Monday, December 5, 2016


Happy Monday! We had a fabulous weekend celebrating Brandon's 31st birthday and doing some fun Christmas-y things, so let's recap it, shall we? 

My friend Stacy and I took our kids to see The Trains at NorthPark, an awesome train exhibit whose proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The boys had a great time, and we will definitely be adding this to our holiday bucket list moving forward. 

After the train exhibit, we let the kiddos look at the ducks at turtles -- and slide down the sculptures like banshees -- outside Neiman's before grabbing some lunch at Chick-fil-A. 

These two boys were being so cute when we got home, so I had to snap a picture of them. 

We caught up on the latest episode of "This Is Us" {sob} with a cup of homemade hot chocolate -- with a few splashes of peppermint schnapps because why not? -- and then called it an early night. 

It was nasty weather outside, but we decided to bundle everyone up and run a few errands. When it dips into the 40's here in North Texas, we pull out the hats...and gloves, in Walker's case. He kept asking me, "Mommy, where's the snow?!" Ha!  

We picked up a little $9 Christmas tree for Walker's room at Walmart, and the look on his face when he saw it was completely priceless. I'm definitely framing this precious picture!  

We did our annual tea cake tradition using Brandon's late grandmother's recipe, and I'm pretty sure Walker ate more than half of the dough. Let's just say he had quite the sugar crash a bit later. ;) 

Saturday night was Brandon's second company Christmas party...of the week. I was so tired that I completely forgot to snap a picture of us before we left. Thankfully, my amazing aunt came over to watch the boys while we went to the party. 

We celebrated Brandon's 31st birthday all day! We started with giving him breakfast in bed; his request: scrambled eggs, oatmeal, toast and coffee, and then followed with presents. It was so sweet hearing Walker's sweet voice singing "Happy Birthday" to his daddy. 

We went to church, then came home and I made Brandon's favorite homemade Sloppy Joe's for lunch, and then we all took naps, which was glorious. 

For dinner, I made Brandon's request: beef tenderloin, marinated green beans, crescent rolls and homemade banana pudding with delicious meringue on top. We lit the "31" candles and sang "Happy Birthday" once again. As we were eating, we went around the table sharing what we loved most about Brandon. Walker said, "I yuv that you play wif me." So sweet! 

Once the boys were in bed, we capped off the birthday boy's day with "Christmas Vacation" and a glass of wine. Every year I crack up at this movie and this year was no exception. "You serious, Clark?" 

Linking up with Biana


  1. When you shared that snap of walker with his tree over the weekend - I showed it to G and was like is this not the cutest face you've ever seen!! He agreed!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Oh my that picture of Walker and his tree is amazing!! How cute is he?? Love that little tree, cannot believe you go it at Walmart. I think I need to get one too. Oh This is Us had me in tears this weekend as well. Such an amazing show!

  3. That photo of Walker with his little tree is totally frame worthy! Sooo cute! May have to grab one of those for my boys' playroom!

  4. I love all of your adventures and celebrations this weekend! We have two pretty amazing husbands to celebrate, don't we?? (another thing we have in common--similar bday husbands haha) Love that photo of Walker in front of the Christmas tree--it could be in a magazine ad!

  5. You HAVE to frame that picture of his expression! That is amazing!

  6. Looks like y'all had a great weekend! Lol at Walker all bundled up - so cute! I can't imagine 2 work parties in the same week - we were beat after Stephen's (granted, we went out after so that's our fault ;)) Sounds like a great birthday for Brandon!

  7. Ok I want you to celebrate my birthday! Everything you did was so sweet and I bet made Brandon's day so much more special. And I LOVE Christmas Vacation-it is just the best!

  8. You all had such a fabulous weekend! That picture of Walker looking excited about the tree just melts my heart!! We LOVE Christmas Vacation in this house!

  9. The picture of Walker and the tree is the best thing I've seen - so cute! Love that you have the cookie tradition with that special recipe - looks like you guys had fun making them!

  10. Glad Brandon had a great birthday! My nephew would loooove the train display! And omg Christmas Vacation, we watch it multiple times every year. Already watched it once this year! best part is when he has sap on his hands trying to flip the magazine pages then gets stuck in her hair hahah we die!


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