Tuesday, December 16, 2014

the travel bug

I'm fairly certain that B Boy has the lifetime travel bug like I do. 
Ours were acquired differently but I love sharing this trait. 
We never traveled when I was a child, so when opportunities would come up in college - I was all for it. 
We have traveled as a couple and as a family and I treasure every one of those trips.

B Boy dreams of traveling to Colombia, India, Great Wall of china, Paris and Eiffel Tower, Arizona, and NYC.
Our plans are to one day travel to Sambuca di Sicilia.
Tim's family originated from this part of Sicily. 
I want to see so many things in our beautiful country too!
I have been to 18 states so I have quite a few more left to go!
Do you love to travel?

Monday, December 15, 2014

a colonoscopy and a concert

The last week has been quite interesting. 
Last Tuesday, I started a liquid diet in preparation for a colonoscopy Thursday of the week. This was my third attempt for a colonoscopy within the year. This time they gave me a different prep that was a lot easier, but it was very hard to be on liquids only for a longer period of time.
I was finally able to have my colonoscopy. The doctor was not able to enter my small intestine, so I have to have another test. Yay me!
I was exhausted from being up all night and took a long nap when I got home.

Our Sunday school class had a girl's night at my friend Marci's house and I did not want to miss it, so I had a friend come and pick me up so I could go!
I was deliriously tired and my left eye was swollen after getting makeup in it during the procedure, but I still had a great time with my friends!

I had thought that I would be back to normal on Friday, but I seriously was not. I slept in until 11 am and then watched National Lampoon's Christmas vacation. I needed to be packing for the weekend, but I had no energy!

What I needed to pack for was the Garth Brooks concert that Tim and I went to Saturday night!!!
I love when we get time with just the two of us!
We ate at Benihana and it was SO good!
We were super excited to be at the concert!
It was such a dream to see Garth Brooks live. We sang every word! He sang SO many of his big hits! The crowd was insane! Sometimes the crowd was singing over him!
He hit the charts when I was 8 years old and I grew up listening to him. I was pretty much obsessed and had every one of his albums!
I was also thrilled to see Trisha Yearwood!
She sang An American Girl, How do I live, and She's in love with the boy.
I'm thankful for my parents for watching the kids.
I'm also thankful that we were able to visit Keith, Jessica and Parker for a few hours!
We stopped at Cracker Barrel on the way home.

After having last week taken up with my medical test, I feel like there is lots to do this week.
I finished up most of the Christmas shopping today, but we still have school parties, treats to make for gifts, and I have lots of presents to wrap. Not to mention, laundry, dishes, C Girl's stocking, phone calls, and everything else to run a house! I'm trying to be very intentional with our time and not have a stressful holiday season. I'm looking forward to just spending time together over Christmas break!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Busy, but fun!

It has been a busy, but good past few days!

Last Thursday evening, I had my monthly book club meeting. We went out to dinner and to chat and we had a great time!

Friday night was our Sunday school class Christmas party - we had a lot of fun! We met in one of our church buildings and had a great potluck and played Bingo! I'm so grateful for our church and this class. We have made such great friends and I love having them in my life!!!
Saturday morning, we had to be back at church for rehearsal of the choir Christmas program.
We spent the rest of the afternoon going to see Santa, listening to the Bentonville Tigers win state, and doing a little shopping.
Sunday was the choir programs (video below) at church. The kids choirs sang with the adult choir in the morning service and then had an additional kids program in the evening. 
The kids did amazing and I'm so proud of C Girl being in the choir and singing her heart out for Jesus!
We have had wonderful things happening at church. It is so joyful to see friends finally knowing for sure that they have asked Jesus into their heart. We had baptisms throughout the morning program and it was so special. One of my friends getting baptized even gave a mini sermon. We saw more people come forward for salvation at the end!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

'Tis the season

Well, it is definitely December! The amount of things to do hit me full force on Monday.

B Boy fell on his arm last week and he kept complaining of pain, so we took him to the doctor Monday. She ordered an Xray and thankfully, it was not broken!
I spent 4 hours on Monday driving to/from and waiting/being at either the doctor or the dentist with the kids.

