Tuesday, April 19, 2016


We went to pick out our tree today.
It had been raining here, so we couldn't go the day after Thanksgiving like I originally had hoped.  I was really worried we would find ourselves at a pre-cut tree shop after obsessing over the forecast, but the second the clouds rolled out, we did, too.  We are not pre-cut tree people... nothing beats the experience of picking out your tree and cutting it down & yelling "TIMBER!!"  It's those memories that I love most about Christmas time as a child.

We went to this tree farm last year.
Norah remembered every little detail as we made the 45 minute drive to the country.
She reminded us that we would ride the tractor out to the field and play on the playground.

When we got out to the field, Norah found herself a walking stick or two...
I guess hunting for a Christmas tree on flat land in Texas is hard work.

Piper just went along for the ride in the Tula.
She's a pretty chill little baby when it comes to going places.
She's pretty indifferent about her role in these events. haha

We found our tree within minutes, but of course we had to walk the entire farm to make sure that was the one!!!  Sure enough, we went right back to the first row of trees we checked out.
Norah supervised the cutting of the tree & helped drag it out to the road for the tractor to pick it up.

We sipped on hot cocoa and played on the playground while Brad got the tree tied to the roof of our car.  The cutting of the Christmas tree will forever be one of my favorite traditions!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


Christmas is upon us!!!
I started pulling decorations out.
Norah was obsessed with the wooden shoes.
She wears her Anna dress EVERY DAY!  EVERYWHERE!!
The wooden shoes were a nice added touch.

We went to our favorite spot for our visit with Santa again this year.
I was interested to see how/if Norah had changed over the year when it came to sitting on Santa's lap & if Piper would be as excited to sit on Santa's lap as Norah was her first Christmas.
Well, let's just say, it took a lot of bribery to get Norah to not freak out instantly.  We got one "decent" picture of the girls before Piper broke out in a full melt down, too.
I have a lot of respect for Santa.
He really puts up with a lot of sad faces!

After Norah told Santa what she wanted for Christmas, she took a ride on the carousel with Daddy while Piper tried to eat Norah's candy cane.  Norah made a snowman bag & we played with the model trains.  All in all it was a good night...

See you next year, Santa!