Christmas 2016

Well, Christmas has come and went once again, and it was a good one around here. We did our normal jive- Mama Judy’s Christmas Eve morning, Christmas Eve night at Nana’s, Christmas morning/day at Mom and Dad’s, and back to Mama Judy’s for some soup Christmas evening. 

Some thoughts about Christmas this year: 

-Our kiddos are getting big, as proved by the fact that we only brought a few “toys” home this Christmas. Lots of board games, and lots of “big kid” stuff, like accessories for the treehouse, a kayak (for Jack), a BB gun and knife (for Jo), and all kinds of cool bike accessories for both. Jo was excited to get clothes, and Jack was thrilled to get a lot of new board games. They were both thrilled to get new Bibles-the Action Bible for Jo (it is a comic book) and The Biggest Story for Jack. I would like to say that I was bit sad to not be putting together lots of new toys….but I’m not. 🙂 I am thoroughly enjoying this new stage of big kid-ness!  

-Christmases at Mama Judy’s are getting quieter as the kiddos are all getting bigger. Christmases at Nana’s are getting LOUDER and LOUDER as we add more and more kiddos and in-laws to the mix! 🙂 

-As big as my kiddos are getting, two of their favorite Christmas morning things still are getting a new stuffed animal in their stocking, and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus. 🙂 Love their hearts. 

– Jack’s a sweetheart. They got movie gift cards at from Josh and Jackie on Christmas Eve, and they also got movie gift cards in their stockings on Christmas morning. As soon as Jack pulled his out, he said “Oh yay! Now we have four, so our whole family can go to a movie together!” So, so precious and sweet. 

-Christmas days should ALWAYS be 70 degrees. Seriously. Who needs white Christmases? I much prefer being outside all day! We were outside 90% of the day, and even opened gifts on the porch. 🙂 Jack even got to try out his new kayak from Grammy and Pappy in their pond! 

-We had our church service in the cabin, and it was really, really nice. Steven led the singing, and Uncle Andy gave a short little message from Luke 2. Uncle Bill and Daddy led us in having the Lord’s Supper. It was a good way to pause and reflect on the reason why we were all gathered. Christmas should be on Sunday every year. 

Casey made them new Christmas shirts. 🙂

Annual cousins picture!

MeeMaw got Jake some HUGE playing cards. So of course Liz and Jake had to play Speed. 

Josie’s new Jenga game was a BIG hit! 

Love Jennie. 🙂

Jack loves Beau

Grilling our yummy Christmas present from Nana-steaks! 

Everett’s first Christmas! 

Board games for the win.

Sweet brothers.


Shshr, the biggest kid of all. 

As proved by her love of her new Christmas pjs to match the kids. 🙂

Look at all these great grand babies!! We are blessed. 🙂

Stockings full of goodies and hammocks for the treehouse! 

So excited to find his new dragon stuffed animal! 

Jake has been telling Josie for weeks that we were going to get her a snake for Christmas. So she thought it was HILARIOUS when she found a snake (stuffed, of course!) in her stocking. 🙂

Singing Happy Birthday to Jesus

Our feast! Cooked (mostly) by the men of the family each year. 

Doesn’t every family blow duck calls together on Christmas morning? 

All the kiddos in the loft for church. 

Opening presents on the porch! 

Chad showing Jack how his light saber should be used. 🙂

Pappy teaching Josie all about her new BB gun 🙂

Merry Christmas, y’all! 

T’was the week before Christmas….

This has been a good week. The kids and I got out of school last Friday with a half day, and Jake also finished up his work, so we have had a whole week chock full of hanging out together. And it has been good. There has been lots of lounging around, family movie nights, iPad playing, mischief making, and baking going on around here. So, just for my memory’s sake, here is a quick recap. 

These kiddos got to playing the minute we got home from school on Friday! 

Saturday we hung out at Mama Judy’s all day and had a wonderful Christmas lunch with Roy, Deb, and Jennie. It was so good to see them all!

Sunday was a little eventful, because there had been freezing fog the night before, and Betts Rd was a slick mess…we fairly slid our way to church! It was all thawed by the time we came home, though. Sunday night Josie and I made our annual puppy chow. 

Monday morning I had a photo shoot and the kiddos had a dentist appointment, so we did those things, ran some errands, and then came home to hang out the rest of the day. Not much excitement, but a good day. 

Tuesday was just a hang out day, too, with the exception of going to drop my car off at the shop to get the bumper repaired. Tuesday night I went and got my hair cut. I got a wild idea and got bangs. 😛 

Wednesday was a fun, full day! Wednesday morning the kiddos and I met sweet church friends at Circus World to hang out and play-Wednesday’s are half price day! They played Laser Tag, did bungee jumping, roller skated, bumper cars, and a few games- they had a blast! 

Josie was NOT about to go in that dark room for Laser Tag. So she got a head start on roller skating, instead. This was Jack’s first experience with Laser Tag, and he (of course) thought it was the greatest thing, EVER. 

After Circus World, we came home to eat lunch and pick up Jake, and then we headed to Grammy and Pappy’s to make chocolate Christmas candy. Basically, we melted chocolate and covered all kinds of stuff in it….pretzels, peanuts, peanut butter and crackers, marshmallows, etc. Fun stuff! 

And, of course, there was deer watching, too. 

Wednesday night the kiddos got to go to a Vandy game with Shshr and Nana, and then they got to spend the night with Shshr! They were so excited because Shshr was dog-sitting two labs that they love. 🙂 They had a blast. 

While they were doing that, Jake and I went to a soup supper at one of our favorite couple’s houses, and hung out there until late. 

Thursday, since the kiddos were still with Shshr, Jake and I had a little unexpected day date. (Those are always the best kinds!) We went to a reclaimed lumber store in Nashville, and then went to get hot chicken at Pepperfire. Yum! 

Then we headed to get the kiddos. We ended up staying awhile so that Josie could build a gingerbread house that Nana had gotten her. She was SO excited about it! 

After that we headed home, and that night the kids helped me make ginger bread cookies and a gingerbread cake. They had so much fun! I had never made real ginger bread cookies before, and they turned out to be delicious!

Today I got to meet up with Robin for our annual Christmas date while Jake stayed at the house with the kiddos and Justin came to play games. 

Robin needed to run an errand in Nashville, so it was the perfect excuse to go to Biscuit Love! 


We had a great day running last minute errands together and just hanging out- I love friends that you can just pick right back up with, no matter how long it has been since you’ve last seen them. 🙂 

This afternoon Josie and I decorated our gingerbread cake to take to Nana’s tomorrow. Tonight we let the kiddos exchange their presents to each other, and Jake and I exchanged gifts. He got me a bunch of awesome clothes (he always does such a great job picking out clothes for me!), and I got him a parlor guitar. We ended the night watching Kubo- it was cute! 

It has been a good, sweet week. One of my favorite parts about Christmas break is that is just a stay-cation for us; we just get to do lots of hanging out, and never have many obligations. Looking forward to seeing lots of family the next two days, and then having another week of hanging out! 🙂

Last night was our Christmas Vespers at school. This was Jack’s first time to really be on stage, and he did great! He is the one on the first row at the end, with his sweater TUCKED into pants. Lol. He did that after I dropped him off with his class. That child….. We celebrated afterwards at Golly G’s with Nana, Mee Maw, Ta, and Grammy and Pappy. 🙂 I love these two kiddos.