Christmas has always been a very special time for our family. From a very young age my parents have always made it a time of excitement and adventure but they never let us forget what it is really all about.
Traditionally we go to church on Christmas Eve then have dinner with family. Last year with the excitement of our new grandchild ‘on her way’, we decided to change it up a bit and have Christmas Eve dinner at home. It worked out really nice and allowed the kids to get everything ready (cookies and milk, notes to Santa then read “Twas the Night Before Christmas”) before heading to bed. The kids always get to open one present on Christmas eve which is one of their favorite things.
One of the joys I also love about the season is the annual Christmas program at Church. Last year it was really special because we used live animals and presented a slideshow as Cierra narrated the birth of baby Jesus. This year the theme is really cute, too! Cierra and Chase love to participate in that.
Then there’s the Christmas parade! Last year it was really, really cold….Chase and Ronnie are usually with the Cub Scouts while Cierra and I are with the 4H group but once again, this year just might be different (you’ll have to wait and see:)
Baking cookies is also one of the traditions that seems to get harder and harder as everyone is so busy but this year we have planned a ‘baking Saturday’ for all of us to get together and bring recipes to share then just bake all day! (Ronnie has also agreed to get a 2nd oven up and running, yay!)
Every Christmas morning after gifts are opened at home, we head ‘over the creek and through the woods’ to Grandma and Butch’s home and literally, let the fun begin! Breakfast is then served then we head back over the bridge. While the kids are playing with their new stuff, we usually sort and organize then sneak in a nap.
In years past we have always joined in the ‘after Christmas’ madness! Never know what you’re gonna find, right?!
This year is going to be different for a couple reasons – first it will be Kayden’s 1st Christmas!! and, she’s at such a great age! Just think of all the toys she’ll get. This will also be Britt’s first Christmas in her new home. Wow, things sure do change quick, don’t they?! One other good thing is that Mom is healthy this year. Last year just before Christmas she fell and broke her hip. That changed not only the activities of Christmas but put it all into perspective for our family. So, we’re really hoping everyone is healthy this year!
We also started another tradition last year. I have a great group of people that work with/for me so we thought it would be fun to have an annual holiday party. We were successful (however it was actually after the holidays) and have this year’s planning underway (and I think there might even be some new faces there, too)….
So, HAPPY HOLIDAYS all my blogger friends!
There is SO MUCH to be thankful for! I don’t think I can top Ronnie’s post and have to admit I was very surprised. When I first logged on and saw that picture, I was certain my “blog” had a virus….where did that picture come from?! Then as I began to read I realized all the thought that went into a few paragraphs for all my blogging friends to read. Wow – I too, am very thankful for my life with Ronnie and do realize we are very blessed as well as ‘fortunate’. The world is a tough place these days but our journey just keeps getting better. There have been some remarks out there calling us “Barbie and Ken”. Call it what you want but we do have a pretty good life and don’t take it for granted, ever.
Today was full of traditions; fried turkey, dinner at our home, family around the table, talk about Christmas and then there are those sales that start at midnight. We also started some new traditions, had some new faces and even some new food! Yeah for Paula Dean, right?!
Cierra, Kayden and I even ventured out to Michael’s tonight to pick up some things for those ‘hand made’ gifts.
Now Kayden’s in bed, Cierra is napping until she’s picked up at 11:30 (for a night of shopping) and Ronnie and I would be relaxing.
I hope everyone out there had a blessed, memorable and thankful day!
Here’s a run through of our day –
Our morning tradition – It’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years since Britt was in the parade…
The ‘bird’ getting ready be dropped in the fryer. Ronnie says this is the only day of the year he drinks a beer before noon, lol! Yum…all golden brown..Lord, please bless this food….Now it’s time to exchange names….All the grandkids w/Grandma and Butch….And here’s the smallest blessing that means so much to all of us!
