Dec 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

We were able to spend our last few hours of 2017 surrounded by friends we love.  We joined the Chambley's and the Guillory's for food, laughs, and lots of play time! 

Staci made sure the kids had the appropriate gear to ring in the new year...

The Guillory's escaped before we took any photos, and I don't think any of us actually made it to midnight, but we still had a great time hanging out with great friends...

Dec 22, 2017

Extended Family Christmas

We were lucky enough to have my mom and oldest nephew in town for our Pourciau family Christmas celebration, so we really had a bumper crop of little boys...
Watts is just like his daddy and Uncle Chad...he LOVES babies!


Selfie with our sweet little Ourso!  I am not great at telling Harper and Riley apart yet, so I'll have to ask Chad or Alaina which one this is.  The kids had a blast at Aunt Lacie's playing with cousins, eating until we were ready to pop, and opening a few surprises.

Dec 15, 2017

Holiday in Gatlinburg

As soon as school was out for the holidays, we hopped a plane to Gatlinburg for some R&R!  The big kids had a pajama day the last half day of school, so they actually flew in their jammies, and I have never received so many compliments on their outfits.  It actually got to be pretty funny, considering they were dressed so inappropriately, but they were comfy and everyone loved it.  Corinne loved snacking and iPadding on the plane...
What kind of temperatures do you prefer for your waterfall hikes?  We like the 20's to start out...
The front porch of our "den"...
We had a great hike in spite of the low temps, and warmed up by the time we reached our destination...









Although it was still a tad chilly...






After attending a wedding for one of Damon's high school buddies, we continued the family fun with Dollywood...
I think Grandma Tonie should join this union...
One of the kids' favorite parts of the condo...hot tubbing with the parents!
Strutting their stuff on stage at the Comedy Barn...
If you visit Gatlinburg, do not miss the comedy barn.  The guy with ping pong balls in his mouth will test your urinary continence, trust me...
But obviously the cutest performers were the Pourciau children...
Back to Dollywood for more thrills the next day...






On stage at the Hatfield and McCoy's Dinner Feud...


We did ride the mountain coaster, but this was taken on a fake mountain coaster at the bottom of the mountain.  Perhaps we should have saved our money...it looks like they may have enjoyed this one more...
Damon tested out some new mattresses...
And of course we had to work in some more hot tub time...
Hopefully we can return to the Great Smoky Mountains when they are a little warmer!

Dec 10, 2017

Family Christmas Party 2018

As kids get older and have more activities, it gets harder and harder to carve out time for an extended family Christmas party each year.  To be honest, for a while it looked like we just weren't going to be able to make things work, but we finally were able to pick a Sunday afternoon that fit with most of the schedules and had a great time visiting with all our family members who were able to join us.  Unfortunately, we were having such a great time visiting that I neglected to take very many photos, but here are a few of the kids playing outside...

...and inside...
The more relaxed come and go format was a nice fit and skipping any big games or activities allowed us to focus on just visiting and spending time together, which was nice.  Can't wait to do it again next year!