Monday, January 19, 2015

Sister Sleepovers

The past few nights Lydia has been sleeping on the trundle in Mackaylan's room. Before we devised this plan she was coming downstairs on a regular basis asking to sleep with "Baby Ace!" While that was sweet, it just wasn't feasible. So, a few nights ago we decided to put the new sheets that Mackaylan got for Christmas from Tia on the trundle and we tucked Lydia in with the agreement that if she gets up she returns to her bed!  So far, it has been working out wonderfully.  I have told Mackaylan a few times this week of how appreciative I am of her allowing Lydia to do this, but I don't think she really understands how much it means to me. The time is coming where I will be up many times a night with a newborn so I need as much sleep as possible in the next few months!  Needless to say,  we have ALL enjoyed these "sister sleepovers!" Let's just hope they continue! :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Week in Review

One of my goals for 2015 is to blog more consistently. I was reminded once again this evening that the purpose of my blog is to capture and document life. I don't always have to use lots of words- I can let the pictures speak for themselves. What a great reminder! I also don't need to wait for an "event"-my goal is to document the real. The everyday routine. Who we are and what we do at this stage of life. So, without further ado, here are a few pics from the week! 

On Sunday, we went to eat lunch after church with Grams and Pop O. The girls wore their matching "sister shirts" in honor of Tia's bday! 

Monday was out first day back to school after Christmas break. This week has been an adjustment to get back in the swing of things.  We are all looking forward to this weekend that's for sure!

One thing that made Monday better was getting my "Womb Wrap" in the mail. I have worn it a few times this week and am very pleased with this purchase! I think I'm going to purchase a white one too! :)

Mickey has been leading a men's Bible Study this year. They held their first meeting on Tuesday night. The girls enjoyed having Maddi and Jenn over to play during this time. 

I am trying to cook more, especially before Baby Ace arrives. On Wesnesday night I made a semi-homemade chicken pot pie. It was pretty good if I do say so myself! ;) I think I have enough ingredients to make another one to begin our freezer stockpile (another goal before March.) 

Today we actually had a 2-hr delay due to extreme cold temperatures. However, I had a meeting to attend off-campus that began at the regularly scheduled time. I decided to treat myself to some hot chocolate from Starbucks before heading back to school! 

Tonight was our first trip to El Surenos for 2015. This is a weekly tradition we have had with my mom for a year or two. We all look forward to it each week! 

Happy Friday, friends!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Favorite Christmas Events from 2014

Today I had planned to post about several events leading up to Christmas, but also wanted to participate in the first Friday Favorites of 2015 so the following post was created! Enjoy!

It's hard to believe that another Christmas season has come and gone!  We definitely enjoyed every minute of it, and tried to make the most of all of the events we were involved in.  I told myself at the beginning of the Christmas season I wanted to stay mindful of being present in the moment instead of worrying with all of the presents that needed to be bought, wrapped, delivered, etc.  I think I did a pretty good job, but can always improve in this area. :)

1- Landrum Christmas Parade

The Landrum Christmas Parade always signals the beginning of the Christmas season for me.  It is held every year on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving.  We love being able to gather together at the top of my parent's street with family and life-long friends to watch the parade.  Yes, in true Lana fashion, I cried this year too! There is just something about the sense of community that always gets to me.  It's crazy!

2- Bucket Group Christmas Party

Our last Bucket Group until January was held early in December.  We had already finished our study so we decided to just get together for fellowship and fun.  I decided it would be entertaining to try a few Minute to Win It Christmas Games.  I set stations up throughout the house for families to compete in.  This night was full of lots of laughter (and a little frustration!) It was a great way to end our first semester together.

3- Christmas Tree 2014

One tradition that we started a a few years ago that we all enjoy is going to the Christmas Tree Farm and picking out our Christmas tree.  We have an artificial tree upstairs, but this year we wanted a real tree down in the living room.  We didn't get to the mountains for this event until late in the season, but we still found the perfect tree.  The girls love walking up the mountainside and measuring various trees even with the cold temperature and muddy ground! We finally found one that we all agreed on, tagged it, and then watched the guys chop it down and haul it back to the entrance for us.  It was a very fun and memorable morning for us all!

4- Gatlinburg Winter Escapade

When school let out for Christmas Break we headed up the mountains of Tennessee!  Mickey saves his vacation days so that he can use them when we are out for Christmas and we all love it.  We decided that this would probably be our last opportunity to vacation as a family of 4 so we planned to take the girls to Gatlinburg to kick-off the days leading up to Christmas.  Boy, did we have a great time! The girls loved swimming in the pool, we went to Shadracks Winter Wonderland where we got to view the lights and the girls were able to ride a pony (for Mac it was a donkey) and a camel, and then enjoy the inflatables.  We also went to Dixie Stampede, did a little shopping, and enjoyed the sites of the Great Smoky Mountains.  I can't imagine a better way to begin our countdown to Christmas!

5- Bagwell Christmas 

This year we hosted Bagwell Christmas at our house.  This event is always held on the 23rd of December and is always full of laughter,  delicious food, and fun!  As all of our families continue to grow the excitement and thrill of Christmas builds.  There's just nothing like experiencing Christmas through the eyes of a child! The kids love playing with each other (and their new toys), and the adults love having the time to sit and share stories from the past with those we love most!  I think the only thing that would make this event even more special would be to have all of our family in Ohio here with us too.  Now that would be a Christmas to remember!  

I hope you and your families had a wonderful Christmas!  I will post pictures of our actual Christmas Day events very soon!  I want to get 2014 wrapped up so that I can get our book printed and then get on with 2015.  Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Snapshots

I just love this time of year! It's so busy with lots of fun, family activities. However, it is so hard to keep up with the blog! So, in the name of "catching up" I'm just going to post quite a few pics from our wonderful Thanksgiving!

We started the morning with a delicious breakfast complete with "Turkey Pancakes!"  Mackaylan loved the helping... and the eating!

After breakfast, we decorated the Christmas tree while watching the Macy's Day Parade. I was going to "Tweet" this picture in to see if it would make it on TV during the parade, but Mackaylan requested that I didn't. She's growing up and I'm not sure how I feel about it! ;)

We travelled to Newberry for lunch with the Rush family. It did not disappoint! As usual, we all indulged way too much! 

After lunch, it was time to scope out the ads in preparation for the annual Bagwell-Black Friday Getaway! 

Cousin Rebecca wasn't able to be with is because she has started her new job in London, but thanks to Skype she was able to join us via the iPad! Seeing Levi "talk" to his mommy was definitely the sweetest thing I've seen in a long time. I was fighting tears the whole time! She will be home soon for Christmas so our family gathering will be complete! 

This Thanksgiving we had so much to  be thankful for... a new job, new house, and new baby were among the top of the list.  However, Thanksgiving shouldn't be about what we are thankful for on that particular day... it' should be a way of life everyday!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Pop O the Birthday Man

We kicked off our Thanksgiving break celebrating a man that we are all thankful for- Pop O.  

I have mentioned several times on the blog about how blessed I am to have such wonderful in-laws, but I just can't say it enough. Pop O is a man of God who puts his family first. He goes above and beyond to give of his time and talents for other people, and he always shows us love in action! 

We had a great time being together as a family. We went to eat at Outback and then came back to our house for cake and presents. 

I put the following post on FB and I think it sums up the type of man my father-in-law is: 

"His heritage to his children, wasn't words or possession, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father."- Will Rogers

We love you, Pop O, and are so glad we are able to do life together!