Our Family Christmas

Each year, we have our family Christmas with our party of 5 a few days before the actual holiday.  We typically travel to Arkansas to visit family and it's good to enjoy this special day at home before we celebrate with our extended families.  

Here's the recap...

 the night before...

 our traditional Christmas morning breakfast

We gave the big girls iPad minis (refurbished).  

I made up a few rules and beforehand we read THIS article by Tim Challies.  It's a good reminder for us parents to be alert about technology in our children's hands.   If you get a chance, read it!  It's good for us adults, too!

Graham gave me the ESV Reformation Study Bible.  By God's grace, I've had the joy of reading through the ESV Study Bible and the ESV MacArthur Study Bible.  I am so excited to spend this year reading my new Bible and growing more and more in love with my Savior.  It's my prayer that each day I look more like Him and less and less like me.

Our traditional Christmas dinner complete with Christmas crackers

Merry  Christmas, everyone!!!


Christmas Card 2015

I LOVE sending and receiving Christmas cards.  It's one of my favorite holiday traditions.  

Since I can't send to everyone, I'm glad I can share our family's card with you here on the blog.

 Years past...



Wedding Party

A couple of weeks ago, Graham's brother (Uncle Corey) got married.  They girls were flower girls in the wedding.

pretty flower girls

this sucker (and two others) helped us get through the ceremony quietly

me and KK

JoJo and kicked Pops' back through the entire ceremony

photo booth fun



I.  Can't.  Even.

The best...

Gingerbread House 2015

Tradition, tradition! TRADITION! *name that movie*

Gingerbread house 2015

And because I love record keeping, collages, and little strolls down memory lane...


Elf on the Shelf | blah, blah, blah!

Y'all!!!  *sigh* I hesitate to even write this post, but I'm gonna...

 ELF ON THE SHELF, Oh My!  Who knew people would have so many emotions and opinions regarding the silly elf.  I saw a FB post the other day that bashed the elf and then the comment section was filled with all kinds of hurt feelings, hateful words, mommy wars,  etc.  All I gotta say is, DO YOU!!!  People, just DO YOU!  You want to do the elf? By all means, DO THE ELF!  You don't want to do the elf? DON'T DO THE ELF!  You want to do your own version of the elf? DO IT!!!!  For crying out loud, just pu-leez stop-it with all of the feelings!!!  The part that frustrates me the most is all the Christians who judge other Christians for the elf shenanigans.  Come on!  This social media day and age literally wears me out!  Every. single. solitary. person. has an opinion and every. single. solitary. person. is entitled to it!  Even as I write this post, I am aware that you'll be blasted with mine.  Sorry.  :)

We do the elf. It's fun for our family! I'm NOT trying to persuade any one person to take on this elf thing.  I couldn't care less if you choose to do the elf or not.  Seriously!  Not one iota.  

Here's what Bernard has been up to so far...

*I checked the archives and I've written on this topic like 3 times so I guess you could call it a soapbox.  UNDER PRESSURE!!!!