13 FebIvy’s Class Valentine

Late Sunday night Lisa got a call asking to help with Ivy’s class Valentine party sine ht person who signed up for it decide they could not do it. We knew it was a busy week getting ready for our ski trip and finish up everything at work to be off but we rallied to throw a fun Valentine for her class. We ended up having pin the heart on the fox, heart tic-tac-toe toss, ring toss, valentine bingo, made gliders and Valentine cards for someone special. All the kids said they had fun so that was a success. Leia was given the choice of attending her party or not since she said her Christmas party was a disappointment so she elected to get checked out early. 

There was a school delay on Tuesday so we got to see cousins before school. So much fun! 

Tuesday, Mommy decided to do lunch with out littles too since we have been working to organize everything for our trip and focused on work so much for a few focused minutes on our girls
 
While mommy helped with the Valentine party Mimi surprised the girlies and had a special lunch with them before coming back to help with the party

Coleman’s Valentine Party fun

 

The girls gave Mimi a valentine too

The girlies opened our valentine early since we were leaving really early on valentine

  

 

09 FebWeekend Fun

Leia had sweet friends birthday party to attend at the zoo on Saturday so mommy and Ivy had a little date at the zoo too while daddy studied for his test.



Of course after the party Leia hung out with us a little bit too

We went to Mimi’s afterwards to visit a little bit. We ended up going to Target and the girls bought themselves a new toy for their dolls then Mimi gave them their valentines early since we were going skiing on Valentine. Of course Mimi also sent them a valentine to opinion the trip too

07 FebThankful for our village when the week is long

It was another long week with Chris traveling and long work days. Mimi spent Sunday night so mommy could go in early in hopes that she’d get ahead of the Monday craziness. Unfortunately that did not happen. Thankful for our little village that afternoon. Lisa texted Stacy to ask her to pick the girls up. They ended up eating, doing homework, and getting baths there that night. After the crazy Monday Tuesday, and Wednesday aunt Stacy still picked up the girls but Lisa did not get off as late. We still joined the Rhoads for pizza and cheese/cracker tray Wednesday and great fellowship. Thursday morning the girls ended up with a 3 hour weather delay so we all got to have a more leisure morning although mommy worked from home. Alex Ann rode to school with us and on the way as a little happy we stopped to get a cake pop for a little morning fun. Thankful that afternoon mommy was able to pick up from baton on time and daddy got home earlier than expected. Friday morning we had a full house since Sara and Katie came for breakfast and we took them and Alex to school that morning. Chris went to lunch with the girlies as a little surprise too. That evening Mimi joined us for dinner then she and Lisa went to an auction for a school fundraiser while the girls and Chris went home for a chill night.  

Thankful for family to help out when work weeks are long and daddy is traveling

They even let Lisa eat too

Tuesday and Wednesday fun

Thursday after baton Ivy got get give her sweet teacher a big hug and play with a friend while we went to get Girl Scout cookies to sell 

Thursday morning treat after a 3 hour delay
   
Chris enjoyed lunch with the girls while Lisa waited on our new bed to be delivered

 

03 FebLeia’s Girl Scout Troop Trip to Great Wolf Lodge and Super Bowl Sunday

Leia’s girls scout troop took an overnight trip to Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange, GA and we were lucky enough to go and spend time with some fabulous little girls and their moms. It was a very low stress, do what you want kind of trip. Leia and Lisa drove over just the two of them. Lisa was surprised on the way Leia told her she left her phone at home so we could just talk and spend time together; love that girl and some quality time with her. The scouts had three rooms, each with three girls and their moms in the room. We checked in for our room since we were the first ones there so Leia got to claim the top bunk. We roomed with Alice/Courtney and Lillian/Leslie. Alice and Courtney got there now long after us so we all headed down to the water park together. Leia and Alice headed straight to the lazy river while the moms looked for chairs. Lisa had to give the key to Leslie and get an ear plug but was heading up the stairs for our first water slide as soon as she got back to the park. We did the family slide a couple times but other than that Leia opted to play in the last river, wave pool, and chill in the hot top. We were water logged by the evening so we took quick showers and went to get Leia a Wolf Pass to do the ropes course, arcade, and magic quest game. The troop did have dinner together and did a photo scavenger hunt that evening before we all called it a night. Breakfast was more by room the next morning except Lisa and Leia woke up two hours before everyone else so we had breakfast on our own then played the magic quest game a while as we waited on the others to wake. We did sit with the rest of our room later that morning while they ate then the kids played magic quest and bingo as the moms took turns loading our car. We were home at noon on Sunday to get ready for the week ahead and see sweet Ivy and Mimi a little. 

