Happy New Year!

February 11th, 2016

I didn’t really want 2015 to end. It’s the year my dad died and I just wasn’t looking forward to starting a new year without him here. But like my dad always taught me…. you have to get up and do what you need to do, and live your life. So, Jason and I went to an early dinner then did our favorite New Years thing and stayed in with our boys.

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Sushi Zushi is so good!

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And the party people…. making a wish with our annual New Year cupcakes. (in bed by 9:00). #wouldnthaveitanyotherway

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Who knew?

January 1st, 2016

My friend Michelle bought us 4 passes to the local indoor ice skating rink for Christmas. Jason and I weren’t sure how this was all going to go down. One, because we’ve never been ice skating before and two, because we’re just old and afraid to fall! We figured the boys would either be over it once they fell or got too cold…. but all of us had a great time!

I was so impressed with the boys! Both of them knew what to do as soon as they got out there. We had fun with the “walker”. The boys would go as fast as they could then spin around.

It was such a good time for all of us! We took lots of video too.
Thank you Michelle! It was super fun!

Merry Christmas!

December 25th, 2015

Peyton climbed into our bed about 6:00am, and around 6:30 he couldn’t take the excitement anymore so we let him wake Jayden up. They both came into our room saying “We didn’t peek, but we think we saw bikes!” They were pretty patient waiting in our room for Jason to start the coffee, and turn on the Christmas music.

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Time to let loose!

Santa did good! Lots of fishing supplies and Star Wars toys. The boys look so tired!

Jayden was so excited to get a “fluffy duck”!

Peyton loves his new Under Armour fishing cap and video drone!

Shay and Ranger loved playing in the mess….

It’s pj bike riding time!

The boys rode their bikes and played with everything Santa brought them most of the day. That afternoon my mom and Grandpa came over. It was a really good Christmas, and I’m so glad we got through it together. The anticipation of spending a Christmas without dad was really hard, but it turned out to be a good day.

Watch out for the video drone!

Thank you for the Illinois shirts Aunt Tracy and Uncle Scott!

Jayden LOVES the Star Wars Risk game Bunny!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2015

Every Christmas Eve the boys get a present from their Elf and a note from him telling them he will be leaving with Santa. They were excited to get Star Wars and Camo pjs…. we have one smart elf!

Cookie making time! Jayden my little chef.

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They are serious cookie decorators.

Ready for Santa!

Reindeer feeding time!

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A visit from Santa! What? Nope that’s just Larry our neighbor.

Hey I think the Botox is working!

It was time to say goodbye to Elfafin for another year. In Elfafin’s note he told the boys he would lift his magic for a few minutes before bed so they could hug him goodbye. It is always heartbreaking for the boys. They hate knowing he won’t be there in the morning…. Me? I’m ok with it. 😐

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I am so thankful Peyton still believes! He had so many questions this year and would eyeball me when our elf would move. I just didn’t have it in me to say anything. There was too much heartbreak this year. I wasn’t ready and I really don’t think Peyton was either.

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One last group hug and a few tears.

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Until next year Elfafin! Merry Christmas!

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It’s Christmas Eve, Eve….

December 23rd, 2015

Ok so I’m super late on updating my blog. Better late than never! Christmas Eve, Eve we woke up to our Elf with a note on the kitchen table saying it was time to see Santa. The boys got right to their annual snowman list that Elfafin prepares for them the night before. He is a super busy and awesome Elf!

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We got to “The fish market” as Jayden calls it right as they were handing out the Santa passes. I stood in line while the boys walked around with Jason looking at all of the new toys they had set up.

We didn’t have to wait long. Thank goodness! As we were leaving the line was pretty long.

I would love to say Peyton didn’t have any questions about Santa being real this year but Id be lying. It’s happening, and its ok. We did our best to avoid answering. I just couldn’t…. too much going on this year. I’m thankful he still believes most of the time.

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Gotta love free Santa pics…. these boys are so big!

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That night we invited family to the very first Christmas Eve Service…. The first one is the least crowded.

My sister and a few of her kids came, Gpa and my mom came too. We took two rows, in front of course. Gpa needs the leg room and the kids love seeing everything up close.

The children’s choir were so sweet! One of the youth pastors asked Jayden and Peyton to be in the program this year but we turned it down…. seriously so much going on I wasn’t sure if they’d make all of the practices. I told them next year for sure. I love that they boys want to be a part of it.

Silent Night…. Happy Birthday Jesus!

Service of Remembrance

December 22nd, 2015

A friend of my mom’s invited us to White’s Chapel for their Service of Remembrance. She put dad’s name on their list of people who have passed. It was so hard to see dad’s name in the program with all of the other people who have passed this year and years before. Some families continue to keep their loved one’s name on the list throughout the years. I took video for my family to see and hear. It was so hard seeing them light a candle for dad and hearing his name. Mom and I were in tears. The service was beautiful.

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December 22nd, 2015

This senior was a lot of fun…. He brought some of his baseball gear, and if you know me at all, you know I love baseball!

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His money shot as he called it…. for his friends, so fun!

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My Irish Twin

December 22nd, 2015

My sister and I are 11 months apart. She older, I like to remind her of that important info! I was so glad she asked me to take her Christmas picture. 2015 was a rough year for all of us, but for Brook and her 6 kids it’s been extra hard. Praying for you big sis and THANK YOU to my nieces and nephews for taking time out of your busy schedules to take these special pictures for your sweet mom!

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Dallas Stars

December 21st, 2015

A sweet friend of ours gave us tickets to the Stars game. We had no idea what we were in for when she offered the tickets. We were just excited to see the Stars play up close. Well we had SUITE seats. All of us had such a good time! The game, our seats, dinner, drinks, it was all just awesome. Thank you Dina and family!

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They loved the blimps….

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The boys were impressed with the trophies too.

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Fun with my guy!

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Endless fruit and chips…. and the dinner was just amazing!

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cheers!

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Such a fun evening!

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The 2nd Annual Pretty Party

December 20th, 2015

Michelle started this annual party last year. It was so much fun that she decided it had to be an annual thing. This years party wasn’t as crazy as last year (thank God) but it was still a lot of fun, and we didn’t wake up hungover the next day!

Me and my favorite guy….

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Selfie stick fun with the girls….

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