Monday, January 4, 2016

Weekend Recap - Last Bit of Break Edition

I can't believe break is over!  I am HATING not being at home with my cuties today, but I'm so excited to see my 100+ middle schoolers and my co-workers.  I just wish I didn't have to wear real clothes :) hahaha

We hosted McAnally Christmas last Monday night and so Tuesday was the day to take down our decorations.  I was going to leave them up through New Years, but the mood struck and so I ran with it.  One last family picture in front of the tree!


This year I had three big helpers which made the process more fun.


I have TONS of ornaments and picks and all of that scattered through garlands and in jars and a few years ago I started putting them all away in in labeled gallon ziplock bags.  This makes setting everything up so much easier!


SO PROUD to have conquered the step ladder ;)


Missing the twinkle lights, but feeling like I can breathe again.


So that ant farm that Mason got???  He's having the best time watching it.


Wednesday night we took my parents out to dinner and then went to Vitruvian Park in Addison to see the AMAZING lights.


The boys brought their scooters and had a blast getting to ride around the lake.




It was hands down the best lights display we've seen and we're adding it to our list of yearly traditions for sure!




GG and her Haha ;)





This deck was amazing!


The next morning was New Years Eve and GG and I wore #allthesequins ;)


We spent the rest of the day organizing and relaxing.


And playing kitchen.



We bundled up to run through Starbucks and grab some lunch from the club and then it was back home for more snuggle/pj time.  My kind of day. :)



GG ended 2015 on a clean note...


... and me and the boys partied until about 11:30.  #soclose




We kicked off 2016 with another relaxing day at home playing outside and building all the things ;)


This pretty much sums up the first day of 2016 :)



We finally put on real clothes on Saturday and Griffin and I ran to the mall to run a couple of errands.  She LOVES babies and I had to pull her away from the baby area at Nordstrom.


and I sat in a chair at Altard States and watched her look at jewelry for a solid 5 minutes :)



 It was a fun little mommy/daughter morning.  She's been ATTACHED to my hip the past two weeks and I think that all of going back to routine is going to be toughest on her. 



Sunday morning sillies :)



Excited to go to Gibi's house and AWANAS on Sunday afternoon.


I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and a GREAT Christmas break (if you got one!).  We were blessed to have some relaxing family time and are rested and re-energized to head into 2016!

Don't forget, tomorrow is Show and Tell Tuesday and we're going to be re-introducing ourselves and talking about our resolutions for 2016.

Happy Monday!!!

32 comments:

  1. I'm always so sad to see the Christmas decor go, but then once it's all cleaned up I love that blank space. It looks like you guys partied hard on NYE...us too! Haha!

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  2. I loved all of the pics...but I think my very favorite was you in your van with your kiddos in the back. Blessed friend. Happy Monday back at school! You know that Andrew is praying for you ;).

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  3. Can I ask what toys those are on Luke's head?! I'm birthday shopping for 2 of my boys and those look like something they'd like!:)

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    1. Pretty sure those are Zoob blocks. My kids are 5, 10 and 12 and every year I buy them
      another set to add to theirs so they can build even more! They love them and they hold up so well! Zoobs and magformers are big hits around here for boys of all ages. :-)

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    2. Thanks so much!! I just got my kids their first set of magformers for Christmas and they love them so much, I'm thinking I should have gotten the bigger set. :)

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    3. Thanks, Nicole! They are Zoob and the boys love them.!

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  4. Happy first day back!! Hope it's a great one!! Xo

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  5. I LOVE those sparkle pants!!!! And I think I might be a little obsessed with that ant farm too..thats so cool! Hope you're hanging in there back at work today!

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    1. It was a great day!!! And so far we're loving the ants ;)

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  6. Happy 2016! May the new year be full of blessings, love and laughter!

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  7. I totally agree! As much as I love the Christmas glow it's a pretty great feeling when the clutter is gone and you can see your home again.

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    1. Right?!?! I miss the cozy, but love the clean!

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  8. Today is Operation Take Down Christmas over here. It was a wonderful Christmas season, and I'm sad to see it go!

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  9. I'm so glad we have two more days of break...we go back on Wednesday ! Christmas is coming down today at our house...I am sad to see it go but ready for a clean slate to start the new year! Have a great first day back !

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  10. So much fun! Christmas break has ended for us too and I am sad to see it go but the little guy is oh so excited to get back and see his friends and I am excited to have a routine. Ask me in a few hours if I still feel like that when he is dropped off and I am all alone in this house. ha!

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  11. Those sparkle pants are just darling! Happy 2016!

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  12. I'm glad you had a great holiday break! Those lights are gorgeous!

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    1. Aren't they incredible?!! So pretty on the lake!

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  13. I am LOVING Griffin's 2016 headband! So cute!!! Love your blog!! I totally copied your Dragons Love Tacos book day this summer and it was a TOTAL hit with the kiddos! Love your creativity!!

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    1. I'm so glad you copied it! What did your kids think???

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  14. I LOVE reading your blog and commiserating with your family experiences! I also have a two-year-old girl, so reading about your sweet Griffin is so fun. After seeing the pic of you and your kids bundled up in the van, I just had to share this news story (Rosen Reports). It was a complete eye-opener for me about coats and car seats! Hope the link works! - Rose
    http://on.today.com/1TL1F6w

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    1. Thank you, Rose! My parents and I were actually discussing this earlier... my kids don't wear jackets when buckled... Mason took his off and rebuckled before we pulled out. We keep blankets for them to snuggle up with and always try to start the car while we're getting ready in the morning so it's warm for them. So scary and such important info! ;)

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  16. That bathtub picture is so cute! :) Always love reading your blog!

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