Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Bride Takes NOLA

Well well well.  When your sister tells you she's going to get married you first think about the wedding and then immediately think about the bachelorette party!  So we decided to go to New Orleans!  It just begs you to have a good time, right?
After a week of super cold weather- and snow!- Carrie and I headed south to meet the girls.  We surprised Carrie by staying at the Roosevelt and loved that amazing hotel!  It was beautiful!  Friday we had a yummy dinner and then hit Bourbon Street to see what we could find.  And we found Pat O's!  Now, what happens in NOLA stays in NOLA so all you need to know is that we found the piano bar and had a blast!
The next day we all had to sleep in to help get ourselves right and had lunch at Mother's.  After that we walked around the Quarter and just enjoyed people watching with a little day drinking of course!  We all headed back to the hotel to freshen up and then give Carrie a fun lingerie shower!  More food and more drinking and dancing rounded out our evening.  And then we topped it off with some Cafe du Monde of course!
It was a fun weekend celebrating Carrie and we can't wait to continue the fun in Birmingham!
Our first night out... early in the night
Hurricanes were had by all!
Of course at Jackson Square
The Evans family was in town and stopped by to say hello!  What a great treat!
Me and my Bachelorette
Lots of fun stuff
Ready to hit the town
A little dancing...
...a little silliness...
...and a whole lot of fun!
Beignets for everyone!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Elsa Came to Town

This winter has been crazy.  We have had many threats of snow and ice but it never came to pass.  So when they said that we were going to get up to 6" of snow one afternoon, and they canceled school ahead of time, I still didn't believe it.  And then it came!  Big, fat, sticky flakes started falling from the sky.  Within minutes it was a snow storm and Morgan couldn't wait to get out in it!  Macie was napping so Morgan wanted to get dressed up as her favorite snow queen in honor of the occasion.
I couldn't keep Morgan out of the snow!  She loved everything about it: eating it, throwing it, making snow angels and most of all sledding.  When Jeff came home early from work we got in another round of dry clothes and found a hill.  Luckily some friends were there with a real sled!  We had to pull her away kicking and screaming!
And Macie?  Well she hated it.  Hated every second to be outside.  And screamed when we put her down!  Poor thing didn't know what she was missing.  Thankfully Sissy was here so she stayed home with her GaGa while Jeff and I got to play with Morgan. 
It was the perfect snow.  It came down hard and fast and we ended up with almost 8" in one afternoon!  This does not happen in Mississippi!  And there was no ice.  So by the next day things were starting to melt and the roads were clear.  (Which was great because I had a Bachelorette trip to get to!)  We had an afternoon full of fun and memories.  Ones you usually have to travel a long time to make! 
The next week we got a round of ice and sleet.  Not nearly as fun as our snow!  With all these snow days off of school and this bad weather, we are ready for spring!
 Queen Elsa
 Absolute amazement
 Fun with GaGa
 Morgan: Pure joy
 Macie: Not so much
 Morgan's snow angels
 Family pic
 "Give me a big push Daddy!"
 Morgan and Kendall went down together too
 Day two of snow and Morgan still can't convince Macie that this stuff is fun
Bless her!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Heart Day

This year Macie got to get in on the Valentine's Day action and Morgan was ready to show her how it's done!  Morgan got both of their Valentine's happies together to take to school.  This year Susannah and I did the class party for Morgan and we loved putting together a party for our girls!  The rest of the holiday weekend was spent just enjoying our time and love as a family while Sissy was in town.  What a great few days full of love!
 Getting her treats together
 Treats for our school friends!
 Party time!
 Party time!
My favorite part of the party was watching the girls pass out their Valentine's to everyone.  They were all just so excited for this part! 

Everyday Love

These past few weeks have been filled with the same things: cold weather and lots of germs!  I tell you what, I am totally over this weather and am ready to get out of the house.  I feel like all we are doing is sharing our germs back and forth.  Thankfully, we have had no major illnesses.  But we have had enough colds, coughs, ear infections and stomach bugs to last me the rest of the year!  Hurry up spring!
PS- A huge shout out to Sissy who was with us during most of this yuckiness.  In no way could I have made it through all of this mess without her.  Thank you!!!
 Taking advantage of the "heat wave" one weekend
Sweet sister love

Hakuna Matata

We had a huge first for Morgan this past week.  We took her to her first play... The Lion King!  Sissy got us tickets a long time ago and we were thrilled to take her.  There was no question that she would love it.  Morgan first loves all things Disney.  But even more she loves a production.  Music, dancing and costumes are her thing!  Sissy gave her ticket to Jeff so we got to take our big girl out on the town.  We left early for Memphis and got there in time for dinner at Rendezvous.  Then walked through the Peabody to the Orpheum for the show.  Our seats were so close you could almost touch the actors.
I'm not sure who loved it more- Morgan or Jeff!  Lucky me, this is my second time to see the show.  But my other two friends were here for the first time.  This show is truly amazing and they both loved every second.  Morgan didn't know where to look first!  She sat on the edge of her seat the whole time and even sang along.  Since the show was so late, we had to get some caffeine in her during intermission!  After the show Morgan even got to look down in the orchestra pit and see the musicians and the instruments.
This was one moment that I will never forget with my girl.  And I hope she will always remember it too!
 Ready to go!
 She was just so excited
 Selfie time with Mommy
Family pic after the show

My Old Kentucky Home

We finally had a wonderful excuse to go home to Murray... to celebrate Carrie!  And yes, I know that I don't have any family here anymore, but it will always be my home.  Carrie and Mom's friends hosted a lovely shower for Carrie with a "My Old Kentucky Home" theme.  It was perfect and a great opportunity to see all of our Murray family.  Our morning was filled with yummy food, sweet gifts and tons of hugs!
After the shower we made our way to 701 Elm Street.  Now don't worry.  We are not those creepy people who move and then just show up at their old house every time they come back to town.  Well, we are.  But we were invited!  A lovely couple has made our home perfect for them.  They have worked on it for a year now and it was amazing!  And for all their hard work, I was just touched to see that they love our house as much as we did.  I know it will take good care of them and give them as many wonderful memories as it has given us.
One thing that was a little weird was coming to Murray and staying in a hotel.  But one person who didn't mind was Morgan.  I think she swam in that pool three or four times during our short stay!
We also got to put the cherry on top of a great day with a Racer basketball game.  We even got to cheer them on to a win!  Another thing that was a little weird was being in that arena for a game but not hearing my Dad's voice through the speakers.  But still a good time.  We even got to celebrate at the Apple!  (Jeff totally earned some bonus points for getting the girls to sleep in the room while I got to have fun with my parents, Carrie and Bobby!)
After church and lunch at Los we headed back south.  Once again, Murray took great care of us!
 The sweetest part of the shower: Logan made the art piece and Danielle painted it!
 Carrie and her lovely hostesses
 The great Kentucky touches
 The bride and her gifts
 Emma Kate, Megan, Macie and Morgan
 Our favorite Murray women
 Grandma Roberts, Carrie and Grandma
 Macie and Packe head to the game
 "Hail!  Hail!  The gang's all here!"
Morgan even took a shot after the game

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