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!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving blessings

Last Thursday, Tim and I went to have Thanksgiving lunch with the kiddos at their school.
They both ate turkey this year! 
(They both love turkey, but always want to choose the chicken nugget option!)
I got to snuggle this sweet little one on Friday morning. 
She just slept and was so chill in my arms for over an hour!
We just hung out and watched Maleficient on Friday night. It was a really good movie!
(our son is tall. is he going to stop growing?!)
C Girl and I had planned a girl's day for Saturday. B Boy ended up having a birthday party to go to, so Tim took him while we went and had fun! We had lunch, shopped Barnes and Noble and Hobby Lobby. It was pouring rain the entire time, but we still had a great time!!!
On Sunday morning during the altar call at church, we had a mighty move of God.
A friend of mine, who has grown up in our church, sings in the choir, and teaches Sunday school came forward because she knew in her heart that she wasn't truly saved. 
I was crying, Tim was crying, and I think almost everyone in church was crying.
I was so incredibly happy for her. I'm so thankful that we have a church that she felt comfortable enough to come forward and make that confession.
She is not the only who has done this either. In the last year, we have had several people my age come forward to be saved. 
They were usually saved as young children, but knew in their hearts that they truly had not given their life to Christ.
Her profession led to an hour long altar call and the front of the church was lined with people who came forward. It was amazing and beautiful to see.
I am praying for Ferguson. This is just tragic all the way around.
I had my yearly physical and flu shot on Monday. My arm was so sore and it made me so crabby!
Monday and Tuesday was spent planning and cooking for our little family of four Thanksgiving. I love that tradition we have. We had turkey, dressing, cranberry sauce, gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts, deviled eggs and pumpkin pie!

We watched a Madea Christmas last night and it was so funny!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

a weekly recap {art, razorbacks, babies & a brunch}

Last Wednesday night, Tim and I visited Crystal Bridges to see the State of the Art exhibit while the kiddos were in church.
 This set of photos was titled "Recession." It was homes, land and businesses in the after effects of the recession. I felt so connected to this, I guess because we lived through it.
 This was made from pages in the Bible. Below, you can see in more detail what it said.
 We hope to go back with the kids soon to see the things that we were not able to fit in that night!
On Thursday evening, we had a baby shower for my friend, Mary Avery. Sadly, I don't think anyone took any photos :-( This is their 4th child and they do not find out what they are having prior to the birth. They have 3 boys already. She went in Sunday night and was induced Monday morning. I'm happy to report that they had a sweet baby GIRL!!!! They are so thrilled! I cannot wait to meet her!

I have two more friends from Sunday school who are having babies next spring!
 Friday evening was the 2nd annual bowling party for the faculty at Tim's school. I hadn't felt the greatest on Friday, so I didn't bowl, but everyone had a wonderful time eating, visiting and bowling!
I don't get very many opportunities to interact with his staff, so it's always nice to get to know them a little better.
Saturday afternoon, we went to see Big Hero 6. I cannot say enough good things about that movie. 
It was so great!
 Saturday evening, our Razorbacks took on No. 17, LSU. 
We have had 17 straight SEC losses. 
It has been a HARD few years for our program. 
We shut.them.out! 
No, we did not beat the #1 team in the nation, but that WIN was something that we needed like air. 
We probably shouldn't have rushed the field, but it was beautiful. 
And to anyone on Twitter who was annoyed at my celebrating- I'm NOT sorry! 
You have your #Twitterparties, I have my #Razorbackparties. 
I don't know where that came from except that some non-fans seemed a little annoyed. 
But do you hear me snarking about your #sponsoredAD? Nope.

I fell in love with the Hogs when I fell in love with Tim. My family did not watch sports when I was growing up, so this love is a chosen love.
I've been to many games and lived through many losses.
This team has never given up this year despite everything that has not gone right.
You just have to be a fan to understand how we feel.
We feel lots of excitement right now. GO HOGS!
p.s. none of these stadium pics are mine, they are all from Twitter.
We were SUPPOSED to get snow on Sunday afternoon. And while we did get some, we pretty much just got dusted. That was okay though. It was pretty to watch it falling, we had a nice relaxing afternoon/evening, and the kids to not have to miss school the next day!
They did play some Monopoly, which was great until it wasn't. 
B Boy had not been dealing with "loss" very well lately!
I had a district PTO meeting on Monday morning to go over changes to our bylaws. 
I've learned so much over the last 3 years being involved in PTO, some good and some bad.
I've also firmly learned my limits in how much stuff I can add to my daily routines/duties that I have to family and church.
It has been so interesting learning how things work in a school district that is as large as ours and continues to grow. 
I've learned to work with a variety of people, most of whom, are not from our state.
It's also been interesting being the wife of a principal with managing my words and actions very carefully- I always want to be respectful of him! 
 Tuesday morning, was our annual fall brunch for our women's ministry. 
It was so great! I heard that there about 80 women there! 
It was an amazing turnout, wonderful food and we heard the testimony from one of our ladies. 
She shared about her life so candidly and I am so thankful for women who will do that. 
I hope to be that way as well. 
Her words touched me so much.
I will never be able to express what this church, women's ministry, and Sunday school class have meant to me. I love these women so much!
Our women's ministry director announced that she was retiring from her position to help with a new family business. 
She has been a wonderful leader and we will miss her so very much!