Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Winter Fun





80 degrees in December!!!  WTH?

I can't even handle the cuteness!!!  My girl is just the sweetest thing ever!

I got to go to Amy's 40 under 40 Forum cover reveal!  I am just so proud of her and Jessica!

We were "elfed" by Amy! How fun!

The Dicharrys are so creative with their Christmas gifts! 

We went ice skating for Fairfield Night

I walked out on the ice with the kids!  It was chilly!

Kade and Bennett 

We went on our annual caroling adventure!

My girl was loving sitting with big girls!

We went to a Christmas party and my friend, Julie's business was reppin!

We got to see Santa at Whitney's party

Sweeties with Santa while Neil was at the camp

Gingerbread House decorating is on point!

We just get better and better each year!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Bennett's 2nd grade Christmas Party

We had a family filled great time at Bennett's Christmas party.  It was DADS club recess so Neil happened to be there for the party.  Yay!  What fun for everyone!

The room-moms were in charge of the party.  Our room was the snack room.  We had the kids make fun snowman donut kabobs.  I love a snack that request time to make it and eat it!  The kids had fun so that's all that matters!





The game room was a blast!  They made TP snowmen and blew marshmallows with straws.

They did a book exchange, too!

Neil read the story for the book exchange.  Bennett's teacher asked that a dad do it.

I love our family of 5!

Henry's Christmas party 2016

Henry had a fun birthday prty for Jesus.  There were red and green balloons, donuts, candles, and books to unwrap!  What a fun morning!

Pops stopped by for 2 seconds, but had to be on his way.  Every child had a number on his chair and all of the books were numbered.  Henry ended up with a great book!
Sister wants to be at Henry's school so badly she can taste it!  She will be there next year!

The best picture of us!

He wasn't too thrilled with getting a book, but we are learning a lesson in gratefulness.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Bennett is 8!

Our sweet Bennett is 8 years old!  Where has the time gone?  He is just growing and learning so much.  He still loves all things related to sports especially Saints football and Texas Rangers baseball.  His favorite sport to play is baseball, but can be seen tossing a football around in the yard about 6 hours a day.  

Bennett is a wonderful brother!  Henry and Sarah Kathryn think Bennett is the coolest thing ever and he loves them even though they tend to get on his nerves.  Henry and Bennett have a special bond just like Sarah Kathryn and Bennett do.  It's sweet to watch.  I'm not going to lie, they fight like cats and dogs, but they do have sweet moments.

We celebrated Bennett like crazy!  I love birthdays so #8 was no exception on the celebrating!  We began with his New Orleans trip to see the Saints play in the dome.  Next, we brought cupcakes to his class. As a 2nd grader you get to take a friend along with you to share your left over cupcakes with your old teachers.  How special!

Mrs. Granberry did a little thing where she moved Bennett's arms while the kids sang!  He loved it!

He picked out baseball plates and Saints napkins!  He wanted plain chocolate cupcakes!

Pops stopped by for the birthday song.

You get to have a hat, chair cover, and these fun little stuffed animals to sit at your table.


His actual birthday was on a Sunday so we celebrated with pancakes, church, Johnny's, and Tokyo. We were worn slap out by the time his birthday was over!
I took Bennett to baseball practice and went and picked up the 8 balloon.  I hid it in the back of my car under my coat so that he wouldn't see it!  Success!

Johnny's for lunch with the family!

Uncle Andrew sent this sweet Rangers jersey.

Bennett must be getting old because he was so excited to receive gift cards!

Beauty Queen was SO HAPPY to sing to Bennett!  She loved that it was his birthday!

While we were singing, Dean was eating the icing off the cake! haha!


This is a great birthday crew!  I love these people!

Pops, Carolyn, and Bennett

Gammy and Bennett
Originally we were just going to go home after church and just do a birthday dinner at Tokyo with 3 friends.  Well, 3 friends turned into 6 friends and a nothing but boys! Henry wanted Jake to come to he could have a friend, so Leigh came along, too.  Mom stayed home with SK so that we could enjoy ourselves with out her non-stop screaming.

We served the half eaten cake from lunch.  Best idea ever!  We didn't have any leftovers!

They used to hang the pictures they take on the walls at Tokyo.  They don't do that anymore.  Bennett asked if they would hang his and they did! :)

Bennett, we hope you had a wonderful day all about you!  You are special, fun, sweet, tender-hearted, and just the best 8 year old we know.  We love you more than you will ever know and are so proud to be your parents!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Bennett's Birthday Weekend-NOLA style

When Bennett said he wanted to go to a Saints game instead of having a birthday party we said "YEAH!"  We've been gearing up for this fun weekend for a while now and it did not disappoint.  We were going to go Saturday-Monday, but then we decided not to waste a whole day in New Orleans so we left after school on Friday night.  We called up our pals, Beck and Shari and they said we could stay with them.