I may be stepping over my boundaries, but that’s nothing unusual for me, so here it goes. Anyone that knows me knows that I let you know up front and honestly how I feel. Now it’s time to touch on a subject that usually escapes the conversation in many households these days… the importance of the wife in our life. Speaking for myself, my wife is my best friend, my lover, the best mom to 4 children (5 counting you Ash), and doing a wonderful justice to the newly coined phrase in our house, “GiGi”. Making sure all are treated equally and being involved and supportive is always at the forefront of her mind. She strives to capture the moments that they will one day cherish, whether it be in her still photos on paper, on video, or on the blog which you are reading now. Anyone (who truly knows her) knows that she blogs to archive the now for the later for those who are the nearest to her heart, her children and grandchild. She wears many hats and never fails at anything she does. She is our Thanksgiving and why I wrote this. There’s nobody else, no other role in the world, where a person sacrifices so much for others. So, on this 19th Thanksgiving we’ve spent together I say “Thank you Lord above for blessing me with such a wonderful wife for whom I’m so thankful.” Have a great day, Bev!
Since Chase is a Boy Scout now, he was able to help out with the Cub Scout meeting tonight. They decided to have a little fun and use a Butterball turkey breast as a bowling ball. After the meeting, a drawing was held to unveil the ticket wrapped in the turkey breast so three families went home with some turkey. (hey, it’s always a good back-up, right?!)
Cierra and Butch have been very busy lately buying and breeding goats. I have lost count as to how many they actually have but they have been watching ‘momma’ really close (even checking every hour) because she is ready to have babies. They are betting whether she is having twins or triplets because she is sooo big.
These two are so cute – Cierra’s thinking of names now but wants their names to have something to do with Thanksgiving. She is throwing around Cranberry and Stuffing but I’ll have to let you know once that is confirmed 🙂
As all the stockings were hung by the chimney with care I realized I need two more this year. Our family just keeps growing – isn’t that what having children is all about?! I love it!
And the elves climbing the tree…..looks like we have a few missing there, too!
By now you have figured out that decorating is underway at Crockett’s Corner, ha! I’m listening to Christmas carols and have my Yankee Christmas Wreath candles burning. Sometimes I wish I could leave some of my favorites out all year….
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is this week and then Christmas right behind it. Gotta get moving!!
After dinner we headed over to the mall where the line was already around the building.
It was still pretty early but just after 10:30 they let us in to get our seats. At that time they had sold out 4 theaters and were working on the 5th. So, we got settled in and waited for the show. By 12:30 New Moon started and it was literally action packed from beginning to end. It was the best! Sleepy? absolutely not! Tomorrow? absolutely so!
I have to admit, they really are a part of our family! I’ve always had a cat but when Santa dropped off a puppy nearly 5 years ago I was really surprised! (no joke either). I’ve never been a ‘dog’ person – they always seemed needy to me where as my cats have always just gone on their merry way and taken care of themselves. What can I say though, it’s very true that we will do just about anything to make our kids happy. So over the years, we have had lambs, a goat, a pig, a few lizzards, hamsters, salt water and fresh water fish, hermit crabs, but those that have survived the test of time are “Scanlon” (hunter) and “Java” (hyper), lol!
Scanlon has always been really good with our Christmas trees however has been known to lay underneath and play with those low hanging decorations…
And Java – where do I start? She joined our family during the busiest time of year but fit right in. Cierra was not too crazy about her but Chase started carrying her around immediately. The table turned within the first 3 months though and Java soon became Cierra’s best friend as well. Even today they fight over who she is sleeping with. It’s not surprising to see items such as “doggie stroller”, a carrier and even a doggie carseat on Cierra’s Christmas list. She has also completed two yaers of her 4H Dog project learning more about caring for Java. Although Java is a Jack Russell, she is very calm and loves to be included in our family outings. She enjoys being strolled around or even chilling out on the boogie board….She has even earned a spot in the motorhome so she travels with us most of the time.
So all in all, I have to admit that our lives certainly wouldn’t be the same without them!
I am home! Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to share 😦 It was a long three days packed with W.O.R.K! We worked from 7:30 each day until nearly midight so there was no sightseeing for me, shew! But the group I met with was great and it was really nice to put faces to the many names I have come to know over the past few months in my ‘new’ assignment. They were great and we got a lot accomplished. I was greeted with gifts and I couldn’t have picked them better…simply perfect…a shot glass (perfect in our bar), a coffee mug which will get used frequently, an ink pen with RIVERWALK (which is where I really wanted to go) and a magnet that shows some of the beauty of the city. Thanks to that great team for welcoming me and showering me with gifts!! It does sound like I will be making a trip back there before my assignment ends and they are already planning a whole day to take me around the town….such great people!