Christmas Parties, The Nutcracker, and a BBQ Date

First of all…look what’s happening in just two days!!!
Andrea and I are at it again with a new Instagram photo-a-day challenge.  These are the “themes” for each day.  Simply post your pic about the theme and use #thephotochallenge2015.  EEK!  Can’t wait to get started!!

Ebby Lee and her sweet friend, Claire

On Friday, we all attended Ebby Lee’s Christmas party and it was FUN!!  They had stations set up in the gym.  They got to make a craft, play games, and have a snack!!  All I remember about my elementary parties were chips and sodas!  ha!

Saturday we got to watch these beauties in The Nutcracker!!  I know absolutely NOTHING about dance, ballet, or tap.  I’ve never even seen The Nutcracker, but these girls were amazing!!  I was so proud of them!  In the picture, Kensington was giving me a model pose.

Sweet friends 🙂

Wasn’t it cute??  The theater was packed.  Ebby Lee definitely has my personality (and not her father’s in this kind of situation).  She was super nervous, but I was so proud of her for getting out there and dancing!  The girls had performances on Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday after the performance, we went to M and G’s house for our Christmas with them.  M had Ginger Ale for us to toast to Christmas and the New Year.

Ebby Lee got an art desk painted JUST FOR HER by M!  She loves it!!  It has leopard print, chevron, flowers, and rhinestones.  It’s so cute!  This year Marla had hidden the presents around the house and we had to figure out the clues in order to find the gifts.  The kiddos loved it!  
If you look closely, Santa had her presents shipped to Marla’s and you can see the Barbie Dreamhouse in the background. EEK!

I think she liked it. What do you think?  haha!

Someone found a new Ninja Turtle Bike in the closet!  I think this was his turtle face?

Bowen, Tab, and I were there too, but I have zero pictures of us.  Christmas #1 was a success!

On Monday morning, Santa and I loaded up the sleigh to head to Missouri.  🙂  Tab was very adamant about Santa not coming early.  He can ONLY come on Christmas morning in Tab’s opinion so our option was to get a little U-Haul.  It actually worked great and we had a TON of space inside the car.
The kiddos did fabulous in the car.  I have NO clue how we survived on a long road trip without a DVD player.  It saves us in the car!

We unpacked and left the kiddos with my parents so Tab and I could meet up with the Tarbuttons.  They live about thirty minutes from my parents.  Greg and Tab knew each other growing up.  We all went to Arkansas State, and Katy and I had a few classes together.  Total small world!  We’ve been talking about getting together forever and it finally happened!!  We met them at a delicious barbecue restaurant.  They decorate the walls with Christmas paper.  It’s super tacky and over the top, but I love it!

We were night owls and shut the place down.  hahaha!  I think it closed at 9:00.  🙂

When we got back to my mom’s house, we found Bowen like this.  Asleep on the floor in the middle of Barbie and her accessories.  Actually…that’s a NKOTB doll I think.  ha!

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  1. 12.30.14
    Kimm said:

    What a bunch of super fun things!!!! I'm with tab…Santa can't come early!!! Love the little man sleeping surrounded by barbie accessories. Happy Tuesday

  2. 12.30.14
    Anonymous said:

    So fun!! I love the wallpaper on the walls–what a fun idea!! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. 12.30.14
    Unknown said:

    My daughter got the barbie dreamhouse too! Took daddy about 3 hours to assemble! Not like the cardboard one I had! Where is Marla's Santa shirt from? Love it!

  4. 12.30.14
    Jenny said:

    Cracking up about the uhaul trailer. That is something I could see Dan and I doing if we had to travel for Christmas. Looks like you had a good time! 🙂

  5. 12.30.14
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    I hope I'm fun like Marla when I have grandkids…lol! Night owl, 9:00…that's funny! Looks like y'all had a fun Christmas!

  6. 1.1.15
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  7. 1.2.15
    Sarita @ it's my girls' world said:

    How fun! And a trailer! You guys are hard core!

  8. 1.2.15
    Lisa Sipka said:

    So much cute and fun in one post ! Merry Christmas and happy new year to y'all! So fun seeing Claire and Ebby Lee's pic on the blog 😉 Sounds le you are having some great kid-free time too! Woohoo!