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!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Gender Reveal

As I mentioned in the previous post, I used a few ideas I found on Pinterest to help me with the official gender reveal.  

Before everyone arrived, I hid clues (created from nursery rhymes) throughout the house.  Each clue was part of a scavenger hunt for either "Team Boy" or "Team Girl." 

 For example, the clue with "Hey Diddle, Diddle" had the word "spoon" left out and the team had to go to the spoon drawer in the kitchen to find their next clue.  The clue with "Hickory Dickory Dock" had the word "clock" left out and the team had to find a clock in the house to find their next clue.  All clues for both teams eventually led them back to the living room. 

Once both teams were back together we called Aunt Betsi via Google Hangout so she could be a part of the official reveal!  Mackaylan was our official videographer since she already knew the results. :)

 I explained to each team that their clues had #s on the back and that their last task would be to add the numbers up.  The group that had the clues that equalled 27 (my due date) were told to shout out, "It's a ....!"  

When the results were announced, everyone was thrilled except for.... Lydia!  However, I must say, that the idea of a little brother is beginning to grow on her, especially since that means she won't have to share any of her "princess toys!" 

 It's hard to believe that I'm already 22 weeks!  We are over halfway there.  Woo hoo!! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

It's a.......

Last Monday night we hosted our Gender Reveal party with some of our family and friends.  I wanted to make the night special, but didn't have the time to go all out! ;) So, in true Lana fashion, I turned to Pinterest for a few fun, simple, ideas!

The girls and I started preparing on Sunday night.  They helped me paint the clothespins for our guests to pin on indicating their vote.

They also both enjoyed helping make the cupcakes.

On Monday, I took a 1/2 day at work in order to get to our appointment and finish getting set up for the big reveal!

Mackaylan had originally planned to go to the appointment with us, but then decided she opted out under the condition that she could be told before everyone else!  Again, Pinterest to the rescue!  I took her to her bedroom right before the big reveal and put pink Sixlets in one hand and blue ones in the other.  I then had her close her eyes and I closed the hand with the "incorrect" candy choice.  When she opened her eyes she was ecstatic to find out that she was having a ......

BABY BROTHER!!! I think you can tell by this smile that she was thrilled! :)  Her exact words were, "Yay!  I'm finally going to have someone to climb trees with me and play Nurf war."  Too funny!!

Stay tuned for the next post to let you know how we told the rest of the crew.  Gender Reveal- Part 2 coming soon....

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sister Shoot

I am trying to get a jumpstart on Christmas cards for this year and last Sunday was the perfect opportunity.  The girls were somewhat color coordinated for church and the weather outside was beautiful!  On top of that, both of them were cooperative.  SCORE!  Now I guess it's time to pick out the card, have them printed, and actually get them sent out before Valentine's Day!

I'm trying to stay on top of things when it comes to Christmas this year.  I have already started buying gifts and am doing pretty good.  I just need to sit down with the master list and mark off what has been bought and what is left to get.  I do not want to spend all of the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas preparing.  I want to spend it with my family and friends... making cookies, driving around looking at Christmas lights, watching our favorite Christmas movies... making memories! I mean, look at these faces?!?  Wouldn't you want to spend every minute you could with them? :)

So, what about you?  Do you send out Christmas cards?  What is your plan for preparing and organizing for Christmas?  It's hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us.  It seems just like yesterday we were celebrating Christmas in July!