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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

When are you an adult?

Question for everyone:

When are you considered an adult?

a) when you recieve money for Christmas, and know that you are going to have to spend it on a vet bill


b) when you receive money for Christmas and know that you are going to have to spend it on a vet bill and you are happy about it

Monday, December 28, 2009

Harley...Come Home! (with happy ending)

Christmas Eve, we were getting ready to go to my aunt and uncle's house and I thought to myself that it had been awhile since I had seen our dog Harley. We called and called for him outside with no luck. Brent asked many of the neighbors if they had seen him and no one had. We were starting to get a little anxious wondering where he was. We went to bed waiting on Santa to bring us our dog back.

We woke up Christmas morning and had a good time seeing all the things that Santa brought to the kids. After playing for awhile, we all loaded in the truck and drove around looking for Harley. Still nothing. My parents and William and Christina came over for brunch and we enjoyed exchanging gifts with them. A neighbor came over and said that they had seen a dog roaming around the front gates of some hunting land, so Brent, William, and Dad left to go see if they could find him. They came home with no Harley! At this point we were supposed to leave to go to Georgia to Brent's grandparents house. We made a decision to not go since Reese was still not recovered from his sicknesses, and we still had hopes that we might find Harley.

Fast forward to Saturday and Sunday, still no dog. No sightings of the dog... nothing.

I had decided that I needed to get used to the idea that something had happened to him. Where we live has all kind of wildlife around. I was starting to wonder when it was going to be necessary to move Harley's bed and food off of the deck.

Monday morning Brent got a phone call from a elderly woman who said she had our dog on our front porch!! I rushed away from work, and drove to her house. She went on and on about how he was such a sweet dog. She had fed him the only thing she had---cat food. :) We both thought he had a broken leg so off we went to the vet's office. Kristy, (excuse me..Dr. Busby) took good care of him! No broken bone only one sore spot and one missing toe nail and some scrapes. I shouldn't say “only”, I am sure that he is in some pain. He is now sleeping on the floor beside me as I type this.

So I don't know why he went missing for 5 days. Maybe he had a mid life crisis and lost his mind for a little while. I really think something got after him and he took off.

We know that things don't always work out like we would like for them too, but it sure is wonderful when they do.

(Christmas pics to come later)

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pizza with Santa

Last week Brooks and Reese went to eat Pizza with Santa. All of the children dress up in their pajamas and get to make wonderful crafts.

Here is Brooks making snow.

Here is Reese making snow.
Reese attempting to make a bracelet.
Austin and Brooks working on bracelets.

Brooks and friends decorating their bags that held the reindeer food.
The children listening to Santa.They had a wonderful time.

Now we are just dealing with one sick little 3 year old. He has a sinus infection, bronchitis, and two ear infections. The stuff in his ears is coming out his eyes. (Sorry if that was TMI!) It looks like he isn't going to get to be with the rest of the family tonight. At least he isn't really old enough to know what he is missing. We hope to then go to Nana and Grandad's on Christmas day, but those plans are up in the air right now.

I hope everyone has a safe and WELL Christmas!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It is that time of year...

For Christmas parties! Here is Brooks and his cheesy smile at his Christmas party at school.

Decorating his sugar cookie.

Mrs. Phillips opening her Christmas gift.

Here is Reese with his class at school. They all took turns telling what they knew about Santa Claus. Reese said, "Santa wears a belt."

Here was Reese giving Aden the present he brought for her. (They drew names.)

Reese opening his present from Madison. A Diego car!
They had wonderful times at their parties!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

A boy and his.....cup.

Reese has been sick with croup/cold symptoms. That poor child. He suffers all winter long going from one illness to another. At least that is how the past three winters have been, and he is only three.
Unfortunately he takes after me when it comes to coughing. He coughs and coughs and coughs until he throws up. I don't know if I am ready for it because I tend to do this too, when I get sick, or it is because I have heard him do this so many times. You can tell it is about to happen every time.
Brent and I gave him a cup a long time ago that he is supposed to "use" when he needs to, (in case he can't make it to the bathroom) while he is sick. We didn't realize at the time that he would become attached to his cup.
I hope you can picture this: It is a 64 ounce plastic cup that has Spiderman on it. He carries it around like you would a sack of groceries. It has not been far from his side these last few days. He is well enough now that he is with my mother today. He carried his cup to Gammie's house this morning. She said he is taking his nap right now and his arm is around it.
Sweet little man!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Just for fun

I got an email from a friend today with this list in it. I thought these were worth sharing:

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing stinks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page document that I know I did not make any changes to.
14. "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this -- ever.
15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.
17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "What would happen if you ran over a ninja?" How in the world do I respond to that?
19. I think the freezer deserves a light as well..

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Thanksgiving wrap up

Thanksgiving went well this year. Everyone came to our house and just shared food, stories, and love.

Then, a few days later, we apparently shared stomach virus too.

Out of our extended family, one went to the ER with it, one spent some time laying on a bathroom floor with it, and one was well enough to travel only yesterday.

What else....

We snapped through our invisible fence line while trying to tear down a beaver dam.

That is right I said beaver dam.

So I guess that sums it up for us.