Chef Ivy helped cook breakfast before mommy and sissy left for Leia’s Girl Scout trip 
 

Group picture of the troop girls that got to go. They were missing 5 of their sweet friends

All ready for some fun! 


    


 
Our little monkey was excited to get a wolf pass


Dinner with the Girl Scout troop 

Looking at the photo scavenger hunt pics

Momma/daughter breakfast

Bingo with friends before we left

Daddy took a couple pictures of his and Ivy’s day. He said they went to Hobby Lobby and Micheals looking for a bracelet set Ivy wanted then had Habanero’s for lunch before coming home to watch a movie. Ivy headed outside to ride bikes and play with Alex before she and Chris went to Yummy Bowl for dinner then back home for the evening. Ivy decided to clean out a cabinet that has been needing cleaning out for quite some time then she and Chris watched some shows before she fell asleep and he went back to do school work.
 

Sunday morning, Chris had to catch a flight early. He seems to normally travel on Super Bowl Sunday.  He took Ivy to Mimi’s house so she could hang out until mommy and sissy got back. Mimi and Ivy started off their morning painting Ivy’s finger and toe nails then played beauty shop before going Ivy requested to go shopping at Target. Of course they also rode the golf cart a few times and explored Mimi’s yard too since it was a nice outside. Thankful Mimi said she would just bring Ivy home and come spend the night with us to take the girls to school Monday morning so Lisa could go in early. Plus, it gave Lisa and Leia some time to visit Mimi too, blessed 🙂  


Girl night … are we watching the super bowl or not??? 😉

 

31 JanLong work week, ending in celebrating Sara’s 12th Birthday

It was a long work week! Thankful for friends and family to help us out on weeks like this!
On Monday, Kathryn let Ivy go home with Evelyn after girl scouts since Lisa ended up having to work later than planned and could not get to her. Chris and Lisa left about the same time so he grabbed Leia and Lisa picked up Ivy on the way home. Chris also picked up dinner for us so we did not have to think about that when we got home and had the evening to spend together

Tuesday, was another day where both Lisa and Chris had to work later planned so we could not get Ivy to gymnastics. It was Mimi  to the rescue kind of day. Unfortunately, Ivy’s nose was bleeding so she did not get to go to gymnastics but got sweet time with Mimi, sissy, and her cousins. Mimi treated us all to  dinner at Tazeki’s before she headed home too. 

Wednesday, Chris headed out of town on a work trip and Lisa went to work again with the same fate as the previous two days. She was ready to head out to get the girls after 8.5 hours but life happened and she had to work a little longer so called Stacy to get the girls. Thankful Stacy got the girls and had plenty of dinner for us all to join them since Lisa was starting to feel run down. By the time Thursday morning rolled around Lisa could not speak and throat was hurting. With over 30 hours logged in at work before on Thursday Lisa decided not to let work get in the way again this week and have let the next couples day have more R&R time. Thursday Lisa spent hanging out with Mimi and inviting the Rhoads over for dinner. Sweet time with family and Chris coming home that night made Thursday great!  


 


Friday was another low stress day for Lisa while Chris stayed home to do school work so he would not be stressed either. Lisa went to lunch with the girls so the house would be quiet. Chris stopped his school work just before it was time to pick up the girls then we had a home afternoon before heading to the Rhoads to celebrate Sara turning 12. It was the first time in years chris was in town for Sara’s birthday in several years so it was extra special. Best part was we all spent the afternoon together without work or school clouding out focus. 
 Lunch time with the girls
 
Sara’s birthday celebration

26 JanRequena-Comfort’s Visit

We had not saw Alicia, Adrian, and their parents since last year in October so we were long overdue for a visit to celebrate Leia’s birthday and Christmas together. They came over after Adrian’s basketball practice. The girls had asked several times when they would be there but had finally chilled out watching TV so were surprised when they walked in since mommy was sitting outside and they got to walk on in without ringing the door bell. We opted to stay in Saturday night so we had time just to visit. It was an evening full of indoor snowball fights, yummy food, and great fellowship. 

