Saturday, December 22, 2012

I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite

We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup. 

We Byrnes like to stick with our holiday traditions, hosting our 4th annual Elf and Sugar cookies night!  As the title of the post states, we love to smile and have surrounded ourselves with friends who love to do the same. This year, we were joined by the McNabbs, Sabins, Koertens and Langas, all who have children.  At one point there were three kids asleep in pack n plays upstairs. Magical. We rolled, cut and decorated two batches of sugar cookies (recipe courtesy of Brady Bullock's mom for our wedding), and then ate the large majority of them.  I took the rest to a cookie swap at church later that week (it was like having little elves to do my work!)  We then meandered into the living room to laugh at Will Ferrel's Elf, a movie that really helps to put us in the holiday spirit!  

Katie does some freestyle cutting
Laura and Brooke, Amber and Cara
Ally and Lizzie Kay
Here is Jackson earlier in the night, enjoying his rocking chair. With a 6:00 bedtime, he misses out on most of the fun but there are many more years for him to participate!  

We wish you a very Merry Christmas and hope you can spend some time reflecting on the meaning of Christmas.  

Luke 2:9-14
9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 
14“Glory to God in the highest, 
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

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