Friday, December 19, 2014

Disney on Ice

We had the most fun last weekend at Disney's Frozen on Ice!  (Pardon all of my camera phone shots...I forgot to take my big camera and I'm not even sure that it would have been allowed in.)
 
Avery was in awe throughout the entire show...when she wasn't jumping up and down or singing at the top of her lungs.  I could have sat there and just watched her the entire time and been perfectly content. 
Even my little nephew, Tyler, thought the show was fun!  And he's about the only thing cuter than the real Olaf. 
 
I liked that they included all the Disney characters at the beginning and end too. 
 
 
 McKenna was thrilled that she got to sit next to her best little bestie on the row behind us.

If the show comes to a town near you, I would definitely recommend it!  Avery wanted to know if we could go back again the next day. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Cheer {2014}

Friends, the halls are as decked as they're going to get this year.

I made a few changes and added a few new decorations that I picked up after Christmas last year but most of the decorations are SALY (same as last year, for non-auditor folks). #auditorjokes
I decided to dress up my topiaries on a whim and I love them.  All it took was a quick bow and glitter ribbon!
 
These little presents light up.  I was pretty excited when I found them in the attic all brand new and in the box.  I think I got them the day after Christmas last year at Sam's Club but they look pretty cute on the front porch.

 
I recycled the Snow Flakes from Avery's Frozen Birthday party and have put them to use in the dining room.  They came from the DOLLAR TREE y'all.  And they look so cute.  



And in the living room, we added a framed Santa puzzle that Mom and McKenna put together.  Once the puzzle was finished, Mom modge-podged and framed it.

 
I changed out the ribbon on the tree this year for this adorable polka dot ribbon (again, from Sam's Club.  It's the best place to get a lot of cute ribbon at a reasonable price).  I love the polka dots...but y'all already know I have a polka dot problem.
 

 
And more recycled Snow Flakes in the kitchen... 
 
Our little elf brought the girls a little gingerbread advent calendar when she reappeared after Thanksgiving.

The girls race to the Gingerbread house every morning to find out what sort of note Alexis, the elf, has left for them.  Sometimes its just a fun little note and other times she gives them "Elf Homework."  The Elf Homework usually involves some sort of act of kindness or helping someone.
 
 We never know where she's going to pop up!
 
And with that...I've got wrapping to do!  Merry Christmas!
 
p.s. I'm linking up to Evolution of Style, Home Stories A to Z, and Serenity Now.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thanksgiving and Myrtle Beach

I'm doing my best to get the old blog up to date so I can post some Christmas pictures!

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my husband's family plus my Dad and Granny.  We had a wonderful meal and I'm kicking myself for not taking any pictures.

I had a little accident the Friday before Thanksgiving that left me hobbling around and looking like this.  We went to the ER to make sure the baby was okay and that my ankle wasn't broken.  Thankfully, the baby was fine and my ankle was just a bad sprain.

I put the girls to work to get everything cooked and baked that I was supposed to bring to Thanksgiving.

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After Thanksgiving dinner, we usually pile in the car and drive to Myrtle Beach, SC but this year I just didn't feel like driving from 8:30 to Midnight with a peg leg so the girls and I waited until the next morning to drive down.

We made it around 11am and hit the stores.  Sadly, my poor leg kept me from shopping very much...and I still have a lot left to do!

We spent a good amount of time in the camper...excavating a mermaid out of a block of clay (true story)...
While Rusty and I watched the Hunger Games...Neither of us have cable or satellite at home so we love having more than 4 channels!
Snuggling on this sweet boy...
And making not one but two Gingerbread Houses!
 
We did catch the Christmas version of the Pirates Voyage Show.  (I liked it better than the regular show.)


We got there 30 minutes early and barely even got a seat in the very back upstairs for the Pre-Show.  If you go, go when the doors open.


We bought our tickets about 4 hours before showtime and we were all the way at the end.  We would have been able to see more if we were mid-way but the girls still loved it.
 
We also drove through the Christmas Wonderland of Lights.  It was amazing.  I can't even imagine the time and work that goes into setting this up.  You pay by the vehicle ($25) to drive through so we all piled in Angela's car and had the best time.  The girls and Tyler loved it!  And I'm not sure why Avery was talking about sharks.
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You can read about our other adventures in Myrtle Beach here and here.  And we camped at Myrtle Beach Travel Park (in case you are interested).

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Volleyball

We've entered the exciting world of (sort of) organized sports!  McKenna decided she wanted to play volleyball through the recreation department this Fall.


I'll be the first to tell you that I'm not sporty and even after watching all of her games this season I'm still not sure I understand the rules or how the scoring works. 

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My solution?

Just clap and yell "Good Job!" after every play.  It doesn't matter who scored the point.

She had her own cheering squad (and mascot) and averaged about 17 friends and family members at each game.  How lucky is she to have such a supportive family???  #thatshowweroll #rollingdeep
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She improved so much during the season and seemed to really enjoy playing.  She says she wants to play again in the Spring.

Each team member got a little medal after the last game.



I'm so proud of her for trying something new and working hard to get better! She also made a few new friends too!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Avery's 5th Birthday


Somehow, my baby turned 5 last month.  I'm trying to get the old blog caught up on all things happening on the Bay Bush.  Here are all the details from my Miss Averycakes 5th Birthday!
 
 

She wanted a frozen party (only after changing her mind 1,000 times with themes ranging from Ben 10 to Paw Patrol to Princesses).

 
 The cake was so cute and rather tasty!

We decided to have her Party at local party place because I didn't have the time or energy to clean out my garage and you never know what November weather will be like. 
 
 
The party package came with a face painter which was a big hit with the kids.  Probably not so much with the parents as it took me 2 days to get that pink butterfly off of her face.
 
Mom and Dad with my sweet little nephew!
 
I was so excited when I found this Olaf balloon at Walmart!  Sadly, he was punctured on the way to the party so we just taped him to the wall and called it a day.


 I found the plates and cups at Walmart and stole the snowflakes from my Christmas decoration stash.

 


(The men seemed to prefer to congregate in the corner safely away from the bounce house.)


And on Avery's actual birthday we had a little party at her preschool during snack time.  She was so excited that she got to be the line leader on her birthday!  It's the little things, right?

Her little friends sang Happy Birthday and then they ate as much icing and potato chips as possible.

Then they hit the play ground to burn off some of that sugar.
 
And nothing says Birthday Fun like rolling down a hill, y'all.



I can't believe she is five.  On her birthday I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up.  She said, "Nothing.  I want to be a kid forever."  She is wise beyond her years already.

Happy Birthday Miss Avery!
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