Wednesday, February 1, 2017

January 2017

It seems like this January post sneaks up on me every year.  I get through Christmas and Abigail's birthday and my mom and I start working on the girls photo books. Then before I know it, it's February and I have taken no photos and written zero blog posts.  =(  So I'm writing a brief post of our month's activities and using pictures from my phone.  Next month will be better....or so I keep telling myself.  =P

We actually got a little bit of winter weather. All my weather apps showed 0% chance of precipitation but all the local weather men were saying we would get snow.  It was certainly cold enough for it.  About noon on January 6 we saw teeny tiny snow flurries driving home from Grammy's house.  I really thought that was all we were going to get.  However the flurries got bigger and it snowed for about 4 hours. It was still snowing when it was time to pick Hannah up from school.  We actually walked home in the snow.  Thankfully there was no ice and the roads were just fine the next morning.

Despite our one afternoon of snow, there were many days of nice weather in January.  We enjoyed being able to play outside and not freeze walking to and from school.  Abigail and I met our friend Alexa at the park one morning. Alexa's mom and I met our freshman year at Baylor and have been friends ever since.  So fun to watch our girls develop a friendship too!

I also got to go on a field trip with Hannah's class.  They went to the Outdoor Learning Center.  We walked on the trail through the woods looking for animal habitats.  Then we got to see the animals they keep in cages inside the center.  The kids were looking for different things in each habitat like a place to hide, a lamp to keep warm, plants, etc.  It was a fun trip and I'm so glad I got to join Hannah's class.

Abigail is FIVE!

So I totally intended to post this about 2 weeks ago.....and completely forgot.  OOPS!!!

My baby is five...can we please stop time!  I found this adorable outfit at a consignment store and knew it had to make an appearance in birthday pictures.  Love the bright colors and the adorable owl.  Both girls have worn similar colors in past photos so we were able to reuse the banner.

When we started our tradition of taking pictures with Monkey we decided that birthday number 5 would be his last appearance.  I'm a little sad that is has officially retired.  In fairness his fur is falling out and he's seen better days.  But he has been well loved.....and we aren't giving him away, just no more photo sessions.  =P

Since Abigail's outfit has an owl and looked on Pinterest and got some ideas to pass along to my sister's cake decorating friend.  Julie did a great job.  The cake and cupcakes were both adorable and Abigail loved them!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

December 2016

Another year is time goes fast.  As promised here's two of my favorite shots from our Christmas card photo shoot.  So thankful for all my mom's hard work.

December is always a crazy busy month with church Christmas programs, parties, birthdays, and Christmas! But it was fun and I'm thankful for the time I got to spend with family and friends. The month started off with the kid's choir program.  The musical this year was Candy Cane Lane, a super cute story.  Hannah really enjoyed the music and the picked a craft class this semester which she LOVED.  The preschool choir actually joined the big kids on 3 songs this year so Abigail got to participate too.  All the preschoolers wore Christmas adorable!! (Photo credit goes to Jack Hess)

The adult choir and orchestra did a program as well.  Hannah's choir sang a few songs and Nathan and I played in the orchestra.  It was a really good program.  No pictures of us playing, but here's good one of Hannah singing. (Photo credit goes to Jack Hess)

Abigail and I got to help at Hananh's Christmas party at school again this year.  I'm so thankful that I have the opportunity to volunteer.

Hannah's best friend in kindergarten was Mikayla and she was so sad that she moved about an hour away over the summer.  The girls have kept in touch on Facebook and mailing pictures.  Mikayla's mom contacted me a few days before Christmas to say that she was renting some reindeer to come to her house for a little while on Christmas Eve.  She wanted to invite us to come and see them.  The girls were so excited to see Mikayla and the meet reindeer.  The reindeer were so sweet and gentle.  Such a fun experience!!

Both girls got a doll as their big Christmas gift this year.  Hannah has taken really good care of Emily that she got last year and plays with her all the time.  So we decided she was ready for a real American Girl doll.  We really debated about getting one of the current ones or searching for an old discontinued one. In the end my mom ended up buying an original Molly off e-bay.  We had to do some work on her hair, but overall she was in really good condition.  And i think it's cool she's been loved and played with before.   Abigail will often play with Hannah's doll Emily while Hannah is a school.  So my sister got her a cheaper Target doll.  The girls were SO excited and have not stopped playing with their dolls.  They've dragged them all over the house.  It's so much fun to watch them play!

We still have another week of vacation before Hannah goes back to school.  We're going to look at Christmas lights one night, and maybe have a play date.  Otherwise we plan to hang out at home and relax.