Sleigh Bells Ring!

Happy happy Thursday!

This week, we’ve: stayed in our pajamas, watched an insane amount of Christmas movies, almost finished our puzzle (I’m bound and determined), cooked a lot of food for our Christmas celebrations coming up this weekend, visited North Park one last time while it’s still decorated, looked at lights and we’ve been on a carriage ride…it’s been a great week!

We have been excited about this past Tuesday night for about six weeks now…we went on a carriage ride through Highland Park!!  As a North Texas girl, this is something I’ve always wanted to do, so this year…Erika and I decided to make it happen for our families.  AND IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!  I’m hoping we do it again next year too!

We kicked off our night with yummy Mexican food…but I did not document that.  I took my first picture (above) as we were walking to meet up with the carriage.  These four kids were so excited!!

Eeeeeks!  How fun, right?!  The carriage had plenty of room for all of us.   Picture, take one.

Take two!

As you can see, sweet Ashby was feeling good and ready to go.  We have her coat on top of her sling to keep her warm.

I think Erika and I were just as excited as the kids!

Sweet Madeley.  She pointed to every house we went by.  She had the BEST time too!

A row of boys sat behind me…

…and a row of girls sat in front.

On my row was the sweetest little two year old I know (and a handsome hubby too!).

The carriage ride was an hour around Highland Park and it couldn’t have been more fun!  The weather was perfect for this (no wind or rain!).

A very successful framily night out!

Love these people so much.

And then last night, we headed over to North Park in Dallas to see the lights and eat dinner there one last time…

As we were walking in, I realized both of my big girls had their purses.  #likemotherlikedaughter #whendidtheygetsobig

A Shull Six selfie 🙂

There are two sections of puppet shows and those are always a hit with my kids!

We love looking at the gingerbread houses.  This year’s theme was a British Christmas, so all of the buildings were from London.

It’s funny to me how my kids kind of naturally pair off.  Typically, Ashby and Smith do things together and Kensington and Madeley do.  Madeley is OBSESSED with Kensington (and vice versa!).  Kensington had been pushing her in the stroller and was tilting it back to kiss her.  Madeley was loving it!

Dinner with this handsome guy…

…and this handsome guy (and cute/silly kids) too.

So, tonight, we’re hosting Christmas for my family and then tomorrow, Andrew’s parents arrive.  I’ve got to go…I have to get ready to PARTY!  Enjoy your Thursday!!


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  • Samantha December 22, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Framily is the best! There is nothing better than having great people to do life with. Enjoy the rest of your Christmas!

  • jamie December 22, 2016 at 6:14 am

    gosh! can you believe there are only four more {official} days of listening to christmas music? our target has had christmas stuff on clearance for over a week. i just feel so rushed! i want it to all just slow down.

    but the real thing i have on my mind: what do K and A carry in their purses? i’m thinking a winter break special edition guest post with photos is a fantastical idea. maybe there is something missing from my purse that i must add!

    today is our last day of school for 2016 and i cannot wait until 2:56pm when school is done until monday january 9th!

    thank you for sharing your christmas cheer. i am so looking forward to hearing how your kids lost their minds when they found out about nyc in the winter??!!?!!!

  • Sonia Limon December 22, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Love Love Love!!! Makes me smile from ear to ear to see your pics and read about your family. I pray for continued blessings in your home and good health for you and Andrew and them beautiful babies!

  • Erika Slaughter December 22, 2016 at 6:43 am

    I give the carriage ride a ten! SO MUCH FUN! That picture of your girls with purses made me laugh because I was envisioning Ebby Lee-with keys, a wallet, and cell phone in hand. Ha! #likemotherlikedaughter

  • Sheaffer Sims December 22, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Christmas CHEER for sure! That carriage ride looked amazing! And K being a little mamma to M is just too sweet for words.

  • Narci December 22, 2016 at 6:58 am

    That carriage ride looks amazing!!! What fun! Also, love those sweet pictures of your family from last night! Kensington and Madeley are just pure sweetness. Xo

  • Francie December 22, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Looks like you guys had a great time. I wish they had something like this in Florida!

  • Megan December 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

    That carriage is HUGE. We have needed one of those several years. It stinks to have to split into two. Looks like a great week!

  • Laci December 22, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Love that pic of K and M! Merry Christmas!

  • Heather Bramlett December 22, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I know y’all “Framily”! It’s great to have friends that close!
    Enjoy your Christmas party tonight!
    Merry Christmas!

  • emily @ a little bit of emily December 22, 2016 at 8:03 am

    The carriage through Highland Park sounds so fun! Love how big it is so that it fits both your families! And oh my goodness, that picture of Kensington and Madeley in the stroller – I thought it was you at first. Twins!

  • Amy Lambein December 22, 2016 at 8:06 am

    Would you mind sharing which carriage service you used? I’m thinking this needs to be added to our “must do” list for next year! Merry Christmas!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog December 22, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Your kids are so cute omg, all of them. The carriage looks super fun and festive!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Lisa N December 22, 2016 at 8:08 am

    So much fun packed into this week/month…Wow! And by the way, I’m reading this while eating a slice of toasted almond bundt cake that I made for a church party last night…Big hit:)

  • Kelly December 22, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Oh that carriage ride looks awesome!!

  • Karen December 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

    For some reason yesterday and today your blog posts do not show up on your blog in the morning. I had to get to this post from your Facebook link. The carriage ride looked like so much fun!

  • Megan Butler December 22, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Merry Christmas Shull family!

  • Angela Ellingson December 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

    The carriage ride looks like so much fun!!! I love how Kensington is such a little mama to Madeley!

  • Holly Hopkins December 22, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Sounds so festive & fun! Look at you hosting a party for your Fam. & then having the in-laws come. Hope you have sometime after Christmas to just relax!

  • Laura December 22, 2016 at 10:52 am

    SO MUCH FUN! The one good thing about having four kids is that you can pair them up!

  • Leslie Z. December 22, 2016 at 11:43 am

    You have made the most out of this holiday season for sure! Will you show everyone your family Christmas card this year? I posted mine today!!

  • Jackie December 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Merry Christmas, Shull family!! I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating with loved ones, Shay! I hope Ashby is feeling well too today.

  • Kelsey December 23, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Looks like fun! But I have to ask – is it really that cold down in Texas to warrant winter jackets, hats and scarves? I live in Canada and I’ve always assumed Texas was warm all year round 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama December 23, 2016 at 10:21 am

      It was down in the teens last week (with a windchill one day of 9!). So, no, it’s not Canadian weather, but even weather in the 30s and 40s is cold with the wind!