Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thankdsgiving Part 2

Thursday we spent the day at my in-law's house. We got there around lunch and stayed until dark!!!  I must say, I was a little sad that I was missing out on my Mother's Thanksgiving meal because she is the best cook!  But my mother-in-law, Cheryl, blew lunch out of the water!!!  It was SO GOOD!!!!  Thank you for all your hard work because it was WONDERFUL!!!

It was unseasonably warm, so after lunch the girls went outside to play.  Sorry for Gracie's dirty shirt.  I think she was playing in my father-in-law's workshop. We had on our Bama best  for the big game on Friday. 

My beautiful angel!!!  Oh, how I love Emmy!!!

My sweet Sophie Clare

Chris took the girls on a 4-wheeler ride

Don't forget Gracie!!!  She was there too....holding on for dear life!!!  HaHa

Emily's cousin Madyson was down from South Carolina.  Emily loves playing with her! 

The fam. Jamie, my brother-in-law,  had already gone home and the babies really didn't seem to care about being in the picture. 

It was a great relaxing day.  I can't believe we are finished with Thanksgiving and rolling on to Christmas.  But I am so ready! 

Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanksgiving Part 1

We had a fun filled Thanksgiving!!  Emily was out of school for a whole week and it was great to have her home during the day for a change. 

For the past couple of years, Chris and I have swapped family gatherings at Thanksgiving.  One year we go to his family's house and the next year mine.  It works out wonderfully because we actually get to spend quality time with the family instead of eating and running to another house.  Because it was our turn to spend it with Chris' family, my Mother planned a day of fun on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. 

The girls and I met Mother, Tessa (SIL) and Robin (niece) at Target so that Mother could get a few gift ideas for the girls for Christmas.  It was so fun watching the girls look at all the toys. 

Gracie thinks she's just as big as the other girls.

We let the girls decided where we were eating lunch.  They chose McDonald's!  I tried to change their mind, but it didn't work.  McDonald's was the place!

We headed to Hobby Lobby after that.  Mother is going to make the girls a pillowcase and she wanted them to pick out the fabric. 

I can't wait to see the finished product.  The girls also got to pick out ornaments.

This was how the Robin and Emily where all day.  They loved being with each other.

When we got back to Mother's house, she and the girls made two pecan pies for Thanksgiving.  The big girls did most of the work, but Gracie loved being in there with them.

Robin and Emily took turns pouring and stirring. 

I know this is a memory they will keep with them forever!

It was a really fun day!!!  I love spending time with my family.  And Tessa, I want to apologize for not getting a better picture of you. But Christmas is coming and I will do much better then!!!  Love ya!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Lunch with Emily

Last Thursday, we had Thanksgiving lunch at school with Emily.  I was so glad that Chris was able to go and I know Emily was too!!! 

Thanks Gran for the cute turkey shirts.  We love them!!! 

To say that it was organized chaos is a total understatement!!!  But it was still fun being able to share this time with Em!

Gracie was so fussy and I couldn't understand why.  Then it hit me!  I only purchased 2 plates, thinking that she would eat off one of our plates.  She was upset because she didn't have her own plate!!!  When Emily finished and started socializing, she finished her food and was much happier!!  That girl (Gracie) is a mess!

Emily and Brinley

We walked Em back to her classroom and said goodbye.  I love her so, and I'm so glad we could spend this special time with her!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Go, Go, Go!!!!!

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you have somewhere to go everyday?  Well, since last Friday, I've somewhere to be everyday....sometimes being gone all day long!!!  Granted, most of it was for fun stuff, but none-the-less, it can be hectic!!  So here are the gory (and somewhat boring details)!  

Friday, I spent the whole day with my brother.  I asked him to ride to town with me, and it ended up being the best day.  Jeff was on vacation, so he didn't have to work.  We had lunch and strangely enough, went shopping.  I wish so bad that I would have brought my camera with me because, like I said, we had the best day.  Nothing fabulous, but as you know, when you get older, life kind of takes over, and you are doing your own thing.  It was great to have some time with him.  And Gracie enjoyed seeing her Uncle Jeff.

On Saturday, I went shopping in Birmingham with my friends Tammy and Dawn.  They are my neighbors and we have planned this several times but it usually fell through, but we finally nailed down Saturday.  We had the best time!!!  We talked and laughed (both of which I LOVE to do) and it was great to get to know them better.  I was able to buy a few things for Christmas which makes me happy to feel ahead of the game.

I had to fix breakfast for our Sunday School class, so I was bright eyed and bushy tailed come Sunday morning. Then we had to run a little errand Sunday afternoon ;). Monday, Gracie and I played catch up all day and I washed a TON of clothes!!  I mean, seriously, it was bad!

Tuesday came, which was my cousin Jenny's birthday.  I had a full day of things to do, so my mother-in-law was kind enough to watch Gracie so my load would be lighter.  Although it was easier to get from A to B by myself, I did miss my partner in crime. 
Jenny and I met for lunch. I hope she had a great birthday because I enjoyed spending it with her.

With it being Tuesday, Emily had dance.  This day was special because we were able to go in and see the things that she has learned.  I must say that I was a little nervous that she would back out because she had talked about how she was scared all week!!!  We talked about it every chance we got and she pulled through with flying colors!!!!!  I was so very proud of her!!!

After they showed us their moves, they had a sweet little tea party for the girls.  Lots of goodies and treats!!!  It was so fun to be able to share this with her.  This is the stuff I LIVE for!!!

