Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Gingerbread House

Last week, we got our Gingerbread House Kit and got ready to put it all together! Mallory kept asking to build the "gingerbread" so we got it out and got to work. Putting the gingerbread house together and decorating it is definitely a Brian and Mallory thing. They both work on it and I love that this is something they do together and hope it is a tradition that will carry on.

These two were both equally excited to get to building the house. Let's be honest - Brian takes the building of the house very seriously! He wants to make sure it's perfect. We both get a good laugh out of it because he works hard to make sure the icing and parts of the house are perfect - ha!

Mallory had to get closer to inspect his building

This picture cracks me up because she got really excited when Brian started building the house

While Brian was putting on the finishing touches, Mallory started decorating the Christmas tree

And then started eating the decorations :)

Putting the finishing touches on

And taking another swipe of the icing 

And it was finished! She was very happy about it!

And for the first time, we used the selfie timer to take a photo of the three of us. Not going to lie, I love it and I was happy we could get a good photo of all of us that night!

Love these two so much and I especially love the memories we make during the Christmas season!

Monday, December 15, 2014

2014 Christmas Card

Welcome to the Christmas Card Blog Link-Up Party! I'm so excited to co-host this with my sweet friends, Brettni, Lyndsey and Joy

For this year's Christmas card, I went with my favorite place, Shutterfly. They always have a lot of great Christmas card options and this year was no different. They also run good specials on cards so I'm able to save on the cards and on shipping when ordering. 

I bought a beautiful red and white Christmas dress for Mallory and knew that I wanted her to wear it for our Christmas card this year.

Here is the front of our card:

And here is the Back:

I always like to include a verse in reference to the story of Jesus's birth. We always want to remember the Reason for the Season!

Previous Christmas Cards:

We cannot wait to see all of your Christmas Cards so please post your card and join the Party!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday & Friday Favorites!

Happy Happy Friday Friends!


Let's talk about school - I love seeing the papers that Mallory brings home from school but this week she brought one home that had her practicing writing her name. Who let her get so big???


Let's talk about Christmas ornaments. I love this one so much! That's all.


Let's talk about Jingle Bells. I think she sings it pretty well :)


Let's talk about Christmas Lights. When we drive around and look at lights, I give each house a grade. It's just something weird I do but Brian and I laugh at it. The other day at work, Kati and I talked about going around and giving citations to those houses whose Christmas lights did not measure up - Ha! We had a good laugh about it and when Mallory and I went to look at lights last week, I took a photo of what I considered earned an A

And here is an E for Effort - I guess I could say good try :)


And of course, Let's talk about the Christmas Card Blog Linkup Party!! On Monday, join Brettni, Lyndsey, Joy and I as we host a Christmas Card link-up! Be sure to post your Christmas Card and join the party!

Linking up with: 


Andrea * Erika * Narci

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas Cookies...with Sprinkles. Lots of Sprinkles

The Sunday after Thanksgiving, Brian had to go out of town for work so Mallory and I headed over to my parent's house to stay with them for a night. Ever since we started talking about Christmas, Mallory has been asking to make Christmas cookies so I told her would make them with Nana at her house. Mallory was so excited and I was definitely looking forward to making them with her!

We worked really hard making our dough...or opening it from the packaging :)

Mallory had the best time putting the cookie cutters on the dough and pressing them down. She was very intent about making them perfect.

Then she decided she needed to use the rolling pin like Nana was

I joined in on the fun and made some cookies with her and Mom. We laughed a lot! Definitely a special Christmas memory

And then it came time for the sprinkles. If you remember from Christmases past, the sprinkles come fast and furious when Mallory puts them on. One bottle usually ends up on one cookie but I love it! It's her favorite part and mine too! 

The finished products before they went into the oven. Would anybody like some sprinkles on your cookies?

One happy little girl with her creations. What a great time we had with Nana!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up: December 5-7, 2014

I haven't done a weekend wrap-up blog in a while so here we go!

Friday night, my 9th grade girls small group and I went out and enjoyed time together as we celebrated Christmas. Our first stop was PF Changs for dinner. We were all starving by the time we got there and devoured our food. It was so good and we were stuffed by the time we left. After eating, we headed to Highland Village where they got Starbucks and we drove around Highland Park looking at Christmas lights. I've only been with these girls half a year but I love them all so much and am so glad I get to be their small group leader! We had a great time!

