Sunday, January 22, 2017

New Year's Eve

These two party animals hung out with Mimi and had some sparkling cider, banged pots and pans and watched the kid's countdown on Netflix!

Dinner at Nada downtown with the Baumanns

After dinner we had dessert and hung out with the Baumanns and the Roberts. In our cozy clothes of course! :)
 We love having this group of people in our lives, it was so fun to ring in 2017 with them!
We are looking forward to an awesome 2017!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Opryland Hotel {Nashville visit}

on the road again! 

lunch at the Aquarium Restaurant

 Breakfast with the Grinch - this was a big surprise for the boys. They LOVE the movie, the book - all things Grinch - so having breakfast with him was a big treat. He was in FULL character, grumpy and hilarious. Will gave it right back to him and cracked us all up when he told the Grinch he didn't smile for the picture. :)

Cindy Lou Who came too!

 Mimi treated the boys to a stuffed Grinch to snuggle with at home!
 One of my favorite parts of the trip was an exhibit called ICE - where 40 artists from China took one month to carve over 2 million pounds of Rudolph themed ice sculptures. It was 9 degrees in there with four 2-story ice slides at the end. Amazing!
crystal clear nativity - breathtaking!
The hotel grounds are breathtaking - The resort staffs 40 horticulturists and they stay busy! The poinsettia tree, with 15,000 plants, is my favorite. We also enjoyed the parade of Christmas trees (top is Dolly Parton's and the bottom is the Nashville Ballet, complete with pointe shoes!)
The boys enjoyed the light/water show set to music!

Sunday, January 15, 2017


So I'm trying a new thing - I meal plan on Sunday nights so after I order my groceries online, I'm going to try to update the blog. We will see how it goes. Hopefully I'll be back before spring. :)

Christmas was great. We went to Louisville for a visit before hand, then traveled to Nashville, TN to the Opryland Hotel (more on that later), celebrated Christmas at home and then with the Buentes after Christmas. We made lots of memories and there are lots of photos to share!

Starting off with some of our Christmas traditions, old as well as a few new ones!

 Our elf Chip came back and was sillier than ever!
 Writing (and mailing) our Santa letters

 Caroling at a local nursing home with MOPS
 Breakfast with Santa at Will's school
 One of our favorite new traditions, the live nativity

 Meeting Santa and one of his reindeer at the library with his friend Maddy - they totally coordinated that night and it was TOO CUTE!

 MOPS Leadership Christmas party
Christmas cookies!

 Children's museum with Hudson and Maddy

 Meeting Santa and Mrs. Claus at Reynold's Farm Equip, a first for us!

 Chex Mix time!

 Our church opened its doors to a brand new building in early December and the boys got to go see their awesome new rooms!
 Gingerbread house decorating
 Playing in the snow with Chase's buddy Easton
 Will's class party - the craft was a big hit!
 Gingerbread cookies with Mimi
 Wes and I had a 24 hour getaway downtown. We had dinner at Prime 47 and walked around and relaxed!
 Chase's class party at school!

Next up, we headed to Louisville for Christmas a bit early. We got to watch Breanna at a basketball game, she did AWESOME!

 We also got to celebrate Mom's birthday with a fun dinner out at Bravo.

Visiting with Grandma

Christmas Eve church service

 Feeding the reindeer and sitting out cookies for Santa

 Hugs for Pop

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