Sunday, November 30, 2014

Christmas Tree

With a little help from some adorable elves, our Christmas tree is up and decorated.  It is very different this year, because we have a new tree.  The red 7.5' tree has been replaced by a dark green traditional 12' tree.  It is the perfect height and shape for our curved staircase.  The boys love it, and Ridley can't wait to pull the ornaments off.  It is starting to look like Christmas.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Thanksgiving Take 2

We traveled to Ruston to share in some Thanksgiving festivities and celebrate Pops'  65th birthday.  We also spent a bit of time with the newest baby in our family, Ellison.  Before heading back home, we wanted to snap a picture of the cute cousins. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014


I have bought some really adorable clothes for Ridley, but my absolute favorite item is her SweetHoney chambray tunic.  While driving to Ruston, Reed spilled his entire bottle of orange drink.  It went everywhere and ran under the seats where some hang up clothes were laying.  I noticed the mess, and we had to stop.  
That is when it really hit me.  I am obsessed with this tunic.  Here I was on the side of Interstate 20 washing out this top.  

Thanksgiving Art

Some of the amazing art that the kiddos brought home from school.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I really pushed my good luck today, and I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderful afternoon.  I needed to pick up my bracelet at Tiffany's at Northpark, but I had all three kiddos.  I knew I didn't want to go after Thanksgiving, but I didn't want to wait until after Christmas when the mall calms down.  I decided we would go for it.  
The plan was to run straight into Tiffany's and straight out to the truck.  That part went well, so we started looking around.  Fountains, art, turtles, ducks, cactus plants, and lots of Christmas decorations gave us all something to look at.  
We decided to stay and walk around the mall.  We did a bit of shopping and playing, and it was one of the best days with all three of my precious little ones.  No fighting, whining, working.  Just laughs and fun for us all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cleaning Crew

It was a strange afternoon.  They boys wanted to clean!  I found them in the game room wiping everything down with damp rags.  They were even working together to clean their little kitchen set.  I am not sure what is going on here. They must be up to something, but I like it.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Take 1

We traveled to Texarkana for our first round of Thanksgiving with family.  We had a great time visiting and playing with cousins.  We even managed to get all 5 of them to pose for a picture.  They had the best time with each other.

Ridley couldn't make it any longer.  She was loving her sweet cuddle time with Daddy.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thankful Pilgrim Photo

The teachers at Stars Academy took this sweet picture of my little pilgrim.  Notice the roll he has double gripped.  That is my boy!  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

CHCS Thanksgiving Feast

Chapel Hill always does an amazing Thanksgiving feast.  All of the children had a decorated vest, necklace, and head dress.

Each child picked out their name.  Reed selected Brave Deer.

Reed and I before he heads back to class.  I was thrilled to help with this event, so I could spend special time with Reed.  

The centerpieces had leaves for each student.  The leaves had things that the students were thankful for.  I just love Reed's items. 

Reed loves his silly Ms. Pam.  She is fun loving and interactive with them which makes her a favorite.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Class Turkey

All the students in Ryland's class created a turkey feather with their parents.  Each feather had a student's name and a special quality that their parent is thankful for.  Ryland's is in the second row in the middle.  We made camouflage feathers and taped them on the bigger feather.  We are thankful for Ryland, and he is nice and a great hunter.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sleeping Beauty

I catch myself trying to make the time slow down.  With Ryland, I was so concerned with doing it right and following a development schedule.  With Reed, I enjoyed every moment of him as a baby.  It was fun to watch him learn new things at his pace.  With Ridley, I notice that she is growing up too quickly.  
As I prepare for bed tonight, I chose to hold her and cuddle until we both fall asleep.  My precious sleeping beauty, please stay little a bit longer.

Shipping Out

I have a new hobby, and it even pays.  As Ridley grows out of her first size of boutique clothes, I sell them.  I have joined the dark world of boutique and designer girls clothing groups on Facebook.  It has been fun and crazy to meet so many different people.  Not bad for one night.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bathroom Buddy

While the boys are away, Ridley and I are hanging out at home and staying warm.  When I wasn't carrying her around, she was right on my heels.  Even when I was in the bathroom, she followed.  She thought it was so fun to look through magazines and chat. 

Hunting Ranch

John Chris and the boys finally have a place to go have fun all decked out in camo.  John Chris found some hunting land south of Graham, Texas that was perfect for some boy time.  We signed yesterday, and the boys were out there today.  I think it is safe to say they were excited. 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Celebrating Friends!

Reed's friend, Walker, had his 4th birthday party at a new place.  It was the neatest set up.  There was a little town built along one side of the large building - complete with a fire station, beauty salon, grocery store, and a police station.  Reed was booked in the police station with a big smile.  He played along for a mug shot and even got behind bars. All the kiddos had a blast playing and being silly.  Reed even caught up with his baseball buddy, Nash.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holding Her Own

Miss Ridley has decided to hold her own bottle now.  She has been sort of doing this for a few weeks, but she would quickly let go when she realized what she was doing.  Today, she decided she was driving this bottle.  Oh, my sweet little diva is hard headed.  I lover her to pieces.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

All Smiles

Even with multiple trips to the ballpark to watch her brothers play baseball, Ridley is a happy girl.  We have been super busy this weekend, and she has been drug around to all the activities.  We love her happy go lucky attitude, and how giggly she is.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Self Portrait

This picture makes me smile.  Ryland is such an artist.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Folder Goodies

Reed's folder had two precious items from school.  It is so sweet that he was thankful for me and Cooper.  Makes my heart melt!  

He also was the Super Scientist for the day.  He loved science class and was thrilled to get the certificate. 

MOPS Buddy

Ridley had a bit of a runny nose, so I chose to keep her out of the church nursery during my MOPS steering meeting.  She loved the attention of all the leadership girls and seemed pretty happy to just hang out with us.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pulling Up

Our sweet Ridley is officially pulling up!  She has been really close for the past few weeks but just hasn't quite been able to stand all the way up.  She is growing up way too fast.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WWE Birthday Party

Ryland was invited to a wrestling birthday party, and it was all out wrestle mania.  He had a crazy great time! 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Charlie's Birthday Party

The boys were so excited to go to Charlie's hunting party.  They had a great time playing in the backyard and jumping over the creek.  There were fun hunting games set up where they could shoot a bow, roast marshmallows, and lots of other fun things.   The highlight was the hay ride around the neighborhood.