To kick off our Christmas season, my dear gal, Jorie, hosted a little pancake breakfast for the boys. The plan was to all wear our jammies and watch Christmas movies all day! What really ended up happening is the boys destroying the playroom while we ran our mouths non-stop and Fred Claus played in the background. We still had a great time and hopefully this will be a tradition.
The floats were amazing! I don't know what it is about a parade, but they always remind me of home and give me that small town feel!
|G about jumped out of my arms when the lighted tractor rolled up!|
|This float was our favorite! It featured scenes from National Lampoon Christmas Vacation, my favorite Christmas movie!|
The parade didn't start until 7:00, which is usually G's bedtime, so I was a little nervous. But G was a great sport and loved every minute! They were definitely some tired boys by the end and slept all the way home!
Resident tips: Downtown is SUPER crowded and people line up along the route early. Next year, we'll get there REALLY early to eat OR take a picnic supper and eat on the sidewalk. The parade lasted about an hour and a half.
That weekend, my friend Ashley hosted a beautiful Christmas tea and the next day I hosted my second Mamas Christmas PJ Party!
I changed up my usual menu and did a Waffle Bar! Thank you, Pinterest for the fun ideas! It was by far, one of the easiest menus I've ever done. I whipped up the waffle batter before the guest arrived, poured it in Dixie cups, and everyone made their own waffle with their choice of toppings! So fun!
|We had a blast being "off-duty" for the evening!|
The next weekend Jeremie's parents came to town. Coincidentally, Greyson started singing "Santa Claus is Comin' To Town"....which is pretty much what we all felt like. Quite nice to have 2 sets of extra hands. We took them to the Prestonwood Gift of Christmas show; this was actually our first year to go! And lemme tell you-it was INCREDIBLE. I knew it was gonna be good...because it's Prestonwood, but WOW. Santa came flying in from the ceiling. There were acts that rivaled Broadway. There flying drummers. Camels. Zebras. Apparently there were baby Llamas OH MY GOODNESS but I missed those. There were angels that flew in from the ceiling. And let me just say-if you fly in on a zip line as an angel, YOU'VE MADE IT. This is a MUST SEE performance! Half the show was classic Christmas tunes and the other half was the gospel presentation and Christmas Story of Jesus' birth. Breathtaking!
|See Santa flying in on his sleigh?!|
|This scene of the birth of Jesus' was completely breathtaking. I had chills just thinking of majestic it must have been!|
Afterwards, Jeremie and I pretty much dumped the in-laws and baby off at the house, stuffed some clothes in a bag, and peeled out on 2 wheels to our annual overnight date in downtown Dallas! This was our 4th year to do this! (Including when Greyson was newborn!) We stayed at our favorite downtown hotel, The Adolphus!
We grabbed a late lunch at Ellen's Southern Kitchen (AMAZING!) and that evening went to the Twelve Days at Night exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum. It was beautiful and festive, and most of all, so good to get some one on one time with my main squeeze.
We SLEPT LATE, praise all that is Holy, and bummed around in one of our favorite areas, the Bishop Arts District. We were so hip and grabbed brunch at this place called Stock and Barrel. Listen. I meant to take a picture of this beautiful fancy french toast, but it was going going gone. It was one of THE MOST delicious meals I've ever had. J got a more savory dish and it was fine too. Food is definitely a hobby of ours and we love finding new favorites like this! Will definitely be back!
By noon we turned into pumpkins though and headed back to Plano and our little guy. ; )
That week was Greyson's Christmas party at Mother's Day Out. I love going to his little school parties, it makes me feel so mom-ish. When we arrived, his teachers made us all wait outside the door and they sent out the kids one by one with a little plate they had made with their footprint on it. Melting heart in 3...2....1...
|Greyson was really tickled that he looked just like Frosty.|
Since we were going to Mississippi for Christmas, we decided to do Greyson's gifts the week before so he could enjoy them. We had a BLAST the night before playing Santa and setting everything up!
His eyes were as big as saucers as he came down the stairs. The little boy certainly comes out in Jeremie in regards to buying Greyson's gifts. Where one Tonka truck is good, 4 are better. (He claims, if you're gonna do it, you have to do the "SET".) I had already picked out the Paw Patroller, so we just went with it. It was really fun this year seeing G get excited about his gifts!
