January

Boy Howdy! January is half over already and I still have a ton of boxes to unpack. Honestly it should have been done by now! I mean we have been in the new house about 2 months now. The holidays are now over and all the decorations are down. I think it’s time to get motivated!

I caught a cold that I have had last few weeks and which I passed it onto my granddaughter Kenleigh Maye. I am feeling much better but Kenleigh still has an awful runny nose. So she has been getting lots of extra love and attention from this grandma.

We have been doing movie night with Jasons brother and his wife every Friday night. Marjorie is a huge Harry Potter fan so we have started from the beginning. This upcoming Friday we will watch the 5th movie in the series.

Jason and I have already gotten out for a quick date night this year. It was a simple one, just grocery shopping and of course a stop for coffee. He has been working so much lately and I have Kenleigh all the time now while both her parents work over 40 hour weeks and of course we have our Cameron who keeps me on my toes every day. School is back in and he is enjoying 1st grade. So when my mom calls asking if she can have both of her great grandkids for the afternoon Jason and I quickly get out the door for quality time together. Nothing makes me happier than our drives, just the two of us talking, laughing and making plans of things to come.

We have been through so much the last year. Financially and emotionally. A failed business, partnership and to the loss of two of his closest friends and a beautiful niece all taken too soon. So many tears were shed and many lessons learned.

This year we are focusing on us! As our pastor said this past Sunday ” be intentional on who you keep in your circle, don’t dwell on the past good or bad, focus on today and those in your circle all while keeping your focus on God! ” That is our plan. Over the past year we have paid attention to the ones who truly love and care for us and truly want our lives filled with happiness, healing, laughter and love. I have poured my heart out and I have prayed and I am walking away from those hurt feelings from ones I thought loved me and walking towards the ones that have been there every step of our journey and still are there for us everyday.

The last few weeks I have been my happiest and I look forward to what the new year brings. Hopefully snow! Lol… at least the forecast is predicting it for this upcoming weekend. We shall see!

I pray everyone has a healthy happy full intentional 2019!!!

Christmas

Christmas always comes and goes so quickly! I’m setting here this morning watching my grandson play with his hot wheels garage from Santa and patiently waiting for my granddaughter to wake up.

We started our Christmas Eve by taking the grandkids to see Santa at the mall. Cameron has visited him every year since he was born and this was Kenleigh’s first visit. She was all smiles and waving at Santa while I was holding her but soon as I handed her off to him the tears started rolling. Santa cried along with her…

Once back home we entertained family throughout the day. Jason’s mom and Grandma Joyce brought candy, cookies and fudge for us to enjoy.

The kids decorated Christmas cookies for Santa and so did my big guys! Husband and son…

My mom started a Christmas Eve tradition many many years ago that is a favorite. We make her egg rolls for dinner every Christmas Eve. Even Rodney & Marjorie ( my brother & sister in law ) make sure to make it for dinner every year just for the egg rolls. I am all about tradition. I am old school and love it that way. My family always stays the night with each other so we can wake up Christmas morning together and celebrate Jesus’s birthday!

No presents are ever under the tree until the kids go to sleep waiting for Santa to visit. Once asleep all the adults start bringing out the gifts. Santa is a big deal in our household! We believe in the magic of Christmas and the joy it brings the young ones to believe. And we always tell the story of Jesus birth for He is the reason for this holiday season! Christmas is all about the joy in the children’s eyes and hearts!

My grandson asked Santa for a hampster this year for Christmas! The happiness on his face, priceless. He named him Z!

We all enjoyed our very early 4am morning! My brother in law is a fireman and had a 7am shift. So we were sure to be up early enough so he enjoyed it without being rushed.

Kenleigh loved her first Christmas 🎄

My parents got all the grandkids a huge swing for a big tree at their farm. Once it is up I will be sure to upload pictures

Cameron ended up getting sick while opening presents. A 24 hour bug it seems because he is much better today.

But he ended up sleeping most of the day away, he woke late in the evening for a bit to enjoy some toys before heading back to sleep.

I made a breakfast scramble of fried tators, scrambled eggs and bacon for lunch for everyone.

It was a relaxing wonderful Christmas day!

” For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. ” Luke2:11

Christmas Date

Every year Jason and I look forward to our Christmas date. This year we got to enjoy two nights out.

First date we got a late start. We had to tend to a couple work matters before heading out which led us a couple hours behind schedule. But thankfully Walmart is open 24/7 so we made that our last stop. The town was busy with Christmas shoppers, every store packed. After we left the pet store we met up with our friends Mark and Tammy ” the Farmers ” and Jasons brother Rodney and our sister in law Marjorie for dinner at one of favorite local cafes, Red Onion Cafe…

We can never get enough of this cafe. It’s our go to place in town! If I would of thought to have the waiter take a photo of us all I would of, but we were all just enjoying the conversation and laughter it slipped my mind. I love dinner dates like that.

After dinner Rodney followed us to several stores so he could find Marjorie a Christmas gift. Of course we stayed at the book store a bit longer than they had hoped, but once you get me in one it’s hard to get me out lol.

We ended our night late at Walmart picking up a few stocking stuffer items. It was a great night.

