Sunday, December 27, 2009

Mizell CHRISTmas

The day after Christmas we celebrated w/ Ben's immediate & extended family. We got together for lunch @ Ben's parents house & opened our gifts there. Once again, we were spoiled like crazy!! Later that afternoon we went to Grammy & Grampy's house (Phil's parents) to eat & exchange gifts there..

Ben & Trent playing w/ a Cowboys vs Redskins checkers game
Ben relaxing after eating
cousin Mark w/ one of his nieces (who is an identical twin - I'm not using the girls names without their moms permission!!)
At Grammy & Grampy's, Grammy always has a table set up w/ all kinds of food on it like this.. we all snack the whole time!!
the girls & I and our boots!!
This is where Mary Ann & I stayed for most of the evening....... by the food table : )
Grampy & his son Joe (Phil's brother & dad)
Grammy, Ben, and his cousin (the twins' brother)
Ben's present from his parents (a notebook computer to take to class)
Katherine's gift, a 22" TV for their bedroom
Mary Ann & Phil - thank you guys again for everything, you went above & beyond!!
Trent & Katherine
Ben & I
My gift from the Mizell's was a new camera!!!!!!! I've needed one for so long, I can't say that I've ever had a nice camera... (it's the one on the Ashton Kutcher commercial)
We have officially completed all of our Christmas get togethers!!
Since Ben worked on Christmas day I had a lot of time during the day by myself... I found myself thinking about the obvious so I decided it was time to get busy.... therefore, I started taking down Christmas decor. Christmas is my favorite time of year, I start looking forward to it @ the start of fall.. but as soon as it's over I'm ready for summer!! I'm looking forward to 2010 and the new beginnings it will bring!!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Grant CHRISTmas

Traditionally we always go over to my mom & dads to open our presents Christmas morning... this year Ben had to work so we waited until he got off @ 7... I thought the girls were going to go crazy waiting!!

Ben and I have been on a budget since he started back to school. We decided not get each other much, if anything... we opened the few gifts we had for each other Christmas Eve. I took a picture of what he got me w/ my iPhone; I'll download it and put it up soon. It is very special and there's a story that goes behind the gift... I'll explain once I post the pic.

My parents always go above & beyond when it comes to buying us gifts... We hope they know how special they make each Christmas for us!!

Here are the pictures from Christmas night w/ the Grants... aka Griswold's!!

Last Christmas mom got the guys a pair of pajama pants.. they say something about opening a can of something on somebody??? haha Needless to say, Ben is sporting them!! This year he got grinch pants, so I'm sure he'll be wearing those next year!! (bless his heart, he had just worked a 12 hour shift) Brad w/ his typical picture face wearing his new North Face jacket
Wes too got a North Face jacket
Laci and Benny
There's a story that goes behind this picture... my dad has acquired a few new "friends." Every night there are two raccoons, Ricky & Rotnei, and Peter the possum that comes to their back door.. they started feeding them their leftover dinner (or whatever dad finds in the pantry) and they come back every night... it's amazing how much weight they've put on!! It's a family joke now that dad has new friends.. he's very protective of them too!! When they visited Wes in October, I went over and made sure they had some food!! This particular present is a raccoon puzzle.. we've started putting together puzzles @ the particular house were at.. we have one going @ the Bohannan's, our house, & theirs!!
Megan has taken a special liking in Tinker Bell... here is her new costume!! After she put it on she asked me where her high heels were!!
Laci & her new gymnastics suit!! I remember the days I could pull that outfit off too... I have to think real hard but they're there!!
Of course Meg got one too!!
and again...
The girls got matching GSU (Georgia State Panther) shirts w/ Wes's # on the back!! We can hardly wait for baseball season to start and road trips to watch uncle Wes play!!
This is particularly funny because it's a Popeye shirt w/ no head.... Wes happened to pose like this which makes him look like Popeye!!
Megan decided to "bust Laci up," this was the end result!!
Laci being attacked; they both went down (They were getting restless waiting on uncle Ben)
The Noah's Ark puzzle going on @ mom & dads house (this will be framed and go in the baby room @ our house)
dad & Megan
Laci trying to pout waiting on Ben to get home... & yes those are all her presents in the chair behind her!!
Amber & her girls
Laci showing off her new charm bracelet
Amber's present from Brad was an iPhone.... this is how she was until Ben got there!!
mom's mantle in the living room; very pretty!!
my two favorite girls!!
Wes always has this water bottle in the fridge... Megan thought it was funny to drink from it too!!
eating dinner waiting for Benny to get home already!!
Laci was handing out cards to all the different piles of presents!! She was supposed to sort out the presents but she only found the ones w/ her name on them!!
I know I've said this before but we are truly blessed!! Obviously, opening presents and getting new "things" is fun but we rejoice for the real meaning of the season!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

CHRISTmas @ the Grant farm!!

Tonight we celebrated Christmas w/ the Caple side of the family @ the Bohannan's... I forgot my camera so you'll have to go to my sisters blog to look @ photos. We had a great time eating, playing dirty Santa, & great fellowship!!

Last Saturday we had our annual Grant Christmas @ the farm. It is always a wonderful time when we can all get together!!

This year we're reminded of how blessed we are to have such a wonderful family who loves us unconditionally!! We're also reminded of the obvious... we will never meet our daughter, Weslee on this earth, papaw Grant has stage IV lung CA, my sister is no longer pregnant... sadly, I could go on... BUT we know all things happen for a reason and God has a much bigger plan for us than we can fathom; with that fact, I have PEACE

Enjoy the pictures, we had a great time!!

Megan wanting someone to take her on the 4-wheeler Laci doing cousin Adam's hair
Amber & Brad
Connie being goofy w/ her umbrella she won playing dirty Santa!! Notice Ben in the background w/ his dirty Santa gift on; an awesome Carhart hunting jacket!! Ben does not hunt so Wes ended up w/ it!!
Amber explaining the rules of dirty Santa, we go through this each year!! We are a VERY competitive family so we all have to be on the same page..
Brad and Laci bird
Papaw Grant & Meg going for a ride
mom & Wesley, we're soo glad he's home for a while!!
dad and his dad, our papaw Grant, and Laci, Megan, Brayden, & Weslee's great grandpa!!
my cousin Katie & her boyfriend Jace, such a great guy!! (notice Katie's glamour shot hand pose - haha)
Ben and mamaw Grant.. Ben is holding a glass of her sweet tea, which happens to be the sweetest tea ever!!
Megan and her corn, this kids loves corn!!
Laci giving Ben a new hairdo
I saved the best for last, our papaw Grant!! When Ben and I were in Branson the Lids store there embroidered hats, we had this one made for him.. it says, GRANT FARM
We have so many great memories w/ he and the whole family @ their house in Benton and now @ the farm... we're looking forward to MANY more!!
What a wonderful CHRISTmas!!