Christmas in Arkansas
When I was younger, my parents would each take a day off of work while we were at school and do as much Christmas shopping as they could. They always looked forward to that day of spending time together and getting some things done. Nick and I have decided to carry on that tradition and it was so fun! We got to have a whole day date and I loved it. We had lunch at Chuy's, which was delicious! Plus, we got a ton of Christmas shopping accomplished.
We made our traditional cinnamon rolls to deliver around the neighborhood and around town. I think we ended up with around 18-ish pans. Nick and I stay up way late one night during the Christmas season and get these all rolled, baked and iced into the wee hours of the morning. :) It is truly a team effort!
We celebrated Christmas in Arkansas with our little family of four. Both Nick and I had to work the day after Christmas, so we stayed in town. We always enjoy going to Christmas eve service at church and for the past two years, Nick and two of the Butler boys sing a song together. Always so beautifully done. This year they sang Hallelujah Christmas by Cloverton and it is probably one of my top favorite Christmas songs. It is a powerful telling of Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection. We woke up Christmas morning and read Luke 2, opened gifts and ate the traditional monkey bread. Caleb got to shoot his new bb gun.
Our church all decorated for Christmas. This was at the Christmas Eve service.
Our Christmas lights!! We have red, white and green. Reminds me of a gingerbread house. :)
We each get to open one gift on Christmas Eve.
Christmas eve family movie.
Nick and I got to go on a date for our anniversary, which was December 28th. 6 years of marriage! We had talked about going to see a movie, but decided we would rather spend the time talking to each other than staring at a screen. We saw the lights in Fayetteville and used some gift cards for some yummy treats of Starbucks and Cold Stone Creamery!
Every year, the Braschlers celebrate Christmas all together the weekend around New Year's. We headed up to Springfield and got to spend time with Nick's family, Mamaw, and we stayed at Nick's aunt and uncle's house which was so much fun! They were such sweet hosts - left little toys for Caleb on his bed and had amazing meals ready for breakfast for us. It was fun staying up late to hang out with them too. We were also had a wonderful treat that Tyler & Robyn and the kids were able to come! We finally got to meet our niece, Charlotte. She is a cutie. Nana and Papa were sure glad to finally have all of their kids and grandkids together. We had our little family Christmas Saturday morning and then headed to the traditional big Braschler get together of delicious food, singing, and a gift exchange. It was a great time!
Nana and her granddaughters
Braschler get together
The boys were so glad to be reunited. Caleb has missed Jack a lot!
They fell asleep holding hands on the way home. So sweet.
Just before Christmas, Nick decided to sell the chickens. He put an ad on craigslist and actually got quite a few calls! I think once he got his cows and the chickens weren't laying because of the cold, he was ready to move on. But the biggest reason was that the family who let us keep our bottle calves in their barn raise chickens for a living and we didn't want any chance at all of contaminating their flock.
Nick finished up his first year of grad school! One year down and one to go! I am so proud of all of his hard work and am pleased to say that he finished this first year with a 4.0!
Ok, whew - we got that posted before the end of February. haha.