Chapter 99 1/2- A Year in Review

Wow- that was quick! Christmas has come and gone. 

As our year has come to an end, we look back and see such a fun and exciting time for our family of four. Yes, it technically was the "2nd" year of BOO's, turkey, and presents, yet, this was a FULL second year of holidays and that's what made this year one of the most memorable years for Michael and I.
 This was a year of many fun, exciting, family firsts. 
Last year, the girls were too little for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They-ate-slept-pooped and called it a day! 
(& we did a little less sleeping) 
Therefore, with the girls a tad bit older, each of the holidays that came were a blast.

 In March, we traveled to Baton Rouge for the annual St. Patty's Day family gathering. {decorated floats, green beer & crawfish were enjoyed by all} We had a blast and the girls looked TOO cute in their tutus. Cousin Raylyn arrived in May and the twins will LOVE having a cousin to one day play with.  Over the summer we stayed at a lake home with the Tennison's and traveled on a beach trip with the Kees Fam. We ate a little (or a lot), played in the sand, and spent time with family. Throughout the summer, we spent many weekends at the Fox family lake home.  In August, we headed to Austin to visit with the Butler family on the Tennison side. We swam and enjoyed cousin time. Then Fall hit! In October, we celebrated L&H's first birthday! Pancakes and PJ's was the theme. They were blessed with gifts from our close family and friends. We visited two pumpkin patches in October. Hadley and Layton dressed as Pumpkins for Halloween. Fitting! Michael, Lynley, the twins, and I "wagoned" our way to our neighbors home for chili and then back to pass out candy. Next followed was Thanksgiving. Our little turkeys had a great time being loved on from both sides of the family and we thanked God for our many blessings. Christmas came and now has gone. The girls enjoyed playing with tissue paper and opening presents from family members. {thank you!} Santa was good to us all! We went to church together as a family and then traveled from home to home visiting with family! 
Happy Birthday, Jesus!  

This year went by fast, but was an absolute blast! These were just a few of our main highlights from the past year. There were many fun family outings to be had throughout the year. I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and friends. We are blessed to have pictures and videos that captured special moments throughout the year.

 Cheers to 2014! 
The Tennison Family
Michael, Ann Marie, Hadley and Layton 

(the pictures are in no certain order)

--Many blessings to you and yours--


Chapter 99: Thankful Thanksgiving 2013

We are 
{Thankful and Grateful} 
for too many blessings this year! Here is our list of Thankful's this year

God's Grace
Michael & Ann Marie 
Layton & Hadley

Thanksgiving with one year olds was wonderful! Blessed is an understatement.  I could have cried numerous times on Thanksgiving just thinking about H&L. They are OURS! ALWAYS OURS! Thank you Lord for letting us keep them for you here on Earth.

The girls had a great time playing with all of our family members. They were loved on, held, kissed, and played with. Hadley walked everywhere and Layton is still content with just a few steps. The girls are STILL on a strict nap schedule, and have been since they were born. This strictness is wonderful yet, also not so great when you want to be "on the go!" Therefore, we work around naps. They are still taking two naps a day. 10:00-11:00am and then 2:00-4:00pm. We wished we could have traveled to Louisiana to visit with family, but traveling with TWO at this age is difficult. We hope to travel next year when one of their naps has dropped and "on the go" fits their little personalities better. We missed the Louisiana crew, yet, we will see you for the St. Patty's Weekend in a few months!
 Michael's Grandparents came over for Thanksgiving. It is so great to see them with H&L. Granddad made the girls their own little rocking chairs. They are precious! Such a gift. My Nanny (Dad's Mom) came in town for a LONG stay, which, we LOVED! Nanny was able to spend time with us and her great grandchildren. Memories that I know she cherishes, along with us! 
My Daddy was one happy camper to have his Mom in town for the length of time. Now... if we can only talk her into staying! 

Our boys weren't into taking pictures, therefore, the girls snapped a few! 

 I love my sisters!!! 

I think Lynley looks so beautiful in this picture! shhh.. don't tell her that I posted this....
 (side note: what's up with Laylay's bottom lip? ha! Silly girl)

We celebrated Thanksgiving with the Tennison Crew on Thursday and then the Kees Family on Saturday. We had a wonderful time with our families! 

 Tennison Family 

Kees Family 

This marks our 99th blog post! Yup.. 99! I am pretty shocked by that number. I can't wait to share with you our 100th family blog post! 
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!