I have been begging Parnell to switch out our kitchen table since day one of moving into our house...literally. The table we had (which he has owned forever) was too large for the space.  We finally got around to making a change and I am oh so thrilled we did. 




A little late but...Happy New Year! 


Or lack thereof I should say...

We hosted Christmas Eve at our home this year after heading to a beautiful candlelight service at church.  The day was quite simply put...wonderful.  We woke up Christmas morning to one Mercer P who was  Little one was feeling miserable and letting everyone know it.  When she doesn't even want anything to do with opening know she doesn't feel well.   

After attempting a web chat with an on call doctor and a solid nap, we decided it was best to skip Christmas day celebrations for Mercer's sake as well as all other children involved...sigh.  We ended up eating leftovers in pajamas.  Was it the Christmas I envisioned and planned for?  No... Was it a fabulous reminder of the reason for the season?  Yes.  It's simply not about us!

We spent the rest of Christmas break hunkered down with medicine and the fire going.  We are thankful to be starting the new year with a back to normal Mercer.  

Wishing everyone a blessed 2018!


This past weekend, we headed to Yesterland Farm in Canton, Texas. 
This was our first visit but definitely not our last.  It was too precious for words and Mercer had such a blast (aside from when we spotted Santa). 


Today I am sharing some of my favorite photos from our Christmas session with Lori Wilson.  Getting three smiles simultaneously continues to be an issue for the Parnell clan but we're getting there.  


Last Sunday, my family ventured to the newly opened "Enchant" in Arlington.  We decided to arrive right as it opened...along with every single other person who had a ticket.  There may have been quite a line wait at the beginning.  Once doors opened, it really wasn't too bad.  

We headed straight for Santa upon entering.  Last year, like most children, Mercer was not into the whole sit on Santa's lap thing.  This year, however, I thought it was going to be different. She has been talking him up so much, reading all the Santa books, etc.  I really thought we had a chance.  

I thought wrong. 

The rest of the evening involved watching ice skaters, looking at the lights (of course), and delicious food trucks.  What a great way to kick off the season.


We spent Thanksgiving at the lake this year.  
We enjoyed beautiful weather and an excess of calories. 

My contribution you may ask?  Emporium Pies. After trying to find street parking for approximately 20 minutes then waiting in the pre-order line to pick up for another hour, I swore I would not be doing this again.  However, now that I am looking back at the photos of this dang apple pie...I'll likely completely do it again.