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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Yay! It’s December!

I love the whole holiday season starting with Halloween and ending with Valentine’s Day. I know I am not alone in those feelings, and I love to squeeze every ounce of Christmas goodness out of December that I can.  We kicked it all off with the introduction of Candy and Kane, our elves, and with the lighting of the tree on the square. IMG_63303899064320-2806230 3933274112-3807625 3937107968-2796953 3945594880-2756019 

We got free tickets to The Enchanted Forest and it was just like I remembered it!

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When Santa asks what they want for Christmas, Preston always replies,”TOYS!” and Kate says, “a washing machine.”

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We went to Breakfast with Santa with some of our dearest friends. This has been one of my favorite events so far!

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This was all the kids minus Reed (who had left) and Violet (who despises Santa!)img_0178_20121208_1354035030

We went to the Christmas Tree farm to get our tree. We ended up on hay ride with some new people from our church. Love it when stuff like that happens!3715039232-3316998 3731881984-1960715 3796795392-1400490

Preston has gotten this sudden burst of energy that makes him hilarious and a hand full! I love this time of year and love having a full calendar of fun stuff to do with my kiddos! I am holding them tighter and whispering I love you a little more often, I dont have anything eloquent to say about the recent shootings in CT, because, well, I couldnt really find anything to say at all. I hate that evil continues to steal the innocence of our children. I loved this post from another blog I read.3745677312-2601551

Christmas is a necessity.  There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.  ~Eric Sevareid

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Thanks Giving

We were able to make our annual trip to Fulton to celebrate Thanksgiving with Luke’s family. His sweet Granny has recently moved to a nursing home, and we were able to go by and visit with her as well.   3624960000-4587360 3565355008-22782963611557888-3719378 3591831552-4028386  3557359616-3890302
There are about 6 kids this size running around…just precious!3554377728-2961427 3541204992-4600986 3532455936-2234898
We also always have fun playing outside. Papa Q put the kids in the tree for this shot! They loved it!!
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I handed Luke the camera so my kids will know I am actually at all these family events.3398041600-1765236 3394174976-2122916 3315990528-2095085 3303243776-1987962
We headed back to Memphis to celebrate with my family. They both got good post turkey naps!
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This whole scenario cracks me up. Jennifer had had it with the fighting among the seven kids under 5 over the footstools. She was pulled out the oldest cousin bossy voice and everything! And that was the best pic of the kids that I got. Yay.3632824320-39471433636789248-3149898
Luke and I were asked to speak about Being Thankful at church on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. We discussed the wreck (June 15) and what we were like before and what it did to change us. I rambled on about the actual wreck for a little too long, but I was also able to share how I know realize thanksgiving is a two part word. We are thankful and therefore we need to give. Our time, our money, our efforts. I realize when I am thankful for something, there is always an inverse to that…I love my husband, some don't have a husband because they haven't found the one, or he was taken by death or divorce; I am thankful for my kids, others don't have any because of their circumstances; I am thankful for my home, and there are others all over who don't have somewhere warm to lay their head. I need to be aware of others inverses. Prior to the wreck, I was just so thankful for my perfect little family. I remember praying my kids wouldn't have anything wrong with them when they were born. I feel like God has just broadened my scope of what is good. Different is good. Hard stuff is good. God is good! What we do with our life is what matters (and that sounds so cliche, but I have never claimed to be right brained!) What I have also been reminded of is that everyone has a story. When you are stuck at The Med, you know everyone is there because someone they love is hurt or sick. Walking around in every day life, it isnt much different. Many people are carrying around some kind of hurt or baggage and how I treat them can make a huge difference in their day. People are the way they are for a reason. The rude ones that cut us off when we are driving in a hurry, and the nosy women in the grocery store trying to give advice.
So what am I to do with my thankfulness? How can I lessen the load for someone else?



Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts. 



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

November

We had a wonderful month of November. Kate learned how to plank:IMG_5667
We got to celebrate Nannie’s Birthday:
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Kate was in charge of the letter Q at school. We made q-tip snacks (and queso quesadillas) and filled the letter bag with 10 Q items. The teacher challenged me with out realizing it when she told me the most Q items brought in were 5…boo-ya! Q week happened to fall on Muffins with mom week, so I got to watch Kate lead the pledge and the line. I love the “quiet” sign…Kate and the little girl behind her seem to give the teachers fits during nap time. Every. Single. Day.IMG_5805 IMG_5799 IMG_5792 IMG_5785
Preston figured out how to climb out of his crib, so we bought a toddler bed from a friend. I wont say that it is perfect, but Kate and Pres have a really good time together. It really reminds me of Megan and myself. IMG_5772 IMG_5764 IMG_5761 IMG_5740
We hosted our small group fall party hoping to have an awesome bonfire. It started pouring so we all came in…and we still have the huge pile of wood if anyone wants some smores!IMG_5690 IMG_5685 IMG_5679
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I also go to meet this living angel! She belongs to one of my best friends from high school and college. Ella Jane is about the cutest kid I’ve ever seen! I couldnt hold her without kissing those sweet cheeks! Im in love!IMG_5989 IMG_6006 IMG_6014 IMG_6023
We had to come up with an Indian name for Kate…I was trying to think of something with “fox” in it (sneaky, sly), but Jake vetoed everything I came up with because he said it sounded like a stripper. Thanks, Jake. We settled on Babbling Brook, and when I explained to Kate a brook was a calm, quiet stream through the woods she exclaimed, “But I am not calm or quiet!” So true, my girl, so true.IMG_6039 IMG_6040 IMG_6046 IMG_6055