Surprise they are here

Leia got to open her last 10th birthday present

The kids were all excited to open the last of their Christmas gifts

We stayed in and grilled out that evening enjoying time by the fire table on the back porch then shared lava cakes for a special treat
 

 
These two were excited to decorate Christmas cookies together

These girls finish products were amazing

The older two joined in the fun for a few minutes 

Sunday Lisa woke up early to sweet snuggles from the three little princesses before cooking breakfast. We all chilled out a little bit before we decided to head to “Do It Yourself” to paint pottery. There was lots of creativity! Ivy and Adrian shared painting a dog, Alicia painted a unicorn, Leia did a goblet, Kelly painted a coffee mug, and Lisa created a birthday plate. Once we finished our creations we called Chris to meet us at Yummy Bowl for lunch. Kelly and Lisa headed out as soon as we were done while the guys took car of the checks to set up to do s’mores since we had told Alicia we could do them before they headed home. We had so much fun and the day flew by; thankful we will get to see each other again in a few weeks in Utah. 

Loved sharing breakfast together Sunday morning 
    
and snuggles on the couch, Buddy our bearded dragon even joined in

We took the kids to ‘Do It Yourself’ to paint pottery then lunch at Yummy bowl


Before they headed home we did s’mores and enjoyed a few more precious minutes together

 

18 JanMommy’s trip to TX

For Christmas we gave Mimi a mother-daughter trip to Austin and Waco, TX. It took a little prep getting there with Lisa working 11 hours Monday and several hours Tuesday between appointments and getting everything ready to go. Wednesday morning though we were ready and at the airport bright and early for our 6:15 flight.

Lunch with my favorite girls Tuesday before leaving Wednesday

Wednesday morning we were up and at the airport at 5 am. Early flight means we got almost a full day enjoying TX. The flights were smooth and we arrived earlier than planned which gave us plenty of time to get our rental car and make it to Waco for our lunch reservation at Magnolia Table. It was decorated as we expected from watching ‘Fixer Upper’. The burger and jalapeño jam was fabulous! The hash browns and bacon yummy too but the eggs were a little bland for our taste. Of course we took a few photo ops before leaving to head to the silos.

It was a little smaller than we expected but had a great atmosphere and green space to hang out. Of course, we visited the bakery too. Lisa took a picture of the bathroom floor per Leia’s request since she recalled them saying people would come in just to see the floor. As a surprise we also got cupcakes to take home to the girls. We went to Harp Design and original location of Magnolia Café which now housed, Little Shop on Bosque. They use it now as a clearance store.

Next on our tour of Waco was the Homestead Craft area. We walked thru pottery store and general store before Lisa was finally adamant she was going back and making pottery. We all made bowls. Can’t wait for them to ship the finished products to us after they are fired. They were each so unique. We stopped by a cave and cheese place to check it out and taste yummy cheese before going to a rooftop winery for a glass of wine and chill time then went to a local place for fajitas before finally going to the hotel and checking in for the night. Comically, Stacy noticed 9 other Mexican restaurants before we drive 2 miles to the hotel; I think they have a heavy Mexican influence. We called it an early night after the early morning wakeup call but looked forwarded to the adventures the next day held.

Checking out our rental. It was a step up from ‘Big Blue’ on the last trip

Welcome to Texas

Lunch at Magnolia Table. Thankful we were able to get a reservation and did not have a couple hour wait

Welcome to Waco

Visiting Magnolia Market at the Silos. The store was not quite as large as we expected but loved the outdoor area and the relaxing atmosphere

Of course we visited the bakery and took a pic in the bathroom per Leia’s request

So much fun doing pottery! This was a highlight of the trip. Loved doing something new and excited to see how they turn out after they are fired

Roof top wine bar in Waco was so relaxing and fun 

The server at the wine bar recommended a Mexican restaurant for dinner. Nice sharing fajitas and enjoying a good drink

Grandpa came to hang out with the girls while mommy was on her trip and daddy went to a plant for work. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that Leia sent a selfie of them on the couch!!

 

Thursday morning upon waking Lisa looked around for Mimi since she was not in the bed. Surprisingly, Mimi was in the floor on the other side of the divider wall sleeping. She said that Stacy had woke her twice for snoring and she did not want to disrupt her sleep so she moved as far away as possible not to disturb Stacy. After that craziness we all went to the lobby to get a cup of coffee and work on our game plan for the day.

First stop was ‘Our Breakfast Place’ to fill our bellies before heading back to the hotel to pack up. As we were going back into the hotel parking lot we saw a tour bus then Mimi spotted a member from Oak Ridge Boys in the lobby. Afer we checked out we got a quick picture of Mimi and him in the lobby. Stacy requested we drive thru Camron Park so Lisa drove us thru it. Lisa suggested getting out and walking on a little but Stacy and Mimi didn’t want to sicne it looked like it could rain so instead we headed to the Dr Pepper museum.

