Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Gingerbread Breakfast

 I am not sure I've ever procrastinated on a party as much as I did this one.  I felt like I was stuck in the mud and couldn't get things together.  I was scrambling to get my mantle and door done last night.  I overslept by an hour this morning and at one point thought it might not happen, but friends came, the kids had fun and it happened.  
 Jett's elf, Elfis D. Elf, sent his friends letters letting them know he was coming back and bringing his Gingerbread friends.  
 My mom made donuts in the shape of gingerbread men, we had gingerbread grilled cheese, candy, cookies, and other unhealthy fare.







 I think one of my the most exciting traditions is when my friends bring their moms.  It is a fun time seeing us together with our young ones and having the extra generation there, too.  It also helps to have an extra set of hands to watch babies and grab toddlers.









 The older these babies get the harder the group picture is to snap.



These gals are my closest friends from high school.  The world feels right again when we are gathered together.  It would probably feel even more right if we were relaxing on a beach somewhere, but for now having this group together is a Christmas Blessing for sure.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Lily's Second Birthday Party

 Lily James turns two this month and we celebrated on the farm.  Complete with a hayride to see the cows, our little farm hands had a blast.  Hilliard Farms made the perfect spot to enjoy some white chicken chili, good conversation, even better petit fours, and some sweet memories.
 Jett acted like he needed a nap the whole time and some others started breaking down by the end of the party, but it was a great location for a good time.

Santa's Surprise

 It is no secret that Jett loves a train.  He loves big ones, small ones, some that move, ones that stand still, real one, wooden ones, plastic....get it...he loves any and all trains.  So we loved taking him last year to ride the train so much we did it again this year.  He was in Heaven.

 From the train table in the gift shop he was hooked.  The noise of the trains had him on edge and he really wasn't excited to be put down for photos, but nothing kept him from loving the ride.






 He was riding a train, playing with trains, looking at trains...it was train overload.

 This is the joy and delight of a little boy who is living his dream riding a train.
And while he was not into the big guy holding him he was okay with the family photo op.

Sunday, November 30, 2014