Thursday, December 18, 2014

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Christmas time is our favorite!  We just love it!  I guess most people do, huh?!  We actually decorated (everything but our tree) before Thanksgiving because we are THOSE people.  Haha.  As long as I am not hosting Thanksgiving....I am all about decorating early!  I do however, wait until after Thanksgiving to dress the girls in their Christmas clothes.  So, the Sunday after Thanksgiving...we were READY! :)

The sweetest sisters!

Sunday evening we went to get our Christmas tree.  We actually don't have the tree anymore.  Ha!!!  I thought I would post pictures anyway. :)

The "winning" tree

So, what happened to our tree?  Well....Ellington's allergic.  Every.single.year Ellington gets sick in December.  We've always wondered if it was the tree but we couldn't ever specifically pinpoint it.  Plus, by the time we've bought and decorated a tree....we just carry on. Ha.  Poor thing.  This year it was OBVIOUS that it was the tree.  The morning after we brought the tree home she woke up with blood shot eyes and was suuuuuper sick and snotty.  Robert and I decided the tree had to go.  It was a hard decision because we had just scrapped enough money together to buy the tree.  We really couldn't afford to just get rid of it AND buy an artificial tree.  The Lord worked it out for us though!  Robert's sister's family got our real tree and we were able to borrow an artificial tree from someone else.  Are we sad we can't have a real tree? Yes.  But, as soon as it was gone Ellington was completely better so obviously it was worth it! 

The night that we got our tree the girls got a few surprises!  They each got a new Christmas book and Christmas pajamas!

A couple of days later Ellington decorated the little tree in her room.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We spent Thanksgiving in Brownsville at Big Bob and MiMi's house. They day was super laid back and we enjoyed hanging out together.  It was just the four of us most of the day.  Jake went hunting and Brad, Julie, Connor and Brody as well as Daniel and Laura didn't get to Brownsville until the evening.  Once I loaded the pictures I realized what a terrible job I did of taking pictures!  I only have pictures of the four of us for the most part.  I guess by the time everyone else got there we were busy eating and visiting!

Of course we started the day watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in our jammies.  This is one of my FAVORITE holiday traditions!  I love it!

Ellington helped Jake work on a puzzle!

This is when they spotted SANTA!

I looooove this part!  I started tearing up!  So magical!

Thanksgiving Day was also this handsome guy's 34th birthday!  Ellington requested that I take this picture because she wanted a picture with the birthday boy.

Ellington helped MiMi make a little surprise for Daddy and Mommy's birthdays.

We had a delicious meal and ended with celebrating our birthdays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sitting with Sister

Ellington frequently sits at her little table and colors, works on projects, etc. Finley has always wanted to as well but always hears "no no" because quite frankly...she a busy girl and I have been terrified that she would fall right out of her chair! Recently I decided to let her sit at the table too and she was in HEAVEN!!!! She felt like such a big girl! Needless to say, it's where you can find these two quite frequently. I just wish that seat had a seat belt! :)

I am SO glad that I left the paper on the table from Ellington's birthday party because Finley can get pretty wild while she colors! :)

These two are the sweetest!  And I know I have said it before, but Ellington is the BEST big sister.  She CONSTANTLY amazes us how selfless and giving she is with Finley.  I hope they grow up to be the best friends ever!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gatlinburg Part 3

We spent our last day in Gatlinburg at Dollywood! I was soooo excited about going and it did not disappoint! We had so much fun!!! It was a long day... I think we were there for somewhere around nine hours, but it was a blast. They had actually been closed the whole week to decorate for Christmas so we were there on their first day of "Christmas"! It was beautiful and got us all in the spirit! We especially loved the lights and Christmas parade once it got dark.

This was Ellington's first ever roller coaster!  It was an indoor one and we went on it together (along with some of the others).  At the end are two pretty big drops (especially for a 5 year old!).  She was kind of terrified but also kind of loved it. :)  She immediately said that she didn't want to ever do it again but later in the day she said it was one of her favorite parts!  

Finley was SUCH a trooper all day.  She spent the majority of the day in her stroller and handled it pretty well.  We were even able to get her to take a stroller nap which is always a big accomplishment!

It's funny the difference a few months can make.  At the fair Finley wanted nothing to do with the merry go round.  At Dollywood, she cried when it was over both times that she rode it!

We had this HUGE piece of apple pie for an afternoon snack.

What a FUN day!  And these pictures are only a small portion of what we did!  So many fun rides and things to do and see!  Hopefully we can go again sometime.

We had a great trip and are so thankful to Big Bob and Mimi!