Monday, December 5, 2016

a fun festive day

Here we are dressed and ready for church on Sunday!  We had a day full of festive activities so we dressed the part!

Our town has an annual Christmas parade and it comes right down our street.  We always invite a bunch of friends over to watch.  Before our guests arrived, I went down and visited with our neighbors.  It's been too long since we've all hung out!

After the parade started, our neighbors all made it down to our house to visit.

It was a bit cold and overcast so we bundled up to stay warm.

Love these two!

The parade always ends with Santa on the fire truck!

When under the mistletoe......

We had a little time after the parade before we had to be back at church for our hanging of the greens service where we decorate the sanctuary for Christmas.

Bryce picked a high branch so Nana had to give him a lift.  

Emmy needed a lift too.

The kids performed as part of the service and Bryce was an innkeeper.  

Of course, Emmy was and angel.  

Here are a few videos of the songs they performed.  

Bryce had a speaking part, but I didn't get any of his lines on video. 

I love Bryce's jazz hands in the first video!

playing catch up

When I was cleaning up the yard to get ready for Christmas decorations, I found Emmy posing her baby doll with our inflatable turkey so she could take pictures.  Cracks me up!  She must find herself in the same situation quite often.

We started what may be a new tradition this year.  We helped Nana decorate her Christmas tree this year in our pajamas!

The kids loved it!

I know Nana loved having us all there to help her as we get through her favorite holiday without Pap. 

My little elf was a big help sending out Christmas cards last week.

My two helpers at Hobby Lobby.

We started Truth in the Tinsel for advent last week.  The kids look forward to reading the Christmas story from Bryce's Bible each night and making an ornament to go along with the topic for the day.

We printed this big tree to put our ornaments on this year!

This guy curled up with me to watch the HOKIES play on Saturday night.  We hated to see them lose, but they played a pretty good game.  Now to see which bowl game they go to.

Emmy said she looked like Santa Claus in my boots!

We had a festive and fun Sunday so stay tuned for more fun!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

a visit with santa

We dressed up and headed to Bass Pro Shop on Monday to beat the crowds and visit with Santa.

The kids had fun making their Christmas lists this year.  Bryce has gotten really good at picking a few things he loves and it makes shopping easy.  Before looking at catalogs, Emmy wanted tape for crafts and stickers.  Easy, right?!  After taking a look at the Target and Toys R Us catalogs, she wants everything over $100, ha. 


The cousins!

We have gone to Bass Pro shop to visit Santa every year since Bryce's first Christmas.  It's a fun tradition and we enjoy eating in the restaurant afterward because the kids get a free meal coupon!  My mom and Nanny joined us this year and even got their picture taken with the kids and Santa!

a few other things

I had a little me time last Saturday so I started decorating for Christmas.  I usually try to have it all up before Thanksgiving because I like it to be done when we get back into town.  This tree just makes me so happy.

The kids have trees in their room and I decided to get them new and more personalized trees this year.  Bryce picked a white tree.  He already had baseball ornaments and tree skirt and a red star so I got red beads to go with the white tree.  I love how it looks kind of like a baseball.

Of course Emmy opted for a pink tree!  Such a girly girl.

Just a sweet picture of my big boy!

Waiting in car line one morning before school.


We went to our first Friendsgiving last weekend.  A friend from high school and his wife (far right) started hosting this event last year and we were excited to be able to go this year.  I think I heard there were 64 people there once all the kids and spouses were counted. 

Excited about a Hokie win!

They have Santa come and he hands out personalized stockings for each of the kids.

It was a fun surprise for our kids because we didn't tell them and they didn't know to expect it since they hadn't gone last year.

They were very good this year, Santa.

He's pretty fun to take to a party!

Everyone brought a dish to share.  After looking through what others were bringing, I noticed the cranberry sauce was missing.  I don't personally like cranberry sauce, but it seems like a Thanksgiving staple to me.  I found this cranberry apple casserole and it was delicious.

Unfortunately, Friendsgiving took on a whole new meaning this year when a friend gave the stomach bug to the crowd.  The last I heard, about 17 people who were there ended up with the bug, including Jason and Bryce.  They were both down on Tuesday, so we thought it best not to head out of town yesterday so we're home and finding our way through this Thanksgiving!

party girl

Emmy has made so many friends at school this year!  Her little friend in the middle celebrated her birthday at Pump It Up last Friday. 

Her other little friend celebrated her birthday at the skating rink on Sunday.

Emmy has been skating a couple of times before and she was doing pretty well by the time we left.  

Love this sweet girl of mine.

stone soup

Emmy's school had their annual Stone Soup program last week.  Jason, my mom and I went to watch her sing and have lunch with her. 

Bryce's class made the same candle holder when he was at Kitty's Kids.

Love our girl.

This was at Bryce's first Stone Soup performance in 2012.

And his second year of Stone Soup in 2013.

Love these memories!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Garth Brooks was in town last weekend!  When the concert date came out, we knew we wouldn't have a chance to go because we were going to be out of town.  When the date rolled around to purchase tickets, he ended up adding 3 more shows.  It was too overwhelming to try to plan it with our trip so I just let it go.  However, our neighbor ended up getting extra tickets to the Sunday afternoon show and we knew we could be back in town in time!

When we walked through the doors to our section, we were in a prime spot for pictures!

Turns out our seats were right above us!  

He put on an amazing show from beginning to end!

He sang all the good ones!

The crowd was amazing!

Trisha got the spotlight and had her own little mini concert.  So good!

I just had to throw this in for good measure!