07 DecLadies Christmas Party at Mimi’s

We look forward to every year to our annual Christmas party at Mimi’s. Thankful for time of laughter and fellowship with friends that have spoke into each of our lives. It is always a blessing to get together for some sweet girl time. 

All set up waiting on friends to arrive

Blessed to have wach of these ladies in our lives

We all enjoyed fellowshipping 
   
      
Followed by a friendly game of secret Santa
   

02 DecLeia’s 9th Birthday Weekend

Leia wanted to go to Newnan for her birthday to go to SkyZone and Bubbles and Brushes this year so we woke up early Saturday to head that way so she could wake up there on her birthday and do a couple of her birthday activities. As soon as we walked the door at Grandpa and Deedee’s the girls ran to start playing. We fixed a quick lunch between playing before Grandpa and Deedee took them to SkyZone for some fun on the trampolines for a hour and half. That afternoon we watched the first half of the SEC championship before Deedee and Grandpa cooked Leia’s birthday dinner she requested, steak and fires plus brussel sprouts and salad for the adults. Dinner was fabulous! Leia loved her strawberry shortcake Deedee made too; she said it was even better than the one on the ship. Saturday evening we kissed Leia good night for the last time as a eight year old because when she woke up she was nine. Our birthday girl was super excited and woke up at 5:30 (eastern time). Mommy got sweet one on one snuggles before Ivy woke up then the three of us got some snuggles in before the rest of the house woke up. Grandpa went to get our birthday girl donuts so we could sing happy birthday to her for the first time today before she got to open up gifts. She had a blast playing with them before we headed to bubbles and brushes. The girls did a great job painting their pictures and loved their picks.  Ivy added some flare to our Christmas decor by painting Rudolph the red nose reindeer.  Leia painted a gift for Ivy, a unicorn to add to her room decor. We had a low key lunch at Grandpa and Deedee’s and got to play a little more before driving home. The girls had such a big time they both fell asleep on the way home which was good since they were heading home to Leia’s surprise party. Loved seeing her face in shock and delight from having friends and family come to surprise her. Thankful to Mimi and aunt Stacy for setting it up and prepping everything for us to pull off a awesome surprise. The kids had a big time decorating ginger bread houses, playing, opening gifts, enjoyed a taco bar, then we all got sing Happy Birthday to Leia one more time today. We are so blessed to have such a sweet, loving, generous little girl and pray blessings over her all the days of her life. 

 Play time at Deedee and Grandpa’s house

Grandpa and Deedee took the girlies to trampoline park

Deedee and Grandpa cooked a delicious dinner complete with strawberry shortcake 


Play dough fun is always a hit 

Last night snuggling with Leia as a 8 year old 
  
Leia woke up a 9 year old 
 
Morning snuggles with our girls while everyone else slept 

Grandpa got donuts for Leia’s birthday breakfast

  
WE face-timed cousins Adrian and Alicia for them to wish our birthday girl a happy day

She was excited to open their gift Deedee brought back from Spain for her

Leia loved opening her gifts from Deedee and Grandpa too

It was a blast playing with them too

The girlies wanted to make sure they got a few rounds of the rug game in with Grandpa 

Loved the girls choices of art they painted! Ivy added some flare to our Christmas decor by painting Rudolph the red nose reindeer.  Leia painted Ivy a unicorn to add to her room decor. 
 
The girls had so much fun at Grandpa and Deedee’s they both fell asleep on our way home

SURPRISE, we had a surprise party for Leia when we got home with a few special friends 

Group shot of sweet kids who came to surprise Leia this afternoon

 
      
One-on-one shots with the birthday girl

Happy birthday pretty girl


These girlies loved playing with Leia’s new toys  
 

30 NovMommy came to the new lunch room

The new lunchroom at the girls’ school opened this week. The girls said the lunchroom was so much bigger to accommodate the additional grades that will be at the school next year and the visitor tables were awesome and wanted mommy to come so they could sit at them. It was a day for momma’s to come to eat with little girls. Ivy and I got to eat with her friend, Evelyn and her mom and then Leia and I got to eat with Mary and her mom. The new lunch room provided more intimate areas to have lunch with the kids. I am sure we will be spending many hours enjoying lunch with our girlies as they continue in that school through 5th grade now. 

