Thursday, February 26, 2015

January and February

Life has just been abnormal since December 1st.  We are living with my in-laws and while all is going very well, it's just not our own space.  I've had a hard time just finding a rhythm and a routine and for a girl who thrives off of routine, I've been learning how to just deal.  The Lord has been teaching all of us a lesson during this time of transition.  Some of us are learning patience, some of us are learning to be more flexible while most of us are learning to bloom where we are planted. :)
It's been cold, it's been warm and we've had plenty to keep us busy because it blows my mind that March 1st is on Sunday!!!  Can I get an Amen?
Spring means so much this year…it means the anticipated arrival of warmer weather, green leaves and pretty flowers and Lord willing, the completion of our house!!  Can I get another Amen and a Hallelujah?
Here is what we have been up to since Christmas...

I am so blessed by these two every single day!

In January, we had a ton of snow!

There was sledding involved for sure.  
Sleds + a rope + a truck = major fun!

 More snow!

They actually canceled school over this snow storm. 
We had over a foot…anyone from the Northeast is laughing over this right now and I realize that! ;)

Precious snow bunny.

In January, we traveled down to Dallas for Braz and Lindsey's engagement party!  
Our complete family picture minus the kids of course.  We are so happy to have Braz be a part of our family!

This is the day that Miss Priss decided to undress herself during nap time…diaper and all.
It was a wet mess to clean up…I do realize it could have been worse.

Sweet moments

And we praise the Lord when he blesses us with warm, sunny days to get outside and PLAY!!

Checking on the progress of our millwork.  The kids loved seeing this massive shop!

Getting ready for the 100th day of kindergarten!!

No childcare at the gym one day?  No problem…she jumped right in!

We've also had some sick days too.

This was a big day…the day my handsome hubby passed his flying test and became a licensed pilot!

The day it was just so warm that we stopped for ice cream on the way home from school!

Valentine's day celebrations were fun!!

Parker loved having Sydney at his class party!

Parker has a really fun class!

And the BEST teacher ever!!

James spoiled his girls by surprising us with flowers!

Fun Valentine's mail from Neesie and Grandad.

Last weekend was huge…we drove down to Dallas for my cousin's wedding, we shopped for our house and I had Lindsey's bachelorette party.
These two cousins adore each other.  Since they don't see each other very often, they make the most of their time together!

Three little cousins who all behaved during the ceremony!

Up bright and early the next morning ordering coffee to help us through the big day!

We spent the entire day at Dallas Market Center shopping for our new home.
Overwhelming is an understatement and we were so very thankful to have had our designer there to hold our hands!

Wall to wall fabric choices.  It really was a fun, fun day!
I can't wait to see the interior all come together now.

I ended last weekend by throwing my Sis a very fun bachelorette party!
The night was a blast and I'm already counting down the days until her big day!!
Is it bad that it took me days to recover from the lack of sleep?  Not a Spring chicken anymore. :(

Monday, January 5, 2015

Christmas 2014

This year since we are "homeless" (living with my in-laws), we decided to give everyone a break and spend a whole week down in Dallas with my family and it was awesome!  I love seeing my family, love spending time together and love being in a big, fun city with my hubby because we generally get a date night or two out of it! ;)

Back in Grandad's arms the first night we arrived!
The next morning we took Parker bowling, it was at the top of his list of things to do over Christmas break!
Growing up we always went to Holiday in the Park at Six Flags and now it's fun to go with our own kids!
I rode the Judge Roy Scream just to humor my hubby.  After this pic, it was back to Looney Toon Land for me! ;)
Leah and Parker love roller coasters!
Aunt Lindsey is the best!
The whole gang!!
Thanks mom and dad for taking us!!
Sydney got to meet her second cousin, Avery, at the Galleria one morning.
What better place to meet up than the mall, right?
Me, Kristen and Lindsey
Christmas Eve with cousins!
Christmas morning at the top of the stairs waiting on the "ok" to come down to see what Santa brought.

Parker was so proud of the gift that he picked out for James.  It was so cute watching him watch James open it.
My little family of 4.
Cheese face!
A fun dinner out at our favorite restaurant!

This girl was wiped out on the drive home.
Happy 2015! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

The most wonderful time of the year...

Has been one of the busiest times for us!!  I haven't blogged in almost TWO whole months…my plate has been very full!  I'll let the pics do the explaining!!
Our house sold in November and then the packing started!
We lived in this mess for about a month.
Then it was off to Dallas the week of Thanksgiving to visit the fam and wedding dress shop with my sis!
We got back to Amarillo in time for Thanksgiving day and a fun little turkey trot with the Austin fam on Thanksgiving morning.
Then we were off to the ranch for the weekend for some more fun!
When we got back it was time to completely move out of our house and in with my in-laws.  We will be with them until our new home is finished being built.
Last bedtime story in our house.
Last walk to our park.

Ya'll, I couldn't let this go.  I was SO emotional about moving out of this house.  Something about leaving the house you brought your babies home to…it stung a lot!
We settled in nicely at Nana's house and the holidays came into full swing!
Our new house is in full swing too.  Building a house means I am constantly looking at samples of EVERYTHING!
Back to the holidays…Parker's class had a field trip to the mall to see Santa.
This just cracked me up.
Parker has been afraid of Santa for the past 4 years and this year, he was finally ok with him.  Sydney…felt differently about him.  Bless her heart.
She scored a horse purse after being traumatized and then we went shoe shopping; she made me proud!
So girly!

Every year Jim and Ann (in-laws) host a bunch of widows from our church for a nice dinner at their house.  This year Parker was very into serving the ladies.  They just melted over him.
 Sweet boy served over 20 dinner plates that night!
And just in case you were wondering…among all that is going on, this is what Christmas shopping looked like for me.  I relented and finally did the rest on!  Amen.  I am tired. ;)