Sunday, January 25, 2015

Norah time and my birthday...

So Norah made the BEACH program which we are still ecstatic about...then she got all As which is principals honor roll for second quarter, and hit the next point club in accelerated reader. So she got a new Lego Friends set she wanted. Love to see her concentrate in putting it together. I'm also the proudest parent ever when it comes to Norah!

Norah did her second swim meet this weekend. It was a 6 am-3 pm kinda day...but she did great! We were so proud of her! We volunteered since it was held at Georgetown and Frankie, Denny, Susan, and Bill came to cheer her on which she loved. She had the best time...so fun...and we loved watching her!







Saturday night we had family dinner at my moms but then crashed early as we all were exhausted from swim meet. We did do a just us family dinner night on Friday as I really wanted sushi for my birthday. 700 Modern delivered!


Well today is my actual birthday! I've chilled with lots of extra coffee, "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix, and online shopping!
























Vest from Jeff, Tory Burch from my sister, and lighting fixtures from my mom, step-dad, aunt, and uncle. All things I love!

Then a last minute outing to a local restaurant for music and chill time! Thanks Wilcox Fam!


And from my favorite girl Norah...she gave me a clay sculpture she made and is writing me a book...she is the best! Well I'm excited about 2015...even if I'm actually 37 instead of 29...girl has got to dream!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A little break...

Last week we headed to Charlotte for the weekend. We got to stop by our old 'hood and visit our neighbors. Norah was beyond excited to see William and I think he was happy to see her too! Too cute! I loved seeing my neighbor Sarah and her cute kids! We miss y'all!
We stayed with Jeff's mom and look what we saw out her window ...that is a lot of deer!

Gotta have a family selfie!

We got to spend a lot of time with family...lunch with Jeff's mom, brother, and sister-in-law which was great. Dinners with Jeff's mom. Norah loves all the family time too! We also went to the movies. Jeff met up some buddies and watched "American Sniper" which he said was awesome. Mrs. Hoppe, Norah, and I went and saw "Paddington" which I thought was super cute and really liked. I now want a pet bear that talks with a British accent. :)

It was such a great trip but it went by so fast! I always wish we could see more people and do more things but I guess that just means we need to go back soon! We did eat Panera for breakfast on Sunday as Jeff is obsessed with it! :) I was cracking up as they were both reading the paper...

This was the view from Jeff's mom's back yard on the day we left...she lives on a golf course and it was so pretty!

Basically I "Heart" Charlotte!
We got home and it was so nice to have Monday off too! We have new neighbors here and they have three kids...Norah loves it! So she went over there to play some...I found a new series that I have never watched before... "Gilmore Girls." Yep, new addiction...on episode 10 in first season. It is really cute!
Well the ole' birthday countdown is on...just 5 more days! :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

The latest and stuff...

Last Friday we had a little family night out...


One thing we were celebrating was Norah getting her letter saying she qualified for the BEACH program which is the school's gifted and talented program starting in third grade...so next year for her. We are so proud of her!! My mom and Denny sent her a surprise for the good news!!



Football...every team we pulled for lost! Boo! Panthers, Broncos, and the Ducks!



We also ate moose this weekend! We were given some from a friend to try...it was delicious!


Norah's latest artwork...a peacock! So cute!



I read "Bittersweet"... Easy read and a page tuner. If you like "We were Liars"... This one is similar but more adult in some ways...a perfect beach read!



I heard a lot of good things about "The Honourable Woman" mini series that is now on Netflix or Amazon...I think I will start to watch it! (Anyone watched it already?)



Well this has already been a busy week and it is only Tuesday...whew...ready for the long weekend!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

The beginning of 2015...

*I will be turning the ole' blog private soon so for friends and family that read this to keep up with us...I can give you the password.*

On a sad note...Jeff and I were saddened to hear about Stuart Scott...we had actually talked about him a few months ago. We watched ESPN this morning and it was so sweet to hear all the things about him. How my thoughts and prayers go out to his daughters.

So hard to believe it is a new year! The week leading up to Christmas was super busy so we used the week that followed it to have a little more relax time...and it was fabulous!

My attempt to do the Katniss braid for Norah
Norah on her new scooter!
Jeff shot a deer on the last day of the season...super excited about the packed freezer we will have!
Norah hanging out with Finn
Norah and I went and saw this movie...I was surprised that Norah liked it as much as she did. I think she liked that it was a musical. Meryl Streep was fantastic!!
I read this book...really enjoyed it. It is a historical fiction during World War II...and it started like a lot of them do but then it was different. Once I got into it...I so wanted to know how it would end and it became a quick read! If you like historical fiction...I highly recommend.
I got this book for Christmas and it has been talked about a lot. I am always hesitant for the ones that have so much hype but usually still end of reading them anyway. This book is a quick read and one that you cannot stop thinking about...it could happen. I actually finished it late at night and was a little freaked out. It is not a book I would have read by reading the description but glad I did. It would make a great book club book as there is a lot to talk about with it. Recommend it.
I also found a new series on Netflix, "Baby Daddy," which I find hilarious!


Tonight is the return of Downton Abbey...which I am excited about. Also found this random website Rainy Mood where it is just the sound of rain...love it! And loved Clemson's win and the Panthers too! I so hope Carolina can go all the way! (Seriously I need a #59 jersey/shirt stat!) I also must say that I enjoyed the Oregon game and all the jokes that followed. I'm going for the Ducks all the way... plus their uniforms are amazing. ;)




Well trying to enjoy my last day before I go back to work and stop eating like crazy...man holiday food is delicious! I am excited about 2015...I think it is going to be a great year!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas 2014...

Christmas Eve we headed to Church...it was such a cute program! Hard to believe it was 70 degrees here on Christmas Eve!

After Church we went to a friend's house so the kids could play while we had nibbles, drinks, and chatted it up!
Headed home and waited for Santa to arrive!

He came! Norah was super excited to get up and see what all Santa had brought!






The dogs were quite happy with what Santa brought them too!

After we finished with Santa time, ate breakfast, and showered up...we hit the road! We drove to Greensboro, NC to see Jeff's family (8 hours in the car in one day...whew!)

Cousins!
Getting ready to eat a late lunch.

Norah had them playing one of her gifts...HeadBanz...it was really cute!






Jeff and his two brothers.
Jeff with his mom and brothers...


I forgot to get someone to take a pic of Jeff, Norah, and I while there...oops (good thing I take a zillion car selfies of the three of us!) Santa was so good to all of us this year...really amazing! At home...Norah has been playing with Christmas gifts non-stop, Jeff has gone hunting, we have spent time with friends, and just enjoyed our time at home.

Now it is a Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family...which is my favorite! Also getting to read some books and about to visit some friends to watch a little football...I do think there is more oysters involved!