Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Our Christmas Story...

This is what our kitchen countertop looks like right now...
Christmas ended up being quite eventful, in some good ways and some bad. Me and the kids had been sick all week with a "cold". None of us went to the doctor, but we all had horrible coughs, chills, and some major sinus issues. By Christmas Eve, Brian was feeling pretty bad, but we all thought we were on the mend. Until 2:20 a.m. Here's our Christmas day Story...
"It's 2:20 a.m. and I am suddenly awoken by the sound of a loud thud. My heart jumped out of my chest when I looked out in the hallway and saw my husband laying there on the floor, barely talking but telling me that he is incrediably exhausted and to call an ambulance. I jump out of the bed, run turn on the lights and search for my phone. In the mean time, he passes out. (he does have a tendancy to do that, so I knew once he passed out that it was going to be ok...kinda). He comes too as I am dialing 911 and asks "did you call an ambulance?" I told him I am in the process of dialing and he said not too. Whew! I was in such a panic. There was no way that I was going to let the ambulance take him off to the hospital with me but there is no way that I could have left my kids either. The other thought that was going through my mind was that our Christmas plans just came down crashing. Watching the kids see what Santa brought wasn't going to be fun and we had plans of visiting family all day. Thankfully, Brian was able to get back up in the bed and go back to sleep pretty quickly and he slept for a good 5 more hours. We were able to play with the kids Christmas morning and we ended up going to visit with our families. "
We both ended up going to the doctor on Monday and Brian tested positive for the flu. I am pretty sure that is what me and the kids had the week prior. All thanks to our littleist one, Ethan, who had it the week before. I, on the otherhand, managed to turn my flu into bronchitis. I guess that's what I get for not going to the doctor when I actually start feeling like death. I think I am a little offended that the doctor perscribed the "flu" patient perscription cough medicine, but the one that turns blue from coughing because of a minute long coughing fit gets OVER THE COUNTER cough syrup!! What?!?! Either way, we are starting to feel slightly better. We both are less pale looking, so hopefully tomorrow, we will be tons better!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

last minute gift idea

With only 4 days left until Christmas and lots of last minute gifts that need to be bought, why not get that person a unique gift? One where he/she can help someone else in an underpriviledged country. Global Hope gives you the option of buying and then printing off a gift card so your recieptient (or yourself) can give a water filter, school supplies, share of a deep well, goats, etc. to those in places that need them most. I just had the priviledge of purchasing half of a goat for a family thanks to MckMama! She had a give away and I WON! I was so excited because I never win anything and I was going to get the chance to spread God's love by helping someone truely in need. Please consider this for stocking stuffers, family gifts, or for the person who already has everything. What a great way to share Christ's love for us!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Christmas cookies!

Mackenlee and Logan had their WEE School Christmas program last night and it was about the cutest thing I have ever seen. All the kids did such a wonderful job and I must say that I have the cutest little sheep and shining star ever. The 4 year olds dressed in costumes from the Navitity scene and Mackenlee was the Shining Star. She was my shining star in every sense of the word! She did a great job. Logan's class came out wearing little white jogging suits and wearing little sheep ears. He was about the cutest little sheep I have ever seen. He kind of reminded me of Mr. Tumnus from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.
After the program, we were able to go to the classrooms and see what the kids have been working on for the past month. And they have been busy little bees! My Christmas tree is now decorated with more handmade ornaments. We had refreshments last night after the program and I took some of my decorated cookies. They must have been a big hit because by the time I got up to the table, they were all gone! I think the snowman is my favorite. Which one is yours??
While I was making the cookies for the program, I went ahead and made cookies for the kids' christmas parties at school today. I let them pick out the cookie cutters that they wanted me to use for their class. Mackenlee picked out the blue ornamant cookie and Logan picked the christmas tree with the 2 presents. The stars were going to be for the kids' classes. I was going to do half and half for the classes. But opted at the last minute to do just one cookie for the whole class, incase the kids might argue over who got what type cookie.
For teacher's gifts this year, I made these absolutely delicious cookies called Magic in the Middle. I found the recipe off of The Girl Who Ate Everything's blog during her 12 days of Christmas Cookies blog post. They are chocolate cookies with peanut butter in the middle. The cookies taste like a Reece's Peanut butter cup. Except way better, because when I tried one they were still warm. These cookies are insanely good, so if you feel like baking you should definitely try these! The containers? Well, I got them at our wonderful Dirt Cheap for less than a dollar a piece!! They are from The Container Store and originally around 6.00 a piece, I believe, so I think I got a great deal. I also bought several for Mackenlee's Milk and Cookies birthday party that is coming up. I can't wait to start decorated for that and then share with the blogging world! My vision is so cute and I hope it turns out just half of what it looks like in my head. But, until in case I don't get a chance to post again before Christmas, I hope each of you have a wonderful and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

What???

