Monday, December 29, 2014


Merry Christmas! 

We had such a wonderful Christmas, celebrating together as a family and watching the pure joy in Ell's eyes as she took in all the joys of Christmas. 

It was so magical this year. Most importantly, because Ell truly understood the reason for all of our joyous celebration. 

Our holiday was filled with so much fun. We had . . . . . .

Gift exchanges with dear friends.

Thanks for the fun night Madeline and Theo!

Sweet Emmers. We are just missing our bestest bud Dono!

We had lots of fun outfit days too.

Two visits to see Santa. She was so cute each time. Ell had no problem walking right up and telling him what she wanted, and sitting right up on his lap. She just couldn't figure out why there were two, AND why he was wearing a seatbelt! I died laughing.

Cookie decorating with Gigi. Such a fun tradition we have. Thanks Mom.

Christmas Eve was spent at Jose's parents house. We always have so much fun while we're there! They spoiled her with way too many gifts, which we are so beyond grateful for. 

One of her favs……… a new bike!

Christmas morning was spent at home, just the three of us. She loved all of her gifts, and opened each one with such excitement. Her big gift from Mom and Dad was a huge doll house, and she loved it. We moved in up to her room right away, and she's been playing with it non stop. So sweet to see and hear her play with her dolls. 

We headed to my Mom's around 3:00 for round three. I wanted to get a few pics of our girl all dressed up, and I was so happy to get some cute ones. She is just so sweet.

She loves her cousins so much!

We are so grateful for all of these unforgettable memories, and could not have asked for a better Christmas season. It's so hard to believe it's all over. Hoping each of you had a wonderful Christmas, spent with family and dear friends. 

I know 2015 is going to be an AMAZING year!

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Monday, December 22, 2014


My Sis had to work this weekend, so we were so excited when she asked if the boys could stay the night with us while she was gone. Ell LOVES her cousins deeply, and she could not wait to have them over for a sleepover.

Our day started at Garin's basketball game. He did such a great job, however this little miss wanted to spend most of her time outside running around. She can't sit still for more than 5 minutes! At least I was able to get a few cute pics of my girl!

When Gar's game was over, we headed home, had lunch, and went to the park. 

 A little basketball action! Ell was right in the mix of course.

Tio came out to play too. 

Then, we headed over to my friend's house to make gingerbread houses! Steph had such a great set up, with tons of pre made houses and candy to add to our houses. Gar, Grayson, and Ell had a blast. 

My Gar Bear is such a cuddle bug. I love that about him. 

After some yummy Mexican food for dinner, we had baths(showers for the big boys) and some iPad time. Then it was time for bed!

 But, not before I snapped a Christmas pic with my three loves. 

Thanks for a fun day/night boys. We sure do love you. Let's do it again soon.
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Princess Ella Catherine

Ell's sweet little friend Lexi had a super fun Frozen birthday party last weekend. Lexi's Mom told us to dress in any princess attire we'd like, and I have to admit, I panicked a bit! Ell's not into playing dress up at all, and we only have two dresses that would really work. So . . .  we went with this sweet pink, sequence number we got from our favorite cancer warrior, Lilly Bumpus. Lilly's mama, Trish, sells these amazing clothes in support of her daughter. We were so excited to finally have a place to where it! It is beautiful.

I love how sweet she looks.  Not technically a princess dress, but it worked! 

When Queen Elsa and Princess Ana came, she was so excited!

They each got to come up, and Ell loved it. She gave a little twirl, and was as happy as could be!

They even got to do a fun little dance with Elsa and Ana.

Such a cute idea to have them come, and Ella was surprisingly really excited about it.

Happy 4th birthday Lexi! Thanks for such a fun party.

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