Monday, December 12, 2011

December Blessings...

December is such an exciting month for us. Not only are we preparing for the blessing of Christmas but we are also celebrating our anniversary and Yancey's birthday. Last week we took Niley for her first visit with Santa. We decided to do this photo at the Bass Pro Shop ( or let's say Yancey decided, ha). The photo with Santa was great and the people were super nice and you get a pass so you don't have to wait in line, and best of all...It was FREE! The Bass Pro offers lots of activities and games and we saw kids of all ages enjoying these. Brady and Conner went with us and they had a great time. Not only were the photos and games free but they also gave a card for free kids meals at the resturant. So it was good fun, entertainment and photos all for FREE. I recommend a trip to BassPro's Santa's Wonderland!
On 12/13 Yancey and I will be celebrating 3 years! WOO HOO! God has blessed us and our wedding vows. We decided to take a little trip to New Orleans for a night. This was our first night away from lil miss Niley. She was greatly missed but we had a great time. Yancey surprised me and made reservations at the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel. We are members of Hilton Honors and we had enough points for a free night, which is normally $219, so join those hotel reward programs, they really do pay off!! The hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas and there were little girls everywhere dressed in their pretty little Christmas dresses, so of course I asked what was going on. Well, each year the Roosevelt does a "Teddy Tea with Santa" for little girls to dress up and have a party. I heard from a friend this was loads of fun, so next year if you are looking for a fun girls day check into this. This hotel was also featured this month in Southern Living magazine. New Orleans was very pretty all decorated for Christmas. We did a little shopping at Lakeside mall and a little "looking" at the Shops on Canal. We enjoyed a light lunch at Mulate's, one of my favorite cajun restaurants. We also rode the trolly to the French Market, which doesn't seem near as exciting as when I was a child. We enjoyed charboiled oysters that evening at Drago's and of course, who can leave New Orleans without Cafe du monde beignets?! So it is a good thing we did ALOT of walking in N.O. to keep up with all the eating we did!
Below are some pictures from the past week and our travels.

Only 12 days until Christmas!

Brady and Conner tripped me out on the carousel and yes I made them sit in Santa's lap!

Niley was pooped after visiting with Santa!
New Orleans:


Niley at MamMaw's while we were gone:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Busy Weekend

We had a busy busy weekend! We went to the Co-Op on Saturday morning to visit Pap Paw and do a little Christmas shopping with MamMaw. The Co-Op has some great Christmas gifts! Then Granna Jo came down and we went to the G-Burg Parade on Saturday. Niley was happy and content to be there until Santa and his fire truck came through...the siren was too loud! But she only cried for a bit until it passed. After the parade we had Yancey a 30th birthday bash at the barn! It was loads of fun, cooking out and visiting around the campfire. The jambalaya and bbq was yum, thanks to PapPaw and Pop and the chocolate cake and smores hit the spot. Of course the highlight of the night was Yancey's bday present....a fainting goat named GOMER! He has always said he wanted one, so careful what you wish for! Niley was worn out from the busy day and went to bed at 7:30p.m. and slept until 7am the next morning (I know I am blessed to have such a good sleeper)! Here a few pictures from the weekend.