This and That

Meet Cindy Lou! If you have never heard of Elf on the Shelf...you should talk to Santa about getting one next December. My kids were IN LOVE with her. Every night she flies back to Santa to tell him whether our children were naughty or nice. Then she would fly back to our house before the kids were awake and was always in a new spot. They could not wait to find her every morning. Hailey would just talk and talk to her. She is wearing one of Hailey's barbie skirts...how sweet of Hailey to share.

John and I love to go on dates....WHO DOESN'T??? We try to go out pretty often. We had so much fun on this particular date! We were able to attend one of my best friends weddings. April and her man had a wonderful evening planned and it was so great to see all of these girls that I have so many memories with. I have been married for almost 7 years and three babies later they are all finally tying the knot. I can't wait for them to have children and for them to experience this wonderful stage in life!

Oh brother!!! Or sister maybe...is this a boy or a girl? Talon is going to have a hard time breaking away from all of his sisters toys. A necklace, curling iron and wings?!?!?! WOW!

I hosted a Holiday Mommy Luncheon/ Cookie Exchange. I just had a small group of women over and we had an intimate....childless lunch. All of the dads were out of school for winter break so it was perfect timing.

These cookies have been some of my favorites for years. They are so tasty and so yummy. The white sprinkles were an idea I got off of my friend Heidi's blog. Check it out here. Everyone was able to bring their cookies home on this cute platter. I forgot to take pictures of the table and of the food but it was delicious!
I came home from dropping Hailey off at the bus stop one day to find a box at my door labeled "Mike's Pastries." I found this little shop with my sister-in-laws while we were in Boston this Fall. Ummmm....I was SO happy and SO excited and SO thrilled that someone knew me well enough to know that this was the PERFECT christmas gift for me!!!!! I couldn't figure out who it was but guessed that it must have been from John. After texting him to thank him he informed me that they were not from him and that he had no idea who had sent them to me. It didn't take me too long to realize that they must have been from the Hecker Sibling Gift drawing. Emily...John's sister just got married to this great guy named Travis...who had my name this year. It was from him. THANK YOU AGAIN! I loved them. All 10 of them come packaged so cute and they are so delicious. John benefitted from this gift as much as I did!! We even loaded them in the car and put the cream filling on ice for our 10 hours in the car to Georgia. I couldn't wait to share these wonderful treats with John's brother and his wife!


Jen said...

Thanks for sharing your yummy treats with us!

I am dying to know what happened with your camera...we need to chat soon!! Love you!

Anna said...

I can't believe he got you Mike's Pastries--how perfect!

Colleen said...

So fun. I love all the pictures, and oooh, that food looks yummy! Talon definitely needs a brother! How funny!

The Tyler's said...

That pic of Talon is so great...total wedding video material!
I'm so glad to have all my friends back where they belong!

Chablis said...

Elf on the shelf...Love that idea!! Talon is such a cutie! Those pastries look amazing! What a fun cookie exchange. The picture of your house brought back floods of memories and emotions. Love you!

Emily said...

Elf on the Shelf is a cute idea! I'll have to remember that for next year. Happy New Year!

Danica said...

I love it all...you are so fun!

Sally said...

That tutu on the elf is priceless. We have an elf, and a little girl who has not gone out without a tutu for the past two weeks. Never mixed the two though. Maybe next year.