We got some sleet yesterday, so they cancelled school for today, and also for tomorrow already! Don't they realize parents have things to do the week before Christmas? Safety, schmafety! Anyway, we made the best of it by tubing down our icy hill. Much better conditions than snow, if you like speed like our kids do! We had two of our dogs out there, too, and they loved the freedom!
Yesterday we went to Memphis to cheer on some of our friends who were running in the St. Jude Marathon. One our good friends, Mike, was running in it for the second year, so we went with his wife Brooke and their daughter, Emery, to watch him again. Here we are on Beale Street waiting for him to come by. It was a chilly morning!!!
Here he is the first time we saw him!
Waving to us as he passed us by during Mile 14.
We had a little bit to wait before going to the finish line, so we let the kids play on these balls in front of the Fed Ex Forum, and had some snacks.
The finish line was in the Redbird's Stadium, AutoZone Park. Here he is crossing the line! We were so proud of him!
I just had to post one more picture of the boys sleeping in the bed together! Checked on them last night and in this massive queen-sized bed, they were snuggled in right next to one another! Don't they look like two peas in a pod? Also, thanks to my friend Amy for the Christmas shirts in the above header pic! We love them!
So this week Dawson "graduated" from his crib, to a real big boy bed. Owen has a queen size bed (was our guest bed that Brian built for that room), and so now the boys are sharing it. It really has been a smooth transition, and Owen has done a GREAT job in facilitating the move!
I took several pictures last night as I checked on them a few times before I went to bed. Here, notice Owen's hand on Dawson's forehead!
Later on when I checked on them, Dawson was literally LAYING on Owen's legs! Owen slept through it all, though, so it apparently didn't bother him! Aren't they cute?
I know, I know, I'm way behind on our blog! Don't worry, Barrett, I'll have a Christmas pic and blog background up soon! ;-) Seems like I've barely been able to keep my head above water, and unfortunately things much more significant than this blog have been neglected, too! I've got a huge pile of mail to sort through and over 100 unopened e-mails! The trial consumed one week, and then we had company for the second week. Throw some sickness in there, and now I'm ready to get caught up on life! Warning: this may be a bit lengthy! My Mom flew in from Idaho for our trial because she had to testify, but then she was also a huge help on the other days with babysitting! Brian and I were able to drop the kids off at school on their various days, but then we were at the trial all day and into the evening, often only seeing our kids for a short time before bedtime. It was a very draining week, just having to re-live all the details of the accident, plus re-hashing the nitty gritty of how our life is currently. ANYWAY, it is all over and we are very pleased with the jury's verdict and are just relieved that it's over. It's not like we're going to be buying yachts and traveling the world because most of the money is already "spoken for" (allotted for future surgeries, housecleaning, childcare, past medical bills, etc.) but it is a huge mental relief to know that those items, which are a part of our life now through no fault of our own, will be taken care of financially. But I digress, I wanted to tell you about this picture above of Dawson and my Mom! I had baked a cake and was letting the kids lick the beaters, bowl, etc. Well, Dawson came in the kitchen and it was about all we could do to get him to taste the batter! However, once he did, there was no taking it away from him! There wasn't a speck of batter left on that spatula, but he would not let Mom remove it! We were laughing hysterically!
Last Tuesday Owen came walking out of school in this Indian costume and a papier-mache turkey with his face on it----adorable!
Thanksgiving Day was spent at our good friends (& neighbors) house, the Fowlers. We've done this before with them, and it's a great way to split all the cooking work, and spend the day with friends! Kelly had made cupcakes for the kids to decorate. Here are Colby and Kellen working on their masterpieces.
It was a beautiful day, so here are all three Fowler kids and our three oldest jumping on their trampoline.
Cade, Colby & Kellen also had fun playing in the blue sand!
My niece, Shawna, came in from Nashville to spend Wed.-Sat. with us. Here she is chatting with Gram!
After the big meal, Jamele, Cade and Robby enjoyed some football, while Kelly went through the Black Friday sales ads!
Here are all the kids, minus Dawson, enjoying their dessert!
