Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas from our family to yours! We’ll be updating our 25 days of Christmas activities soon and will be sure to share our holiday celebrations!


25 Days of Christmas: Part 2

Our Christmas adventure continues! As always, a ton of pictures.

Day 9: Gingerbread Houses

On Wednesday, we had some of our neighbor friends over for Gingerbread houses. Everyone had fun and Addy loved it!

All of our Decorating GoodiesGingerbread -1 Gingerbread -2 Taste TestingGingerbread -3 She quickly realized things were edible and enjoyed herself. Gingerbread -6 Our Friends HousesGingerbread -18 Gingerbread -19 She smeared icing all over her head, it’s royal icing and as hard as a rock. Gingerbread -24 Gingerbread -25 Our Gingerbread HouseGingerbread -26 Gingerbread -27 Gingerbread -28 Gingerbread -29 Gingerbread -30 Gingerbread -31 Gingerbread -32

Day 10: Shopping/Play dough

Addy and I did some Christmas shopping and errands today. I also made peppermint play dough, but some one never got around to playing with it! No pictures today!

Day 11:Ornaments

Addy loved playing with her peppermint play dough! She did such a great job and only tried to eat it once. It smelled wonderful and was super easy to make. Here’s the recipe I used. Playdough-1 Playdough-2 Trying to eat it. Playdough-4 Playdough-5 Playdough-6 Playdough-8 Playdough-7 Playdough-10 Playdough-13 Playdough-12 Playdough-16 Playdough-15 Playdough-17 Playdough-20 Playdough-21

We aslo made salt dough ornaments. We decorated them later in the week. They are beautiful! 🙂Playdough-23We finished our Christmas ornaments a few days later. I was feeling pretty daring and it was gorgeous weather outside so I let her paint them. It was our first time using paint and she loved it! She used a brush mostly and only tried eating it once and did a great job staying put near the paint and not making a mess for me to clean up!Ornament-4 Ornament-5 Ornament-6 Ornament-7 Ornament-8We also enjoyed playing with some ornaments that I found at the Dollar Spot at Target. Ornament-1 Ornament-2 Ornament-3

Day 12: German Market

On Saturday we took an adventure to Tomball for their Christmas German Market. It was way bigger than I thought. Their were cute shopping vendors, beer, german and polish food, people dressed up, and music. It was great fun! We stayed for about 2 hours and left right before it started raining. Addy loved the potato and cheese pierogi that we shared for lunch, she would have made her name sake proud!

Only a smart part of the market. IMG_2010 Listening to MusicIMG_2012 Giant Pretzel-We only ate half of it!IMG_2013 IMG_2014 IMG_2017 We brought Apple Strudel HomeIMG_2021 Pierogi for lunch!IMG_2022 Yum!IMG_2024 IMG_2025

Day 13: Making Toffee

It’s not Christmas with out toffee. Making toffee is a tradition in my family on my Dad’s side. I remember my dad stirring the pot over the stove when I was little and now my mom has taken over the toffee making duty. I love the way that it smells as its cooking and of course it tastes delicious!  The smell of toffee is the smell of Christmas! Addy loved watching me stir!Toffee-1 Toffee-2 Toffee-4 Toffee-5 Toffee-6 Toffee-7

Day 14: Hot Coco

We made hot chocolate after Addy’s dinner. She loved getting her own cup and stirring it with the peppermint stick. She approved of the hot chocolate and was a tad bit upset when her drink was all gone.

Mom and Baby CupIMG_2043Loved Playing with the Peppermint Stick (Not Pictured…the huge mess she made!)IMG_2050 Sips!IMG_2054 She was not letting go of that cup!IMG_2064

Day 15: Lunch with Dad, Gifts to Neighbors, & Celebrating at Home

We met Taylor at work for lunch and looked at all the pretty Christmas decor. It was so nice out that we ate outside by the fountains and then looked at the cool trees. Later in the afternoon we delivered toffee to friends in the neighborhood. After dinner, Addy opened a few presents from us(clothes for colder weather!) and one from her aunt and uncle.

The tree in Taylor’s office building made out of lava stones.IMG_2072Gifts we passed outGIfts-1Opening Gifts at HomeGIfts-2 GIfts-10 GIfts-9That face!
GIfts-8 GIfts-7 Boiler Baby!GIfts-5 GIfts-4 Loves the feeling of fleece!GIfts-3 Her 1st set of crayonsGIfts-11Daddy taught her what to do!
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Day 16: Christmas Movies

After I couldn’t get our DVD player going with some classic Christmas movies, we found the perfect movie for Addy, Santa Paws! She doesn’t get to watch tv except for ESPN and sports on the weekends with Dad so this was a treat. She loved that it was festive and their were dogs. It was pretty cute watching her. IMG_2081

Here’s an update to last weeks art project!


And I took a fun picture of our tree!GIfts-1-2 GIfts-2-2

25 Days of Christmas: Part One

It’s that time of year again, we’re celebrating the 25 days of Christmas in our family! Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year and I can already tell it’s also going to be one of Addy’s. She is in awe of all things Christmas, it’s adorable.  I love carrying out family traditions from when I was younger and creating new ones with our family. You can re-read about last years 25 Days of Christmas herehere, here, here, here. (Check out how little Addy was last year, holy cow!)

