Ally Ann turns TWO

Our sweet baby is TWO! We enjoyed breakfast at a favorite in the Tennison household.. Chick Fil A! Ally Anns birthday card said, "Cluck, Cuck, Moo, Moo Ally Ann is turning two!"

Ally Ann LOVES cows! Every time we see one she waves and waves at the "puppies". Which we think we finally have her calling them cows now. :0)

We invited family and H&L got to pick a friend to have come too! 

Kayla did an amazing job with the decorations! 

@whynothaveaparty on Instagram 

Sorry for the picture OVERLOAD! :) 
Our sweet baby had a great party! We loved celebrating her. 

Her party was so cute! We used the colors teal & pink and as you can see above, it turned out precious. 
I have a friend, Kayla McAfee, who has started her own party business 
 and she helped plan and decorate the party, so we got show up and everything was DONE! 
It was pretty amazing. If you have a party to plan... leave everything to her! 

Our baby at ONE... look how tiny! We can't believe she is TWO! We love you so much, Ally Ann! We are so thankful for your sweet little self!


Life Lately

The girls are getting so big! The twins turned four in October and Ally Ann will be two in February. I LOVE our conversations & the thought of our four year old conversations getting deeper, gets me excited. 
Ally Ann loves putting on lip gloss!!! Isn't this the sweetest picture of her?

Lately, we have discussed electrical lines & how they work :), heaven, mobile homes & why they are so HUGE and how much fun it would be do take one on a trip camping. I agree- Hadley McKee, that would be my choice for camping too! Four year olds are so curious about EVERYTHING and it has been so much fun to walk the girls through these questions. 

After school cartoons... I surprised them with new leotards and Hadley put hers on RIGHT away! 

Also, in this Life Lately post >>>
We've been discussing what type of extra curricular activities the girls would like and Kid Yoga has been a favorite! They are also loving gymnastics. We can't tell which is more fun for them, but they seem to really enjoy both! They are also taking Kid Zumba, and LOVE IT!! Soccer has been exciting to watch, but not to exciting for H&L. We don't think it's their thing. We may take a Spring/ Summer soccer break. I was talking to Michael about how much I love watching them explore different activities! 
Here are a few snaps of them playing soccer from this Fall & Winter >>>
 I spy Ally Ann

Ally Ann loves tagging along. She's the sweetest and truly enjoys watching her big sisters- but, would LOVE to be participating with Hadley and Layton. She'll be there sooner than later! We started the twins in dance at 2.5. I can't wait to add dance back into our schedule for Ally Ann.

Life Lately for Ann Marie >>>
I'm starting a new bible study {Seamless} with our church and I'm so excited about it! The first chapter of the book has stolen my heart. I'm so eager to read each day! I'm looking forward to our IF Gathering Womens Conference this weekend! Don't have plans?? Come with me!  

Two weeks ago, Beth and I hosted our second women's "gathering" in our home! We served hot coco, decaf coffee, tea, and sweet treats! Maci opened up with two beautiful worship songs and Libby did an awesome job sharing her testimony on adoption. We doubled in size from our first gather to our second. Which was amazing. The next one will have to be in the Spring for space--we'll be back yarding it FOR SURE! I'm already excited! Any readers out there know of a great speaker for our Spring gathering? 
Fall Gathering 

 Winter Gathering

Last Friday, Maegan, Brittany, Lindsey and 
I traveled to Waco and fit in the most amazing trip to Magnolia! Thats another post in itself. Stay tuned.... 

Have a great week everyone!


Happy New Year

4, 3, 2, 1... HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 

We had such a fun get together with five other families for New Years Eve! (I wish they blogged... as I would have tagged them! Get with it girls!) It was a laid back evening, but at the same time SO much fun! We made it to midnight and Ally Ann stayed asleep through the entire party. I'd call that a WIN-WIN. The big girls got to go to Amee and Grumps' house for the night for a slumber party after they enjoyed dinner with friends. 

I'm eager to start blogging a little more frequent this year and am SO looking forward to it! I took a needed break, I mean look back... I blogged about holidays and birthdays and that. is. about. it. I chose to focus on our family in 2016 and am excited to get back into the swing of things over here in our online book of the Tennison family. 

Those that know me well, know that I LOVE to talk! Give me a cup of coffee and a girlfriend- and I am one happy woman! I've decided that a cup of coffee and my finger tips may just do the trick! As much as I would love to be cuddled up next to a friend, my computer may have to work & I'm excited about it! 

Here are a few of my New Years Resolutions that I am excited to pursue this year! 

1- Make mornings a consistent bible time/quiet time (note: It's 7:21am and I've already got that in! Wahoo!) 
2- Organize one/two spaces in our home a month (pantry: check!)

3- Read one book a month
4- Enjoy others intentionally-- be more intentional in opening our home to families to eat together/ intentional with our own family in evenings together.

Speaking of friends- I have linked up with Shay and Erika!  Once a month they are are doing a fun link up with other bloggers on how they "work it" in real life. The second Wednesday of every month I'll be hoping on over here on our little blog and sharing how The Tennisons are "working it!" 
So- Link up! and check out their New Years Resolutions, too! 

