Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing in the New Year

After traveling for Christmas and being a little out of sorts, we decided to spend New Year's Eve at home as a family. I bought lots of poppers, noise makers, and hats for the boys to do inside after we counted down to the new year. What was I thinking with the poppers! After a little clean-up, we headed outside for sparklers and a few fireworks. Then it was back inside to warm up with a champagne and cake pops. My friend Sarah gave me a cake pop pan, which it just happens to be my new favorite baking accessory! If you ware wondering about the decor on the pops, Rylan decorated them all by himself! There were sprinkles all over the floor, counter, and chair but he was so proud. Once the kids were tucked in bed, Kevin and I toasted to the upcoming new year and reflected on the past. I think New Year's Eve at home with the family is just what we all needed. May 2012 be filled with blessings, health, love, and laughter! Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

More lights to see

The weeks leading up to Christmas this year seemed to be busier than ever and some of our holiday plans to see lights were put off. One of the places we wanted to visit was the Festival of Lights at the Zoo however, we did not make it there before Christmas. The boys kept asking to go so on Friday night, we decided to go. The weather was not that bad and the boys were beyond excited! Especially after being greeted by a huge Rhino Nutcracker! The lights were great! There were tree lights set to music, lights like animals, lights covering bridges, reindeer, and a Gingerbread Village. The boys loved seeing all the animals at night too. A family favorite was watching the polar bear swim laps and the carousel! We had such a great time! To be honest, I think Kevin and I enjoyed the Festival of Lights just as much as the boys did!

Our teeth are falling out...

Holden's teeth are falling out like crazy! This morning while we were eating breakfast his bottom tooth fell out. Then while Holden and Rylan were playing "Cowboys" his top tooth fell out! TWO TEETH IN ONE DAY!!! Thankfully this time, no tears! At this rate, the tooth fairy is going to be one broke lady! Time is going by so quickly, did the boys not get the message to slow down. Hmm, I am guessing not.

Tennessee Christmas 2011

Christmas in Tennessee....

This year was not like years past, for several reasons, but one reason was that for the first time in years, all of the cousins were together. All except for my cousin Clay, who was in New York. We all made it back to a place we like to call Memaw and Granddaddy's, better know as home.

With this many people, there was tons of cooking, tons of playing, and lots of eating! And it would not be Christmas without a new addition to the Turner family, Luke! Isn't he precious and look at his twin...Granddaddy! It is crazy to look at the two together. Then there were Christmas Eve presents, just look at the little ones waiting patiently or at least they are trying.

Since were all together for the first time in years we took advantage of our time together and had family pictures. All the cousins and Grandaddy, Our family, and the boys and my football player nephews!

Despite being in a hotel on Christmas, I tryied to make sure we still made it special for the boys. We brought a tree, food for the reindeer, and of course cookies and milk for Santa.

Christmas morning was filled with presents and laughter. And family time together. Christmas night we packed up the kids and Grandaddy and went to Christmas City. I think Granddaddy enjoyed it just as much as the kids did!

This Christmas was not exactly picture perfect, but neither is life. What mattered the most was not the presents under the tree but the love, laughter, and time we all shared together making memories that will last a lifetime, long after those Legos are lost. This Christmas was about counting our blessing, saying how much we mean to each other, and savoring each moment together, and that is what Christmas is really about! Merry Christmas!