*Beware, these posts are very picture heavy! Most pictures are taken with my iphone!*

Day 1: Buy Christmas Tree

We picked the prettiest and biggest one we could find.IMG_1868 In awe at Lowe’sIMG_1871 This is what she was staring at. IMG_1872 The dog. She’s obsessed with dogs. IMG_1876 Grandpa and I took turns getting the tree ready to go in the stand. He did most of the hard part. IMG_1878 It’s so big!IMG_1880 IMG_1884

Day 2: Decorate the House

We spent most of the day decorating around the house. Addy loved helping with the trees. She has done a fabulous job being careful around them and we are very lucky. She helped hang some ornaments and loves looking at them. The ornaments are strategically places where all the glass and breakable ones are near the top and non breakables are towards the bottom. We have a small tree and wreath outside, a tree upstairs, a big tree downstairs, and decor throughout the house. Addy loves all the lots and gets upset when things aren’t shining bright all the time!

Outside DecorationsDecor-7Helping Decorate Our TreeDecoratingDay2-1DecoratingDay2-3DecoratingDay2-4DecoratingDay2-5DecoratingDay2-6DecoratingDay2-7DecoratingDay2-8DecoratingDay2-9DecoratingDay2-10Admiring her work!DecoratingDay2-11DecoratingDay2-12When Taylor came home from work he helped us put the star on. DecoratingDay2-13The Finished Tree!Decor-1A View from the top of our stairs. Decor-12Addy’s Upstairs Tree1-8Decor-11Our Fireplace1-13

The stocking that Grandma has been working on, it’s beautiful!1-15

When my Mom and I went shopping when she was here we spotted the following Christmas decoration and both immediately said Addy would love it. Nana made the purchase right then and there. Needless to say, its a hit! Addy walks down every morning and demands the lights to be turned on and pets it. It’s hilarious.

Addy’s Favorite Decoration!

Day 3: Craft Projects

We started our craft project, but it’s still a work in progress. I had a major mom fail and have forgotten some buy some of the paint colors that are needed to finish the project!

Our project involves green feet!IMG_1946IMG_1943

Day 4: Peanut Blossom Cookies and Party

On Friday, Addy and I made Peanut Blossom cookies. These are one of Taylor’s favorite cookies and Addy loved them too. She helped make this by scooping and dumping the flour and sugar. Watching the mixer and taste testing are high on her list too! Later in the evening Taylor had his work holiday party. We both enjoyed an evening out while Grandma and Grandpa babysat.

My Little HelperIMG_1924 Helping!IMG_1926 Finished ProductIMG_1927 All Fancy!IMG_1928

Day 5: Family Pictures and Party

We took our family pictures for our Christmas card. Here’s a sneak peak! We also attended our neighborhood party and had our first meeting with Santa for this holiday season. Addy was not a fan, but she has a pretty classic picture!IMG_1933FullSizeRender 6 Family-1Family-2Family-3Family-4Family-5Family-6Family-7Family-8Family-9Family-10

Day 6: Christmas Lights

Addy and I went on a Christmas light walk around the neighborhood. She loves lights!

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Day 7: Children’s Museum Party

We went on an adventure downtown to the Children’s museum. Addy was given a membership for her birthday and they hosted a special holiday party tonight. This museum is amazing and this event was wonderful! She met Santa, made a gingerbread man, did some crafts, danced, ate, and explored.

Outside the Museum IMG_1953 Coloring-AKA throwing crayons aroundIMG_1957Mesmerized…
IMG_1958 …by this dancing and singing tree. IMG_1959 IMG_1960 Eating her Gingerbread ManIMG_1961 DecoratingIMG_1962 IMG_1967 ExploringIMG_1968 Learning about KwanzaIMG_1970 IMG_1971 Playing in WaterIMG_1973 IMG_1975

Day 8: Christmas Stories

We had a special package by the tree today. Addy loved opening new Christmas stories! Family-6 Family-5 Family-4 Family-3 Family-2 Family-1Taylor read them to Addy again tonight at bedtime!
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Our Thanksgiving

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving with a house full of family! We woke up and started our morning with a baked pumpkin french toast and the Macy’s day parade.


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Our Thanksgiving meal prep started for the day shortly after breakfast. All day we lounged around the house, cooked, biked, played at the park and watched football. I forgot to take pictures of all of our food throughout the day, but everything was super tasty!

Ina and Weber before the hit the oven and grill.Thanksgiving-7 RelaxingThanksgiving-8 Thanksgiving-9 Thanksgiving-10 Thanksgiving-11 Peeling PotatoesThanksgiving-12 Making GravyThanksgiving-13 Our Thanksgiving Day TableThanksgiving-14 Addy’s Table SettingThanksgiving-15Waiting on Dinner
Thanksgiving-16 Thanksgiving-17 Carving WeberThanksgiving-18 Checking on the BroccoliThanksgiving-19 Thanksgiving-20 Carving InaThanksgiving-21 Thanksgiving-22 Thanksgiving-23 Our Thanksgiving GuestsThanksgiving-24

We hope you all(y’all since I should be working on my Texas accent!)  had an amazing Thanksgiving! In the next few days I’ll be posting part one of our 25 day’s of Christmas celebrations, stay tuned!