2015 — What A Year!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

We've loved every moment of 2015. Well, there are some moments we wish we wouldn't have seen in 2015, like the stomach virus. But, overall, 2015 was a year we will cherish. Here is a look back at our favorite moments in pictures from each month!













Twenty fifteen brought so much happiness to our little family, and we can't wait to see what twenty sixteen has in store.

Happy New Year! We look forward to hearing from you all soon!

Christmas Pajamas

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

As you might remember from my Christmas recap, our air conditioner went out early Christmas Eve night. You'd think this wouldn't be a big deal since it was Christmas, and December, and winter... but we live in the South. So there you go!

I had these really cute matching pajamas for the girls to wear for photos. Of course when it's 82 degrees in the house, you wear summer pjs to bed. So we didn't get to wear the cute pjs Christmas Eve or Christmas morning. But, I told Terry the tree and decorations were not coming down until I got that picture this year.

I ordered the pajamas from a friend on Facebook. She has really cute boutique clothes waaaay cheaper than any other site I've seen. I saw the pajamas back in November and ordered the girls a matching set. I knew they wouldn't be in until the second week of Christmas, but I went ahead and made arrangements for them to be monogrammed as soon as they came in. Well, they were delivered December 18th, to our front door, or so the tracking information said. However, they were no where to be found. We even went a street over to see if they were delivered to that 112... but no such luck. Chastity was very helpful and put a claim in immediately to the post office, but I knew we would never see those pajamas in time for Christmas.

Fast forward to Christmas Eve...

I'm pulling out of the driveway to head to Publix for some last minute groceries and see a vehicle parked in front of our house. I look back and see all my family at the front door and a man talking to them. I called mom and asked what was going on and she said this man said a package was delivered to their house last week and they had been meaning to get it by to us, but just now got the time. I had her open it, and it was their pajamas!!! Nothing short of a Christmas miracle, I tell you.

Even though they arrived just in time, there was no time for monogramming. And as it turned out, they didn't wear them for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day anyway.

But... we did get our Christmas pajama picture. Even if it was on December 28th! And without monogramming!

The above picture is why I pay to have family pictures made. When I'm behind the camera, I can get them to smile. But when I'm taking the photo and I'm in the picture too, we get blank stares.

Now, you get to see the cute smiles...

Hello, it's me...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Have you ever wondered where I sit and write to you?

Well, it used to be in my recliner on my laptop, or maybe even on the couch. Occasionally from the bed 'cause Terry likes to get in bed together, but sometimes a post is started before the zzzs. And most of those posts have stayed in draft, because I'm so tired I never finish before I fall asleep.

Now it's behind a beautiful new writing desk. Accessorized with a modern lamp. On a brand new Mac desktop computer gifted to me from Terry this Christmas.

And I couldn't think of a better place, or way, to blog. Maybe you'll see more from me now that I have a momtog blogger space just for me.

Christmas 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Another Christmas has come and gone. How in the world is that even possible? We got to experience another first Christmas this year; this time for Lenny P. While it was also the first Christmas, it was also the last "first Christmas" for our little family. No more babies for us, which is kinda sad and exciting at the same time.

This Christmas was the first time to host my parents and my brother and sister-in-law during Christmas week. My brother and sister-in-law came a day early to get some one-on-one time with the girls. There was a lot of playing in Avery's room, gingerbread house decorating, and the baking of cookies. Chef Avery had to show off her skills in the kitchen, of course.

The next day my parents arrived to really kick off the Christmas celebration. We all got a good nights sleep to get ready for a big Christmas Eve.

Christmas Eve was full of food and fun. Mom spent most of the day in the kitchen getting things ready for Christmas Eve dinner while most everyone else in the house took a nap. That afternoon we rushed up to the top of the street for our neighborhood Santa Stop. It's put on every year by the Fire Department, and this was our second year to participate. Avery loves to watch the fire truck pull up and see Santa hop out. We're thankful the rain held off so we could enjoy it again this year.

We headed back to the house for Christmas Eve dinner that mom had been slaving away in the kitchen to prepare. Both of the ovens were going and the food was smelling delicious when I noticed it was hotter than usual in the house. Checked the thermostat and saw it was 76 in the house, when it was set at 72. So, we went ahead and ate our meal before dealing with the chaos. I've vowed for the past two years to break out my fine china which includes Christmas dishes, but I haven't gotten brave enough yet. Maybe when the girls are a little older. So we had a mixture of our everyday china, a Minnie Mouse plate and red solo cups. Nothing says an Alabama Christmas like red solo cups, right?!

The men went down to check on the AC unit while we got everything ready for the opening of presents. When they came up, the news wasn't good. It was down for the count, and it being a holiday meant no one was coming to fix it anytime soon. However, we enjoyed family time in the living room watching everyone open their presents from each other.

It's safe to say that no one slept comfortably that night. It was hot, and we all know we don't do hot well. But Santa managed to come to drop off lots of presents for two little girls who were good all year long. (Well, one was only around for half of the year, but she was good, too!)

Christmas morning, Papa made pancakes while we waited for sleepy Avery to climb out of bed. She's not a morning person, and she gets it honestly. When she finally came in the living room, she just starred at all the presents. Not being fully awake, she didn't know what to think. She finally started walking around taking it all in.

The girls love all their Christmas gifts, and it's safe to say they were all a hit. Terry got a new Apple Watch and some fun accessories to go with it. And I got a new Apple Computer; which I'm using for this blog post today! Ganny and Papa must have been pretty good all year too, because Santa left them goodies in their stockings. Now how in the world did he know where they would be Christmas morning? And MB, she got presents too!

We spent the rest of the day trying to stay cool in the house. It got as high as 82, but we managed with ceiling fans and other fans positioned around the room. Our lunch equaled snacks and one of Plain Chicken's dip recipe that was cooked on the grill. Our dinner was also cooked on the grill; filets and baked potatoes. It's a meal I could eat each and everyday, but our bank account says otherwise. Ha!

We ended the night taking cool showers to cool us down, and sleeping under fans with the promise of the AC repairman coming at 8am the next morning. Thankfully he showed right on time, found the problem, and had us cooling down within thirty minutes. A new unit will be installed Tuesday or Wednesday so... Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Anniversary, Happy Easter, Happy Mother's Day, Happy Father's Day, Happy Birthday... and any other holiday we would celebrate, to US!

While this Christmas had it's turn of events that we weren't expecting, like a blowout on mom and dad's vehicle about five miles from our house, or the endless fevers from Avery, we had our best Christmas yet! So thankful we could celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, enjoy time with family that we don't get to see that often, and see the joy of Christmas through the eyes of our girls.

We hope your Christmas was very Merry and Bright!

{Chef Avery} Homemade Peanut Butter Cookies

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I love to cook, and my oldest daughter (21 months) shares that same love at such an early age. Whenever I'm in the kitchen she comes in and asks to "help mama cook" and of course I can't say no.

This past Friday was #nationalcookieday, so we got in the kitchen and made some homemade peanut butter cookies. She loves to add all the ingredients and watch our KitchenAid mixer mix everything together.

Once the cookies were out of the oven, I let her add different toppings to the cookies and she chose M&Ms, Reese's Pieces and Hershey Kisses.

This recipe is easy to make, and it makes a lot of cookies. However, we made the cookies pretty big so we wouldn't have so many around the house. These are perfect for gift giving this Christmas season! And, they are Avery approved!

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