Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year's Eve!

I am at work today. We normally close but the Courthouse is closing tomorrow and Friday, so, we are closing then instead too.

Tonight we will have a bonfire at Russell's parents. We will have steaks for supper and then go outside for roasting hot dogs & marshmellows and fireworks. Luke went to help get fireworks yesterday and he is ready for tonight to get here NOW! Russell took him back today to get a few more smaller ones and a few for the house for tomorrow night too.

We will eat lunch with my parents tomorrow. My Aunt Joann and Uncle Clyde are coming to eat with us.

Monday we take Cole back to the Dr to see if his ears are clear. I think they will still be infected based on how he has been sleeping the last couple of nights. PRay for God's will as to whether we get to go on to an ENT now or wait for later.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The rest of the weekend

Friday me, Luke and Cole went with my mom to Foley to see my brother and his family. We went to the Tommy Outlet and ate at the Shrimp Basket. We got to my brothers around lunch and stayed about 3 hours before coming home. Mom took them their presents. Mike got clothes, Brandy got a Bible and some picture frames with jewelry box. She gave the 5 grandkids $. It was also Beck and Cody's birthday.

Baxter had a puppy he had raised from when she was a few days old. She was badly hurt and he nursed her back to health. He got up with her every few hours for the first little while. Luke fell in love with the puppy. He held her the whole time we were there. I will have to post pics when I am at home.

Cole had plenty of people to play with him and to keep his attention. He was fussy though with his ear infections, poor thing.

Santa came!

I woke up about 630 and got Russell up. We then woke Luke up telling him Santa had came. I have always woken up early on Christmas, I have been known to get up about 4! I LOVE Christmas!!

We let Cole sleep so he would not be fussy and since he really did not know what was going on.

Luke was so excited when he realized that Santa had bought him Spike the dinosaur! He also got a writing learning game, Higglytown Hero DVD, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse DVD, clothes, books, stuffed Mickey Mouse and a stuffed pen thing from Bed, Bath & Beyond. And a few other small items and stocking stuffers.

Cole got a big jumper thing and some bath toys. Santa MADE himself go light since this is his first Christmas. Cole loved the paper and boxes. He would play and plat in it until he started eating them and I had to make him mad by moving him.

Russell got me the TomTom One XL I wanted, a Randy Owen CD, a necklace from Luke & Cole, a voice recorder, Paula Deen's new kid's cookbook, 3 Musketeers & Reese Whipps in my stocking. I am loving my TomTom - I used it when we went to Foley on Friday to find the restaurant we wanted to eat, the Shrimp Basket.

I got Russell an Ipod Nano, Itunes gift card, a funny calendar, Alabama sweat shirt, and money in his stocking.

I called my parents and woke them up around 700. We got up there around 800. Luke got a picnic table with sandbox as his BIG gift, clothes, money, Hallmark collectible ornament. Cole got money to open a savings account, a Frog that plays music, a dog that wags his tale, clothes, Hallmark collectible ornament, a bubble bee that lights up. We stayed there until around 900/930. Russell got jeans, two things of gun shells, and an Itunes gift card. They always do us a basket full of personal items - it was filled with things for all us like our favorite shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, bath stuff for the kids, mousse for me, all kinds of things that save us $. I got a new set of dishes (8 place settings), stocking full of Mary Kay makeup, cookbook holder, mixer cover. I think I have named everything!

We then went to Russell's parents for breakfast and gifting. Luke got a big wheel and some more coloring books. Cole got money for his savings account. Russell got a pair of pants. I got a pair of Yellowbox leopard print shoes. We ate breakfast and then came home to get ready to go back to my parents for lunch.

We went to my parents for lunch. Libby came to see us after lunch. We went back to Russell's parents for supper. We finally got back to our house around 800 and got to stay home all night!!! WHEW!! I am exhausted just thinking about the day again.

Getting ready for Santa!

Well, on the way home I realized that I could not get the gifts out of the closet after Luke & Cole went to sleep b/c the sleep in our bedroom where the closet is!! When we got home, Luke had to go to the bathroom. So, while he was in there I am make a MAD DASH through the house getting presents into another closet for later!!

We get them to bed about 1030/100. I wake up around 1200 and put out everything I can before waking Russell up to go outside to get the big stuff. One of us had to be in the bed in case Luke woke up and was by himself b/c he would come looking for us! Yes, we're bad parents and he sleeps with us - no lectures please!HA! I get Russell up and go back to bed while he is carrying the big stuff in. Then when he comes back to bed, I get up to put any finishing touches on I see.