Cheers to 2017! I'm eager to see what the Lord has planned for us! 2016 had its ups along with its downs. And HE walked us through each trial and celebration! 


Two Holidays- One post!

Thankful Thanksgiving & blessed Christmas 

I'm a little behind- so here goes! 
Catch up time for Thanksgiving and Christmas ALL in one post! 

The twins had a Thanksgiving Feast at Preschool and sang a song for the families that attended.
Do you see an extra little someone on at the end of the table?

Our little turkeys! Hadley is on the bottom row far left. Layton is in my lap... my little shy baby girl! 

For Thanksgiving we enjoyed many Thanksgiving meals! First up was WACO! We played in the dirt, roasted marshmallows, hung out with cows and enjoyed a yummy feast with Michaels moms side of the family. Debbie and Johnny, Michaels Aunt Debbie and Uncle Johnny  have land/a ranch near Waco, so we all camped out and the girls had so much fun playing with Haven, Michaels cousins little girl. The always have a blast together! 

Next up, Thanksgiving Day lunch at Lala and Papas! Mom planned a "come and go" Thanksgiving meal for everyone to enjoy.  She had the food out in warmers, so we could arrive and head out as needed. 

After Thanksgiving at my parents, we packed up and headed to Louisiana on a second road trip with our girls! Off to my grandparents lake house we headed, to visit with my Moms side of the family. 


The girls helped set free baby turtles into the lake, caught (and actually held) large frogs, roasted marshmallows, played Left,  right, center, played in the sand and enjoyed a third Thanksgiving meal with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins! (for some reason the pictures aren't pulling up on my laptop, so this is all I have for now!) 

More dirt playing! 

Christmas Time!

Ally Ann wanted nothing to do with laying down with her big sisters. These two are all giggles and goofing off these days! 

This holiday season was magical for our family. The girls are old enough to understand the true reason for the season! We have talked so much about Baby Jesus and his Momma Mary and Daddy Joseph. This made this Mommas heart BURST! They are growing to love Jesus and it just makes us so proud and excited for them. 

Speaking of the magic of the season, our elf came back and the girls loved waking up to her moving all around our home. We have been BUSY little bees over the past month. We baked, shopped, decorated, attended Christmas parties.. and more parties, listened to Christmas music--ALL. THE. TIME, Christmas light cheered, gingerbread house decorated, puppet show watched, Jesus celebrated and enjoyed time with family and friends, all the while making wonderful, WONDERFUL memories!

Here are a few pictures of our home dressed for the holiday! 

Dinning room table set for Baby Jesus' Birthday brunch

Our saggy tree (fresh trees are gorgeous until the last few days! ha!)

This year marked our second Christmas without Michaels brother, Lance.  We miss him terribly and know that the Lord is carrying us through this walk of life.  This ornament couldn't be more perfect: "because some we love is in Heaven... a little bit of heaven is in our home." Thank you for your prayers over the holiday season! Our family appreciates it so much!! If you are interested in sharing 'Lance's Love' over the year, please let me know and I'll mail you a few Kindness Cards to pass along as you share love to others in honor of Lance. 
December 19th was Michaels 34th Birthday! We are so thankful for this Daddy who leads our home! We are grateful for him.

Cheers to 34 years, Michael! Here were a few of my favorite memories with him. 

 Christmas 2016 at Hope Fellowship Church

Jesus' Birthday Brunch


Decorating cupcakes for Baby Jesus 

Everyone grab a child! :)

The girls all wore their Christmas jammies and looked adorable! 
Haley, Chelsea & the girls, Steven and Denise and us all boarded the Polar Express and had so much fun with all the kids. 

We sang Christmas songs, wrote letters to Santa, met Mrs. Claus, and received beautiful bells to wear home! We had so much fun with Ammie and Grumps. 

Just look at these sweet cousin faces! (collage of pictures are on Instagram from the day)

After the train ride, we watched a performance with Santas elves and Santa. It's is so cute! The girls had a wonderuf time. 

Michaels work party// Silver Hill Energy
Michael loves his job and co-workers! It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet the people that he speaks so highly of at home. We had a wonderful time!

We enjoyed the Dallas Children's Nutcracker Puppet show with my mom and sisters! We took the big girls and had such a great time! The girls loved sitting in their own chairs, but most of the show ended up snuggled on our laps.  We are eager to try out the ballet next year. 

"hohoho" Ally Ann 
 Breakfast with Santa for the second year at the Craig Ranch TPC club. We always have so much fun- and the girls loved sitting and talking to Santa. He even walked around the room while we ate breakfast. 
Hadley asked for a Baby Alive Doll and Layton asked for a Tea Party Dress Up doll set.  Ally Ann was content just checking Santa out! 

The twins performance from Preschool 

 Last, our family Christmas card! My thought was a "cozy Christmas" theme with the girls in their jammies, but Ally Ann wouldn't get out of my arms, so Michael and I ended up being in more pictures than we wanted. ahhhh! I know this time will pass, so instead, I'll cherish my full arms of Ally Ann.  

There ya have it! Told ya it was going to be a long post-  hope you enjoyed a few (okay- A LOT) of pictures. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas- celebrating Jesus Christ! 

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