Monday, December 5, 2016


We hosted Thanksgiving at our house for the Moores (just missing my cousin Amy and her crew) and Toohigs (and Mere’s boyfriend, as well). Since this was our first big gathering at our new house, we enjoyed figuring out how the party flow worked and were happy with how it turned out. As always, Helen Grace was a fabulous hostess, and she followed my one example place setting and set the entire rest of the tables. (I have so many memories of setting the table with my GG, so it makes me so happy to see HG enjoying it as well!) She was also stuck on writing on wine glasses again, and she helped Spiffer make the turkey cheese ball.
Cressey slept through the first two hours of the party until John and Spiffer snuck up to her room where they claimed she was “wide awake!” Regardless, we were all excited to welcome her to the party. She and Mary Mason played happily in the middle of the den floor while the grown ups circled around them, watching football, ooohing and aahing over Darby’s costume changes, and watching William and Ryves play horsey throughout the house with crowns on their heads (as requested by Darby and HG). It’s not a Moore party until one of them runs through the room with a girl screaming behind them!
Getting the place party ready. We used both our wedding china and my Goodmama’s china. We had 15 adults, 2 big girls, and 2 baby girls.
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And Blue.
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Mere finally got to meet Cressey!
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Darby and HG immediately fell back into their routine of trying on every costume in HG’s playroom closet.
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Here’s Darby dressed like a “celebrity,” signing autographs.
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The kids’ kids table
The kids actually got to sit in the dining room this year! Our parents sat in the kitchen.
And William found his way to the kids’ table where he feels the most comfortable…
Mary Mason couldn’t resist giving Cressey a kiss, and Cress was NOT sure what to think about it.
Bubba, her three boys, and their kids and grandkids
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Almost a fabulous family pic…three out of four with real smiles isn’t terrible, right?
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William doing what he does best- driving the girls CRAZY. He and Ryves wore crowns and played horsey most of the last half of the party. They are great sports.
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The sugar rush is starting to crash.
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HG made these ‘coupons’ for everyone to draw for prizes.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Nashville Girls’ Trip

Brandy and I decided to treat our girls to an experience for a Christmas gift to each other instead of a new toy, etc. We all loaded up in her van this past Saturday (Nov. 19th) and headed to Nashville for the day. We had lunch at the Rainforest Cafe at Opry Mills, and the girls loved sitting next to the tigers and seeing the thunderstorm come through the restaurant. Then, we walked over to the Grand Old Opry to see “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” musical (it was a great show- actors, costumes, songs were all wonderful), and afterward, we walked over to see Opryland Hotel’s Christmas decorations (where HG served as our tour guide). Around 5:30, we were all worn slap out, so we got back in the van, changed into pajamas, drove through Chik-fil-A for dinner (and got one of practically everything on the menu), and then hit the road for Memphis. The girls all played so well together, and Brandy and I enjoyed the time to catch up. We had fun getting in the Christmas spirit too!

Daily is quite the little mama.

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The Graces

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Ready to see the Grinch!

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Afterward, HG walked and danced like the Whos for hours.

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Exploring at Opryland Hotel

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Daily was scared of the escalator (heights), but she was brave with HG holding her hand.

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Pic by HG

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Under the tree with one of my best gifts

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“We’ll take one of everything, please.”

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lake House

The first weekend of November, we struck off on our annual Arkansas lake house trip with the Bakers and Blackmans. We think this is our fourth year to do this, and I’m so proud of us for continuing to carve out time for time for both mamas and little girls to foster and nurture our friendships.

HG insisted that Cressey come along, and who can say no to such a sweet sister plea?? So I agreed. She actually did as well as could be expected on the 2.5 hour car ride. She only slept about 30 minutes each way and a dirty diaper made her mad as we arrived at the lake, but generally, she was content and entertained by the Baker girls in the car with us. She hated the pack n play the first night (and kept me awake with her groaning), but we both slept better the second night. Naps were nonexistent, but the house was a little wild with all those little ladies. And it made for a quiet, nap-filled week when we got home!

The big girls had the best time running around the basement and making videos. They really pick right up where they left off the last time we saw each other, and it’s so good for the mamas to get to catch up too!

Ready to hit the road, packed to the gills!

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When the {lack of} nap situation got a little dire, Jen and I hopped in the car and just drove! Anything for a few minutes of peace.

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Oh yeah, Daylight Savings Time hit while we were there. Cressey was up and had a nap before the sun rose. Zzzzzzz

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Our first trip in 2013

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