Thursday, December 29, 2016

Yancey Christmas 2016

This Christmas season seriously flew by so quickly!  Last year I hardly took any pictures (shame on me considering it was Jack's first!). So, this year I made it a point to bust out the camera, even if it was my trusty iPhone camera. I'm so thankful I did because I will cherish these sweet memories forever. 

Christmas Eve began with me running out for a couple more last minute gifts & a grocery store run - surprisingly it wasn't too bad out. Once back home Jack "helped" me bake some sugar cookies, getting flour everywhere in the process. It was eventful to say the least but, we both had fun!  Jack especially enjoyed checking on the cookies progress every few seconds & helping me transfer them all to the platter - which he actually did quite well at. 

My in-laws joined us on Christmas Eve & stayed over through Christmas Day. So, I made Christmas Eve dinner - Ham & tamales with some sides my mother-in-law brought. Everything was so good & turned out perfectly!  Matt & I were up until about midnight playing Santa & I was like a kid on Christmas Eve... Could not wait to wake up!

Jack actually let us sleep in Christmas morning which was nice because I know in years to come that will change.  Once up, we made our way to the living room to see what Santa brought. Right away Jack went for his farm animals & barn then we had to nudge him along to the next big item, his workbench & tools. He loved them both so much & kept going back & forth playing with them. It actually took us most of the day to finish opening his gifts because he wanted to play with each one he opened.

I must note this gift which I chose after Christina's recommendation & knowing how much Jack likes to help in the kitchen. He has already loved playing with this toy so much & theres many learning opportunities with it as well. So glad I snagged this little gem. 

Later my family joined us, we had lunch - I made a double batch of chicken & dumplings and then we opened gifts & all visited.

My Dad & Jack... They always have the best time together!

Christmas this year was a perfect blend of busy & low-key.  We are now ready to kiss 2016 goodbye & ring in the new year!  I hope you all had a very Merrry Christmas, however you were able to spend it. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Randomness

Happy Thursday!!  So I have a mix bucket of thoughts that have crossed my mind this week. Oddly enough it actually feels good to get it out of my head & on "paper".  So here's the randomness from my brain this week...

- Parenting is hard
- Halloween with a 21 month old is unpredictable 
- Where's the motivation to cook a meal!?  I have none lately :/
- I can't believe it's November & I'm sure as heck not ready for Christmas 
- But I've already bought a couple of Christmas gifts
- Texas needs to get it together in the weather department already - We want Fall!!
- I've yet to vote but I want to vote early so I don't have to wait in line on Election Day 
- We started a Fall craft last weekend & have yet to finish it. It requires mommy to paint it & well... Lack of time or a mommy clone. #reallife
- On an up note, I bought these boots a couple weekends ago for an early birthday gift from Matt & did you know you can have a Nordstrom debit card & still get all the perks of a "card holder"!!!  I was too excited about this little tid-bit of information!!
- And for a true random... Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday I ran into a different high school classmate at Jack's daycare whom I didn't know their little ones attended there as well. & no, we're not even in our home town, though somewhat close!

That's all I've got today!  Be sure to link up with Annie & Natalie for Thoughts for Thursday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Life Lately

We have been some busy bees lately so, there is a lot to catch up on!

We'll start back in September!  At the beginning of the month we celebrated my brothers birthday & at the end of the month celebrated my Dad's birthday!  We enjoyed great dinners for both birthdays!

Yummy Mexican food for my brother's birthday!

& We enjoyed Lucille's for my Dad's birthday.  Bless him for picking such a great restaurant!

My Dad & Jack after dinner.... they have a pretty funny relationship - always playing!

We also had some very dear friends over for dinner one weekend.  I of course made Pumpkin Dip for the evening but, the best part was my little helper!  Jack was so interested in what I was doing & too often He is either starving or "we don't have time".  My heart may of skipped a few beats while enjoying this time with my precious little guy!

I mentioned here that I put together a Halloween Bag for Jack.  He has enjoyed using his new plate & utensils but, has really enjoyed his new glass!

I also added these two adorable shirts... insert all the heart eyes!

Most recently, Jack & I met up with my best friend Kimberly, her two daughters & her mom & grandma at the Dallas Arboretum.  It was right at an hour drive from our house & the entire time Jack desperately wanted to go to sleep but, never would.  From the moment we pulled up at the valet (because hello, solo parenting at the pumpkin patch! #worthit), got out the wagon & tried to put him in it... He. Was. In. A. Mood.  I should have asked Jesus then to take the wheel.

So, I carried Jack & pulled the wagon to meet up with Kimberly & the gang.  We first visited Pumpkin Village which is built completely out of pumpkins - super cool!  The girls enjoyed running around while Jack was mostly overwhelmed by the amount of people and clung to me majority of the time.

While in Pumpkin Village we took a photo opt in Cinderella's carriage.  Jack was clearly not thrilled about it & even more upset when I told him we had to get out of the carriage.  Oy!  Toddlers!  Unfortunately, our time at the arboretum went downhill from there with Jack screaming & crying.  I tried everything in my momma arsenal to help him & nothing worked.  I finally waved my white flag and headed for the car... which was the longest walk ever!  I'm pretty sure we were battling a few factors working against us - teething, tired and... being 1 1/2.  :)
I share these moments not for sympathy - although I heard a lot of it through the arboretum that morning, ha! - but, because this is real life, y'all!  Of course I wanted cute pictures at the pumpkin patch but, there were other plans laid out for us that day.  Life is not always the highlight reel our social media accounts make it out to be.

I'm not sure if I have ever been so glad to get home than that day.  Thankfully Jack rested for a bit & we seemed to have a better time the rest of the day.  Sunday was filled with meal planning, grocery shopping and football - a Cowboys win!!

Whew!  That's a broad life lately - we've been busy and not slowing down anytime soon.

Linking up with Jessi for What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday!


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