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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving Recap

Whew. I'm a little really late in getting this posted, but we had such a great Thanksgiving break!

Avery had her little Thanksgiving feast at school the Thursday before Thanksgiving week, and Matt was able to come sit with us for a few minutes during his lunch break.

Avery wasn't really having the family picture.

We spent most of Thanksgiving week with Matt's family this year, and I'm pretty sure we've been on a major detox after eating so much food (and being kinda lazy, haha)! We had a lot of fun though; we even had a fun s'mores fire pit!

Let the baking begin!

Our yummy feast

This little girl was ready to eat! (And she was adamant about using that goofy Buc-ee's cup for her water...)

Landon with his Pop Pop and Grandpa Fred

Gotta love that huge smile!

Meeting Aunt Darcie

Matt and I went out for a little Black Friday shopping, but we didn't go out until the afternoon and didn't buy much.

We have so much to be thankful for, and last week was a nice celebration of those things. Bring on the Christmas season!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

10 Years Already?

So the actual event was almost two weeks ago, but thanks to my impromptu blog break, I'm just now getting around to blogging it.

I know everybody says this, but I seriously cannot believe it's been ten years since I graduated high school.

I had a good high school experience, but I definitely think life got a lot better post-2001. (College, anyone?) That said, it was still a lot of fun to get together with everybody for an evening of catching up.

We graduated with 32(ish) in our class at a small Christian school, so everybody knew each other. I really liked the majority of people in our graduating class back then, and it was fun to see how everybody has grown up into likeable, accomplished adults.

The reunion was at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Dallas, and our valedictorian, Andy, did a fantastic job putting it all together! We had 19 classmates show up (that's a pretty good percentage if you ask me!) for a night of reminiscing. Oh, and there might have been some embarrassing pictures on a slide show. Let's just say I'm glad I didn't peak in high school, haha.

These are some of my favorite ladies! (L-R: Kari, me, Rachel, Kati, and Carissa)

Sarah and I were venting buddies our senior year. :) She now has the coolest job ever, working for Congressman Jeb Hensarling in Washington D.C. I'll have to vicariously live my high school dream of working as a politician through her.

Aw, Betsy. We go way back. Like WAAAYYY back. Our moms always talk about how they would sit together in the nursing room at church when we were babies. I love that we've stayed friends for our whole lives.

And this guy makes me so happy that my "real" life didn't begin until after high school. I love him SO much! (Thanks for spending an evening hanging out with a bunch of people you don't really know, Matty!)
I'm so glad we were able to all get together. See you guys again in 2021!

Thankful for a Bloggy Break

I've been noticeably (or maybe not) absent from the blogosphere these past two weeks, and the reason is...

...I'm tired.

I can hardly keep up with anything these days. I was sick for a good week, so that contributed to my writing funk. I'm also just really enjoying time with my family (and my sewing machine, haha), but since the whole point of my little bloggy is to keep a record for future reference, I'm back this week for some serious updating! Get ready for an influx of posts in the very near future.

We had our family photo shoot yesterday morning, and after we finished that, we went home to pack and head out for Thanksgiving with Matt's side of the family. Our normally four hour drive was a treacherous six hours long. Seriously, there were three different times that I had to slam on the brakes because traffic just randomly stopped on I-45. We even saw a wreck happen right in front of us. Thankfully I don't tailgate, our brakes work well, and no one was hurt in the minor accident. I'm just as grateful that Landon and Avery were angels in the car. Landon slept most of the way, and Avery was just singing and talking up a storm when she wasn't napping.

Our poor little girl is running a fever for the second (third?) day in a row though, so I'm starting to get concerned. She's being a trooper for the most part, but I hate to see her hurting. Matt's feeling pretty crummy too, but nothing can ruin Thanksgiving!!

I love this holiday. :)

Okay, I'm off to help in the kitchen and continue my internal debate regarding whether or not it'll be worth it to brave the crowds/insanity of Black Friday tomorrow tonight.

Our family has so much to be thankful for this year (and always); I hope you do, too.


Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday Five

1. Bleh. I am sick. It's really just a cold, but I've come to accept the fact that I'm just a big fat baby when I don't feel good. (Actually, it's headaches that really do me in; I can still function if it's anything else.) Fortunately though...

2. ...I accepted my awesome mother-in-law's offer to come in town to help out with the kids during this crazy soccer week. So I got to sleep in this morning, and my kids got the attention they needed while I wallowed in self-pity. And my kitchen has even stayed clean. Y'all, she rocks. And on top of everything else, we got to go to Fuzzy's for dinner tonight. I'd say that's a win on all counts.

3. I think I'm going to cut my hair off. Like short. Landon's killing me with all of his hair-pulling ways, and it's probably just time for a change.