We got to their fancy condo around 10pm and it was so homey. We got to stay in what they call their "hot box."  The boys shared a couch and we got a nice air mattress.  They made sure to have all the luxuries of home for us.  They even checked to see what the boys liked and Shari went shopping.  They accommodated us with root beer, apple juice, and even donuts!  Shari had some homemade chocolate ice cream that was DIVINE!  Our favorite part about staying with them was their dog Sebastian! This French bulldog LOVED Henry so much that he kept "dancing" with him.  The boys thought it was dancing.  It was more like pole dancing if you catch my drift.  What a cute pup!

We woke up Saturday morning and got ready for our day.  When I walked in the bathroom "Be our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast started playing in the bathroom! haha!  Love that special touch!

We started our day going by their new house.  We got a special tour and I did a little photo shoot of them.  This needs to be your Christmas card!

Love this New Orleans gem!

The porch is FABULOUS!


We headed downtown after the home tour to see the St. Louis Cathedral.

The boys with the statue of Andrew Jackson. (Jackson Square)

We took a carriage ride around the quarter.  We had a very colorful tour guide.  Bennett got to ride with the driver!

They said this is the 2nd most photographed building in NOLA.  Apparently it's the oldest bar in the US!

The boys loved the mule: Gracie

Neil had the boys pick out the best tattoos.

Out of all the street performers this is who Neil had Henry take a picture with!

While Shari and I went to a shop to get me a NOLA ornament, the boys were posed by this street performer.  Neil got it on video and everyone started clapping after!  So fun!

We went by the dome after we ate our delicious brunch at the Court of Two Sisters.  The Becks treated us and it was so nice.  Here are my boys in front of the Steve Gleason statue.

Dome Sweet Dome

Saturday night we checked into our hotel and then met up with Nana and Granddad.  We went to eat a delicious meal at Dickie Brennan's steakhouse.  YUM!

Bennett loved the quarter!

I REALLLLLLLLY wanted to go to City Park for all the lights and train and Christmas fun, but it started to rain so we had to detour to the Roosevelt hotel.  Such a pretty lobby!

Sunday morning we were ready for the game!  Bennett had every bit of Saints gear on!  Beck gave him the finger, Rebecca gave him the cape, and he is even wearing Saints socks!
We went to a little place for breakfast and there was a really long wait.  Luckily for us there was a little massage place across the street.  I popped in there for a 10 minute scalp massage while they waited for the table!  Best idea ever.  Neil sat down for a hand massage, but they called our table so he got up and left. Nana got a foot and scalp massage after breakfast, too!


Fleur de Lis Cafe

We took a bicycle taxi back to the hotel after breakfast.  The boys loved riding in all the forms of transportation.  We missed the Street Car...we will do that next time!
We dropped our stuff at the hotel and walked to the dome.  We were only about 5 blocks away so it wasn't a far walk.  Neil picked up a bunch of ponchos so we could all stay dry.  Rain, rain, go away!
We got to our awesome seats right before kick-off.  Bennett SO PUMPED!

Henry loved the concessions. The game: not so much.

PUMPED!

I love these people. IT was a fun game despite the loss.  Bennett was pretty ticked.  He took the loss personally and it was a little sad to see.  Poor guy!  He perked up later.
We went to Luke for dinner and Bennett found a pearl in one of the oysters!  How fun!

I mentioned in secret to the hostess that we were celebrating Bennett's birthday. The waiter came over and said "Are y'all celebrating anything special?"  Neil said no!  WTF!!!??  He cancelled the birthday.  Later on in the meal I found the hostess and said my husband was a tad confused and they ended up getting 10 staff members to come out and sing Happy Birthday to our boy!  He was so proud!!!

Bennett was thrilled with his birthday song!
On our way home on Monday we stopped by the capitol in Baton Rouge.  Since the boys missed school on Monday we thought we better do something educational.  It was POURING down rain.  We were soaked to the bone, but that didn't stop us!  We are some dedicated Louisianians!




Bennett has his finger in a bullet hole left by one of the bullets meant to shoot Huey P Long.

We even got to go out on the observation deck of the tallest capitol building in the USA!

View from up top

Proud Louisiana Citizens!

I received this photo of them with their hostess gift begging for this blog post.  Thanks for being the best hostesses!  Hope you enjoyed it!
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