Christmas tree & decor 2014

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here. Luckily my grandmother has boxes of decorations and let me pick through them for my house. I’m thrilled. K and I had a great time putting it all out too.

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Our tree

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I love the loose beads and ornaments

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Now, time to start hosting this holiday season! Merry Christmas!

The Elf on the Shelf arrives

Once you are 3 you are old enough for Santa to send you a scout elf to watch over you. So K got one sent to her just before Thanksgiving. She arrived via US mail, and K named her Ellie.

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She has gotten into a few things while she’s been here. See, she wakes up at night, returns to the North Pole, and reports back to Santa.

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Her first night here she returned with a card made by Santa.

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The next night she played dress up with Boppy and Tinkerbell’s clothes!

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We found her reading once too.
And another time she was watching Christmas movies.
We just can’t wait to find her every morning and see what she’s been doing.

Here are some additional photos of Ellie’s adventures:
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Halloween Day 2014

Halloween is always full of treats and surprises, but this year is one I’ll never forget.
It started out pretty much the same as always. We dressed up and went trick-or-treating.

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We met at Nonnies and made our way through her neighborhood.

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Then we had to go pick up Shawn at the airport. He was in MN on business, and today was our 4th anniversary.

When we reached the airport I got a very big surprise…

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He proposed!!! Of course, I said yes.
Happy Halloween and Happy Anniversary indeed :-)

A day trip to San Franny

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Mr. T forgot a few things for a job he had in SF so naturally, he called me. At first I wasn’t thrilled to drive 40 miles last minute to drop off a dozen power cords, but it actually turned out to be a nice day with my daughter. We hung out down town, had lunch, and hit the park at discovery museum.

Christmas 2013

We decided to stay home and have Christmas in California this year. Although we missed my family dearly, it was nice not rushing through the holiday to get everything done. Santa was very good to all of us and here are the pictures.

First we cut down our tree on Black Friday. That is our tradition.

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Then we tie it up and bring it home.

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And decorate it.

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Then we went to Christmas in the Park.

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And we took her to see Santa. She smiled like a big girl.

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We made Santa some cookies on Christmas eve.
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Then it was Christmas Day. She could finally open what Santa brought her.

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She got a new bike!!

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A cash register.

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Crayons.

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A Hello Kitty chair.

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All of this stuff! Games, books, Little People, pajamas… Wow!! She must have been really good this year.

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This is what Santa brought me. Nice!

I of course made way too much ham. It was just us after all. But I enjoyed making my first ham. It was not as good as my dad’s, but oh well.
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you!!

Halloween 2013

Our first trick-or-treat experience this year was at Santana Row. Its always a big crowd and the stores are high end like Gucci, Burberry, even Tesla cars. Its a lot of fun and something I’ve shared with our Mommy and Me group since Kenlee’s first year. This year it was just us and Ellie M & Josh. Here are the pics.

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This is how she says, “RAWR!”

For actual Halloween we took her to trick-or-treat in our neighborhood. We live in such a great place for kids. We started before dark but it wasn’t long before swarms of kids were out!¬† She never said the words, “trick or treat,” but she did say, “thank you,” very politely at each house.

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We had a good time. She loved her costume. I just can’t wait to do it all over again next year!!

Oh I almost forgot, we had to walk to the store for milk during the day, so naturally, she threw a little something on. (They trick or treat all day on our block, so she had to dress up too.)

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Happy Halloween everyone!!!

K Made Cupcakes

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Tonight since I was off I made cupcakes with her help. She chose the sprinkles, she poured in the water and oil and she stirred. Then of course, like any child chef, she got to lick the beaters. It was a lot of fun. I think she liked them too. I heard a big “ta-da!” while she was eating it!

My Summer Trip Home 2013

I love living in California, and I loved living in Dallas, but back home will always mean good ol’ Denton County. I grew up cruising back roads with my dad listening to classic rock. I try to make my way back to those old roads when I can. Now they are paved where they were dirt, and neighborhoods are where fields used to be. Here are some photos I took on my cruise this time.

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Bails of hay as far as the eye can see.

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We lived in this house with my mom and dad. I lived here until first grade after the divorce.

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We used to come tag this old bridge in high school. None of our tags are left.

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This is the only dirt road I saw. I didn’t drive down it though.

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Another part of the old bridge.

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Just an old barn. I love old barns. I try to imagine the world when it was brand new.

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As I head out out of town in another direction, I stop by to visit my best friend, Mitchell. Rip.

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This is honestly about as pretty as it gets up in north Texas. Pretty plain. Not much to look at.

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The tunnel of trees. Its a road we frequented as kids. Its actually very pretty. Its called Hill Top road. The previous picture is the top of the hill. Yeah, that flat area.

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Kenlee eating M&M’s at Papaw’s grave.

As I made my way back into town I decided to take pictures of the other places that were home to me. The other places I loved to call home as a child.

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This first house is the only one solid place I’ve had to call home. My grandpa’s home. Now my dad’s. It will always have a room for me if I need it.

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I moved to this house in 5th grade with my mom and step-dad. We only lived there for a year before they bought us a house.

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This is the house I lived in from 6th grade until I moved out my senior year. Its the house I consider my childhood home. Same neighborhood as the prior.Great times here.

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The creek down the street. All the neighborhood kids played down here.

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No water left in the creek. This creek twists through the whole neighborhood. Anything sneaky happened here because parents wouldn’t dare go down there.

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This rickety old shack is one of the Fry Street houses on UNT campus. It used to be a great spot to live. I rented a room when I was 17. It was white back then and in better shape. It was my first place all by myself. Rent was only $175.

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Across the street is the oldest head shop in Denton. Zebra Head. Iconic Denton spot.

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This was my tattoo shop back then. Now it’s a copy shop. Still painted cool though.

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Everything is changing on Fry Street. So much has already been demolished and rebuilt. Its losing all its artistic charm.

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These apartments across from campus were built by my great-great grandmother to house women from the college. They are attached to the book store. They still  stand for now. Not sure how much longer they will though.
Well that’s my walk down memory lane. Its just a taste of where I come from.

K’s 2nd Birthday in Texas

We went back to Texas for K to celebrate her second birthday with my family. She had a great trip. She remembered everyone this time and was very happy to see them.

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We had a pool party in moms back yard.

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It was a care bear theme. Her favorite.

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And she loved the cake, of course.

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She got so many cute gifts including books, dvd’s, a stroller to keep here for Boppy, a care bear from me, a new purse and a princess dress. She had a perfect day thanks to our amazing family :-)

Our New Family Member, Boppy.

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We took K to the Build-A-Bear Factory the other day and she built a new baby. A bunny actually. Her name is Boppy.
We tried to find her an outfit and some shoes but someone was too jealous of Boppy getting new shoes, so we decided to wait until another day. She stuffed Boppy with a heart full of good feelings, then she washed her up to take her home.

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Once she was clean we picked up her birth certificate and she got a box to ride home in. I highly recommend this for all kids. It was only about $20.00 and it’s her new best friend so it’s really priceless.

Fathers Day

We took a cruise with our crew and drove up highway 1 along the coast line. Its so pretty.

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We stopped to get pics by the lighthouse and pick flowers. Beautiful shoreline.

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Next we drove to the pebble beach. It is a fantastic spot to explore. It really is gorgeous.

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There is no sand down by the water, only pebbles.

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I’m so glad we did this. I love exploring beaches and enjoying beautiful views. Most of all I enjoy family time with such good friends. Happy Fathers Day :-)