Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gingerbread Lane

This past Tuesday night, we met my sweet family at the Ballantyne resort to enjoy their beautiful gingerbread display! 
We always look forward to this fun night each year. 
It's definitely one of our favorite Christmas traditions! 
The kids always have a blast with their cousins, and this year my mom, grandma, sisters, and brother joined us too! 
The kids love walking through the display, judging each house as they go! 
They all find their favorites and enjoy seeing how different candies are used as decorations.
"Frozen" seemed to be a popular theme this year!
There was an "Olaf in summertime" gingerbread house, and of course...
Elsa's castle as well! 
After taking in all the beautiful houses,
we loaded up the crew, and headed to Wendy's for a bite to eat! 
Fast food and frosty's were the perfect end to our sweet night! 
And speaking of sweetness...look at these two! 
Baby Emery is pure yumminess, and Sophie was in heaven holding her! Love these girlies! 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Santa Claus is coming to town!

You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is comin' to town

He's making a list and checking it twice
Gonna find out who's naughty and nice

Santa Claus is comin' to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake

He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

You better watch out, you better not cry
You better not pout, I'm telling you why

Santa Claus is comin' to town

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Town, USA

One of our very favorite places to visit this time of year is McAdenville, aka Christmas town USA! It's such a quaint little town about an hour away and it just oozes with Christmas charm.  We just love it!
But before we hit the road for on annual tour of lights, our sweet friends, the Robinson's had us over for a little reindeer party! 

The kids had so much fun decorating their very own reindeer cookie...

  And who could forget the reindeer food.

There's no doubt that Santa's helpers will eat well when they land at our house on Christmas Eve.
  The kids had fun making a few reindeer crafts too. 
Before long, it was time to hit the road and head out to see the lights. 
Even though it looks the same year after year, it still manages to take my breath away each time.
And I love hearing all the oooo's and aaaah's coming from the back seat as my kids take it all in too.
  I love sharing this night with good friends
They make the night that much more FUN!                                  

One of the highlights each year is posing with these cute little carolers.
   The kids just love them!
 As we walked through the town, the kids had fun finding all sorts of cute little places for pictures.
 Addy-Kate loved these little snowmen and wanted a picture with them. Precious!

   Me and my buddy. Love him so.
 We all shared some delicious treats from the town bakery, which only added to the sweetness of the night!

          As we wrapped up a wonderful evening in McAdenville, our hearts felt lighter and our spirits were brighter! Christmas JOY was in the air!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Happenings

 I absolutely LOVE this time of year! Yes, the days can be full and busy, but everywhere you look there is JOY and EXCITEMENT all around. From the lights on the trees, to the red and green sprinkles covering my kitchen floor, it all screams CHRISTMAS!!!
And this week, we've not lacked in opportunities to celebrate this wonderful advent season!
On Tuesday afternoon, as soon as the kids arrived home from school, we rolled up our sleeves and got busy making our gingerbread village--hence the reason why sprinkles are covering my kitchen floor ha!;)
Of course, I'm sure more candy was actually eaten than used for decorating, but's Christmas, right!
They all had a blast decorating (and snacking) and were so proud of their finished (and very festive) creations.
 This week has also been filled with several school Christmas programs as well.

I mean, is there anything cuter than
 hearing precious little voices sing "Happy Birthday to baby Jesus" the top of their lungs!?!?
Pure JOY I tell ya! 
Hudson's preschool class put on THE cutest little show EVER!
And I know I'm bias, but I think Hud looked so handsome up on that stage!
And the JOY just continued as we also had Riley's school Christmas performance to attend that same day too!
Riley had a speaking part in the play and did a GREAT job. It was just a one liner, but he practiced it like he was the star of the show;)
It was the last line of the night, and he nailed it!
I love that boy...
and I LOVE this time of year!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Girls Weekend

 Shane and Corban were at a soccer tournament in Atlanta for the weekend, and my sweet mom had Riley and Hudson over for a sleepover! 
The girls and I had a full weekend planned and enjoyed our "JUST girl time" together!!
A very rare and welcomed treat!
 Friday night, we headed to my sister's house to celebrate my niece's 4th birthday--Frozen style! 
These sillies always have so much fun whenever they are together.
Cousins=Best Friends Forever! 

Saturday morning, we headed to a "sip and see" for my dear friend, Serena. 

Serena just welcomed her FOURTH baby girl into the world and Sophie's BFF, Zoe, is a big sister again!!!!
Sophie was in HEAVEN lovin' on baby Charity!
After the shower, the girls and I headed to a BEAUTIFUL Christmas tea for the One7 girls! 
What a blessing it was to be a part of this beautiful day.
My AMAZING friends did an outstanding job hosting this event.
It was such a sweet afternoon filled with delicious treats, lovely decor and precious friends--both new and old.
What a blessing to celebrate the Christmas season and birth of our Savior surrounded by these amazing girls!