Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Dougie helping Asher open his gift. A baby photo album, now he has one just like his brothers and sister had when they were babies! You can see Dougie wearing his favorite gift, a North Face!
Dougie insisted on taking a picture of me!
I don't know how I managed to miss getting any pictures of Emma. But you can see her hair in the picture of Caleb playing Gator Golf, so she really was there!
After we ate a yummy(if I do say so myself!) breakfast of sausage gravy and biscuits, we loaded up the van(again) and headed to Steven's family. I can't even begin to name all the people who were there, well I could but it would take forever, just know it's A LOT of people. We ate a wonderful lunch and exchanged gifts. Then we spent the afternoon just hanging out, watching tv, playing cards and eating some more! Unfortunately, I forgot to take some pictures until we were ready to leave. But at least we got a family picture!
Caleb and Mia waiting to open gifts!
It seems like every Christmas, we spend some time trying to remember what we did the year before. When did we go to your mom's, did we go to the farm and so on. So this year, for my benefit and to your dismay, I'm going to record exactly what we did, so next year I can look back and not have to strain my brain to remember!
This year, we had Emma and Dougie the first half of Christmas, so we did A LOT of visiting from the time they got out of school until Christmas Eve. On the Monday before Christmas, we loaded up the van and headed to Atlanta to visit my side of the family. We got their by lunch time and had a great time just hanging out and letting all the cousins play together.
On Tuesday, the girls went and did something special together(see this post) and the boys stayed at Grandma and Paps'. I hear they did a little hunting and even caught 2 5lb. bass! Too bad I wasn't there to take any pictures but the fish is in my freezer ready to be cooked, so I know they really did catch something!!!
On Tuesday night, my family gathered at my parents house for dinner and gift giving. In attendance was my mom and dad, my brother and SIL and their 2 kids, my older sis and BIL and their son and my younger sis and of course my family of 6! Added all together, there are 16 of us! The kids had so much fun getting tons of gifts from Grandma and Paps and giving gifts to each other. Here are some pics from our time there:
Mia and Emma, Best Cousins waiting to open the presents!
Parents lingering around the dinner table!
Chaz and Caleb opening their gifts!
Dougie's favorite gift, a Dodgers sweatshirt. Dougie's 1st grade teacher is Jonathon Broxton's mother in law, so lots of people in our area are big Dodger fans! Don't you love how Emma strategically placed her gift?
Asher and Aunt Laura. Notice how she has her hand behind her back? Asher kept trying to grab her cup of eggnog!On Wednesday, we packed up and headed home. We were sad to leave because we love hanging out with our family. We know that we are so blessed and we can't wait until we get to be together again!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
It has been so long since I've updated everyone with what's going on in our lives. So here it goes:
~Steven has taken an interim pastor position at a church. We are really enjoying getting to know the people and it is such a sweet church.
~I started a sub position for a teacher on maternity leave last week. I'm enjoying it, it's an adjustment though. The first part of the day, I'm in 8th grade and after lunch I assist in two 9th grade classes. One is a Math class and the other is a Gov't class.
~Caleb and Asher started daycare last week. It's the only daycare in our little town and it's pretty small. There is about 6 kids in Caleb's class and Asher is the only baby. So needless to say, he is getting completely spoiled!! Caleb loves going to his "school" and loves all his new friends. I was pretty conflicted about them going to daycare but I know it's only while I'm subbing and it helps that it is literally less than a quarter mile from where I am.
~Asher had tubes put in his ears 2 weeks ago. He is doing great and like Emma says, "I think the tubes made him sweeter." If that's even possible.
~We will be moving out of the parsonage it just over a month and we still haven't found a house to move into. If you think about, please say a prayer about that for us!
Well, I think that's enough for now. I hope you are enjoying this Christmas season with the ones you love!
Merry Christmas, Y'all!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
My friend, Jen posted this on her blog and I thought it was fun.
1. Wrapping paper of Gift Bags?
Both, depending on the gift.
2. Real Tree or Artificial?
I love real trees but ever since Steven and I got married, we've used the artificial tree that he had.
3. When do you put up the tree?
This year we put it up the weekend before Thanksgiving.
4.When do you take the tree down?
Usually right after New Year's day but this year it will probably be right after Christmas.
5. Do you like eggnog?
Yes, the non-alcoholic kind. =)
6. Favorite gift received as a child?
My red bicycle
7. Do you have a nativity scene?
Yes, a Willow Tree set. I bought the pieces over several years.
8. Hardest person to buy for?
my nephew, he's 14.
9. Easiest person to buy for?
10.Worst Christmas gift ever received?
I really can't think of anything!
11. Mail or email Christmas cards?
I usually mail cards but in an effort to save some money this year, I'll probably email them!
12. Favorite Christmas movie?
Oh there's so many!!! I really love Elf, Miracle on 34th St., Christmas Vacation, While You Were Sleeping (not technically a Christmas movie) and of course Rudolph!
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas?
After Thanksgiving but never on black Friday!!
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present?
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?
Peppermint bark, fudge, peanut butter balls.....the list goes on and on!
16. Clear lights or colored on the tree?
clear lights on the tree in our house, colored on the tree on the front porch.
17. Favorite Christmas song?
right now, Chris Tomlin's O Come All Ye Faithful but I also love me some Porky Pig's Blue Christmas. I just can't help myself!!!
18.Travel at Christmas or stay home?
travel, Christmas is a time to see family!
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer?
Now you know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen. Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen....but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer!
Why yes I can!!!
20. Angel or Star on the tree top?
Merry Christmas Y'all!!
Asher was exhausted from all the tree decorating!