Sunday, December 28, 2014

Holiday Lights

One of our other yearly traditions is to attend Roper Mountain's Holiday Light display. The forecast was crappy for the night we went, but on the upside, the line for the balloon animals was the shortest we had ever seen it!

I think we had to wait about 15-20 minutes to actually get into the entrance, but things moved well after that.

We bundled the kids up in hats, gloves, and coats to walk through the raining Winter Wonderland.

Brian was the one that sat Jocelyn in the sleigh. I was the one to discover her soaking wet jean bottoms after lifting her out.

But, like I said, only waiting a few minutes in a balloon line makes anything better.

The kids also picked out prizes: Jayce got a light up spinning top, Jaina picked out a gaudy light up head band, and Jocelyn insisted on a Number 3 necklace because she has finally admitted that she is going to be three years old in January.

Then it was roasting marshmellow time.

We walked around a bit more looking at the beautiful art work from the local elementary schools. Our favorite was the mindcraft one.

The rain didn't damper our fun time there at all. :)

We saw a few more lights on our way out.

We finished up our wonderful night with wings from one of our favorite Greenville restaurants. YUM!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Run, run as fast as you can...

We make Gingerbread men cookies every year, but this year was super fun because Jocelyn and I read the story before we started baking. She kept saying, "But he's just a cookie! He can't really run! That's silly!"

Jayce's Gingerbread Man:

Jaina gave her man blue eyes, black pants, and a plaid shirt:

Jocelyn dictated what she wanted her Gingerbread Man to look like, but Mommy had to do the actual decorating.

Even Brian, who can be a bit of a curmudgeon about the holidays, gets in on the fun. 

Jayce outlined his man in all black icing. That was fun to eat! (and clean up afterwards!)

Brian's Super Hero Gingerbread Man:

The kids and Brian were very creative and made, and ate, two Gingerbread Men a piece.

I barely had time to sit down and decorate my guy...

Oh, and Jocelyn's was made to look like Brobee from Yo Gabba Gabba. I think we did pretty good!

I can't remember which year this tradition started, but boy do we love doing it! I found a post from 4 years ago if you want to see how cute and little my big kids were :)

Anyone else bake special cookies during the holiday season? 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Walker Family Pictures 2014

The Holiday season calls for newly acquired family pictures and our family is no exception. We met our beloved photographer Jeslyn in 2010. Jayce was 5 and Jaina was 8. Jocelyn wasn't even a thought yet :)

The next year, Jeslyn moved to Louisiana. We were thankful that  she was returning home to her parents' house and willing to fit some photography sessions in while she was home.

The next year she moved to Charleston with her husband to start a church branch. Again, we were lucky that she still had to come home to our town to visit family.

2013 was a rough year for Jeslyn. Although she was blessed to welcome a baby girl at the beginning of Fall picture season, she also lost her dear dad to cancer. We were sad to hear that Jeslyn was taking a break from her photography business, but totally understood why the break was very needed.

Jeslyn returned home this year, with baby Mae in tow, for Thanksgiving and agreed to a session for us on Black Friday. It was also my birthday and the best birthday present Brian could pay for :P

Little did we know that Jayce would come down with a horrible flu-like virus that very night. You'd never know from our pictures that he was sick!

Jocelyn did so much better this year than last year. You'd think she'd be an excellent model after I shove a camera in her face on a daily basis :)

Without further ado, here are our Walker Family Pictures from 2014.

We will also pretend that it wasn't absolutely freezing and that none of the kids complained at all :) That's the beauty of digital photography.

Thank you so much, Jeslyn, for taking time out of your schedule to capture our family!