Category: Christmas

Dec 31 2014


Merry Christmas from our family!

We had a wonderful family Christmas.  Jake was on call Christmas day and thankfully it was for the most part quiet.  It was great having a day with the family.  Love having time together.  It was a relaxing day with fun, food, and activities.  Thankful for a season where we can celebrate such a great event as Jesus coming to earth as a baby in a manger.


OH, YES WE DID!!! We put streamers, balloons, and a trap on the girls bedroom doors on Christmas Eve.  Four confetti poppers to be exact attached to their bedroom doors.  We had 3 poppers above their heads and 1 trip wire popper.  When they opened their doors that Christmas morning they exploded!


Trip wire ready for the kids to wake up!


Jake putting the finishing touches on the explosion traps!


They thought the confetti poppers, streamers, and balloons were awesome!


Confetti spray!


One of the presents was a perfect “STOP” sign shape so we put it in front of the tree!


Chatting as we make breakfast!


Opening her stocking – fun stuff


Oh yeah!  Hand sanitizer!


Sweet girls


Goofy girls


They thought the “stop” sign was hilarious!


Karlie girl!


Glad to be home and hanging out with my family for the day!


Giving Skipper a Christmas treat!


Giving the goats a Christmas treat!


My handsome man!


Laughing at Jake’s note on one of my gifts!


Lounging around!


Silly girl!


Family lunch!


Ham, salad, sweet potatoes, and mash potatoes!


Matching Tiger outfits!


The funny part is Jake and I got matching Tiger outfits too!  Let’s just say we have a picture with all four of us dressed up as Tigers, but Jake made me promise not to share it on the blog.  Seeing him in a full size Tiger outfit had us three girls literally rolling on the floor with laughter.  Seeing him walk around with his Tiger outfit, hood, ears, tail, etc… was hilarious!

Dec 27 2014

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Dec 24 2014

 Christmas Eve Family Fun Traditions

Brina requested homemade Monkey Bread!

Thankful for a quiet and fun Christmas Eve with my family.  It was a great day!  We ate read books, played games, ate great food, made gingerbread houses, watched classic Christmas movies, and more wonderful fun with the family.  It is nice to have a day to spend making memories together.


We got to open a family gift a day early!  Jake got us the game “Forbidden Desert – Thirst For Survival“!  we had a blast playing it together TWICE today!


Making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers!  We had a great time making a mess and putting them together!


They turned out pretty well!


My sweet, thoughtful, and handsome man!  He drove all the way across town early this morning to get me sushi, love him!


Sushi anyone!?

Starting reading this classic Old Yeller by Fred Gipson book to the girls today…so far they are enjoying it!


My parents got us some sweet hot cashews!  DELICIOUS!!!


Watched the classic Christmas movie – Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer!


Another Christmas classic – Frosty the Snowman

Dec 23 2014

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Dec 23 2014

Easley Baptist Hospital Festival of Trees

Around the world….loved the globe on top of the tree!

Every year during Christmas Season the girls and I try to swing by our local Easley Baptist Hospital to look at the Festival of Trees.  They have the main hall packed with a variety of trees.  The trees are sponsored by local businesses and people in the Easley community.  Some of the trees are decorated by the same businesses while others are decorated by somebody else.  It is a neat way to get in the Holiday spirit, see some beautiful trees, and have a fun adventure with your kids.  The amount of trees is not too massive so it is easy get through the whole section in 20 to 40 minutes.   The girls look forward to it every year.


Standing in front of the tree their school decorated!


SeaLevel Systems sponsored the tree that the Crosswell Art Students decorated!


Frosty the Snowman, simple yet beautifully done!


Baby Jesus in a manger!


The “I Promise….” Tree, neat concept.  You could write on a card something you promise to do in 2015 and hang it up on the tree.


Some of the “I Promise” cards hanging on the tree.


Brina made an I Promise card too!


Loved the possum up on top of this tree!  Creative!


Simply, beautiful, and true message!


Thought this one was pretty cool and patriotic!




The manger scene above the reception desk to the hospital!


Brina checking out the tree!


Awesome clock made from old license plates!


Karlie really liked the “clock” tree!


“For God So Loved the World…..”