I also had an injury misfortune.
While Tim was outside putting lights out front, I was inside putting our Santa collection on top of our kitchen cabinets. I was putting a Merry Christmas sign up as well.  It fell over and a domino effect of Santas falling happened. One rather large Santa fell four feet from the top of the cabinet down to my foot on the counter. It was so much pain. It is still swollen and extremely tender.

This week has been busy making cookies for a teacher lunch at school, helping a friend out by watching her son for a couple of hours, finishing putting Christmas decor out, cleaning the house really good, and beginning my Christmas shopping finally.
I was completely exhausted last night after going full force for 13 hours.

Today, I'm going to work on getting my Christmas cards ready to go out. 

I have book club, Sunday school Christmas party, mailing letters to Santa, and visiting Santa with the kids still to do this week!
 The lights on the Bentonville square as we were heading back into town Thursday night.
We always get our Christmas stuff down and begin putting the tree up and decorating on the day after Thanksgiving.
The Hogs also played Missouri that afternoon, so we had an extended break during that time.
The Hogs lost and that was sad, but they have played so well this year!
C Girl was SO into the decorating this year. Waaay more than ever. She even wanted to string the lights on the tree. She loves being in charge, lol.
Tim loves this setup.
Let me tell you, decorating with older kids is way different than with littles. 
My two had such big opinions and they wanted to decorate the entire tree themselves. 
We let them. What are ya gonna do?
p.s. I did go back and rearrange stuff on the tree yesterday!
 We sure were missing our Koonta girl.
Icing and elevating my foot injury.
 She found the Bible at the dentist's office and kept reading me passages of scripture :-)
 We started our advent book and our book advent on Monday.
B Boy has been reading the scripture passages every night. I love it!
p.s. I have been wrapping book advent books every day because I am so behind on everything. Usually, I have all 25 wrapped and ready to go!
Tim's handiwork in our front area. We are still going to get a few more things to add and line the driveway and sidewalk with lights eventually.
We went to the Rogers Christmas parade on Monday evening since we will be out of town on the day our town has its parade.
This was the only time we had to do our advent readings, so Tim and B Boy read to us in the van before the parade!
 It has been years since the kids have been to a night Christmas parade. 
The one in Bentonville is always during the day. 
They were super excited!!! They loved every bit of it. 
They were waving and dancing the entire time!
It was absolutely freezing though! It was 25 degrees and we couldn't feel our toes by the time the parade was over.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

One of our favorite holiday traditions is to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for our family of four.
We cooked a turkey, made crockpot dressing, gravy from the turkey drippings, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie!
We eat on our china, light a candle and we all tell something very thoughtful that we are thankful for that year. It is just peaceful and I love it!
My favorite part of the holidays, besides the food, is spending time with family.
We drove down on Wednesday to visit with my side of the fam. 
Our first stop was to my mom and dad's house.
Mom made us lunch and we talked and played a few card games. 
Everyone LOVED playing Bingo and it looks like that may be a stocking stuffer this year!
After leaving mom's, we headed over to my brother and SIL's house.
We had a wonderful time visiting!
Jessica and I went to see Mockingjay part 1. It was awesome! We had so much fun laughing and singing to Taylor Swift's new CD. I miss living close to this girl!
These three kiddos have a precious bond. I'm so thankful for that!
I'm also thankful for Jessica taking a quick photo of the four of us. 
I feel like I'm never in many holiday photos!
Of course, we watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. C Girl gets so excited about the parade!  I love that because I always have loved the parade!
We left their house on Thursday morning to head down to have Thanksgiving with the Sparacino family!
It is a substantially bigger gang. There are usually 30-35 of us!
 B Boy had to have a turkey leg!
Tim's brother lives in Texas and is not always able to make the drive up for the holidays, so it has been a few years since all of Tim's siblings have been together!
Our neice, Khelli took this family photo this year.
This is only the third time to have a huge family photo.
Below, we took one in 2009 before we lost Nan and Granny and then we took one last year at Christmas.
It's a treasure to have photos with your family!