Thursday, December 5, 2019

our christmas stockings.

We have had our Christmas stockings ever since we moved into our first house.  Each of them have all of our names, and a different character on them.  Our dog George even has one!  Hadley keeps checking it to see if Santa has brought him anything yet, it's so cute!
On the left side of the mantle are Dad, Mom, and Brady.  Dad the Santa, Mom the Mrs. Claus, and Brady the snowman.
On the right side of the mantle are Natalie, Hadley, and George.  Natalie the gingerbread man, Hadley the polar bear, and George the moose.
The quality of these stockings are fantastic!  They are thick, tough, and the material stands up for the one month we hang them on the mantle.  The rest of the 11 months of the year, they remain in our Christmas bin well protected.
I've always wanted a beautiful mantle like this to hang stockings on, and so very grateful we finally have one.  We use command strips to hang them because they are super simple and you can't really see them unless you are as tall as the mantle.  I love the vibe these stockings give off for the holiday season, and look forward to hanging them every Christmas!

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

we hosted thanksgiving.

Last Thursday, our families came over to our house and we hosted Thanksgiving dinner for twenty five.  Other than a minor turkey issue, only the legs were undercooked, it went so well.  First time hosting this holiday and it was a lot of work, but we survived.  We have an awesome family.  And we're so thankful that we get to spend the holidays together.  

Above are a few pictures of our big feast.  We had plenty of room, more than I thought we would have and it worked out great.  A big shout out to Aunt Linda for making cute little games for the kids to do, they enjoyed it!  And to my Mom for all of her extra help.  We appreciate it!  Even George got his own little turkey dinner at doggie daycare!

I hope you had a great holiday (or weekend) wherever you are.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

dear hadley / 5 years.

Dear Hadley,

Today you are 5.  Your Dad and I can't believe you are 5!  Happy Birthday babe!  You are so excited to celebrate your birthday.  I feel like I say this every year, but I still can't believe we've made it this far.  Each year seriously gets better and better.  I love the young little girl you are growing up to be.

I love how quickly you are grasping new concepts and expanding your vocabulary.  I love that we can carry on real conversations.  I absolutely love that you will say "I love you Mama" out of the blue for no reason at all.  It makes my heart just melt, every time.  Even though it can be a little exhausting, you sure do have opinions about what you want to wear and where you want to go.  Each year, it seems, keeps getting better and better and I'm trying my best to remember it for what it is.

You definitely know much more than I think you do.  Almost daily, I am shocked by something new, some antic or word you've picked up.  And the best part is you will use the newly found word or phrase in the proper way.  It makes my grammar loving self beam with happiness.

You are in your last year of preschool, and you love to help your teachers out.  They always say you are so willing to help, you will clean up other peoples mess without any hesitation, you are a great listener, and you will sit patiently until it's your turn to do something.  I don't want to fast forward your little life, but I cannot wait until you are in kindergarten.  You talk about it all the time, you can't wait to go to a big school and learn lots of things.  You have mastered writing your full name on paper, still need to work on your little a's, but you've got all the other letters down for the most part.  You want to be the smartest girl in kindergarten.  I love how you will grab a piece of paper, and just start writing or drawing.  You are loving site words, and writing them out.  I hope you never lose your willingness to learn!

The biggest thing you are looking forward to for your birthday is getting your ears pierced.  You have wanted them pierced since you were 4, but we decided to wait until you turned 5.  So here we are.  You've even watched YouTube videos of little girls getting their ears pierced, and you still can't wait to get it done.  You are growing up so fast.

Your favorite place to eat dinner at is still Cancun.  You love the white cheese, just like your Daddy and I.  You want to go there for dinner any time we say we are going out to eat.  We've created a white cheese lover!  I will admit, you have gotten braver and braver when it comes to trying new foods.  Nine times out of ten you won't like it, but at least you are trying different foods!

Being your Mom is the greatest joy of my life.  You are kind, brave, smart and beautiful.  You are such a bright light in our family and it's been the best to watch you grow and help you along the way.  I can't wait to see where this next year takes you.

I love you Hadley Mae.  Happy Birthday.


Monday, November 18, 2019

from the weekend.

Celebrated Brady turning 15!  His birthday was on the 10th so we celebrated this past weekend.  I made him a cake, the frosting was homemade and so so good! 
Saturday morning while Dad and Natalie were at a volleyball meeting, these two were on the couch watching YouTube videos together.  So cute!
Sunday we went to my parents house and Hadley had a grand old time baking cookies with Grandma.  She loves to be in the kitchen.  So much she had flour all over her face.  Grandma says, you know the cookies are going to turn out good when the kitchen is a mess!

We had a great weekend, was nice to spend time all together.  We did family photos on Saturday and Miss Natalie is a straight up comedian, she was hilarious.  Every time we'd try to set up the timer, she would run to get the camera to check the photo and most times she would run too soon and the photo would be of her running.  Her demeanor was just too funny!  The big kids are super active in sports, school, etc., and it makes it hard to find a good balance to make time for each other.  This past weekend they had no activities, besides a volleyball meeting, and it was nice to just "be" together.  Hadley just adores her big brother and sister and gets so excited every time they are at our house.  She wants them to stay and never leave.  We are looking forward to the holidays and making more memories in our new house!

Happy Monday folks!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

photo walk : fall.

A little taste of fall from our backyard.  So excited to see the change in seasons.  It's pretty this  November.  And this was one of my favorite photo walks.

All photos were taken with my Canon DSLR.