{makes me smile}

Ella's first big girl pigtails! The title says it all....she simply makes me smile!
Happy Saturday!
"This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it". Psalm 118:24 

{now that's a deal}

  'Tis the season....for great deals and steals! Here are some of my favorites I've come across this week!
 Neon Pop Oversized Clutch {featured in US Weekly}
 Quilted Frost-Free Vest for Babies

  Crew-Neck Sweater

If you have some great steals and deals, please do share! Happy shopping!  

{christmas festvities: part dos}

And this post brings me to the second part of our Christmas festivities! We celebrated with my side of the family the first part of Christmas Eve then headed over to Josh's parents to spend the rest of the day and night with them! Here are some pics from the York side Christmas!

Papa wanted to give Ella an early gift...she wasn't too sure about it, but I know she'll LOVE it!
 Mom had everything decorated so pretty and festive! 
Ella helping mommy and Mimi cook breakfast! I have to say...she was quite a pro!
It's amazing how you don't have to "teach" little ones to open presents! She was a natural! ;)
Thanks Aunt Jessi and Jeff for her new ride! She can't wait to cruise around the neighborhood in style! 
  Dressed and ready to head to Gram and Double's for Christmas Eve!

We spent the rest of the afternoon with Josh's side! One of my favorite things we do is getting to Christmas carol together. My sweet mother-in-law {I had to do that Becky...we don't really like that term} has a friend come over and play the piano for us. This year, we had free entertainment from Ella and her cousin, McCain! ;) Later that night, we went to church and got all ready for Santa to visit the next morning! He sure knew where to find the kiddos!

Ella and McCain dancing away!
 Santa left his boot print on the floor with some leftover snow from the North Pole!

{christmas festivities: part uno}

  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! We had four full days of celebrating! It was so much fun and Ella had a ball! I figured I would break it down by days, so I didn't overwhelm you with hundreds of pictures! ;) Our first day, this past Saturday, was spent with Josh's side of the family at Gigi and Grandaddy's house! We always have the best time together! Here are some pics from the day.

Day two, we traveled to my parents and enjoyed the afternoon, evening and next morning cramming as much as we could do in less than 24 hours together! First stop was at Crossroads for One Starry Night. This was my first year to attend, and it won't be the last! They had the church set up as if you were back in Bethlehem. It consisted of everything from a petting zoo, camel rides, to interactions with people dressed up in costume, dramas and activities galore for kiddos to participate in. Although Ella is only 15 months, she absolutely loved it {maybe not so much the camel ride}!

And there you have a day and a half worth of pictures {well some of them}! ;) I will post more throughout the week! Here's to a few days of lots of rest and relaxation as we wind down from all the hustle and bustle!