 
These two were so excited to have lunch together 
 

The girlies helped decorate the hallway then had playdates to top off the week 🙂 

  

25 NovCruise to Celebrate Deedee’s 70th Birthday day over Thanksgiving 2018

Friday November 15 the girls were checked out of school early to head towards Port Canaveral to go on Deedee’s 70th birthday cruise over Thanksgiving. Before we left Leia and Ivy got to open a surprise seat pet gift for the trip. Then on the way down they picked out their trip souvenir at Cracker Barrel before we finished driving to the hotel for he evening. 


The girlies picked out their trip souvenirs early in the trip 

 

After a late night Friday driving we only had a short little trip to arrive at the boat Saturday. We are blessed with awesome girls who were angels as we waiting in the line to get on the boat for three hours. The wait was well worth it as we got on the boat and started exploring after dropping our carry on items in the room. Unfortunately, mommy had handed the carry on with our swimsuits to be checked but we were blessed our bags arrived early for the girls to get some swimming in before dinner. We enjoyed the first night toasting Deedee and to a fabulous trip ahead.  

The girls enjoyed a vacation breakfast of cookies and scones

We made it to the ship and our room about 2 pm

Family selfie on the balcony

Thankfully our bags arrived quickly so the girls could enjoy part of the afternoon in the pools, hot tubs, splash pad, and swinging on make shift bars
 
Dressed for dinner until they decided to change again … I think every evening they put on at least two outfits, some nights five but we enjoyed the sunsets every evening


Deedee and Grandpa came to our room before dinner and the girlies finally got to give Deedee her birthday present. Loved hearing sweet Leia read the card. 
 

Every evening the girls said we should toast Deedee’s birthday, celebrating a decade each night on the cruise
  
      

When we woke up on Sunday morning we were at Norwegian Cruise line’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Chris had quite a bit of school work and was not feeling 100% so he hung around the ship while the rest of us went to enjoy the beach. The water was cool but Leia talked Lisa and Grandpa into joining her and Ivy in the water. The girls enjoyed playing in the sand then Leia and Lisa headed to their excursion while Grandpa and Deedee took Ivy to play games since Ivy was not old enough to do many excursions on this island. Leia and Lisa had planned on doing parasailing but they cancelled that excursion due to high winds so we rode jet skis and dove for starfish. Leia was the only kid on the excursion so the guides gave her extra attention. Grandpa and Deedee made it on the tenure ahead of Lisa and Leia to get back to the ship so took Ivy for lunch and fun by the pool. Leia and Lisa caught up with them later and we all laid by the pool and enjoyed the splashing and relaxing time before heading in to check on Chris and get ready for evening activities of dinner and a show. 

Girls breakfast before our first full day on the ship

On the tenure heading to the beach

Leia could not wait to get into the water


 
 
Lisa and Leia could not stop laughing as we hiked to our excursion point to ride jet skis, we were not really sure where we were going since we fell behind the group but luckily found where we were suppose to be before they were on the jet skis. We got our life vest on and trained up to go have a little fun. When they asked Leia fast or slow of course she said fast so we were in the front of the pack with the throttle all the way down most of the ride.  
 
The only pic we have on the jet ski since the lady we asked at our swim stop was technology challenged and we did not realize it while we were there

 
Selfies with Ivy when we got back on the boat … she may like pictures more than mommy 🙂

Ivy loved playing chess … Chris needs to teach all his girls how to play

We headed back to our room and of course our girls said we should relax and threw on their PJs

 It was super nice hanging out on the balcony in the afternoons too 

Leia loved the chandler on the boat! 

