Sunday, December 22, 2013

Glad Tidings

We have made a list and we are checking it twice. We cannot wait to see family for Christmas and we have spent all week getting ready for it. So here are our "glad tidings" to share!
 Belle knows something is up in Jackson's soon to be nursery. This room was used as an office. Ever since we started organizing the room and that end of the house, we have noticed that she likes to sit in the room and just relax. HA! She is so smart!
 She got a Christmas haircut and she looks so cute. We adore our lil "jingle Belle." :)
 Hallmark had a good sale on wrapping paper, so we got it on a whim. Knowing that I am not the greatest at wrapping gifts, I wanted to try wrapping anyway. I had a sweet friend, Kari come over the other day and we wrapped a few gifts and visited, of course. I guess I got a boost of confidence and an extra shot of patience for wrapping, because it became my favorite thing to do this week! HA!
 Usually my mom helps me wrap, so we don't have gifts under our tree. I couldn't wait to add more after wrapping the rest of the gifts. HA!
 Friday night, we rode around, listened to Christmas music and saw beautiful Christmas lights. We love doing it every year.
 Pretty tree at Lawrence Plaza
 Nativity at our downtown square.
Jesus is the reason for celebrating. Let's remember to celebrate Jesus EVERY day, not just Christmas. I am so thankful for my salvation. That's the greatest gift I have ever received.
 Another gorgeous light display
 Russell loves cooking, especially this time of year. He made sausage balls the other night while I was finishing wrapping. He also made a sauce for it. The combo was so yummy!
 All finished!
 Yesterday, Russell and I were little elves and made The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls!
I even wore my jingle bell earrings and "ugly Christmas sweater." Maybe I need to just call those sweaters "90's sweaters" because I have seen so many people wear them everywhere lately! Some people don't think they are ugly at all. Personal preference, right? HA!
 Rolling out the dough! This year was the third year we made them. We can't wait to give these to family! We are always so happy to do it for the people we love so much.
 Russell was such a great assistant! It definitely helps to have two people making these rolls. But if you are an expert, you may be able to easily make these by yourself. :)
 Yummy icing!
Last night, I met with sweet friends to see "A Madea Christmas." It was hilarious and great for the Christmas season. Fun!
Cannot wait to update you after December 25th!
Hope y'all have a very Merry Christmas!!
"But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel." Matthew 2:6