Monday, December 9, 2013
Good Monday Morning! We survived the Icy Weekend at The Estes Household. The temps are now getting above freezing so everything should start melting away but schools are still closed or opening late today because of the conditions so the Ice has left it's mark this weekend.
We were supposed to have our Women's Ministry Christmas Event Saturday morning but that did get cancelled as well as the town Christmas parade. My good friend, Betty-Ashley was supposed to have her wedding shower on Saturday and I was going to have to miss it because of our Christmas event but her shower was rescheduled and while I'm sad she couldn't have it Saturday, I'm really glad I can go now, so not all bad news!
Mallory and I ventured out again Saturday just to get out of the house. We were going to walk down to the creek behind our house to see if it was completely frozen but it was way too icy to even walk down to see so we stayed out front. Here are some more pics from Icemaggedon
I didn't realize Mallory's toboggan was over her eyes when I took this pic :)
Brian had to attend a funeral on Saturday but before he could leave, he had to warm his truck up for a while.
This pic is from my friend, Joy's community pool. Isn't that crazy! There was a lot of ice here this weekend!
Saturday morning, I decided to be domestic and make pancakes for Brian and Mallory. I love the griddle we got as a wedding present. I should use it more than I do, but it's so perfect for making pancakes.
Mallory kept saying she was having pancakes and I tried to correct her every time but it didn't work. And yes, now she picks out what bow she wants to wear, even with her pj's and this morning's choice was "yelyow"
We did a lot more relaxing on Saturday and I got a cute pic like this one as we laid on our bed
Finally, Saturday evening, we busted out and headed to the movies. We all wanted to see "Frozen" so we took a family trip to see it.
Mallory was very excited
I think we were all happy to be out of the house for a little while
Eating her little popcorn and loving it
It was 23 degrees when we left the theater but so worth it to get out with the fam.
I was anxious to see how Mallory would do since she didn't make through all of Planes in September but she did really well. We sat up top where she could walk around and stand if she wanted without bothering anyone else and it worked out good. The movie kept her attention and she was really into the whole time! I really liked the movie and really loved the songs. Two Thumbs Up!
Sunday morning, we went to church and the roads weren't too bad. Sunday was our World Missions Offering for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and I'm so thrilled that our church far surpassed our offering goal! I love our church family so much and am so proud to serve alongside them. There are so many missionaries risking their lives to share the Love of Christ and being able to help their efforts by supporting them monetarily and prayerfully is a great opportunity!
It's back to work for Brian and I and back to school for Mallory today. I did enjoy our extra family time together this past weekend...now back to the norm! Have a wonderful week!
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Ice Storm has hit and we are home bound today. At least we knew it was coming so we could be prepared for it. I could hear the freezing rain all last night and these were the trees outside our house this morning. Everything was frozen and it is cooooooold!
I'm so thankful for our fireplace and that we have enough wood to burn this weekend.
Since I knew we would have to stay in the weekend, I did bundle Mallory up and let her go out for just a minute to get some energy out. She was in her footie pajamas so I put everything on top of that. She was really excited to go outside
She kept showing me her mittens and we had to go check on her playhouse to see if the "hoppers" were there (the grasshoppers that are usually on there) and to see the Ice on it. She thought it was funny how the grass sounded whens he walked on it because of the ice breaking. We were out and back in fast but it was fun!
Since I knew we would be inside for a while, I bought a Gingerbread house kit at the store to occupy our time for a little bit. As you can tell, Mallory was a little excited about it...and so was I!
Brian and Mallory giving their "cheese" faces. This was a fun, family affair.
Brian instructed us not to eat the gingerbread but I told Mallory that we could!
Brian was in charge of constructing the house and all the icing and Mallory was in charge of decorating. Brian took his job Very Seriously and was very proud of his design.
Mallory loved getting all the candy ready for decorating. She helped Daddy in putting some icing on the snowman and then just enjoyed putting all the candy on the house. I did put two peppermints on but other than that, I helped Mallory whenever she needed me.
We all had the best time! It was such a fun family activity and I did eat a little of the decorations! Mallory did a great job on decorating and I'm so glad we were able to do this together!
She was very happy with the outcome!
Now back to keeping warm and snuggling to stay warm from the ice cold weather! Stay safe and stay warm!
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Thursday night, after we got home from celebrating Thanksgiving with both of our families, we decided to get the Christmas decorations out and start decorating. We usually don't do it until the Friday after but we still had a good amount of time left in the evening before Mallory's (and my) bedtime so I told Brian to go ahead and bring the boxes in and we would begin. I also told him we would just fluff the tree and hang a few things up and finish on Friday but once we got started Thursday night, I just couldn't stop.
My trusty little helper wanted to help with everything. This is such a fun age - she's starting to be able to enjoy the traditions now and she got so excited when she saw the tree box. She got to help my parents but up their tree last week and loved it so I knew she would love getting to help again.
She said "wow" a lot like in this picture. Everything was "wow". And this wow was because Brian was putting the tree stand on the tree. It's the little things :)
She really enjoyed helping Daddy fluff the tree
While Mallory and Brian worked on the tree, I worked on the mantle. Our stockings are my favorite and just like I said last year, I've always wanted a mantle to hang the stockings from so I love getting to hang them up and decorate the mantle!
I asked for Mallory to go stand by the stockings so I could get a picture. This is the first one I got taken with my phone. She was saying "ta-daaa"
And this one I got taken with my real camera. Little Miss Priss if I do say so myself. I love her Christmas footie pajamas though - I got them at Carters for $8. I know Carters is glad they opened in Rockwall because they see me a lot in their store :)
And my crazy child loved playing in the Christmas Tree box and she was sitting in it when Brian plugged the lights in on the tree and this was the happy face she gave. She loved it!
