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Christmas 2016 – Part 1

Merry Christmas, y’all!

It’s been quite the whirlwind around here, let me tell you!

Rooster and his girl came into town late on the 15th, and it was nonstop running from that point forward.

I think I’m going to split my Christmas musings into two posts because, quite frankly, I’m exhausted (and a little emotional).

Let’s call this Christmas 2016 Post #1

We decided to do Christmas with our kiddos the evening of the 22nd because we had plans to go to Bigger City, Florida to visit family the next day.

Our custom has always been to take turns opening presents, starting with the youngest family member and working our way up.  We take things slowly so everyone can watch.  The process lasts a while, which I, as a mama, love.

We got the kids a few gift cards and clothes, which they loved.

Rooster and N were surprised when they opened a joint gift…

I’m so happy that I can finally blog about it!  I made this blanket this past summer.

I bought a solid blue fabric for the back and, rather than tying the strips together, cut slits into them and pushed the strips through the slits.  This made the blanket a little less bulky.

I didn’t know how much a yard was, so I followed instructions I found online and got four yards of each material.

The blanket wound up being HUGE.

Rooster is tall, so it works out.  Still, it seemed like it took forever to make my way around the edges.  Really, it only took a couple of days to finish.

They loved it so much that, upon my announcement that I’d mail it to them, they quickly said that they would make room in a suitcase for it.


The kids went in together and got the Mr. a coin display case.  I guess I don’t have any photos that I can share with you.  Dang.

I gave the Mr. a coffee maker, which was a big deal because I cannot stand the smell of coffee.  I figured that it was the least I could do for him given the selflessness he’s displayed over the last month and a half that I’ve been recovering from breaking my ankle.

Of course, I was spoiled.  Rooster and N bought me a set of spatulas that I’d been wanting.  Chicky gave me a framed photograph of her and Rooster from the wedding…a snapshot someone had taken with her phone.  She also gave me a pair of silver loop earrings.

The Mr. gave me some workout tank tops, a workout shirt, and an ornament.

I really like this ornament!  There’s a hole to look into, and you can see Olivander in his shop.

My big gift was a set of JBL Wireless Headphones.  These are amazing…especially because they will grab your heart rate from your ear!  They just came out on the market in September.

The process to set them up was fairly easy.  You can see data through an Under Armour app you install.

We had a wonderful time exchanging laughter as we teased one another over various presents.

The fun wasn’t over, though, as we prepared to head out of town for a few more days of partying the Auburnchick way.

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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