Wednesday, January 10, 2018

here we come, 2018!

christmas was a lot of fun this year.
i'm pretty sure when the kids are this age,
it's just going to get better and better.

brette really, really understood santa, jesus and
everything christmas.
i used tootie, our friendly elf on the shelf, for
all it's worth making sure she behaved herself.
sometimes, i would even have her go over and 
apologize to tootie if she did something mean to 
reid, just so she understood that we only promote good behavior. 
mwah ha ha ha.
i loved it.
reid loved christmas too.
she kind of understands, but she would cry if brette 
told her tootie was going to tell santa she was a bad girl.
poor thing.
those girls are already starting - i can only 
imagine what its going to be like in 10 years.

christmas morning was magic,
hot chocolate, donuts and a tornado of
presents that was completely unwrapped in
about 10 minutes.
they loved their new bikes - i can't wait
for spring when we can take them outside and
start learning to ride.

we got some snow the day before christmas,
which was the best present ever, 
so we all played in the snow and went sledding.
i actually took off work the whole week, so 
i was home with them for 10 days straight.
i made me miss my time at home with them.
i get so much done and i love having them with me,
but i also missed missing them, if that makes sense?
i still think - my goal in life is to make good money
only working part time.
it would be the best of both worlds.

we made our way into the new year down in warrensburg
with turnbow's and glover's and the kiddos.
we did a fake countdown around 7:30pm after dinner, so
we could get the kids in pj's and in bed at my parent's 
house around 8pm.
then i headed back to turnbow's to ring in the new year
with the adults.
we played "what do you meme?" - a hilarious game and
i loved being with my girlfriends.

not much has been going on since then.
its freaking freezing so ronnie and i have been 
using our weekends to get organized and 
FINALLY clean out our basement.
we're literally unpacking boxes from 3 years ago to
see if it's junk or something we should keep.
i've made two trips to Goodwill and ronnie has made
s e v e r a l  trips to the dumpster. 
it feels good to get it out of the house.

i hope your christmas and new year was lots of fun!
here's to 2018!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

almost ready for the big day

christmas is a crazy time.
we literally did not have one free weekend
since before thanksgiving.
it's a lot.
but, we made cookies with the family for 
our annual cookie exchange.
we had our annual christmas book breakfast with my
favorite friends and their kids.
we met up with kassie and chris downtown kc to
walk through union station and then visit santa at crown center.
brette had a christmas concert at school.
we took a trip down to branson to see 
ronnie's family and got tickets to the dixie stampede.
and i had THREE holiday parties at work.
tomorrow we're headed to powell gardens to see 
the festival of lights.
friday, i'm going to try to wrap all our gifts.
saturday, ronnie's mom and sister's family is coming
over to make cookies for santa and have dinner.
and i'm excited for sunday.
we have NO PLANS.
well, we'll go to church and hit up the magic tree.
but i'm just excited to have a day for the 4 of us.
christmas morning we'll spend at home and then we're 
driving down to warrensburg for a couple days to have
christmas with my side of the family.

it's true when they say it's the best time of the year.
i just LOVE christmas.

and for those of you not on our christmas card list,
merry christmas!

Sunday, December 10, 2017


i hope everyone had an amazing thanksgiving.
now that we'e a good way into december, 
thanksgiving seems like a distant memory,
but i wanted to share pictures so just so i have it down
for the girls to look back on one day.

we drove to illinois to visit ronnie's family.
the drive there was not great.
lots of pee breaks.
i maybe should have put reid in a diaper, just
so we weren't messing with it.
the 6 and a half hour drive, took over 8 hours.
oh, and there was not one minute of sleep during that ride.
8 hours and no sleep?
my kids are machines.
the girls did great once we were there.
brette loved it because we were all down in the basement
together so she got to sleep with us every night.
donna had a big dinner for us on thanksgiving 
and i whipped up the desserts.
(pecan pie and pumpkin pie cake)
it was nice to spend some down time together.
we also met up with ronnie's cousins a couple times.
one night to go out for pizza and another
where we left the kids with donna and went out to 
a "turkey hangover" party where you could ride the bull
and listen to a live band.
it was fun and i stayed out later than i thought we would,
which made getting up bright and early the next day to drive
home a lot less fun.
we did better on the way back though.
the girls took a two hour nap (so did ronnie)
and we were home in a little over 7 hours.

a thanksgiving success!

the next weekend we had "friendsgiving" down in
warrensburg with the crew we go campering with all summer.
it was nice to see everyone since we normally go months in between visits.
we took the girls and then they spent the night at mimi and papas since
we were going to be out later than 7:30.
so basically we got to chow down on turkey and 
all the fixins two weekends in a row while the kids played.
can't beat that.

now.... CHRISTMAS!

Sunday, November 19, 2017


we've had a busy few weeks.
like, really busy.

applebutter day with the fam.

a trip to springfield with my sorority sisters.

a wedding.

3 birthday parties

a baby shower

AND our ninth wedding anniversary. (look how young!)

its not slowing down either.
every weekend until january,
we're booked solid.
it's all fun thanksgiving and
christmas things so i'm 
looking forward to it.
i think ronnie is tired already. 

the girls both had pink eye last week,
so i worked from home one day and 
my parents came up another. 
they've also been busy at school with
their book fair, thanksgiving feast and
brette is in 'happy feet' (soccer) and 
'shining stars' (theater).
i signed her up for soccer but i have
no idea how she ended up in theater.
she has a little play coming up where 
she will be the cow. 
we have a real star on our hands, i'm sure.

we're gearing up for thanksgiving in a few days,
which seems crazy that its already here.
we head out to illinois on wednesday and 
will spend the holiday with ronnie's mom.
i'm baking a pecan pie and pumpkin pie cake.
my dad donated homemade rolls to the cause.
i'm excited. 
i have my fingers crossed that books, movies and
a long ass nap will make the 7 hour road trip bearable.

hope you and your family have
a wonder thanksgiving too!