Second date was more relaxed and slow paced, just a night out with little shopping to do.

We went to Lowes because our grandson has been wanting orange safety cones for some time now. It will be fun to see what his plans are for them.

Then Olive Garden for dinner. The Farmers were in town so they joined us. Another delicious meal. And the chocolate lasagna…

We ended our night getting our grandkids one more gift each. We couldn’t pass up the Red Ryder BB Gun for Cameron! Christmas day will be fun. And we got Kenleigh her first lego set.

This morning is Christmas Eve and were off to the mall for photos with Santa with Cameron and Kenleigh. Kenleighs first, I can’t wait.

Merry Christmas 🎄

Christmas Hop

On Saturday we hopped from one house to the next for the Bramlett family Christmas, which is my moms side. My younger cousin Karodyn took a paramedic job in Branson and will not be able to be here on Christmas Eve, so she planned the day out for us all.

We started at Aunt Shana’s and Uncle Ed’s for appetizers. Spinach dip, crab rangoon, little bbq smokies and much more delicious food. We all had to take a guess how much money was in the ornament, my sister won that. Then a fun game of Left, Center, Right. I had never played and must of had beginners luck because I won that game.

Next we went to my Grandpa Normans ( my moms dad ) house for lunch. Aunt Kam made turkey pie, a huge favorite in our family.

Aunt Shana, Uncle Larry, Aunt Kam and my mom Susan, they are such wonderful and hilarious siblings!

Last stop was our home for dessert. We had strawberry shortcake and hot cocoa with a scoop of fudge ice cream in it. Which turned out yummy. My mom is always coming up with some delicious concoction.

We played white elephant Christmas gift exchange. The gift had to be something from our home that we didn’t want or use anymore. Aunt Kam brought in a huge duffel bag, which Aunt Shana chose and ended up being full of old purses and bags but hidden in the bottom of it was a nice pair of binoculars. So my husband ended up stealing that for the binoculars and I’m stuck with about 20 old bags lol! My little niece Zaya ended up with a police scanner, Uncle Larry with an essential oil diffuser and a scarf, Aunt Shana got a fishing pole. I don’t remember who ended up with the duck decoys I wanted but I ended up with the rugs I told my mom to get rid of because they didn’t go with her house lol and I regifted back to my sister some gift she didn’t want lol. We all had so many laughs.

I love when my mom gets together with her brother and sisters, they are a hoot!

Hopefully we do this again next year, hopping from house to house. It made for a fun wonderful day 🙂

Scriptured Walls

I wanted something special, meaningful for our home. A home, whether new or old, is a place of comfort and joy. A place to make memories and cherish family.

I wrote scripture on these walls. I want our home to be blessed with life and love! Even trial and tribulations. I know that is crazy, but in order to experience love and grow in faith we must walk the winding road of ups and downs. Like every student you are tested and tested again. I want to grow stronger in my faith and relationship with God. And I know life is not all sunshine and roses. Of course we all wish it was.

So I wrote scripture on the walls asking for blessing and guidance as we live this life in this home. Prayers meaningful to us and all that enter. I find comfort placing my hand on a wall knowing there is a bible verse or a prayer under the sheetrock reminding me whom I need most in each breath I take. God is my center, my life, and prayer is key!

Our front door was my main focus. So many enter and exit through it.

” Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. ” Deuteronomy28:6

I was so excited when Jason and I were walking through Hobby Lobby the other day and we came upon this sign. We both instantly knew we had to have this to hang over our front door. To find the same scripture I had written so many months earlier on the header for our front door, in a lovely sign. So no matter where life leads us we will always have this sign to move with us and the memories it holds.

I find happiness these days in the little things and look for something positive in every day. Not all days are easy, but I have comfort knowing God is there holding my hand and praying for me everyday. He loves me, even with all my flaws, He loves me!

Gingerbread House

The grandson and I picked up a gingerbread house kit while in town today. We had bought one last year that Cameron took to Aunt Kelsies to do with her, but I have actually never done one before.

So Cameron and I had a good evening building and decorating our gingerbread house. Thanks to another blogger for the idea. This may be a new tradition in our house 🙂

Boxes Galore!

As I set here this morning enjoying hot cocoa I wonder if all the boxes will ever get unpacked! I have a path through the garage and one storage unit left to empty…

Today I am going to get some things on the walls, mainly the master bedroom. I have been anxiously waiting to hang up our slate art from New Orleans above each door. I know one day we will travel back down South to get some more artwork from the French Quarter, we love that city.

Of course the grandkids and I got the Christmas tree up and decorated and the front porch as well. We seem to be missing a box of Christmas decor because my tree topper is nowhere to be found. Hope to find it…

This is my favorite time of year. Family comes together, I enjoy visiting with everyone. My little cousin has moved closer to Branson for a paramedic job and will be down on the 22nd. And I am always hopeful our oldest daughter will be able to head home from Denver. And of course any excuse to bake all day long brings me lots of joy!

Last night I enjoyed just relaxing on the sofa with the grandkids and good conversation with my hubby. And my sister in law Becky’s peanut butter balls. They are the best.

Now I must get back to the boxes! They don’t unpack their selves unfortunately 😂