Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2014: a look back

2014 was such a great year! We had so much fun all year long and have nothing but good things to say about the year. Of course we had some tough times but the good ones outweigh the bad ones. Here are some of our memories from 2014!

-Kyson turned 5! I cannot believe how fast time is going! It seems to go faster with every year that passes!
-We had a snow week! School and work were cancelled all week long and we definitely took advantage.

-We hosted s Super Bowl party filled with tons of food!!
-We celebrated Valentine's Day as a family of four! It was our fist one with Presley and it was so fun adding her to the festivities.
-Dave and I did a Run or Dye 5K.
-I celebrated my Golden Birthday and turned 27 years old. It was fun doing a teeny tiny photo shoot to celebrate.

-We went on a little weekend getaway to Dallas. We took the kids to the Dallas World Aquarium, Lego Land, and the Dallas Blooms. We go every year!

-Dave turned 27!
-We celebrated Easter at home. Just us four!

-Dave bought me a new car for Mother's Day!
-My in laws came to town for a few days. They met Presley for the first time. 
-We spent a lot of time at the Splash Pad.
-Kyson graduated from Pre K!

-Dave's car was totaled! 
-We traveled to North Dakota. Spent our time with family, swimming, and relaxing!
-We met up with my friend Paula in Bismarck for the day! We love P!

-We traveled to Utah with Dave's family.
-We spent two days at Lagoon A Beach and Lagoon.
-We spent a day at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
-We spent a day at Seven Peaks.
-We traveled to southern Utah for a few days. We had some Military style pictures taken, spent time with family and soaked up our time in St George.
-Dave and I celebrated our 6th year of marriage in Las Vegas for three days.
-Dave and I went Sky Diving!!
-We spent a few days in Mesa, AZ visiting my sister.
-We spent every weekend at the pool.

-We took Kyson and Presley to the zoo. We saw our first Albino Alligator.
-We did a 5K Glow Run as a family. So fun!
-Kyson started Kindergarten!
-I met my friend Danielle for the first time! Don't you love social media and the friendships you make?

-Dave and I attended the Air Force Ball. Our last one! :(
-Had the cutest Mommy/Daughter photo shoot with Presley. 

-Presley turned ONE!! We went all out for her first birthday!
-We took the kids to a cute little Pumpkin Patch.
-Celebrated Halloween!! Kyson was a vampire and Presley was Snow White.

-We spent a few days in Dallas. We went to the biggest, coolest Pumpkin Patch I've ever seen!
-We flew up to North Dakota for Thanksgiving.
-We took Kyson ice skating. It was his first time and he hated it!
-We enjoyed a private viewing of Mocking Jay.

-Took the kids to see Santa!
-Had our annual Christmas family pictures taken.
-Celebrated Christmas as a family of four. Santa was good to us this year!
-Partied on New Years Eve wearing my sequin party pants!!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Presley: 15 months

I haven't done an update on Presley in a few months so I thought I'd update on her.

-Presley has a mouth full of teeth. I think she has about 15 teeth total. She grows teeth fast apparently and she handles teething real well. 

-She's starting to say a few words including Momma, Dadda, hi, wow, uh oh, and whoa! She knows sign language for 'more' and 'milk' which makes life so easy when it comes to eating.

-She's learned how to blow kisses and it's the sweetest thing ever! Each night at bedtime I'll ask her, "wanna go na-night?" and she'll immediately start blowing kisses if she's tired. If she's not tired she'll just turn around and run away.

-Presley baby is quite the little eater. The girl loves food!! I still haven't found anything that she refuses to eat and it makes me so happy!

-She refuses to sleep though. She goes to bed easily and even falls asleep easily but she can't sleep very long. She's transitioning from two naps a day to one so on days where she only takes one nap she'll sleep for about 2-3 hours. But when it comes to sleeping through the night? F'getabout it!!

-She's right on the verge of running! She does this little bouncy fast walk when she's trying to run and I laugh every time.

-Still no hair, ha! It's really filling in well but it just wont grow!

-She's really interested in her tongue right now. Her favorite thing to do is look at herself in the mirror while sticking out her tongue. She thinks its so funny.

-She's recently learned how to get off of the couch. Let me tell ya, it's so nice not having to worry about her falling off anymore. She loves to be on the couch and I don't always have the time to just sit there ready to catch her if she falls.

-She loves "helping" with laundry. She'll go around the house finding clothes (usually from pulling things out of drawers) and putting them into a laundry basket. She always gets so proud of herself!

-She recently started bending over and putting her head on the floor so she can look through her legs. I made her do a somersault and she got so excited. Tumbling will definitely be in her future!

-Girlfriend is a little drama queen!!! She's started throwing temper tantrums when she doesn't get something she wants. Its the cutest thing! She'll bury her face into the floor and do her fake cry. I can't help but smile!

-She wears 12-18 months tops and 18 month bottoms. She's also in size 4 diapers. We also turned her car seat around and she's in baby heaven!

