Before I completely wrap up our Christmas postings (yikes...it's only February 19th!) I wanted to document a few more special things.
One - the Daddy/Daughter date night to see the Nutcracker Ballet at Wingate University.
I can't remember the specifics of the evening but I know they were in a huge hurry, so sadly the only photo I have to document this special occasion is the cell phone selfie above and the picture of the tickets and program below. Tim said the girls loved it - even Avery. I'm so glad that they get these special experiences with him.
Two - the artwork/letters/drawings compliments of Kennedy. Here is her letter to Santa that she wrote about 3 days before Christmas. Thank heavens for this note because Momma had no idea she wanted a "Rudoph Stuffed Animals". No worries though, Santa delivered ;). You like how she asks for a "Little Kitten: Please, Please". So sorry sister - NOT HAPPENING! Being a true Southerner, I'm most proud that she ends her letter with Thank you. Thata girl!
I thought this was precious - Kennedy made this at school but specifically wrote that it was a gift for Avery and she writes "I Love You". Presh!
This is her drawing of our mantle - complete with stockings!
The above are pretty self explanatory but this one was a riot - it says "I love you. I know you're having a hard day. I wish I could make your day better. From me to you, you're like a flower in my heart". Kennedy had to narrate part of this for me, but seriously y'all? Bless her! Thankful she loves me even when I'm "having a hard day".
Three - the together time is always one of my favorite things about holidays. No schedule. No harried pace, just being together. I've said this before and it's still very true - nothing brings me more joy in life than watching my kids play with one another and care for one another and ultimately learn to love one another. It's indescribable and I adore it.
Grey had a bit of an unfortunate rash over the break and we were giving him some air out time and during said time I could not help but to document it in some way because what is cuter than an indoor moon?
Not much people! There's just not much cuter than that!
Kennedy's favorite thing at school is art class. She loves all types of art mediums and I love seeing what she creates. These are some things she brought home before the holiday break but since I can't keep it all (though I want to) I try to take pictures:
Nana and Pawpaw gave her a paint brush, paints and easel set for Christmas and she has really enjoyed it. I love Avery's expressions in these pictures - she loves her big sister!
Some more artwork: "I love Mommy. Mommy is the most excellent cook ever".
Laslty, I want to remember Christmas Card season (it's my favorite!!!) We kept with our Thankful tree theme, but instead added a star and began hanging our cards in the shape of a tree - here is our finished product. Lots of love on that tree!
I like to remember our card each year - here's this years card.
In September, we had the privilege of having our family photographs done by the talented Heather McGinnis of Heather McGinnis Photography. She is the cousin of the pastor of our home church in KY. He connected us with her and gifted us with a photo session (so crazy generous!). Tim and I had not had professional pictures since our wedding so we were so thrilled to document our family in this season of life. I didn't share the amazing images she captured because I knew we'd use one for the card but without further ado:
It was really hard to choose images because they were all so good, but the above are the ones we have print access to. Now, I need to get some on the wall!