Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2009

Hope your 2009 is merry, bright, and full of possibilities!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Fearless Hunters

A few weeks ago, Luke took Abby on an overnight hunting trip.  They just had a ball, and they were fortunate enough to bag a trophy black buck.Here is little Miss Abs, holding the horns.  Doesn't she look so cute?
I love it - she's a very versatile young lady.  She can dance ballet and kill a deer.  Not many girls can say that.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

WHEW!!!!

Boy, was THAT a whirlwind!!  Christmas came and went, all at a furious pace, and now we are left with the aftermath... new toys to find a "place" for, new clothes to find hangers for, wrapping paper and ribbons and boxes and bags EVERYWHERE, and more leftovers in the fridge than I want to eat.  It's almost enough to make me a little "scrooge-ish"... almost, but not quite! :-)

Hope your Christmas was blessed and magical.  Ours was.

And now, time to say good-bye to the old year, and welcome in Baby New Year!

Happy New Year to all!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

O, Holy Night

O, Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining!
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth.
Fall on your knees,
O, hear the angel voices.
O, night, divine,
The night when Christ was born.


May you and yours have a blessed, meaningful Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Babies, Babies...

Just look what we have at our house!
Two perfect little calves.

Merry Christmas to me!!

Almost...

I ALMOST...

...hit another deer night before last.

Thank God I did not, because, if you're counting, that would have been 3 in less than a year.  

My insurance company would probably laugh and then DENY, DENY, DENY my third claim (just before dropping my coverage.)

It's no wonder my premiums have skyrocketed!

Monday, December 22, 2008

And the award goes to...

...SHELLEY, for fabulous new blog design!!  Thanks, Shel, for fixing my blog up YET AGAIN!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

OVERWHELMED

I'm completely and totally overwhelmed.

Anybody else out there feeling my pain?

This has to be the busiest week of the year.

I baked 15 loafs of banana read yesterday, 6 dozen cookies, and made 2 different types of candy.  Every child has a Christmas party at school this week, and I think I'm in charge of most of them.  We had a little dance recital tonight for the two younger girls, as well as a church meeting that I was supposed to be attending.  All of this while Hubby was on call. Fabulous.  I have a party for the kids at church tomorrow evening, and  I'm also hosting a party at my house on Thursday evening for my girlfriends.   I know it will be fun, but at the moment I'm wondering, "What the heck was I thinking?!?!?"

I used to love Christmas.

Before I was in charge of making it "magical" for everyone!

Anyone else feeling overwhelmed?


Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Quick Funny...

A couple of days ago, we watched The Sound of Music.  Kate loved it.  The next day we were getting in the car, and she said, "Oh!  We should take The Sound of Music DVD to watch!"   Grace was behind her, and she did not hear the whole statement.  All she heard was "the sound of music".  At that moment, a helicopter was passing overhead, and Grace said, "K-K, that's not the sound of music, that's the sound of helicopter!"

Oh, she is her own little party, every single day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fabulous K Giveaway

I found a great new site through my friend Lindsay's blog, called Fabulous K Creative.  She is offering a free bloggy makeover!!  You can visit her site HERE.  It is wonderful!  Go enter her giveaway, and good luck!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Christmas Parade

The girls rode in H'town's annual lighted Christmas parade over the weeknd.  They loved it, but I will admit, I've never seen a smaller parade.  There were not very many floats... It lasted about 5 minutes!!  But, it doesn't really matter, because they had fun, and isn't that all that REALLY matters?  :-)

Here is a picture of their float.  It looks pretty good, I think!
Here's Grace, very excited before the parade.  (She would rather EAT that candy than THROW it! ha ha!)
Here's Abby, ready to smile and wave.
Here's Kate, cheesing it up for the camera.
Here's Abs with her BFF, Lainey.  They are really going through life together!  So cute!
Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 5, 2008

The Nutcracker -08

Last night was our little elementary school's performance of "The Nutcracker."  It was really cute.  Abby was a candy cane, and Kate was one of the dancers at the opening "party" scene.  Kate also had a singing role. We had to come home after school and get ready and be BACK at school by 5:00.  That does not SOUND challenging, but clearly I have never hot-rolled two heads of hair and applied stage make-up to two children at the same time.  Wow.  It took a LONG time!  We were just almost late.  When we got there (finally) the show was great.   I took a few photos, (surprise!  I actually remembered my camera!) so here is a quick visual for ya.  

Here is Miss Kate, after the opening dance number.  Note that she and her buddy, Taylor, have the same dress.  That's because Taylor's mom and I both LOVE a good bargain from a certain store with a red bullseye for their logo... (we call it "Tar-Jay" at my house...)
Here is Miss Abigail in the Land of the Sweets, dancing as a lovely candy cane.  
After the play, the kids went up on stage to have their pictures taken in front of the scenery.  Their Daddy bought them flowers to celebrate a great job.

Here's Abs.  She's beautiful, and I'm not a BIT biased.

Here is Katie Beth, looking WAY too grown up for my tastes...
And, finally, here is a group photo of the little performers.
No photos of the mighty Miss Grace, though... about half-way through the show, she looks at her Dad and says, "I gotta' poop.  Now."

You can't argue with a 3 year old about such things.  

When you have to go, you have to go.  

He exited quickly to find the restroom.

Luckily, the older girls had already done their parts, so at least he didn't miss them!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

CRASH!! BAM!!! BOOOOM!!!!!!!

The holidays are colliding at my house.  What do I mean?


This has started to go up in my living room......but this is still sitting outside on my porch!


Help!  Thanksgiving and Christmas have collided at my house!  Something's gotta give!