Last year, she got a Minnie Mouse ornament and a Jesse and Bullseye ornament. All she wanted to do what put the Jesse ornament on. She would put it on, then take it off and put it on again.
This was the best shot I could get of her and the tree. Yes, just her standing behind the tree.
The special part of the night was when she helped me set out the nativity set. We took each piece out one by one and I told her who each person was and how they are apart of the Christmas Story.
We got it all set up and when I came back in the room, she was just looking at it and telling me about baby Jesus. It was so sweet! I know I need to get her own nativity scene but until then, I'll let her and touch as much as she wants (to a degree) because we are talking about Jesus's birth and what Christmas is all about!
We are all decorated and excited about the Christmas season!!
Monday, December 2, 2013
What a wonderful Thanksgiving we had! I look forward to this holiday so much because I know we are going to see both of our families on this day! We have so much to be thankful for and I was especially happy to spend the day with my husband and our little turkey! I love this girl!
She loved that she had a turkey on her outfit. We are still in the Cheeeeeeeeese phase where she thinks she needs to yell cheese as loud as she can for each picture. But I love that cheese face so I'll take it!
And because I'm sentimental and must - here's a look at Thanksgiving's past to this year
I can't believe she's now celebrated three Thanksgivings!
Thanksgiving morning, I woke up early to start cooking. I was trying to be quiet so Brian and Mallory could sleep in but they were up not too long after me. While we were waiting for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade to start, I asked Mallory what she was thankful for:
This is how she watched the parade: Either standing by her car or in a basket. I don't know why. It was fun to see her get really excited about the parade though - it was so fun seeing her enjoying these fun traditions!
After the cooking was done, it was time to get ready to head to Brian's Aunt and Uncle's house.
I love the pic of Brian and Mallory - my two loves! So thankful for them both!
I couldn't wait to get to Kam and Pam's to see everyone and to enjoy all of the good food! I actually branched out and offered to make the mashed potatoes this year. Usually I am just in charge of bringing sausage balls and rolls (because that is what Brian always brought when he was single). I did make some Mac and Cheese for the kids (and Brian) so we had a lot to bring this time. Thankfully my mom had just given us this basket so we loaded it up and brought our part to the meal. And I'm happy to say that everything tasted well!
We have so much to be extra thankful for this year. Brian's Aunt Pam found out she had colon cancer in August but thankfully radiation shrunk the tumor and a couple of weeks ago, she had surgery to remove what was left of the tumor. The cancer had not spread to the lymph nodes, either! The cancer did spread to her thyroid and she will have surgery to have her thyroid removed next year but all in all we are so grateful to the Great Physician for his care! Pam's faith has been so strong and we all love her so much...especially Mallory - she does love her Grammy!
All of the food was so wonderful and just getting to be with all of our family was so special.
We went outside to take some family pics before we left.
Yes, Mallory is leaning forward in the pic because she was cheeeesing so hard
Next stop, my Aunt Janice and Uncle Paul's house. Of course, I was looking forward to seeing my grandmother again. Another reason to be thankful - my Mamaw was in the hospital for weeks this Summer and in ICU for some of it. Thankfully she's recovered and doing better but it does just make me extra grateful that she's here this Thanksgiving.
Mamaw with her great-grandkids that were there. I love these pictures!
The boys and Mallory all watched the Cowboys game while the girls chatted it up. Another group of family played games while watching the Cowboys game. I think we were all trying to stay awake since we were all in a food coma.
And then there is these two: Eva and Mallory. They are crazy about each other. Cuties!
We did miss my brother, Greg, sister-in-law, Melody and nieces, Kiersi and Kayden this year! Greg and Melody were in Costa Rica celebrating their 10 year wedding anniversary. I'm sure they were missing the cold while they were enjoying the warm temps and beautiful scenery.
Papa and Nana with Eva and Mallory. Those two girls love them both so much!
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Thursday night, Mallory and I stayed at my parents house since Brian was out of town and while we were there, we got to go through a lot of my grandmother's things. My Mamaw just moved into an assisted living home and moved out of her little apartment she had. She couldn't take everything with her to her new place so my mom and dad and her sisters and husbands have been going through a lot of my grandmother's things that she couldn't take and seeing what all there is.
Mallory wanted to help and it was really fun looking through her things. My grandmother loved jewelry and had kept everything thing from her kids' and grandkid's lives. She had my high school and graduation programs as well as the thank you cards from the gifts she gave me for my wedding. It was so fun to look at all the stuff she had from my mom and my aunts. Times have definitely changed but I enjoyed looking through it all.
Mallory loved putting on all of Mamaw's jewelry. She just kept putting on necklace after necklace
She helped us go through it all and of course, picked out what she thought she needed
This was a hilarious find - I guess there was a world before the iPhone
I know Mallory will have no clue what this was she gets older since she's growing up in the cell phone only world
This is a newspaper clipping that my grandmother was in. She is in the middle picture on the left
My grandmother also kept everything, including receipts from my Mom's wedding. Her wedding dress cost a $100. Mine cost a little bit more than that :)
I did get to see some cuff links that my Papaw used to wear. I never got to meet him because he passed away before I was born but this was neat to me to see them. My mom said he wore the ones on the left all the time.
My brother, Ryan, will be happy to know that she kept this drawing that Ryan drew of our Mom and it made it to the newspaper. He did a good job of conveying that she was a "football mom"
When we were almost done looking at things, my mom pulled out a hat and purse that my grandmother always wore so I had to put it on Mallory.
This is probably one of my favorite pics. She loved holding that purse!
It was definitely a fun evening looking through all the things that my grandmother held onto!