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You know how they say time get’s away from you? Well, it truly does. I have yet to recap Christmas and I would normally be way past that point. All I have to say for myself is this has been a busy season in life. You know…you think once those kiddos get in school you’ll get a “break”, nope, not really. It’s actually a lot more to do!
Anyway, I’m glad to hop back on the blog bandwagon and let’s play catch up shall we? I won’t go into anything political on my blog because y’all I just can’t handle it anymore and the one thing I DO KNOW is God’s got this!
Queue lots of pictures ahead and a bunch of fun recaps over the last month that I’ve been lagging on. We are loving our new home and being in it for Christmas was wonderful! Terence likes newer homes, but I have to say I am really enjoying all the “quirks” this house has to offer, we love our neighborhood, and we are right where we want to be.
Christmas Family Photo 2016
The Branch Family 2016- Yes those are all our nieces and nephews and they are the sweetest and cutest evah!
Connor and I headed to Arkansas for Christmas break just the two of us. Terence stayed behind due to work and we missed him, but we were back in time to celebrate Christmas day together. We had fun visiting with my family in Arkansas and my twin sister Bonnie. Jarrett and Connor always have the best time. We drove a Mazda CX-9 to Arkansas and the trip in that car was AMAZING! That’s my next car y’all…I have already decided this.
Here we are jammed in the car with all our Christmas aftermath. I found some great deals on furniture at Restoration Hardware, and thanks to the extra room in the Mazda CX-9 I was able to bring a beautiful bench and some bar stools home 🙂
Isn’t she pretty? We literally went home to Razorback nation in a Razorback red SUV and we loved it!
Plenty of storage in the back for all the presents. This car was such a dream for our trip home for the holidays.
Connor is always complaining about the sun being in his eyes. There were built-in sun visors in the back seat and they were literally a lifesaver for him and myself because there was less whining! LOL!
One thing I know I can’t live without in my next car is a backup camera. I don’t have one in my car now…but I feel so much safer having that feature in a car. Also, the heads up display is one of my favorite features. It shows the speed limit on your windshield.
Thank you Mazda for a wonderful RED Merry Christmas in this beautiful CX-9 it truly was a dream to drive and a great family car!
We celebrated Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the farm. It wouldn’t be Christmas in my heart unless I was here to celebrate with all the people I love. Isn’t it so pretty?
My Mom and Nannie outdid themselves and now I’m currently trying to work off all the food I ate over the holidays. I miiiiigggghhhtttt have had one too many eggnog lattes as well…oops!
The stockings were all hung with care…
The boys are reunited at last. These two are Minecraft crazy right now. I don’t really understand Minecraft, but they sure are into it!
Bonnie and I had the great pleasure of meeting Tracy, she’s one of the very first friends I made blogging and we’ve been friends ever since. It’s so funny because she was in Texas and now she’s back in Arkansas and lives close to my sister. This lady is a JOY JOY JOY down in my heart and it was so wonderful to finally get to visit with her.
Me and Bon getting our Starbucks fix 🙂
Connor and Nannie Sue enjoying lunch
Downtown Conway at the Christmas tree
The boys playing….what else….MINECRAFT!!!
The boys just love their POPPY. I wonder if they are related to Santa???
Nannie got us all matching shirts that said “I really really
like love ______” And filled them in with something we all loved. Mine was blogging.
The boys opening their stockings on Christmas day
Road tripping with my best buddy. He’s a great kiddo to take a trip with 🙂
Prancer and Dancer…ahem…I mean Becky & Bonnie
Our Christmas Mantle
Our Christmas tree…can you spot all the coffee ornaments???
BRANCH FAMILY CHRISTMAS
We also had a great family Christmas with Terence’s family. We celebrated the birth of Jesus with a birthday cake and told the story of how Jesus came into the world. We had a yummy dinner and a delicious ham courtesy of Petit Jean Meats. MY ALL TIME FAVORITE PLACE TO GET HOLIDAY MEAT!!! It’s sooooo good!
Petit Jean Meats also has some great Dallas Cowboys Party Packs if you are planning on watching the Super Bowl!
CHEERS TO A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS IN 2017!!!
This was our 4th year to attend ICE! at The Gaylord Texan and we always enjoy it. It’s become a family tradition and it’s a nice way to start the holidays. Yes, it’s freezing cold…but totally worth it. The time and talent that goes into the ICE! exhibit each year is extraordinary. It’s definitely something you have to see to believe.
I don’t think Connor was excited at all right?
Before you tour the ICE! exhibit you watch a video of how everything is created by the artists. And then…it starts SNOWING 🙂
Connor sure has grown into the blue coat over the years…this was his very first time to go to ICE!
Here he is at 6 years old.
We walked through this really cool illusion of characters telling stories.
You can also get your photo taken before you tour the ICE! exhibit.
