...he looks so handsome driving it!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Random Happenings




Here are a few things that have been going on. Random post warning, but stuff that I want incorporated in our book!
*Barrett loves his pups and his kitty. He's always snuggling or posing with them. HA!
*Puzzles! I love my puzzles and for Christmas I got a storage container for my puzzles. I can work on them but then close it and hide it, if we have company coming over. I love it!!

*We've been busy trying to get our basement framed out. We have decided to finish the basement and we're going to do some of the initial work ourselves.
It's all framed out--we are waiting on the electrician and the plumber to do their thing and then we'll start hanging dry wall. We are excited to see progress!
*The other day I was running errands and I realized that I was in my house slippers. I had to take a picture and send it to my girlfriends...they could relate!
*Before I could get my laundry put away, I got distracted and set the clothes down on our couch. When I came back, Bazzle had made himself comfortable.
*Amelia is still in gymnastics and basketball each week. She is getting really comfortable with basketball and even made three baskets during their last practice! She loves being active and learning new sports (I secretly hope basketball is where she shines!)



Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Oscar, Oh The Places He'll Go


Oscar gets in the most craziest places. It's like it seeks out the smallest, most uncomfortable spot and then makes himself comfy.
He lays here while I shower...he looks so uncomfortable but by the time I get out of the shower, he's asleep.
He has recently started laying in the chimney. We don't use it often (we haven't used it yet this year) so it's clean and he'll just lay in the back.
 Amelia's closet is one of his favorite places. He loves her shelving bins...I have no idea how he gets in or out!
He knows that he can't be on our counters but the other afternoon, he was in the sink. I had to get a picture before I tossed him out.
Oh, Oscar! We sure do love you...can't wait to see what silly place you end up next!



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Celebration With Friends....Conway Style


This year, we decided to host a get-together with our friends. We had a gingerbread competition, played some games and then ended the night with a white elephant gift exchange.
We laughed pretty much the entire night and it was so good for my soul, like SO good!
Here are a few pictures from the evening...the kiddos even got to run around like crazy fools for the evening.
My white elephant gift was a fanny pack that looked like a big, hairy belly. Jason loved it so much that he wore it to work to "carry his medicine" for his cases. He literally left Monday morning for work dressed like this...
I'm so glad that we were able to get everyone together...it was a night for the books!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Parties

We've been busy this past weekend with Christmas festivities.
We had our first Christmas celebration with our Marble Hill family on Friday night. It was a night full of fun...yummy food, great presents and time together!
 Hadlie received makeup as her gift so it was used all night by the little ones...they loved it!
Earlier in the fall, we all decided to get matching outfits for the girls. We were suppose to have them for Thanksgiving but they just arrived so they all matched for Christmas. Don't they look adorable?!
Earlier that day, Amelia had her classroom party. I didn't get very many pictures because I had Barrett with me and he was into EVERYTHING!
My sweet girl was so helpful during the different stages and she looked so precious. I'm so thankful that I'm able to enjoy these special moments with her.
We are in full blown Christmas mode around here...only a few more days until Christmas and we are so ready!!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Barrett's Christmas Program

Barrett's school always does the sweetest little Christmas performance and this year was so precious. I'm not sure if it's because he's getting older and more engaged in the singing but it was perfect!

Here are a few pictures of the performance and with a few of his sweet school friends.
Barrett sang three songs: The Little Drummer Boy, It's About the Cross and It's Called Christmas. His class did a group Bible verse and then it was time to have a little celebration to celebrate Jesus' birthday. We are so proud of our little man! He was so adorable, sang the words and didn't try to run off the stage when he saw us...win-win!!