We even had a special visit from Santa on Christmas Eve!
New tradition alert: Daddy's yearly competition. This year's challenge was to guess how many miles he had walked and how many steps he had taken in a year (#fitbitlife).
Moma won the prize for the number of steps (3,397,022) and Chris won for guessing the number of miles (1,702). Daddy plans on having a new question every year...and we'll do anything for cash prizes!
We had all been looking forward to our 2nd Annual Thrift Gift Swap. We drew names in September and searched for the perfect second hand gift for the name we drew. Nick drew Chris's name and found a favorite childhood game.
Moma found a beautiful wooden tray at University Pickers for Abby.
Abby found a jewel at the thrift store- an embroidered cat pillow!
Moma's gift from Chris was an 8-track Southern Gospel collection...now we just need to find an 8-track player!
I drew Daddy's name and found the perfect Indian statue to match his cowboy from Nick from last year (see pic below!). I also found a like-new toaster oven at Abby and Nick's Adoption Yard Sale for him
(Daddy's 2015 cowboy from Nick)
Daddy had my name and knew he wanted to find me a salt cellar. He found the cutest little antique Ball jelly jar at University Pickers. I just love it!
After Thrift Gifts we passed out gifts to each other. We like to unwrap one at a time, so it takes a while! Afterwards, the living room looked like a bunch of 7 year olds lived there but it's just 6 big kids who love giving gifts!
I was so pumped to get this felted wool garland! I love all-things felted wool!
Does this look familiar? It's the same kind of plastic wrap Ree, the Pioneer Woman, uses! It's way too fancy for a Saran Wrap ball though!
How great is this tote? It just screams ME! Sticking out of it is my new giant badminton set.
Moma loves giving us all books and I cannot wait to start these! Jeremy and Audrey Roloff (from Little People Big World, but also founders of beating50percent.com) read "A Severe Mercy" every year on their anniversary and it's been on my list for a few months. "Builders of the Dream" is the biography of the founders of Pensacola Christian College, my alma mater. I'm sure you all recognize "The Magnolia Story" from my BFF's Chip and JoJo!
Speaking of Chip and JoJo...I got this amazing stand and hymn cards from Magnolia Market. It came with a dozen or so cards with phrases from hymns.
Chris got me the most amazing bracelets EVER! A friend in Jacksonville had some and I've been dreaming of having some too.
Abby and Nick's gift to me might look random but it's not! I ran across The Highwaymen special on PBS several months ago and something about the classic country sound pulled at my heartstrings and I fell in love with it! I know Popall would be proud! There's just something about Kris Kirstofferson singing "Sunday Morning Coming Down" that gets me!
On Christmas morning, we all congregated at Moma and Daddy's again for breakfast and stockings. We all 6 sat around and had a blast finding all the fun, silly, yummy stocking gifts.
After Christmas lunch together we played bunches of board games! We also watched "Secret Life of Pets" to see if it would give us any insight into Honey Bunch. It didn't.
Our Christmas was just as great as we'd hoped and we all cherish our time together making such special memories! I'd love for you to leave a comment on the blog about your favorite Christmas tradition or a favorite gift you received this year!