Wednesday, January 9, 2013

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

During one Mommy and Me play time in December, we met at the church and threw Jesus a birthday party!!!!!!!  We had party hats, cupcakes, and punch...  Jesus had to have been smiling when he saw all the sweet babies learning about and celebrating His birth!!!  It was so good to talk to our little preschoolers and share with them about the first Christmas, when God gave us the best present...  the gift of Jesus. 
Here are our kiddos, singing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus!!

Ready to decorate her cupcake!!!

Brother was sad it was taking so long for the icing to get to his side of the table...

"Pass me some of that frosting!!!!"

Savannah looks like she wants to tell Jenny to hurry up with that icing already!!!!

Brother has a thing for cupcakes...

Yummy, yummyyyyy!!!!

LOVE this picture of Sadie!!!  She looks so grown up!

Rylie does too!!  Why are they so big?!?

Haha, and then there's Cal! She's just looking for a good time and a sweet treat!      
Absolutely love this!  Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus!!!!!

On December 22, we decided to make a trip to the Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights.  Strangely, and absolutely PERFECTLY, Megan and Justin, Shannon and Jon, Candace and Alyse, and Wade and I were all off and free to meet up and spend the night playing together in Natchitoches!  It was WONDERFUL!  Our schedules never coordinate so well, so this was such a treat!!!  One word: Jesus!!  He knew what a special night it would be and how much we would all want to be together to enjoy it!
Since we planned our trip to the lights a few weeks in advance, Shan, Alyse, Candace, and I were able to put together a small and intimate surprise baby shower for Megan!  I wanted it to be a really extraordinary shower... one  wasn't about tons of decorations and diapers, but one more sentimental and meaningful to each of us.  We decided to each pick a theme and then buy a gift that related to that theme... our individual gifts represented our personal childhood favorites!!
More to come...  :)
Here is the wreath I made for Emory's hospital door when she makes her arrival!!
(Hoping all the nurses will still be able to find the door....)

We found a steakhouse in Natchitoches, made reservations, and arrived in time to set up a small gift table!!  Sweet Alyse brought the beautiful cake!!!!  

Waiting for Megan to arrive!!!

She made it!!!!!!  Here she is, opening her first gift!  Candace's theme was your favorite childhood movie...  we each bought our personal favorite and then wrapped them all up together.  Once Meg opened the gift, she had to guess which person gave each movie!!  So funny how well she knew some and how shocked she was by others!  I was caught between bringing Mary Poppins and Cinderella...  and since Mary Poppins had a prettier cover, she won.  And Meg got mine right!!!  :)

My theme was your favorite childhood book! I'm still trying to build up Emory's home library... something EVERY kid needs!!  My choice was "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs."  As strange as that book is, it's always been one of my most favorites!  Each of us also wrote a little inscription to Emory on the inside of the front cover, so that she can always remember who gave her that book and why it was so special to us... and hopefully become very special to her.

Alyse's idea was your favorite childhood activity/pasttime..  and she won the most creative award for this, because she brought brownies as part of her gift since she was a proud member of the Brownies Girl Scouts!!  :)  Soooo cute!!  My gift was a notebook because I loved writing children's stories.  You should see my scrapbooks and the stories I wrote.  On second thought, maybe not.  They are so awful.  Haa, but I did have fun writing them!!! Since Emory won't be able to write children's books for such a long time, I also threw in a coloring book that look like the old-school Lisa Frank ones...  remember those?!?!  Ahhhh!!  Favorite!!!

Another super creative gift was from Shannon...  one of her favorite childhood activities was playing the drums with a pot and a spoon!!
Not much has changed...  ;)
Candace's favorite childhood game... TROUBLE!
I soooo loved that one, too!

Seriously having the BEST time...  it was so sweet to get to share stories about ourselves growing up and pass our traditions on to our Emory!!!

The last theme was Shannon's!!  We each chose our favorite childhood snuggle/security item...  Megan actually guessed mine before she opened the bag!!!  A blanket with the soft trim around the edges!!  I can't help it; it's STILL my security item.  Wade has learn to accept the pink, ratty blanket with the soft snuggly trim.  :)  Candace gave Emory a glow worm/teletubby.  Hahahaha, none of us really knew what it was...  but it WAS cute!!!!!!  You can see Justin modeling it here:

"Y'all!!!!  It IS a glow worm!!!!  It isssssss!!!!!!!!"

