Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas in Memphis

The weekend after Christmas we went to Memphis to see Nonnie. Although we do not see her often enough, we always enjoy every minute we are there with her. Nonnie always goes above and beyond to take care of us all when we visit.
Nonnie got us both shoes for Christmas!
Traditional "after church" picture of everyone
We had a fabulous visit!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Day

Merry Christmas! Alan and I woke up about 9:00am and enjoyed a yummy breakfast with his family. After that we opened stockings and presents.
That afternoon we went to my parents' house and opened stocking and presents there. The only person missing was Colin who is in Japan, we really missed him!
Gotta love flannel :)
That evening the Michalik family came over and we had a wonderful time hanging out with them. I think my favorite part of the night was singing Christmas carols together. God is so good!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cagle Christmas

The weekend before Christmas, all of Alan's mom's extended family came to Knoxville. We had a delicious Christmas dinner together and then had fun exchanging gifts. It was good seeing everyone, especially since it can sometimes be challenging to get everyone together!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Last weekend I hosted my annual Christmas Cookie Exchange. I had so much fun planning and preparing for it and I'm so thankful for the sweet friends and family who came. We had a wonderful time!
Everyone was so creative with their cookie recipes this year!
Every year I give out prizes for:
Prettiest Cookie
Best Story/History of a Cookie recipe
Most festive holiday attire
...and what do you know?!
Everyone voted for my family, ha!
Christa won "Prettiest Cookie" 
Mom won "Best Story/History of a Cookie recipe"
Maggie won "Most festive holiday attire"
All in all, it was a fantastic night and a great way to get everyone in the Christmas spirit! I cannot believe Christmas is less than 1 week away! Yippeee!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Living Christmas Tree

Alan and I had a great time tonight at the Living Christmas Tree as we took a moment to enjoy this very special time of year. We have so much to do right now and with the rainy weather outside we almost didn't go, but as soon as we sat down I was thankful we were there. The incredible performance was entertaining, worshipful, and took our breath away. It was a great time to be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Party

Tonight we went to Kristen and Jesse's Christmas party! We had a great time getting dressed up, spending time with friends, and celebrating the Christmas season! Cheers!

Santa Hustle Half-Marathon

Yesterday afternoon Alan and I went up to Pigeon Forge for Alan to pick up his packet for the Santa Hustle Half-Marathon the next morning. After getting that done, we went to Christmas Place!
 We got our picture taken with Santa!
 The next morning Alan was ready to start!
 So many Santas!
Alan got off to a great start!
 Alan ran along the parkway and I met up with him a few times throughout the course.
 Alan finished and beat his personal record!!!
 So proud of my hubby!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rockwell Cabin Retreat

For Christmas last year all the kids in my family got my parents a cabin weekend in the Smoky Mountains for our whole family. So last weekend was the time we made it happen. We chose to stay at Dreamcatcher Cabin which is owned by some friends of ours who are wonderful people.
We also chose to stay there because of the amazing views in every direction!
My wonderful parents :)
Dad & Christa, checking out the view after arriving
On Friday night we celebrated Maggie's birthday (which was actually that day) and my Mom's birthday (which is December 12th) It's sometimes tricky to get everyone together so this was the perfect time to do it!
It was great having everyone together!
Elizabeth & Christa were so excited the cabin was already decorated for Christmas!
Rockwell Sisters
Ben, Maggie, Rachel, and Colin
On Saturday morning, we celebrated Christmas as a family since Colin will most likely be in Japan by that point. Christa & Annie went all out with their holiday attire :)
"Christmas" morning
Having fun during the gift exchange
Later that afternoon the girls went shopping at the outlets and the guys went on a hike. 
Alan, Dad, and Patrick
Later that day most of us got back to the cabin by 4pm in order to watch the SEC football championship. It was wonderful just lounging around with family, eating good food, and catching up with one another. We did manage to get a group shot at a stopping point during the game.
So thankful we were able to do this!
Perfect weekend getaway!