We kicked off Christmas the Wednesday before and had a little Christmas party at our house. Instead of playing dirty santa or exchanging gifts, we had a donation jar for the Salvation Army. Kendol said when he dropped the money off at the red kettle at Kroger, that the man almost cried and gave him about 10 hugs. Kendol told him how we went about getting the money and the guy told everyone that walked by!! That'll put a smile on your face.
|Precious friends Krista, Kaitlyn and Christin.|
|Stephanie and Wally|
|Ann-Hamilton, Kaylis and I.|
|Hayes made her first public appearance and everyone loved her!!!|
The next morning, Kendol, Mallory, Stephanie, Wally and I packed up and headed to Nashville, for the night, for the Garth Brooks benefit concert!! O my gosh. It was one of the best things I've ever done. He played every good song and never stopped to take a break. A-MA-ZING. Not to mention, Trisha sang "She's In Love With the Boy."
The Saturday before Christmas we celebrated with Kendol's daddy's side of the family. I got the most precious 8x10 distressed frame compliments of Chal and Rivers. YAY!! I can't wait to get it hung up. And the kiddos got Dora the Explorer guitars!! They absolutely loved them.
|Susie playing her Dora Guitar.|
|Milla master her first bridge (backbend) while at Christmas!! YAY for new little gymnasts. So proud.|
The Sunday before Christmas, we celebrated Christmas at my parents house with the Pittman side of the family! Here are all of the Pittman Gals.
|Ann-Hamilton, Eleanor, Kaylis, Farrell (+1 Boy), Me, Hayes, Claire and Anna Elizabeth|
That same afternoon daddy sent me hunting for the first time by myself. It has always been something we have done together, so it was kind of sad. But when he heard my gun shot, he immediately sent me a text. "Did you shoot?" to which I responded, "One buck down." He was the happiest, proudest daddy in the whole world when I killed a deer all by myself without him there to talk me through it.
On Wednesday I headed back to the delta for the Christmas holidays. We did lots of hunting, shopping and eating! Eleanor and I spent the entire night baking Jesus a birthday cake and making Christmas sugar cookies... from scratch!! Needless to say, it was interesting and MESSY.
On Thursday we had our annual girls Christmas party at Lusco's.
|Annual picture in front of Mrs. Angie's Christmas Tree- minus a few who met us at Lusco's. |
Me, Mary Britton, Amanda, Mary Gregory, Mary Kathryn, Meagan, Meagan Rae and Whitney
|Mal, Liz and I at Websters after Lusco's.|
On Friday, we went to the candlelight service at Church. Baby Hayes got dedicated and Meagan Rae sang "O Holy Night. She did so so so good... made me cry, of course!! Melissa Tribble also sang and did such an awesome job. Afterwards, we went to JuJu's for Christmas with Stowers side of the fam!! Then went home to open our new Christmas Eve pajamas and wait for Santa.
|The whole fam in our new pj pants. (annual tradition)|
|Ann-Hamilton playing Santa for the first time!!|
|I think Hayes' Jenny Jump Up is a little too big!! She'll grow into it soon enough.|
On Christmas morning, we opened all presents then had our traditional breakfast.. sausage balls and biscuits with chocolate gravy. We then headed back to Jackson for even more Santa Claus at the Collins. We got lots and lots of good stuff for Christmas. I just started to type it all out and it made me look very spoiled, so I'll refrain. Let's just say, we are BLESSED beyond measure.
Saturday night, we had Christmas with Kendol's mother's side of the family. On Sunday, we went back to Kendol's parents for a Christmas party with some of their closest friends and their children, who all happened to be in town at the same time!!
Put it this way... I am tired and a couple of pounds heavier than I was a week ago.
I hope everyone had a Merry Merry Christmas!!! I know I did.
And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. (10) And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. (11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12) And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 9-12