The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Yay! Christmas time is finally here! 
I love all the festiveness!

This tree is in our area and it's amazing! The picture doesn't do it justice. Every branch and twig is wrapped with lights.

 It's been cold and rainy since Thanksgiving so we don't even have our lights up yet! It's kind of making me twitch. 

On Saturday Courtney and I took our girls to a Christmas tea party at Golightly's. 
They loved it!

Today Katie Belle had to go back to her job in Kindergarten after having a week off. So I lost my helper!

I made the mistake of going to the bathroom today and I found Jesse on the kitchen table trying to eat some fake cupcakes!
I think I gave him the wrong message when I laughed and then took a picture.
Katie is the responsible one that keeps us all in check!

We had a great Thanksgiving and I hope you did too!

My sister-in-law, Lisa, had everything decorated so pretty.

My niece made these cookies! 

And Marcus made the pecan pies! 

 The best part about this week was that my Sunday school girls came home from college! I had them over for pizza and junk food and got to hear their crazy stories! I miss them so much!

Jesse's least favorite part of the week was Santa:

I wonder if Santa told him he was on the naughty list?!


Some Life

Marcus and I celebrated 16 years of wedded bliss on the 23rd. We had a fun date. Thankfully most all our days are fun!

We had an extra fireman in the house on Halloween. 

 He put his hat on himself!

Jesse had a costume parade at school.

Katie Belle picked out a peacock costume: 
We had such a fun night trick or treating in our new hood. My friend, Catherine, and her son Cason came too and that made it more fun!

We made our annual pumpkin patch visit with our BFFs, Charis and Drew:

I wish I had a video of Jesse saying pumpkin. Sometimes it sounds like pancake other times it sounds like bacon. It's super cute either way!

Everyone took a turn with Jesse down the slide. He really likes Charis and Katie got jealous. She was afraid he would think Charis was his new big sister! 
Drama Queen!

Last week was the 50th day of school! 
 Kindergarteners had to dress up in 50's clothes. I found this outfit on Amazon for 8 bucks! And it shipped in one day. I'm really thankful I'm a mom in the internet era. I would've never made it if I had to sew this puppy on my own. 
 It looked like Katie Belle was doing the jitterbug, but it's just the tail end of a twirl. 

These two LOVE each other!
Here's some love wrestling:
 I really felt like Katie Belle would be an only child. That girl was made to be a big sister! I'm so grateful she gets to be one!
 She hugs and kisses Jesse all day, and tells him that he is sooo cute! 
Hopefully this won't ruin him in the future!

My nephew, Jeddy, turned 12 today!
Melissa made his cake. It was so good.
 I love living near family!

Katie Belle and her big brother Blue Bell.
He's named after the ice cream.
Which I'm so thankful to say is back in our freezer! It's been out of production since early spring.

We don't buy ice cream unless it's Blue Bell.
 I picked the name Katie and Marcus picked Belle. I'm not sure if she's named after the dog or the ice cream? Either is just wrong, but it's cute so I didn't care. 

We saw The Peanuts movie! Have you? I thought it was super cute! KB laughed out loud through the whole thing!



 My W wall is up!

I only made 2,347 holes to get it done. I'm not a measuring kind of girl. 
 This is in my kitchen. 
This is my second attempt. The first time I did it, it looked kind of wimpy. Sooo...
I had to beef things up a little.

Marcus made this for me out of some fence we took down. 

And I got this frame from Courtney and the old tin from my sis in law.
 (I have the best people in my life!)
Those things added some much needed oomph to the wall. 

OK so it turns out old fence is like gold. We did another project with it that's my most favorite EVER! And I have a couple others planned too. 

And I promise not to wait 2 months to blog about it!

Do you have your Christmas up yet? Mine is coming down from the attic this week!


A Work In Progress

Holy hotness! It was 95 degrees today which should be illegal for October!

Thankfully we were in Santa Fe for a few days for my cousin's wedding. It was a lot cooler.

The wedding was absolutely beautiful. I'm so thrilled for Stacey. She was widowed 7 years ago while pregnant with her third child. (He's to her right) I'm happy she found love again!

We had a great time and Katie tore up the dance floor. At one point her shoe went flying in the air. Now that's serious dancing!

Ok, I promised house pics. Not one room is really completed yet. The slowness of this house remodel is driving me naners!

 This is in my living room. I got the shutters and sconces put up today. 

Do things have to be perfect and complete for you to want to see it? If so, close your eyes!

Here's my kitchen about 30 minutes ago. I didn't even clean off the counters for you!

This is what it looked like before we moved in:
We painted the walls, cabinets and ceiling. Got new counters and a farmhouse sink. And we put wood floors almost everywhere. 

Now we need to pick a back splash. Any suggestions? I'm thinking either subway tile or old tin tiles.

Here's my entry way. That shelf was the mantle over the fireplace. It fits perfectly by the door.  My switch plate isn't even screwed in yet! It's just dangling there. 

Speaking of the switch plate...who ever put it so far over to the left, needs to be kicked in the shins! I came up with a mirror collage to help the unfortunate situation. 

I just got this lamp at walmart for $10. I painted and distressed the base. 

 I feel like we are in the home stretch with a lot of our projects. Christmas is going up in 4 weeks, so we need to wrap this thing up! 

I'm most excited about a pallet wall we are doing behind our TV in the living room. I can't wait to see it!
 I need Marcus to retire from firemaning and be my full time construction worker. As it turns out, we can't really afford to do that at the moment. 
So, I'm growing my patience instead. 


Still Here

 We are still alive and well! I hate that I haven't been good about updating my blog!

I love this community of people. It reminds me of the fun days of living in the dorm. You can always get good advice and support. I wish we could borrow each others clothes too!!

Yesterday Marcus was at the fire station, so the kids and I went to church. Then we went to lunch with Courtney's family. 
Charis is so sweet to Jesse. Katie was getting a little jealous. She said she was afraid Jesse would think Charis was his new big sister! Oh brother!

Saturday Katie Belle did a dance clinic with the high school drill team. I was so proud of her for going by herself and having a great time. 
We got to watch her perform and Marcus giggled the whole time! She's an awesome free spirit kind of dancer, but I think routines cramp her style a little bit!

She's still loving kindergarten! We have lunch with her on Fridays. The weather was great, so we had a picnic.

Jesse turned 1 1/2 on the 3rd!
He loves bananas. He had to eat one right after we checked out. And yes, he's in his jammies! (and they don't match)

 He is such a sweet happy boy!
We adore him. Katie is his number one fan, but she really wants him to stay a baby.

He is into everything! The other day I caught him dipping his comb in the toilet, then putting it in his hair. Ugh!

Our kitchen counters and sink finally got installed! I will share pictures this week. Still a work in progress...