We  knew when we started planning this trip and saw that Waco was the birth place of Dr Pepper and had a museum we had to go to it since that is the only soft drink Mimi drinks. It was cool to walk through it, to learn to be a “flavorist” you had to work minimum of 7 years, plus we got sampled it afterwards. Mimi and Stacy said the sample tasted watered down. Lisa said it tasted fine to her of course Lisa may drink a sip or two of soda a year so she is not a good judge. While we were in the ‘Pop Shop’ having our sample Lisa asked the attendant about a historical house to tour. The attendant quickly asked if we wanted a historical house or magnolia house then did a ‘cha-ching’ with her arm when Lisa said historical; apparently there is a lot of people who like to tour the houses remodeled by Chip and Joanne but we do not consider those to be historical in our definition.  

After our Dr Pepper tour we walked thru a couple stores before going to ‘East Terrace House Museum’ to tour a home that was built in 1872 by a successful business man named, John Wesley Mann. The home was beautiful and is being completely restored to reflect what it would have looked like after it was built. After that tour we decided to go try some Italian food at what was described as a authentic Italian restaurant, Barris. It was a good recommendation! The salad dressings were great and bread freshed baked. We started drive to Austin with full bellies.

Stacy requested we stop at Buckees since she could not believe the number of billboards advertising a gas station. It was a HUGE gas station with 127 pumps, a deli, bbq station and anything else you could want to eat, plus all types of specialty items. We spent 30 minutes there. The girls would have had a field day and might need an hour. Alas we were on our way though and opted to stop by ‘Blanton Museum of Art’ as we entered Austin. Stacy had looked it up and we lucked upon going on a day that had free admission.

We headed to the hotel from the museum and were greeted with a glass of wine upon check-in. We enjoyed feta and crackers with the wine. After sitting in the room a little bit we decided we should get out and enjoy the city to try to get a game plan for the next day. Turns out if you as anyone in Austin what to do everyone tells you the same thing: eat, shop, and bars at night. We walked around for a few minutes but itt started raining a little harder than we wanted so we stopped by a store to grab a bottle of wine and called it an early night as we retired back to the room all soaked. 

Yummy breakfast 

Dr Pepper muesum for my Dr Pepper loving family. Although both Mimi and Stacy said the bottled DP’s are better

Stopping by the biggest gas station we have every saw, Buccee’s
If we see one of these with the girls and have a hour to spare we will stop with them 

Getting our education on at the art muesum

Fancy hotel that gave us champagne at check in and brought water, chocolates, and candles in the evening

Exploring the city before it started pouring 

 

Despite the early retirement Lisa got minimal sleep. She was not tired when we first laid down and ended up playing on her phone until 10:45 listening to Stacy sleep talk telling us to stop snoring but the room was quite other than her talking. Finally deciding to call it a night Lisa was awaken at 10:55 with Stacy shaking her saying to stop snoring. So then it took another hour and a half to fall back asleep. Thankful that there is coffee set up on each floor at the butlers area when we all woke up the next morning.

We walked to grab coffee dressed in our ZaZa robes and chilled out in the room acting like ladies of leisure. It was after 8 before we got out of the room. We stopped by Mary’s for a ‘Green Grill Cheese’ which was not a item that we would of traditionally ordered if it had not been for a sweet, local lady in the restaurant who suggested it. After we filled our bellies we went to ‘Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm’ to explore homes and structures from the 1800s that have been relocated for various surrounding areas.

We were thankful that it did not pour the entire time we toured the farm but pushed thru the rain to walk around the whole farm before driving back towards the hotel. We elected to stop by ‘Graffiti Park’ to see that landmark then drove down Rainy Street where houses had been transformed into bars for an entertainment area. We headed back to the hotel to escape the rain again and park the car since a city is not the best place to drive and Austin drivers are not use to driving in the rain; we had saw several wrecks that day and locals had said it did not rain that often there.

We ventured out after a little bit when the rain eased up to try Coopers Barbecue since Chris said it was really good barbecue. We found where we were going tonight then headed back to the hotel to people watch and find a movie on the TV since we had not found much to do other than eat and drink in Austin. Stacy had made a reservation at Cru for happy hour at 4 that afternoon. It was just around the corner from the hotel. The bartender was fabulous and we chilled out there a couple hours or so just enjoying being together. Next we headed to a local coffee shop called “The Hideout” since Lisa had reserved us tickets for a show, “The Knuckelball” that night. The show was described as a “Fast and Furiously Funny Comedy from Improv Pros”; none of us had ever been to a improv show so it was something new. We sprinted back to the hotel afterwards to pack our bags since our flight home was the next day.