They found a great window seat 

Evening entertainment watching “Burn the Floor”. We think Leia enjoyed the dancing/show the most  since Ivy fell asleep in part of it. When it was over both girlies starting asking if we could go back to our room for bed of course they were excited to see a towel animal tonight


Dream unicorn and snake helped welcome our elephant towel animal
      

Monday was a sea day so we ordered in room service and enjoyed breakfast on the balcony having a leisure morning. Deedee and Grandpa found us some chairs on the pool deck and we lounged with them for a little bit. Ivy tried swimming but said it was too crowded so mommy and Ivy went to entertain ourselves elsewhere while Leia hung out with Grandpa and Deedee. While mommy and Ivy were waiting on their bowling time daddy came to meet us for lunch but we bailed when we were called to bowl. There were no bumpers and we determined the lane we were on slanted so we had to account for it when we bowled. There was no high scores but we had a lot of laughs and fun together. We all went to Chris and Leia’s new found love that afternoon … an art auction. We ended up getting a few pieces of art at the auction which was very exciting. Leia came back to join us when Grandpa and Deedee headed to their room for a siesta before getting dressed for the evening. We ended up having a family game time in the room playing uno; we played girls against boy (guess who won). The pool had cleared a little so the girls asked about going swimming again so Chris and Lisa enjoyed some quiet time together sitting in the lounge chairs watching them girlies play before we all needed to get changed for evening activities too. We had elected to of to a speciality dining called La Cucina; in hindsight, I do not think we would go back since the main dining room food that was included on the cruise was just as good as this specialty dining. Nonetheless, we all enjoyed spending sweet time together and then went to pick out our frame for our new art work before going back to the room to see the towel animal we had that night.  

What a beautiful sunrise! Lisa enjoyed them most mornings since she had a hard time sleeping

Love these three more than anything on this earth!

Ivy and Lisa got their nails ready for Thanksgiving

Fun time bowling … Ivy won! Of course she may have won because anytime Lisa knocked a pin down she decided she should bowl the second one and get the points 

Family time in the room playing uno

Enjoying sweet time together while we watched the girlies play in the pool

It is so fun seeing the towel animals each night! The girls look forward to it when we return to the room for the evening. The second night we go a rabbit. 

Tuesday morning we woke early before we arrived in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. We ordered in breakfast but it never showed so mommy ran upstairs to grab breakfast for our crew before Lisa, Leia, Ivy, Gene and Darrel all headed to our horse back riding excursion. Lisa was the first one matched up with a horse followed by Deedee and Gene then Leia insisted on letting Ivy go before she got on her horse. We all met back up to ride together in the first part of our ride on the land. There were beautiful sights on the ride then we traded out the saddles to ride the horses through the water. It was a fun experience. The girls later told us they learned to ride like Lucky on the show Spirit. Once our ride was over we went back to the ship to meet up with Chris for lunch and fun by the pool. Ivy competed in a hula hoop contest then led the pack to go down a yellow slide. After we were water logged we headed back to get changed for dinner, explored the art gallery, played in the game room, and watched a show before the girls declared they wanted to go to bed. 

Love these two imaginations and creations. They enjoyed doing art as we waited for time to get off the ship to go horse back riding
 
We are ready to go

We rode on land and in the water. This was Ivy’s favorite activity on the cruise but she clarified that she liked riding on the land more than water. 
    
   
We got one last picture of Ivy with her favorite horse, Eve 
Ivy joined the hula hoop contest

Grandpa finally talked the girls into doing the yellow slide with him. He might have been more excited than the kids he was in such a rush he did not pause for a picture 😉 

 
Lisa stood at the bottom to get picture of them coming off the slide too
  
After dinner dessert and evening fun in the game room after dinner
 
Ivy was excited to see our towel animal again, another rabbit

Wednesday morning we enjoyed a family breakfast in the main dining room with our whole crew before disembarking in George town, Cayman Island for our stingray and dolphin encounter. This was mommy’s favorite excursion since we were all together! There was a high tide when we went to see the stingrays so we had to hold sweet Ivy. There was a little bit of fear to touch them at first but by the time we left we had kissed the stingrays and let them give us hugs. There was a lot of excitement seeing the dolphin, Capi. We got to pet him, get a kiss and a hug, and cheer for him. They did not allow cameras so we do not have many pictures since they were super expensive but we did get one of each of the girlies to freeze the memory. We got back to the ship for a light, late lunch before Leia, Chris and Deedee headed to the art auction while Lisa took Ivy to learn to make balloon animals and Grandpa had some R&R time. 