Today, we had to hit the floor running!!!!  Gracie had her first dentist appointment this morning.  When Emily had her first appointment, all they did was count her teeth, which in itself was a disaster, but you know, it just kind of eased her in.  So when I made Gracie's appointment, I thought that's all it would be.....a little teeth countin'.  Oh no my friend!!!  They straight up cleaned her teeth!!!  I'm so glad I didn't know this before hand because I would have worried about it the whole time.  And it was as bad as you could imagine!!  Screaming, snot....the whole 9 yards!!!  But all was fine.  No cavities!!!!  I love their dentist, so I know Gracie was in good hands.   Emily's second visit was much different. She loves going now.  So I hope G will feel the same way.   But I won't hold my breath!!!! HaHa!

After we finished at the dentist, we headed to eat lunch with Gran.  She has been out of town for the past few days, so it was so good to see her.  Gracie told her several times, "You so sweet" and "I love you".  And I do believe she kissed her 20 times. 

Gran giving Gracie a little "make".

By the time we finished lunch, it was time to pick up Em.  Emily had her first phone call from a school friend today.  I thought it was so sweet, then I found our that Emily passed her phone number out to a few friends at school.  A friend from Sunday School sent me a message that Emily had put her phone number on a little piece of paper and given it to her daughter.  I'm so thankful that she only gave it to people we know!!!!! And NO BOYS!!!!  But Brinley called and they talked a bit.  It was so funny to hear them talk about TV and stuff like that.  Oh I could just squeeze Emily she looked so cute.  And the best part was that Gracie crawled right up beside her while she talked.  If only life could always be this sweet and innocent!!!!

It has been a busy couple of days, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in this world!!!! 

Happy Wednesday y'all!!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child may not be a new thing to you, but if you've never heard of it please take a few minutes to watch this video.  

For the past few weeks, we have watched videos like this on Sunday morning during church.  I've not made it to the end of one without crying yet!   To see the faces of the children who receive these boxes puts Christmas in a whole new light.  We have participated in OCC for the past several years, and I'm telling you, there is nothing that compares to seeing the joy it brings to these children. 
This past Sunday we watched a video of a man who, with is daughter and wife, has packed over 8000 boxes.  That's not just 8000 children that will get a toy on Christmas, but it's 8000 children who hear the gospel of Christ and hopefully decided to give their hearts to the Lord.  What an opportunity!!!! 
So if your church has this ministry, there's still time!!!  Get involved!!!!  If they don't, then find a church that does!!!  You won't be sorry!!! 

Gracie and I went and got our items today for a boy and a girl, and tomorrow night during Mission Friends, Amy and I are going to show the kids what Christmas is really about. 

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15

Great Weekend

Our weekend was great and very relaxing.  Saturday morning we where all very lazy.  The girls got up and played and played and it was so nice not to have anywhere to go!!!  We eventually got out later in the day to go celebrate Jenny and Aunt Carol's birthday, so Emily got busy making them card. 

I got up pulling out our Christmas china and putting it in the china cabinet.  Then Emily talked me into getting out the Christmas tree.  She really didn't have to do too much talking because I love to see her face when the tree goes up.  That smile on her face is really what life is all about!

Gracie's face was priceless too!  She was asleep while we were putting it up.

Emily helped me hang the ornaments and she did a great job. 

This is Emily's First Christmas Ornament.  My friend Yvonne and I went to Birmingham to a craft show and they painted Emily's little hand when she was just 5 months old. Every time I hang that ornament I remember how much fun we had that day. I also can't believe that was 5 years ago!!!  Life is going by way too fast! 

Later Saturday night we headed to Aunt Carol's house.  Believe it or not, Kate was excited to see me!

My Mom and Aunt Carol

Gracie trying to decided which candles to put on the cake.

The girls played great together!!!  They laughed and screamed and had a good time. 

Hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil!!!  Ha Ha

My mother got this sign for Aunt Carol.  Funny because between my mother and AC, they have enough fabric to open up their own store!!!! 

Jenny's birthday isn't until next week, but we celebrated a little early.  She and I are going to meet for lunch next week to celebrate her big day!! 

I got tickled because their Birthday numbers look like a zip code.

We had a great time visiting with the family, and Sunday was great too.  We went to church, which the service was GREAT, and relaxed the rest of the day. 

I hope you all had a great weekend as well. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Last But Not Least

Sunday afternoon, our church had their Trunk-or-Treat.  We all decided to dress up.  Chris went as a farmer because he had overalls.  I went as a doctor because I had scrubs from my old job and the girls went as Dorothy. 

Since we had more ground to cover, Gracie was going to have to wear shoes and it just turned out to be a HOT day. I decided to dress Gracie in Emily's 2 year old costume because it was much cooler.  They were so cute as matching Dorothy's

This is Emma.  Her parents, Casey and Brandon, are in our Sunday School class. I do believe she is the cutest Wonder Woman I have ever seen.

Later that night, we made our way to my parent's church.  They had all kinds of fun games but the hit of the night were the pony rides. 

My niece, Robin.

Cloe the Cowgirl.  How cute.

Tessa was kind enough to let us borrow Robin's costume from last year and she was also kind enough to carry Gracie around.   This picture cracked me up because Gracie carried her candy bag just like all the big kids. To me is was just so cute.

Well, Halloween was a blast this year.  But I must say I'm glad for some down time.  And I'm sure you'll be glad that I'm done with the pictures. HA!