Monday, December 28, 2015

Lunch Date

While Berkley was out of school we got to meet Stephen for a lunch date!  Christmas break always spoils us with how much time we get to spend together as a family, so we have to ease back into going our separate ways.  Having lunch with SW is a good way to spend time together even in the middle of a work week.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas Hike

In the warm, Christmas weather we decided to take a nice hike down one of the many trails in GSO.


I love these guys & their love for each other.  My dad is so much fun,and he & Berk have the best time together.
Clearly it was warm enough for Berk to take off his shirt & jacket!
My sweet Daddy.  Every visit with him is so special.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Day After Christmas

The day after Christmas, Papa & Ms. Vickie arrived.  They came bearing gifts of knock-knock jokes, a devotion book, and finger lights...
And they brought the super-popular Pie Face game.  Gracious, we laughed so. very. hard.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Day

I didn't take many pictures on Christmas Day, because we were having such a lovely, low-key day.

Susan & Terry came over in the morning and gave Berk a super-fun Easy Bake oven.  They sure have changed a lot since I had mine as a little girl!
My mom came over mid-day, and Buddy and Kathy drove over as well.  
Uncle Randy made this incredible wooden bubble gum machine!
A gigantic Hot Wheels garage from Grandma & Grandpa made this kid's day!
We enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner with the Willises before they headed home.



Christmas Morning

That run down the stairs on Christmas morning...
Thrilled with the spirograph waiting for him!
Berk had been asking for a robe for quite a while.  There was one waiting for him inside his new backpack!
Fun stocking treats...
A new Swim GSA sweatshirt like the big kids at swim team all have!
From Momma and Daddy- his "big gift"- a new Kindle.  We debated this for a while.  We really don't "do screens" a whole lot.  But we know we are headed on a big trip this summer and since he reads so voraciously, we thought it'd be handy to get a "reader only" Kindle so we don't have to lug around a ton of books.  He was super-surprised and thrilled!

I surprised both guys with matching Adidas track suits- just for a fun treat that I knew they'd both love.
We put a couple of books on Berkley's Kindle- just so he could start to enjoy it.  And he proceeded to spend the majority of Christmas Day in this exact spot- reading away...
Stephen napping on the couch & Berk reading on the floor after a wonderful, happy Christmas morning.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is just so magical and precious- especially with an elementary-aged kid in the house.

Setting out cookies and milk...

For the second year, we've not had any wrapped gifts under the tree until Christmas.  I don't know that we'll do it that way every year, but for now I kind of like it.  I think it helps all three of us not focus on the gifts, but on the faith and family elements of Christmas.  And it makes the gifts a real surprise on Christmas morning!

So, gifts were set out on Christmas Eve...
 Berkley's Christmas letter to Santa...
"Dear Santa... I would like a snowboard, a spirograph, a stuffed elf, and chrono bomb."  
Santa brought the spirograph, a stuffed elf, a couple of games and a new backpack!

Christmas Eve Church

We joined my mom at her church for the Christmas Eve service there.  Christmas Eve has always been my favorite night of the year, and I knew this year's shorts-wearing would make it an especially memorable one!
It was so sweet to see Berkley sitting beside Christina as she shared the children's sermon.  I love seeing her in her element (and in my robe- ha!).
Perhaps the best part of Christmas Eve...




After worship we headed to dinner with Christina's family per annual tradition.  Since Christina is at a new church this year, we decided to go out to dinner to help make things a bit more simple.  No one had to cook or clean, and we were able to simply enjoy each other's company.







Christmas Baking

Even though the Christmas Eve weather didn't feel very much like Christmas, I spent the afternoon drinking Christmas punch, watching White Christmas (again) and baking some Christmas cookies.  I love these quiet, Christmas-filled moments.

Xmas Shorts???

It's Christmas Eve, so naturally I'm wearing shorts and flip flops.  Ugh.  This is not Christmas-y weather.  A friend did bring up the fact that we should be happy for folks without homes or who struggle to pay their heating bills.  So, I'm going to get over myself and just hope we get some wintry weather later in the winter.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Xmas Jammies

Our family's matching Christmas jammies and a Christmas movie make for a wonderful night together.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Wake Game

We may not go to Wake games as much as we used to, but it's always fun to get in at least one game during basketball season.  
We love cheering on the Deacs, but we also like to go for the ice cream.