Friday, December 20, 2013

Mione Christmas Party

Last Saturday we loaded up all of our gifts and headed over to spend the afternoon/evening with Craig's family to celebrate Christmas with them!  Even though I was still getting over what seemed like the worst cold ever (Okay, that's probably exaggerating a bit), we had a really great time!  We were able to get over there a little bit before the kids were supposed to take their afternoon nap.  Of course, they boycotted and took horrible naps but luckily they were in great moods through the evening and powered through till bedtime!

Harper and Keegan each wore Christmas shirts for the occasion.  Neither of them wanted to sit still long enough for a good picture though.  Hopefully I'll be able to get a better picture of each of them individually and together when they wear their shirts again for Christmas Eve.


We stacked blocks and cups for probably a good hour.  I'm not sure who had more fun with this though... the kids or Jack, Craig, and I.

After playtime, it was time for presents!  We all got such great gifts! (Good purchasing everyone!)  Aiden was clearly excited about his gifts as you can see by the pure joy on his face!
Jack wanted to take a picture holding all 4 of his nieces and nephews.  Now that I think about it, I'm not sure why we didn't just have him sit down and hold them all but that wouldn't have been nearly as fun!
Merry Christmas Mione Family!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Playing Catch Up

Ever since we got back from our Thanksgiving trip, I feel like I've been in a constant state of playing catch up.  Craig and I have both been sick twice in the past few weeks which means even when laundry gets done it doesn't always get put away, my grocery shopping has not been happening each weekend when it normally does, and the house is definitely not as clean as I would prefer.  We never got any of our Christmas decorations out or even put away our suitcases from our trip.  At this point, it's a lost cause since the suitcases are now being repacked for our Christmas trip to Indiana!

I struggled over the decision to not decorate for Christmas but I'm okay that I didn't.  Next year it will be a bit easier to keep them away from the tree {hopefully} so I fully intend on decorating the weekend before Thanksgiving so we can fully enjoy the decorations and our Elf on the Shelf until we leave for Indiana.  It just seemed silly this year to decorate a week into December and only enjoy the decorations for two weeks.

Not only am I playing catch up in real life but also here on the blog.  I promise I'm going to get better at consistently posting!  New Year's Resolution maybe??

So here's what's been going on...

We had the ice storm the first weekend of the month and I was able to work from home that Friday since the roads were a sheet of a ice!

My view while I worked...
Snuggled up in our pajamas
Harper and Keegan decided since it was too cold to play outside, they'd just pretend to go to the drive-in.

Not long after the ice melted, Harper and Keegan both got snotty noses.  As if one sick kid isn't enough fun, two just puts it over the top.  Even though I hate them not feeling well, it is nice to get in some snuggles every once in awhile.

Luckily they got over being sick quickly since we had a big weekend ahead - Mione Christmas party! {post coming soon!}

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Thanksgiving Recap!

Last Wednesday we loaded up and drove up to Craig's Aunt M.E. & Uncle John's in Wichita Falls for Thanksgiving!  Once we arrived we were all about just enjoying the time with the family!  We all have such a fun time at Thanksgiving each year and this year was no different!

The afternoon consisted of wagon rides through the pasture and hanging outside!

Harper snuggling with Uncle Scott
Aiden & Aunt Melinda
Uncle Sam, Keegan, Craig, & Harper
Wednesday evening was a little different than our typical Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. This year we were celebrating Craig's cousin John getting his PhD from Princeton!  Yep, he's definitely way smarter than the rest of us and we're all so proud of him!

M.E. & John threw him one heck of a party!  We dined on shrimp, crab legs, and lots of other yummy food and drank what seemed like an endless supply of champagne!  And what's a party without a DJ?!  Seriously, they got a DJ and it was AWESOME!  (Cousins - this needs to become a Wednesday night tradition!)

Aunt Pat, Scott, & Craig
Erin & Kathryn
Thursday consisted of lots of the same fun from Wednesday -- wagon rides and having fun with all the cousins!  Apparently I only got one picture of all four of us the entire time we were there. #momfail

How is this the only picture I have of the four of us?
Apparently plaid was the trend of Thanksgiving day!  Even Keegan had plaid on but he was napping while this picture was taken.

I believe our total head count for Thanksgiving day was 44!  Before we pray before lunch, we all stand in a circle and count out how many are there.  It's always so fun to see how big the number is!

One of the best Thanksgiving traditions is sitting out by the fire each night -- sharing stores and having a few drinks!  A nice addition to the fire was the TV setup outside so we could watch the Texas vs. Texas Tech game.  Hook em!

Craig & Wyatt
It's sad that Thanksgiving is over because it's always such a great time but now it's time for us to get pumped up for my favorite time of the year! Christmas!!  Only 20 days away!  Let the countdown begin!

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