Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BBP Christmas Traditions

It is a little sad to think about this being the girls last Christmas Program at BBP, but they have both grown into adorable sweet girls.  I can't believe they are in Kindergarten already.  This year for the older kids show they both sang a solo in "The First Noel"  GO sang the 1st verse and KY sang the 2nd.  I thought they both did a beautiful job and I loved their dresses in silver and gold. 

We were SO blessed that someone was willing to hang over on Hubby's shift, so he could attend the morning performance.  He couldn't miss her last show!
Brother was very proud of his sister too!
Family photo by the tree...

Granddaddy and Sister, she was so excited they were able to be there.

Sister and LaLa
The morning show crowd...
It worked out really well that Cookie, Grandma, and Grandpa were coming that evening, so she had someone special at each show.  
Cookie and the girls.
Hugs with Grandma and Grandpa
The Kindergarten students help with one other show (the littles show) on Thursday morning and Sister also had her Happy Bday Jesus party.  I am so blessed to be able to share these special moments with her.

 She sang another solo in that show and did a great job! She definitely doesn't mind being on stage, ha! It was a moment I know she will remember.  We are so blessed to be a part of such an awesome school!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

This weekend we hosted our 1st Christmas of the season.  We knew this year was going to be a little different, since Hubby works on Christmas this year, but we definitely plan to make the most of out our time together.  My Dad and R/ were in town for the weekend and the schedule worked out well for some celebrating and they got to see 2 Christmas programs (Brother's Sunday night and Sister's Tuesday morning.)  We love that they are close enough to enjoy some of these fun moments with us!

Granddaddy and Sister having fun ;)
Family photo...
Taking their Sunday afternoon nap...it didn't last long!

Fun smiles :)
This year they opted to get the kids something they needed, something to read, and something they wanted.  It was a great idea and the kids were thrilled with their gifts.  Sister some Beverly Clearly books and the "Beezus and Ramona" movie. Brother got 4 Imagination Station books...his new favorite series!
They also got an awesome and creative gift that I can't wait to start using.  Dad and R/ found a Christian science experiment book while they were visiting the Creation Museum this year.  They purchased the book and then filled a huge box with the materials we would need to complete a lot of the projects (cotton balls, salt, vinegar, ammonia, juice, etc....)  It was SO neat.  It is already in the school room waiting to be used.  Such a fun idea!!
We also got to share our gifts that we purchased for Granddaddy and LaLa.
Sister and Brother had similar "wants" this year.  They both love their Legos!  Their need was a new outfit for each, that Sister was already wearing the next day.  :)

After they opened the Legos, our afternoon pretty much turned into this...
I love that smile! It was a great weekend!

Monday, December 8, 2014

#firelife Christmas

One of the blessings of Hubby's fire home at Station 20 is the family atmosphere they encourage.  For the second year (since we have been there :)  the guys chose a day to do a "family Christmas" at the station.  It was a Sunday afternoon, pot luck and as always we enjoyed spending time together and celebrating Christmas.

The guys did a great job decorating and setting the bay for lunch.
We brought Christmas cards and I made a fire ornament I found online for each of the families.  (A picture is later in the post...I thought they turned out cute!)
My sweet kiddos by the "fire fighter" tree...
Topped with a helmet, wrapped with a hose and covered in some of the ornaments we made.

Me and my girl enjoying lunch. 
Brother playing baseball with the boys in the bay.
One of the toys fell down a grate in the bay...I thought it was funny watching the firemen all trying to "save" him.
Family pictures with the truck.  They took all the kids on a ride, always fun!
Riding with Hubby in the back (his normal seat :)
Love them!

It was a great day! We enjoyed the weather, played outside, and enjoyed each others company.  They did get a couple of calls, but at least we got to spend most of the time together. #firelife

Friday, December 5, 2014

8 years of birthday FUN

My sweet boy turned 8 this week.  We celebrated before Thanksgiving with a few friends.  We went to see "Big Hero 6" and grabbed dinner at Zaxby's.  Brother loved it and we enjoyed hanging out with the extra kiddos.

We took up a row at the theater...they were all SO good and loved the movie.
 Two thumbs up from these kiddos!
We are so blessed to be the parents of this little boy. He is a Lego loving, guitar playing, hardworking, practical, loyal, and prayerful little boy. He is an amazing big brother and makes us smile everyday. We are so proud of him and can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for his future. Happy Birthday Brother!!  We love you! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Tennessee Thanksgiving

Hubby's schedule worked out this year (with the help of another firefighter :) and we were able to go out of town for a few days for Thanksgiving.  It was a great opportunity to get to visit Granddaddy and LaLa in Tennessee. We were able to take a long weekend, relax and spend some time together.  We didn't even make too many plans besides checking out ICE at the Gaylord Opry Center (awesome!), celebrating Brother's birthday, football and food! 

We had tickets for ICE on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  It was a really neat experience.  They keep the area at 9 degrees and everything is carved in ICE.  The story was "The Night Before Christmas".  We all put on parkas to help us stay warm, but I am not sure you could actually be "warm".  The kids and I even slid down a slide made of ICE.  The crowd was actually a lot lighter than we thought it would be, so the kids and I also got to do some snowtubing afterwards.  We loved it!! Sister screamed "WOO HOO" EVERY single time...cracked me up. 

Thanksgiving was a low key day with YUMMY food and football.  Hubby and I even got to run out a little in the evening to do some kid shopping.  I love productive date nights.  Brother got to experience the Star Wars trilogy for the 1st time and LOVED it.  Friday we did a little shopping and enjoyed spending time together.   Thanksgiving leftovers were the perfect dinner and my Dad and I got to do a little more shopping after the kids were in bed. 

Saturday we celebrated Brother's upcoming birthday.  The chosen activity was black light putt putt...SO fun!!  They played fun music and no one else was there when we got there, so we got to slow down and enjoy our time.  He picked Olive Garden for lunch, so we ate quick and headed back to catch the Ole Miss game.  #HottyToddy #WeloveourRebels #WooHoo  #Funtimes

Putt Putt black light fun! This kid is 8 years old...crazy!
Silly, love them!
That had a "laser maze" that Brother got to add his high score too...so fun!
He got to open a few birthday presents too.  A new guitar case!  He couldn't wait to get home and put his new guitar in it :) Love him!

Sunday morning we headed to church before we packed up to head home.  It was a wonderful service and the kids loved visiting the kids ministry there.  We grabbed a quick lunch before we headed out.  Traffic was pretty heavy coming home, but the kids focused on watching a movie and hanging out.  We made one quick stop to see Hubby's grandparents who were in town for the holidays.  It was a great trip! We are so blessed to have them close enough for a long weekend :)