November 29, 2007

Dear Ms. Andrea,
Thank you so much for the #1 puffy finger. I love it. My “team” and “coach” think that it is great. Tell Christian thank you for running it down to me.
Love, JonahJonah doesn’t waste his time on a single imaginary friend. He has an entire football team complete with coaches, trainers, and waterboys. He talks to them often, and apparantely they are pretty good because they score A LOT of touchdowns. This finger will help cheer his team to many victories. Of course if it was for the Bulldogs who play in Athens, we would have to raise three more fingers because we are not #1- we are #4. I will take that any day of the week!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!
Pay no attention to the fact that Jonah’s sleeve is coffee colored from a day at school. Sometimes I don’t even ask what he did at school. I sometimes just don’t want to know. πŸ™‚

Christmas Decor

November 25, 2007

Jonah helped decorate the tree this year.Adding the branches one by one…
Almost there…
Really hard work…
Spiderman joined us for the decorating party…And, take notice of the flotation device that Jonah found in the basement when we were bringing the Christmas boxes up…
And finally notice the cluster of ornaments right at Jonah’s height and on the side where he was pulling them from the box.

One last note… these are the shoes that Chris chose to wear when he took the empty boxes back downstairs. Project Runway here we come!!!!!

Polar Express Party

November 24, 2007

We had our first movie night of the holiday season last night. Grant (and Jaxon and Christopher and Kristina) came over, and Christopher taught us how to make a pallet on the floor, we popped popcorn, and drank hot chocolate while we all watched Polar Express. Daniel is the only munchkin who made it through the entire movie- of course, he started moving around a lot and collecting different toys about 3/4 of the way through it in an effort to stay awake. πŸ™‚ He was successful though!
Other movies that we have to watch this Christmas season to make it “officially” Christmas:
  • Elf
  • Christmas Vacation
  • The Christmas Story (for Chris)
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (for Troye)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (for Troye)
  • The Santa Clause

What are your Christmas “tradition” movies?

Head in the "Cookie Jar"

November 22, 2007

This morning, Brodie went missing. Since it is raining buckets here (praise the Lord), we were really hoping that she had not somehow escaped through the front door. But, she was not responding to our calls- very uncharacteristic of her.
When we went to check the basement, this is what we found…

Head in the “cookie jar”

Caught red handed (or red nosed)

Santa Visit 2007

November 21, 2007

Waiting in line. That is one cute kid!!!!

More waiting… We really love each other. Can’t you tell?

Don’t forget to cover your mouth, Grant. We got them to move closer, but Jonah just looks like a dirty old man with that look on his face. I would be afraid, Grant- very, very afraid…

Going over the list with Santa…

What have you got over there, Santa?

Playing around the waterfall after visiting with Santa.

Letters to Santa

November 21, 2007

We are going to see Santa today! Happy, happy; Joy, joy!!!!!
Here is Jonah’s letter to Santa (in his own words, of course) that we are planning to take with us for personal delivery. You never can trust those pesky mail carriers.

Instruments?

November 20, 2007

On the way to school today, Jonah and I were talking about our schedule for the rest of the week. Tomorrow is no school and we are going to visit Santa. Thursday is Thanksgiving, and Friday is a day to play with Daddy while mama shops. And, guess what we get to do Saturday? We get to decorate our Christmas tree.
At this point my precious son responds, “What about the instruments?”
Hmmm… “What insturments are you talking about, Son?”
“You know the round ones that go on the tree.”
“Oh, you mean the ornaments.”
“Yes, the ornaments.”
Of course I found a photo online that could be labeled either way. πŸ™‚

Alms to Vonnie

November 18, 2007

Vonnie Beck is my mom’s best friend (they call each other sisters, although there is no relation), and my childhood godmother. She makes the best, Slap-Your-Mama Cornbread Dressing. I really do mean that because before this recipe, I didn’t even like dressing. So, here is Vonnie (surfing with my mom in my backyard, of course)…

And here is the recipe (fortunately, I don’t have to make it because Vonnie is coming to my house for Thanksgiving, and she is bringing the dressing with her) Woo Hoo…

CORN BREAD DRESSING

1 large skillet of cooked corn bread

2 packages of ‘day old’ hamburger buns

Celery (about 3-4 stalks depending on how much you like celery)- I love a recipe with options.

Onions (2 medium sized onions, chopped)

3 cans of Sweet Sue Chicken Broth {buy 4 cans, (regular size cans), just in case it appears dry when made up}

1 dozen eggs (beaten)

1 pound of butter (melt the butter in the microware which will make it easier to mix)

Sage (1-2 tablespoons, now this can be increased if you want a more sagey taste or if you don’t like a lot cut this down to teaspoons and increase gradually)- More options, and how often do you get to use the word “sagey”?

Salt & Pepper (to taste)

Poultry seasoning (1 Tablespoon)

Crumb up the cornbread, and the day old buns. Then dump all the other ingredients in a large bowl and MIX WELL. Consistency of the mixture should not be dry or cumbly – it should be just a little thicker that a cake batter. If it appears dry, just add more chicken broth. (if you are out of chicken broth, use turkey dripping where you have baked your turkey). I cook this in a glass baking dish. Fill the dish about 1/2 way because it will rise. Spray the baking dish with PAM or grease the pan if you do not have PAM. This batter will stick if the pan is not sprayed or greased. Cook in a preheated oven @ 400 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until golden/toastey brown around the sides, but not burned. Serve with giblet gravy or whatever gravy y’all like.

Burgers?

November 14, 2007

Jonah: “Mommy, could you please get me a tissue? I have burgers in my nose.”

Beauty Secrets For Women

November 10, 2007

Beauty Secrets For Women
by Patricia Bankhead Β© 2007
Cleanse your heart by repentance
And bathe thoroughly in the word everyday
Stay moisturized with prayer
Apply forgiveness to keep wrinkles away
Sprinkle yourself with love daily
It is the sweetest perfume
Dash on plenty of patience
It will keep away stinky fumes
Remember worry can cause disease
And bitterness can make you sick
So keep your heart in tune with God
And don’t fall for Satan’s tricks
Put on the garments of praise
Faith is the key to aging gracefully and slow
Always be kind and wear a beautiful smile
To give your face that perfect glow