Thursday, December 31, 2015


Just like last year, I did a picture a day this year!

Here are all the pictures I took. I didn't take one everyday, but almost...

Here's to another year of pictures a day. If you want to follow along, follow me on Instagram here.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas 2015

Here's a quick recap of Christmas 2015 with a lot of pictures thrown in.

Christmas Eve was spent with the Wolff family. We started the day with brunch at Stax, then headed back to their house for gifts, and to get ready for the big family get together that afternoon.

(Just a side note, Yes, Michael is wearing shorts and a t-shirt because it was so warm on Christmas this year. And as a parent, you have to choose your battles, and what he wears is not one I'm going to fight. He wants to be comfortable, and I don't blame him one bit!)

Santa was at Stax! 

And he gave Michael a teddy bear!

He was done with pictures!

One big family selfie!

We decorated Ginger bread houses!

And then Santa Came!!

Christmas morning started not so early! Michael slept till after 8:30am, which was great for Mom and Dad!

We started the morning with reading the Christmas story, and then moved on to stockings and gifts.

He loved his new race track!

 I got a new frying pan!!

 Michael went shopping at the Santa Shop at school with his own money, and bought this bear for me!

 And bought this snowman pen for Andrew! He is so sweet!

That afternoon, we headed over to Mom and Dad's house for the Cox family celebration!

22 people in one house makes for a pretty chaotic Christmas. But it's always so much fun!

We had a great Christmas! It felt a little different then usual, and I think that's because the weather was so warm. It was in the 70's the whole week! Either way, it was a wonderful celebration!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Our 2015 Christmas Card

I'm linking up with Faith at Walk with me by Faith for her Christmas Card Carousel again this year.

This is the seventh year I have participated. It's so fun to link up and see everyone's Christmas Cards.

Here are our cards from 2014 201320122011201020092008

I was able to get my Christmas cards for free this year through Shutterfly. I knew what pictures I was going to use, so when they started offering free cards in October, I was all ready to order mine. So happy with the incredible deal I got!

I love these cards! The pictures are from our trip to Hilton Head in May. 

Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A visit with Santa!

On Sunday we went to Cabella's to see Santa. There was no one there, so no line to wait in. Michael walked right up, sat on his lap and told him what he wanted; More cars! 

And the official Santa picture! 

Oh Christmas Tree!

Last Thursday evening, we finally made it over to Lowe's to get our Christmas tree. I think this is the latest we have ever gotten our tree. But with being gone for Thanksgiving, we couldn't go when we normally do. I know Lowe's isn't the most exciting place to get a Christmas tree, but it works for us and we have been doing it for years. 

This year, Michael wanted a BIG TREEE! So we went over to the 6'-7' section and found the biggest one in that price range. 

Michael took a picture of us. It's a little blurry, but we are both in the picture, so that's a plus! 

Smooching under the Mistletoe!

Michael wanted to decorate as soon as we got home, but told him he would have to wait till Friday after school. 

Andrew went ahead and put the lights on it, so it would be all ready to go when Michael got home from school the next day. 

As soon as he got home from school, Michael started decorating the tree! 

He did great! And loved being up high on the step ladder. 

I think it turned out beautiful! 

And just a side note, getting out all of our Christmas ornaments is one of my favorite things about Christmas. They all tell a story, or bring back a happy or exciting memory! It's like a little scrapbook of our family. Our first Christmas together! Different trips we have taken! Michael's first Christmas! There are a few tears shed too, like when I put up the Toby ornaments! I still miss my Toby! 

So that's our tree this year! And we love it!