Sunday, January 11, 2015


We had our Christmas decorations up in record time this year! The Sunday after Thanksgiving...we're usually a little lazy and don't get it all up so soon! 
In early December I drove the girls, Granny, dad and Lujean to see my brother in Texas. It was my first time to meet my niece Blakeleigh. She's so precious! 
Aunt Jaimee thought the girls would love to make their own pizzas. What a sweet aunt. She's gonna be a fun momma! 
After Texas I took the girls to Tulsa because I needed to pick up a few things from Kati. Ree and Papa were so excited to take the kids to Chuck E Cheese. (My least favorite place.) After about an hour, Ree and Papa were so excited to leave. I think they figured out why I did not want to go in the first place! 
Our neighbors had an ice skating rehearsal one night so we went to watch. 
SJ stole my phone and took a few selfies. Ha! She said she's "really sick" in the bottom pics. 
We attended our third Christmas party at Kraft! 
I really wanted to plan some fun stuff for the girls this December. So we kind of made up a bucket list of things to do before Christmas. Our first night was decorating cookies  with neighbors. So easy and a lot of fun! 
Night two was ice skating at the Bentonville Square. They loved it! 
3rd night on the bucket list was decorating gingerbread houses. 
4th night was pictures with santa. A friend of mine has two girls just a little older than my girls. She passed down these super cute dresses! 
The 5th night the girls went to our church's Christmas cantata. We missed out but they really enjoyed the singing. Sadly, no picture! 

Sarah got to be Mary in her school Christmas program. Mary didn't really have much to do in the program except dress the part. Either way she looked super cute with her friend Timmy as Joseph! 
They really love on each other...sometimes. 
The Saturday before Christmas is always our first Christmas party with mom's side of the family. It's always a great time and always ends sooner than I want! 
On Christmas Eve, Aunt Bet Bet joined us! We had a relaxing afternoon then headed to our church's Christmas Eve service. 
We followed a tradition in Daniel's family and had gumbo for our Christmas Eve dinner. Daniel made a good batch! I tried to be fancy and make a chocolate cake with white chocolate trees. It wasn't too cute but it tasted great! 
Christmas night we headed to McAlester to see my dad's side of the family. We had a great dinner at Granny's followed by opening gifts at Dad's. 
Sweet Blakeleigh giving me morning smiles and cuddles!
We made it to Bixby to cap off Christmas parties! The first night we hired a sitter and all adults went to dinner at Smoke. I loved it! 
The typical cousins in PJs pic! :)
We spent Dec. 30-Jan. 1 in Kansas City. OSU had a basketball game against Mizzou...which we won in OT. I also ran into my college roomie, Fatima. So fun! We had a lot of fun with the Eberharts but sadly took no pics of all the kids together. Darn! NYE was a nice prime rib dinner with cheesecake for dessert. We all rubbed our eyes and yawned our way to midnight. At 12:10 I was putting my head on my pillow and falling asleep! 


Leslie said...

Sounds like a great December! You are such a good mom making things special for your girls! I'm sure they loved it. Emma keeps asking to go to Chuck-E-Cheese too because according to the commercials she tells us, "it makes a family strong." We will not be going anytime soon. I hate that place. :)

Anonymous said...

Dear Kari, omg it must have been the best December ever!!! I adore seeing all the pictures of you and your beautiful family and all the fun you have together!! Love and miss you all Aunt SuSu