Monday, January 30, 2017

Punta Cana Getaway

Room with a view
Will checking out the view from our balcony
Sunny and 85 degrees
The pier and gazebo
Dinner at La Yola

Hanging out after breakfast
Dance lessons in the gazebo

Dinner at the resort
Shrimp and lobster over fried rice
Steak, asparagus, and potatoes
The Littles with their souvenirs while Bigs were at school
Little Hannah-doll

Mommy and Hannah-doll
Mommy and Jamesey-love
     Will and I managed to plan a last minute trip to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for some much needed quality time.  Mimi and Grandy took care of our little ones for 4 nights so we could get away.  We flew nonstop from Atlanta on a full Southwest flight.  Will was lucky enough to find a seat in the cockpit.  We used Starwood points and stayed at the Westin Punta Cana Resort.  It was fabulous! Our view was absolutely amazing.  The resort was very calm and relaxing.  The food was delicious, too.  It was exactly what we needed in this crazy season of life with Will traveling again for work.  We brought the "Bigs" and the "Littles" t-shirts and necklaces as souvenirs.  Thanks, Mimi and Grandy!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Will's Lt. Colonel Pin-On

We all went down to Columbus for Will's pin-on ceremony.  Of course, we had to celebrate afterwards with lunch at Proffitt's Porch.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas 2016

Hannah and Connor ready to bake Christmas cookies
Presents under the tree on Christmas Eve
Caught Mr. Branzo looking at baby Jesus
Weston and James chatting about Christmas presents
Hannah in her Christmas outfit Mimi bought for her
Mimi and Grandy with their hands full
Mimi and the Hannah-Doll
Will and me
James's face of pure Christmas joy
Grandy, Hannah, and Mimi watching everyone open presents
Connor-bug and Mimi
Grandy, Mimi, and Polly
Daddy showing Hannah her gifts
Hannah in her Cinderella dress
Cinderella sitting on the trampoline boxes
Happy boys with the Xbox
Jolly James with his new "backum"
Hannah and her new kitchen
Happy Birthday Jesus
Connor (6), James (3), Hannah (18 months), and Weston (8)
Connor opening his Adventure Bible
Hannah sitting in her new stroller
James taking her for a ride around the kitchen
     Daddy made it home from two months of training in Dallas, just in time for Christmas--three days before Christmas Eve.  In that short time, we were able to bake cookies and finish up shopping for gifts.  On Christmas Eve, we went to church and Mimi and Grandy brought steaks for dinner.  After dinner, everyone opened presents from grandparents and cousins.  The boys got a 15 foot trampoline from Mimi, Grandy, Nana, and Granddaddy. Connor got a remote control helicopter from Nana and Granddaddy.  Weston got a model F-16 to build with Daddy.   James got a cool Nike athletic suit and a remote control truck from Mimi and Grandy.  Hannah got a Cinderella dress, jewelry, and some movies from Nana and Granddaddy.  She also got a pink fairy backpack and monogrammed lunch box from Mimi and Grandy.  Mommy had a really good Christmas, too, because Daddy bought her a new car--a black Yukon XL.  He also bought a nice camera as an early gift. 
     On Christmas morning, Weston and Connor were excited that Santa surprised them with an Xbox One.  James got his very own real vacuum cleaner.  Hannah got a play kitchen and a pots and pans set.  We made chocolate chip muffins, lit a candle, and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus.  Daddy read Luke 2 to everyone at the breakfast table.  After breakfast, we opened gifts and stockings as a family.  We started a new way of giving this year with 5 gifts--something you want (Santa brought these), something you need, something to wear, something to read, and something to give.  Connor chose to give a newborn baby care package through Compassion International.  Weston donated fruit trees through the Samaritans purse catalog.  James gave money to help teach someone to read and write.  Daddy donated a water well to a family.  Mommy helped rescue a young girl in danger, and Hannah provided emergency food to children in need. 
     Daddy left for his first regular flight on Christmas Day at 1:00 in the afternoon.  James was so upset--okay maybe a little mad--that he tore down the playroom Christmas tree.  He said, "I cut that tree down."  Luckily, Daddy returned on the 27th, and he was able to fix the lights on the tree.