Friday, November 21, 2014

Mallory's First Visit to the Dentist

Thursday morning, we headed to Mallory's first dental appointment. We've been talking to her about going since we made the appointment so she wouldn't be scared or surprised about anything. It helped that Mallory's dentist is one of best friends growing up, Melissa, so we just talked about going to see Mrs. Melissa and opening real big so she could see all of her teeth.

Since it was her first time, Melissa said they just do as much as the child will let them do. They don't push anything on them because they want them to have a good first experience.

I was really impressed with Melissa's office because it was so kid friendly. When we got there, they had all of the new patients names on the board.

 First stop was to get X-Rays. Mallory was a little hesitant at first but once she got in the chair, she was good to go. 

Next, it was time to go to the Elephant room for teeth cleaning. They were playing Tangled on the TV on the ceiling and Mallory loved it!

She got her teeth cleaned and said she loved the water they sprayed after her cleaning

Finally, Melissa came in to give a final look and she said the X-Rays looked good and no cavities! She told her she did a great job on all that they needed to do. She counted Mallory's teeth and said everything looked good!

I'm so glad that Melissa comes up to the Rockwall office once a month so we can take Mallory to see her!

Melissa and I got to chat for a good bit before we left so it was nice to catch up with her

Mallory got a bag of goodies, including a new Dora toothbrush. She couldn't wait to open it when we got home!

Brian and Mallory after a successful first dental appointment. We were so proud of her!

Another first is complete! Love her sweet smile!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Playoff Fun

Saturday morning, Brian and I loaded up our blankets and put every piece of clothing on to brave the cold to cheer the Jackets on in their first playoff game this year! Mallory got to spend the day with Nana and Papa - thanks Mom and Dad - because we knew it would be pretty cold and knew she would have more fun inside where it was warm.

We headed out to get to the game at noon. I was looking forward to the game and was really looking forward to where they were playing: Baylor's new stadium: McLane Stadium. It is a very nice facility on the outside and on the inside.

When we got there, I started putting all my layers on but before I did, I made Brian take a picture of me in my Rockwall shirt so it would be known that I did wear some orange. Note: I usually don't pose like this but I told him I would pose like Mallory does in her photos just for fun :)

Our first stop was to find our friend's Will & Lyndsey's brick that they have on campus. We were excited when we found it, took our pic and Instagrammed it so our friends would know where were there and found it!

Once we got in the stadium, we found our seats with family and friends and got ready for the game!

It was neat to see the Rockwall highlights on the jumbo tron at the stadium

I texted Caleb before the game and told him to enjoy every minute because this is such an exciting opportunity! We cheered for him as he ran out!

Caleb #11 with the other #11 on the field before kick-off.

Here we go!

The first half was a lot of back and forth scoring and it wasn't too cold but after halftime, I think the temperature dropped and it got so much colder. Thankfully Brian went and got some hot chocolate for me. Just holding it kept me warmer. 

Finally, Rockwall made some defensive stops and recovered a fumble to get ahead and never looked back. We won 70-42!

Brian and I celebrated by eating at Health Camp before we left. Great burger and onion rings!

And of course, we had to make a stop in West on the way home.

We got home and thawed out. It was such a fun day and I'm so glad Brian and I were able to go!  With all the fun, we were so happy to see this one! I missed her!

Now onto the next round! We are ready for the next game on Saturday! Go Jackets!

Friday, November 14, 2014



The cold is here! Mallory and I went and got her some gloves to wear and she was pretty excited to wear them this week. I love her excited face :)


Our little gymnast is still having a lot of fun. She just got promoted to a new class so Tuesday night was her last class with her teacher, Ms. Yvette. I'm really glad she is still enjoying it


I wanted to share another blog that I really like: Money Saving Mom by Crystal. She always keeps track of the good deals and really gives great tips for families on a budget. She also has great blogs on marriage, families, etc.. from a Christian perspective. Enjoy.


I saw this the other day and it is exactly how I feel about doing the laundry.


The Rockwall playoff shirts are in and Mallory couldn't wait to put Brian's on. I think it could work :)
We head to Waco tomorrow to cheer on the Yellowjackets in the cold. I'm sure I'll set a record on how many layers one person can wear.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!!

Linking up with: 


Andrea * Erika * Narci

Monday, November 10, 2014

Operation Christmas Child

One of the things I look forward to most at the beginning of the holiday season is Operation Christmas Child. I think most everybody has heard of this project by Samaritan's Purse but if you haven't, just click here and read about this exciting operation they put on ever year. I was especially looking forward to it this year because Mallory is at an age where she could help me pick out items to put in the boxes and for us to talk about giving. 

Friday afternoon, I picked Mallory up from school and we headed to the store to get our items for our boxes.  We talked on the way to the store about how we were getting the opportunity to make presents for children for Christmas!  I knew it wasn't going to be something she would completely understand but I want her to know she helped in Giving and how important that is. We picked two girls, ages 5-9, and started filling their boxes!

Mallory was most interested in giving them puzzles and toys so once we got the essentials of toothpaste, toothbrushes, socks, etc...we headed to that section so she could get some toys for them

She picked out a stuffed toy as the final item for their boxes and we loaded up and headed home to put the boxes together.

I let Mallory put them together and she had the biggest smile on her face the whole time

I told her after she had put all the items in the boxes that I wanted her to write (color) a note that we would put in the boxes. She did her coloring and I wrote a note for our recipient to have.

We put the notes in and then closed the boxes up

Once the boxes were ready, I printed off the labels for them. You can now track your box to see what country it goes too! I love that!

Saturday morning, we headed to our church to take our boxes. Last year, we came up with the idea to have an Operation Christmas Child packing party for people to pack their own boxes and to put together boxes from items collected from our Boys & Girl's Mission Organizations at church. This year the party partnered with the Boys Mission Organization's pancake breakfast that raises money for our Mission Offering and it was the perfect pairing!

I also love that families can come together and fill boxes. There was a great turnout!

Once we turned our two boxes in, we got in line and helped back some more. Mallory was happy to put stickers on her box and to go through the line and fill another box up

Mallory had so many sweet friends that were happy to see her!

It was amazing to see all the boxes that had been packed!

In total, there were over 500 boxes collected at our church. I'm so proud of our church family and am so excited each child that will receive a box! I'm so glad that Mallory was able to share in this experience and can't wait for next year when we get to do it again together!

Friday, November 7, 2014


Happy Friday Friends!


Tuesday, I exercised my right to vote. It was pouring down rain but that didn't stop me! Thankful for this privilege! 


Yay for cooler temperatures! It was chilly Wednesday night so I got in my flannel pajamas and Brian made a fire for the evening. It is my kind of perfection! 


Mallory is big time into painting her nails and painting someone else's nails. Earlier this week, she requested purple fingernails and pink toenails. Grammy kept her Monday and she let Mallory paint her nails. Mallory loved it! Some days I'm afraid that I'm not a good girl mom since we do so many sporty things but then we get to do things like this together and I love it!


Thursday morning, Mallory wanted to wear this to school and got upset when I wouldn't let her wear her outfit. Mean Mom.


Last night, we cheered on our nephew, Caleb, at his last Freshman Football Game. They are District Champs! He did a great job and we loved cheering for him! We are also so excited for him because he gets to dress with the Varsity team for the playoffs! Go Yellowjackets!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with: 


Andrea * Erika * Narci