Hitting the Ice

EJ loves hockey games so we thought it would be fun to hit the ice with her while visiting family up north.

What better place for her first skating experience than the rink I skated/worked at while in high school. I spent many an afternoon circling the ice as a skate guard and it brought back some fun memories skating around with DaddyO, EJ and Grandpa.

heading to the ice

We laced up EJ's hockey skates (she just fit into a size 8) and took her on the ice. She didn't seem too sure of the ice at first, but her confidence grew as she circled the ice with DaddyO.
getting her ice feet

warming up with hot chocolate

Christmas with Avia and PopPop

After opening presents with my family Christmas morning, we headed over to Avia and PopPop's house to meet up with DaddyO's family. EJ was running a fever from the night before so she was not feeling her best, but she was still very excited to see her cousins and enjoyed a little time with them at the kids' table.


learning chess moves from Uncle Bri

and practicing those moves on her cousins

helping open presents

Merry Christmas

"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:11

Christmas Eve Celebrations

We celebrated Christmas Eve with my side of the family this year. It was a day filled with family, friends, food, and church. Uncle Jesse drove up from VA for the weekend to spend the weekend with us. EJ loved all the excitement that went along with this special day. She was even able to sit through our church's candlelight service with little more than a peep!

we enjoyed a christmas dinner together

then lit our candles

at our church's candlelight service

and we ended the night with some delicious plum pudding

Radio City Rockettes

 We visit New York City for our annual Christmas Traditions in the City.  First we did all of our favorite things...

Visited FAO Schwartz

where I found the dollhouse there that I'd love to make EJ someday.

Saw the Rockefeller Tree.


Walked through Central Park and visited the Columbus Circle Holiday Market.


And enjoyed the lights in Time Square.

The highlight of our visit was seeing the Rockets perform at Radio City Music Hall. Grandma had been looking forward to taking her grandchildren ever since she first saw them the year of our wedding and at almost two EJ was ready to attend.

The lobby sparkled with a magnificent crystal Christmas tree.

The anticipation of the show had been building all day and EJ was excited for it to begin.

 She was in awe when the dancers came on stage and sat perfectly quiet the whole show.

The show exceeded my expectations and I look forward to making this a part of our Christmas traditions in the future.

We enjoyed dinner at an Iranian restaurant

and then picked up some dessert from our favorite Italian patisserie for the drive home.

It was a wonderful day in NYC!

Goodbye Pensacola

It was a bittersweet farewell to our first family home. It had been a whirlwind of a couple months making the final preparations to rent it.

In the middle of renting the first and second floor units we oraganized

and packed up all our belongings

so DaddyO could load them into the packrats.

We lived out of boxes

as we made the last minute touch ups to the house.

Then it was just an empty house

and a wonderful feeling as the packrats were finally loaded and  on their way to Virginia.

As I like to say, this is not a final goodbye just a see you later to our friends, home, and town of Pensacola. We will miss you but will see you again soon!

Cafe Dress

I always love seeing what fun fabric I will find when visiting A&E. I'm never disappointed.

This cafe fabric was just begging to be made into a dress that EJ could wear on her excursions to Starbucks with DaddyO.

I did corduroy on the outside, cafe fabric on the inside, and then appliqued my favorite coffee pots and cup on the front.

It fit EJ perfectly and just in time to wear out for hot chocolate with her best friend.

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