This is it…the final days before the big day.
We spent our weekend trying to create and soak up as much Christmas cheer as we possibly could. Plus…both girls performed in their dance recital and it was OH SO CUTE! This was Ashby’s first recital and she was SO EXCITED! This weekend was such a blessing full of fun and good times…which was nice because as you’re reading this today, I’m at the hospital with Ashby as she has yet another procedure. My heart is heavy. We’re doing the right thing for her. I know that we are. But this mama is weary. This is not how we want to spend the Monday before Christmas…but we’re doing the best we can and making the most of it. She is tough, she is brave, she is strong, she is sweet…and she knows now what’s about to happen (this is our fifth month in a row), so please pray for her mental and emotional strength along with the physical. xo
Okay…on to our weekend Christmas shenanigans…
On Friday night, we drove down to Addison and met the Slaughters for dinner before we headed over to see the lights at Vitruvian Park. We started a “framily” night tradition a few years ago and it’s always one of our favorite things to do. Two years ago, we rode the Polar Express Train in Grapvine and last year, we went to Ice at the Gaylord Hotel. This year, we’ve planned two things and the first was seeing Vitruvian Park. Please note the picture above at dinner. Bowen has a HUGE heart for my youngest two girls. We all know how much he loves Ashby…well, Madeley would be a close second in his heart. There is a reason why she can say only a handful of words and “Bowen” is one of them :).
Two mamas enjoying the Christmas season!
We were in the parking lot trying to peer pressure Smith into pulling a tooth. It’s like barely hanging on my a thread, so we were all chanting “Smith, Smith, Smith” and laughing really hard. I took the picture right when Kensington jumped in his arms.
So, we parked and walked down to the park to see the lights. Now…I’m not going to lie. We were disappointed. I’m not saying they weren’t pretty…they just didn’t live up to the hype (especially when you live in a city with dozens of places to see pretty lights). I’ve been told we did it wrong. After we saw the lights, people said we should have gone on a Saturday night because they have food trucks and live music there (that would have been fun) and then some people suggested going after Christmas so that it’s not crowded (because it was crowded and I felt like all I did was count kids) and some people said we should have gone late afternoon and not at night so we could see our kids better. So, yes, it was pretty, but no, I don’t have to ever go back.
We are taking a selfie when we really should be counting children.
And then this nice gentleman offered to take our picture after he saw our selfie. The lights are very pretty in the background.
The kids ran around for about 30ish minutes or so and were all ready to go home. Because it was dark and so crowded, they had to stay near us, so after a while, they were done. I was saying “girls, can I take a picture?” and this is what I got. #christmasbreakcrazies
Miss Madeley enjoyed the people watching.
And one big group selfie before we headed back to our cars. Love these people so much.
On Saturday night, we bundled up and headed to dinner and to see the lights in my parents’ town. I have been saving this sweater for a really cold day…
My big guy lost his tooth that morning. Love this one so much!
We had made reservations at a restaurant on their town square and when we arrived, they put us in our own private room. Hmmmmm…did the four kids on the reservation scare them?! Ha! Either way, we enjoyed the room!
Daddy’s girl 🙂
After dinner, we all piled in my car and looked at lights. I sat on the third row between my two big kids.
And then yesterday afternoon, these two girls had their Christmas dance recital…
…ahhhhhhh! My heart was so full!! This was sweet Ashby’s first recital and she was just so excited. They were both so precious on stage and I couldn’t have been more proud.
My little ballerina.
These two did awesome at jazz!
Another recital in the books!
Whew! What a weekend! And then finally today…
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Enjoy your Monday friends!