Every year our church holds a Women’s Christmas Gathering. It’s always set up beautifully and such a great way to kick off the Christmas Season. There is a guest speaker (who was AMAZING this year), Dinner, Hot Cider with red hots (I couldn’t get enough!), and Christmas decorations! The centerpieces are always fun!
I went with my cousin and some of her friends this year. Sweet ladies and lots of fun!
The centerpiece on our table were glowing snowmen. So cute!
The 3rd grade field trip was a ball. Both Peyton and I had fun with our friends! It’s always entertaining when Michelle, Dee, Hector and I get together. What’s said on the field trip carpool, stays in the carpool!
My favorite 3rd grader! Loved spending the day with him and his friends.
The museum is very hands on for kids. Peyton had so much fun running around to every experiment and trying them all.
Playing card darts with his teacher! Love her!!!!
Can you pull a tablecloth out from under a set of dishes? Peyton can!
The Dino Dig!
And magna tiles. We loved these things…. and hope Santa brings us some of our own!
After looking on the Internet and Pinterest for ideas for changing the look of our fireplace, we decided on reclaimed wood and staining the mantel. (Before, our fireplace was painted the same color as the walls “latte” and had trim around it. It wasn’t bad, just not really something we liked. It took us awhile to find the wood we wanted to use, but Jason finally found some (for free!!!).
Jason cut the wood in different lengths, and the boys helped pick out the different colors they liked. After stripping off the trim, Jason had the wall done within about an hour.
Stripping the paint off the mantel was a different story! I was questioning what I had gotten myself into after a few hours. The “All Purpose Stripper” helped but it’s not anything I ever want to do again. Definitely not as easy as it seems! It was a huge process but I got it done within one afternoon.
Doesn’t this look fun?
Stained and done!
Before & After…. (the before picture is from Christmas two years ago.)
it’s that time of year again, we’ll almost. The weather went from freezing to tolerable within one day so we figured we’d go ahead and put lights outside while it was a little warm. Peyton and Jayden love doing this every year. Our blow up penguin is their favorite, and the past two years our neighbor has brought over their santa blow up for us to borrow. They also gave me a Rudolph nose and antlers for my car. Oh boy! Anything for the kids right?
Merry almost Christmas!
We woke up super early to get to Mission Arlington this morning. This is our second year delivering turkey dinners. We love this annual tradition with our cousins!
The turnout of people is always amazing to see…. and a little overwhelming! But it’s totally worth it! The line seemed to move a little faster this year. It might have been because it wasn’t as cold this year as last year.
Once you get your list and map you drive through a line of cars to pick up your turkeys and canned goods…. It’s so organized and goes fast!
My mom put together some Beanie Babies to deliver to the kids along with the turkey dinners. The lady who was in charge was so thankful for them. There were lots of little kids in the apartments we delivered to. Next year we plan on bringing a lot more.
Here we go!
After delivering turkeys we headed home. Jason cooked two turkeys on the Egg this year! We watched the Macy’s Parade, cooked a few dishes then went to my parent’s house for a little while. We always love visiting Bunny & Poppy!
From there we headed to my cousin Keith’s house. Before we left my parents, my mom took a few pictures of my family for me. She’s the best photographer ever. I mean how do you do it mom?
I mean honestly!
We had a great time with my cousin and family. Everyone busy in the kitchen. We were all starving!
Men doing man things.
free Ipad time.
and puzzles! Happy Thanksgiving!
It didn’t feel the same without having Tim & Chrissy in town this year for Thanksgiving. Usually we are entertaining and on the go the few days before Thanksgiving. This year it was just us entertaining ourselves. Thankfully we’re pretty good at it!
Making our annual holiday breakfast casserole.
A concert on the patio.
and one of our favorite games of all time, Connect Four.
Grandpa’s choice of transportation is the train…. And the boys LOVE seeing the “old school train station”. Love you Grandpa! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving in Illinois!
Michelle had a few friends over to celebrate the holidays. She really outdid herself! The food was amazing and the games were hysterical! It was so much fun we didn’t realize what time it was until we got home. We told our babysitter we would be home by 10:30. We are so thankful she didn’t mind us staggering in at 1:00 am!
It was a great party with new and old friends!
Michelle, Craig and I have known each other for over 20 years!
And of course, Jason and Zsa Zsa!