Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekend Fun

Last weekend was lazy perfection.  For the first time in a really long time, it was just the four of us with no where to go and no where to be!  Friday kicked off our weekend with a Mary Tannler coming to play with Morgan.  These sweet friends.  They played all day!  Saturday was a family day that brought some warm, dry weather.  We finally were able to get outside!  We've all been a little stir crazy with this cold wetness we've been having.  After church on Sunday, all three of my family members fell asleep at the same time.  It was a miracle!  Do you want to know how much I accomplished in those two hours?  It was a great weekend!
Morgan and Mary Tannler
I also had a little laundry helper that day!
Which is just what her big sister did one day too!  Haha!!
Sweet sisters before church
Big girl
Little one

Laid Back Ladies

The very next weekend I hopped back into the car to meet my Chi Omega sisters is Jackson!  I am so thankful that we do this every year.  It is always a much-needed soul refresher.  This year we broke in Anna's beautiful new home!  We never do much of anything and this is exactly how I prefer it.  All I want to do is spend time with them and catch up on our crazy and wonderful lives.  We were sad Stacey couldn't make it this year!  Thankfully Sissy came to Tupelo so I didn't feel as bad to leave the girls at home with her and Jeff.  It allowed me to just be.  What a great weekend!
Holly, Me, Anna and Christina (we missed you Stacey!)

Jackson and Foley and Miami... Oh My!

Per usual we packed up the car and hit the road right after Christmas!  Thankfully, Morgan was back to normal so our first stop was Jackson.  We got to visit with Pop and bring him his presents.  Morgan loved Pop's bed and spent the whole time pushing the buttons to move it up and down!
Gaga, Macie, Morgan and Pop
 
After lunch we got back in the car and continued south to Foley.  Once we got there we had more presents and more food!  It was big fun and a great end to a long day.  The next day Rob, Marie and Erin came to visit!  Don't feel bad that Sara missed it- she was in France!  We spent the next few days getting to spend time with family we don't see often enough.  It was wonderful!  In fact, we had so much fun I really slacked on taking pictures.  Oops!
Bless Erin's heart.  She had two little shadows during her whole trip!
Hands down the best gift of Christmas was the snowball fight GG gave to Morgan.  The big kids had just as much fun as Morgan!
 
On Monday, Jeff and I headed out on our own adventure.  It was just the two of us, our car and the road to Miami!  Mom and Dad kept the girls and that gave me and Jeff four whole days alone!  Jeff and I both love a road trip so we made a pit stop in Orlando.  We were able to spend a whole day at Universal Studios and had a blast!  We were like little kids running around through Harry Potter World and everything else.  Even in the rain!  It was so much fun.  But eventually I had one too many 3-D rides and needed to lie down.  So I walked back to the hotel and Jeff finished some extra rides.  It really was so fun.
Harry Potter World!
Taking Hogwarts Express
Of course we had some Butterbeer
$10 poncho to stay (kinda) dry? Yep!
 
The next day we got dressed in our maroon and drove the rest of the way to Miami to cheer on our Dawgs!  Apparently we didn't cheer loud enough and we lost.  Badly.  But we were there at the Orange Bowl and had fun anyway!  Even when we rang in the New Year standing outside the stadium after the game.  We just pretended that the celebration fireworks for Georgia Tech were meant for us!

Ready to see our Dawgs!
Hail State!
We totally forgot our cowbells.  Thankfully Kathryn let us take hers!
Little Big Town was the halftime entertainment and I sang right along
These smiles are a bit forced at the end of the game
Worried the girls would be bored while we were having fun?  Fat chance!
 Two happy girls (and two happy parents) when we finally got home!


 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Christmas is Here!


Christmas Eve and morning finally got here!  Morgan had literally been counting down the days all month and was just giddy when it was getting close.  Christmas Eve we went to church and it really got us ready for the next day!  This year we were so glad that GaGa got to spend Christmas with us.  And we missed Pop, who was still recovering in Jackson.  He's getting better each day, but was not quite ready for the craziness that Christmas morning brought this year! 
Ready for church! 
 Happy with GaGa
 The girls looking for Santa before bed
 Morgan got the cookies and milk ready for Santa
 My favorite present of all: Morgan drew a picture for me, put it in a box, wrapped it herself and wrote our names on it.  It was perfect.
Ready to see what Santa brought! 
Macie figured out how to open those presents quickly
Opening up Santa!
 
