Time for another LINKY PARTY.  This one sounds like such fun...so of course, I had to join!
Hadar, Traci, and Kristin have joined up to host this one!

So here are my 13 moments of 2013 that I thought were noteworthy...

#13

FROZEN...
I love Disney movies because of our precious grandgirl...and we love spending time with her...and she, my hubby, and I saw it at the drive in...and we LOVE the drive in...so I think that's why I'd say it's my favorite! 

#12

I participate in blog events with my teacher blog, and my personal blog.  This was one event that was insanely awesome...everything Andrea touches turns to exquisite . . .  beautiful . . . simply lovely!
And this event was all of the above!  My creations aren't quite up to Andrea's talent . . . I sure learned a lot to maybe get there one day!

#11

Puckett's Grocery
Yum-O
And it just so happens that both of my sons recently played there . . . they are the ones on both ends.

#10

The Title I Conference was held at the Opryland Hotel.
It was awesome . . . 
and we had so much FuN . . .
The HIGHLIGHT was hearing Harry and Rosemary Wong !

#9
We are going to DISNEY WORLD in the spring, baby!
ALL of us...my son, daughter-in-love, grandgirl, my DIL's parents, her brother with his girlfriend, her aunt, uncle, cousin, my hubby and me!  I AM SOOOOO EXCITED!!!!!


#8
I adore Patricia Polacco, so this was by far my FAV classroom activity. . .







#7
My POLAR ExPrEsS post is my most favorite . . . 
Such a MaGiCaL time HERE !

And of course, one of my favorite posts is the one on Patricia Polacco . . . HERE

#6
I found this at the flea market.  I'm painting it, adding ribbons, and creating a OOAK carousel horse for my sweet grandgirl!

#5


Of course to a cabin in the Smoky Mountains!

#4


For Mother's Day, hubby got us tickets to see MY FAV GUYS...Impractical Jokers!
LOVE *LOVE* LOVE them!

#3
Our beautiful grandgirl, "Ariel", on Halloween.

#2
Eat healthy.  Exercise.  Lose Weight! Stick to it. Believe that I can do it!

#1
*FAITH*
I have FAITH in my savior...my family...my friends.
When it comes to personal goals, I need more FAITH that I can do it!

So there's my...
So what's your 13 for '13???
Ok...so you are NOT going to see just one answer on most of these...I love TOO much about Christmas!!!

Here goes...

Hot Chocolate or EggNog?
Oh my, I adore BOTH!!!  Yum-O!
Does Santa wrap the presents or just sit them under the tree?
When our boys were growing up, Santa always left the presents out under the tree.  I surely miss those days!  They grow up way too quick! 
Colored lights or white?
I've always used white.  When I was growing up in the 70's we always had colored lights though.  I didn't carry on that tradition with my family.
When do you decorate?
I use to decorate the day after Thanksgiving, but since our kids live out of town, and we visit them on Thanksgiving, I start decorating the day before Thanksgiving.  

Real or Fake tree?
Well, since I like to put mine up early and seeing that I put up five . . . YES, 5 trees, and they are fake. And yeah, I'm probably crazzzzzyyyy ! ! !  lol 


What tops your tree?
A star on one, an angel three, and musical note on another.

Favorite Christmas Memory or Tradition
The first Friday night in December is our annual Christmas parade.  We always took the boys when they were little, and then when they were older, they marched in the parade with the band.

The first Saturday morning in December is our annual Breakfast With Santa.  Santa's workshop is set up, the building is decorated with some of the original "Honey I Shrunk The Kids" furniture, and breakfast is served . . . all while you enjoy the music of the THS Aristocats.  

Going to the Christmas Eve service at church, coming home and singing around the Christmas tree while my guys all played guitar, and the boys opening their presents to each other was always a tradition.  I miss these terribly now!  
But wait...because it does get better...because then you get grandkids!!!  
There is nothing like being a GRAMMA ! ! !  :)
Some of the old traditions carry one mingled with new ones...and lots of memories are made!

A new tradition is putting up a pink Christmas tree with my little grandgirl . . .
oh how I love that girl . . . to the moon and back!  
My hubby and I are now most blessed with our two boys . . . a daughter-in-love, and a beautiful grandgirl . . . and our other son's girlfriend and her precious two kiddos!

Do you remember you favorite gift as a child?
Yes, I do!  Baby Tender Love and Barbie camper, swimming pool, and Barbie clothes!

Do you prefer giving or receiving?
There isn't anything I want or need, except to have my family around me, all healthy and well, and enjoying our time with each other.  But I LOVE to buy gifts for others . . . so definitely GIVING!!!
I do have to admit that I DO LOVE getting gifts from my grangirl . . . because they are handmade and come from the heart . . . Have I told you that I love that little girl to the moon and back?  tee hee

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Mary Did You Know, Little Drummer Boy, and Silent Night

Candy Canes.  Yum or Yuck?
YUM-O...and I adore some candy cane mocha or chocolate peppermint cocoa!

Favorite Christmas movie?
Home Alone
Polar Express with my grandgirl!

Do you shop online or at store?
BOTH...but in the last few years, I shop more online!

Photo Cards, Store Bought, or Letter?
Here again, things change when you are "empty nesters".  When my boys were growing up, we sent photo cards.  This photo is the last one when we had the boys still living at home . . . 2007.  Now it is store bought . . . I figure most ppl would rather see kids than just Kenny and myself . . . tee hee  At one time, I sent New Years letters out, recapping the previous year and our blessings.

Now head on over to Fabulous in First for the linky party!

Merry CHRISTmas!

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