We’re at a stand still….

I’ve unfortunately run out of storage space on this blog.

In the past I paid a small fee for extra storage and went on my merry way sharing, but this year the fee is a bit higher.

I’m going to have to do some research and see what my options are!


Grr…I had fun stuff to share coming up!


Our Little Gymnast

In October,  Addy started participating in a parent/child gymnastics class once a week. She loves it! She goes to World Champions Centre which is easy for us to get to and brand new. Simone Biles'(a three time world champion and future olympian) family owns the facility. If you have no idea who she is you should google her and watch some U Tube videos, she’s pretty amazing!

We had to do a make-up class on a Saturday in November so Taylor joined us as the photographer. Addy was with much older kids than her usual group so I was the only parent helping. It’s crazy looking back on these pictures how much bigger she is and how much her motor development has developed!GymnasticsNov-1 GymnasticsNov-2 GymnasticsNov-3 GymnasticsNov-4 GymnasticsNov-5 GymnasticsNov-6 GymnasticsNov-7 GymnasticsNov-8 GymnasticsNov-9 GymnasticsNov-10 GymnasticsNov-11 GymnasticsNov-12 GymnasticsNov-13 GymnasticsNov-14 GymnasticsNov-15

Christmas Day and Eve

We had a fantastic Christmas! We celebrated Christmas Day 3 different times plus our normal Christmas Eve. We loved being able to have all this time with our family after not being home the last two years. Here’s our recap and overshare of pictures!

Christmas Eve was spent at my parents house with our family friends. My parents switched up the typical meal and my Dad smoked some ribs and turkey. I’m demanding it to be the new tradition. The turkey was phenomenal!

Look at that beauty!Christmas-1Christmas-3 Christmas-4

Our family friends have a new puppy, June who they brought with for us to meet. Addy loved her!  She was a cutie and we can’t wait to play with her again!Christmas-6

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Christmas-2We Opened PresentsChristmas-9
Found Christmas Pajamas Under the TreeChristmas-10And Left Wine(a tradition we started last year) and Cookies for SantaChristmas-11

On Christmas Day Addy slept in until  just after 7. Santa visited at some point in the night. Most of those presents were for one little girl. Christmas was an all day affair. She started her stocking when she woke up at 7 and we opened the last gift around 3. Addy played with everything and was not that interested in the unopened gifts! She clearly doesn’t take after me on Christmas day!

Christmas-13I think she was nervous about the presents!Christmas-15Christmas-16Uncle Dave greeted us with the best Christmas pajamas ever. Addy thought it was hilarious and laughed at him. Great Uncle of the Year Award goes to him!Christmas-17Christmas-18Christmas-19Christmas-20We opened her stocking. It was bigger than her. She got bath toys and bubbles, some chocolate, tooth brush and an ornament. Christmas-21Bigger than her!Christmas-22Addy is obsessed with dogs! How appropriate that she got a Texas themed dog ornament. She kept wanting to play with it, but it was glass so we just looked at it with our eyes.
Christmas-28Candy Cane as an after breakfast treat. Christmas-29Playing with Baby in her new stroller. Christmas-30Doctor KitChristmas-31Christmas-32She loved her new water bottle!Christmas-33A cell phoneChristmas-34Musical Toys
Christmas-37It’s tradition to watch The Christmas Story. 
Christmas-35Our PJ Picture 
Christmas-38Fishing ToysChristmas-39Christmas-43ElmoChristmas-44Christmas-42Christmas-41

The next day we headed to Lafayette to celebrate Christmas with Taylor’s family. His aunt and cousins were arrived later in the evening from New York. We loved getting to see everyone! We did miss Uncle Ryan, but luckly we got to see him when we returned to Texas for a day!

Grandma and Grandpa’s TreeChristmas-45 Christmas-47 Christmas-48She wanted Grandpa’s M &M’s
Christmas-49 Christmas-50 Christmas-51 Christmas-52 Christmas-53 Christmas-54Christmas-61Addy was obsessed about Grandma and Grandpa’s pantry doors. These doors provided plenty of entertainment during our stay!Christmas-58 Christmas-59 Christmas-60

When we got back to Texas we finished our Christmas celebration with our family.

I made Addy a new blanket and pillow and a matching one for her baby. Christmas at Home-1 She got a tunnel and tent. Christmas at Home-7 Christmas at Home-6 Christmas at Home-5A Purdue Football and BasketballChristmas at Home-4 Christmas at Home-3 Christmas at Home-2

 Our home has turned into a toy tornando, but Addy hasn’t been bored since we arrived home with all of these new toys!

25 Days of Christmas: Part 3

This week has totally gotten away from me! Sorry I didn’t get this posted sooner! Here’s the last activities of our 25 days of Christmas. I’ve got a ton of Christmas Eve and Day and Christmas in Lafayette to get uploaded to the computer, hopefully I’ll have those posted soon!

Day 17: Travel

Addy and I packed our bags and headed north to start our next adventures. She was a great flyer! At home, she enjoyed Nana’s Christmas tree, Grumpy’s outdoor decorations and dinner at El Taco Real.