On Shawna's last day with us, we celebrated her birthday a little early! She will be 28 on Dec. 4th. We were going to fix a nice dinner, but by this point, Brian, my Mom and Dawson had all gotten the stomach flu, so we settled for Thanksgiving leftovers. I did, however, make a Boston Cream Pie. I had asked Shawna's sister, Erica, a few weeks back about her favorite dessert, so we made it for her, put up a Happy Birthday sign on the mantle, and the kids all made a bunch of cards. Happy Birthday, Shawna!
Peyton, Shawna, Kellen & Owen hanging out on her last night with us.
My Mom had brought a CD of the Chicken Dance to teach the kids. Here is Shawna, Peyton, Dawson and Kellen doing the Chicken Dance! Mom was in there, too, but I didn't get any pics of her----Brian did get some video, though, which is great!
Right before it was time for Shawna to leave, and the rest of us to take my Mom to the Little Rock airport, we took one more group pic. Mom, Dawson, Peyton, Shawna, Kellen & Owen. We love you and miss you both!!!
1) Peer pressure! My friends are making me do it! 2) No family near by, so this helps our family "get to know" our kids a little better! 3) I LOVE scrapbooking, but rarely have time to get caught up. This will have to do 'til then!
I am a wife to Brian, a stay-at-home-Mama to our four kiddos and do my best to serve the Lord. We also have three great pups and a hilarious cat. I have a degree in Exercise Science and love to be on the go and do adventurous things!
Kellen...our first born is 7 1/2 years old! She is tender-hearted, athletic, generous, kind and beautiful. She is a huge help to me, loves to read, and loves 2nd grade. She adores her teacher and has lots of good little girlfriends. I always tell her, "You'll always be my first baby!"
Peyton...that little spitfire is 5 1/2 years old and has the most unique personality in the world! The girl is always singing, dancing, and being funny. She's often in a world of her own and doesn't even know she has an audience for her antics. As Kellen often says "Peyton cracks me up!"
Owen...our little boy is now 4 years old! He's obsessed with being a "big boy" and actually does a very good job keeping up with his sisters. Though he's occasionally been caught in a princess dress or carrying a purse, he's actually all-boy, loving to sweat and greeting his Daddy daily with a punch in the gut!
Dawson...our baby is now 2 1/2 years old! He's talking lots and loves to dance! His body just starts moving as soon as he hears music, whether it's in the car or just in the background at a store! He's a big flirt with strangers in restaurants and always gets lots of smiles. He's a very happy kid and giggles at the slightest tickle or smile. He has made our family complete!
"Let's knuckle!" when wanting to wrestle or pretend to box.
When passing a cemetery..."That's where people die."
"Boppadot"--for some reason that meant applesauce
"You're the best Mama in the whole wide rainbow"
"Hailey likes Nathan Kress. She says he's hot!"--how does she know that expression???
"Brown go down the slide" talking about the first time she witnessed her #2 being flushed
"Hopgrasser" for the green insect that hops
When pretending to be a puppy, kitty, horsie, etc. "Say I'm zero (years old) and so you have to be really fragile with me."
"Duckle bubble"....when you have more kids than seat belts and they have to share (i.e. double buckle)
"Tooty France"...the bike race that Brian watches constantly every July!
"Chucky Larms"...her favorite breakfast cereal. You know, the ones with pink hearts, yellow moons, etc.
"Graphosser" for the green insect that hops
"Backin' walkards" as she walked backwards down the hall
"Mazagine" for the subscriptions we get in the mail
"This morning I went brown poo poo, but then at school I just went plain poo poo." Huh???
"I just give him little punch" when talking about how he greets his baby brother (For him it's a sign of affection! Daddy gets a BIG punch!)
"Awetom, baby" (awesome) with a huge grin and his thumb up
Clicks his tongue when he sees something he wants to eat.
Always says "dere-go" when he hands you something ("there you go").
Says "thank you" after you change his diaper!
Some of his favorite words: "No" (of course!), "more", "mine", "Mama", "Daddy", "Jesse" (our dog), "Ka" (not sure if that is cat or Sky, the name of our cat!) "Dawson Church"