Monday, December 25, 2017

Santa Came!

Allie was the first to awake bright and early on Christmas morning at around 7:00. She came into our room and got us up. While Ayden was still asleep, we tiptoed downstairs to checked out all the goodies that were placed at the base of our Christmas tree. The cookies were eaten and the milk was drank. The cards, sacks and elves were no where in sight. Santa came!

Allie found the Lego Friends cruise liner she has been wanting since last Christmas. She also saw a complete set of Harry Potter books and a new smart watch. In her stocking were looms, hair spray and some other small goodies.

When Ayden RAN downstairs...he yelled, "WOW!" when he saw a new telehandler truck with ma-tachments. He also recieved a police accessory set and Mickey puzzles too. In his stocking he fround bubble bath, truck lights and some candy.

This should keep them busy for the few short hours we have until our flight to FLORIDA!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas Eve.

I love Christmas Eve. Everything about the day seems so magical and special. Having family come together, enjoying homemade traditional food, opening gifts and getting ready for SANTA! I'm feeling very blessed this Christmas.

Auntie Linda, Aunt Jess, Whitney and Ethan came over to enjoy some Christmas Eve festivities. Nana, Papa, Papa Ray and Barb joined us too. Auntie made her homemade Kentucky green FAVORITE! I have to make my mom's Christmas green punch and Papa Ray made my mom's Christmas Rock cookies. My mom is here with us today.

Allie received the remaining Barbies I had from my childhood, a Hatchimal, a Vera Bradly purse and a music stand. Ayden was THRILED to open a snowplow! He also received a marble race, construction set, flannel sheets, tractors and a helicopter drone. Both kiddos also received some Disney themed gifts and gift cards too.

After all the gifts were opened and the cookies were eaten...we got ready for Santa! Ayden made sure to sprinkle his reindeer food in every knnok and cranny on our driveway, sidewalk and porch so the reindeer wouldn't miss our house!

We've been waiting ALL month for the big moment when we FINALLY get to touch Jingle and Belle. How special is it to give your elf a hug and kiss goodbye before they leave for the North Pole. We gave our squeezes and kisses...and placed these two little guys next to the cookies we left for Santa...along with our sacks filled with old toys for other boys and girls. Now we wait....


We're Going to DisneyWorld!

It's been soooooo hard keeping this a secret...WE'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD!!!

Todd and I have been planning this Christmas surprise for about 4 months! It's been a learning manytips and tricks to planning the perfect Disney experience.

We gave the littles their Disney present on Christmas Eve. before all the family came over. Allie found her letter from Minnie first that told her where her parents were taking them! Ayden unwraped his autograph book and said, "What is this?" Neither were screaming or jumping up and down like we thought they would...but after it all sunk in, Allie started to get excited.

They don't fully understand what they are in for quite yet! But next week they will be having their MAGICAL day at Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Jingle & Belle

The excitement I hear in my Ayden's voice every morning as he looks for and finds these two sneaky elves, makes having them as houseguest worth it.  Ayden has LOVED having Jingle and Belle hang out at the Hammerick's...seeing the Christmas silliness.

Double Trouble decorated our tree with the kid's undies, drew Minions on our bananas, made a construction site with Ayden's trucks, cheered for Allie for her competition, and roasted s'mores at our candles just to name a few.
Thank you little elves for making such fun memories for my littles loves.  It's been super fun...and exhausting!

Sunday, December 17, 2017


We visited Santa someplace new this year...our regular breakfast with Santa fell on Allie's cheer competition day so we couldn't go.  However...Santa hung out at Maybury Farm and we saw him there! 

Allie wrote a letter to Santa while waiting her turn.  Once it was time, we headed past the horses and into the big barn.  We say chickens, sheep, goats and baby bunnies before we got to the jolly ol fellow...and his SLEIGH!

Allie and Ayden climbed up into the magical sleigh.  Allie told Santa what a good girl she has been...and that she would like the Lego cruise liner, Harry Potter books and a smart watch.  Ayden's request was a telehandler, a police outfit, and puzzles.  Ho! Ho!! Ho!!!
Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Gingerbread Houses

Once again...we made gingerbread houses at Aunt Jess' house.  We are so thankful to get to share in this family tradition every year.  I'm so thankful I don't have the mess at my house! 
Allie decorated her house ALL on her own!  Auntie Linda helped a little, but it was her design.  Ayden needed a little less help this year.  I made his house...but he did all the decorating himself.  Super job!!  Of course we ate candy all throughout the process too.