I always take a pic of the tree and presents after Santa has arrived. It's 1245 am and I go to take the pic. I CANNOT FIND MY CAMERA!!! I panic and realize that I left it at Russell's parents. So, I go wake Russell up to tell him and he goes to get my camera. I am laying in bed praying that Luke or Cole will not wake up before he gets back! He takes his cell phone so he can text me when he has found it and is on his way home! He got back around 130. He had to go slow because it was so foggy. Everone that knows how obsessed I am with pics will know I was FREAKING out!

Trying to get caught up on blogging.

I may have to do this in stages. I have been so busy that I have not been able to update this since Dec 23rd. I did not realize it had been that long! Boy time flies!

I was off all last week and was busy every day of it. I wish we were all able to slow down and enjoy our time more!

Christmas Eve: I cooked supper for my parents. We had Poppy Seed Chicken, Casserole, String Beans, and Rolls. It was very good. I half the casserole and still had way too much!! We opened one gift that night. We gave my parents an ornament with Luke's hand print turned into Santa and Cole's foot print turned into a Christmas Tree. I had made me one earlier at the Pottery Shop. Luke got a Cars Matching Game and Cole got a little John Deer tractor that makes popping noise from them. I got a tiger print shirt and Russell got some gun shells from them. WE had a great time together! Luke got ready to open most gifts and informed us he was ready to go to Pop/Nanas. We had to have several talks with Luke about wanting "more" and his attitude that night.I think he is having a "delayed" reaction to not being the complete center of attention anymore.

We went to Russell's parents. We have finger foods there. Yes, we ate at both places, HA!! That's what you do on Holidays isn't it? We open one gift there too. Luke got a coloring book from them. Russell got a shirt. I got a Summer Sausage. Uncle Mike and Aunt Leta gave Luke two shirts, a pair of pants, and a sticker making machine that he LOVES. They gave Cole two outfits. We gave Price a rattle and a Lamaze soft building/stackable block set. Some of Leta's family joined us for a little while. We left early to come home to get ready for Santa.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Cole's poor ears!

We took Cole back to the Dr today. After 10 days of antibiotics he still has an ear infection. They gave him a shot, another antibitoic and some drops for his eyes b/c they are so crusty. We will go back in 10 days (January 2nd) and see how they are. That visit will determine if we go on to an ENT or not. Pray for his ears. I just want him to feel better whether he gets tubes or not. At this point I am ready for utbes even if he is well to stop any future infections!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Here's our Christmas card for those that did not get it in the mail.

Last day of work until December 29th

I will be off until Dec 29th after today. Luke was excited when I told him I would be off with them for 10 days. Cole will even be more spoiled if that is possible. Russell will be out of school after tomorrow until January 5th. We will all get to spend a lot of time together.

Tomorrow is Luke and Cole's Christmas party at the babysitter. It is at 300. At 630 Russell and I have reservations at Gaines Ridge. Ever since we have been dating we have always gone during Christmas to eat. It is so beautifully decorating! I almost waited until too late to get reservations this year. They had a cancellation tomorrow night, so, that worked out great for us.

Saturday we do not have plans so far. I need to go to Walmart without the boys to finish some things at some point. Sunday we will go to church and our Choir's Cantata is Sunday night and we have a fellowship afterwards.

I am trying to decide now what I want to bake for us to snack on during the week. I always like having different things to snack. I will buy groceries tonight, so, I need to get to deciding pretty quick I reckon.

I got my cards in the mail Tuesday. Everyone should be getting them today or tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Back to work

Well, The work day is almost done. It is so dreary with the rain threatening and looking cloudy all day.

Cole is still have sleepless nights. These ear infections this time are causing him to wake up during the night more than the ones before.

Luke got some more blow up Christmas decorations this weekend. They had 4 foot ones on sale at Walgreens for $10. He got 3 for our house and 2 for mom & dad's in all. He LOVES Christmas!!! If everyone loved it through his eyes, this world would be completely different.

I had lunch with Sky today. It was nice to get to catch up in person! She was in Grove Hill interning some of her court reporting hours. We ate at the Deli.

Russell has to go to a basketball game tonight for crowd control. I am not cooking supper for just me and Luke. We will eat what we can find that's easy.

Tomorrow night is the Children's Christmas Tree at church. All of the children get a $1 (a tradition started years ago by a sweet, sweet man in our church that is now in Heaven) and a bag of fruit.