Coffee bar for the win

Quick breakfast at Mary’s. It was comical Stacy picked the joint next to the hospital, guess she was missing work

Exploring Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farm. It might have been a little better if it were not so wet and muddy but we had fun just being together

Graffiti Park is closed since they are relocating it but we did want to see it although there was several no trespassing signs so we just snapped a picture from the road

Relaxing and exploring the hotel while it rained some more
  
Chris recommended Cooper’s Barbecue for lunch one day so we tried it. That night there was standing room only with the line out the door

We hung out in a wine bar for over two hours. How much fun just getting to spend time, fellowshipping with a couple of my favorite ladies
 
Enjoying a impromptu show. We were not sure what to expect but it was fun and funny

 

Saturday morning as we woke we noticed Stacy sitting in the chair on the opposite side of the room. Apparently, she had been up and down half the night unable to sleep. It maybe time to start getting two rooms :-/. Nevertheless, we all went to get coffee from the butler area and chilled a few minutes before going to “Snooze” for breakfast before heading to the airport to go home where we all hope to sleep better.

Enjoying the coffee bar on the way out

Breakfast in the city that likes to eat

 At the airport, ready to head home

There was a female pilot on our way home. Leia had mentioned on the planes we have rode on she had never saw a female pilot but that she might want to be one. So when we saw we had a female pilot I asked to get a picture of her but she insisted that I join her for the picture. I wish Leia would have been there to be in the picture! 

Loved my welcome home sign the girls made and Ivy’s dance

 
The rest of the weekend was low key! Other than cooking dinner at our house Sunday night with the Rhoads’ and Mimi, then having neighbors over Monday we chilled just us and our girls; thankful to have a long weekend!

12 JanWeekend fun

Friday mommy got to have lunch with the girls 

Sweet Ivy had fun playing with a Barbie she bought and found a new hair style she likes

Saturday was a busy but fun day for us! The girls went to girl scout cookie rally then to McWane for a birthday party. That evening Lisa went with Mimi to see “Les Misérables” while the girls chilled out at home with Chris. The play was was a fabulous but Lisa got home after her bedtime.  

Cookie Rally fun




At home the girls had fun playing with a science kit Leia got

   
We went to McWane for our neighbor, Elliot’s 4th birthday 

  

Happy on Sunday both girls had play dates with friends while Chris and Lisa both worked to try to help Monday not be so rough. Wish we could go to a 2 day work week and 5 day weekend. 😉

07 JanJanuary 2020 Week One

This New Year kicked off the beginning of a new decade and new year. It is always exciting to start a new year and dream of what will happen. Both Daddy and Mommy were off for a couple weeks at the end of 2019 so we got to focus more on our sweet little family, spend more time together, and loved every minute of it; it might have spoiled us a little bit. Once the excitement of the new year settles down though, it hits that school and work is starting back very soon and with that the normal, hectic, everyday life. Mommy may dread the school and work starting back more than anyone else in the house knowing that we won’t have as much time just to be with homework, after school activities, and normal stuff but we try focusing on the moments we have until work and school starts back but we savor the last few days of no set schedule as we ease into 2020. 

New Year’s Day we rode the golf cart while the rest of the gang cheered on Alabama to victory then had our traditional New Year’s lunch of peas and greens during half time at Mimi’s house with the Rhoads’,  Mimi, and Al. Alabama has won all their games this year … they only have had one game in 2020 and beat Michigan in the Citrus Bowl


As soon as we got home we put the sensor bar up for the Wii so the girls could discover they loved the dance game Mimi gave them for Christmas

Chris started back to work on the second of January; easing our way back into the grove. The girls woke up and their day was normal until they noticed the time and thought daddy should be up can we go wake him and mommy had to tell them he was at work. They were shocked he was working since they were stlll off. Throughout the morning they asked a few times when he’d be home. Of course that was between them showing off their dance moves playing ‘Dance Now’. They happily stopped playing though when Mimi called to ask us to go to lunch with her, Sara, and Katie

Lisa headed back home after lunch while Mimi took all 4 grand-girls to Urban Air. Aunt Stacy met them there to pick up Sara and Katie since they had spent Wednesday night with Mimi. Thursday night was Leia and Ivy turn to spend the night so mommy and daddy both could go in early Friday morning. Our girls picked their evening entertainment at Mimi’s choosing to go to Target to spend some of their Christmas gift cards, eating dinner at Moe’s, and then ending it simply hanging out at Mimi’s house playing and watching a movie together

So thankful Mimi sends good morning pictures!!! She said she offered to go anywhere they wanted that morning too but they elected to just hang out and play at the house. I think they are smart girls to chill out with school starting back soon. Mommy wished she was not back at work already but thankful it was only a half day and it was Friday; easing into it.  

