Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas

CHRISTMAS EVE
The past few days seem like they were a blur....we had so much going on! I'll start with Christmas Eve. We spent much of the morning getting the house ready for Christmas day. We grabbed a quick lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, Thai Cottage....thanks for the gift card JP and Dixie! We made a few other stops and then headed home.
Ashlyn and I started making some yummy cookies for Santa. Santa was very particular this year...he told me he wanted sugar cookies with icing and decorations (break and bake chocolate chip would not do).

Before we started decorating the cookies, we had to stop and head over the Sugar Creek for the Christmas service with my family. Ashlyn went on the stage (with Daddy) to hear the Christmas story from the pastor. She loved it and got a little ornament also.
We left the service and grabbed something to eat on the way to the Crossbridge Christmas Eve gathering where we handed out donuts to the workers of different places that had to work on Christmas Eve. We went to a nursing home and the Methodist Emergency Room to give them donuts and sing a few carols. I thought this would be a good experience for Ashlyn to see that Christmas is not just a time for her to get presents, but to also give to others.
After that, we came home and decorated the cookies before Ashlyn went to bed. We put the cookies and milk out for Santa and put Ashlyn to bed.

Then we started our preparations for Christmas Day. We set the table and I made my yummy mac and cheese.
CHRISTMAS DAY
We got up early to get the turkey in the oven. We tried to go back to sleep, but I think the excitement of Christmas and all the other stuff we had to do for the day kept us awake. We got Ashlyn up and, of course, video taped her coming out to see what Santa brought for her. She was so excited! After the gifts were opened, we got ready for all the family coming over. Both of our families were coming over for lunch. Everyone arrived and the house was packed with people, presents, and food. We ate a very delicious lunch, cleared everything out, and started opening all the other presents. All I have to say is my child is spoiled to have her grandparents and aunts and uncle so close. She got so much stuff! I feel like we have a toy store in our house. I have secretly put a few things away that I can bring out later when she starts to get bored with some of the stuff she has now. Everyone just hung around the rest of the day and played with Ashlyn or watched basketball. It was such a wonderful Christmas! Here are a few pics from the day! I hope you had a great Christmas also!
Ashlyn's new bike!
Yes, there is a huge ball pit in our living room...Thanks Aunt Jessica!


She's hitting the rode now!
Tea Time with Aunties!

Secret Santa Party

So a few of my friends and I get together each year for a Secret Santa Party. We have been doing this since we were in the 3rd or 4th grade, so it has become a tradition. This year was a little different because 2 out-of-towners could not make it at the last minute:( We missed you girls!

We had lunch over at my friend Casey's house and then exchanged gifts. I was Liz's Secret Santa this year and Casey was mine. I got a great gift from Casey! She got me a sewing book, made me some tags to put on sewing gifts I make, and she gave me a beautiful calendar that she made and will be selling in her etsy shop when it opens! Thanks Casey! It is always fun to be surprised each year! Here are a few pics from our party!
All the girls this year

Liz opening her gift from ME

My gift from Casey! (I loved it!)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Visiting Santa

Last weekend, we took Ashlyn to see Santa! We were hoping that this year she would be excited to see him, instead of terrified (like the past two Christmases). She understands the concept of Santa this year and that he is going to bring her presents, so we figured she would be happy this year. She was happy to see him and told him she wanted a sparkle bouncy ball and a bike. She's been a good little girl, so I'm sure Santa will bring her what she wants! Here is the fabulous picture we got of her this year!




And this is last year....



Thursday, December 11, 2008

SNOW

Yes, as many of you know, Houston got an early Christmas present of SNOW yesterday! I was very excited when I heard we had a chance of snow because Ashlyn had never seen snow! I kept my eye on the radar all day to see when we might have the best chance of some snow flurries. Starting about at 3PM, I started getting texts from people saying they were getting snow. Finally, as it was getting dark outside, we saw a few snow flurries here and there. I was a little disappointed, but excited that Ashlyn got to see a little. Around 7PM, Jason went to help a friend with something down towards Sugar Land and he called me saying that the snow was really coming down over there. As soon as he got back home, we hopped in the car to go down towards Sugar Land, to see if we could find some better snow for Ashlyn to see. Yes, I know we might sound crazy, but how often does snow actually fall in Houston! So we headed over to the Sugar Land town center (so I could get a Starbucks too!) and the snow was definitely coming down more over there. I was so excited! Town center was decorated with Christmas lights and the Christmas tree was up....what a great back drop for some amazing pictures! I grabbed my camera, started to take a picture, and to much dismay....my camera's battery was DEAD!!! Could that have happened at a worse time! I was so upset! But Jason said that the important thing was that Ashlyn got to see it. I know he's right, but those would have been some great pictures!

Well, here are some of the pictures I took in my backyard, and if you squint just right, you might see some of the snow flurries in the pictures.




Here is the one picture of Town Center before my camera died:(

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

I guess I should probably post about our Thanksgiving before Christmas gets here. We had a great time. My twin sister, Rachel, came Tuesday night and spent the week with us. On Wednesday, we spent the afternoon putting up our Christmas lights on the house. Yes, I know I said we don't put anything up before Christmas, but the weather report said it was suppose to rain on Friday and Saturday, so I thought Jason would be more safe climbing on the roof when it wasn't wet! The lights turned out great this year (pics to come soon)! We went up to Austin on Thanksgiving to see all of my mom's side of the family, like we do every year. The food was excellent as usual, and my mac n cheese was a hit! We took our annual huge family picture after lunch.



Of course Ashlyn thought it would be the appropriate time to flash the camera.


Ashlyn loved playing in all the leaves!


And she got to play with my cousin's beautiful girls!

