Merry Christmas, 2014

I’m a little behind on all things blog-related, but I knew if I wanted to post this while it was fresh on my mind. I don’t want to forget a single detail about this magical today. (I actually wrote this post on Christmas night, but I’m just getting around to putting the photos in).

BK said her good-byes to Lucy on Christmas Eve, we baked some cookies, read Twas The Night Before Christmas, and called it a night. Random little side note, BK really showed she could read on Christmas Eve when she started blending words completely on her own while reading our Christmas books.


If you follow me on Instagram, you know we’ve been planning a special surprise for BK. I sketched out a rough draft for a doll house and Allen took it from there. I helped here and there with painting and gluing shingles to the roof, but he was definitely the master craftsman of this project. To say it was a labor of love would be a huge understatement. It took many late nights and trips to Home Depot and Hobby Lobby, many Internet searches for the perfect furnishings, and a few bottles of Modge Podge.


The one and only thing BK has been asking for is a Barbie Dream House, but I knew that a custom doll house, built by daddy would be the ticket. We set everything up late Christmas Eve night, and slipped into bed around 1:30. I never imagined she’d wake up so early, but a sweet little voice exclaiming that Santa had come woke us up around 5:00 Christmas morning. We heard, Santa came! Mom! Dad! Santa came! And he brought me a doll house! The best doll house ever! Come see! 


Her reaction was even better than anything I could have imagined.

Judson has been fighting a nasty cold and he’s also cutting his two top teeth. I wasn’t sure how the day would go, but in true Jud fashion he was happy and smiling. He was actually excited to rip into a few gifts and play with the toys Santa had left for him.




My parents, my brother and Haley (his fiance), stayed with us on Christmas Eve. We all woke up and watched BK and Jud, it’s truly magical seeing Christmas through a childs eyes. Then, we exchanged gifts as well. My mom always has a way of making Christmas so special for us, she always has and it’s really special to us. And the scene was rather chaotic. I laughed when I looked back at this photo of the Christmas morning mess.



But, really, we had the best time!



And we managed a quick Christmas morning family photo.


We had prepped a few breakfast casseroles the night before, so we cooked them while we were opening gifts. Later that morning we welcomed family for breakfast. We didn’t leave the house all day and I only changed out of my pajamas after taking a shower and changing into a different set of pajamas. It was the most magical Christmas so far.









merry, merry! a christmas recap 2013

I have a ton to catch you up on from our Christmas festivities. I’m going to start back at the Sunday before Christmas. BK was in a little play at church and she played the part of Mary while the choir sang and the Christmas story was read. She was pretty concerned about baby Jesus and she kept picking him up and putting him back down, rocking the cradle and fixing his blanket. I think she’s going to be a great big sister.


Sunday night we had Christmas with my dad’s side of the family. We’re so blessed by a large extended family, so we have to start early to fit all the Christmas parties into the busy time of year. BK is also blessed to have a large number of great-grandparents (both set of my grandparents, plus both of Allen’s grandmothers). She’s the only little one running around right now, so of course she gets all of the attention. And believe me, she loves every minute of the attention.


On Monday night, we had dinner with Debbie and Phillip and exchanged gifts. We’ve been having some type of Christmas gathering with them for as long as I can remember and it’s always a special time. Plus, we had steaks and baked potatoes, a quick break from the traditional Christmas food and this pregnant lady was so very happy.


On Christmas Eve morning, we tidied up the house before heading to Allen’s grandmother’s house around lunch to have Christmas with his dad’s side of the family. If you’re keeping up that’s the fourth stop between Sunday and Tuesday and we still have one more place to go.

Christmas Eve night has always been reserved for Christmas with my mom’s side of the family. Once again, Braylen is the only little one running around and she takes home enough gifts and gets enough attention to last all year.


We did manage to snap a quick family picture on Christmas Eve. I really wanted to get one at some point during the day because I had already called wearing my pajamas all day on Christmas.


Once we came back home the real fun began. BK and I baked cookies for Santa.


We put out a few (okay, maybe she dumped out the whole bag) of carrots and special reindeer food.


We said our good-bye’s to Lucy the Elf and BK tried her hardest to sneak a bite of Santa’s cookies.


My parents and my brother stayed the night with us to be with us on Christmas morning. Christmas Eve is so magical with a little one. As soon as she was in bed, the living room transformed into a toy workshop, Allen and my brother put together toys and added batteries while my mom and I prepped breakfast casseroles for the next morning.


This was by far the best Christmas morning ever. She was excited about every single thing and kept saying things like, “wow, just what I always wanted,” and “oh my goodness, can you believe this?” I laughed until I had tears in my eyes at how excited and grateful she was over her new things.




Around 9:00, the rest of the family joined us for breakfast and later on Allen’s parents stopped by too. We had the best time and I loved not having to leave our house at all on Christmas day.


My grandparents came too, and apparently it coincided with their mid-day nap.


We left the mess in the living room all day long. Braylen played with toys all day long, it was such a special day.



our christmas card, 2013

My Christmas cards will finally be sent out today. Bright and early this morning. I addressed a stack of Christmas cards last night in record time and breathed a sigh of relief as I finished the last one and made it to bed at a normal time.

I absolutely love checking my mail this time of year, each day I’m greeted with fun and festive cards from sweet family and friends and I love seeing what everyone chooses for their card.


This year I went a different route with our Christmas cards. Instead of the standard picture and message of holiday cheer, I offered up a glimpse of our year. Just a few highlights to fill everyone in on the busy and exciting year we have had so far.


I also went with a completely different color scheme and I love how pretty and fun the colors turned out. I was a little nervous about going with something other than traditional, but I am so pleased with the final product. I used our beach pictures from this past summer since we had fall pictures taken a little later in the year this time. The pictures were taken by CB Photo and Design, our personal favorites.


Those beach pictures are some of my very favorites and I was happy to get to use them again. I don’t ever get tired of looking at the ones of BK on the beach, I obviously had to include that one on the back.


The cards are from, for the past few years we have used EC and I am always pleased with the quality of their work.

Click on the links below to see our cards from the past: