Our Favorite Elf is BACK!

To say we have been busy over the last month would be a huge understatement. So busy, in fact, I have not had time to update this blog in over a month! We are back just in time, though, to share some photos of our favorite elf from the North Pole.

Herbie returned the day after Thanksgiving. He flew through the wrong window in our house, and ended up in our coffee bar!

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The next morning we found him singing nursery rhymes in Mom’s teapot!

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The kids were all giggles when we found he was trapped on the fridge in Easton’s underwear!

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That little stinker took one of our marshmallows and made himself comfy by a fire.

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He thought he was taking some of our cookies the next day, but he actually took the dog treats! I don’t think he was happy.

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He was showing respect for our manger scene by taking off his hat and kneeling the next day. The girls wanted to know why he was getting bald!

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All the kids had to brush their teeth in Mom & Dad’s bathroom the next morning. Herbie filled their sink with marshmallows to take a bubble bath!

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As we were getting dressed for church the next morning, we found him in our Advent wreath reminding us it was the first Sunday in Advent!

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He flew very high the next day…we almost did not find where he was hiding! He was at the top of our Christmas tree!

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I had to leave for four days and head to Texas for a work trip. I was super nervous at how Herbie would act without me around. However, he did not miss a beat! The kids Facetimed me every morning to show me where Herbie was before they left for school. One morning he was in our utility room trying to buy some laundry service!

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He flew to the light and then to the bathroom the next days. On the night I came home, we found him making snow angels in the kitchen!

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Easton was fussing Herbie the next morning when he found that he was riding his train. I bet Herbie was nervous being so close to the ground, but Easton did a great job of not touching him once!

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“MOMMA! O.M.G!!,” is all I heard from the bathroom the next morning. Herbie apparently poops tootsie rolls. Those elves are something else!!

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We found him admiring all of our Christmas cards we have been getting in the mail!

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That little stinker took the kids’ underwear and hung them on the tree! He does this every year, and the kids laugh and laugh.

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Another little elf told Herbie about this activity about giving. He set out a basket in the playroom and had the kids fill it up with toys they no longer played with. He took it to the North Pole that night to give to children who needed toys. I was actually surprised at how much they put into the basket. It was overflowing!

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We enjoy our time with Herbie so much during the holidays. He adds so much JOY to this season! We don’t have many more days left with him, so we are making the most out of his remaining days!

 

Bunny Days

We had a wonderful Easter filled with friends, family, and too much candy. We spent Easter Eve at Nana & Grampi’s house. The kids played games, had an Easter egg hunt, and dyed eggs.

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Easter morning the girls were up bright and early to see what the Easter Bunny put in their baskets. Easton likes his sleep, so he just waited until later :)

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We then got all dolled up to head to Aunt Lisa & Uncle Jason’s house to celebrate Uncle Jason’s Baptism! The kids stayed this clean for about 10 minutes!

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The highlight of their day was when Aunt Lisa pulled out two boxes of silly string for all the kids. They were in Heaven!

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Easton loved to shoot the silly string; however, he DID NOT like when he would be the target!

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The weather was perfect, and the company was even better! Happy Easter to everyone!

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Annual EGGstravaganza!

The kids were counting down the days until Aunt Connie’s Easter party she throws at her house every year. The crew just keeps growing, and everyone has a good time.

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Our annual visitor, Mr. Easter Bunny himself, made his appearance. The kids all ran up to him when he came around the corner.

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After the bunny hopped away, it was Easter Egg Hunt time! They had one yard for the older kids, and one yard for the younger kids. Easton picked ONE SINGLE EGG. He opened it, found a candy, and sat down and ate it while watching the others finish the hunt!

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Jules found the GOLDEN EGG! Her little eyes lit up when she came running with that egg.

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After they were nice and sugared up, the kids enjoyed sack races around the tree. Even Easton wanted to play! He did surprisingly well!

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Next up was piñata time! More candy to add to their bags!

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The girls enjoyed stacking hoola hoops together to see how many they could balance at one time. I told them they should join the circus! They did great!

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Amidst all of the excitement, Kennedy lost her 5th tooth! I love that crooked , holy smile!

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It was a WINDY, but pretty day. All of the kids were in bed early from all of the games and excitement. We can’t thank Aunt Connie enough for putting this on every year. They surely look forward to it every Easter!