My sisters and Me (can you guess which one is my twin)


When we got back on Thursday night, Rachel and I heard that Katy Mills Mall was going to open at midnight, so we decided to go. The first store we went to wasn't bad, but by the time we left that store all the other stores were so packed, so we just looked around and then left. On Friday, we decorated for Christmas inside our house. I was very pleased about how everything turned out. I need to take pics of everything, but here is a picture of our tree.
Well, I hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


On the Sew, Mama, Sew blog today, you can enter alot of free give-a-ways! There is a huge list of different ones you can enter! I would definitely check it out! I am, of course, going for another camera strap cover found at Shealynn's blog (I didn't win the last one I tried to win:( ) I also entered to win a purse at the Simply Vintagegirl blog. So check it out...There are so many give-a-ways that I'm sure you will find something you like!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Happy Birthday Mommy!


We hope you have a great birthday! Happy 27th!


Monday, November 24, 2008

The Holiday Spirit

Yesterday, Jason and I were talking how we are already ready for Christmas and it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. We did a lot of our Christmas shopping yesterday, before the "Holiday shopping traffic" hits. I for one don't mind that it takes 1/2 and hour to find a parking spot or that a quick trip to the store might take you at least an hour. I think it is all part of the holiday season, but if I want Jason to join me, then it had to happen now before Thanksgiving:) Nothing bothers him more than long lines! So anyways, we got most of our shopping done yesterday, while my parents watched Ashlyn. We are going to do Santa with Ashlyn this year, so we didn't want her to see anything we were buying for her. Ashlyn has cried every year so far when we took her to see Santa, so hopefully this year she will be happy to see him!


Thanksgiving is, of course, this Thursday! We love Thanksgiving in our family! We always go up to Austin for the day to celebrate with my mom's side of the family. There usually averages about 30 people packed into my Aunt's house with more food than you can even think of! This year, I am going to bring my homemade mac n cheese....hopefully it will be a hit!


We also try to take a big family picture while everyone is together. This is a picture from last year.


It is so fun seeing all of my cousins and aunts and uncles and grandparents. This is usually the only time of the year I see some of my family.


Jason and I have made a rule that we won't decorate for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving. I love decorating for the holidays, so Jason is usually holding me back from putting any decorations out. He reminds me that he will make fun of me if I put anything out too early! So the Friday after Thanksgiving, I do a little shopping early in the morning for some of those great deals and then we decorate the rest of the day! It is so fun!


Also, my birthday is this Saturday! My twin sister, Rachel, will be in town for Thanksgiving, so I will actually get to celebrate with her this year! It has been a while since we have been together on our birthdays. Usually, our birthday is a week or so after Thanksgiving so she is already back in Dallas, but every several years it is really close to Thanksgiving. It will be great to be with her!


I hope everyone has a safe and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Custom Camera Strap GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!




Custom Camera Strap GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!

How great are these camera strap covers! They are so cute! If I don't win this one, I may have to try and make one myself!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween

Just wanted to share a few Halloween pics with everyone. Our community group hosted a block party in our neighborhood, so we helped with that and also went trick or treating. Ashlyn had a lot of fun and was very into trick or treating this year!
Little Ladybug
Trick or Treating
Ladybug trying to kiss a turtle (Cooper)

Bean bag toss

Fishing for a prize

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Halloween Bunco

A week ago, I hosted Halloween Bunco at my house. To get into the spirit, everyone dressed up in costumes:) I always look forward to see how creative people can be! We had a punk rock star, super girl, Sarah Palin, a couple of 50s girls, a pumpkin, a paramedic, and more. It was great! So I have been asked by several people to post a picture on my blog. So here it is:)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

So many things you can do with a pumpkin!






Today, I guess you could say, was our pumpkin day! We bought some pumpkins yesterday at Dewberry Farm, so today we decided to get to work on them! Jason and I cleaned out and carved the pumpkins.






Happy Halloween

Boo!

We put an old shirt on Ashlyn and let her paint a pumpkin.


And then we gathered up and cleaned the pumpkin seeds and made some yummy treats. We did the traditional toasted pumpkin seeds with salt. Also, I decided to try a new little recipe for pumpkin seeds I found here. If you love sweet stuff, this is a good recipe for you, so check it out!







So what are your favorite things to do with a pumpkin?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Dewberry Farm

The weather was beautiful today, so we headed over to Dewberry Farm after Ashlyn's Little Gym class. We had so much fun last year and knew it would be even better this year now that Ashlyn is a little older. We played in the little kids' play area, rode on a tractor train, went down a giant slide, played in some flowers, ate snow cones and kettle corn (yum!), and picked out some pumpkins. It was such a fun family day! Here are some of my favorite pics from today:) You can see more in my flickr account.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Super Princess

Lately, Ashlyn is starting to pretend a lot more. She keeps wanting me to tie a blanket around her neck so she can be Super Bunny (from Max and Ruby). So I decided to whip her up a little cape yesterday. Here's how it turned out:)
Jason is showing us that it can also be a big person's bib:)

Race for the Cure




On Saturday morning, Jason, Ashlyn, and I got up really early to go to the 5K Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. It raises money for the fight against breast cancer. It was our first time attending this event. The weather was perfect and there were a ton of people there. There were lots of funny signs that people made...for example...Save Second Base:) Or there team names were things like....the Double D's:) And there were some ladies who made hats out of pink bras...very funny! Somehow in the 30,000 or so people there we were able to find Jason and Casey:) We walked with them most of the way, then the took off to jog the last mile. We probably only jogged half a mile. There were just too many people there to try and maneuver a jogging stroller around. But we had a great time and it is such a good cause!