Our annual trek to Clarks Hill Christmas Tree Farm proved to be a success! Admittedly so, we all arrived a bit out of sorts....the skies were grey, the children were tired, the air was just not cheery....
then, after a prayer for us to just make good memories, the skies opened and the children were all chiming in on the excitement of finding the perfect Christmas tree!
This little Drafts is full of exploration.....she isn't afraid one bit and LOVES being outdoors.....
We live with our very own "Clark"....well, sort of. He comes prepared to measure the trees to be sure we don't end up with one too tall! Good thing because Pryce and I would have the tallest tree in the forest and still think it wasn't big enough, lol.
MK tends to be more on her hands than on her feet these days....she is always challenging herself to master the next gymnastics stunt!
These boys were asked to do the annual "tree hug" photo.....
they try, really they do....but sometimes goofing off is just way more fun!
This little peanut has it tough. She is the baby, the youngest, the one who is constantly being told to do this or do that....the thing is, she has a mind of her own and she isn't afraid one bit to let the others know when she isn't on board with their demands!
Taking a picture at this particular moment was not on her personal agenda. They all respond differently to her....Colin is ready for her to be quiet, Pryce is genuinely sorry for her luck, and the big sisters are sad for her and always wanting to know what is wrong so they can fix it!
I paused for a moment in all of my running around and caught a glimpse of this....they were just standing there staring out over the pond and chatting. My prayer has always been for these two to have a bond like no other and I am beyond thankful that they continue to enjoy each other as they grow up!
Boiled peanuts, boiled peanuts, Christmas Tree cakes, and more boiled peanuts!
The stair steps....and Colin loves this measuring system! His goal is to be at least 6'. He recently went to the dr. for a physical and he was sad to hear that his official height was 5'11" but this pic has him over 6' so he is going with it!
My whole heart....
Cutest snowman ever!
And Santa....Chapman loves Santa!
A random pic of Maryn aka Elsa White....
Though we got our tree early, we had to wait several days to decorate....six children and six different schedules can be a bit tricky! Alas, we had a free evening and the children had the decor done in no time!
St. Nicholas Day
Shoes were left out, treats were given....
Pryce finished his first season of football at his new school with no injuries!!! One down, three more to go :/
This guy LOVES his school, he hasn't looked back once! He was ready to go, could not wait to go, and he has thrived in his first semester.
We were the proud parents. The parents who are so thankful for the coaches and their encouragement to their team, the life lessons that are constantly being taught, the friendships that are being formed! I've missed my boy but I am so happy for him!
Chapman. This little one has won all of our hearts. She is into everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, she does everything that no other child would have dreamt of doing, she is in constant motion, she loves us all and we are so thankful to call her ours! We have been trying to teach her to sleep in her room with Maryn. She isn't a fan. One morning, I went to check on everyone and she wasn't in her bed. Instead, she was sleeping peacefully with MK.
This little one is a light to all that meet her. She brings a smile to everyone and makes us all laugh daily with her cute little words and her funny little expressions!
A nine year and going strong tradition....A Christmas Carol. It is official, the Christmas season has begun! We LOVE this show and look forward to it every year! We watch and laugh and learn. Following the show, we always go to the mall for a classic Santa pic, have lunch, shop around a bit....it's a favorite time of the year for sure!