Friday, December 14, 2018

Tis the Season

You know this time of year is just crazy! But I love every minute of it! This week hasn't been too busy but we have had a few things going on.  The next week will be crazy and then BAM - it's Christmas.  I always look forward to January.  Do y'all? I love the busy of December but I'm always glad for the slow, cold, dark days of January.  

Tuesday Laurie had all the women's ministry team over for lunch.  I'm the only one with a little kid so Will Holden came with me.  He wanted to play with Laurie's cats but I kept him away.  I hate to share but Laurie's cat Kristin is very sick.  Laurie has been really sad.  I've tried to be a supportive friend.  

Love these kids. We are having a great time with this Christmas.  This is probably our last year to have three believers in Elves and Santa so I'm soaking up how fun it is.  

I love my girls in these Christmas plaid dresses! Which by the way this is the third Christmas they have worn them. 

Will Holden didn't like that I was taking a picture of just the Sisters.  He wanted to be in it.  

Yesterday Will Holden and I had a million errands to run.  It was pouring rain and he doesn't understand the word "hurry".  But he was really sweet.  Scott and I are in charge of the Christmas Lord's Supper so I had to get our supplies today.  

We went and had lunch with the girls at school.  Harper was student of the week in her class this week.  Her teacher has them do all kinds of fun things when they are SOFW.  They invite you to come eat so we did it today.  Will Holden LOVED it.  He said he wanted to eat with Hollis every day when he gets to kindergarten.  I told him he will have to eat with his class but he was not having that.  

Last night we made our annual trip to see Santa.  I LOVE all of our Santa pictures.  

The Santa they have always had retired.  My kids knew for sure this was a "helper" and not a real Santa.  But he was nice and really talked to them and we were the only people there so it went really well!  And the picture is perfect! 

The last 4 years since I have had 3 kids.  This is our first year ever to not have a big red bow.  WAAAAAHHHH.  But my girls are just getting older and I love their beautiful hair when I can talk them into wearing it down.  

We have a weekend full of Christmas fun! I hope you have the best one! 

Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas Time is Here

We had a FULL week last week! 

We had cookies and milk with Santa after school on Tuesday.   It's a fun event that's put on by our school.  The money goes to help families in need.  They have lots of fun stations and then you get to have your picture made with Santa.  This is Hollis and her new BFF this year.  They are the most darling little girls.  

Harper and one of her besties! 

We had a nice visit with Santa! 

Thursday, Will Holden and I went and met Scott for lunch.  

It's our favorite Mennonite restaurant.  It is so good.  

I got some sugar cookies to go and they were the BEST cookies I have ever had in my life.  AMAZING!!!!!!!! 

Friday Harper got student of the week! 

Then I headed on a field trip with Hollis.  I love getting to go on field trips.  

Will Holden had Grinch day at school! 

Friday night I got a last minute ticket to go to a Merry Christmas party at Amy Hannon's house.  She made an amazing spread of food.  It was so good! 

My friend Amy invited me.  We had a great time.  We laughed a lot! 

My friends Sharon and Terry (mom and daughter) were there too! That was such a fun surprise! I LOVE them! 

I adore Amy.  She and I go way back to neighboring high schools and we graduated the same year.  

It was such a fun night.

We were SUPPOSED to get a big winter storm this weekend.  I totally buy into the hype - I'm a weather optimist.  So I basically cleared our weekend in my mind and bought enough food for a week.  You know how the south is - our town cancelled all activities two days in advance.  And then it didn't do anything.  It was so disappointing.  It was cold but not one flake.  

Our church always puts on a Christmas store.  Our church members donate toys and bikes and then families are invited by local school counselors to come and shop for free.  We had the most families ever this year - almost 600.  It is such a blessing - I just love working together with our church to help our community.  It's always the MOST fun morning.  

Scott and I always keep kids while their parents shop.  

Our girls used to help us with the kids but now they are big enough to do their own parts so they wrapped gifts fore the kids when they shopped for their parents.  They absolutely LOVE working at this! 

We went by Cabela's/ Bass Pro Shop to see all the Christmas stuff afterwards and then headed home to hibernate.  