This year’s theme was “Here Comes Santa Claus” Follow along and read the stories together as you walk through each room.
ADULTS: Take a look at this bar made completely out of ice. Frozen or on the rocks maybe?
Of course one of our very favorite things to do is the ice slide.
I love that at the end of the exhibit every year they recreate the nativity scene. This is what Christmas is truly about.
I hope you get a chance to visit the ICE! exhibit at The Gaylord Texan….it truly is a sight to behold. Until next year…”Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”
Connor had his first week of FIRST GRADE last week people! Hold me…
To say we’ve been busy would be the understatement of the century. We are closing on our new home today!!! After a year and a half search we FINALLY found our home and I’m so excited to share with y’all. It’s going to take a lot of paint and love to make it ours, but I’m looking forward to that whole process.
Well, y’all we have definitely been riding in style lately. I got to test out the brand spanking new sparkly and shiny 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. This van definitely puts the “swag” in “swagger wagon“.
I grew up in a GMC Safari the size of the Titanic. You know the vans that looked like a tank. I wish I had a better picture of Big Blue…but this is her peeking out of the corner there 🙂
My Mom loved it because of the captain seats in the middle so my sister and I couldn’t touch each other or breath in each other’s direction…hence less fighting. She is also 6 feet tall, so she had extra leg room in the tank. Anyway….good times were had and I have to say I never saw myself owning anything related to a mini-van because they just seem so large and in charge.
Until a couple weeks ago when I drove the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Ahem…sleek, modern, and definitely not a tank.
I want to show you some of my favorite features.
Okay, so when I first got in the van I was like “How do I reverse?”
It’s on a KNOB people! No more stick shifts or gears…a beautiful little round knob that would make your iPhone jealous.
The security features, gadgets, and gizmos had me playing for a while. I absolutely love the media and radio apps.
Heated seats and a heated steering wheel to give you warm fuzzies in cold weather. We Texans thank you Chrysler for a VENTED (air-conditioned) seat option because Lord knows it’s 110 degrees outside 7 months out of the year.
There is plenty of room in here for 7 people. Let’s just take a look at the captain seats in the middle shall we? If you and your sibling can’t stand to be within 5 inches of each other there is your answer!
Ample sized cup holders for my Starbucks addiction & plenty of storage compartments. 🙂
I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of gal that likes to know exactly how many miles I have left in my tank until I get to a gas station. Because sometimes I’m cutting it a little bit close. Also, see the lane change warning, and speedometer. Basically, the people at Chrysler care about you and want you to be SAFE!
Okay, now this is what my son freaked out over and cried about when we had to give this van back. TWO TVs. The 2017 Chrysler Pacifica comes with the Uconnect® Theater and as a Mom this is appreciated by both parties. I get to listen to my music and Connor gets to watch Star Wars to his heart’s content. It’s a win/win! Bring on the road trips!
Also, loved the hands-free power sliding doors. Because I only have two hands people!
Thank you so much Chrysler for our week in the Swagger Wagon dreams are made of, the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. I would definitely be driving this van loud and proud. Let’s just say I’m quite happy the days of driving a tank are over.
I think we need more kids to fill this…
Here is a Facebook Live video Connor and I did together. I wasn’t planning on posting it, but it does show a lot of great features. We literally JUST got this van and drove to Starbucks…so we were still exploring! Ha ha!
I hope you enjoy it or at least have fun laughing at us and my frazzled state…
We had another opportunity to try out a car a couple of weeks ago. It was the Mazda CX-3 in a sparkly blue finish. She was a beauty and I named her “Zippy”! It’s fun to name cars… because honestly I talk to mine all the time! Ha ha!
I had a blast driving Zippy around for a week. She had all the latest and greatest gadgets. I was able to fit all of my camera gear in there and all in all it was just a FUN car!
The interior was decked out with all the safety features and let me just say it was super stylish. I loved the leather and trim.
This pop-up navigation and satellite control radio feature was probably my favorite. I have decided I need a backup camera in my life. When I got back into my normal car I missed it so much! Also, the center armrest was a great feature because I like to rest my arm while driving. So comfy!
Plenty of room for Connor in the back and all of my stuff too! Zippy, aka my Mazda CX-3, was so easy to park and get in and out of places because the size is just perfect.
Thank you #DriveMazda for a fun week with Zippy! I would HIGHLY recommend this vehicle if you are off to college- in my mind this would be perfect for a college student and would fit all their stuff. It has awesome gas mileage and is just an all-over reliable car.
Terence and I drove the CX-3 on our 15 year anniversary date to dinner and the movies. 🙂
Aren’t these flowers so pretty that my honey sent me? I love you babe, and thank you for 15 beautiful years. And thank you to DriveShop for making our weekend extra special!
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So, we’ve been in our apartment for over a year now. In the beginning we signed a six month lease, which then turned into another 6 month lease. This process of buying a home has been completely crazy!
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