Are you having problems coming up with a great "dirty santa" gift for that office party? here is an idea. or maybe not. Is this company for real??????

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

1

Today, my sweet baby boy turns 1. I keep going back and forth between being sad and pure joy and pride! I am so thankful that he is healthy and happy and we are so proud to have him as our baby boy.
This past Saturday we celebrated his birthday with a tailgating party for the MSU/TSUN (previously known as Ole Miss) Egg Bowl. Ethan was decked out in his MSU outfit and really enjoyed his cake, and opening his presents. It took a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to do for his cake. I didn't want it to be the typical football field cake or just a football field. I wanted more contemporary. More of just the colors rather than "football". Then I saw This cake that my friend, Cat, had for her son's party. I love how it was "football" but didn't scream "football". Does that make sense? So I came up with the design and on black friday, while everyone else in the US was shopping, I was at my parents house baking his cake. I can tell you that it was a lot less stressful that being out at Toys-R-Them or at Wal-Mart. His little smash cake? Well it was a cowbell, of course! And he ate a good bit of it. We had to take the thing away from him because he would have made himself sick. He wasn't happy about that. After opening his presents and playing, he passed out.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SWEET BOY! We love you very much!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The kids went to Starkville for the afternoon and all they brought home were a bunch of beads!

Brian and I both graduated from Mississippi State way back in 2003 and we had to opportunity to take our 3 kids up to the campus on Friday night for the homecoming parade, pep rally, and family fun. We were fortunate to have season tickets for a few years after we graduated, but we haven't been to a game in about 3 years and we have seriously missed the excitement of Mississippi State football. Our school has not always been known for it's awesome football team, so it's really saying something when I say that I have literally been a DIE HARD MSU fan my entire life. (Mainly because my daddy would have kicked me out the front door if I ever dared mentioned the word "ole miss" within earshot of him). The kids were so excited that they were going to get to see Bully, the cheerleaders and the band. Mackenlee is now obsessed with becoming a cheerleader when she is a grown-up. I personally think she would be a cute one! Just look how much she adores Bully! We collected lots of beads, to the extent where I questioned if we were at MSU or at Mardi Gras, ran around in the Junction, cheered with the cheerleaders and the football players, and then went to Abner's to eat dinner. It was a great night and we all had a lot of fun. It is amazing how much the city has grown since we were there just 7 years ago. Mackenlee left begging to go to the football game. I am so happy that my baby girl is so interested in my football team!
Oh, and I almost left out the best part!!! I got to meet and take a picture with our head coach, Dan Mullen! It was the highlight of my night! We ended up winning the football game Saturday night, but it was a close one. The one thing our Bulldogs know how to do is keep their fans on their toes. Our team has been pretty good this year, with us being nationally ranked (#24) after last weeks amazing win against Florida! We are now 6-2 and that is an awesome thing, because we haven't been that in a LONG time! Way to go Dawgs!!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Pumpkin Patch take 2

On Tuesday, we had the opportunity to tag along with the homeschool group, here in Demopolis, to a pumpkin patch in Mississippi. We arrived there at 9:30 and toured the pumpkin patch for 2+ hours. We had brought a picnic lunch so we were set to play as much as we wanted and not have to worry about going to get something to eat. What a beautiful day our God gave us for our fieldtrip! It wasn't too hot or too cold and there was not a cloud in the sky. Absolutely beautiful day! I am not sure how many kids came, but there were a lot! Good thing they had lots of room for all of them to run and play! We have never been to this pumpkin patch and it was a lot of fun. We had a hayride pulled by a John Deere tractor (insert an excited gasp from Logan here) that took us to the pumpkin patch where each child got to pick out a little pumpkin. After picking our pumpkins, we went back up to the pavillion where there were space jumps, duck races (a BIG hit), corn maze and a petting zoo with ponies! Right before we left, all the kids got popcicles to cool off. What a great end to a great time! We all had a great time and Logan and Ethan slept all the way back home. Below are some (ok a lot) of the pictures that I took!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Last game this fall

This past Tuesday was Mackenlee's last soccer game of the season. Although we hate to see the season end, I am so glad to have my Tuesdays and Thursdays back! We had a little soccer party at the end of the game and Mackenlee and I brought cupcakes! Aren't they cute?
You will notice that Logan brings his bag of cars to the soccer fields too. He takes them everywhere and this is how he spends most of the time on the sidelines.
Ethan proved that he could stand for a while. And he knew no one was holding him! BIG step forward! haha!
Mackenlee did this during halftime. She said she didn't want any water and just wanted to play some more. Poor thing!
After the game, they all shook hands like sweet player! What a fun game!
Brian passed out the trophies after the game. The kids were so excited about it! Mackenlee has actually slept with her trophy since she has gotten it. She LOVES it!!
Brian and his first soccer team! What a great season, guys!! And great job Mackenlee! What a good soccer player you have turned out to be! Can't wait to play in the spring.