Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Family Birthday

My birthday was a few weeks ago and my wonderful husband went above and beyond to make my birthday special this year. We had a fun day together and then he surprised me with a delicious cake and flowers. As well as the news that I was getting the pantry remodel I have been scheming, I mean dreaming about!
Olive was so excited about the cake!

Then the next night we went to dinner and had so much fun.
Thank you Stephen for making my birthday so special!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fourth Annual Miss America Watch Party

I am so behind on blogging. I blame it on January, it is just a slow month. We had the fourth annual Miss America watch party a few weeks ago and it was a fun time! I am still a little shocked that the Irish River dancing, "Milk It Really Does Do A Body Good", small town, good ol' girl from Oklahoma didn't win. And she was BEAUTIFUL! I guess first runner up isn't terrible, but she should have won.
Here is the whole group of beauty queens!
Every year we fill out ballots and each section is worth a certain number of points. The points are tallied at the end to determine who is our Miss America.
Second runner up, a newbie to our party...Miranda!
First Runner Up (who isn't afraid to show she is disappointed)...Misty!
And our Miss America...Anna!
Congratulations ladies! Can't wait for next year!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Gymnastics Update

Our little gymnast has been loving gymnastics lately! I had to share a few videos I took at class on Tuesday. She is so proud of her new skills!

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Let's Play

January has been full of playing, playing, playing!
Playing with new bathtub crayons...
And playing with trains...
and playing with blocks...
and being silly...
and playing at the park...
and playing with markers, sometimes the wrong way...
and fluttering around like a butterfly...

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Hope your January has been filled with fun too!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gigi


We started out the New Year saying goodbye to my sweet Granny. She had lived a wonderful 89 years and was ready to be reunited with her parents, my Grandaddy and my Dad. I love visualizing her running through the pearly gates and meeting them on the other side! We laughed that they asked her what took her so long and what she was making for supper. She was such a sweet and spunky lady. I loved listening to her tell stories. My favorite story she told was about when they would go to visit her grandparents for Christmas. She said that they would load up in their Model T Ford and that Mama Kate (her mom) would warm bricks up in the stove for Granny and Dessie to put under their feet to keep their feet warm. My Dad used to talk about how Granny was always cautious and looked out for them. When they would have to go to the storm shelter during a storm, she would make Dad and his brother wear their football helmets outside so they wouldn't get hit in the head with giant hail! My all time favorite story was when my Dad was in the first grade. Pink eye was going around and the rumor at school was that you got it from looking at someone who had it. Dad came down with it and he told Granny that was how he got it. She made him wear sunglasses around until they went to the doctor to keep anyone else from getting it! Everytime Dad told this story, he would laugh until he cried! Not only was Granny a cautious and wonderful mother, she was a great example of faith to all around her. She was such a special lady. In July, she went into a nursing home and Olive and I went to see her every Thursday. We only missed one Thursday because Olive was sick. I know she really looked forward to those visits, but we did too. Olive loved going to see Gigi. Every week, we would load her up in the wheelchair and go on a little walk. Olive knows how to lock the wheelchair wheels, how to help Gigi up and how to push. These were such special times and I am so thankful that Olive will forever have these memories. We know she is better off and so happy in heaven, but you can't help but miss her!