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Wordless Wednesday, Christmas crafts edition

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Christmas Eve

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
We had to wake Perry up on Christmas Eve to make it to the 5 pm service on time. Bless his little sleepy heart. We just love Christmas Eve services at Rivertree. They are simple and sweet and family friendly with songs, a message and the Lords Supper. The church is decorated so pretty too.


The whole family went to the same service so we got to do a few minutes of visiting afterwards. Perry and Granddaddy matched in their vests.


From church we headed up on the mountain for Gibson family Christmas. It was a great time of food and fellowship...and a capella singing. I pretty much failed at picture taking by this point in the night. More time was spent running herd on a little boy and keeping him from breaking anything. I did get this cute one of Perry and his great-pawpaw.


We headed home Christmas Eve about 9, to put P in bed to dream of sugar plums, so Santa (I mean Andrew) could make his new train table appear by the tree. We feared it would be a daunting task, but it took only about 15 minutes. We knew we would have one very happy boy come morning.


Chugga Chugga Party Prep

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Monday, December 29, 2014
We have been busy getting ready for a certain someone's second birthday coming up this weekend. Late nights have been spent painting, printing, cutting and sticking. We have most everything all set and can't wait to see it all come together out at the train museum. It's definitely a new experience trying to plan a party somewhere other than home. Here are some sneak peeks of what we have been up to:





Chugga Chugga Two Two!

Got to get the cat in the picture

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
For lunch on Christmas Eve we got together with Roger, Krista and Caroline to eat and open presents. Dad made a great pot of chili for lunch. Perry was so excited when it was present time. He went straight for the one with the Jake legos in it, like he knew it was going to be awesome. He opened up a corner and shrieked "Jake Legos!!!!" He could hardly contain himself. He immediately wanted to open it, but we held off and redirected him to the other presents he still needed to open. He was pretty content just staring at the box the rest of the time.



He does a pretty good job ripping through paper and bows. P also got a really cool little people disney world set and a toy tool box.



My birthday was celebrated too so we got to have birthday cake for dessert. Caroline made it and it was really good. I had a little red-headed help blowing out my candles, of which there were thankfully not 29.


Before we knew it it was naptime and we had to head home to get P in bed. We had a full evening ahead of church and family gathering. We had Andrew snap a family photo before we left and of course had to get Ike the cat in the portrait. And at that point we totally lost P from looking at the camera with a kitty cat a foot away from him. He and Ike are buddies, but mutually a little unsure of each other's next move.

Twas the weekend before Christmas

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Saturday, December 27, 2014
Last Saturday we got to celebrate Christmas with grandma (great grandma to Perry). We visited and played with Perry, opened presents and had a yummy pizza lunch. Perry's favorite toys over at great grandma's house are the piano and a little auburn football that sings and cheers when you throw it down.






Then Saturday night we got together with Adrienne and Chad to celebrate the holidays. We met up for some hibachi and then came back to our house to have dessert and exchange presents. Love hibachi restaurants because you get a show with your dinner. Perry was mesmerized by the fire and cooking antics. Back at our house Perry got a very cool magnetic animal train from Aunt Adrienne and Uncle Chad and we got an awesome gift, a outback gift card and a promise of a night of babysitting. The boys got a little video game time in as well later that night while us girls did some last minute disney trip planning.




The other festivity of last weekend was Emily's birthday. The whole family went out to brunch at Mezza Luna after church to celebrate. It was really yummy and just a sweet family time. I love this picture of the birthday girl with a lap full of sweet kids.


Christmas Preschool Style

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Friday, December 26, 2014
Somehow we turned around and it's the day after Christmas. And Perry, Adrienne and I leave for Disney World tomorrow. Its been crazy. But in the best way. We have had so much fun the last few days just living life and celebrating our Jesus.

So over the next several days I will try to play catch up in sharing all of our Christmas fun.

Last Friday was Perry's Christmas party with his class at preschool. I took the day off and Andrew was already scheduled off so we both got to go watch the party happen. It was so fun to see Perry in his school element playing and eating with his friends.

The teachers had bought all the kids these cute headband reindeer antlers. They stayed on for the most part which was a miracle, or an example of peer pressure at work.




Look at P cheesing for the camera in the picture above. He clearly never has his picture taken. lol. His class and the class next door combined for the party so there were 12 little ones all around the table. They passed out the food courses in order from healthiest (chicken nuggets) to unhealthiest (cupcakes and cookies). Brilliant.





