Friday, December 19, 2014

Merry Christmas from the Shulls!

Every fall, we have family pictures taken for our Christmas card and this year, once again, my sweet friend (and wonderful photographer) Narci captured the four Shulls...

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas too!

Cards designed by Slightly Askew Designs
Location: Adriatica in McKinney, TX

And to see all of our Christmas cards from years past, click here.

On the foodie blog today...

...a festive Christmas Eve menu for my very favorite day of the year!

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

#shayeveryday Week 50

Week 50 friends!  I love December so much, so I'm a little sad that it's already the 18th.  Another year down.

Day 344: I have mastered the carpool, magazines and books.  Smith plays a game on the iPad or watches a movie while we wait and I read.  It is very relaxing especially on cold, cold days (on nice days we walk but on cold days, we stay warm inside).  And listen, I love, love, love my Forever Chic book!!!  This book is about a writer who moved from the US to France and then has stayed for over 25 years and she tells all of the French secrets she has learned from beauty to skincare to hair and manners.  It is just so fascinating (and educational!).  If you like books like this, you will love this witty little read too.

Day 345: He was all dressed up and ready for his Christmas program at school.  He was so excited because this year, he is the big man on campus (Pre-K) and his class sang at the end.

Day 347: The Parade of Lights in downtown McKinney with my favorite people!

Day 348: We hosted our Sunday school class Christmas party and as a class, we catered a wood burning oven was on my driveway making custom pizzas for everyone.  So much fun!!

Day 349: I talked mini sized entrees on Good Morning Texas :).

Day 350: Smith is the Star Student this week at school and when I told him I wanted his picture, he said he wanted to hold the snowman's hand while I took it.  I just love four.  For both of my kids, four has been my favorite age (and in three weeks, he'll be five...insert me sobbing here that my baby is getting so big!).  Sweet boy.

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On my foodie blog today, a yummy Christmas cocktail for your festive season... Cranberry Lime Cocktail can be made with or without alcohol, so it's perfect for all holiday occasions.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fa la la la randomness...

Merry Wednesday!

I was going through my phone and found some little pics of things we've been doing lately, so I'm sharing them with you.  It's your basic fa la la la randomness :).

Smith and I have been getting to the gym early lately so that he can "work out" and help me set up my station for my class.  We have so much fun playing together in my class before my fellow gym rats show up for our class.

I love that kid.

On this day, he set up some "hurdles" to jump over as his "work out".

Those dimples kill me.

Sheaffer called me the other day and said I must try this pie at Emporium Pies called Father Christmas.  She said it was life changing and that I must try it that very day.  So, I did.  (Because when Pinterest Told Me To tells you what to do, you listen!)  It was actually the perfect little moment to enjoy...I was alone, it was cold outside, the little pie place was pretty empty, and I had a piece of pie and coffee while watching our little town square out the window.  And was a life changing piece of pie.  A chocolate graham cracker crust, a cream cheese peppermint filling topped with whipped cream.  Heaven.

 I officially have three car seats in my car and a kid on the third row...and he LOVES it!  He calls the third row "my little space" and he happily goes back there and enjoys being away from Kensington (who will soon be sitting next to Ashby in the middle row).

Woohoo!!  I received an advance copy of Boo Mama's new book and I'm already in love.  I can't wait to let you know what I think about it.  She is an amazing writer and such a sweet and encouraging friend.

Because she's just so cute.

This year, our Sunday school class Christmas party was at our house (we take turns with the location each year), so Andrew and I removed all of the furniture and rugs from our family room and put in tables and chairs instead.  This was actually so easy and worked out really well!  We carried everything to the garage, Andrea's husband got us tables, chairs and tablecloths for the night and bam, it was done!

 For the food, we catered pizza from a local restaurant where they actually bring their wood burning oven to your location and make your pizzas to order.  Each person received a custom pizza and dessert pizza.  So. much. fun!

The girls :)

 The boys :)

We ran into the "BIG" sign in Dallas and I took a pic of Smith.  The last time we saw the sign, he was three...

My baby is getting so...well...big.


And then the other day, this scarf I ordered arrived and I immediately opened the box in my foyer, put on the scarf and snapped a pic in my foyer mirror for Sheaffer.  Isn't it lovely?!?!  It's so thick and cozy and pretty too!  I liked it so much that I really want the oxblood color too (I'm wearing the stone color and it's also available in charcoal).  The coldest months of the year are still ahead of us, so I'm preparing with my chunky knit scarf.

And then the next day, I wore it out and about...

Smith was the Star Student at school this week...I just love his little answers :).

I went into Smith's room one day and he was doing this...I asked what was up and he said he was "fishing with his friends".  Boys.

We made our annual gingerbread house this week...we always get a boxed kit to make things simple and unfortunately, one kid (who shall remain unnamed) dropped the box out of our house was a broken up mess.  That didn't stop us though!  We had a blast putting it together.

Hmmm...not exactly award winning but built out of love and Christmas cheer.

And the last bit of randomness for today... Christmas Morning Menu is up on the foodie blog today!  Easy recipes for your big breakfast on the big day!


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