While we were opening up our stockings and Santa gifts, Morgan seemed a little quiet.  After weeks of begging for Santa to bring her gifts she didn't quite give us the reaction we expected.  Turns out she was running a fever!  After Santa she curled up on the couch and fell back asleep- totally not normal behavior for my girl!  I was so worried she had the flu and our Christmas travel plans would be over before they started.  But thankfully she woke up from her nap and was much better!  Then she was ready to open the rest of the gifts under the tree!
Morgan with her Santa favorites: Frozen Ice Castle and Singing Elsa Doll
Macie with her favorite Santa gift.  She climbed in and out of this all day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Showering our Bride

This past weekend we were able to go to Carrie's first shower!  It was a lovely day and the ladies of Aberdeen were so sweet to throw Carrie the shower.  After church we got to enjoy some cake and drinks while we got to visit.  It was another perfect day to celebrate our beautiful bride! 
 All ladies present and accounted for.  We wouldn't have missed it for the world!
 A perfectly beautiful shower
 Mommy and her girls
 RoRo and Macie
Morgan passed the time playing with Julie (so thankful she was there!) and building forts with the chairs!

The Tale of Two Elizabeths

One of the best days was when Macie Elizabeth got to meet Susan Elizabeth.  Susan and John were passing through town and made time to stop to visit.  It was so special to see these two finally meet!  Macie warmed up to her pretty quickly and she looks absolutely precious in the sweater Susan knitted for her! 

Holiday Happiness

This month has been full of joy and wonder.  This Christmas is truly magical for Morgan and by extension all of us as well.  She is beginning to fully comprehend why we celebrate Jesus' birthday with so much fun.  And she is ready to jump in and join us!  Macie just loves all the lights and decorations!  Below are many of the ways we have been enjoying this season...
 Jeff and Morgan had a date night and went to see Disney on Ice.  Jeff surprised her and she was thrilled!
 While Morgan was away Mommy let Macie into Morgan's room to see her tree.  Shhh... don't tell Morgan!
 Daddy didn't get all the fun!  I took Morgan to see the Nutcracker and to say she loved it would be an understatement.  She was amazed by the ballerinas, costumes, sets and music.  She would chase down the ballerinas after the show to tell them how beautiful they were!
 Mommy and Morgan
 We also took in the Christmas parade!  While looking for a spot we found the Thomas Family and Morgan was thrilled to watch with her friends!
 Bundled up girls ready to watch
 Morgan's class walked to see Santa one day and to mail the letters they wrote to him.  It was so sweet!
 Sending her list straight to the North Pole
 Loving to visit with Santa this year
 Macie came too but she loved Morgan's jingle bell the best
 Morgan's sweet class
 Once day I took the girls to see Santa at the Mall.  It was Morgan's second time to see him this year and she was ready for more.  Macie?  Not so much.  Macie was still terrified even when Santa hid behind the chair!  Maybe next year?
 Elfie came back!  And this year he brought some friends to help keep and eye on the girls!  Please meet Twinkle (a girl elf) and Jingle Bell the reigndeer
 We also made our first trip to Cotton Plant to see the lights.  After a long wait in traffic we loved getting to walk around and take it all in!  Morgan found some favorites- the penguins and Bully.  Macie kept pointing and saying, "Ooohhh!"
 I think we may be visiting this display for many years to come!
 Daddy's three snowgirls 
 Morgan has been loving choir this year at church.  She performed in the Choir Christmas Program at church and then they traveled to Traceway Retirement to sing for the residents.
Morgan's class is also learning about giving this holiday season.  They collected canned goods and walked them to Helping Hands, which is a food pantry our church runs.  It was sweet listening to Morgan talk about helping others.
 Stocking the shelves
 Morgan and Mary Tannler are the sweetest friends.  They held hands the whole way! 
 Christmas wouldn't be complete without a HealthWorks! party at Kathy's house!  These crazy ladies are among my many blessings I am thankful for this Christmas.