Jeremie wanted to have something that Greyson could literally SCOOP with his Tonkas, hence the cotton balls. (Again, one bag didn't suffice, we needed 3 bags of 400 cotton balls.) I understood the goal, it was cute. Until it wasn't cute anymore.
|I'm still finding cotton balls.....in places...|
While we waited on Jorie and company, we went inside to have G's picture made with Santa. Went about how I expected.
|The boys wanted to sit in their own seat. ; )|
When we got off the train, they had snow machines going and we walked through a trail of Christmas trees into a tent where they had a brief Christmas show (Santa included) and afterwards handed out little cups of chocolate milk. I LOVED this event and think that next year Greyson will really take in the "magic" of it all. Definitely glad we went.
Resident tip: Tickets for this go on sale in July and completely sell out! So put a reminder on your phone! We arrived super early and had our picture taken with Santa BEFORE boarding the train. I know that's not in line with the book, but....really....
We were never able to squeeze in a family photo session, so my friend Shelley and I tag teamed and set up a fun shoot for the boys! This is the way to do it friends! We had so much fun!
The night before we headed to Mississippi, we squeezed in our FAVORITE Christmas tradition, which is riding around Deerfield looking at lights while we sip hot cocoa.
|Umm...Look at that two story snowman!!! Apparently, they didn't use their front door for the season.|
|This was one of my favs this year!|
Big thanks too to Chic-fil-A and these rowdy boys who wore G out during lunch time.
We arrived at my parents' in record time. CC immediately took him to her "new old" swing (a replica of one my grandfather built) and Pop immediately took him to the tractor! I essentially was hands free for a week.
I got to do a little hunting with my dad. Ironcially, while Jeremie went Christmas shopping.
We headed to J's parents for the next few days and Christmas came a early for the little guy so he could enjoy........
|You can take a boy out of the country.....|
|I love how the sign lit up "Nice" for the grandparents and "Naughty" for the kids.....|
We started off our Christmas day with the usual breakfast at Jeremie's grandparents house. Our generation has BEEN FRUITFUL the past few years, and it really hit us this year how many new babies and kids we have. So special!
We headed back to Nona and Papa's for immediate family gifts, naptime, and the 2 hour process of packing the car to head to my parents' house. It seems like no matter how much space we have, we seem to fill it to the brim.
My parents are just 30 minutes down the rode from Jeremie's. Makes it SO EASY on holidays! By now, Greyson had gotten the hang of this "present" thing, and was ready for Christmas #2! He was so excited when my mom unveiled his brand new grill.
|He had the best time spinning around on some exercise/balance contraption that Auntie Amy brought with her. When I heard her yell "It's like Spin the Bottle!", I had to poke my head in and figure out what she was doing with my child.|
|Super fun getting to hang out with my sis and brother-in-law.|
|My brother always NAILS it with Christmas gifts, and this year he completely shocked me with a Dak Prescott Cowboys jersey! I was SO EXCITED!|
I'm hesitant to post the next set of pictures. I'm afraid that 1) My family will end up on some type of Watch List, or 2) My friends will report me to "What Not To Wear". So the day after Christmas, my Dad, sis, and her hubby decided to go do a little target practice down at the family farm. It was HOT. Like 80. I didn't check the weather before I left, and really, it's December, right? So I literally had nothing to wear on this very warm outing. I ended up sporting my yoga pants, a National Lampoon t-shirt my mom gave me for Christmas as a joke, and....wait for it.....some Crocs. These were the ONLY shoes of my size that I found in the bottom of my childhood closet. It was like a real life version of Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases.
Nevertheless, we had a BLAST (pardon the pun).
|My sis is ready. And hilarious.|
|We HAD to do a selfie. #toughfaceseveryone|
And so we LOADED up the car again.....John Deere tractor on the cargo holder in the back, and headed to Texas! Wish I had a picture, we were like the Clampetts.
We got home and it looked like a bomb had dropped.
I don't know about y'all, but I felt a little like the porcelain figure of my Christmas decoration that lost his head.
We finally did get all unpacked and settled back in. We stayed home for New Year's and enjoyed some friends, football, and of course, some delicious food!
Our last pic of 2016! What a super fun year and wild year for our family. We had many adventures, big meltdowns, lots of growing, big changes, but most of all, another year of memories in the books.