Ivy told Mimi when they started to head back to the house at 11 that she was starving and could not even make it back to Vestavia without eating so they stopped in Gardendale on the way home

There’s our big girls sweet smile

When we got off work we loaded the car to head to Newnan so we could celebrate Grandpa’s birthday with him. We got there by 4 EST so the girls had a few minutes to play before we went to Carrabbas for dinner then back to the house for cookie dough ice-cream cake that evening. 

Little Ivy loved opening his gifts for him. Both our little monkeys enjoyed helping light the candles and blowing them out 🙂
 

Saturday morning, Deedee and Grandpa fixed a big breakfast with sous chefs, Leia and Ivy. After breakfast Chris and Lisa volunteered to clean up the table while the girls and Deedee headed upstairs to set up a restaurant. We all joined them once it was set up for a little fun before getting dressed to go to “Bubbles and Brushes”. The girls painted pretty pictures then we all hung out a little while at the house before we headed home to unpack and start our New Year’s closet cleanups before the girls started back school Monday.
Our girl loves pictures! She wanted to pose while they were at Bubbles and Brushes 🙂 

Then that evening we went to dinner then hosted game nights with our friends and neighbors. WE also let Buddy our dragon try on his new leash. Thankful for the evening of laughter with sweet friends! 
 

Sunday morning we woke up to the temperature below 30 but the sun was out and it looked beautiful looking outside. We let everyone in the house get up at their own leisure knowing this was the last day of the girls Christmas break. They ordered their breakfast and mommy headed to the kitchen to make sausage balls, little round sausages, biscuits, pancakes, and eggs as ordered. To her delight the girls joined her. Leia rolled out half the sausage balls while Ivy cooked the pancake. It was nice having them in the kitchen helping and make mommy smile; so blessed to have such sweet girls! We all sit to enjoy our meal together. Chris mentioned the temperature so the girls started talking about how they wish it would rain so the roads would ice and they couldn’t go to school tomorrow.  As soon as we were finished the girls scurried off to the playroom in hopes of having a home morning while mommy and daddy worked on a few things that needed fixed in the house. When they did come back up we reminded them school started again so they got the rest of the reading finished we were all laxed on over the break.
 

Monday was the day Ivy dreaded, they started back to school. While Ivy totally dreaded it and said she could just see her friends away from school, Leia was in-different to it. The day went off without a hitch with the girls back at school and daddy/mommy at work despite the fact that Chris dropped them off early and mommy was still at work when daddy left so he picked them up too; it was a long first day back to school! That evening though mommy grabbed them Chick-Fil-A on the way home and we all got to snuggle and relax watching one of the girls shows, just what this momma needed. 

Tuesday marked the end of the first full week in 2020. We were all settled back into school and work. We still miss the days we all were home, having fun together without the worries of school or work but they give us the opportunity to do some pretty amazing things together. We treasure any time we get with each other, friends and family. We are counting down to MLK Day since we are all off and can have an extra day to just relax (hopeful Chris will not have too much homework). This year is going to be a great one! Chris will graduate in May and we  have a few adventures already planned. We hope this year takes us on many adventures, planned or spontaneous to make precious memories with family and friends! 

31 Dec2019 turns 2020

House decorated and ready for the New Year celebration

Games ready for family time

Sweet neighbors and friends came by to say hello 

We said it was 12 o’clock somewhere and took a NYE picture

The girls started game time while mommy and daddy was cooking and we were waiting on Mimi and Al to arrive for our night of celebration

 
We enjoyed a yummy dinner together
 
Yum-yum

The girls made brownies to accompany our homemade ice-cream for dessert while the adults finished eating dinner 

Toasting in the New Year playing games is always fun

The girls entertained us with shows after game time

We said it was 12:00 somewhere and celebrated the New Year a little early with Mimi and Al before they headed back to Gardendale

We even toasted in the ‘New Year’ together 

The girlies ended up falling asleep while they were waiting on midnight but we woke them to watch the ball drop on eastern time before we called it a night

Celebrating a new year with poppers. Praying this year brings blessings to our family and friends