Watching the PlanesIMG_2084Checking out Grumpy’s YardIMG_2090Nana’s Tree- Deocrated with Trolls, Pez Dispensers, Cookie Cutters and Homemade OrnamentsIMG_2099 DinnerIMG_2094

Day 18: McCord’s Candy Canes

On Friday, Addy, Uncle Dave and I headed out of town for the weekend to visit family in Indy. We stopped in Lafayette for lunch with Taylor’s parents and made a stop at McCord’s Candies for homemade Candy Canes. They were delish!Christmas-25Days-1

Day 19: Indiana State Museum

Aunt Katie and Uncle Andrew planned an exciting afternoon. We visited the Indiana State Museum which had 50 holiday trees on display. We really enjoyed our visit. The trees were awesome and the rest of the museums exhibits were pretty neat too. I totally recommend a visit!

Our family loves this movie and this greeted us at the door!Christmas-25Days-3I don’t know who was more excited!
Christmas-25Days-4Christmas-25Days-5 The Wine TreeChristmas-25Days-6 Christmas-25Days-7 Christmas-25Days-8 Christmas-25Days-9 Christmas-25Days-10 They had a bunch of crafts and projects that kids could do. Christmas-25Days-12 Christmas-25Days-11 Christmas-25Days-13 Christmas-25Days-14 Christmas-25Days-15 Christmas-25Days-16

After the museum we headed to a German Christmas market. Addy thought it was hilarious that we had her all bundled up. It was actually pretty chilly,but she was handling it pretty well! The market was a tad bit of a bust, but I’m glad we tried it out. Christmas-25Days-17 Christmas-25Days-18 Christmas-25Days-19 Christmas-25Days-20 Christmas-25Days-21

Day 20: Indianapolis Children’s Museum

On Sunday, we headed to the Children’s museum in Indianapolis after a delicious breakfast. We met with some other cousin and had an amazing time! It was decorated for the winter holidays and had some special holiday activities. Addy loved every minute of it!Christmas-25Days-23 Christmas-25Days-25 Christmas-25Days-26 Christmas-25Days-27 Playing with CoralChristmas-25Days-28 Christmas-25Days-29 Loved Buttons!Christmas-25Days-30 Christmas-25Days-31 TrainsChristmas-25Days-32 Christmas-25Days-33 Looking at FossilsChristmas-25Days-34 Christmas-25Days-35 Christmas-25Days-36 Winter WonderlandChristmas-25Days-37 On the CarouselChristmas-25Days-39 Playing with WaterChristmas-25Days-40 Christmas-25Days-41 Christmas-25Days-42 Christmas-25Days-43 FishingChristmas-25Days-51 Ninja Turtles! (Talk about a Throwback!)Christmas-25Days-50 Christmas-25Days-49Playing with Music
Christmas-25Days-48 Christmas-25Days-47 Exploring Christmas-25Days-46 Christmas-25Days-45 Christmas-25Days-44

Day 21: A Christmas Story Exhibit and Baking

The Lake County(Indiana) visitors center has A Christmas Story display each season. It’s super fun to go check it out!

ColoringChristmas-25Days-53 El Taco Real Christmas TreeChristmas-25Days-54 Christmas-25Days-55 She loved looking at the displaysChristmas-25Days-56 Christmas-25Days-57 Christmas-25Days-58 All the TreesChristmas-25Days-59The Leg Lamp!
Christmas-25Days-60 Christmas-25Days-61 Sugar Cookie and Kolachky cookiesChristmas-25Days-62 Christmas-25Days-63 Christmas-25Days-64 Nana’s HelperChristmas-25Days-67

Day 22: Downtown Chicago

We attempted a celebration for our Mom’s(Katie and I) 60th birthday downtown. It was a big bust. The highlight of the day was Addy’s enjoyment of the snowmen at Nordstroms. IMG_2128

Day 23: Aunt Lucy Bread

I forgot to take pictures, but it was tasty!

Happy 2016!

I can hardly believe that it is 2016 already! We had a whirlwind past year with moving back to the US, traveling and visiting our family and friends and watching our baby turn into a toddler. We are hopeful that 2016 will be as adventurous, but at a much slower pace!

I thought I’d share some of my personal goals for 2016 and then some of my favorite photos from the past year.


  • Read 3 Books(I’ve managed to read one in the last 15 months)
  • Hang pictures on our walls
  • Work at becoming fitter. I’ve gotten back into crossfit, but I need to put more motivation and effort into it.
  • Make my 2014 and 2015 family album books.
  • Start my own photography business. Hopefully I’ll have more on this soon!

Here are some of my favorite photos from this last year in no particular order!Playdough-15Family-5Fall-83Addy1YearAddy1Year-293Addy1Year-117Addy1Year-135HiltonHead-124HiltonHead-122IMG_8877-3untitled-170-2IMG_0911IMG_0721IMG_0720IMG_0714IMG_0704IMG_0696ClickinHunt2015-4ClickinHunt2015-3ClickinHunt2015-2ClickinHunt2015-141DoorCounty-19Nantucket (58 of 108)Nantucket (55 of 108)Nantucket (35 of 144)Addy 9 Months-25Addy 9 Months-48Addy 8 Months-5House-55SgMove-1-2SgMove-3Addy 4 Month-22

I have our last few days of our Christmas countdown to share and our holiday celebrations with family. I’m hoping to get some time this weekend to catch up on our adventures!

Happy New Year!