4. Speaking of Landon, he and his crazy sister are cracking me up these days! Avery's such a little copycat, and Landon just "talks" our ears off. Avery gets the biggest kick out of trying to make him laugh, and it's especially funny to hear her say things to him that she's heard us say (like, "Good morning, precious boy!" and "You alright, buddy?"). Oh, I just love those little boogers.

5. I'm going to my 10 year high school reunion tomorrow! I have nothing to wear. I'm not just being dramatic. I really can't find the box of clothes that I had from last fall/winter. Where are my long-sleeved shirts?!? Anyway, I'm excited about seeing everybody.

Okay, I'm off to eat a bunch of ice cream take care of my sore throat. Happy weekend!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I Shouldn't Blog When I'm This Tired

I don't really have time to blog right now.

I need to do my Bible study before tomorrow (procrastination anyone?).

My neck hates me (I wasn't able to move it at all for two days, and I'm just now able to turn it left and right. Up and down are out of the question.).

My eyes decided that they hate contacts.

I'm getting some sort of sickness in the throat.


Anyway, I decided I needed some sort of filler post to explain where the heck we've been.

Ummmm, last weekend was good. Went to a baby shower for a good friend. My sister in law came over and painted Landon's wall verse. Yesterday we celebrated my little brother's 24th (!!!) birthday.

Today I took a baby to our away game in McKinney. Whose brilliant idea was it to coach with two young children?!? Oh yeah. Well, at least now I can say that I've changed a dirty diaper while coaching a soccer game. And nursed in a bus. Good times. We didn't lose though, so we're making progress! (We're 0-1-1 now.) And "Miss Resa" (according to Avery; Teresa to everyone else) even brought me a plate of cupcakes when she came over to watch Avery this afternoon. I'm a sucker for sweets.

My awesome mother in law is coming up on Wednesday night and staying until Saturday. I'm really excited. :)

I'm kind of in a church funk. No need to go into details using this medium. Leadership is really hard. Being paid to do ministry is something I'm still not used to.

We're going to my TEN year high school reunion this Saturday. What the heck? Didn't I just graduate? In all honesty, I seriously feel like I stopped aging at 23.

Oh, but tonight Landon and I came home to a VERY clean house. We have the best daddy/husband and sister/daughter in the entire world. Y'all, they even cleaned ceiling fans. They rock.

Oooh, and next week I have a soccer break. I'm looking forward to having a week of "normalcy," plus one of my old college roommates just moved to Ft. Worth and is coming over one night, and I'm going to visit my cousin Amy and get bunches of craft supplies for Avery.

Speaking of Amy's (I know that shouldn't have an apostrophe, but it looked weird when I wrote out "Amys," and "Amies" is just wrong.), my friend Amy is moving up to DFW from the Austin area! Yay! We've actually only hung out for real one time when we met during my brother's wedding (we were both bridesmaids), and our daughters are only like a day apart. Maybe we can be real friends instead of just online ones now, haha.

And speaking of grammar (was I speaking of grammar?), I'm really tired of people misusing the word "lead" when they mean to say "led." "Lead" is either the center of your pencil or used as a present tense verb. "Led" is the past tense of said verb. GET IT STRAIGHT, PEOPLE.

Okay, okay, in the grand scheme of life and the world, proper word usage is not that big of a deal. Nor are my minor complaints about how hard my life is. It's really not that hard compared to people with "real" problems. So thanks for listening to me whine, blog world. You gave Matt a short break from it.

I really should go to bed now.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween 2011

I know I say this every year, but I'm still not a big fan of Halloween. But since I have two super cute kids, I figure I might as well dress them up. That and, you know, make memories for them and whatnot. Oh, and get some chocolate out of the deal.

Maybe Halloween isn't so bad after all.

Anyway, I went all Suzy Homemaker this year and made Avery and Landon's Tinkerbell and Peter Pan costumes. I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out. I used this tutorial for Tink, and this tutorial served as my inspiration for Peter Pan (I really only made a hat and "belt" since I just cut up a green t-shirt and used some pants we already had).

Avery got to show off her mad fairy skills at the costume parade at Mother's Day Out. She stripped out of it during naptime, but at least she made it through the morning. I also got to test out its construction since I desperately needed to wash it after it lived through craft time. (I did have to make an easy fix to one strap because I am still a sewing novice.)

Landon got some time with Ms. Iris while we waited for the parade!

Avery with her teacher Ms. Joy

On Sunday night Landon joined in the fun when we went to a Trunk or Treat at the church where I grew up. Lots of kids from our church were there, so Avery had a blast seeing her friends and taking in all the excitement. Landon just hung out; he's good at that. 

We got a late start to the evening since I didn't get home from practice until 6, but exhaustion aside, we had a really nice evening. We live in a good trick or treating neighborhood though, so we might give that a try next year.

I'm just glad the ghosts and goblins are done for the year so we can focus on thankfulness and Jesus. Bring on the (real) holidays!!