Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Eve - Family Fun and a New Tradition


Christmas Eve at the Boling's brought lots of fun, laughter, and a new tradition.

While opening presents Abram kept counting his, then walking over and getting presents from everyone else's pile, taking them back to his pile and recounting. He would get so excited as his pile got bigger!

Present Time --- Eli opening one of his Star Wars Lego sets. (Have you ever seen how many pieces those boxes have ?!?!), Emma getting a look at her new camera, and Abram tearing into his train set.

Fountain of Chocolate ~~~ Charity brought her Chocolate Fountain and you would have thought that it was the best present all evening! Everyone wanted in on the fun. Abram wanted me to snap a pic of his chocolate covered cake, but his face offered a better photo! The fountain was a hit & it is something that we will have each year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The 2 Santa's

Despite Eli's resistance* to wearing the Santa hat, I was able to get a photo of them!

*for some reason he thinks he is too old now!

Man I so love these wonderful children that God has so lovingly Blessed us with!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Past - 2000


Our Family Photo at Nana and Papa's - Christmas Eve 2000

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Past - Papa George & Christmas Eve


Out of all the photos I have taken of Papa George with Eli & Emma over the years, these from Christmas Eve 1998 and 2000 are my absolute favorite!!!


The 1st set is Eli & Papa in 1998. Papa is introducing Eli to the Toothpick!
Papa always seemed to have a toothpick in his mouth
and Eli used to be simply fascinated with it.

In this photo, Papa was tickling Emma and each time
I look at it I can still hear her giggle of absolute Joy!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Eli has his own agenda!!

So since I am allergic to the Christmas Trees we normally cut down to decorate, this year we decided to try a different kind which was cut in North Carolina and being sold by the tree farm we have been going to lately. Well everyone was on board with this except for Eli. He was having major issues that we were changing our tradition just because "your arms get a rash when you put the lights on!!" He kept insisting he was not happy with the change but decided that in the end I wasn't going to change my mind.

A few days later Eli comes in the door with a huge branch he had found on the mountain. He took it in his room, propped it up against the wall, added some lights and then some ornaments. He quickly came to figure out that each time he walked by it or really even breathed that the branch fell over and that wasn't going to work at all.

On Saturday afternoon I went outside and saw Eli up on the mountain behind the house. I asked him what he was doing and he said "I am starting my own tradition!!" He was chopping down his own tree and was as happy as can be while doing it!

This time however he got a pot to stand it in before decorating.
All in all I think we were both very pleased with his hard work!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Past --The 70's

While I was in the midst of some cleaning tonight I came across some old photos of Shalena and I. I looked to see if there any of us and Santa in the box and ding-ding-ding...since Mom was a Full Fledged Paparazzi back then there were!! YAY Mom -- Now I can prove to the 2E's that I got my camera-happy skills naturally!

This 1st two are missing the big man himself but I just love our outfits!!

I loved that ole plastic Santa! I would actually like to have one if anyone comes across one!!

Mom looks like she is enjoying Santa waaaayyy more than Shay & I were!!

Ok -- Now it seems like we got the hang of it!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dahlonega Christmas Parade

The annual Christmas Parade was this evening in town. We met Erica & Kyler (and what seemed like the whole county) to enjoy the holiday festivities. The square looked beautiful all decked out in red and green for the season! Despite the very cold weather we all had a great time.
The kids all loved the candy that was tossed out and we ran into more than a few our friends, which is always nice!

Emma, Eli, and Cole Mayo watching the Lumpkin County Marching Band go by.

Walter & Barbara Norrell

Dahlonega United Methodist Church!

The Grinch & Max *Cindy Lou Who was in a trailer behind him but I didn't get her photo*
It was our favorite!

Me and Eli

Eli and Kyler smiling for Erica

Emma entertaining Kyler before the parade started!

Emma & Eli in Santa's Sleigh

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Past - 2007

I have been coming across photos from Christmas's Past and will be sharing them the next few weeks.

Todays post is all the Christmas Trees that we "visited" last year.

Our Tree

The Cochran Tree

The Boling Tree

The Cochran Tree (One of many!)

Monday, December 1, 2008


Even though we had a few snow flurries in November today we had some that actually stuck! School was even closed an hour early(even though that was needless)

We sure did have a pretty view out the living room window today however!

The kids went to bed excited tonight in hopes of a Snow Day tomorrow
but that remains to be seen.