I, of course believe that you should show your loved ones just how much you love them everyday but I am still a fan of Valentine's Day. It is always fun to see everyone with an extra large smile and love in their eyes. I was sure spoiled this year by my boys. Aidan gave me a funny cupcake card and 2 red velvet cupcakes from The Cup and Chris got me a huge box of chocolates, a Mt Dew (my favorite!) and sour gummies. None of which helped my wedding diet but of course I indulged in it all. I surprised Chris with Blues tickets, after telling for a month there wasn't a game we could go to this season. Later that night we met up with my sister, April and 2 of my nephews, Tyler and Caleb, and spent time together praising and worshipping our #1 Valentine (Jesus, of course) at the Rock & Worship Roadshow. The concert started at 6:30 and by the time we ended up leaving at 10:45 they were still playing! It was a perfect day I'm my book!
So for the past month Chris told me to keep this past weekend open, I thought he had something up his sleeve, well it turns out he was actually helping out by keeping my sidetracked while my Sister and Mother planned a "Girls Weekend Away". The weekend started with my Dad taking us all out to dinner before we headed to Branson. He even treated us to 4, yes FOUR desserts! My family has a bit of a sweet tooth and my Dad sure knows how to spoil his girls. Once we were finished with dinner we headed to our hotel (The Hilton Promenade on the Branson Landing), they had me open my gifts, which were AWESOME, and then we called it a night. On Saturday, we got up and shopped until we dropped, we hit Target and The Tanger Outlet Shops, we all found amazing deals! We bought so much that we talked my Dad into coming down and meeting up for dinner and then taking all of our purchases home with him, otherwise we would have had no room to load our luggage up or a place to sit! He met up at the Keeter Center, where I had the best steak ever! There food and service is really delightful, if you ever get an opportunity to try it out, do not pass it up! After dinner we were driving back to the hotel and my Mother talked Tiff into driving down the strip, she passes an Old Time Photo shop that was still open and talked us all into trying it out. I won't go into much detail but it was quite an experience, one we will probably talk about for years! We did end up getting some fun photos out of it so it was all worth it. Sunday morning we had our usual Starbucks breakfast and then hit all of the shops on The Landing, and then finished the trip off with a wonderful lunch at the Burger Shack. All in all it was a great weekend! Thank you to my Sister, Tiff, Tara and April, and my Mother for a wonderful weekend. I am truly blessed!!
Starting the weekend off at Houlihans (Thanks, Dad)
We had a very eventful December. I love Christmas and was happy to finally be living with my boys in a house that I got to add my touch of Holiday Spirit on this year. We had a great time decorating the tree and watching Elf. We did many other "Christmasy" things to help us all get in the holiday spirit, such as: the Springfield Christmas Parade, Ladies Christmas Tea at Church, decorating our Annual Gingerbread House, Breakfast with Santa, Silver Dollar City, baking and decorating salt dough ornaments with Chris' family (see the entire process on Megan's blog here and here), Dixie Stampede, Candlelight Service at my parents Church, Christmas Eve at the Johnson's house, our Annual Vallely Christmas Light tour, breakfast with Chris' family and an afternoon with mine on Christmas day. As you can see we made sure to fit everything in all while spending time with our friends and family who mean so much to us and really are the reason for the season along with Jesus! It was my favorite Christmas so far. God, thank you for showing me that you really do have a plan for my life and providing me with blessings along the way. Amen.
Decoration our tree!
DC Ladies Tea
We sat at the "Elf on the Shelf" table
Springfield Christmas Parade (Caleb marched in the HHS band, of course we got to be an annoying Aunt and Uncle and yell his name and cheer as he went by!)
Allie and Mack, I love these girls!
Decorating our Gingerbread House
Breakfast with Santa at Chateau on the Lake
He asked for an XBox 360
Beautiful Chateau Lobby
SDC! Roman, Aidan, and Grace (Chandler was there too but ran off before I was able to snap a picture)
Waiting on the first tree lighting. The longest those boys sit still all day.
Salt Dough Ornament decorating
Oreo Balls and Dr. Pepper for Santa
Christmas Morning- he slept until 9:15AM, Chris and I were dying to wake him up!
Annual Christmas Light Tour (Chris got to lead the group this year)
Merry Christmas from the "Soon to be Gregory" Family (Santa left Aidan Mustaches in his stocking so we decided to wear them to breakfast)
Our wedding was 100 days from November 30th, so we decided to make a paper chain to countdown the days until our wedding! Aidan has been really good at remembering to remove a chain in the mornings he is here, when he is at his mom's house it is left up to Chris and I to remember it, which we have struggled with, so we are very grateful when Aidan is home to keep it up to date! It is crazy to see the chain getting smaller and smaller as the days so by!