The South

Where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April; front porches are wide and words are long; macaroni and cheese is a vegetable; pecan pie is a staple; Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy; everything is darling and someone is always getting their heart blessed. -unknown

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Has it been over a week?

Nothing much has been going on in our lives lately. Brent’s mother has been very sick with pneumonia for the past two and a half weeks, but we are hoping that she has turned the corner, and the worst is behind her.
Brooks is enjoying his week out of school this week. I only hope he will be excited to go back to school next week. Friday was Spiritual Emphasis Day and he came home with a shield that they had made out of poster board. He loves that shield. I hope it survives at our house!
Reese is plugging along as always. We are trying to potty train, but I don’t know if we are making any headway. Sunday night at church he asked to go potty so Brent took him. Then 20 minutes later he said he needed to go again. I took him and I believe he squeezed a few drops out just so that he didn’t get in trouble. (But hey.... he did potty.) We were walking back in the auditorium and he said, “I can’t want to go back to church.” I said, “We are either going to go back in there, or we are going to go outside and get a spanking?” He said, “I want to get a spanking.” So I decided to hold true to my word and I took him outside and spanked his leg while I was still holding him. He stared at me and didn’t even flinch. He is going to make every hair on my head turn gray. I explained that mommy and daddy are at church to worship God, that we sing, and pray and listen to Mr. Randy tell us about God’s word. He seemed to like that answer and excitedly said, “I go sit in church!”

We are looking forward to having everyone over Thursday for Thanksgiving. Brooks and I made place cards using his handprint that I turned into a turkey. He is excited about putting everyone’s names on them. I have to get busy tomorrow and start cooking. I only hope I didn’t forget anything at the store.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Friday, November 14, 2008

I'm a girl. I can't help it.

So "Santa" went and tried to do some Christmas shopping today. I went to the toy store knowing exactly what Brooks had written on his Christmas list. (Basically everything in the store!) I was able to find one thing for him that I was excited about. Other than that, I am having trouble.

Up until this point, I have been able to get cute, "little kid" gifts for him. But this year it is all different. He wants every kind of action figure they make. He wants Transformers, Star Wars things, and toys that he just thought looked cool, but didn't even know what they were. So here comes my problem. I walked around today looking and looking and I didn't even see anything that looked like fun. Then I realized what the problem is. I AM A GIRL!!!

Oh to go back to the days of wondering what new Barbie Santa was going to bring me. Then me and Christina or Monica would have fun dressing them up and creating a whole life for them. Sometimes we would even have fashion shows with them. What about the Cabbage Patch Kids? I remember going and buying a diaper bag just to carry all my doll clothes in. (As you can see I was not a tomboy.)

I didn't grow up with a brother, so there weren't any action figures, etc. even in my house. I mean what do you do with these toys? Do you make up stories about them, or is that just a girl thing?

Sadly, I didn't even go down the Barbie aisle because I knew it would only make me sad.

Now don't misunderstand me, I LOVE MY BOYS! I wouldn't trade them for anything! I just feel at a loss at what to get. Let me leave you with these thoughts....



Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembering Veterans Day

October 2007

"We're gathered today, just as we have gathered before, to remember those who served, those who fought, those still missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country.... Well, today, Veterans Day, as we do every year, we take that moment to embrace the gentle heroes of Vietnam and of all our wars. We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause... Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom's front. And we thank God for them."
~ Ronald Reagan

Vietnam War Memorial Oct. 2007

Korean War Memorial Oct. 2007

Arlington National Cemetery Oct. 2007

World War II Memorial Oct. 2007

World War II Memorial Oct. 2007

Saturday, November 8, 2008

HO, HO, HOLD on......I thought it was November?

We were received a special visit from Santa yesterday. He came down from the North Pole to see if the boys were being bad or good. They told him what they wanted for Christmas and he will be heading back to the North Pole soon to tell the elves what to make.

The highlights of the evening:
1. After Santa read Brooks' list, Santa asked him if he could only bring Brooks one thing on the list, which one would he want the most. Brooks named something that wasn't even on the list!
2. Reese announced to everyone that he pooted on Santa. (Does that get you put on the naughty list?)

These are some Christmas Card rejects:

***Santa Claus is my cousin. Isn't in nice to have connections to the "Big Man" himself!
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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Trunk or Treat pictures finally

I am finally getting around to posting pictures from trunk or treat on here. I started coming down with a cold on Wednesday, and just am now fully getting over it. Here are some pictures of Bumblebee the Transformer and Baby Chicken.

This was before the egg was put on. I am sure I can use this picture against him when he gets to be a teenager.

This is my fierce Transformer.

Just before I took this picture Reese grabbed some berries off this tree and said, "Blueberries!" and stuffed them in his mouth! I had to make him spit them out. What next?!

This is about how the evening went......

Dirty, worn out, and tired!I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!