Enjoyed some one on one time with Leia watching a beautiful sunrise while everyone else was sleeping and she let me take a couple pictures 🙂
 
The girlies enjoyed breakfast on the balcony when Ivy woke up

We ended up getting a boat ride in on this excursion too when we headed to our stingray encounter
  
Ride back to see the dolphins 
   
The only two pictures we got with the dolphins 

Fun on the ship after we swam that afternoon

Lisa took Ivy to learn how to make balloon animals while daddy, Leia, and Deedee went to another art auction. Ivy entertained everyone doing gymnastics as we waited for the lesson to start. 
  
When the lesson started there were lots of balloons and they had to blow up more
 

Towel animal of the evening was a crab

Thursday we arrived later in Cozumel than all the other ports. We took the later entry to enjoy a family breakfast in the main dining area again before heading our separate ways for excursions since Ivy was not old enough to do the excursion Leia wanted to do. Lisa, Ivy, and Deedee headed to a submarine tour. We went 109ft below the surface to explore the ocean reef. The neatest part was seeing a ship wreck. Chris, Leia, and Gene went scuba diving. They swam down 12 to 25 feet exploring a reef. Both of us got to see the wonderful world under the sea.  

What a beautiful sunrise!!

Family breakfast
 
On our way to the submarine

The sub breaking the surface to pick us up

On the submarine 

Sea life to look for under the sea

The colors were distorted under the sea. The picture on the left was the colors we saw under the water and the picture on the right was the what colors would look like in  the light 

The ship wreck we saw while we were exploring

  
Mommy went on the slides with Ivy when we got back since sister was still on her excursion. On our way up the first time mommy saw a great spot to take a picture and asked Deedee to come snap a few

While we were sliding and Deedee was taking our pictures the scuba divers returned. Leia joined us on the slides as soon as she got back while Grandpa and Deedee relaxed and caught each other up on the adventures of the day
    
Lisa had made Chris and Leia promise to take pictures on their excursion. They took more than she expected and mommy loved it! It looked like such a fun adventure





Picture in the elevator on our way to dinner. We ended up arriving through the service elevator since we could not find the regular entrance 

While we were at our thanksgiving dinner we got a great family photo 

Tonights towel animal was a penguin 

Friday was our last full day on the cruise which happened to be a sea day. We took the day to relax to prepare ourselves for the long drive home the next day. Leia made sure she, Chris, and Deedee got to go to the last art auction then we all enjoyed our last meal on the cruise together before calling it a early night.      

The morning sunrises on the water a breathtaking

The girls and Lisa got out early while the pool area was not super packed and they got to play a little bit in the water before it got crowded 

Leia spent the afternoon at the art auction while Ivy wanted some chill time in the room


On our last evening on the cruise we enjoyed a play, “Cirque Dreams”. A show full of acrobats, aerialists, musicians, a touch of whimsy and a dash of audience participation. It was a fantastic show full of entertainment! 
   
     

Saturday we were all up at 6 am to pack up and head down to walk off the ship for our long drives home. We managed to make it in record time with very few stops to make it to Stacy and Mark’s for part of the Alabama Auburn game before running to the grocery store to grab a few things for the next morning and week ahead. 

Long week waiting to get off the ship

We had to run to the grocery store and these little monkeys both asked for the driving buggy. Of course mommy said sure knowing it won’t be that much longer our baby girls will fit in the buggy together; savoring every minute of their childhood. 

Sunday we went to Mimi’s to help decorate her tree and she treated us to a traditional Thanksgiving meal and even fried another turkey for us. 
 

15 NovVeterans Day Weekend and week before Thanksgiving

We are so blessed to live in a country where brave men and women have given the ultimate sacrifice to give us freedom for all. This weekend was a time to thank our veterans that returned home. The girls also enjoyed a extra day off school in honor of Veterans Day. Lisa and Chris had to work Monday morning but Mimi was happy to volunteer for the girls to spend the night. We enjoyed the whole week together as we prepped to leave for our cruise to celebrate Deedee’s 70th birthday over Thanksgiving break. 

It is finally cool enough for the fire; we love snuggling by the fire 

Saturday, Lisa went to visit life long friends during part of the Alabama game. Thankful for these girls and our friendship. 
  
