Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Exchange Party Fun

I love hosting my annual cookie/ ornament exchange. It is such festive fun and a rare time to have all my Jonesboro friends all together. 

These girls all love an excuse to leave the kids at home and come visit, eat and score lots of cookies and a new ornament. I love hearing the laughter and excitement in the walls of our home. 

I always wonder how "dirty" the dirty Santa game will be, but it's usually not too bad. It's always funny to see that one friend who keeps losing her ornament. Luckily, it wasn't me this time! 

This year it was my beautiful and fun neighbor, Lindi. She got the bean bag on the floor and the brunt of the game. I loved that it was her though. It was fun and she's a great sport about it all. She did end up with a fun ornament in the end. 

My church friends and mamas make me feel so loved. I'm blessed with friends from several circles in Jonesboro. That ole saying about having a church family is truth. I pity those who do not have one. 

It's serious business when the cookies start getting swaped. This picture is perfect. I loved the sound and the excitement coming from that dining room. 

Having friends to be silly with is the greatest for a comical ole gal like me. I'm glad God sees fit to always surround me with those like myself no matter where I am in life. 

Oh, those cookies! If you don't attend an exchange at Christmas, come to mine or host one! You won't be disappointed. 

Abby Jo 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Walking In Memphis (running too)

It been forever since I have blogged. Over this festive holiday I have been chewed out by many for it. So, I'm making a vow to do better! I had no idea so many of you missed me :) Here is a recap of some of our happenings this past month in Memphis. We have been there every weekend for something or another since Thanksgiving. 

At the beginning of December we ran the St. Jude Half Marathon. We love Memphis and an excuse to run through it and to help the kids at St. Jude was a plus. We attempted it in 2013 but an ice storm the morning of the race prevented it. We were so glad to have perfect weather this time. 

At the race expo, the day before, we ran into some of our Mississippi Lee cousins. A family who runs together, stays together- ha! It was a fun surprise to see them. They are so much fun. 

My sweet man runs about 4 minutes faster per mile than me, so we did not run together... I would have died- ha! He was a great supporter though and helped me mentally prepare. His mental toughness is off the chart. I love him. 

He got a finish photo with a female Elvis. That's what happens when your wife runs slow I guess- ha! He had a great race and I did too. We both finished in the time we wanted, so it was a success. 

I love Memphis because it's where I fell in love with this man. I enjoyed a race with him but I can't promise I'll ever do it again. Big, crowded races are not for me. I did it and got the medal though! 

The Memphis Zoo is full of memories with family and friends. We met Anna and Dustin for dinner and Zoo Lights a few weeks before Christmas. They are our friends who own the sweet potato farm. Henry had so much fun with the camel  ride, riding the train, ice skating, and performing in the Magic Mr Nick show. We loved being with our friends making festive memories. It was their first married Christmas :) 

The Monday before Christmas we took this sweet boy to downtown Memphis for a greasy burger, a trip through the decorated  Peabody lobby and to FedEx Forum for our first NBA game.  

Watching the Memphis Grizzlies was fun and loud. We lasted 3 quarters and had to go. We were proud we made it that long :) 

Our seats were really good. We were surprised, actually. We bought them online at the very last minute. Henry loved it. 

Beale Street with my boys. It was all but closed this night so we felt it ok to walk Henry across it and look around at it. I love walking through Memphis with these boys.

Abby Jo