We are so grateful to have such good friends and neighbors!
We often gather together during the year.. and if there is a reason to celebrate anything.. we do it.
The more time I spend with all of them.. the more they become like family.
We even have started "traditions" with many of these friends.. and I love it.
I adore them.
This year.. the Saddlers hosted the annual "Ugly Sweater Party."
It was a ton of fun.
Taylor and Juliana
Drew and Ali
Kami and Ben
Makinzee and Mike
Cami and Matt
Clairesse and Brandon
Jake and Jen
Emily and Ryan ( our hosts )
Chad and I.
My ugly sweater came from a wealthy woman that I helped de-junk her house.
The woman hesitated to part with it.. because it was 100% angora. She insisted that I take it.. and oh.. did I have plans for this puffy shoulder fuzzy 80's glamour. It was a solid piece of ugliness.
Chads came from my Grandma Tenney's wardrobe.
When she died.. I knew this sweater must live on to be worn for these parties.
I told my aunt Taffy what I was going to keep it for... and she said " I made Mom that shirt!"
That only added to the epicness of the shirt.
Camille and Kevin.
Camille won the ladies contest -- to me with that snowman romper and turtle neck.
I don't think you can get more epic.. than that.
We had dinner.. a variety of Soups, breads, and Salads.
Emily is a fabulous cook.. as are all of the other girls.. so we had loads of yummy food!
After dinner.. we played " Minute to Win it" ~ Christmas style.
The first game involved trying to get a red pom pom on your nose -- by swinging a string that was around your neck. You couldn't use your hands.. and everyone had some Vaseline on the end of their nose.. to keep the red pom pom on it -- when you finally swung it on there.
It was hilarious to watch.. and many were successful!!
The second game.. had a empty Kleenex box tied around your waste and on your lower back.
It was full of 8 large Jingle Bells.. and you had to empty out the Jingle bells by moving/dancing/shaking around.
It was so funny and awesome watching everyone.
Poor Chad had to do this.. because of my back.
I feel like an old lady sometimes.. having to bow out of so much fun stuff because of it.
I think Ryan was the most hilarious one -- with this game.
I didn't even see most of it.. because I was laughing so hard.
The third game was the " Nut Stacker."
We were given a plate.. 8 large metal bolt ( nuts ) and a candy cane.
We had to stack all 7-8 nuts ( using the candy cane to stack them with ) it was a lot of fun.. and took some skill and steady hands. Their were many winners with this as well!
The final game consisted of a couple -- with 2 yard sticks.. and one had the end of the spool of ribbon.. and the other had to wind it up without using their hands.
Their was a lot of hip action going on with this game. Again.. lots of fun!
We all brought a white elephant gift -- to exchange.. and we were laughing so hard at all of the clever presents that were given.
This is what Chad and I brought home.
So grateful for such good friends.. and for Emily and Ryan for hosting such a fun night!
Today I am Grateful for:
Chad joined Facebook last night!
The joys of this season.
Fun neighbors and friends
All of my neighbor gifts, cards and packages are sent. Ole!!