Happy Halloween from the "Professional" Fisher Family--Meet Chris, the professional baseball player, Riley, the professional football player (even though I know Clemson is really a college team
this is his stepping stone to the pros), Maggie, the professional DocMcStuffins animal doctor, and Tracy, the professional heart surgeon. I guess this was our year to dress up as different careers and "unlikely, but still fun to pretend" jobs. Not to say that either or both of our kids aren't cut out to be doctors or professional athletes if they want ... I'm just saying the chances that they choose these exact careers in 15-20 years are rather slim. :) ...
One other new
I can't believe this is the only picture of the food that I took on Thanksgiving day though. We had a feast of prime rib, ham,
As the evening came to a close, mom and I did some "Black Friday" (although technically it was still Thursday) shopping at Wal-mart and Target and got some great deals and Kelly and Joel and I had too much fun re-creating some old pictures of when we were much younger. We gave these 2 below (along with several more) to mom and dad for part of their Christmas present this year.
On November 22nd (the weekend before Thanksgiving, sorry these pics are out of order), we were given USC tickets by some friends of ours and we were able to meet up with Alice and Kevin and their kids at their condo in Columbia for the game. Only Riley and Chris actually went into the game. It was Riley's first time ever to attend an athletic event on a larger scale and while he initially wanted to leave after the first 7 minutes, he was able to hang on until
. The girls had a great time cheering on the Gamecocks from halftime the comfort of the couch and enjoyed some beautiful weather outdoors too. Chris had a bit of a hassle trying to get the car and pick us back up at the condo though. It ended up taking him over an hour and a half in traffic because he kept being redirected away from the stadium once the game ended. But he persevered and we all managed to reunite and make it back home in one piece.
I don't post often enough about how grateful I am to have so many amazing friends! I was able to celebrate one special friend's (Jessica) 40th birthday this year in the mountains with a great group of girls from Bunco. We laughed and cried our entire way through the weekend and really enjoyed eating some amazing food (pizza Friday night like none other I've ever had in my life, the Bistro Saturday night, and not to mention all the yummy snacks, chips, and sweets we all brought), checking out new sights (by hiking up a mountain, scoping out the towns of Montreat and Black Mountain, taking pics by Lake Susan), telling how to survive a bear attack stories, and getting a chance just to relax and girl talk without any interruptions from our darling little ones. It was an awesome!
No Christmas would be complete without a trip to
Every year it is an adventure trying to get a family picture. This year was no different. When the first one at church didn't quite have everyone looking at the camera, we decided to try again at home ourselves and I'm pretty pleased with the result! At least we are all facing the same direction and are in various stages of the "Cheese" refrain!
On December 19th, we hopped in the car and drove to Indiana. Unfortunately, Maggie didn't feel well and had a fever most of the drive. She perked up on Saturday though and we all had a great time catching up and hanging out with family. Maggie found lots of new people to hold her (eventually she even let Uncle Tim have a chance). Jeni entertained the kids with a few rounds of Hide N Seek. I brought my Left Right Center game to play and Brandy was the big winner this year. We played this after our ever famous White Elephant Exchange in which Chris
put together a Redneck Christmas Party Bag complete with a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 and some pork rinds. We had an amazing meal on Sunday the 21st with spiral ham, loaded potatoes made in the Crockpot by Penny and her delish butternut squash casserole, green bean casserole, veggies, fruit, rolls, and TONS of sweets (courtesy of Penny's talented hands) and strawberry birthday cake (made by Nan and Riley for Tim). The kids had a blast opening gifts and trying out their new princess dresses and toys. Riley got to have private bow and arrow lessons with his dad and Uncle Tim and couldn't have been happier about his new tool to use while going hunting for woodpeckers! Maggie loves her Melissa and Doug cupcakes that have "icing" markers and will be attending a gymnastics class of some sort in the spring (thanks to Nan and Pap). Chris showcased his water bottle that he received along with lots of other running gear and an Indiana Hoosiers poster. And I got some nice clothes picked out by Paul, books from my Amazon wish list, gift card, earrings, and many more thoughtful gifts.
It was great to have Chelsea and her boyfriend Evan and Emily and her boyfriend Chris join us for our big family festivities as well!
When we arrived back home, we
Mom and Dad's big gift from us was that we transferred several of their old video cassette family videos to DVD and were able to watch them as a family. What fun to revisit some of our "early" years!
And Crazy Christmas Selfies
For New Year's Eve, I thought I'd try to do a few things to make the night exciting for Riley, Maggie, and Callie so after collecting some ideas from Pinterest we did the following activities:
poppeda balloon every 15 minutes starting at 5:45 until 7:00 wroteout our 2014 Year-in-Review and our Goals for 2015 createdMemory Jars which we filled with photos, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia that we sealed in a jar and decided not to open until the year 2019 ateRing Pops to "ring in the New Year" gotdressed up and made some noise playedRing Toss with glow-in-the-dark bracelets enjoyeda few Minute to Win Itgames like "Jingle in the Trunk" and marshmallow on a stick relay hada special toast with chocolate milk drinks that sparkled with sugar sprinkles
I don't know what 2015 holds, but I can tell you that if it is anything like these past few years I think my heart might burst. I am so in love with my life! I feel so incredibly blessed to have such amazing adults and little people in my life and I give God all the glory!