Monday, March 5, 2018

Christmas In Lafayette

On December 23, we traveled south to Paw Paw Bill's house to meet up with our Poole family for Christmas!!  We've done this every year since Wade and I were teenagers and it's always such a sweet time.

Vannie loves getting to see and play with Abigail!

These boys adore their Paw!!

Grant was giving Paw Paw lots of snuggles.

The kids are always so excited to open gifts from Paw Paw and Mimi.. these boys couldn't wait to see what they were getting this year, ha!

Present time!!!

Vannie got a diamond necklace.. such a grown up little lady she is.

The kids love seeing Christina and Madison, too, especially when they take them on golf cart rides, ha!

Baby Rhett sure enjoyed his first Lafayette Christmas!!

A few family pictures:
Paw Paw with his two sons, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren!!  We were missing a few Pooles, but so glad this bunch was able to get together.

All the boys.

And then all the girls.

Merry Christmas from the Pooles!!!!!

Because picture taking is so much work.

And these two snuck into the kitchen for a little extra banana pudding and carrot cake.

Hahaha!! Our sentiments EXACTLY.
What a wonderful day!!!!!!  I love those Lafayette visits every year, it's always so good to see everyone!!  I'm so thankful to be a part of this Poole family!!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Christmas Cookies

On Wade's last day of work before the Christmas break, I made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (Thanks, Hezzy and Joanna Gaines!!) to share with Wadie's co-workers!! The cookies were so plump and pretty and perfect.. this was so much fun!!

We had a few extra and sent them next door. My neighbor wanted to know what bakery they were from, ha!!  In other words, this recipe is a keeper. 

Hez came up with the cute packaging and Jen and my parents helped put them all together.  Team work makes the dream work!! I do wish I could have seen Wade hand out these little boxes with Christmas twigs and bows to all his hospital friends... hahaa!! Thanks, Wadie, for being so cute and not minding the twine and tags!!

Two days before Christmas, it was time for our own holiday baking!!!

The past several Christmases, we've enjoyed making our cookies together!!
Look at these sweet memories!!
And 2017:

Using our favorite Pioneer Woman's Sugar Cookie recipe, we made the dough, cut out the shapes, baked them, and then it was time to decorate them!!  Here are my little elves, hard at work!!

I really should plan ahead so we don't have to use blue icing for our Christmas cookies every year. Why do I never have red?!

That wasn't slowing these little people down, though.

Samuel came over and was ready to help and I asked Grant to teach him how to do it..

He took his big brother job very seriously and very clearly explained how this cookie decorating business needed to be done. (So totally me, haha!!)

Still being the teacher..

I think he liked being the boss for once, ha!!

Yaaaayyyyy, beautiful job, my little loves!!

So. Many. Sprinkles.

I don't think Samuel ever decorated a single one, he went straight to eating.

Oh well. We'll save cookie decorating lessons for next year, Grant!!
Sugar cookies and sprinkles.  Traditions and memories.  Warm hearts and happy tummies.  This was an afternoon perfectly spent.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Samuel & Adam's Birthdays!!

On December 21, Adam Kees turned 1 year old, Grammie and Pops had just celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary, and Samuel was just days away from turning 3!!  Which means it was time to partyyyy!! Heather came into town and we all met up on our back deck to celebrate!!

But first: Vannie made breakfast!!  I baked bread and Savannah cooked eggs for everyone, start to finish!!  I love my big helper girl!!

Gathering on the back deck for partyyyyy time!!!

Precious Hez brought cupcakes for everyone!! So many delicious flavors and of course, we all had to taste each one, ha!

One of the birthday boys, so excited about his cupcake he got all to himself!!

Happy anniversary to these lovebirds!!

Heather told them they had to feed their cake to each other, just like they did 37 years ago..

Hahaha, perfect!!

And then it was the little fellas' turn!!

Singing Happy Birthday to two of our favorite little guys!!

Happy 3rd Birthday, Sam-you-el!!

Happy 1st Birthday, Baby Adam!!

Getting after it, haha!!
We love you, sweet boys, and are praying over your lives!!  We ask God to create in you hearts that love and obey Him, a passion for telling the world the good news of Jesus Christ, and lives marked by godly character, leaving a legacy for generations to come.  We love you and are so thankful for you both!!  Happy Birthday!!!!!

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From childhood friends to high school sweethearts, and now newlyweds and brand-new parents, Wade and I can only thank Jesus for His incredible blessings. Our three children are the ULTIMATE gifts from God and we pray that our lives glorify Him. He is our everything.