Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snow Days!


The snow has arrived...and it's not leaving! We went through all of January and part of February with zero snow. I was seriously about to give up for good. Then all of the sudden, here it came! Lots and lots of snow. We were out of school every day last week. Then we went to school Monday, and we haven't been back since.

The kids have LOVED playing outside almost every day with neighborhood friends.


We also had to finish up a science project last week. Have I ever told you how much I hate science projects??? Yes, hate is a strong word. And yes, it fits in regards to science projects. Ugh!



Somebody had a bath. He hates it! And yes, he would want me to tell you that hate is an appropriate word choice. Just look at his face...it says it all!Q
We made cookies from scratch when the temperature was below zero and too cold to play outside.

The snow is really pretty, and I'm so thankful for snow days!



Valentine's Day 2015


We had a fun, family Valentine's Day at home. Our Valentine breakfast consisted of yummy Krispy Kreme doughnuts. We also had a delicious dinner and made some Strawberry Brownies for dessert. They were easy and delicious.







A Quick Trip To Charlotte


A few weeks ago, Brian and I made a quick overnight trip to Charlotte. We mainly went to pick up some things from Ikea and to look for some other furniture pieces. However, by the looks of this post, all we did was eat. Ha!

We definitely had to make a stop by our favorite little place in Charlotte, Cajun Yard Dog. I didn't take a picture of all of our food (GASP!), but this is the spicy pimento cheese appetizer. So good! Brian eats the beets...justsoyouknow.
We also found a really delicious little Italian place. It was highly rated online, then my friend in Charlotte (Hi, Betsy!) recommended it.
The pizza was great! We also had the lasagna. I can't get that picture to turn, but trust me...it would taste good upside down and sideways. Delicious!

Now, let's talk about these meatballs. Everybody, and I do mean everybody, talks about the meatballs at Ikea. We were tired of hearing about them, so we gave them a try. Eh...they were just ok.
Here's my only picture that's not food or furniture pieces I was pondering...my cute little Brianaby standing next to a huge map. I have been in love with this map for a long time. I just can't seem to find a wall big enough in my house to make it fit. Maybe I should hang it on the ceiling.
Even though we seriously ran ourselves crazy from store to store (and clearly restaurant to restaurant), we had a great time spending time together.  We also came home with some new furniture pieces that I love.


January Highlights


Back in January, we had some really mild weather. So off to Gatlinburg we went! We had a lot of fun just walking around and being outside.






Parker also went on a youth retreat in January with some friends. Here is a picture my friends sent me from one of the morning sessions. Can you tell he was tired???
Claire spent some time cooking with Nana.



We had some family over for the Super Bowl. The girls (and Silas) mostly just ate and talked in the dining room.
The boys enjoyed watching the game!
January seemed to go by in a flash, and now February is almost over too!!!






Monday, January 12, 2015

Catching Up From Christmas

I realize it's January. I am so behind. Very, very behind.

So I decided to just dump all of the December pictures into this one post and call it done. I'm very sure they will be out of order, but let's just pretend that doesn't matter to my slightly OCD self. 

We enjoyed our Christmas tree all month.
 Sheldon and Shelby joined us on December 1 and left on Christmas Eve. We enjoy having them around, but sometimes they wear me out.
 Parker had the flu. Bless his little heart. Fortunately, we caught it fast, and he didn't feel too badly for very long.
 This is what you do when your brother has the flu. Model every item of clothing in your room.

 Claire played Vixen the Reindeer in her school play. She was supposed to be extra sassy, and she nailed it!



 Claire's Christmas party


 Guess who else got the flu? Thankfully, she didn't get very sick either. Somehow, Brian and I have escaped it so far.
 We had Elf Night at our house where we watched Elf the movie and did some elf related things. It was fun!
 We had fun watching the play A Christmas Story in Jonesborough. This was after the play in the photo booth.


 We drank a lot of Russian tea.
 Our Christmas service at church is one of my favorite traditions.
 The kids and I went to see the movie Annie. It was really cute!
 We did a Christmas lights scavenger hunt. Max the Furry Murray even went along and enjoyed the ride.
 Christmas Eve with my side of the family is always fun. Here are the ladies:
 And the men:
 Christmas Eve
 Our cookies and milk for Santa
 Looks like he stopped by and ate them!

 Our birthday cake for Jesus
 Waiting on Christmas morning to come down the stairs
 Parker and Claire loved all of their presents.

 Our special Christmas breakfast

 We spent Christmas afternoon with the other side of our family. I didn't get a lot of pictures unfortunately!

 We also went bowling one day during Christmas break.
 Starbucks!
 Girl's Night Out was fun for Claire and me while Parker was at a Christmas party.
 Another movie ~ Night at the Museum 3
 New Year's Eve!
 Skating was interesting since they are both still learning. I was very proud of them for trying so hard.
Celebrating straight A's! Way to go Parker and Claire!
We had lots of good family time, and also loved just being home to rest and relax before heading back to school. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!