The Christmas Tree

I told you that Noah is making the holidays sweeter every year! We got the greatest tree on sale last year, and it came with a remote control that lets us chose if we want white lights, colored lights, or both!


I had so much fun at Thanksgiving this year! I found my new favorite foods…ham and corn! I just couldn’t stop eating and eating it! And mommy’s rolls…mmmmm. I was a little confused because gma and gpa came early and I almost thought that they were going to stay with me while mommy and daddy left…then I figured out that they were here to stay and just play with me! I loved that.

THEN my other Gma and Gpa came and I had fun with them too!

Mommy and Gma cooked and cooked and cooked. There was ham, turkey, homemade stuffing, sweet potatoes, more sweet potatoes (mommy’s favorite), corn, rolls, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, and PIES! LOTS AND LOTS OF PIES! Mommy couldn’t have done it without Gma’s help!

While mommy and gma cooked and cooked I kept myself busy in other ways…I decided to cover up with Dudley and take a nap.

So many people came over, which was so much fun…they ate and ate and ate

and then played games. They were really really loud, but I could tell that mommy was having a great time after cooking for days!

I love Thanksgiving! Daddy’s friend B even got down and played my favorite game with me! Hit the pots and tap my head!

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving like we did!

I’m Lovin’ It

You know, my mom says that when you get older you don’t get as excited about decorating, cooking and everything for the holidays. Well, if that is true, I am going to live it up to the fullest now, so that when that happens I can live off of the past years. Honestly, the way I am wired, I don’t think I could get less excited about it…but you know, hormones and everything are the greatest right now! ha

I thought last year was going to be so much fun with Noah opening presents and getting into the paper, but I think he will top this year. In our community the lights have gone up…he noticed the first night! He kept pointing out the window and saying…well, I have no idea what he was really saying…we think it was his idea of “what’s that?” He would say it at every decoration as we drove down the street…I started driving slowly so he could hear what they were and try to say it after us…angel, snowmen, carolers, bird, ice skaters. Let me tell you it was so funny to hear him say those words! He would look up and point at the lightpost decorations…I just had to do it…I think we drove up and down the street that night at least 4 times! I know, crazy, but it is so much fun to have my son soooo excited (crazy) about Christmas like I am.

So, the sermon for this week is done already, and I have been watching and watching the Food Network for tons of new recipes this year. I love Thanksgiving. It is the holiday that Daniel and I set aside for us in our home. It is always so hard to figure out whose house to go to when, and then at Thanksgiving time none of our kids end up going home b/c their parents are so far away, so bringing them somewhere feels like a burden to the person’s house that we are going to. So…Thanksgiving is the time where we stay home and everyone comes to eat at our house. My mom and Glen will be here tomorrow, the room is all ready for them, Mike and Debi will be here on Thursday morning, and my college boys will be here too! We have tried to make it the holiday that when all of our “kids” grow up, they always know that they have a place to “come home” to when they have a family of their own. I LOVE IT.

So, it is a crazy time with friends and family, TONS of people and TONS of food. House is clean, just needs a once-over, and let the cooking begin! Did I mention that I’m excited?

Welcome Our New Edition!

November 13th, 2007. I am soooo excited to announce the finalization of the adoption of Lance! I now have two children and one on the way! Boy has it been a LONG road, but so worth it! He changed his middle name to Julio William. It’s really neat how it worked out, although a little wordy and weird…Julio is my father, William is Debi’s dad’s name, and J.W. was what they always called Mike’s dad! He is still going by Lance, though! We will be having an adoption party during the Thanksgiving celebration! I just can’t wait…God is SOOOO good!!!

Here are some pictures of the day a few moments after it was all done at the courthouse!

When I Grow Up…

When I grow up I am going to be just like my daddy.

I am going to play the drums just like him…

I am going to go hunting just like him…

But I will probably stay awake during movies better than him

(His favorite part of the movie is the swoosh of the stars at the beginning of the Little Einstein Videos!)

Too Cute!

Did you know that watching your kids learn how to suck on a sucker the first time is quite fun? This really isn’t Noah’s first sucker (the dr. gave him one after a shot), but this WAS Halle’s first one! We got to visit the girls on Friday, just as their grandpa came over with leftover Halloween candy! They had dots and suckers…oh what a night of sugar!

God’s Glory

It has been said this year that the tree’s aren’t that pretty this fall…I beg to differ. On our short trip to see gma and gpa I shot these pictures as I was driving (don’t worry mom, I was driving slow!). It was just too beautiful to pass up. Noah slept almost the whole trip home (about 3 hours) and I had a great time thanking Jesus for the beauty. It may be ugly other places, but in Missouri it is beautiful! I keep thinking that spring is my favorite season…I love the weather and the beautiful things that begin to grow, and the green grass. Then I love summer…I love the heat (not too much, though!) and swimming, camping and fishing with the kids. Then Fall rolls around and oh I am in love with the weather, the beauty and the season that starts…CHRISTMAS! Yes, I start that EARLY. It’s because I am a music teacher! Right now I can’t wait until winter so I can take Noah out in the first snow! I am just in a really good mood right now, so everything is good! Praise God!