Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

We just got home from our visit to Arkansas for Thanksgiving! It is always so good to go home. We are so thankful that our families live so close that we can always celebrate holidays and see them both when we go home. The only downside of our visit this year was that I didn't get to see my Granny and Grandpa :( My Granny has pneumonia so we are keeping her germ free so she can get to feeling better. But Christmas is just a few weeks away and we will be heading back!

On the road to my house, the botanical gardens had a fun sled that Ella wanted her picture in and beautiful lights. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  

We gathered enough holiday spirit when decorating Nana B and Papa Bo's Christmas tree so Santa dropped off our elves, Betsy and Ballard! This is the first year that Ella has really understood the elf thing and gets a kick out of it. Christmas is so much fun with kids. It brings out the child that is still in me :)
 This year was our year to spend Thanksgiving Day at the Reading's. She was so excited to play with all of her cousins. Mimi and Pops live way out in the country and the kids absolutely exhausted themselves running and playing outside for 3 days straight. There is so much freedom and safety and they just go wild outside on the land! They both ended up sick by the time we got them home, but it was worth it. I love the weather in Arkansas. It actually feels like winter is on it's way! So homey and cozy.

Aunt Dee Dee and Uncle Andrew got the kiddies matching Christmas nommers :) Ella loves being with all of her cousins. She gets a cuddly sense of being an only child on my side and has a lots of Aunts, Uncles and cousins on the other side. Best of both worlds!
 I accidentally dressed Luca in LSU colors on gameday, but we were really rooting for the Hogs...except for the Uncle Andrew (the ONLY non-Arkansas member of our family). :) Luca was annoyed by the yelling.
 Christmas shopping is done early, wrapped and already in Arkansas. Now it's just time to enjoy the season and celebrate our Savior's birth!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Halloween!

This year for Halloween, Ella was a cupcake and Luca was a garden gnome :) 

Ella was just the sweetest thing and it was just perfect for her. Her first birthday was a cupcake theme so I'm partial to those cupy-cakes :) She made it very clear to every one who opened their door that she was a cupcake with STRAWBERRY on top--not to be confused with the typical cherry on top. 
Luca was the loveliest little lawn ornament I have ever seen. Made me want to grow a garden :) He rocked the beard! He wore it for 4 hours straight until the sun went down! He got lots and lots of attention and he was so proud. He tore up the pavement roaming neighbor hood non-stop. 
Trick or Treat! The first stop before we headed off to McKinney was Nit's house of course!!!

He didn't stop for long...not even for the candy.

Trick or Treating in style with Nit and Terry! Now I want one of these!

We followed tradition this year and celebrated with our friends, the Rutigs, complete with my annual batch of white chicken chili and pumpkin crunch cake! Dessert was good, but next year I'll stick with my apple dumplins...there is a reason why they made the traditional menu. They are just SO good!

Ella ran door to door and even went through a neighborhood haunted house. We couldn't keep up with her! I remember as a child being so shy that I was too shy to mutter the words "trick or treat" when people came to the door...not this girl :)
The older Ella gets, I'm learning she is very much like her Mommy and Nana B. She loves holidays, festivities, parties, and celebrations :) She is SO MUCH FUN! She is already my little partner in crime. We are going to create all sorts of fun for ourselves together through the years...good times ahead :)
This dude never stopped walking so he made his way into plenty of people's homes as soon as they opened their door. All we had to do was point him in the direction and he took off!

When we got home, we handed out candy to the trick or treaters...Ella looooved this part. 

That's a wrap!