Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Marlie's Manners Banquet

I absolutely loved volunteering to serve at Matt's Manners Banquet last year so I couldn't wait for Marlie's. It was such a wonderful event. The kids had a wonderful lunch and got to watch a fabulous slide show that sweet Jill Worden put together. There were baby pictures and current pictures of each child and then she did a collage of pictures from Kinder to now. I'm thankful that the school puts this event together. I'm thankful for all the sweet friends Marlie has made throughout the years and for all the wonderful teachers who have entered and shaped her life!
Mr. Austin's class. This man has been a true blessing to our family. Matt thought he was the coolest and Marlie thinks he is the nicest. He's so patient and loving with her. To top it off, he's an excellent teacher and makes learning fun!
Loved that our guitar teacher, Mrs. Kristi was playing during the event. I could sit and listen to her play for hours. It's just beautiful!
I love all these girls! It will be fun to watch them grow up together. 
The after-party! Such a great group of Moms too!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Merry Family Christmas

We started the Christmas season with Marlie's Christmas program at school. Mrs. Janes always does a great job with the school programs and she didn't disappoint!
Matt had an orchestra concert and it was beautiful. Still amazed that these middle school children play so well. Matt was 1st chair on the viola!
One of our favorite moments of the season was being able to shower this family with a few surprises! Thank you to Sylvia Bolling and the Aldine Family Hope Center for matching us with this family. They flooded during hurricane Harvey and were beyond thankful!
Then it was off to the Bahamas for a week but that will have to be a separate post! We loved being in the Bahamas but it was time to come home to celebrate Christmas with our family. Grandpa came up to visit and we went to the children's Christmas Eve mass. This year instead of cooking we went to have our favorite hibachi and it was so good! The kids opened a few presents from Grandpa and Nene and then it was time to get ready for the big man to come.
Christmas morning is always so special. The kids were told Santa doesn't come until after 9:00am so they were anxiously waiting to come downstairs. Once they got the green light they were so excited. And Emma even got her own stocking with a few treats!
After spending the day in our pjs relaxing, we decided to head to San Antonio to see the rest of the family. We got to visit all the cousins! Marlie and cousin Lauren put on a show and played their ukelele's for us. It was great! They called themselves the "Red Uks"!
We also got to see the Hatters. Marlie and Hayden took lots of pictures of the 2 of them but this was my favorite! So sweet. When we left Marlie said she wished Hayden lived near us. I do too!
Then it was back home in time for Papa and Nona Lisa's visit to our house for New Year's Eve. Typically by this point in the holidays we are exhausted but we must have got our second wind because we had a wild and crazy (as wild as you can get with children) New Year's Eve! The kids started the day with their gingerbread house competition. It was a little competitive and crazy this year and I think Papa might just throw in the towel much earlier next year! Nene, Uncle Jay and his "friend" Gena also joined us and we had a wonderful dinner followed by another "Christmas" including our fun gift exchange.  
The plan was to celebrate NYE on NY time but we actually celebrated NY time, Houston time and Vegas time! We had a great time and somehow found ourselves doing karaoke to Despacito! My cheeks were sore from laughing so hard!
 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I can't wait to see what 2018 has in store for us!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving from the Ranch!

Well, it's been awhile since I've blogged and I'm excited to get this back and up and running!

I am just recently semi-retired! Not sure what to call it, but I've decided to take a year or two off of work and catch up, reset, restore and spend time with the kids. It was nice to be home with them for the week of Thanksgiving. We slept in, decorated for Christmas, got in some doctors appointments and went to Hermann Park! We decided to skip the zoo and for the first time, got to ride the pedal boats! The kids loved it, although I let them drive/steer and they argued like a married couple most of the time on which way to go, how hard to pedal, etc.  They chased some sweet little baby duck and we saw a turtle too.  So simple, but so fun. Afterwards we rode the train. It was a gorgeous day!
For the first time in awhile we decided to head to the ranch for Thanksgiving. So many family members were there and the weather was perfect! My Uncle Tony and Aunt Ruth has restored the original ranch house and it is just gorgeous. We ate a lot and the kids enjoyed shooting guns too! The kids stayed with Nene and Uncle Jay in the RV and enjoyed all the animal creatures that came to visit in the mornings and evenings. 
Thank you to Uncle Tony & Aunt Ruth and everyone else who cooked for us! It was wonderful and we have so much to be Thankful for!