Christmas with the Jollys and Denisons was in Lake Lure again this year. We have stayed in this house the past two years and I love it. It fits us all (which is not easy), is right on the lake and is in a resort with lots to do. Thankfully the weather was very nice this year and we got outside quite a bit. Last year there was snow on the ground and it was freezing, so this was a nice change. We got to stay four nights this year and it was so relaxing. We played games, took naps, read books and ate waaaaay too much!
Our lovely house. I really want to go here in the summer!
Just down the street from the house is a lake beach and play ground as well as a fitness center, indoor pool, putt putt, basketball courts, etc. This is the view. I just love Lake Lure.
I didn't get a picture of all the gifts. The adults exchanged gifts our first night there after the kids went to bed. This is what was left for the kids. They must have been good!
The next generation of Jollys...except none of them will have the last name Jolly! That's kind of sad.
Holly's dad, James, came for a visit since it's only 20 minutes from my hometown. Here is Braden and James having some guy time!
James and the babies. Judy would be so jealous! She always hated when the kids gave him more attention than her.
GranJan made these reindeer for the big kids. Here she is showing Kate how to ride. What a great gift!
Kate found a new friend...Uncle Tyler!
I see lots of this in our future! So glad Braden has boy cousins to romp around with!
I have to admit I really enjoyed this activity! The looked pretty, but tasted nasty! They were giving away these cookie kits at Kroger a couple days after Christmas so I couldn't say no to free! We had fun and the kids thought they were scrumptious!
New Years Eve left only my family and my parents at the house. Ben and I got a little crazy and played Jenga. haha! I don't think it ever fell, we just ran out of places to remove blocks. It's probably better for our marriage that nobody won!
We were making some frozen drinks and Braden wanted some. We made him frozen lemonade and he was slightly excited! Only GranJan and I lasted until midnight. After years of hosting New Years Eve, I really enjoyed this. Maybe when we have older kids I will want to party again, but for now sleep just sounds better! Plus, if all our friends that used to come to our parties came now we would have like 40 kids under 7! No thanks.
A good indicator that we had a great Christmas: kids knocked out in the back seat! Braden literally slept from driveway to driveway! Kate slept an hour which is about triple her norm for car naps! Success!
We really did have a great Christmas in Nashville, Knoxville and Lake Lure. I'm so glad we are still able to celebrate with both mine and Ben's family. The only thing missing this year was Conway and Sandy and Chris and Nikki. Uncle Conway broke his hip in early December and was still in a rehab center on Christmas. We have been praying for him and are thankful he is at home recovering now. Nikki and Chris were unable to get off work to travel all the way from Maui! Maybe next year we should just go visit them! :)