Friday, February 17, 2017

A 40th Birthday Celebration in New Orleans

In January we headed to New Orleans to celebrate two of our best friends 40th birthdays.  Its seriously tough for me to write that.  How do we have close friends celebrating FORTIETH birthdays.  That always seemed so old to me, yet it's only five short years down the road.

My Mom used to tell me that she never stopped feeling like she was 18 years old.  Like she stopped aging in her mind at that point in her life.  I feel the same way.  While it's clear that time is passing when I look at the creases in my eyes, or when I have to pass on dessert due to the slowing of my metabolism, (lets be clear, that never happens - I always have dessert), I still feel young.

And this particular weekend we were the life of the party, young, old it didn't matter - we were the people having the best time everywhere we went.  Mother nature threw us a curve ball with what was likely the coldest weekend New Orleans will see this year, but we could not be deterred.  What a great way to go through life - feeling young and just celebrating living.

I love all these people so much and was so happy to celebrate such an important milestone.  Just don't call it old...




Happy 40th Eric and Greg!!!!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

2016 // A year in Photos

This is my favorite post of the year, and also a huge motivator for me to pull out the big girl camera.  I love reliving these memories - what a great year 2016 was...



New Years Eve

We've been ringing in the New Year at our friends The Steven's for a while now.  Its typically been an adults only party, but as the kids have gotten older they've started asking if they could celebrate with us. This year we decided Isla was old enough to stay up and brought her to their house with us and got a sitter for Holden.

Luckily, their house is just down the street so we didn't have to worry about finding transportation on such a busy evening.

It was nice to have the kids there  - they were all so excited.  Unfortunately, I think it may have been just a little too much fun and sugar for Isla.  She got sick and ultimately spent the first night of 2017 in Mom and Dads bed.



Happy 2017 to y'all!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Christmas 2016

This year Christmas came and went before we even realized it happened.  It's always a busy time of year, and this was no exception.

Old Katy Christmas Market



We met our friends the Alleys, and had fun shopping and enjoying the food trucks.  The biggest draw for the kids was the snow that was being brought in.  Unfortunately, this was really just a dirty slush pond.  Honestly the kids couldn't have cared less, and being from Texas, they really didn't know what they were missing.







Secret/Dirty Santa

We hosted a Secret Santa for the kids and a Dirty Santa, or Dirty Elephant gift exchange for the adults about a week before Christmas.



Its so nice to get all our families together right before the holidays.  It was one of my favorite events of the season - getting to watch the kids give each other their gifts made me so happy.  They were all so genuinely excited.
 

The kids swam and watched movies while we all caught up before the holidays.  I'm so thankful to have each and every one of these people in my life.  Love you ALL!!!

Christmas Eve at the Kennedys

For the past two years we've been spending Christmas Eve at the Kennedys.  And for the past two years the weather has been absolutely perfect, so of course - we swim.



Thanks to the Kennedy's for hosting such a fabulous time.

Christmas Eve Traditions

We headed home from the Kennedy's to get ready for Santa and his reindeer.  We set out cookies and sprinkled reindeer food.  Isla drank hot chocolate, and unfortunately, there was a story about Krampus (see the video below).  Nevertheless, both kids were in bed early to ensure a timely visit from the old man with the beard.

Jordan and I stayed up later putting together Holdens sensory room and various gifts for Isla.
 


Christmas Morning/Day

The kids woke up bright and early and by the reactions, Christmas 2016 was a success!




We cleaned up presents and wrapping paper for the better part of the morning and then got ready to head over to our neighbors, the Lennons for our long-standing Christmas Dinner tradition.




I was pretty proud of this charcuterie tray...



We're so lucky to have this family in our lives, and always have the best time spending Christmas with them.  This year, Jordan's cousin Nathan joined us as well as our other neighbors the Dowds.

We ended the night at our house playing games and toasting to another great Christmas holiday.

The month was filled with countless Christmas movie classics, elf shenanigans, carols, wrapping paper and glitter everywhere.  From our family to yours, Merry Christmas, and a very happy and prosperous New Year.

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