"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." — E.B. White

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Christmas catch up

Happy Holidays
Merry belated Christmas!

This is my Christmas photo dump.

I'll start with the card we sent..
The only way we'll ever have a Silent Night!

Our elf, Clayton, arrived as soon as we got our tree up. 
This year's them was The Grinch and Clayton even wore a disguise/costume.
He just looked scary and off tho.
Jack didn't like it.
 Thank you Pinterst!

My (after Christmas) teen is now in on my magic but that's okay.
She's an awesome helper when I sleep late!
In her honor, (she sPaRkLeS)
I swapped out the bright, vintage kiddie theme for silver n gold!

Getting the tree this far had it's bloopers too.

 Jack was for a Charlie Brown tree...

But we went with something big.

Bet he's thinking this wouldn't have happened if he'd had his way!

Clearly Sarah 's in her own cray cray happy world

Along those lines I've decided that older kids at Christmas have their advantages, 
if not their cuteness...
Their toys n games are more fun and they often sleep a bit later!
My baby boy is determined to believe as long as he can though.
Bless him. I really think he's doing it for me.

But we all enjoyed the elf antics.

As we put up this huge tree we, of course, realized that we didn't have enough working lights.
So the kids wore their elf pjs on the Dollar General run and made Dad also dress up to get the magic started!

Christmas is officially here for me when we enjoy the music at the Kennedy Center Concert. This year they added amazing Gospel guest Ralph Herndon!
Loved. It.
Thanks so much to Aunty Betsy and Chuck for setting the mood beforehand with special supper and singing along with the piano.

 JoJo  spoiled us all with so many trips n treats.
She also took the kids to The National Cathedral

Jack looks shocked, or awed ?

We all finally got to gather in JoJo's new great room for Thanksgiving and Christmas. After all her drawn out hassels with her lame builder, having it ready was prolly her favorite gift of the season.

Santa exceeded everybody's expectations this year!!!

Snowboards, compound bow and hunt whip, carhartts ...

and soft (clean) couches to curl up on for Copper and the family!
Plus flat screen tv (yes, finally) and smaller console to make better use of the space n pretty brick. 

One of my bestest blessings is my sweet boy who will do just about anything for his mamma!
He dresses for the ladies (or elves)!

and let me sleep late only to wake to a trail of love notes ending with hot coffee!

So. Blessed 

Wishing you all peace, joy and much love

1 comment:

Lori Skoog said...

Happy New Year Leslie and family! And make that a healthy one for you and all your critters. What a gorgeous collection of photographs! That first one is my favorite. Your family has a lot of spirit along with your sense of humor!