Saturday morning, we slept in and after running some errands, we headed to that afternoon to Mallory's friend, Sophie's 3rd birthday party. This was Mallory's first school friend party and she was so excited about it. It was held at the Urban Air Trampoline Park and Mallory was ready to jump. We got there and she and Sophie got their wristbands to start jumping

Parents could also jump so you know I got my wristband too!

It really was so much fun and we had a great time celebrating Sophie and seeing her friends from school. Thankfully, I knew a lot of the Moms there so I had some friends to talk to also...well, when we weren't all jumping :)

Saturday night, we watched some football while I wrapped presents. Mallory saw some of the ribbon I had and wanted to use it so I let her. I had two other rolls so I wasn't worried about not being able to use a roll. She started wrapping ribbon around everything in the house and the next thing you knew, there was ribbon everywhere. And I loved it. She had the biggest smile on her face while doing it. Definitely a lasting memory.

Brian picked it all up when it was done and this is the pile of ribbon that was all around our house :)

Sunday morning, we got ready to head for church. I love this dress Mallory got with Nana and Old Navy and even though I had her silver dress shoes out to wear, she wanted to go with the silver boots so I said ok. 

Before Sunday School, one of the girls in my class, Lydia, gave me this ornament with our picture from Friday night. I kept telling her how much I love it and I do! So Sweet!

Sunday afternoon, we all napped and it was glorious. Sunday night, we headed backed to church for our church's Hanging of the Green.  This is a program where all of the children's choirs sings some Christmas songs and they hang wreaths in our church. It's really a fun evening. I kept telling Mallory that she would get to sit in "Big Church" with us and she was thrilled.

These three had a good time sitting through the program

After the program, we headed to fellowship hall to celebrate Jesus's birthday with cake

We stayed and chatted and after the fellowship hall had cleared, Will and Brian had fun spinning Liam and Mallory around. I love this pic!

It was a great weekend and now we are ready for another week! Have a good one!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Disney on Ice

Last Wednesday morning, my parents called and wanted to know if we would be interested in taking Mallory to see Disney on Ice. I had seen the commercials for it but had not looked at the times or anything. Of course I said Yes and they were close to the Event Center where it was being held and got tickets for Brian, Mallory and I as well as tickets for Ryan, Kate and Eva. I was so excited and I knew two three year olds who were going to be even more excited!

I thought about not telling Mallory until we got there what we were going to see but I couldn't hide my excitement for it when I saw her after work and just had to tell her. She was thrilled and just as thrilled to be seeing Eva. This is her excited face once we got to the event.

Eva didn't know Mallory was going to be there so seeing them see each other was the best! And this was the best shot I could get of them because they were off and running to go in!

We walked around a bit before it started. Of course you could pay $20 to have your picture taken by a cardboard cutout of Elsa and Anna ( No Thank You ) so we opted to have them pose by a sign in front of one of the Disney booths :)

Family Photo Op

We went and found our seats to get ready for the show

Ready to go!

I tried to take pics of all the princesses but my iPhone got a lot of blurry photos since they were moving so here are some that turned out. Mickey and Minnie were our hosts

They started with Aladdin and Jasmine and then we got to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Lumiere sang Be Our Guest

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider were next. Then, Ariel skated to Part of your World and then Sebastian came out and sang Under the Sea. Bubbles fell from the ceiling and that was a big hit!

Quick selfie of the girls at Intermission time

Mallory kept asking to see Elsa, Anna and Cinderella. Of course they were in the second half of the show so while she loved seeing all the other princesses, she was ready to see her favorites

Tiana from the Princess and the Frog started after intermission and then Aurora from Sleeping Beauty came out

They had a dragon as part of her set and I'm not going to lie, it was pretty scary looking, especially with the fire. If you ask Mallory about the show, she will start by saying that she did not like the fire because it did make every one jump back

And was time for Frozen! When they were introducing Anna and Elsa you could hear all the kids gasp. It was so great! They sang many of the songs from the movie and Brian and I sang right along with them! 

This was Mallory's face the whole time while watching Anna and Elsa. She was in awe.

Olaf was there too!

It was wonderful! And then came Cinderella in her carriage

For the finale, all of the princes and princesses came out for a final skate

And they all waved goodbye as it was over and Mallory waved hard screaming "BYE!!!" to all of them. It was great!

It was an amazing evening and of course it was all Mallory could talk about at Thanksgiving! Thanks Nana and Papa for a fanastic memory that was made!