This child loves her picture taken and often will grab the camera for selfies; opposite of her sister that I have to sneak pictures of so many times
  
Leia made a sign for Chris before they went to bed on the big huge pile of pillows they made in the den. They were so excited to sleep out in the den; mommy was glad that daddy did not wake them when he left the house at 5am to play golf  

Sunday morning these two were in playful moods and liked pretending like they were asleep
  
Sunday the girls were super excited for baby Bailey to come down to give her the ornament we made with her when we kept her. They did not want to put the pile of pillows up until she had a chance to lay on it too. She looks like a babydoll next to our girlies

Sunday, our girls played in their second piano recital. We love listening to them play 

Group picture of the students who were able to be there for the recital

Leia and Ivy’s cheering crowd went to have dinner after their performance.
    
The girlies went to Mimi’s after dinner for a girls night since Lisa and Chris had to work on Veteran’s Day and the girlies were out of school. They had fun playing with some of mommy’s old mind-teaser toys. 

Leia warmed up her feet while Ivy snuggled Mimi

Monday the girls took Mimi to look at Walmart to show her toys they want for Christmas

The girlies also got to have a little fun at chuck-e-cheese
 
Tuesday evening Ivy went to the planetarium with her girl scout troop while Leia hung out with Mimi since daddy was traveling for work

Wednesday Leia got a play date while Ivy went to Girl Scouts event again

Thursday morning we woke up to a tiny dusting of snow but being from Alabama the girls wanted to play in it. I love how they can have big fun with anything! I hope they always have this ability and zest for life 
     
Thursday evening we remembered that we needed to pick up can goods for the girls school can drive
 
Friday mommy went to have lunch with our girlies in the old lunch room for the last time before they open the new one after we get back from our Thanksgiving cruise with Grandpa and Deedee
 

09 NovMimi’s 64th Birthday

Thankful to get to spend the day celebrating Mimi’s 64th birthday with her. Mimi woke up happy birthday messages from friends and family and enjoyed getting well wishes throughout the day. Lisa headed out to Gardendale to pick the birthday girl up after dropping Leia and Ivy Lisa at school then we headed to pick aunt Stacy up for a mother-daughter day of fun. We spent most of the day shopping to get ahead on Christmas shopping and simply enjoying time together. We took a break from shopping to enjoy a nice lunch at Perry’s where MiMi’s longtime friend Lynn and Jamie joined us for some sweet fellowship. As Mimi’s grand-girls school day was ending we headed back to Lisa’s for the girlies to join us celebrating Mimi’s special day. We spent the rest of the day celebrating our Mimi spending time together. We hope your day was as special as you are Mimi!

family matriarch, one of the most generous, thoughtful, strongest, and loving woman we know.

Mimi starting off the day with her baby girls
 
Stacy, who should hold up the 6 and who should hold up the 4 

Lunch 

 Back home and Chris was suppose to be taking pictures of the birthday girl but …
 
Love him and his sense of humor 
Photo ops with our birthday girl
     

The whole crew to celebrate

Dinner

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to Mimi happy birthday to you
 


Warming up while waiting on everyone to get to the white rug for present time

Homemade cards are the best but the best present was the time we spent together 
     
 
Mimi surprised the girlies with a present on her birthday; she has a extremely generous spirit

Selfie time
 
Ivy showing off her shirt from Mimi: “A family who celebrates together … has fun together”
  
Blessed to spend the day with our birthday girl and family

04 NovDeck the halls …. Christmas is coming

We decked the halls a little earlier than normal this year with the busy November we have planned. The Comfort girls all picked their favorite ornament to hang first, turned on Christmas music, and added Christmas cheer to our home. Chris had headed downstairs to do a couple things as we started our decorating party but sweet Leia saved Chris a couple ornaments to hang so he could join in the decorating party. Thankful we all will enjoy the decorations a little longer this year and hopefully a little extra family time. 

After a long day decorating our girls look like sweet angels sleeping even if they are upside down or sideways in the bed 

These nights of them in the same room seem to be fewer and farther between but I love watching over our sweet little angels sleep, praying for their futures and happiness. Chris laughs as the number of pictures Lisa has of our sweet girls sleeping but it is such a sweet moment watching them and want to capture each one to remember forever. 