I cannot believe that Christmas will be here in 9 days!!! I need to finish wrapping presents!! I have one last minute one to buy that Luke has decided to start asking for every time we go to Walmart.

It's almost time for me to shut the computer down and go home. Y'all have a good night!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Fulton Christmas Parade

I made it back in time!!!!! YAHOO!! I have never made such a flying trip to Mobile.

Cole of course did not get to ride with us. Mom bought him to watch and sat in the car with him.

Here's some pics.

Cole has ear infections

He has ear infections in both with puss and fluid on them. He has been pretyt happy though. They gave him some antibiotics.


I am getting ready to leave for the Dr's visit. I forgot to mention last night for those reading this that do not know, we have to go 90 miles one way to see our Pediatrician or any good Dr for that matter. It's great to live in a small town, but it would be amazing not to have to drive to Mobile or Meridian, MS for good Dr's and shopping.

Cole went to sleep at 730 last night. I was expecting a nap and for me to be up all night after it. He woke at 900 took a bottle, went back to sleep until 530 when he woke for another bottle and then he went back to sleep around 600 and is still sleeping. When he woke up at 900 last night he could barely open his little eye - it was so pitiful looking. This morning the eye looked fine.

I got to finish decorating the golf cart for Luke last night while mom and dad were here. He will be so excited when he sees it this morning. Russell is going to buy him candy to throw this morning. I have him a cute basket out for him to keep it in on the back of the cart. He has a red blanket to sit on and a Christmas tree sitting beside him on the back of the cart.

Russell and Luke are still sleeping. I need to finish getting ready. I will update when I get back and hopefully get to post picks of the parade afterwards too.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Cole's sick

Well, I have a DR's appointment to take Cole to the DR in the morning. I thought he had pink eye but when i called the nurse she said with his history of ear infections that it could be a bad infection coming out of his eye from his ears. He has had a stuffy nose too. And a very slight cough.

I have to be there at 1030. we have decorated the golf cart to be in our Christmas parade tomorrow at 2. Mom is going with me and Russell is keeping Luke. If I am not back by 2, Russell will still take Luke to be in the parade. I am going to try my best to be back so I can ride with them. I will have to take pics to send you. I have put gold garland around the golf cart, a tree on the back of it with a red blanket for Luke to sit on to throw his candy from. He is so excited!!!

We took the pics with Santa last night. They are great! I am SOOO Glad we did it last night with the way Cole's eye is so swollen and red tonight. He looks pitiful.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We had Fulton's singing last night. It had to be moved to FBC church b/c of the rain. It went very well. I was stressing over having too much food, but we did not have as much left over as Iwas dreading. I revised my list today to know what to get next year. Eventually, I will have that list down to a T. HA!

Tonight we will go out in the call for Thomasville's Stroll. Santa is going to be there. We did pics there last year and they were GREAT. So, we're hoping for the same this year. We will not "stroll" afterwards b/c it is in the 30s.

I have my Christmas cards ordered! YAHOO!! I will pick them up on Saturday. Thanks Ensley for designing them for me! I promise I will get a program soon to be able to quit bugging you, ha!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

We had a busy weekend. Friday night me and mom had to decorate for the Christmas Tea at church. Russell had to do crowd control at the Basketball Games. Mrs. Helen and Mr. Ben kept the kids for us.

Saturday, we went to the Parade at 10. Luke got lots of candy. Cole watched it for a few minutes and then slept through it all including the fire truck sirens!

That afternoon I had the Tea at church. It was fun. We had about 140 ladies there. While I was at the Tea, Russell took Luke to a birthday party. We had a nursery, so, Cole went with me and stayed there.

During the middle of this the AL/FL game came on. I made it home for the 2nd half, which turned out to be the worse half. BUT at least we made it and are so much better than a lot of people ever thought we would be this soon. We WILL be National Champs SOON!!!! And we are going to a bowl game - the Sugar Bowl. SOME Teams are staying home and YES we're proud to say Auburn is one of them, HAHA!!

That night, Russell and I had to go to the Fireman's Christmas Supper. The Town Council is invited each year. Ezell's catered it, so, we had some GOOD food!! It was short and sweet. I am glad we were able to go this year. Usually something has come up and we have missed it every year but one until now since I have been on the Council.

