Friday, December 29, 2017

Celebrating Portmas

Happy Friday Everyone!!
I have to say I am even more excited its the end of the work week today, after backing up a coworker since Xmas, I am ready for this to be over!
Plus its a 3 day weekend, SCORE!
Omma, Poppie, Amy, Ryder and Avery came over Saturday to celebrate Portmas!! It was a blast and the kids were super excited!
We enjoyed a delicious meal of Honey Baked Ham, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole and bread!
It's the PJ Masks!!
Daddy and Taylor
Omma, Daddy and Taylor XOXO
Ryder is ready to go!!
Taylor is so excited!!
Nicole got a new Peppa Pig doll, she is so excited!
The PJ Masks tower!
Merry Portmas!
My new favorite ornament
All the Grands!!
Omma and Poppie where so good to them!
This will be my last post of 2017 so I wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year!!
I hope you all get to enjoy a safe and fun long weekend doing whatever makes you happy.
I appreciate you hanging with me all year, your time is valuable and I am so happy you choose to ready this little blog. I am thankful for all the blessings of 2017, I hope 2018 is even better for all of us!!!
Also want to say a big GO DAWGS as they play in the Rose Bowl this Monday!!
Happy New Year!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Nicole's Christmas Party and Crockpot Chocolate Candy

On the Thursday before Christmas I got to attend Nicole's Christmas Party which was so much fun of course!!
Here we are munching on some cheese puffs and all sorts of toddler goodies!
After her party Taylor got a special treat too when she got to come home early, YEAH!! Here they are playing with PK once we got home!
Friday before Christmas we all got to enjoy the day together, Taylor is ready to have a fun day!
While Daddy and Coco did some Xmas shopping, Taylor and I got to enjoy a McLunch together!
I was in charge of dessert for Portmas on Saturday so I took a great and easy route, I ordered this beautiful red velvet Bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cake and they delivered it straight to my door...SCORE!!
I poured together these yummy chocolate covered peanuts in the crock pot, super easy and very good! I found the recipe from Rhoda at Southern Hospitality, if you don't follow her you should, she is so sweet and has a great blog!!
Crockpot Chocolate Candy
2 lbs (36 oz) salted dry-roasted peanuts
4 oz (4 squares) German’s sweet chocolate
1 12-oz package semisweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
2½ lbs white almond bark
  1. Put the peanuts in the bottom of a 4-quart slow-cooker. Layer the chocolate over the peanuts, beginning with the sweet chocolate, followed by the chocolate chips, and then the almond bark. Set the temperature on low and cook for 3 hours. Do not stir the mixture.
  2. After 3 hours, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until smooth. Drop the candy into cupcake pan liners, using about 2 tablespoons per liner. Allow the candy to cool completely before removing the cupcake liners. Makes 30 to 40 pieces.
If you can’t find almond bark, substitute white chocolate chips. 
(Ours made more than that, more like 75 –80 pieces.  I think it depends on how much you put in the liner.)
I also had an extra strand of lights so I hung them in our master bathroom, I love the look and I added a flocked wreath for a winter look!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Train Ride With Santa

Winter Greeting Friends!!
As you all know winter started last week and it feels like it here in GA! There was even some freezing rain on my way into work this morning, but not much traffic since the schools and a lot of people are still off. We had a wonderful Christmas with all our family, it was a joyous time with wonder gifts and food! I have a lot to share so I wanted to start with our train with with Santa!
I could not believe we actually made the train, it was leaving at 12 PM, we arrived in Blue Ridge at 12 PM. I ended up doing a sprint in knee high boots with a 2 year old on my hip and a diaper bag, needless to see I was out of breath getting on and flustered! But we made it and that is what counts!
Taylor & Rudy!!
Oh Christmas Tree!!
Daddy got lots of sweet treats and popcorn for the ride
Looking at the creek and mountain cabins we passed
Laughing along the way!
She loved he popcorn the best!
Look Daddy!
Frosty the Snowman!
A little dance with Frosty!
We even saw The Grinch!!
Coco NOT a fan!
Another great train ride!! This is one of the best things we do every Christmas!!
After the train ride we ate some lunch at The Moose Caboose!
A pretty day for lunch outdoors!
Hot dogs and nachos for lunch!
Some cotton candy and donuts for dessert
My Christmas Angel!
Bye Blue Ridge train, see you next year!!!
Choo Choo!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pictures from The Swan House, Work Xmas Party, Xmas fun at Omma's, & Ice Skating

Christmas Greetings everyone!! I know you are like me having a crazy busy week, I just ordered my groceries for the holidays, I think I most have checked my list 3 times before completing it making sure I remembered everything. I am trying so hard NOT to have to go to the store over the next few days, we will see if I can do it!!
Our beautiful pictures from breakfast with Santa at The Swan House came in I wanted to share:
Our beautiful group pic, love this!!
Ryder & Santa
Ryder & Avery

My beautiful niece, she has been good!
My sweet Christmas Angel
Last Friday was my work Christmas Party, as always it was super nice, I love getting a chance to really dress up and have a date! I loved this black dress with lace sleeves I found from Amazon, under $20 buck...SCORE!!
They have a great selection on formal dresses!

A group pic of all the fabulous ladies I work with!
White we had our date night, Omma and Poppie were sweet enough to watch our girls!
Here are all The Grands!
Making some cookies in her Grinch hat!
Baker Taylor
Baker Nicole
Baker Ryder
Dance Party!!!
All smiles :-)
Ready for a Christmas movie!
Omma is so creative, can you tell she was a teacher?!
All that cookie baking will make anyone tired!
I absolutely love this pic, its so sweet!!
Cousin love
Taylor got this adorable Christmas goodie bag from church on Sunday with this cute white church ornament.
After church Taylor got to go on a fun adventure with Daddy ice skating!
Today is my last day at the office before Christmas, I will be back next week but the next few days will be filled with lots of things so I won't have a chance to blog. But I do want to wish all my sweet readers out there a very Merry Christmas. May this season bring you happiness, peace, time with your loves ones, time off work, time to rest, play and eat, and lots of joy!!
And as my Xmas present to you all...
Hdawg busting a move!
Merry Christmas!