This Christmas, we also had the opportunity to participate in the Family Serve Day at Perimeter.
Rainbow Village community, we had the privilege of shopping for needy families at the pop-up toy store.
One of my favorite details about the Christmas season is the gift wrap. I love wrapping beautiful presents with different ribbons and twine.
Since he does not sing it often I jumped at the opportunity to document it. Sorry the video is kinda poor, but at least you can hear it. :)
In other musical news, Al's winter chorus concert was Dec. 8 and they did a lovely collection of Christmas songs. My favorite was the closing song when all the choirs circled the auditorium and sang Carol of the Bells. Here's a clip!
|(photo cred: Ponce City Market Insta)|
Food Hall decorated for Christmas!
My favorite guy in my favorite store.
Trying to keep up with these two...
So starting January 5 Allie will be attending Mount Pisgah Christian School. The faculty has gone above and beyond to welcome us and usher Allie into the Pisgah family. Words cannot express our gratitude. So here's a sneak peek of where she will be doing all that "learnin' stuff" going forward. :)
|(Photo Cred: Collins, Cooper, Carusi (design firm) website)|
While Allie was off spending time with family in Alabama, the week of Christmas was spent finalizing Christmas meals/travel details and doing a lot of prep for Allie's school change which has a much more coordination than her previous public school (paperwork, uniforms, technology requirements, etc.).
One of my favorite things about Christmas though is spending Christmas Eve with just Zach. After all the church services are done we have a tradition of making lots of our favorite goodies, sitting in front of the fire/Christmas tree lights, and watching The Holiday. Oh it's dreamy guys. I absolutely LOVE it and look forward to it each year. Since Zach had a 9 pm service to lead, I had plenty of time to pull together some scrumptious goodies for us to snack on.
Christmas Day was much of the same - exchanging gifts with Z, cooking for the two of us + my MIL, and a lot of food prep for our big holiday feast with family in NC. I ended up baking a few pies, as well as these TO DIE FOR apple cider cupcakes - filled with homemade cranberry sauce and topped with cinnamon buttercream icing.
Mom and dad had arrived before us and got the house ready for a Christmas celebration!
Poking around downtown Waynesville.
Since most of our time at Lake J was super relaxed and unplanned, I was totally off my photo-taking game and did not manage to get a group shot of the 8 of us. Luckily however, I did convince these two brothers to pose right before Ian and Heather headed back to their home in Tuscaloosa.
After much effort due to the extreme weight of the root ball, Dad and Zach finally wrestled this beast to the backyard and got it sufficiently planted.
white cheddar chive pimento cheese