Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Cagle Christmas

The day after Christmas, Susan's (Alan's mom) whole side of the family gets together. This year we had everyone come to Alan's parents' house.
Susan, David, Chip, and Carol
It was so much fun catching up with all the aunts, uncles, and cousins!
Alan got a "Lawyers" calendar from Mimi and I got a scarf!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Home for the Holidays

This year was the rotation where everyone was home for Christmas...it was wonderful! We started out the holiday weekend festivities with a trip to the outlets in Pigeon Forge on Friday afternoon. This has become an informal tradition for the Moore family and we had a great time shopping the sales, eating dinner up there, and just spending time together. On Christmas Eve, I had to work but Alan got the chance to make a last minute shopping run and wrap up lots of presents. Then we went to my parents' house for dinner and then to the 11 o'clock candlelight service at Cedar Springs.
Alan and I have a little tradition where we give each other an ornament on Christmas Eve. I gave Alan the Cardinals ornament and Alan gave me the Knoxville ornament. 2 special reminders of this past year for us!

Merry Christmas!
We began Christmas day at my parents' house with the whole family: mom & dad...

Elizabeth & Patrick
Maggie & Ben
Rachel & Colin
Annie & Christa

We started out with a delicious breakfast and then headed into the living room for stockings and presents. It was so much fun to enjoy the morning with everyone and see the thoughtfulness and time put into all the gifts.

We are so blessed!

Next, we headed to Alan's parents' house for Christmas brunch and stockings and presents with his family. Most of our (mine & Alan's) Christmas stuff is still packed away in boxes but I did manage to find our stockings which we filled up for each other this year :)

We had such a good time with his family laughing and admiring all the fun presents. Our afternoon got even better when we decided to play a game, Imagine If, that Alan got for his parents, it was hilarious! We are so happy to be back in Knoxville celebrating Christmas with our sweet (and crazy) families, but most importantly, so thankful that Jesus is the reason for this season and the most precious gift of all!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cookie Exchange

Monday night was the 4th annual Christmas Cookie Exchange, and what a party it was! In the past, I have invited girlfriends over for appetizers and drinks and to exchange Christmas cookies. Well this year, I decided to progress it a little and go ahead and serve a dinner. The menu was set: beef tenderloin, cheese grits, strawberry salad, rolls, and dessert (in addition to the cookies of course!) I was so excited! Well, literally at the last minute (ok, maybe a few hours before the party) I had quite a few people cancel due to various reasons. Well at first I was bummed and then a streak of brilliance (and a little bit of craziness) hit me: I would call everyone who was coming and invite their families too. Well, this not only made up for the people who were't able to be there, but actually ended up doubling my guest list. But the more the merrier right?! So with the help of my sweet mother-in-law, we scrambled to set additional places at tables, locate more chairs, etc. It ended up being such a fun night! All the husbands and babies got to come which they loved (and let's face it, at this point in life, most of the guys probably helped in one way or another with their wives' cookies too) God was so good in letting there literally be just the perfect amount of food and I think almost everyone had a place to sit too! The cookie exchange itself was great with Kendal being awarded prettiest cookie, Susan being awarded best cookie story, and Clayton (Danielle's husband) being awarded most festive attire. I made Oatmeal Cookie Cream Pies for the exchange which you can get the recipe here All the cookies were delicious (yes, I stayed up after everyone left and tasted each one!) and although the night was a little bit more chaotic than I had originally anticipated, we were all able to enjoy our familes and friends who make this time of year so special!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas

Last night Alan and I had Date Night at the Tennessee Theatre downtown to see the the Christmas movie classic: White Christmas. Alan got the tickets (which were free by the way!) a couple of weeks ago and we decided to make a night out of it!
The theatre was beautiful, holiday excitement was in the air, and we really did just has the best time. We even had our picture taken with Santa!
I can't believe I'm admitting this, but this was actually the first time Alan and I both saw this movie all the way through, and we loved it!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Cheers from our home to yours!

The Christmas cards went out today! Despite Alan not being in the midst of exams (for the first time ever) as he's trying to write the letter, it was almost harder to get everything done this year since he is now working! It was a bit harder for me too since I'm a little OCD about things like this and want everything to be just right. We are happy with the finished product though and there's nothing like stuffing cards for an entire evening to put you in the Christmas Spirit!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Gifts from Liza Moz

Every year my girlfriends from Girls Night and I get together to make beautiful Christmas decorations and/or gifts. Last night we met at Liza Moz in the mall. Amy made a platter, Kristy and Miriam both made plates, and I made an ornament. It's so much fun getting together with friends to prepare for the Christmas season!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas in Dixie

This past weekend, Alan and I, along with his parents, Katie (and I guess I'll include their dog Halle too!) drove to Memphis to celebrate Christmas with Nonnie, Alan's sweet grandmother, and the rest of the extended Moore family. We had a great trip! Despite the yucky weather and the fact that our visits never seem long enough, we managed to squeeze in: a nice long walk on Saturday morning, the SEC football championship, lots of yummy food, more football, the Christmas story, a fun gift exchange, church on Sunday morning, shopping, and a redbox movie night! This time of year I am reminded how incredibly blessed we are to be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus with the people we love the most!