Sunday, November 23, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas!!

We put the tree up when the boys were napping and seeing Merritt's face when he woke up was the BEST! So fun seeing the magic in his eyes!! He absolutely loved helping hang the ornaments, he had a bit of an issue with spreading them out, but other than that he did great! So fun having the house filled with Christmas cheer!! :)

had to stand in his chair so he could see all the ornaments!

Merritt's contribution!! ha! There are so many more behind these in the front!! So silly!

I adore my pink and green tree!! Lots of pigs, cowboys/cowgirls, boots, tractors, glitter, and polka dots!! Perfect!! My favorites to collect are the glass, hand painted, breakable ones! Not sure their official name but I just think they are soo gorgeous! Hope we make it until December 25th with no broken ones!! :) 

soo annoyed that I took McCoy's stocking to be monogrammed and the font is bigger than the others!! I wish they were all that big! boo!! Oh well! :)

my pink tree must have gotten crunched! I didin't notice until I looked at this pic!

I have western/red stuff in the kitchen!

entry way!

my decorating is so crazy! Pink and Green in living room and entry and red in the kitchen and dining room!! haha! 

Love my Willow Tree Nativity in the bay window!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Bedtime, Brothers, and Books!!

Yall, these boys just melt my heart!! :)


Our Thanksgiving!!

I have been cooking all day and now I almost too stuffed to write this blog!! We just love Thanksgiving food..I really should cook it more often! I have been cooking us a big Thanksgiving spread for three years now and it's one of my favorite traditions! I was going to wait until next week, but I'm itching to get my tree and Christmas decor up, so now that we have eaten our turkey, it is time!! hehe :)  My house will be decked out by this time tomorrow! Can't wait!!

Merritt thought these dried beef jars were the BEST!! haha!

Pumpkin Roll and Cheese Ball to snack on all day!! 

I adore this candle! Smells so good!! Thanks Mommy ;)

how cute is Merritt's place setting!! I got it for his first Thanksgiving at the Target Dollar those bins!! :)

Crock Pot Turkey Breast...super simple, yet SUPER good!!

Cornbread Dressing

Yeast Rolls and Honey Cinnamon Butter!

Cranberry Salad...I need to share this recipe with will never eat the canned stuff again!! Not that I ever ate the canned stuff anyway, but this is YUMMO!!

Veggie Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole


Pecan Cheesecake Pie

I was so excited to get to have Thanksgiving on my new big table this year!!  I also love that you can see The Farmer's oven mitt hands in this pic...he was chasing Merritt around calling himself the Oven Mitt Man!! haha!!

My little Turkey! Not sure why he has a hammer?!?! 

Happy Thanksgiving Yall!! :)


Friday, November 21, 2014

Zip the Dog!!

We have been without a dog for awhile, and are soo excited to have Zip join our little fam! Yes, another boy!! Ha! He is a border collie, born in February, and is bred to be a cow dog. He is super smart and knows all his commands, but most importantly he's gorgeous and a big sweetie!! ;) Merritt loves him and hasn't stopped asking about him! We went out to eat with The Farmer's family tonight to celebrate a successful harvest and as soon as we got home Merritt just had to hug Zip again, and I just had to get some pics!!

Since we were running late and I didn't have time for the usual five minute-plus fiasco that goes down when I try to get a pic of them together, I didn't think I was going to get a shot of these adorable shirts, but The Farmer picked them both up to take them to the car and my camera was sitting on the counter, so I grabbed it and yelled SMILE!! Perfect pic!! 

when we got home...McCoy wasn't sure what to think!

a little lick!!

ALL my boys!! :)


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