Kiddo pics are the best.  Love these littles and can't wait to see their creations ten years from now! 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Allie is 7!

I can't believe another year has gone by and this little gem in 7!  How grownup she is becoming.

Allie still loves fashion, dresses and hair accessories...anything pink, purple or glitter is her favorite.  Allie continues to cheer, participate on a Lego League team and newly plays the ukulele.  She loves to listen to Grace Vanderwaal and any popular songs on the radio.  Allie likes to play babies, build with Lego's and sing.  Her favorite shows are Vampirina, YouTube videos about Baby Alive, and Lego Friends.  She is somewhat interested in Harry Potter and has listened to me read the first book to her and has seen the first movie.  Allie has lost four teeth this past year.  Allie loves Slurpees, mint ice cream and Reese Peanut Butter Cups.  Allie is smart, caring and shy.  She is whiney at times, but so sweet and adorable as ever. 

Allie chose to celebrate her birthday early with the Grandparents so she could attend the Novi Tree Lighting Festival on her actual birthday.  Allie wanted to eat her birthday dinner at Samuri so she could eat rice and green tea ice cream.  Afterwards we went home to open presents!  Allie received a money for cheer, an American Girl doll Lea, matching pajamas with her doll, and tickets to see the Wizard of Oz.


The morning of December 1st, Our two favorite elves brought Allie some goodies and surprises.... 

...and for her special celebration at school, I got to share about our Boston baby girl and read Make Way for Ducklings to Allie's class (with her shiny gold crown her last year's teacher gave her).  What a treat!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

North Pole Breakfast

They're BAAAACCCKKK!!!  Our elves have arrived...along with breakfast from the NORTH POLE!  What a healthy breakfast...cupcakes and Oreos...and hot chocolate too!  Jingle and Belle brought some treats for the littles.  Ayden received Christmas Snoopy socks and Allie found elf slippers in her mug. There were gingerbread stickers sheets to create.  All our Christmas books were wrapped up to enjoy this next month as we await the big guys arrival.



Both kiddos knew exactly who was responsible for this spread of holiday cheer.  There were so excited their elves were back to be our house guests!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Daisy Camp

5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals!  Allie and her Daisy friends earned a journey this weekend at core camp at Hawthorn Hollow Girl Scout camp!  It  was COLD and RAINY...but oh so much fun!  Allie learned about all about animals.  The girls made projects, danced, did yoga, and participated in a couple animal service projects.  We make bird feeders and hung them up around camp...and we made cat toys for the animal shelter. 

The most memories were made in our cabin just hanging around with old friends and new.  Allie was happy to make to a new friends this weekend, Reagan. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Farm Sprouts

From September through November, Ayden became a little scientist and explorer right around the corner from our Tollgate Farms.  On Tuesday afternoons, Nana dropped Ayden off at the farm for some indoor and outdoor fun, rain or shine.  He planted, measured, played, harvested, read stories, cooked and took care of the animals...just to name a few.  He was a little apprehensive at first, but grew to LOVE Sprouts! 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Surprise 70th!

It took some real sneaky people for this event to take place...and the fact that we DID NOT tell Allie!  Nana knows EVERYTHING!  But, we did it!  We pulled it off!! Tonight we celebrated our Nana turning 70!  She may have been around the block a few times, but boy she doesn't look it. Nana is our caregiver, our gourmet chef, our savior whenever someone is sick...she is our ROCK.  We abuse her more than we should with the amount of time she babysits for we had to give back with more than just the usual repetitive THANK YOU's. 

With the help of Auntie Ellen, we were able to get ahold of all of Nana's friends and family and invite them to surprise Nana with a little shindig.  Boy does she have a great group of friends.  Thank you to everyone who came to share our Nana and tell her how important she is to us.  We love you, Nana...more than you know.  Thank you for all you do for us.  We hope you enjoyed your special night celebrating YOU!