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To give you an idea of how our crew has grown, I went back and pulled the first Easter party picture. Don’t drink the water around here!!!

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To Everyone Else, It’s Just Tuesday…

We had a fun filled Mardi Gras with our family and friends! We went to our cousin’s house for some BBQ and parading. The kids absolutely loved running around and playing with their friends and cousins.

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Easton just wanted to play ball…of course. I don’t care where we are, that boy will find someone to play ball.

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There’s something about sitting under a tree, enjoying the company, and waiting for a Mardi Gras parade to pass. It just doesn’t get better!

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When it was time for the parade to pass, the kids kept their hands up the entire time. They came home with way too many beads and stuffed animals. Easton caught 4 balls (like we need more), and they played “parade” when we got home.

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Laissez le bon temps rouler!!

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Christmas Day 2017

I don’t know who gets more excited on Christmas morning…me or the kids. I could barely sleep, because I was so excited for them to see what Santa brought. They were up at 6:30am ready to run into the living room. Easton wanted to stay in a bed a little longer, so he came out a little later :)

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After they saw the presents, I found something hidden in a bag on the side of the fireplace. The note read, “For Kennedy & Jules to SHARE, since these are so RARE.” I wondered what in the world Santa hid for them to find!

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I heard screams and giggles and they pulled out the one toy they asked for this year – a “limited edition” surprise L.O.L. ball. I don’t know how Santa found this bad boy, but he managed.

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Finally Mr. Easton woke up an hour later. He went straight to the toy I knew he would go to first….the fishing pole!

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Then his eyes got big when he saw his very own “cane cutta”. How did Santa know!?

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We had a wonderful day spent with family and too much food. I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! From our family to yours…

Who Dat Christmas

Seth scored two tickets at work for the Saints game against Atlanta….on Christmas Eve. I decided I did not want to leave the kids on Christmas Eve to go to the game. I could see he was disappointed since he loves his Saints so much. To my surprise, what did that sweet hubby of mine do!? He managed to score 3 more tickets….so that we could ALL go. I still don’t know if he did it to be sweet, or if that’s how bad he really wanted to see the game….I’m gonna go with sweet :)

I had so much anxiety traveling with three kids to the Superdome on Christmas Eve. Will they like it? Will it be too loud? Will they need to leave their seat every 5 minutes? Will this be enjoyable at all?

To my surprise, it was seriously one of the best times we had as a family ever. Everyone was smiling the whole time…the energy was awesome….no meltdowns…just an amazing memory we will always cherish. I cannot believe how smoothly it went….and they are still talking about “the Superdome.”

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Easton was in awe with the ball, and the girls were in awe with the Saintsations. We actually passed the group when we were walking into the Dome, and they waved at Kennedy and Jules. They were all smiles!

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In the first 20 minutes of the game, Jules & Easton fell asleep on me….really!? It was SOO loud..I have no idea how they stayed asleep. They took a nice 30 minute nap and woke up after the first touchdown.

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I loved watching the kids cheer, dance, scream, clap, etc. They got SO into the game…much more than I thought they would.

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It was a day I will remember for a long time – and I still smile when I think about the fun we had in the Dome. Thanks Dad for a memorable Christmas Eve!

 

The Whirlwind of Christmas

What day is it again!? The holidays have been a whirlwind, and I am just getting around to organizing all the pictures. Looking back through them all, I can’t believe we fit in all the activities we did.

Our friends had an awesome time at our annual party – this year’s theme was “Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow.”

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The girls did such a good job at their Christmas performances at school. Their biggest fan, Easton, enjoyed watching them on the stage!

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On a random day, we were surprised to find we had been “elffed”!! A special elf left a sweet treat box – filled with sugar cookies! There was icing and sprinkles to decorate all the cookies…it was absolutely precious!

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One of our favorite activities was when we went caroling with the neighbors. Everyone jumped on golf carts & four-wheelers and we sang door to door in the freezing cold. It was amazing!

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The kids were excited to open their first presents of the season at Nana & Grampi’s house. The girls asked Nana & Grampi for their very own Ashton-Drake doll. They are such good mommies to their dolls, and WE love playing with the babies. Yes, I have as much fun as they do :)

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Easton is such a fun age this year – he gets so excited with every gift!

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On Christmas Eve, we headed to Maw & Pappy’s to continue in the present fun!

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That night, we put cookies and milk on the fireplace. We also left some reindeer food in the yard!

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