Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Welcome Home, Banks!

Today's a very special New Year's Eve; Banks is in the house! 

The night before Banks came home,
Bo created welcome home art for his brother.

Snuggles while mama gets ready to leave the hospital.

Banks, we're home!

Ready for his closeup...

... or his first nap at home....

...but not before Bo gets some sugars.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy Birthday, Banks!

We could not be any more delighted to welcome this precious boy into our family! 

William Fairbanks "Banks" Berryman
7:16 pm - December 29, 2014
9 pounds, 1 ounce - 21 inches long

Bo meets his baby brother.

Banks, fresh and clean! (jwb photo)

Sweet boy. (jwb photo)

William is Jay's middle name, in honor of his maternal grandfather and Fairbanks was my dad's middle name. Also? The genealogy nerd in me is loving that Banks is a fourteenth generation descendant of Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks.

Colorado Bound

Congratulations to Tyson; we are excited for him to have this opportunity and for the adventures ahead for the Summers family! 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas Day

Our family's pretty scattered; a lot of our Christmasing involved facetime and phone calls. Still, an altogether wonderful day. 

Not awake and wondering what is going on.

Basketball goal catches his eye right away.
Not a fan of his Mickey slippers but definitely a fan of a book. 

More basketball....
...until he sees what Santa left in the back yard!
Look, y'all! A treehouse!

Tryin' it out.

Santa left me a harmonica, too.
Ellie and Emma got harmonicas, too!

E.W. and I spent part of the day with blessed.

Next up (we hope): The arrival of baby Banks! 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

Bo's excited about Christmas...and wondering if Santa's got his baby brother loaded up in the sleigh.

His mama and daddy are ready to be a family of four, too.

Kate's Girls: 2014

For the first time since 2001, we didn't host Kate's girls for Christmas...we're waiting for Banks to make his appearance. Thankfully, Lauren stepped up to keep the December 23rd tradition going!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Emma Explains Christmas

Sweet Emma put her spin on the Nativity (and yes, I stole the video from her mama). That smile at the end? Classic Emma. Love that girl!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

His Favorite Place

It really is so much fun to spend one-on-one time with a grandchild. Yesterday, Mack was a good sport when I dragged him to Sam's so I was glad for the pretty weather when we got back home...perfect for playing outside...his favorite place!

Wanna play ball?

I need to rake, but this little one's not gettin' it.

Now we're talking!

King of the Slide. If you don't believe me, here's proof.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wreaths Across America

Some years ago I saw this amazing image. I did a little research and found out about Wreaths Across America and thought, "How nice."

photo credit: Former Air Force Master Sgt Jim Varhegyi 2005

Now it's personal.

An old high school friend who lives in Maine posted this on my facebook page earlier this week: 

Today, someone I don't know and will never meet shared this picture with me:

So grateful.

For a little background, HERE's a six minute video that shows how the patriotism of one family has grown into a national organization.

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Happy Birthday to our sweet Bo!

Hope he enjoys his cake as much as he did last year!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Junebug Christmas

December 2014

December 1994

It's been a long time since I've laughed as much as I did tonight. Love these friends and am so grateful for the years we've been a part of each others lives. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Star

It's her daddy's birthday, but she's the star!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Birthday Season

Of course we celebrate family birthdays throughout the year, but we also have a birthday season. We're halfway through this year's!

It starts in November with E.W.  Two weeks later is my mama's birthday. Five days after hers is Kate's and five days after that is Worth's. Bo's is four days after Worth's and we will soon be adding Banks to our December birthday list. Lucky Jay with his wife and both kids having December birthdays! 

Monday, December 1, 2014

This one never gets old.

You'd think Kate would have been scarred by this tree farm experience, but she is a firm believer in a REAL tree still; we all are. 

Confession. I did buy an artificial tree to put up this year. With a baby due Christmas Eve, Kate and her family won't be here and we'll celebrate the holiday at their house when Worth's bunch comes up to meet Banks.  Also, I don't want E.W. to have to put away the ornaments; I have a system! Next year, when we're back in REAL tree mode, it can go in the dining room and play a supporting role in the festivities.
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