Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Christmas Train

A somewhat nearby church hosts a yearly event called The Christmas Train. While there, kids can write and mail letters to Santa, have story time with Mrs Claus, take a picture with Santa, an,d of course, ride the train, which takes you through the Christmas lit story of Jesus. It was all really cute and the kids definitely enjoyed it. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015


A couple weeks ago, we took a day trip to Gruene, TX. Luis had to drop something off in Austin, so we decided to let the girls skip school for the day and to make it a family trip. We didn't tell Olivia; we just got her ready for the day as usual. The look on her face when she realized she wasn't going was priceless!

Gruene is a small, historical part of New Braunfels. And while Luis and I have driven through many times, we have never stopped. This time we wanted to explore the many shops and restaurants. 

We ate at the famous Gristmill restaurant and it was as delicious as I had hoped. We stopped for ice cream at the General store and got lattes from the local coffee shop. 

Two weeks later and I still can't stop thinking about our time there. 

Before heading home, we drove through Santa's Ranch, which was basically just a huge field of Christmas lights. The girls loved it and then all three kids slept the whole 4 hour drive home. 

I throw the world "tradition" around a lot, but this is one we have decided we need to make stick.  

Monday, December 14, 2015


There was something different about Thanksgiving this year. It's usually my favorite, but this year it just felt like a regular ol' day. Not that I don't have a lot to be thankful for, I do! Just something about the day itself was just... blah. 

Anyway, we still have a great time. Luis started the day making us breakfast. I made cornbread and sweet potatoes as usual this year, and Lola was my little sidekick for most of the cooking. The kids and I went to visit my dad and my grandparents. Sebastian got to sit on his future Harley. Ha. I love that my dad is still so excited to have a grandson. 

The last part of the day was the Leija dinner. The kids loved playing with their cousins.

This year I'm most thankful for my husband. He has gone above and behind to concur some circumstances that have come up. Gosh, I love that man. 

I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksfiving !