Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am so honored by your visit today. My name is Kristi and I am married to my college sweetheart(I refer to him here as "Mr. Incredible"), momma to my 2 beautiful girls who are growing much too quickly, a high school computer teacher, photographer, and a gardener (at times~right now I'm growing weeds). I love to laugh, drink strong Starbucks coffee, take pictures, and be anywhere my family is. Jesus is my Savior and I try so hard to be the wife and momma that He has called me to be. I often fail but He lovingly picks me up, dusts me off, and encourages me that with Him all things are possible. Feel free to join me on this journey of faith, stop in and say hello, look around, and leave a comment~I love comments. Why "Kiki's Corner?" My nephews call me Aunt Kiki and I love that too.

Please, don't pass the turkey!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am still full, how about you? I don't care to see another turkey for at least another...oh I don't know...3 hours. I'm kidding, salsa and queso is starting to sound good. We had a great time with Mr. Incredible's family. My mother-in-law's home was filled to the brim with joy and laughter. If I counted correctly, there were 45 1/2 people (one little blessing named Addison to be born in 6 weeks). Of the 45, 19 were children.

Some of the Houston crew came in this year and we enjoyed visiting with them so much. We only see each other every other year. Little Violet, who is a year old, was one of the stars of the evening. She has curls in the back of her sweet little head, just like my Hannah had. Violet wore the cutest little hot pink outfit with ruffles, bows, a pacifier and holder with rhinestones, and shoes that squeaked when she walked. She loved all of the attention.

I had fun holding baby Wesley who is only a few months old. He went to sleep in my arms and I loved every minute. Sweet baby smells...tiny fingers and toes....makes my heart long a little. It seems like yesterday that my girls were that tiny.

I had fun with 2 little cousins named Chandler and Trinady. They wanted to play monkey in the middle with me (we use to call it Keep Away back in the good ol' days). They laughed and giggled until all three of us were worn out. The absolute funniest was when Chandler caught glimpses of himself in the mirror. He had to strike a cool pose every time and flex his muscles.

We had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner together and then it was time for Christmas. Since the Houston group can only come every other year, we celebrate Christmas early with them. All the adults bring gifts to exchange white elephant style. No one ever wants to receive the dreaded Santa drawers; they have been passed around for several years now.

All of the aunts buy gifts for the children. My girls were blessed with these cute slippers:

Aren't they cute? The also were given matching pajamas.

It was a fun night. When we got home we continued one of our silly family traditions by watching...."Christmas Vacation." Oh, how I heart that movie. We will try to watch Elf together this weekend and finish the Hallmark movie, "A Christmas Card."

Mom and I have a tradition of shopping the day after Thanksgiving. We don't start at 4 but we are usually at the stores by 9. It's kind of our retail therapy ministry of sorts. We have such a blast together that everyone seems to notice us as we shop. Because they are...well... a bit grumpy around this time. The checkout people are always glad to see us. We try to encourage them to hang in there and they look at us like we are a warm drink of chocolatey goodness on a cold winter morning.

But, this year Mom has to work! Bah humbug! Yes, we are thankful for her job, but selfishly I am missing her today. I will be home writing yet another research paper, which is really where I need to be, but it isn't fun...it stinks! Yes, I know I am clearly 3 years old right now!

If you go shopping, let me know what great deals you find so I will feel like I was still a part of the frenzy of shopping the day after Thanksgiving. I will still be here in my robe and pajamas, sipping hot cider and trying to avoid writing my paper.




Karen M said...

Your Thanksgiving sounds like a wonderful time. We were blessed with a wonderful day as well. I'll get around to posting about it a little later.

My mom and I used to go shopping on the Friday after thanksgiving. We had to stop that several years ago even before she passed away in 2002. But my daughter-in-law and I have started a tradition while they were dating. But we do the crazy, get a really early start. We left my house at 5:15 this morning and were done by 11:00.

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

How fun my friend!!! I bet you're exhausted lol.
We love the movie Elf! And who doesn't love cousin Eddy!!! ROFL!
Okay my friend now I'm having flashbacks from back in the day lol.
Hugs to you.

Erica said...

I just love reading about your real life adventures. We love Christmas Vacation, and since our copy is packed right now, I almost bought another yesterday. Instead, we will head to Blockbuster later this week! We also love ELF...and I have always loved Santa Claus, the movie.Anyway, I did get a GREAT deal on a mansion doll house for the girls. I can't wait to see their eyes Christmas morning. And, there was an awesome "giveaway bag" that my sister and I got at Bath and Body works! I hope you have a great day.

Leaon Mary said...

Hey chickadee,
WHAT A HUUUUGE Thanksgiving gathering you had! WOWE! I'm so happy yall had such a fabulous time and you even braved the stores the day after? I thought about it~ but my daughter in love had to work too.
I got the house all decorated though and I think the shopping will happen on Monday morning when everyone else is at work. hehaoaoao
I LOVE your header picture! The girls are so beautiful!
Later gater,

Kim @ Homesteader's Heart said...

I love your header. It is funny, because I had been working on my header for awhile and then I saw yours and was like oh man she's gonna think I copied her lol. As far as Erica I just gave her some advice and a how too on hers. She did a good job as well!
Hugs to you sister.

Kathy Schwanke said...

Wow! Your family gathering is similar to mine! I love your description of the little ones. It's so fun!

I like your header too. Did you have to make a page and take a photo of it, or is there some (as usual) techno-technique I am unaware of?

Sorry your mom was unavailable. I spend the weekend on the other side of the counter.

Melanie said...

Hi, Kristi! How lovely your Thanksgiving sounds.. so glad it was so wonderful.

Love your new blog for the holidays!

bp said...

I'm glad your family had such a blessed Thanksgiving! The new slippers are too cute. I like the new Christmas touches on your blog. I think I found the one I want to use and will change it Monday. Have a good week!