December 31, 2013

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day-2013

For the second year in a row, we spent the night with my parents on Christmas Eve. We eat dinner (this year was tamales, chili, hot dogs, and chips and dip...we are very non-traditional) and then open presents. 
Every 5 minutes, the boys were checking the NORAD app to see where Santa was and how many hours until his ETA!
This year, I decided to make homemade gifts. I painted my Mom's, my sister's and my grandmother's old house. I was really pleased with how they turned out.
 My boys got what they always wanted from my parents...
 ...They got 4 wheelers. 
 I love Jackson's face. That is sheer excitement!
The boys sat on their 4 wheelers for a bit. They couldn't play long though...NORAD said Santa was on his way. They had to be asleep before he could stop. 
 Santa came to see Jackson...
...and Hudson. He brought them most of what they asked for. Jackson asked for a 4 wheeler, a Rainbow Loom, and Pokemon cards. He got all of that (Santa brought him small 4 wheeler action figure because he knew he was getting a real one from Mimi and Buddy.) Hudson asked for a Soda Stream (yes, he really did), and Easy Bake Oven in boy colors, a Seat Pet, and a microphone. He got everything except a Soda Stream. Santa couldn't justify spending $100 on a machine to make soda.
 Christmas morning waiting patiently for Mommy to quit taking pictures so they could see if Santa came.
 "Ah, my Seat Pet."
 "Ah, my Rainbow Loom."
 We ate a massive breakfast. Sausage balls. Pioneer woman cinnamon rolls. Breakfast casserole. Fruit. So. Good!
The boys spent the rest of the morning playing with their 4 wheelers. 

 That afternoon, we went to see Jason's family in Brownsville. The weather was so nice, we had the boys play outside to burn up some energy. There is no energy quite like Christmas energy. It seems to be never ending. We ate dinner and visited and then opened more presents.
These are some spoiled boys. They had quite possibly the "best Christmas EVER!"

It's the Holiday Season...

Oh my goodness...I feel like I can finally breathe! Christmas is CRAZY! There are parties and performances. Family get-togethers and presents to buy. It is go, go, go. I love it but I am just now getting caught up on everything. 
Christmas season started out with Jackson's choir performance at church. He was the cutest little sheep! The children's choir worked so hard. They sang several songs, all had a speaking part, and played the handbells. We had a little mishap during the handbell portion of the performance. Jackson accidentally pegged (yes, really hard!) the little boy in front of him in the back of the head. Tears were shed and Jackson felt awful.
Can you tell by his body language. He had his hand on his face for the rest of the performance after the accident occurred. Very embarrassed, worried for his friend...he was ready to be done. 
We saw Santa at Bass Pro Shop. Gotta love Santa...and a free Santa is even better!
Jackson and Hudson had their Christmas performances at school. This was the first year that Hudson was able to participate, and he did such a great job. (Are you loving their bowties? My grandfather, Gaga, passed away in October. He owned 1000s of neckties. My Mom used some of his Christmas ties to make the boys bowties. I am in love with them.)
Hudson and his class
Jackson and his 1st grade buddies
The last day of school, was class parties. Jackson's class played games, ate lunch and did a book swap. Jackson got the great book, Jesus Calling. We have really enjoyed reading it together. So there you have the few weeks leading up to Christmas. 

