This is probably about 7 posts crammed into 1. Just a fair warning :)
This Christmas was full of…great time with my family!
Kemble enjoyed the vacation hours of a full-time teacher, Daddy had the whole week off, and we all had such a blast together!
Each year Daddy gives us a $20 shopping spree to the mall. Kemble and I realized we hadn’t cashed in on ours in quite some time…so we added them all up and had quite a fun shopping trip :)
While we went shopping, Joel and Momma slaved away in the garage working on “projects”. It’s always something with those two!
Joel worked us all over on Settlers of Catan. Heiko gave Joel a run for his money, as did my dad with his longest road. Mom didn’t seem to love this game as much as we all did and Elizabeth detested when her hubbie took her cards :)
Any other Settlers players out there?
Kemble took me out on a date for my birthday to THE most amazing Asian restaurant…Taste of Asia! Thanks, Sass!
If you live in Huntington, you’ve gotta check this place out!
Christmas was also full of meaningful times with our church family.
The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is always a highlight for our church. It is such a special time to celebrate our Savior!
After the Christmas Eve Service, we drove over to Stanford Park to look at the beautiful lights.
This was the most over-the-top house by far! It even played music 24/7.
Kemble, Jeff and Mrs. Linda, Kemble’s Mother-in-Law, joined us for Christmas Day. We had a lovely brunch and enjoyed time together laughing, getting to know each other and opening gifts.
We cherish and love these handmade stockings made by my grandmother for each of our family members!
And my dad will cherish the shadow box that my mom made for my dad to add photos to as a tribute to the wonderful life of his mom!
Christmas was also full of hilarious times with my family…
A certain younger sister of mine may or may not have knocked over the entire Christmas tree trying to reach a gift.
We all were dying laughing as mom and Joel tried to salvage the tree and far-flung ornaments.
Speaking of gifts…don’t worry. My mom got a gun for Christmas!
Which we immediately made her go practice in the front yard! HA! Only in WV. (Or Mississippi) :)
We had sent her on a scavenger hunt to find her gun. The clues were all on various sizes of circles which created a target. She didn’t do too badly on her first shot!
Daddy was such a trooper to spend some time each day clearing the walkway and driveway.
But he did leave the icicles for ambiance-sake.
This Christmas we kept a slower pace as we visited Huntington and I am so grateful for lots of memories made with my family. I am also forever grateful that my family is so intentional to celebrate Jesus and all that He means to our world. Happy Birthday, Jesus!
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21