Tuesday, November 24, 2015

It's Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas!

A Christmas decorating blog post before Thanksgiving?!?!?! Yes! When Brian asked if we should decorate for Christmas on Saturday, Mallory and I both emphatically said Yes! We pulled out the decorations and started going!

Mallory was so thrilled to get into the Christmas boxes! She pulled everything out so she could look at it all and see what all there was. She was definitely a great helper and we had so much fun going through everything together!

We started by decorating the mantle and hanging our stockings. Mallory said "Look, Momma - it's a big sock!" :)  I bought Mallory's Christmas pajamas last month when we saw them at Carters and they came with a red tutu - she was sold! She was excited to put them on and dance in her tutu. 

Brian and I have always loved Christmas but sharing it with our little girl makes so much more wonderful!

The next item to set out was our nativity scene. Mallory said she wanted to do it so I let her. She pulled each of the people/animals out and worked to match it like the picture on the box.

She was very serious - her tongue was out the whole time she would put one in place.

All done and it was perfect! We did finally find Joseph's staff but Mallory informed me it was her magic wand to which I requested she put Joseph's staff back :)

Brian's favorite thing to do every year...or not. He is in charge of fluffing the tree.

While Brian fluffed the tree, Mallory and I went through all of the ornaments. My baby holding my favorite ornament of when she was a baby!

Brian got the tree all fluffled and put up. Every year, Brian and I say we are going to get a new tree but every year, I stick with the one we have because it is the first one we got when we celebrated our first Christmas together as a married couple. We will see if we do get one at the after-Christmas sales this year or if I stick with the "oldie but a goodie" one!

Mallory had to walk around the tree and take it all in.

Then, she and I started putting the ornaments on the tree.

Every year, Mallory gets to pick out a new ornament to hang on the tree. She decided to hang all of them together. I know you will be shocked to know that this year, she chose: Rainbow Dash.

Last but not least, she got to put the star on the top of the tree. She had been asking to do that as soon as she found it in our box.

And since the tree was up, we decided to wrap one of the presents we had. Mallory was happy to help me and then I let her wrap something so she went and got a game that she could wrap.

It was a wonderful unplanned evening with my family making more memories together!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

For the first weekend in a very long time, we had nothing planned! We started out the weekend cheering on the Yellowjackets in their 2nd playoff game Friday night!

It was cool but not as chilly as the week before - it was a perfect evening for football!

My cheerleader yelling loud! 

Mallory always loves seeing Caleb's girlfriend, Savannah!

The game was close - going back and forth. We had a hard time tackling their QB but Rockwall was able to pull it out and put it away in the 4th quarter. It was a great game and we won!! Onto the next round!

We were happy, as always, to see Caleb after the game!

We were out late so we Saturday morning we all slept in and it was glorious! Mallory kept saying "Momma, we won!!" I think she had a great time at the game because she was still cheering the next morning.

Saturday morning and afternoon, we did nothing. Brian had traveled last week and it was just a busy week in general so we enjoyed resting and relaxing. While I was resting, I caught up on some blogs I like to read and one of the blogs I like is: Diana Wrote  I was reading about her new daughter and laughed when I saw her daughter's middle name is the same as Mallory's (Anne) and the story of it is just like mine.  "Anne" was after her mom's middle name (just like my Mom's - her middle name is Ann) but she added an "e" at the end just like I did because we love Anne of Green Gables. The only difference is I told my Mom I was adding the "e" but it's always fun to hear someone thinking the same way. Here is what she said:

A few months ago we decided on her middle name as Ann – after my mom’s middle name. I thought about adding an “e” since I adore Anne of Green Gables, but thought that wouldn’t be really after my mom anymore. Once we told her though, she asked me that night if I’d consider adding an “e” to it as she’d always wanted one on hers because of Anne. So Ann became Anne. :)

Saturday afternoon, Brian asked if he should get the Christmas decorations out and once he put that in my mind, we were in Christmas decorating mode. Mallory was thrilled when I told her we could decorate Saturday night. Brian pulled it all out, I looked through all I had and then we ran to Hobby Lobby to get some Christmas items.

Mallory was happy to push the buggy and to pick out our wrapping paper for the year

It was such a fun evening putting everything up. Mallory is at a great age to help and she had the biggest smile on her face the whole time. So did I just watching her.