Sunday we went to church that morning. Me and mom had a wedding shower to go to in Jackson for a cousin. Russell took the kids to see his mom and take her their birthday present - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. HELEN!!!!

Then me and mom went by Walmart on the way home. I had to get food for Fulton's Christmas singing tomorrow night. We orders platters from Walmart, ask people to make some things and then go get the remaining food. We prepare for 150 people. I will be exhausted by tomorrow night. Me and one other girl are in charge of all the food. You know the MEN are not touching any planning for a party! HA! It is suppose to rain, so, tonight we will make the decision of whether to move it inside just in case. I think it will be inside with the chance of rain I am seeing now!

Monday, I stayed around the house except for one quick trip to Walmart. Luke was not feeling well.

Today I am at work. Cole is at the sitter's. Luke stayed with my dad in case his not feeling week yesterday was contagious. My mom stayed home at lunch and they are on there way to Taco Bell for lunch now. He called a few minutes ago to tell me he was going to start staying with Poppa everyday that he did not fee good and he thought it would be 10 days before he felt better!! HAHAHAHA!!! HE IS SO FUNNY!!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Breaking Auburn News.

Tubberville is gone. I figured this would happen when he lost to BAMA.

Roll Tide!

My boss is out of the hospital

Mr. Williams came in the office some today. He got out of the hospital yesterday. He will have to go to Mobile for an oxygen tank treatment and i.v. antibiotics each day, except on weekends when his daughter will give him the i.v., for six weeks. He will come into the office in the afternoons.

This is a pray of thanksgiving that he is doing better. Please, continue to pray and pray that this treatment works so there will be no surgery.


Are you finished decorating? Shopping?

Have you stopped long enough to remember and remind your kids what Christmas is all about? Jesus' birthday!!! We constantly remind ours of it. We want them to have fun with Santa but we never want them to forget that without Jesus there would be no Christmas.

I started the tradition last year of baking Jesus a birthday cake. I thought, I do this for my kids birthday, why not my Savior's? I think that will help remind them of his birthday too when they see things going on that we do for theirs.

Also, stop to help someone less fortunate. Does your church have an Angel Tree? If not, why don't you do one? No matter our circumstances, there is always some one less fortunate than us. And they are not someone far off, they are our own town or neighborhood. Once you start looking, you will find more to help than you ever thought you could. You can also collect food and staples that people need too.

Think about. Are you doing what Jesus would want you to do?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Back to work

Well, I had to come back to work today. I figured Cole would cry when I left him b/c he has gotten spoiled even more while I have been off if that is possible that is. But he was fine. Luke was fine too - kissing and waving bye to me.

We're not busy at work at all since Mr. Williams is in the hospital. He is getting out today. He will have to go to Mobile each week day to have the antibiotic treatment done. His daughter, Dinah who is a Physicians Assistant, will give it to home on the weekend. I am not sure how long he will have to do that, the Dr had said 5-6 weeks. He said he hoped that soon he could come in during the afternoon to the office some. The most important thing is for him to follow Dr's orders and prayerfully the infection will go away and he will not loose his foot.

We are ALMOST fully decorated for Christmas. I put the tree up the weekend before Thanksgiving. Sunday, Russell and Luke put up the 6 blow ups that we have and I put up the Christmas village inside. Yesterday, Russell put up half the icicle lights. I put up the garland in the house. I need to decorate the porch but it has been to cold for me. We are like the Griswalls we have so many decorations! HA!

Luke is LOVING the decorations. We have been praying for the blow ups for months now! That is all that he can talk or think about since we have them up. If the wind blows hard, he worries they will fall over. Frosty blew a fuse last night and he came in crying and saying that Frosty was dead. Thankfully, we had a fuse and Russell got him fixed before we had to go rush out to buy a new one!!! It will drive you crazy a little but then Russell reminded me last night that once he is older he will not enjoy it as much and we will want these days back! :( Of course, the said this while not wanting to go outside with a flashlight to fix Frosty, HA!

Cole looks at the lights some but he is not too impressed by them. He has rolled to my tree a few times but not many. Although, I know crawling is his next big milestone, I would prefer him to wait until AFTER Christmas to learn how and make my life easier!!!

I have taken some precious pics of the kids in front of the Tree. Now, I have to decide which ones to use. I am ready for my cards to go in the mail! I have an idea of what I want to do. I have to call my great friend, Ensley, to see if she will design them the way I want them (Ensley are you reading this!?!HA!) I know she is ready for me to buy a program like hers and leave her alone!!