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!

 

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Easter’s On It’s Way!

 

The day before Easter, we had some fun activities going on at Nana & Grampi’s house. The kids had an Easter egg hunt, did sack races, and dyed eggs!

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Pappy picked some fresh carrots from his garden, so that is what we left for The Easter Bunny that night! He ate every single carrot and left the stems!

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The girls received DVDs and some fun stuff for the pool this summer. Easton received his favorite – balls! He also got a train whistle! Every time someone would blow it he would make this face:

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We got dressed to go visit our family in Choupic. The girls looked so lovely.

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I could not even handle Easton in his bow tie. He LOVED it. He did not take it off all day – he is such a ham!

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We then headed to see our family in Choupic – always such a good time over there!

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In typical Jules fashion, she managed to get her pretty dress filthy. When I asked her what happened she nonchalantly said, “I fell in the ditch”….and then just continued playing. HOT MESS!

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The rain held out this year for a wonderfully spent Easter. He is risen!

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Porch Posing

Before the rain headed our way this weekend, the girls were playing outside while I was swinging on our front porch. I decided to get my good ole camera out for some impromptu shots. Easton and Daddy were fishing in the pond, so we will have to get some good ones of him soon!

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My favorites are of them being their silly selves – one of them would hide behind me and try to make the other one laugh.

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This little photoshoot lasted literally about 2 minutes…until they ditched me to go fishing with the boys!

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Put Your Hands Up! SPC Festival

After a devastating two weeks, our school festival was the perfect event to try and lift everyone’s spirits. The kids look forward to this every year. We had rain everyday; however, it was spotty. We enjoyed the food and company, and of course, the kids enjoyed the rides and games!

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On every single ride, the girls would yell, “put your hands up!” They are little thrill seekers!

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We came home with three more goldfish (last year they won four). We were so kind to let them swim free into the pond with their family :) We have enough living things under our roof!

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Easton enjoyed watching the rides and listening to the sounds. He was able to ride the carousel (which he LOVED), and the car merry go round! Next year, he will be putting his hands up, too!

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We attended our first parade of the season this weekend! This was Easton’s very first parade (last year we left him at home with a cough). He just stared at everything going on around him, and he loved to watch the floats, bands, and excitement.

The girls had a blast playing with their friends, eating too much cotton candy, and dancing to the music in the street!

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This was the first year Kennedy did not ask to be held during the parade to get closer to the float – my big girl wanted to stay standing with her friends and catch beads and throws on her own. When did she grow up :(

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Happy Mardi Gras, everybody! Laissez les bon temps rouler!!

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We have two official cheerleaders! The girls have been working hard at their cheers, and finally were able to show them off at the first football game this weekend.

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Both girls are so excited that they “finally” learned how to spell RAMS :)

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It was MUDDY. It was HOT…..really HOT.

I was miserable in the stands, so I know they were miserable on the cheering grounds. Their brand new white shoes were miserable too :( Hopefully the cooler weather starts coming through soon!

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Overall, they were champs and finished all of their cheers. Even though it was hot and muddy, they stuck it out and finished what they started! I was so proud of them. During a water break, I snapped my favorite picture of the day – this is how I felt too!!  GO RAMS!

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Easton’s First Birthday – Puppy Pawty

I had so much fun planning and decorating Easton’s puppy paw-ty. He loves dogs, so I thought this theme was super cute for a boy. Snips & snails & puppy dog tails, right!?

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Of course I had to throw in some themed food – served in dog bowls. The puppy suckers (Oriental Trading) were a hit – I also loved the sign on the bathroom door ;)

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One of my favorite decorations were the dog face balloons. A little construction paper and a permanent marker can turn any balloon into the cutest puppy decoration! For favors, the girls helped me paint paw prints on white frisbees.

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We spent all morning setting up everything outside on the patio where we planned for the party to take place. Mother Nature reminded us not to plan TOO far ahead….about an hour before the party began, the heavens opened up and gave us a torrential downpour.

We spent the next hour moving the entire party inside our house. It was crazy & loud, but turned out fine – the birthday boy had a great time and that’s all that matters. Wonderful memories made – no matter where you are :)

Yes my house was a mess afterwards, but messes can be cleaned – it reminds me of a quote my mom used to have in our house growing up…”Excuse the mess, the children are making memories.”

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I made everything except the Happy Birthday banner and the highchair banner. Those beauties came from Make My Day.

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I ordered some doggie ears for the kiddos, and I painted their faces like little pups. They were too cute!

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The cake was made by Sugarcoated by Michelle. It was so doggone cute – of course after I took the “official” cake picture, I noticed one of the puppies stuck their little paws in the cake…I have a good guess of who that was (*cough* JULES *cough*)

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I thought for sure my boy would be in Heaven eating his cake, but it turned out he did not like the crowd or attention. He was overwhelmed and just wanted to eat in peace!

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He enjoyed opening his presents (with his sisters help of course) – he now has a ton of “boy toys” to play with!

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Despite the weather, his party turned out great… he was exhausted by the end! He could not keep his eyes open.

I hope you had a wonderful first birthday, my man! We love you so much!

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