We celebrated the end of 2017 in our favorite place (home), with our favorite people (fam), eating our favorite yums (Katie Barker's grilled cheese), and doing our favorite thing (playing games). We all made it until midnight and had the best time together!
Sunday, December 31, 2017
Friday, December 29, 2017
Dan's brother and his family live on 10 or 12 acres in West Mobile,
and they invited everyone out today to spend the day hanging out on their property.
We all had a great time!
From skeet shooting to 4-wheeler riding,
from trampoline bouncing to drone flying -
everything is better with cousins!
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
We've had lots of Christmas fun this year!
We celebrated with the Scotts with our traditional Waffle House meal.
The kids all gave each other $$ to Fast Eddie's so we headed there for some fun after our waffles!
Fun with cousins - 9 in all!
Celebrating with Katie and Colter
So many gifts and SO much sushi!
Our first candlelight Christmas Eve service at Hillcrest Spanish Trail
with Katie and I in our matching dresses
(not on purpose but OH so cute!)
plenty of sibling love
And Tucker's barber Farouk gave him this pallet wood Christmas tree that he's been eyeing for months!
Monday, December 25, 2017
This year was the year of my favorite pajamas by far!
The kids agreed that they were the best, too.
They were SO silly on Christmas Eve! It was a fun, giggly night.
I wish I could freeze them right here.
For Christmas, we gift each other 4 gifts:
something you want
something you need
something to wear
something to read
This year's line-up:
want - PS4
need - new mattress
wear - several items of clothing; the favorite item was the Aletheia basketball hoodie
read - The Hunger Games series (she's been asking for years!)
want - PS4
need - golf clubs + a gift card for a round of golf with Daddy
wear - Dude Perfect tshirts and zip off pants (he loves them!)
read - assorted books; a collection by Edgar Eager
Everyone also gets stockings full of goodies that I pick up throughout the year;
things that just make me think of them! :)
This year, the kids each used their own money to buy a gift for each other, and that was maybe my favorite part of the morning. Tucker did not even want to look at his gift from Lana because he was so excited to see her open hers! (He got her 2 glass figurines that open to reveal a little compartment; she got him a remote control car that he's played with the most!)
Pepper was awfully pleased with her bully sticks, too.
She also got some chew toys and new dishes for her food and water.
Christmas breakfast was our traditional homemade cinnamon rolls and bacon,
accompanied by the reading of the Christmas story from Luke 2.
I let that sweet little candle burn all day -
the Light of the World is here!
We make it our mission to not leave home on Christmas Day.
Merry, Merry, Happy, Happy!