Monday, December 26, 2016


A Christmas Day tradition ~ Mabry Clan (those of us who could make it this year) got together at the Kimbrough home to enjoy some food, family, and fun. Jane was ready for some yummy goodies.
Sarah could not contain her joy
Julia just wanted a slice of chocolate pie
Good stuff to stuff our faces 
Peeps around the table ~ at the table on the left: Terry, Don, Kelly, Jane, Julia, Sarah, and Ann ~ at the table on the right: Neil, Ken, Evan, Finn, Shaun, and Knox

The Scantland family ~ Evan, Finn, and Shaun
Finn is 10 months old now
His momma couldn't shovel it in fast enough for this kid. He LOVED the delicious stew/soup that Ann made.
Peek-a-boo ~ He'll be walking soon
After dinner walk around the neighborhood ~ the weather today was awesome with temperatures in the seventies ~ 

We were treated to a gorgeous sunset on the way back to the house
Picture can't do it justice
Great weather for porch sitting
The Myers family came in later and brought more yummy goodies
Mabry Clan group shot
From back left: Neil, moi, Ann, Terry, Ken, Holly, Don, Jerry, Elijah, Shaun, Even, and Kerry
Front row from left: Sarah, Jane, Shelby, Julia, Finn, Knox, and Kelly
We were missing some of the family today, but thankful for those of us who could get together on Christmas Day and enjoy each other's company and food, conversation and a lot of laughs.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Sunday, December 25, 2016


Our traditional Christmas Eve dinner is spaghetti with homemade sauce. Around the table from left: son in law Kerry, grandson Knox, grandson Elijah, moi, son in law Jerry, granddaughter Shelby, daughter Holly, and daughter Kelly.
Kerry was really hungry
Granddaughter Shelby
Grandson Elijah
Grandson Knox
Christmas Peeps ~ pictures first, then presents~may be the only reason they endure it
The Myers Family ~ Elijah, Jerry, Holly, Shelby
The Kimbrough Family ~ Kerry, Knox, Kelly
Santa and Mrs. Claus
"The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other."~Burton Hills
Shelby loves fuzzy socks
Pokemon cards for Elijah
Knox loves Legos
When Shelby got a gift card from BAM, she said, "What is this store? I don't think I've ever been there." She had a good laugh at herself after we explained to her that BAM is Books A Million.  
Tiger feet ~ large
Tiger feet ~ small
Can we open some presents, too?
Knox and Kerry checking out a Lego set
Jerry unstuffing his stocking
This is exactly what I was wishing for! 
Kerry was thrilled even if Knox wasn't
Neil says who needs presents when you've got cheesecake?
I think socks are their favorite gift
Christmas carnage
Elijah and Holly dared to play the Pie Face game. Not sure who lost, but at least the whipped cream tasted yummy.
That's a wrap -- or unwrap -- for the Ranft family Christmas 2016. 
Thankful for all our blessings, one of the very best being our loving family.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 16, 2016


Daughter Holly celebrated her 38th birthday today. The Baskin-Robbins chocolate chip ice cream/chocolate cake is a long time birthday tradition for her, complete with Christmas decorations.

Party Peeps from left: Elijah, Neil, Kelly, Knox, Jane, Don, Julia, Holly, and Shelby
Party Peeps from left: Sarah, Holly, Jerry, Elijah, Neil, and Don
The cake and punch were yummy
The presents were even better
Happy Birthday to our almost-Christmas baby Holly! You are the best Christmas present we've ever received. Wishing you all the good things you deserve in the coming year. So blessed that you are ours. We love you more than you'll ever know!