ROMAN’S 1ST BIRTHDAY!
We had Roman’s 1st Birthday Party Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend!
It was a great party with our closest friends and family!
Below is Roman’s adorable “Big AL” cake!
We celebrated Nixon’s 4th birthday too with the family!
This was her “Cheerleader Pyramid” Cupcake cake!
We had cookies,
football Krispey-Kreme doughnuts, chips &
dip, pretzels, pizza and capri sun!
I made Roman a birthday banner along with a mix CD of Alabama football music that played over the speakers!
Gue made Roman this adorable birthday hat and bib!
Decorations included a framed invitation and a 2009 National Championship Signed Football (I won it last year at a Fall Festival)
Party Favors!- I found these cute football bags on Ebay and put football whistles, footballs and Crimson necklaces for the girls!
I also made white pompoms out of garbage bags for each of the girls! I was impressed how well they turned out! Much better than the cheap ones you buy at the dollar tree!
Sarah cheered so hard her skirt kept falling down! 🙂
My favorite thing I made for the party were the houndstooth party hats w/ crimson pompoms!
First Quarter- Play Time!!!
When I arrived to decorate this football toss game was in the gym! It went perfect with our theme!
JohnMark throwing the football!
Craft Table- The girls colored wooden megaphones on a stick and the boys colored wooden football players and football puzzles! This was a big hit!
We brought a small bounce house for the kids to jump in!
The kids played “Pin the Football in the Goal”
Roman and his Cousin Ellis played in the gym!
Cousins John Mark and Reid fought with the gladiator sticks!
Roman enjoyed cruising around in cousin Reid’s Car w/ Gue!
Kids waiting for food!
Reid grabbing a yummy cookie!
JohnMark and Johnna Katherine enjoying some food!
Gue feeding the birthday boy pizza!
Time For CAKE!!!!
Roman blowing out the candles!
Not too sure what to think?!
Cousin Reid giving Roman some sugar!
I think he liked it!
Nixon trying out the cupcakes!
Time to Open the Presents!!!!
Nixon opened her gifts 1st!
She LOVES Barbies!!!!
Roman and his gifts!
He loves his new slide Aunt Jessi bought him!
And his new Toy Story Couch!
The party ended with a Megaphone Pinata!
Pop and Roman checking out the Pinata!
The kids stood in a line waiting their turn cheering!
Nixon took a pull!
JohnMark got his stash!!
Roman even found him a piece!
Roman had a WONDERFUL 1st birthday! We are so blessed with so many cousins, family and friends to share our special times with!
Preacher and Nina!!!
Aunt Deidre, Ellis and Reid!
Uncle John, Aunt Roxann, Ella, Sarah, and baby John Robert!
The Smiths!- Ken, Sharon, Julia, and Sarah
(who took turns holding babies!)
Gue and Pop!!!!
Aunt Jessi, JohnMark, Julianna Marie, Johnna Katherine and Jenna Leigh!
It’s the first day of December and the busyness is already overwhelming! Jared and I both love Christmas time and look forward to making new family traditions each year. One special tradition I remember from my childhood is having an advent calendar.
This Christmas we are really striving to show Nixon, Isla, and even Roman the true meaning of Christmas. In the meantime I feel it is causing me to stop and really think about my motives, and what my thoughts are dwelling on during this crazy time of the year! I came across a simple Christmas Countdown with scripture for each day. I purchased a wooden advent calendar with doors. My plan is to put two pieces of chocolate w/ the daily scripture in each door. Each night the girls can take turns opening the door. While they are munching on the candy, Jared can read the scripture and discuss. I pray this will become a special tradition for the girls not only for traditions sake but that it may be a time during this busy season we all sit quietly, listen and learn about what Jesus did for us.
God Made it possible for Mary to become pregnant. Matthew 1:18
I must add listening to Jared explain immaculate conception to a 2 and 3 year old was funny!
We are finally home after traveling the Southeast for Thanksgiving! I must say it has been one of my busiest but favorite Thanksgivings ever! I have so much to write about it is going to take me a few days to catch up! So, I am not sure if it is against blogging rules to have more than one post a day? If so, oh well! We are going nonstop from now until March (literally my calendar is full!) and I don’t want to miss a memory!
