Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wrapping Up Christmas

We planned to leave for Memphis the day after Christmas, but when I found out that Christy was coming in from Nashville, Meghan coming in from Knoxville, Mackenzie coming from Brazil, and LeeAnn from Spain.... I just had to stay!  Katy hosted our brunch this year, and Melissa and I made some casseroles.  I have been so blessed by my friendships with these ladies for over 15 years.  

Our little ADPi legacies with Aphie

the big kid table

7 friends and 11 kids and growing!

We attempted a timed picture of the adults and of all the families together.  This blurry one is the best I got from my camera.  I still love it.

After our brunch, we loaded up the car and headed to Memphis.  I love wrapping up our year and ringing in the new year in the town where it all began for us.  We didn't leave until after 3:00 and it poured down rain the entire time.  Thankfully, our girls are pretty awesome travelers.  No complaining and we only had to stop once to eat.  We rolled in to my mom's house about 10:00 and of course the girls were wide awake and ready to see their Grandma.  We slept in on Sunday and then celebrated Christmas with my mom and sister's family with a great dinner and more presents!

funny faces

kid table

I love this picture of Elizabeth with her Aunt Melanie

For Christmas, I bought my mom a photo package for all of us girls to have pictures made together.  It was really a fun experience, and now we have some pictures of Grandma with all her girls!

Alivia and Aleaha spent the night with us at Grandma's which made Elizabeth and Caroline so very happy!
It's been 2 years since I got together with my favorite people from  high school.  But after 20 years as friends, we always pick up right where we left off.  I love these girls so much!!
We had plans to go to dinner with Beth and John on New Year's Eve and then spend a quiet night at their house ringing in the new year.  Unfortunately, Meyers got sick and parent duties called.  Bert and I decided to keep our reservations at Elfo's and take advantage of the free babysitting (my mom) and enjoy a date night.  It was amazing and I enjoyed just chatting with my husband over a really nice dinner.  We were home by 10:00 and asleep by 11:00 and I loved it!  This is real life people!!

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