November 24, 2013

Changing It Up

Our house has been the same since we moved in. So much has changed in seven years though! When we first moved in, we used a lot of browns and reds in our decorating. Since having children, I have wanted to add more color and "fun" to our house. We decided to start in our dining room.
When we moved in, this is what our dining room looked like. Now, don't get me wrong....I LOVED our diamonds. When the previous homeowners moved, they left some pretty big holes in the wall. The wall also started cracking in the corner. There was no way we could cover up the holes and cracks without painting the entire room. We I decided what I wanted and started painting. (Jason did not want to paint over the diamonds. He loved his diamonds and may have been a bit upset that I wanted to paint over them.)
 I inherited this table. It was my great grandmothers.
I decided I wanted something fresh, and a smidge modern. I LOVE the way it turned out...
I used the color Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams. I was able to get it 50% off when they had their sale about a month ago. I feel like the room looks so much bigger! I got the curtains from Hobby Lobby. Hello, 40% off coupon!!!
Eventually, I will paint this table...maybe chalk paint, I don't know. I am thinking an aqua or turquoise color. I have a few pieces of art in the room with the color that I want to use. I think it will be the perfect pop of color.
 I am loving this corner. (I have since put a picture in that picture frame...oops.) I got the church from a craft fair. I think the color of the door is what color I want to paint the table.
I need to share a tip with you. Jason and I discovered a new way to hang these annoying kind of picture frames...Thank you Pinterest!
Put a piece of painters tape or Duct tape on the back of the frame. I marked the nail would go in the wall....
...put the tape on the wall and nail. That is it. What usually take For.Ever! took about 5 minutes total.
The boys made these pictures for us at school. I am in love with these. They look absolutely perfect in the dining room. So there you have it. The first redo to make our house reflect us a little better. And with the coupons and sales, we spent about $80 total. Not to shabby for a "new" room.

Happy 4th Birthday Hudson. (An Elf Affair)

For a year, Hudson has known what kind of birthday party he wanted....Buddy the Elf. He watches Elf at least once a week. Daily he finds ways to quote the movie. What could be more perfect for my 4 year old?
I was so pleased with the invitations. I found them at Custom Wrappers 4 U on ETSY. I was super pleased with the price and the speed in which she got them to me.
A few days before the party, my Mom and I had a craft day. We finished decorating (which was super easy...we just decorated for Christmas VERY early this year) and made this wreath. It is our own little Buddy the Elf. We used DecoMesh and I painted his legs from burlap. My Mom found his cute Elf hat at the dollar store.
The morning of the party, we were very excited to see that our Elf, Max, had come to see his favorite 4 year old. We sent him a small invitation (a thumbnail of the invitation that I had printed out) but we knew that he was busy getting everything ready for Christmas. He even came bearing an awesome Buddy the Elf shirt for Huds to wear to his party. (Hudson's shirt and my "Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins" shirt came from Old Navy...Max told me where he got his shirt) ;).
I made cupcake toppers for the cupcakes. Ok, lets talk about those cupcakes. "They're ginormous!" We ordered them from Costco and I seriously have never seen "cupcakes" that large. I think next time, we will stick with Sam's where they are actually cupcakes and not baby smash cakes.
 When all his friends started arriving, they watched Elf until everyone got there.
Once all his buddies were there, we made a this craft from Oriental Trading.
It was very cute, but I didn't realize you would have to use glue. It took a little bit of time but most of the older kids really liked it.
 We sang "Happy Birthday" to the man and then we feasted on ginormous cupcakes.
It is so funny to me how the birthday kid always feels so uncomfortable being sung to.
 Hudson and his super cute friend.

 Present time!
 His friends were so sweet. They loved to see what he got and were so excited for Hudson. I really love his buddies!
 My two little elves!
Happy Birthday Hudson. We love you so much!

October 6, 2013

Another Year Older

So, I am another year older. Just so you know....after you hit 30 birthdays are just another day (at least to me they are!) However, we celebrated in the best way possible-a low key cookout/bonfire with my family.
 Hudson was ready to party.
 We had a cookout around the bonfire. (Why yes, that is a lamp. When the sun went down, it was perfect. While the sun is up, it looks a little odd.) We feasted on chili dogs and...
 ...Costco carrot cake. Seriously, the best cake IN. THE. WORLD!
 Is there anything more relaxing that sitting around a bonfire with your family just talking? I'm not sure there is.
Of course you can't have a bonfire without smores. I 86ed the Hershey bar and added mini Reese's. Y'all! Try it next time you have smores. You will thank me.