Friday, December 28, 2007
What a wonderful Christmas! It started in Byhalia last Wednesday when Rand and I exchanged our presents to each other. We then headed out to Cabot to do Christmas last Friday with his Mama. Then on Saturday we headed into the Fort to do Christmas with my family. We had so much fun taking the Fab Four to ride the train, making a gingerbread house with them and making sure they didn't kill each other or us before my sister got into town on Christmas Eve. We loved visiting Melissa's precious boys. Drew always loves showing Randall his boots. Being with my aunts, uncles, grandparents, Melissa, my sister's family and my super sweet Mama always makes Christmas special. I am so thankful for a loving family who accepts, loves and welcomes me home no matter what.
Now we are in Morton spending time with Rand's aunt and uncle. Rand is killing ducks and shooting at deer. We sometimes get really worn out traveling all over the world to do Christmas, but we are so grateful to have family who want us to come stay with them at his special time of year. Enjoy the slide show and Happy 61st Daddy-o!
Monday, December 24, 2007
We are spending time with our family, but before we did that, we went to run an errand. (We took Randall with us) We decided to go to Sonic, because Abby HAD to have a route 44 drink. We got there at 12:50, as you know happy hour starts at 2:00, I commented that happy hour started in just a little over an hour. So Randall decided that we should go kill some time at Walmart. So we did, we went to Walmart, spent some money, went to TJ Maxx, didn't spend any money and then sat at Sonic for 15 minutes! I couldn't believe we were this cheap!!
Abby and I have on matching jeans(same size even just different lengths!) and sort-of the same shirt, really the only way they are the same is that they both are Christmasy and our cousin Hollye (who is now 40!) gave them to us.
If you were here we would sing We wish you a Merry Christmas to you and probably throw in a little Jingle Bells and Away in the Manger for good measure. So consider yourself caroled to by us-the Santa Sistas!!!!!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I love you girl!!! Happy Birthday!!!
Monday, December 17, 2007
What a fun family Christmas we had over the weekend! We all gathered in north Mississippi on Friday night and exchanged gifts white eating a bit also. The kids were so excited to play with their fun cousin, Claire. The adults enjoyed being together after not being together in some time. Aunt Abby loved having her "babies" in her home for an overnight stay. I think they loved it too! Enjoy the slide show of Christmas with our Daddy and the rest of our S family.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Jules and my fab four are coming to my house this morning for S family Christmas.....YEA! We shall have 16 in our home tonight for a fun Christmas gathering. Can you believe I have not seen the sister or my babies since July? Wow, this is the longest we have gone without seeing each other. I have missed her sweet face. I hear her voice most everyday but seeing her is so much sweeter.
Well, I am off to decorate for the board Christmas party. It is tonight at some place in the ghetto of Memfrica. I am decorating and then heading home to see my sister. I love my job. My boss & Rand don't love the idea of me driving down to the ghetto alone. I am cool with it though. I told my boss that I will just turn up my bass and blend because...Santa don't come to the Ghetto!
I need more sleep...really, you think?!
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime: but do not show love to my family... I'm just another cook.
If I work at a soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity: but do not show love to my family...It profits me nothing.
If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ...I have missed the point.
Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.
Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful that they are there to be in the way.
Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return; but rejoices in giving to those who can't.
Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust; but giving the gift of love will endure.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I must brag- Samuel had a math test yesterday and made a 100 on it, a history quiz and made a 100 on it, a science quiz and made a 100 on it! I was so proud and he was too. After making a few B's in a row, he had decided that B's were just fine. But after making 3 100's in a row, he remembered how good it felt to make an A! Yea! for Samuel. (And we use Abeka curriculum so it wasn't as if I made up the tests, they were real school tests and hard ones at that!)Merry Christmas you guys, there are less than 20 days until Christmas and I have so many more presents to buy! AAAAHHHHHH!!!!!
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
The chocolate advent calendar was one of our favorite Christmas traditions growing up. When we were little girls mama always had an advent calendar for us. They were hard to find for a number of years so there were many years we shared a calendar. Jules would open one day, I would open the next. I hated sharing because I wanted the candy! I remember one year Mama only found 1 calendar and it was trinket toys and not candy, it did not go over so well with us girls.
Mama, Jules, the Fab Four and I all have an advent calendar we open each year. Most of the time we find them on the clearance rack after Christmas and place them in the freezer until the next year. Sounds real yuumy, I know. It doesn’t taste too bad, actually. It is always fun to remember whose freezer is housing all seven calendars. A fun game of hide and seek, for sure! I love that the fab four looks forward to each morning in December so they can open another door and get their chocolate candy for that day. It is so neat to see simple little traditions passed down with the same level of excitement.
Anna seems to be a lot like her Aunt Abby when it comes to the calendar (as she is with most all areas of her little life, poor sissy!) – she wants to get all the candy out on the first day! She of course shuts the doors back and I guess hopes the candy man will refill the missing pieces. Well, he doesn’t. When she wakes up and says, “Find 5 mama, open 5!” to find no candy it becomes a tearful morning for my little mini-me. Julie yells (the same message she yelled at me for 15 years)”Well, you shouldn’t have eaten all the candy on the first day! I have no sympathy for you!” Anna’s brothers took after their mama and they eat their candy one day at a time. Good boys.
I love the advent calendar tradition because it brings back so many memories of jumping out of bed to open the door of the day, seeing what shape the candy would be that day, fighting over whose day it was to open the door with Jules and listening to mama say, “Girls, it is December 1st. Time to start the advent calendar!” You know, she called me on December 1st this year and recited that same message! What a fun family tradition that I hope lives on forever.