03 NovDisney on Ice 2018

Mimi and Papa started a family tradition 7 years ago taking the grand-girls to Disney on Ice. We love it! This year the theme was Frozen. It was a fantastic show but the best part is sharing this family tradition together making another sweet family memory. After the show we grabbed pizza to head back to our house so Chris could take a break from studying and join in some sweet family fellowship since he stayed home to get school work done instead of joining us at the show. 



Mimi with her grand-girls. Thankful for her generosity in taking all os us to such a fun show.

Lisa tried editing the pictures during the show sine they all had a blue tint but could not make them as clear as we wanted




        
 

31 OctHalloween 2018

Mommy decided to back a little bit of everything into Halloween this year!  Lisa, Stacy and Mimi go to Christmas Village every year and it happened to fall on Halloween so we went there that morning to get a early start on Christmas shopping. The girlies got picked up straight from the bus to get back to the house to start our Halloween celebrations. On the way to school they finally decided they wanted to carve their pumpkins so we did it Halloween day after school. Sara and Katie joined us carving another one since the one they had carved did not make it until Halloween. After we cleaned up that mess it was zombie, tombs, and coffin cookie decorating time before the girlies had to all get dressed since our friends would be arriving. Thankful for friends and family to spend the evening with, that our friends took pictures since we forgot, and for a great neighborhood to go trick or treat. 

Mommy had fun letting them each pick a trick or treat

Guess who picked the treats and guess who picked the trick

Leia made a spider web cake for everyone on Halloween

Can not believe we carved our pumpkins ON halloween afternoon but it was fun

They turned out cute
 
 
The little sisters and Mimi ended up cleaning the pumpkins out and Ivy asked to carve Lisa’s too so she carved two

Next on our crazy agenda was cookie decorating 

 

The finish products

The girlies turned into a huntress, butterfly, snow queen, and zombie cheerleader before our friends arrived
 
 
Thankful for friends taking pictures of our trick or treat fun
 

Sweet Claire was Lisa’s little friend 🙂
 
Double the trouble
 
The end of the night and the girls spreading out their loot for a candy exchange
 
It was all fun until Leia went into protection mode since aunt Stacy said she was going to take all their candy for not looking when she was trying to take a picture … she was kidding but Leia was not taking any chances
  

27 OctPumpkin Patch 2018

Mommy had asked the girls a couple times about going to a pumpkin patch but they both declined until their friends Cole and Ivy Bailey asked them to go then they were all in for a little fun, fall activity. We left daddy home working on school and loaded up with our friends. We headed to a new place under of what to expect but it turned out to be a awesome pumpkin patch, Griffin Farms. It was $10 to get in and included a pumpkin for everyone and most all the activities (only exception was the pony ride). We got the most bang for our buck at this patch. It’ll be our patch to visit next year if we can talk the girls into it again. We ended up staying for a little over 4 hours and if it were not starting to get a little too chilly with the sun going down we may have stayed even longer. However, we did enjoy our family game night in that evening since Chris had turned in the assignment he needed too. 

Girls insisted the first stop be the pony ride.

Climbing on hay and jumping from the top is always fun
 
Mommy and Mrs Kala insisted on a photo op as we passed

Who does not love swinging as high as a bird

The zip line was awesome! Our Ivy refused to go but the other three had fun. It was 2.5 or 3 times the length of Mimi’s and the kids got to do it as many times as they wanted included in the armband price.
 
  
More pony rides on a tire pony this time

Ivy can find a balance beam and/or bars if they can be found
  
Another fun photo op while sliding 

Always fun getting lost and finding your way through a good ole corn maze
 
Third graders matching wits while the little sisters jumped in bouncy houses

The kids turned into hamsters for a little bit in the human hamster wheels
 
The kids had fun feeding the animals

Lassoing wooden horses

We discovered the corn when we went to a restroom break

Mrs Kala said ya’ll should bury Mrs Lisa so as to not be a spoiled sport …

Last stop at this fair was to get our pumpkins so we didn’t have to carry them around 

 
Pumpkins got and all the fun we could have was had time to head home 

Ending the night with a little family game time playing battleship 🙂