Before cupcake:

After cupcake:

Perry loves chocolate and cupcakes. And he was totally covered in it by the end. Nothing a little wipe won't fix though. Thanks Ms. Alex.




It was a super fun party/snack time. Afterwards the kids were all headed to the gym to run off some of that sugar energy and for us parents to make an exit that was less noticeable to the little ones.

But before we left we snapped a picture of P and his teacher, Ms. Patty. She is so wonderful and he loves her so much. He has been learning all sorts of things these past few months of school. He is talking up a storm, counting, naming colors and letters. He knows how to say grace before a meal and clean up his toys. So much of that is taught and reinforced by this sweet lady.

A whole bunch of pictures that don't go together

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Monday, December 22, 2014
In addition to all the big events and plans we have had lately. There have been lots of sweet little moments as well. I went back through my phone tonight and pulled some of the little random pictures that hadn't been posted.

Perry would watch Elsa and Anna every day if we let him. He asks every chance he can get. Sometimes we say yes, often we say no (there is just only so much of that you can handle). This night mommy said yes. And he sat there and watched with the biggest smile on his face.


Perry has been playing with his manger scenes a lot. I love watching him interact with the characters and call them by name. The way he says "baby jesus" is so sweet.



So hats have gotten better, or cooler, in Perry's mind. He has decided he loves to wear Granddaddys hat and gloves. And today he found his train conductor hat and wore it all the way to church. haha.



I have plans to turn some free pallets I got from work into signage for Perry's birthday party in a couple weeks. One of them needed some work (some extra boards) and our handyman Travis graciously agreed to help make it better. Perry got super into watching and "helping" him work. We will see how they look once I get around to painting them.


Perry still likes to sleep. And wakes up with some seriously awesome bedhead.



I loved this moment of daddy and Perry reading about the story of the wisemen from the storybook bible.


This last Friday night we had a free evening so we decided to go out and drive around to look at Christmas lights. We all got dressed up in our favorite Christmas jammies and made a quick stop by Starbucks for a beverage. Yes we are inside Starbucks in our PJs, and it was awesome. I got a yummy latte and Perry got his favorite...chocolate milk. Perry can now see outside of the car pretty well and loved looking at lights. And it gave us some opportunity to just drive around and talk and laugh at crazy decorations. I think this will be a new family Christmas tradition.


2nd Birthday Sneak Peek

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Sunday, December 21, 2014
Things are a little crazy right now in our house and in my head. It is that time of year when my mind is constantly bouncing back and forth between "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Birthday." There are several family birthdays within a week or two of Christmas, and one of those is a little person whose birthday bash I get to plan. I guess we signed up for that when we signed up for having a child around Christmastime.

This year is a little extra crazy with an added little trip to disney between Christmas and New Years and work is kind of on overdrive at the moment. There are lots of balls to be juggling and my brain is constantly asking itself "do i have everything handled for Christmas? Disney? Perry's Birthday?" But I love it all.

Months ago now we picked a theme for Perry's birthday, before he was really into anything specific. We decided to do trains, and to have it on an actual train, and it must have been divine intervention. Because our boy loves choo choo trains so much. I have had so much fun putting together all the details. I can't wait for his party and getting to celebrate our growing boy with all our family and friends.

Here's a little sneak peek of some of those details for Perry's "Chugga Chugga Two Two" birthday coming up.


Grownup Christmas Fun

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
In addition to all the family fun of Christmas. Andrew and I have been enjoying some grown-up fun of our own thanks to grandparents who are more than willing to have some babysitting time with Perry.

We started a tradition last year of attending the Burritt Museum Christmas fundraiser called Holiday Magic. We had so much fun last year we decided to do it again. This year we ate dinner in the Balch house with a couple of lovely older couples who were a hoot to talk with. I think the most fun part of the evening is getting to meet new people over dinner. We were definitely the youngest people at the event and the organizer even called me the week before hand to make sure we were ok with dining with older couples "even older than me" she said. She was concerned because I sound "young" on the phone. I said that was more than fine. And it was. They were delightful and had great stories to share. My personal favorite was the story about how one of their cats has a godfather.

The house and table were decorated so pretty. Excuse the terrible photography lighting. Phone cameras and dark places don't go well together.



Father Christmas came by to pass out presents and carolers came by to sing us some songs.




We haven't changed much in a year, and apparently we like to wear brown and purple.

A couple days later we got to get dressed up again for the HudsonAlpha holiday party. There was tons of good food and drinks and the photobooth which has become a staple at the event. There were lots of other activities but mostly we just ate and talked to people. It was a fun night. 





Haha. Photobooths just never get old.

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