Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 was wonderful!! Thanksgiving Day is a busy but fun day being with both of our families! I love that we all live close so we can spend time together on this holiday! Beware of picture overload!

We started out the morning watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

I love this picture that Brian got of Mallory intently watching the parade

After watching the parade for a bit with Mallory, I started on my cooking for Thanksgiving. Brian's family usually does all the big items but I'm always instructed to bring sausage balls for everyone to eat as an appetizer.

Soon, it was time to get ready to go so we loaded up and headed to Pam and Kam's house

My first stop when I got there was to see the pies :) I love chocolate pie and there it was!

Mallory headed straight to all the toys at Grammy's house. Not sure where this pose came from!

Once it was time to eat, we all loaded our plates and enjoyed the amazing food!

Mallory and Emmaline sat at the little kids table that Grammy had ready for them. I think Mallory just ate the Macaroni and Cheese on her plate. No surprise

I love sitting around the table and enjoying the food and family

And then Brian thought he would have the chocolate pie all to himself. Ummm.No!

All the kids love their Grammy

Love Gran and Auntie too!

We went outside to take some family pics and I got this adorable one of my favorite little turkey!

Flashback. I knew that her outfit would fit this year since it was a little big last year. I love seeing the comparison. What a difference a year makes .. and 3 years!

For this picture, I forgot to bring the tripod so we sat the camera in the tree and set the timer! I was glad we were able to get a good shot!

After pictures, we said goodbye and then headed to my Aunt Janice's house for Thanksgiving with them

We got there in time for the Cowboys game to start. Every one took their spot in front of the TV 

These two were so excited to be with their Nana

Greg, Melody, Kiersi and Kayden just got back from Disney World so Kayden told us all about it and showed us her Mickey Mouse hands!

Most of us got to meet baby Addisyn for the first time. She is adorable. Mallory and Eva were very interested in the new baby

During halftime, we came out and got some family photos. I told Mom she needed a new Facebook picture because the one she had up was from Christmas 2011. Her granddaughters have grown some since then :)

These two waiting for the pics to start. I love how much they love each other!

Sweet cousins! And soon a baby boy will join the group!

Nana, Papa and their girls

The Bradley family

The Estes Family

After pictures, it was time to throw the football in the yard. My cousins and I used to play all the time when we were younger so it was fun to play again like we used too and to have our kids join in the fun too

I'm ready to play

We ended the day in the dining room listening to my mom, aunts and grandmother tell stories about growing up. It was greatness

Love my grandmother dearly!

I'm very thankful that we got to be with the family we love for Thanksgiving! I'm so excited that we get to see them all again in a month for Christmas! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Playoff Fun, Part Two

Saturday was Rockwall's 2nd playoff game vs Dallas Jesuit in Wylie. I wasn't sure if Mallory and I were going to go since there was a 100% chance of rain but as game time got closer, it looked like the rain was going to hold off so we got our Rockwall orange on and headed to the game. We got to have an extra passenger to the game, our good friend Cooper!

We got there, found our seats and I was finally able to get a family photo of us in our orange. Yes, that is Brian wearing orange, Samantha :)

Soon, it was time for the game to start!

Mallory was happy she got to go this week and loved cheering for the Defense. Everytime she would yell, she would just yell "Defense!" Ha!

There is our #11 throwing the ball

The game started at 1pm so it was during prime nap time. I knew Mallory might get tired but I looked and she had made herself a mat on the bleacher to lay down and rest. She wasn't down long but I guess she needed a quick rest to finish the game

Soon, she got her second wind and we were happy to see our friend Meredith who was visiting from California. Meredith was worried she wouldn't remember her but she did!

It was such a good game, that I was cheering the whole time and didn't take many pictures of the game. Rockwall finally pulled ahead in the second half to get a good lead and held it to win the game, 48-27!! 

We were all so happy to see Caleb after the game

I  love our family group photo with Meredith :)

We are having so much fun cheering the Jackets on! Onto the next round!

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!