We love miss Presley so much and can't believe how fast time is going! I can't wait to make her a big sissy because I know she'll be a good one. She's so much fun to have around and I'm completely obsessed with her!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

lovely and bright

 top c/o Collectively Yours 
skirt c/o eShakti
shoes c/o Charlotte Russe

I bought this top a few months back and fell in love with it. It fits so perfectly and is so soft! I wear it all the time with different outfits. So when I came across this gorgeous skirt I knew I had to buy it and pair it with my Lovely statement tee. They fit so perfectly together! It was so perfect and festive for the holiday season, especially with bright red heels! I couldn't have asked for a better outfit to make me feel girly, fun and festive!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Christmas family pictures

Every year we get some Christmas family pictures done, just like the rest of America. Ha! I guess you could call it a tradition? The main picture we go for is a "Merry KISSmas picture!" I know, so cheesy, but we look forward to it every season. It's fun going back and comparing our KISSmas pictures, especially since we've added another kid to the mix. So, here's our 2014 Christmas photo album.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Eve/Day

Christmas Eve was spent at home, relaxing. Dave and I started and finished our Christmas shopping in one weekend! Talk about an exhausting weekend! So, our Christmas Eve was pretty laid back. We watched movies, decorated cookies for Santa and did some last minute cleaning for the big day. We order pizza every Christmas Eve and this year was no different. Traditions are the best! We didn't let the kids take a nap that day so they would be nice and tired for bedtime. Even with how tired Kyson was he was still too excited to fall asleep. My mother in law sends us Christmas pajamas every year to open on Christmas Eve. Dave and I also started a new tradition of a Christmas Eve movie box that our Elf on the Shelf leaves us. It's full of Christmas jammies, a movie for each person and lots of snacks to watch the movies with. It was a big hit! I think we'll do it every year. And guess what? I didn't take any pictures of our movie night. But here's a picture of the jammies my mother in law sent.
Ok I lied.. My shirt is one I've had for a while and Presley's jammies are the ones she got in the movie box. My shirt from my MIL was too small and Presley's are too big. So we improvised!

Kyson's room temporarily doesn't have a door (don't ask!) so we had him sleep in our bed with us. We put him to bed around 9 so Santa could get to work! We told him he had to stay in the room no matter what, unless he needs to go potty. That kid went "potty" about 17 times before he finally fell asleep!! He was just too excited! Dave and I set everything up and finished around 1:30 AM. We snuck in bed with Kyson and tried to fall asleep. Sleep never happened! Even in our king sized bed, Kyson still kept us up! He kept slapping Dave and kicking me so we pulled an all nighter. Holy crap we were tired!! We kick of just shrugged it off and figured we'd just take a nap when the kids napped. Which once again, never happened. They were too excited about all their new gifts that naps were out of the question.
Anyways, Kyson woke up at 6:30 and since Dave and I were still awake we decided to wake up Presley and just start the morning. I literally took one picture on Christmas.. Not only is that a mom fail, it's a life fail! Who doesn't take pictures on Christmas? 

Anyways, I took this picture of Kyson and Dave, then handed the camera to Dave and told him to take pictures while I made breakfast.. These are the pictures he took. I guess that what happens when I count on him to handle the camera.

Even though we were exhausted and the turkey I cooked didn't turn out, we had a great Christmas!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas fun

Christmastime with kids is a million times more magical! We had so much fun this year showing Presley how Christmas works, even though she won't remember it. And Kyson has Christmas pretty much mastered. It filled my momma heart with so much joy watching Kyson help Presley through it all! I feel like all I did throughout December was bake. I made so many different Christmas goodies and somehow didn't gain a pound! We started out the holidays with a Christmas party at our church. Good food, a live Nativity and a message about Christ and what Christmas is all about. It was the perfect way to start off the holiday season! We took the kids to meet Santa, baked, had a couple more Christmas parties, a school Christmas program for Kyson, baked some more and shopped til we dropped!! I was also able to indulge in my favorite Christmas treat more times than I'd like to admit. Thank you Chick Fil A for making the best Peppermint shake ever! But the best moment of all was when Kyson explained to me the true meaning of Christmas. That boy has a love for our Savior and it makes me feel like I've done something right.

 Talk about bad picture quality.. It was taken with my phone.

I'm kicking myself in the butt for not taking more pictures. But it was so nice not worrying about snapping a picture and just living in the now. We had the best Christmas and I can't wait to share our Christmas Eve/morning.

Monday, December 15, 2014

North Dakota

While we were in North Dakota for Thanksgiving we made sure to do a few fun things while there. My niece is big into ice skating, and she's really good, so we went ice skating with her! It was so fun watching her. She's SO good!! Olympics perhaps? We left Presley with her grandparents so we could spend some quality time with Kyson since it was his first time ice skating. He slipped within the first thirty seconds and got so mad that he didn't want to try again haha. So he sat on a chair and we took turns pushing him around on it. He loved that haha.

these are all crappy iPhone pictures, so bear with me.

 And then of course the guys started showing off and trying to one up each other. It was hilarious. The Madsen boys have no shame!

My MIL runs a movie theater so it's a tradition to have private showings of whatever they're playing. We decided on Mocking Jay. I loved The Hunger Games books and it's been fun seeing what they do with the movies. But I've been so disappointed in all three movies so far. I think it's because they leave so much out! Anyway, the very opening scene is of Katniss laying in bed rolling a marble, but for the first few seconds you don't see the marble just that she's rolling something in her fingers. During that scene Dave leaned over to me and said "she's rolling a bugar!" I died laughing for TWENTY minutes over that comment! It still makes me laugh just thinking about it. haha

We spent a lot of our time tending to a sick baby, so we played a lot of card games while Presley slept. we house hunted, did a little bit of shopping and took lots of naps. I don't know why but I was soo tired up there. I could not get enough sleep! We always have the funnest most relaxing visits in North Dakota.