Sunday, January 3, 2016

Christmas 2015

Before church on Christmas Eve

 Christmas morning

Gifts from Emily

 and Nick who did their own Christmas shopping this year

 Caroline's favorite-Dora
 Andrew got a tablet
 Kate loved all her art supplies, especially her art kit like Emily's
 Jake is ready for college
 Luke achieved his dream of driving his own car
 
Nearly a teenager, this Christmas she wanted a purse and wallet

Matt and Nick are thrilled with their trip to see Clemson play in the Orange Bowl
video


Saturday, January 2, 2016

Thanksgiving 2015

 
I thought I had more pictures, but they must have been taken by someone else.
Brett's family made the trip to Georgia this year to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with us.  It was great to see everyone and have several days together.  My mother-in-law and sisters-in-law were a huge help especially in the kitchen this Thanksgiving.  I was not feeling great for most of their visit, so I am thankful for their help in getting everything prepared and served.
The kids especially enjoyed having the undivided attention of their aunts and uncles.  Our front yard was an active football, soccer, and horse shoe field.  There was a fire every night and lots of football games to watch.  The dining room table usually had a game of Uno going or a certain group of aunts busy doing the nails of the three girls who live in this house.
We have so much to be thankful for this year! 
 

Fall Happenings

 
Kate celebrated her 7th birthday

 Emily turned 12
 Luke listened to lots and lots of music. 
His favorites include
The Books of the Bible
Happy Birthday to Nick
The Wheels on the Bus
We were surprised with the news that a new little one will join our family this spring.
Will it be a girl (pink) or boy (blue)?  Our kids all made their prediction and.....
a sweet boy will be number 9!
Friday nights were spent watching football.
Jake enjoyed his final season as a Warrior.  The team won their division for the first time in many years and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.  It was a great season.
I saw a lot of this sign working the concession stand on Friday nights.

 We got way too much rain!
but were happy that the sun was shining for our annual Christmas parade.


We enjoyed many of our favorite December traditions...
decorating the house, the return of our elf, Carl, decorating gingerbread houses, and making cookies



Matt and Andrew celebrated their birthday together.  Their birthdays are only 3 days apart, so some years they have separate parties and some years we celebrate together.

We welcomed a sweet puppy into our family.

She is getting plenty of love and attention as long as she is not biting them.

Who could resist this sweet face?