Tuesday, January 7, 2014

O Christmas Tree

My dearest husband has a few things he feels very passionately about. The second amendment, Carolina barbecue, and having a real Christmas tree. So the Friday after Thanksgiving we headed about half a mile down the road to Sugar Mountain Christmas Tree lot and picked out the most perfectly beautiful tree for our front room. It's our first tree in our first house. We didn't have one last year because we had just moved in and we were spending Christmas in Connecticut. Mason was ecstatic and was thrilled about the tree all season long. When we took it out after New Year's he was a little upset, and saying "I don't want to say goodbye to our beautiful tree!" Sorry little man, we can do it all again next year!

Friday, January 3, 2014


Whew! I don't know about you, but we are still recovering from the holidays in our house. As usual, my blog got put on the back burner in the midst of other events going on. So here's a few catch up posts to let you know what we've been up to!

We had Thanksgiving with one side of Austin's family (the Gilreath's) the weekend before Thanksgiving day. Then we spent the actual holiday out in Elizabeth City with the Keaton side. Loads of delicious food and lots of fun with loved ones. Mason was absolutely obsessed with mac and cheese this year. He ate about a dozen helpings of it. Poor kid, I think that may have been his first taste of it...sorry Mason!

We had to wake up this poor babe to get on the road to Elizabeth City. We don't co-sleep, in case anyone is wondering. But sometimes I sneak her into bed with me if she tries to wake up pre-6 am.

A granola bar and a book makes for a happy Mason.

Chowing down his eighteenth serving of mac and cheese.

Fall in North Carolina is almost surreal. It's so beautiful here.

The dock down the street from Grandparent's Keaton.

Baby Miriam was a little chilly on our evening walk.

Mason and great Aunt Brenda checking out the crazy Christmas lights display.

These pictures of Mason crack me up. He's sitting between Grandma and Great Grandma as they chat over breakfast. He fancied himself part of the conversation. I have about 18 shots of him that make like a flip book as he eats his biscuit, drinks his hot chocolate, and expresses his interest in what's being discussed. 
I think they deserve their own post.