Christmas 2015

This was a special first Christmas with our sweet Nolan. Christmas Eve we woke up and ate our traditional Christmas bread and each opened a gift. Of course, it was quite entertaining watching Nolan tear into his gift. I think he may have enjoyed the paper as much as his toy. πŸ˜‰

Later that day we drove a couple hours to Greenville to have another Christmas celebration with Mark and Sherry and Sherry’s family. It was such a fun time.

Christmas day we had a huge delicious breakfast at Mark and Sherry’s and prepared for our flight to Texas to be with the Proffitt side. A few hours before our flight, we were notified it was canceled. After much time on the phone with the airline trying to get a refund, and booking another flight with a different airline, we finally got it worked out and headed to the airport. Nolan did a great job on his first flight. Of course, he did get a little antsy near the end, but overall, not bad. πŸ™‚

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a chilly day in Texas
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Uncle Justin teaching Nolan how to play piano
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Nathan and Regan
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the Proffitt family

Christmas in Texas started out great. We had a big dinner the night after Christmas with the entire Proffitt side–16 of us! As we were finishing up dinner, we heard the tornado sirens sounding nearby. Many people rushed to the hallway, while others thought it more important to finish their dinner or lounge on the couch. The sirens stopped and we resumed what we were doing only to hear them go off a second time. We still weren’t completely convinced the tornadoes were near us, after all, growing up in Texas we’ve heard many tornado warnings. As the lights started flickering, we knew it was a bigger deal than we were giving it credit, and soon we could hear the strong winds and see the effects of the wind outside the window. This time we all squeezed in as tightly as we could into the hallway. I don’t think I’ve ever held Nolan and Randy so close. It was real. And it was scary. We stood there waiting for glass to shatter. Nolan was crying, and I was on the verge. Someone started singing Silent Night and we all joined in. Β And then? Silence. The tornado passed by us. We later discovered that houses about a half a mile away were leveled. We were so thankful to be safe!

We were without power at my sister’s house for over 24 hours which made feeding 16 people a challenge, but it was an adventure and we were glad to be together.

I thought later that maybe we should have just accepted the canceled flight as a sign from God. πŸ˜‰

All in all it was a great time with family. A special treat of the week was my last little brother getting engaged! We are so excited for another member of the family to be joining us probably in July. My brother Nathan and his fiance Regan, have actually known each other since they were about 10 years old, so it was really neat seeing how God crossed their paths again. πŸ™‚ ❀

 

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Weekend

These photos are actually from the last two weekends. Here are the highlights:

We took a mini vacation to St. Augustine. This spring when we worked there for a few months, we kinda fell in love with the place. Plus, it’s also where Nolan was born so that makes it extra special.

The church we became a part of while in Florida was such a blessing to us and the sweet people we met I think will be life-long friends. It was wonderful getting to see them again. Also a sweet surprise was “running into” a friend from California while we were there. πŸ˜‰

This past weekend was pretty great too. We stayed in town, and even though Randy had to work Saturday, we made the most of our time with him. Saturday started out with a 5k for Nolan and I. When I signed up for this race I was definitely counting on the fact that Randy would be off and could babysit so I didn’t have to push a 100 pound (JK) stroller 3.1 miles. Ha! I was going to just give up on it, but there was that nagging determination that made me just want to go ahead and try. Nolan was such a sport riding a long with me. This race wasn’t to set any personal records for me, just to give me a little push to run a little farther. We had fun even though Daddy couldn’t join us.

After church Sunday, we had a nice family hike and some half-price Starbucks lattes, and then a yummy cookout with some fresh produce from a local farm. Family time is so special and these days with baby Nolan hold so much sweetness.

Four Years

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The last four years have been some of the best of my life! It’s difficult to not sound cliche when talking about how thankful I am for my husband and my little family. So I’ll just say I’m more in love with Randy now than when I said “I do.” ❀

And though this year’s anniversary celebration didn’t involve a romantic getaway, we got to celebrate with this little squish. πŸ˜‰

modeling his new beanie. such a ham. πŸ˜‰

We had a fun family weekend starting out with a trip to the coffee shop for lattes and then to the park for a little walk, and then ordering Greek food for dinner to go along with a RedBox (super romantic, I know). The next morning we went for a family run (those are my favorite because then Randy can push the stroller. πŸ˜‰ ). After our jog, we tried out a local breakfast place and then headed to the pumpkin patch. Nolan really was having a fun time, honest! πŸ˜€

Overall, I would say it was a wonderful 4 year anniversary celebration! πŸ™‚

his grumpy face kills me. πŸ˜€

Apple Picking

Apple picking is one of our favorite fall “traditions.”Β Skytop OrchardΒ in North Carolina is such a festive place this time of year, not to mention SO beautiful!

We start off with some fresh, hot apple cider donuts and grab some baskets to start picking. Granny Smiths and Pink Lady apples were the only ones still on the trees, so I see some great apple desserts in the near future! πŸ˜›

I think it’s clear who was having more fun with this apple-picking strategy. πŸ˜‰
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Sweet boy was such a trouper the whole way!

Just a Little Update in Photos

We’ve moved along again.

Since we discovered on our last road trips that Nolan very much dislikes his carseat after like 30 minutes, we decided to do our trip from Mississippi to South Carolina during the night.

It was a great success. We made good time and Nolan only woke up about twice to eat. Randy and I, however, survived on Peanut M&Ms, coffee, and gummy bears. We made it to a SC rest area at 5 am and crashed in the trailer for a few hours of sleep. After more naps and dinner with Mark and Sherry, we drove the last couple hours to our current city.

Once again we’re grateful for safety over so many miles! God has been so faithful on each of our trips to keep all 3 vehicles in good working order. We were especially grateful we both missed the deer that darted out in front of the trailer somewhere on I-85. πŸ™‚

This boy clearly has no personality. πŸ˜‰

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

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Okay, let’s just talk about cinnamon rolls for a minute. Scratch that, let’s just make them and eat them.

Give me a cinnamon roll and a cup of coffee and….mmmmm…I am one happy girl. I think cinnamon rolls have to be ranked #1 of all the foods or at least very close. I mean really. Cinnamon rolls are amazing just about however they come. Some of the best I’ve had though are Old West Cinnamon RollsΒ in Pismo Beach, California. A close second are the ones fromΒ Legacy BagelryΒ in Springfield, Missouri. Oh yeah, you can be sure everywhere we travel, I’m on a hunt to find the place with the best cinnamon rolls.Β My mom used to get those pop open, ready in 10 minutes cinnamon roll cans every now and then growing up, and that was such a fun treat. Even the McDonald’s cinna-minis are amazing–have you had them?? Okay, but not the Little Debbies ones, I draw the line there.

Alright enough talk let’s just get back to making them.

I foundΒ this recipeΒ a few months ago and love it! It is so much easier and faster than most other recipes I’ve found. Start to finish, these rolls can be done in about an hour, or less if you’re quick. They only require 20 minutes of rising time! Plus, they’re delicious!

Go ahead and try them. You can thank me later. Just kidding. πŸ˜‰

Handmade Baby Toys (Part 2)

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I wish I had made this baby mobile when Nolan was first born, I think he would have really liked seeing the colors and movement early on. He has been enjoying it now, and Β I even caught him rolling over from his tummy to look up at it during nap time one day. πŸ˜€ πŸ™‚

This project was very simple and low cost. I had everything already on hand, but the materials I used were:

  • various colors yarn
  • bakers twine (like this)
  • old wooden hoop (I probably got it at a thrift store for 25 cents a while ago)
  • pom pom maker likeΒ this oneΒ but you can also make pom poms with a fork or even your fingers.

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