Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas Party Time!

Our house is officially on CHRISTMAS BREAK!
The kids dismissed at noon today after everyone had their fill of Christmas parties!
Brooklyn had her sweet party yesterday! It was a true celebration honoring Jesus and his special birthday!
They started out with a birthday lunch...
And then the class played some games and crafted together!
One of the best things about Christmas in first grade is that each student memorizes Luke 2:8-14! 
I am SO proud of my girl and LOVE listening to her recite it! The true meaning of Christmas has been hidden in her heart!
Jake partied with his class this morning. He got to enjoy a chick-fil-a breakfast with his buddies and then they played some silly Christmas games together!
 It was a CrAzY fun morning celebrating with all the third graders:)
We have a TON of Christmas fun to fit in over these next few day!
I am so glad my big kids are now home with me to celebrate with! It's the best time of the year!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Party Time in the SNOW!

This weekend Brooklyn celebrated her 7th birthday with some of her best friends and cousins!
She wanted to have an "Arty Party", so that's just what we did!
We made some of the cutest crafts! I didn't get any pics because I was SO BUSY helping all of the little girls put theirs together! Whew!
After we crafted a while, we enjoyed some yummy snacks which included pink snowflake donuts...the birthday girl's special request:)

And this girl couldn't wait to open her gifts!
She has some of the sweetest friends and they were so kind to give her all sorts of fun treasures!
These were just some of the sweet girls that came to celebrate! 
Some left before we snapped this picture.
And one of the BEST parts of the day was that it was SNOWING on party day 
(even though you can't tell from the picture:)
We don't usually see snow flurries this time of year, but it made a special day even more special!
It was the PERFECT party for my girl! She loved being with her friends and celebrating her GOLDEN DAY with them!
Happy 7th Birthday, Brooklyn!

Friday, December 8, 2017

GOLDEN BIRTHDAY #7

Yesterday my sweet Brooklyn turned SEVEN! It was an EXTRA SPECIAL birthday because it was her GOLDEN BIRTHDAY! She turned seven on December 7th!
Matt took the day off of work because we had a very special day planned:)
We joined her for some Christmas activities at school in the morning and then got to go back and have lunch with her. She got to order from the "snack shack" which is a big deal when you're in first grade:) She had a pizza lunch and then we brought some cookies to share with her classmates!
As soon as the school day was done we raced home and got ready for a big birthday night out!
We had early dinner reservations at Nellie's Southern Kitchen in Belmont. We had never been to this restaurant before, but heard good things, so we thought we should try it out! They have live music in the evenings and they were so kind to sing a special version of "Happy Birthday" just for my girl!
After we finished supper, we drove right down the road to enjoy our most favorite Christmas tradition...Christmas Town, USA! Matt and I had our first date here 18 years ago and we have been every year since! It is so fun bringing the kids here and listening to their Christmas excitement! So magical!
As soon as we finished walking the streets, we packed back up and headed home!
It was such a special day for my girl and we LOVED celebrating her!

Happy GOLDEN Birthday to a very special SEVEN year old!
You have such a kind heart and are a precious friend to so many! I am so grateful you are OURS!
You are loved more than you know and we hope you had a sweet, sweet day!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Beginning Christmas!

We definitely dove right into Christmas this weekend!
Friday night we went to our little town's annual tree lighting! It is always so much fun to walk around and to take part in the festivities! We always see so many of our friends too! 
We took a horse and carriage ride around the square and then counted down as we waited for the tree to be lit!  
After we finished up at the tree lighting we went out with some friends to get donuts:)
Saturday afternoon, Brooklyn and I had a girls day out!
We went to Gibson Hall to see the Festival of Trees and for a Christmas "crafternoon"! This was our first time taking part, but we LOVED it and will definitely make this a Christmas tradition!
Sunday morning we went to church! The big kids sang during the worship service. They are performing in the Christmas musical this week, so this was just a little preview! They did SO good and I can't wait to see more! We have really enjoyed being a part of choir this semester!
Then Sunday night we went back to church for Adore! It is always one of my favorite Christmas nights! It's always a beautiful night of worship!
We have lots more Christmas fun coming up this week!
It's such a wonderful time of year:)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A Memorable Thanksgiving Break...

So, I've shared about our Thanksgiving Day, but since we had several days on break, we did as much fun as we could until our plans to took a sour turn!
My big kids had early dismissal last Tuesday afternoon. I actually picked them up even a littler earlier that day so we could start our break together;)
When Matt got home from work that afternoon, we loaded up the car and headed to see the Christmas lights at Tanglewood. It was a little bit of a drive, but so much fun! I don't usually like to do Christmas things before Thanksgiving, but we made an exception this time:)
Wednesday evening we had an early Thanksgiving with Matt's parents. We met them for supper at Cracker Barrel and then they came back to our house for a slice of Memaw's yummy pumpkin pie and other Thanksgiving treats. It was a nice evening spent together:)
We didn't have big plans for Friday or Saturday. We mostly stayed close to the house and just enjoyed Matt being home with us!
And then Saturday night it all started...Brooklyn ended up getting sick and we ALL followed one by one! It was awful! Emery was the only one that stayed well! The big kids missed two days of school and finally headed back today.
SO thankful that we are all better now and that we can look forward to some Christmas fun this weekend!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

A Simple But Perfect Thanksgiving!

Thursday afternoon we got together with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving!
We started out our morning by watching the Macy's parade on t.v and then everyone got ready for a full afternoon of fun with the people we love!
We all gathered at my sister's house this year...all 25 of us...and we were missing some!
 So very thankful for our great big growing family!
It was such a perfect gathering!
We stuffed our bellies full with a feast! 
Everyone brought a little something to share and it was ALL SO GOOD!
We enjoyed chatting and laughing together...
 and then pulled out some fun games to play together...
Football was on t.v...
and plenty of desserts were enjoyed by all!
The day was simple and perfect!
We left with full bellies and full hearts!
So thankful for these people!

Monday, November 20, 2017

November Moments

The little ones and I have actually had several nice and slow days at home! We have stayed close to the house and have been able to just have some fun here! I have been thankful for these days because I know that they won't last long with the holidays coming up! 
With that being said, I haven't had much to blog about, but there have been a few things that I want to remember!
Brooklyn was chosen to be student of the month for October! There is only one student picked out of each grade level and SHE WAS CHOSEN to represent the entire first grade! So proud of my girl!
Jake received a giftcard for his birthday to jump at Defy Gravity! Last Friday the kids had the day off of school, so we decided to cash it in! We had such a fun time!
And this girl jumped so much that she lost another one of her very wiggly teeth! Ha! She couldn't wait to head back to school to tell her teacher and to get her name on this month's tooth chart:)
For several years, Jake has been involved in an extra special Sunday school class! His teachers continue to move up with his group and they are just the BEST! Last weekend the class got together for an Operation Christmas Child packing party! They packed several boxes and enjoyed having some early Christmas fun together!
My big kids have a half day of school tomorrow and then Thanksgiving break begins! We are SO excited to get a break from school and enjoy some EXTRA fun family time! We have some very fun days planned this week and we can't wait!