Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Santa 2016

We decided to visit Santa on Monday after Ryan got out of school. 

Of course we had to prep for such an event. The boys were easy - but Hayden was not so sure about the whole thing. My mom went and pulled a ticket for us at 9am - #70. When we arrived shortly after 3pm we were able to get right into the waiting line, which went pretty fast. I think we were in Santa's lap within 20 minutes.  Gigi met us up there which was so helpful since Ryan had to run to the bathroom and well, having three kids I can always use an extra set of hands. :)
Knocking on Santa's window...

I think seeing how excited the boys were helped - however when we turned the corner she was a little skeptical. I really thought that she was going to clutch on to me and want nothing to do with him, but she actually was OK sitting with him. I mean, she didn't move a muscle. She sat so still and so emotionless.  

Ryan and Grayson were so excited - they practiced speaking loud and clear so that Santa could hear them. Ryan told Santa he wanted Red Socket, which he assured us that Santa would know what it was, however I suggested he just add "it is a Robot" just incase. He also mentioned that he wanted Chip and that they wanted a big trampoline for all of them. Grayson told him that he wanted the Paw Patrol Jungle Terrain Vehicle. yup - it's quite a mouthful. And of course Hayden said nothing - so they boys said that she would like some play-doh. 



And the official picture
Maybe we will get three smiles next year! 

2015
I never blogged about Santa last year (water damaged computer)
This was the best one and Santa's eyes were closed! Gosh darn it!








Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Cookie Exchange (6th Annual)

On Sunday, Nat hosted her 6th annual Cookie Swap and it was delicious!





Cookies. Glorious cookies. 

Soooooo everyone arrived and set their cookies out

There were 24 different types of cookies :) yum!

Once everyone arrived we grabbed some lunch. 
Lauren and Susanne 

And our side of the table


After lunch it was time for some cookie tasting...

And the winners are....

Best Overall: Gooey Butter Cookies
Guys - these were amazing. I almost didn't try them because I thought they were some sort of snowball thing....but OMG I am so glad I did. They were A-MAZE-ING!

Yummiest Cookie: Fudgy Oatmeal Bars


Most Original: (Laura Bushs') Cowboy Cookies
Made by our very own, Lauren Johnson! These were delish and I am pretty sure she was texting us on Saturday night saying she messed them up - WHATEVER! These were also my moms favorite - my family also judged them. yup. 



Best Decorated: Oh Christmas Tree
but I would have to say that these Frosty the Snowman cookies were a close 2nd...


And then there was the Most Creative: Maple Bacon Crack
Yup - Bacon up in this!

And then we all made our own To Go boxes!

Aren't these prizes adorable? Nat is the best at gift giving!

Our little high-maintenance table....

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

O Christmas Tree

This year we decided to take the kids to a Christmas Tree Farm and cut down our own tree! Yup - we have come a long way from the artificial tree just a few years ago...
Ready. set. go!

It was a quick 45-minute drive out to the Walls Family Farm in Terrell Texas. We arrived around 10:30 and it wasn't too crowded yet...so we hopped on a hayride and they took us out to the trees!



We saw a tree almost immediately but decided to keep looking. 


We searched for a good 30-45 minutes and eventually came full circle - back to our original tree!



So we cut her down!

And dragged her to the pick up area and hitched a ride back on the tractor. 

While Kevin waited in line (it was pretty darn crowded now) we hung around and played on the playset.

A couple of things to note if you decide to try this out:
- go early to beat the crowd
- bring cash
- they have hotdogs/popcorn/hot chocolate/cookies to buy but you can also bring a picnic. They have picnic tables outside and even a fire pit for cooking. We saw a super prepared family bust out hotdogs and roast them on the fire! Next year we might bring lunch so we don't have to stop at McDonalds on the way home... 

Oh and you do have to strap your tree to your car yourself.  (They will provide rope.)
This was our first time and Kevin was really worried about it flying off on the drive home.  No worries though - he did a great job securing it!

Once we made it home we realized how large it was. (Kevin didn't believe that they measured it at 11.5ft.)  We cut a good 6-8inches off the bottom before setting it up and then trimmed the top down as well. 


There she is!! The kids (especially Grayson) were dying to decorate it. Kevin strung the lights - he took one for the team with that...so much sap! Finally we started decorating. 

Here she is! 
Grayson loves it and is constantly adding more ornaments and rearranging them. He is also very involved with keeping it watered...which is nice because I am not so great at that! I love how excited the tree makes him! 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!  

The day before Thanksgiving we headed over to Sarah's house to help with the flower arrangements. 

Aren't they beautiful? 



A little action shot...

As I was scrolling through instagram I saw that Society Bakery had these Turkey painting cookie sets, so I made a quick call to reserve the last two they had! I will have to remember for next year because the kids LOVED this!



Ryan was so sweet to share his with his sister. 


On Thanksgiving Day we woke up and  headed to the Turkey Trot with some friends! In the past we have run this event, but with three kids we decided a nice stroll was in order. Mimosas too! 


Hayden rode in the stroller and on daddy's shoulders. Grayson didn't budge from the stroller...and Ryan actually wanted to run the race. Next time buddy...next time...

When we got home we were hungry for some turkey cinnamon rolls and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!


Gobble gobble!
We hung around the house and prepped for dinner at the Hales. 

Around 2pm we were all dressed up and ready to celebrate! So we packed up and walked drove over to the Hale's house. 

Watching the Cowboys...





I would like to say that she was so sweet with Tate but really she was just tolerant of him. 

Just hanging

We put the kids outside :)

After dinner...Hayden's face. I get this a lot. 

Another wonderful Turkey day in the books!

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