Thursday, January 8, 2015

Merry and a Bright New Year

Before I forget all that we did over the Christmas season I better document! We had three Christmas parties with GHS and they were all fun. Miraculously, Ryan's schedule worked out where we could go to all off of them!

The first - and I think my favorite - was a tacky Christmas sweater party at the director's house. You can't tell in the picture, but Ryan's sweater had shoulder pads! There was a peds party at the children's museum and an internal medicine party at Carolina Ale House downtown. 

The Saturday after Thanksgiving we got our tree and I think this is the prettiest one we've ever had. We took it down last weekend and I'm still missing it.

We have enjoyed our fireplace so much! And Santa even managed to squeeze down our narrow chimney! (Stockings were left up only for the picture or there wouldn't have been a house left for Santa to visit). 

We really do enjoy messing with Scout. 

A group of med-peds residents from the Tacky Sweater party. 

We celebrated our 9th anniversary with delicious meal at Larkin's on the River. 

Christmas Eve brought the best surprise of all when Ryan got home 5 hours early from his ER shift!!! He wasn't supposed to get off until 10 p.m. but because of a light load they let him go home. We made it to our church's Christmas Eve service and then came home and built a fire. 

Honestly, I was dreading Christmas Day because Ryan was working a 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. shift and I knew I would be missing my family! BUT, Jennie and I had a wonderful day. We made our favorite things for breakfast (sausage balls for me, monkey bread for her), exchanged gifts, went for a walk and talked to our families. I finally got to "meet" her parents on Facetime! In the afternoon we went to see Unbroken and that put a nice reality check for me on spending the day in a comfortable home with plenty to eat! 

On the 28th we headed to Mississippi and after a long day in the car got to see Sis and her girls. Plus Mom, Dad and Net! 

I love this picture of Poppy!

We stopped in the library for a little play time during a cold walk. 

DeeDee, John Eric and Jane stopped by on their way home to Jackson from Memphis for a short visit. It was wonderful to see them and they are coming to visit in just over a week!  

Dad and Ryan playing Dad's new iphone. He went from a 1990s-ish Nokia bar phone to an iphone 6!

Thomas and Laura came up on New Year's Day and spent the night. It was so good to see them!

We spent New Year's Eve with Ryan's family and I don't have a picture but we had a good time! 

It was hard to leave but we came home to this little surprise - crocus blooming in the yard! I think the poor thing is confused and thinks it's spring!

Maybe I will be a better blogger in the New Year!