We have a sweet friend who has a little boy Harper's age who has been in the hospital for over a week and he's very sick.  They transferred him to Little Rock Sunday so before he left - a group of us gathered up a big basket of things they could use and a few of us went to see them and drop it off.  We had a great time together and are just praying our little buddy gets better soon.  

Sunday we had church and then the girls went caroling after with the GA's (Girls in Action).  (How amazing is Hollis' hair? You rarely see it because she always has it in a ponytail.  She used to have curly hair when she was little and now she has this thick beautiful hair. Harper has great hair too - hers is SO thick.  They both got blessed with a lot of hair).  

It's our most favorite time of the year! 

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

A few of my favorite things

Most bloggers at this time of year like to do Gift Guides.  

I've never done a gift guide but I have been sharing a few of my favorite things over on my instastories lately and I'm constantly asked for links so I thought I would put them all on a blog post to help! 

So this is my quasi gift guide.  

Also - some of these things are going to be treasure hunts because they are hard to find right now! 

I got this amazing puffy coat at Walmart back a month or so ago and I shared about it and y'all went CRAZY! It's $20 at Walmart and we started a whole thing! A Coat Club if you will!! I've been so tickled because you have sent me pictures of you in the coat everywhere from your home to NYC to the ski slopes.  It's warm and comfy without being too puffy and comes in several colors. 

NOW the sad part - it's sold out online.  And it's sold out in most stores.  BUT people are still finding them.  So if you have a Walmart nearby - go and look.  It would make a great gift - kids and teens have been wearing it too.  And send me your picture if you get one!!! 

I have a highlight on my instagram called "The Coat" - I try to put all the pictures there! It's so fun! 

Then I found this poncho at Walmart.  It's Time and Tru brand.  It's no longer online either.  Here is the trick - it's not in the clothes area.  It's over by scarfs, gloves and jewelry.  It's one size fits all and it's cozy and long and I LOVE it.  It also comes in black.  So run over to Walmart and maybe you can find a coat and a poncho and you are SET!!! Oh and it's $15!!! 

My friend Ashley Lancaster shared about this lipstick when she was at Disney World.  It would stay on ALL DAY.   It's Maybelline Matte Ink.  It's $8 and you can get it anywhere - Target, Walmart, Walgreens, Ulta, ..........  I wear seductress.  I put it on in the morning and never reapply and it stays on all day.  I don't think it makes my lips dry either but you could always put a little gloss or chapstick on top if you like your lips to be moist.  

It is AMAZING!!! 

This is another tip that I hate to share because I found it Monday thanks to my friend Jamie Golden and our stores are already sold out.  BUT if you have an ALDI nearby - they have a copy of the Capri Volcano candle (that Anthropologie sells) and it smells just the same! My stores were sold out but they have this one in silver that is like the Capri candle that's green and smells like a Christmas tree.  I've been burning it and it's wonderful.

OH and it's $8!!!!!!!

My friend Johnna Hold shared about this journal for moms and daughters and I ordered one for Harper and then ended up getting Hollis one too.  I would say ages 8-14 might be the target.  It's SO great.  It has all of these writing prompts and the girls can write and answer questions and then pass to the moms who then answer questions and then there is space for them to write anything they are thinking or questions they have.  Y'all my girls LOVE this.  Hollis has nearly written in the entire thing.  I love reading what they write and they like reading my answers.  It's a sweet way to get them to tell you things.  I want to save this and maybe do one every other year or so with them.  It will be a TREASURE!!! 

I wanted to share once more about the (in)courage Bible by Dayspring.  It has over 300 devotionals in it written by around 100 women (including me!) and it's beautiful!!! It would be a great way to start the new year! 

WHAT my gift guide WILL NOT include is this purse shaped like Poop that is filled with slime products and costs $65.  SIXTY FIVE DOLLARS!!!!!!! I am so annoyed at how many toys are out this year targeted to girls that are poop related!!!!!!! WHAT ON EARTH???? My girls tried to mention some unicorn poop slime business and I let them know that we would not be purchasing anything to do with poop.  We had enough of that in our own bathrooms. ha ha ha ha! 

Okay - hope this helps! Merry Christmas!!!