Sunday morning, we went to church! I laugh because I put Mallory's coat on after these pictures and she was still wearing it when I picked her up from her class. She said she was cold the whole time so she never took it off :)

I had the privilege of subbing for my friend Melody's 8th grade class. I taught on when Abraham was tested and was willing to sacrifice his only son, Isaac (Genesis 22). I know that I was naive in going thinking everyone had heard this story but that was not the case. All the girls kept saying, I want to know what happens next and when we read that God had seen Abraham's faith and He brought him a ram to be sacrificed, one girl said "Whew, that's good." We had a great conversation about the testing of our faith. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to share this amazing story with these girls.

I was also happy that I got to teach it again to my 10th grade girls! I love being able to teach because I feel I learn the most when preparing the lessons for the week!

After church on Sunday, this picture sums up Mallory and I's afternoon. We napped together and it was just what we needed.

Sunday night, I got things ready for this short week! While we were doing things, Mallory decided she needed to bring all of her stuffed animals into the living room. Sometimes, you can't just play with one.

I'm looking forward to this short work week and to celebrating Thanksgiving with our families! 

That's a wrap!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Yellowjackets Playoff Game - Round 1

Friday night was the Yellojacket's first round playoff game. It was very chilly so we got our warm clothes on, grabbed our blankets and headed to the stadium.

I got Mallory this cute toboggan at Old Navy and she has wanted to wear it everyday since we got it. We love the Friday Night Lights - especially when it's playoff time! 

The Estes Family in their happy place

Me and my girl snuggled close all night - body warmth!

We found Uncie as soon as we got there and had to tell him hi

Ready to get this game started!

We knew Caleb would get to dress out with the Varsity but didn't know if he would get to play but were so excited when he got to go in and Play in his first Varsity Game! We found him once they lined up for the national anthem.

They are very serious in watching the game

Grammy and Pappy came to the game too so Mallory was happy to get any snuggles in with Grammy when she could!

In the 4th quarter, #4 Caleb went in and we yelled loud for him

My mini me yelling during the game. I love it!

It was a close game until Rockwall started pulling away and we won! So exciting!

We got to see Caleb for a minute after the game. High fives and kisses :)

Winning smile!

Not sure how far the Yellowjackets will go but we have had and are having fun this football season! Go Jackets!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Wrap-Up

Friday night, we headed to the football stadium to cheer the Yellowjackets on! It's playoff time so it's win or go home! It was very chilly that night but we were ready to cheer Caleb on! Our family + Shannon :)

We won! I'll blog about it more in a separate post but Caleb got to play and the Yellowjackets pulled it out! It was a great game and now onto the next round of the playoffs!

We got home late and were slow going Saturday morning, but had to get up to head to Cooper's 1st Birthday party. Cooper is Brian's cousin's Foster's little boy and we were happy to celebrate him!

After the party and getting what we needed from the store, we headed home for the rest of the day. I try to get all the laundry done and house cleaned so I'm not having to do it all on Sunday. Brian went out and got us some firewood. I always love the first fire of the season!

We had dinner and got the fire going. We played Disney Princess Candyland and it was an intense game :) Brian came back at the very end and won

It was all fun until Brian came back and won so Mallory got up to pout in the corner. I laugh because I know my family and friends are laughing because she is so me. I am so competitive so she is very much her Mother's Daughter when it comes to games.

After getting over the game, we enjoyed the rest of the night watching college football in front of the cozy fire

After watching all of the news of the tragedy in Paris and all the sadness going on, I am extra grateful for the family time together and for all of God's blessings. We know and believe God is in control of everything and am clinging to that peace.

Sunday morning, we headed to church! I had a youth leader's meeting after church - they feed the families and then the leaders stay for the meeting. Mallory always looks forward to coming to the youth building with me and eating with her friend Katie Ryan.

Sunday evening, we had our first "Friendsgiving" at The Loflands. Our Supper Club version of Thanksgiving. Will and Lyndsey provided the Ham, stuffing and corn casserole while we all brought other sides and dessert. I made mashed potatoes and brought rolls. It was all so very delicious!

Enjoying our dinner in Will and Lyndsey's beautiful dining room. 

The kids were playing hard upstairs but then decided they were hungry so they came down for some food

My best friend: Liesl and I. Love this little girl!

And I love all these kids! Mallory always looks forward to seeing them all and playing with them! 

And these women: I'm so extremely grateful for them, their families and their friendship. 

First Friendsgiving = complete! And that's a wrap!