As I stated in my previous post - our Christmas started out at the Taylors in West Virginia. One of my favorite parts of that visit was seeing Kennedy interact with her Great Grandma and Great Grandpa on Christmas eve morning/afternoon prior to our departure to NC. It's just neat watching her develop into a little person, you know? She took a few minutes to warm up to them but once that was over she was sweet as pie and it makes me really proud of her.
More of my favorite Christmas memories - watching the girls make and decorate sugar cookies.
We love to play games and or do puzzles when we get together as a family - check Kennedy out literally getting into it. Ha!
The girls had so much fun together - this is another shot of them playing all together doing each other's makeup. Too sweet!
Kennedy had a first over Christmas break. She went to see her first movie in a theater. We saw Princess and the Frog. It was cute and had a good message. There was some Louisiana voodoo in it which I wasn't crazy about - AT ALL, but other than that it was cute and she LOVED it.
She started out sitting between her two cousins but we quickly realized she didn't weigh enough to keep the front of the chair from popping up. Her boots were like right in front of her face - so funny. So...she sat in my lap and we sat between Catherine and Maggie. They all enjoyed the movie. At some of the "scary" parts Kennedy held their hands and it was precious.
Our Christmas vacation came to an abrupt end when we got word from my Mom that cancer had finally taken my Grandmomma's life. Although I will miss her so dearly, she had been in severely intense pain and was anxious to go and be with the Lord. I take comfort in knowing her pain is over and she is with her mother and brothers and sisters who have gone before her in heaven. We left NC and drove to Huntsville, AL where her funeral was held. Please keep my Grandaddy (pictured below with my sister Melissa) in your prayers. He has Alzheimer's and is battling with some depression as a result of losing the love of his life. Kennedy is named after him - his name is Kenneth. It is so sad to see them separated, but they have left an incredible legacy and I feel very fortunate to have witnessed it.
Since we were already in Alabama we visited with our other family members who live there (my dad and his wife, my dads parents, and my dads sister. My cousin Alicia lives about an hour and a half from Huntsville and we had been trying to coordinate a trip with her for a while. Her husband just returned from Iraq and I really wanted to see him too. So...when we left Huntsville, we drove to Ethridge, TN to see the two of them and their munchkins.
My cousin and I always have a blast together so it was good for me to have my spirits lifted. It was Pauls bday so she had a bday/New Years Eve party at her place. We played rock band on the PS2 and eventually moved on to some duets game and here we are belting out some Madonna. So fun.
From Huntsville, we travelled home on Friday and Chelsea was at our house waiting. She had been here in Lexington to help and participate in a friends wedding on New Years Eve. Pictures from our visit to come on the next posting...I need to go unpack! Days off are not just for blogging, you know? Ha!