Happy New Year!!…a week late – you can thank Making a Murderer for that. First of all, how in the world is it already 2016?! I swear we were just bringing our youngest home from the hospital a few weeks ago, yet according to the calendar, we are about to be celebrating his first birthday (insert crying face emoji here)!

December, as I am sure all of you can relate, was an absolutely crazy busy month – we had a ton going on. From hosting my first non-profit event to Noah’s second birthday party…oh, and Christmas, we were in “Do Work” mode constantly. Even though the last quarter can sometimes be chaotic, it is my absolute favorite time of the year. I love all of the traditions we have started with our growing family, and the excitement that comes with experiencing things for the first time through the eyes of our children. At the risk of sounding cheesy, it truly is magical.


 You may recall me mentioning in last month’s At Home with The Hills, that there is something incredibly rewarding as a parent to be able to teach your children about community and giving to others.

At the beginning of December, I had the opportunity to partner with Stacy Hillstead from Maxwell + Gray Studio. A few months prior to our collaboration, I was out running errands when I had an interesting and original idea downloaded into my brain and on my heart as a way to give back to the community. After many emails, text messages, and research, Stacy and I were able to pull together our first Coffee + Caring Event.

This event was aimed towards women across the Dallas/Fort Worth area, encouraging them to empty their closets of their unused purses, and uniting together to turn them into unexpected gifts for women in need. Together we took a few hours out of our Sunday afternoon, and showed our kids that giving back can be fun – especially when partnered with doughnuts!

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To read about the event, you can check it out here.


The following weekend, we got to celebrate Noah’s second birthday. He is completely obsessed with trucks and construction equipment – so naturally, we had to have a construction themed birthday party!

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From hard hats to tool belts, and dump trucks galore, the house was a definite disaster area.

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Now that Noah is old enough to realize what presents are, and how to really play and interact with other children, it was an absolute blast to see him at his birthday party. It was the definition of joy! Boyish, exhausting, sugar-filled joy.


The remainder of the month was stacked with many holiday traditions and adventures. We visited Santa, baked cookies, and drove around our neighborhood regularly to look at Christmas lights per Noah’s request.

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We also opened our doors and gave you a glimpse into our home for the holidays, thanks to the hosted holiday home tour by The Avery Grace – found here!

As soon as JD was off work for the holidays, I decided it was a brilliant idea to take two kids (two and under) to ICE at the Gaylord Resort in Grapevine.

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While it was definitely festive and exciting for Noah, it was the dumbest idea I have ever had. Two year olds don’t understand what waiting in line is or why we can’t eat right this second. It was freakishly cold and a ton of work – but once it was all said in done, I know we will never forget that adventure. It’s interesting how when things don’t go as planned, those are the experiences we remember the most. To me that is the most important; not that things in our life go perfectly, but that we build a rolodex of memories that bond us so tightly together that we only continue to want to share in more new adventures.


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Christmas was a blast. We managed to get four Christmases in within two days, and none at the same location. I consider that a serious success.

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We ended the year in true old people fashion by taking a complete break from absolutely EVERYTHING, and ringing in the new year by hanging up curtains, packing away Christmas, and watching Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve. It was fabulously lazy, and filled with plenty of cheese and wine.

If that’s any indication of how 2016 will go, I am totally okay with that!

So, how did you bring in the new year?

25 comments on “At Home with The Hills: January 2016”

  1. As chaotic as your December was, it sounds absolutely wonderful. And there’s something to be said for starting the New Year not hungover and able to start your day at a normal time. We (finally) saw Star Wars and hung out with a couple of our neighbors.

    • That sounds like a blast in my opinion!! We got the Star Wars set for Christmas, so we have been binge watching all of the movies so we can go see the new one for our next date night. 🙂

  2. Love Noah’s birthday party set up! You’ve had quite the busy past month but also a very rewarding one. Wishing you the best in 2016 and can’t wait to see where it takes you!

    ♡ Julia | lifeofjules.com

  3. Your children are precious! I love all the picture and it looks like you and your family had wonderful Christmas. I really enjoyed reading about the coffee and caring event you put on. That was such a great idea and great experience for all the children.

  4. You December cerrtainly sounds like it was a busy and hectic but absolutely rewarding one. Your purse event is near and dear to my heart as I donate my used or old purses and clothing specifically to the women’s shelter here locally. I also go in and donate some time several times a year to hold classes to help the women look “work appropriate” with makeup and attire and it’s always a success. Good luck with that awesome cause – I’m excited to hear more about it.

  5. What a magical, wonderful, activity-packed December! I love all of your gorgeous photos. Your Coffee + Caring event warms my heart. Noah’s construction-themed birthday party looked like such a sweet, fun celebration. May 2016 continue to bring you and your family continued happiness, success and prosperity! 🙂

    • Haha, yeah I totally get it. I like doing it for stuff that doesn’t really fit my writing style or for things that I don’t have a lot of content for. Plus, my family enjoys getting an update!

  6. I always love your photos! We rung in the New Year together binge watching Making A Murderer and then waiting for the ball drop. Turned out we were on the wrong channel and missed it. So we watched another episode and went to bed. Nothing exciting at all. We did have pizza though lol.

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