Our third Thanksgiving stop was to Leroy, AL to celebrate with Jared’s family. We arrived Wednesday night (driving from Niceville) and enjoyed a wonderful day with the family Thursday!
Nixon helped Gue set the table for Thanksgiving Lunch!
Nixon, Walker , Isla, and Cooper
Allison and Tucker enjoying lunch!
At Thanksgiving we always celebrate Gue’s Birthday a little early!
Allison, Gabe and the boys are unable to come to Roman’s first birthday and so we celebrated with him also!
Walker, Cooper and Tucker gave Roman his very first Birthday gift!!!
There are so many fun things to do at Gue and Pop’s! Here are a few of our favorite!
Rocking on the porch!
Riding on Pop’s tractor!
Roman’s first tractor ride with Pop!
Playing in the Leaves!
Isla is insisting I add climbing in trees!
(she is narrating all the pictures I am adding!)
Of course our most
thing to do is spending time with family!!!
Uncle Gabe and Roman!
Walker, Allison, Cooper, Tucker, and Gabe
Pop and Roman!
Jared, Cooper, Tucker, and Gabe
Maw Maw and Roman
Me and Jared
Roman and Daddy!
Roman and Mommy!
And no Thanksgiving afternoon would be complete without Jared doing his three favorite pastimes! (besides playing video games)
Eating, Sleeping and Watching Football!
We then drove to Niceville, FL to celebrate Thanksgiving with Wamble side of the family!
I am not sure who Nixon fell in love with more, Aunt Rita or Casey the dog? 🙂
Tuesday night we had a wonderful seafood dinner with Aunt Rita, Kailyn and Sam. It is quite funny to see how people react in a restaurant when you have 7 kids under 6 with you!
Today we had a fabulous Thanksgiving lunch. Aunt Rita went above and beyond to make it special! PawPaw even cooked his famous dressing. (I especially enjoyed his collards!)
I am very thankful for having such a wonderful family. It brings back so many memories when we are able to get together and it makes me happy knowing I am creating happy traditions and memories for my three!
We have left Florida and now are in Leroy to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Cartee’s tomorrow!
Aunt Rita was an amazing host for the Wamble family Thanksgiving!
The center pieces for the kiddie tables were a hit with the younger ones!
Kailyn made these adorable “Pie” cupcakes for all the kids for desert!
A Wamble Family Thanksgiving would not be complete without fried turkey! Yumm!!!
Getting 10 kids 6 and under to sit and pose for a picture can be challenging!!!
Paw Paw Wamble and Roman met for the first time today!
“Cheaper” and Nixon pose for a picture!
Isla poses for a couple of pictures! (A lollipop was the bribe!)
Nixon posing by the “beach tree“!
Mommy and Isla!!
A few of the kids favorite things from today!!!
Swinging on the hammock!
Playing in the Bird Bath!
(any missing seashells are now in the bay thanks to Nixon!)
Walking on the dock!
Jessica and the kids were there to celebrate along with John Ashley, Ella and Sara!
Cousin Kailyn (the family baker and photographer) made the day extra special! She captured all the “professional pictures” of the entire family! They will come later! 🙂
Another Wamble Thanksgiving tradition is playing
Dirty Santa with all the girls!
For some reason I did not get any pictures of that?
But I did get a few of the kids. Jessica bought a gift for all the kids so they would not feel left out! I guess this was everyone’s first Christmas gift of the season!
Aunt Sharon read Isla and Johnna Katherine their new book!
Below are a few random memories caught throughout the day!
The Holiday Season has officially begun! For our household that means we have started traveling the southeast to different family gatherings.
Our first trip this season was to Pascagoula, MS for the Nixon family Thanksgiving. It was great seeing all our cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. We even got to meet two of our newest additions, John Robert and Lucy!
We enjoyed some great seafood and I must add Roman LOVED the fried shrimp!
But before we made it to Pascagoula we stopped Friday night at Gue’s house for a camp out with the Cartee cousins!
Nixon Grandchildren and Great- Grandchildren!
Aunt Jessie and Roman ( of course he is eating!)
Granny Nixon Giving the great grandkids crochet lessons!
Cartee grandchildren posing for a pic with their snowman shirts Gue made!
Time for the Sleepover! Walker and Nixon cuddling up!
Isla and Reid
Gue had a special treat for the kids before bedtime! They made Turkeys out of rice krispy treats!