Monday, December 31, 2012

It's Christmas!

     I can't believe we've just celebrated Christmas again.  The older the children get (and I get) the faster the time goes.  Christmas Eve was spent at Nana and Pop's house with the cousins as we prepared everything for the next day.  The kids all exchanged presents with each other and Pop and Nana gave out a few early presents as well.  All these kids love being outdoors and going camping.  They all got backpacks with binoculars, flashlights, and other camping goodies.  They spent the next few hours in the back yard with all their new stuff.  Aunt Kristen got some great pics of them as the sun was setting.




     Christmas day began around 6 a.m. at our house.  As usual, we had to wake all the kids up.  I blame it all on the exciting Christmas Eve activities.  I don't know any other parents that have to wake up the kids, it's always the other way around!  We all went to open presents and see what Santa brought.  Then we got ready and went down the street to celebrate with Pop, Nana, and the cousins.  After breakfast we opened presents and played for the next couple of hours.



Ready to open presents!

I think these 2 liked their presents better than the kids!
     For lunch we went to Grandma's house.  Meme and Popaw were there too.  We had missed getting to see them at the annual celebration at Jeremy's Aunt Anita's house due to Mia having the stomach bug.   We ate, opened presents, and played some more. 

    After all the excitement of Christmas we went back home to relax and enjoy the end of the day.  We are truly blessed!

Friday, December 28, 2012


     I love getting out all the Christmas decor for our house, but my favorite by far are the ornaments.  The best ones are the ones the kids have made over the years, but they all have a special memory attached to them.  Here are the new ones we made/received this year.

Jackson's Santa hand print 

Parker's reindeer hand print

Mia's snowman

These salt dough ornaments we made at home. 
Most of them we gave away to neighbors and family, but these are the ones we kept.

Parker's Santa hand print & Jackson's ornament he made for me in art class. 

Parker is in the alligator class in kindergarten and Nana found him this ornament.

From Pop and Nana

Also from Pop and Nana. 
We have another like this from them that we use along with advent. 
 It has a different scripture for everyday.

Hazel's first ornament

This one I won at our neighborhood party during "Dirty Santa"

Saturday, December 22, 2012

2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad

     We had a busy week planned for the last week of school.  Little did we know the rotavirus would strike, and we'd be busy in a whole different way.  Instead of party hopping, making snacks, opening presents, and saying good bye to friends, we are taking temperatures, measuring out meds, and doing tons of laundry.  Parker's party was last Tuesday, when we were all still well, so Everett and I went to join in the fun.  His kindergarten had been to the high school earlier in the day to watch a Christmas movie, and they were still pumped when we arrived for the party.  There were tons of Christmas snacks and the kids had fun licking the icing off the cupcakes and picking the sprinkles off of the cookies.  Of course my picky eater drank his juice and ate his Cheetos, and that was all he touched.  They each had a reindeer bag filled with goodies to take home and lots of ornaments and pictures around the room that we collected before going home.  Unfortunately my camera is completely dead.  Changed the batteries and still nothing.  And right in time for Christmas too!  So, the crumby pics from my phone are all I have.  Parker had to have his picture made with his "girlfriends" before we left.

Emily, Parker, and Maggie

     Mia and Jackson had their parties on Thursday, but Mia was the one that was sick.  Jackson and I briefly went to his party that morning to give his teachers their gifts and see his friends.  That's where I first learned how wide spread this wonderful virus really was.  There were 60 out of Mia's school on Thursday with flu, strep, or rotavirus.  One of her friends is even in the hospital with it.  Luckily, she seems to be a lot better this morning, and no one else is showing symptoms.  I'm praying that by Christmas we will all be healthy.  In light of recent events, I'm also praising God that I still have all of my children here with me, and I'm able to hold them when they're sick and comfort them as they recover.   I don't always think about thanking God when we are down in the trenches of illness, but things could be so much worse than they ever are for us.  I thank the Lord for all His grace and mercy for my family that He so bountifully bestows on us every single day.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Our Christmas Card

A Christmas Story

     Our sweet neighbors, Brett and Shanna McAlister, invited us over last night for a Christmas party.  Not just any Christmas party, A Christmas Story party.  We all dressed up like characters from the movie.  Jeremy and I were Mr. and Mrs. Parker on Christmas morning.  We also had a burglar, Santa Claus, Scut Farkus, blind Ralphie, grown-up Ralphie (complete with eye patch),  Ralphie on Christmas morning, a leg lamp, and a fragile box.  We even brought foods that went along with the theme.  Of course our main dishes were turkey and egg rolls.  We played A Christmas Story trivia and Dirty Santa.  Jeremy ended up with an Auburn ornament, so he was thrilled (insert sarcasm).  Everybody had a great time getting to hang out before all the holiday run around starts.  We dearly love our neighbors and we're so blessed to be where we are.

The Johnson's

The Thompson's

The McAlister's

The Puckett's

The Hallman's