Friday, January 19, 2018

Five on Friday

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Christina, April and Natasha for Five on Friday!

At the beginning of January I made my annual Storybook Photography video. I've done this for the past couple years as a way to say thank you to all my clients for continuing to choose me as their family photographer. I always post it on my Storybook Photography Facebook Page, but thought I'd share it here as well. I just add 1 photo from each session I had that year and they're always so fun for me to look back on.

A co-worker of mine got us all a Christmas Cactus for Christmas last year and I'm so excited to have this bloom on it, along with several other buds that are getting ready bloom soon. :-) When he gave them to us last year, they had already bloomed and there weren't any blooms left on them, so it's exciting to see these pretty little blooms on there now.

Jackson had his second basketball game of these season this past Saturday. He actually got the ball got to shoot a basket, unfortunately it didn't go in, but I was so excited he got the opportunity to try!

I took a few pictures the other night of Avery in the bathtub and I just love them. :-)

Last weekend I put up my Valentines Day decorations and I also finally got a felt letter board. I had been seeing everyone else's on blogs and instagram and loved them, so I couldn't wait to get one for myself. I happened to find this one at Hobby Lobby for 50% off!! Such a good deal, I just couldn't pass it up. I love it so much!

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Pre-Christmas Events

Between our neighborhood Christmas party, the kids Christmas parties at school, Avery's Christmas party at dance class and snow the Saturday before Christmas, there was a lot going on before Christmas that I didn't ever get around to sharing that I'd like to have here on the blog to look back on.

So first I'll share our neighborhood Christmas party that our neighbors across the street hosted on Dec. 9th. It was so much fun! We had 15 kids and 1 on the way and we had 13 adults (we were missing 1 as he was out of town for work).

Here are a few pictures!
Avery and her friend Ellie. 

Jackson and his friend Andy. 

Our best attempt at getting a picture of all 15 kids. Ha. 

All of the adults.

The Sunday before Christmas I dressed Avery up in her adorable new Christmas dress that our pastor's wife got for her. She looked absolutely adorable so I had to get a quick picture of her. Jackson dressed nice that day too, but wasn't as eager to get in a picture. Ha.

Later that same Sunday, we went to Six Flags again for Holiday in the Park with my Mother-in-Law. Our main reason for going was to get a picture with Santa, but we had fun writing letters to Santa, riding a few rides and seeing the Nativity Show again so that my MIL could see it. She loved it of course.

That Monday before Christmas, Avery had her Christmas party at dance class. She and I made little gifts for her teachers and she was so excited to give them their gifts. We just bought little sequence stockings in the Dollar Spot at Target and filled them each with a pair of dollar spot Christmas socks and a nail polish. I found the tag here and it says "Thanks for Always Keeping me on my Toes, Merry Christmas." The kids were able to wear Christmas colored dance attire and they each brought a treat for the class. Avery's treat was Christmas fruit snacks. :-)

Then that Wednesday before Christmas was both Jackson and Avery's last day before Winter break and they each had their Christmas parties that day. So I took the day off work and was able to go to Avery's party that morning and Jackson's party that afternoon! It was such a fun day!

Avery's Party!
 Avery with her friend Aubrei. They were so cute in their reindeer shirts and tutus. :-)


Jackson's Party!

For Jackson's party I was in charge of coming up with a craft for his class to make during the party. I found this cute ornament idea on Pinterest and the kids all had fun making one during the party.
Jackson with his teacher, Mrs. Wenz.

The Friday night before Christmas, us and our neighbors across the street drove over to Candy Cane Lane to drive through the lights and then went to have dinner at Mellow Mushroom. In all the years I've lived in St. Louis, we've never driven through Candy Cane Lane, so it was fun to see it finally. The neighbors on this street go all out on Christmas decorations and people come from all over town to see it. We actually had to wait close to an hour to get through it. It was really neat.

Then lastly, the Saturday before Christmas, we woke up to snow!! The kids have never been sledding so we got all bundled up and headed over to the park to do some sledding before going to our first of 4 family Christmas celebrations, (which I'll share in a separate post.)

We had so much fun at all the parties and events leading up to Christmas. It really got us all in the Christmas spirit.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Santa! I know him!

We went and had our annual Santa picture taken this past Sunday and it went pretty well. The last 2 years Jake and I have had to be in the picture so it was nice to not have to be in it this year. Jackson was a champ and did great. Avery, was a little timid and wasn't really having it at first but did eventually warm up and sit on Santa's lap. She didn't say much but they did both tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas this year.

We went to Six Flags to see Santa this year and he was a great Santa! He was really sweet. While we were there we also saw Mrs. Claus and we wrote letters to Santa as well. Of course we rode rides too and saw the Nativity show again because it's just so good.

Jackson has really only asked for one thing this year and it's the Cars 3 Florida Speedway Racetrack. Avery has been asking for 2 dollies, 2 barbies and a toaster. Ha! Between Jake and I and all the family members she gets presents from, she will be getting all of those things. ;-) She's so funny and has been so easy to buy for this year. She gets so excited about even the littlest gifts so anything girly will be so exciting for her to get. Ha.

I'm so excited for Christmas this year. We've got all the presents bought, wrapped and under the tree... all but their gifts from Santa that is. Those are bought but still need to be put together. Jackson's Santa gift is the Cars 3 Racetrack he's been asking for and Avery's gift from Santa is a Disney Frozen Ride-On Sleigh. The kids are at such fun ages for Christmas. They are so excited and make Christmas so much fun! I'm really looking forward to it.

We have a fun and full Christmas weekend planned. Saturday we are spending the day with Jake's immediate family at his brother's house. Sunday (Christmas Eve) we'll be going to my Aunt and Uncle's house in the afternoon and then to church that night for the Christmas Eve service. Then Christmas day we'll spend the whole day at home in our pajamas and then the day after Christmas we'll be hosting my immediate family. It will be such a fun four days of celebrating Christmas! I am really looking forward to it.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Have a holly, jolly Christmas; It's the best time of the year

      I don't know if there'll be snow but have a cup of cheer

      Have a holly, jolly Christmas; and when you walk down the street...

      Say Hello to friends you know and everyone you meet.

     Oh ho the mistletoe

      hung where you can see;

      Somebody waits for you; kiss her once for me.

      Have a holly jolly Christmas, and in case you didn't hear...

      Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas this year!