Together. The festive, the fickle, the fully-in, the faint-hearted too. All of us, the collective, melding for a brief period of time, to commemorate His birth and to celebrate friendships, the joy of laughter and the beauty of teamwork we share in this progressive 365 walk we're on. I like the word together. I think it's so clever that this word has 3 smaller words inside it. I love that when together happens, so much more is accomplished. Recently, our football staff celebrated this triple compound word with a Christmas party. The image above is from the home of Chad and Toni Jill Cox. It's one of the beautiful decorations of Christmas in their home. I
plan to gank it from her as I covet it so badly for one of my very own Christmas decorations immediately was drawn to capture its collective as a symbol of what together really is all about. Making something significantly profound when individuals gather to become one entity.
There's coolness in together too. Together happens in all kinds of venues and themes. It's known for its diversity. Fancy high-end Christmas parties with champagne flutes, fishnet panty hose with bowties and tailored suits. Matching tees like we do at the Gobble. Jerseys in team colors peppered with boldly boasted digits on players' backs scattered about on Friday nights. Or, hideously ugly ensembles of Christmas festive in unison. Well, our staff chose the latter sprinkled with a "wear your jammies if you just wanna do that instead" for our gathering.
We do food well. As in, the wives/girlfriends lack not in the cooking. And, as in the husband/boyfriends lack not in the eating.
After each home game this season, the coaching staff and families would find their way to our home for post-game treats. The menu ranged from baked spaghetti to a taco bar to chili with the fixins and then, of course, the highly popular breakfast feast. We decided to run with the breakfast theme once more for this celebration.
Sarah Jane has not yet entered into the world of motherhood, but as you can tell, she does have a way of wooing the littles. Now, if she could just remember to feed them, she will be all set when her turn comes.
It doesn't take long for the boys to find a way to play football. Dressed in jammies. In the hallway. It seems touchdowns & tackles are just meant for the smallest, most narrow section of the home, you know?
Ah, comfy pajamas with fluffy socks that coordinate. I hear you, Joey Wood.
And with hideous ensembles, it's only natural that Dirty Santa gifting be involved.
Sweater boxes FULL of Laffy Taffy, art deco wine glasses, a bundle of lottery tickets, candy bars with gift cards, and an Uncle Si Chia Pet. Yes, togethering is a wonderful thing. It is with honor that I announce to you the winner of the "Ugliest Ensemble" as well as the final recipient of the highly coveted Uncle Si chia pet: none other than the man that sleeps to my right: Coach Kenny Cobble.
Double knit polyester, satin Christmas ornament blouse, black dickie turtle neck, David Hasselhoff shades and white sneakers with coordinating tube socks. Yes, he is all mine. Ladies, jealousy is so very unbecoming. I know you wish you were me. And, that's okay. Read'em & weep, sisters.
Manis didn't really know quite what to think of this creative masterpiece that stood before him. His face is one of confusion, disgust and overall disbelief. You can say that again.
Toni Jill was super festive and had a photo booth set up to document this spectacular all under one roof. Above are the other halves to the lead dogs on Fall football Friday nights in Jefferson County.
I think Coach Cox says it all here, wouldn't you agree?
Lucky. I am sure that's a word used frequently in the Patriot community when speaking of the football staff and families. Above, showcases charisma. talent & confidence. Missing from this collage are Caoch Delozier, Coach Brimer, Coach Holllingshead, Coach Simpkins and Coach Vines. I feel as the camera wouldn't have been able to handle the presence of these creative minds in their entirety stuffed under the theme of: UGLY SWEATER.
Goodness knows, I could barely handle my counterpart-in-character.
This evening was anything reflective of the beautiful choral ensemble of carolers
I still plan to gank from this post's onset. But it was everything special and indicative of together. More made. More gained. More accomplished. More happens when we gather up the all: the festive, the fickle, the fully-in and faint-hearted too. And, with one movement, forward feels a bit closer to the touch. And, families feel more like home right beside one another in this progressive 365 walk.
Tess cat and Boone dog couldn't agree more.
Tis the season to be merry,
p.s. Winner of the Pralines & Cream 12 oz. candle from last week's candle giveaway is Jennifer Sanson. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your mailing address to receive your free gift. Thanks so much for spreading the k.Mac love.
p.p.s. Don't forget about the blog's new series. New posts will be taking place this week: