Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Look Back: January 2017


I knew going into January it was going to be a crazy, busy and slightly insane month... & that it was. Between the new year, two birthdays, a bachelorette party trip to New Orleans, a bathroom renovation & bedroom swaps, our plates were full!  We thankfully survived & have been whisked into February.

We started off the year by celebrating Matt's 35th birthday!  We went bowling for a bit & then out dancing with friends.

The following weekend I traveled to New Orleans to celebrate one of my oldest friends bachelorette parties!  I've been dying to get back to the Big Easy for a while and this was such a fun trip!  We had our share of amazing seafood & cajun food and drank plenty of Hurricanes and Bloody Marys to last us a good while.  Needless to say, I was thankful to have off work the following Monday as an extra recovery day.


The weekend I was in New Orleans was also the kick-off to the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.  The stock show is like our kick-off to the whole year and we always have so much fun.  Jack loves, loves, loves the stock show & all things rodeo.  This night we were at Bull's Night Out & Jack was in little cowboy heaven!


For a long while now we've been working on our guest bath renovation on and off - for many reasons and will go into that in another post.  However, we knew Jack's birthday party was coming up at the end of the month so not only would we have many guest in our home but, also have family in from out of town.  So, "Operation: Complete Bathroom Renovation" was in full effect after Christmas & New Year's was over!  I'm happy to report that it was (mostly) complete the day of the party!  Full details & reveal coming soon!

As if working at home all day on house renovations and party prep wasn't enough we some how muscled enough energy to hit the town for another friend's birthday and celebrated at Pete's Piano Bar!  Was a fun night out with my guy, for sure!
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The last weekend of January we celebrated 2 whole years of our favorite little guy!  We celebrated with friends & family on Saturday with a lumberjack theme party at home {party details here}

The day after Jack's birthday party we ventured back to the stock show so that we could take Jack by to see all of the livestock animals.  He loved seeing them all but, his favorite were the cows.  Matt had the great idea of taking our wagon so He & I weren't stuck carrying Jack the whole time.  That quickly turned into Jack pulling the wagon through the show barns, down the streets and through the exhibit halls.  Thankfully everyone thought he was too cute and didn't mind him running over them. ;)

Needless to say, Jack wasn't so sure about the Stock Show friends

And on Jack's actual birthday, January 31st, we treated ourselves to dinner at Torchy's Tacos.  Jack actually really enjoys their quesadillas and even their queso.  And of course snapping a descent family picture after dinner was a bit challenging with our crazy 2 year old.

Whew!  January was crazy but, such a fun month as well.  We've been taking it easy this first week of February but, we're gearing up for more fun stuff on the horizon.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jack's Lumberjack 2nd Birthday Party


This last weekend we celebrated Jack's 2nd birthday!  We had a lumberjack theme party at our house and for January, the weather was perfect.  The kiddos were all able to play outside on the slide, in the sand box & push leaves around in the wheel barrow.  We sang "Happy Birthday", ate some amazingly delicious cake - Ft. Worth locals look up Lolo's Treats on FB - and opened many generous birthday gifts.  All in all it was a great day of celebrating our little lumberjack.

For decorations I kept it fairly simple.  On the big dining table I already had everything except the wood slices, which I borrowed from a girlfriend.  I found a cute bullseye bean bag toss game idea on Pinterest {here} and my aunt helped me create it.  I bought these bean bags and the game was a huge hit with the little babes and older kiddos!


 I found a cute bulls eye bean bag toss game idea on Pinterest {here} and my aunt helped me create it.  I bought these bean bags and the game was a huge hit with the little babes and older kiddos!

The food buckets I picked up at Target in December in the $ section.  Plates, napkins & ax tooth picks are from Hobby Lobby 


Printable Lumberjack birthday party set here





Pawpaw won the award for best birthday gift!  Thankful for older cousins who showed Jack how to operate his new horse & now, 4 days later he is riding all around the house!

We couldn't of done it all without the help of my two aunts - the phrase "many hands makes little quick work" comes to mind when I think of how much they helped out on Friday evening when they arrived through Sunday before they left.  Serious life savers, those two are & we are so thankful for their love & support of our little family!

Happy 2nd Birthday, Jack Montgomery!


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. 


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