"Sure, Candace, sure.  It sure is a glow worm.  Not a teletubby at all......"  Hahaha, Emory will love it no matter what the heck it is!!!!  :))))

Last, but not least, Emory got her very first cookbook.  Each of us wrote out a few of our favorite childhood recipes that we either made with Mom or that became very special to us growing up.  There were tons of blank pages in there as well, pages for Megan and Emory to fill up together...
Passing our favorite childhood memories on to each other and to our newest addition was such a sweet way to solidify what each of us means to the other. 
We are in this together. 
And that's a sweet, irreplaceable thing.

After an incredible time together, we headed to the LIGHTS!!!
And look who was there!!!  RYLIE!!!!

Our Poole Party!!!

The Sharbono Family!!!

The Reynolds Wrap!

The Kees Klan was there, too!!!!

I know you can't really see her...
but Savannah is sitting on a tube.
All by herself.
At the top of this snow hill.
Not only did she give the man her ticket, stand in line, AND get into a raft ALL BY HERSELF, she also got someone else (Thanks, Justin and Meggie!!!) to pay for it. 
WHEN DID SHE BECOME A WOMAN?!?!?!?!?!?!  :))))

We were all screaming and smiling, so proud of our little Vannie who kept saying she could do it all by herself!!  And she did!!  The man working the slide asked if Savannah wanted to go again, to which she replied, "Nooooooo."  And then Shannon and Megan gave her a quick lesson on how we should say, "YES," when people offer us free stuff. 

Shannon and Candace felt like they needed a little sled ride, too!!!


The brave riders!

Our sweet sisterhood!!  :)
(Savan, apparently, was still recuperating from her sled ride...)

Merry Christmas to our girl!!!
And Merry Christmas to our boy!!!

I ADORE going back and looking at posts from Christmases past...
Here is our picture from the lights in 2011!!

And in 2012!!!
(I think Brother and Dad had walked over to see some ducks at this moment... ha!)

Family Christmas shot from 2011...

Family Christmas shot in 2012!!
(And you can see Baby Poole in this one, too!)

If you're dying for more, as I know you ARE...
Click here for our Poole Christmas 2011!
Click here for our Poole Christmas 2010!
 Click here for our Poole Christmas 2009!!!
It is worth the time to spend down memory lane, I promise!!!!
Well, really, you might get bored, but it was such a treat for me! :)
And one last shot from 2009.  In Natchitoches at the lights with the
and the same cute baby girl.  :)
Our NEWEST baby girl will be almost a YEAR OLD this time next year!!  Ahhhh!!
Here is my Mackey Family, their last Christmas as a family of TWO!

Our favorite Reynolds family...
hopefully their last Christmas as a family of two as well!!!!  ;)))

So our running joke of the A-List has expanded from 5 to 7...
and that number will go up to 9 by next Christmas!  :)
It's sooo exciting!!!!

Meg is glowinggggg!!!!  She was made to be a mommyyyy!!!

Hurry up, Emoryyyyy!!!  Only a few more weeks until you join us!!!!
Your ears will RING with all of our squeals.  But that's okay.  We are just breaking you in early.  ;)

Emory at 35 weeks and Baby Poole at 17 weeks!!!
Looooove being pregnant together, Meg!!  It is sooo much fun! 

Love you all, my sweet, sweet friends!!!!
I'm thinking the Natchitoches Lights should be our tradition each year!!!!
Where else can you use a portapotty, have terrible reception, and choke on a burning hot cup of hot chocolate and still be able to call it the most perfect night ever?? 


  1. First of all, I think that the pink wreath deserved a post of its own!! It is amazing!!! I can't wait to hang it on the door! Everyone is going to LOVE it!! Second, that last picture...dang my belly (and whole body...yuck!) is huge!! Ahhhh! I sometimes forget how big I am until I see a picture! Haha. But yes, I super love being pregnant with you!!! It's such a special time!!! Love love love it!! This definitely needs to be a yearly tradition!! The pic of me holding baby Van made me tear up!! Where does the time go?!?! Ahhhhhh.

  2. LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE this blog. You are such a good little writer. Love my Lissie!!


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