Monday, December 29, 2008

Fiya, Fiya, Fiya!!

Thank you New Prospect Baptist Church choir for our awesome outing to Kabuki. The kids had never been and had the time of their lives. OK.....when they weren't totally afraid and scooting 3 feet away from the table.

OK, in this video it really does look like Jacob is about to lose an eyebrow or two. Wow! The kids were so thankful to go to such a cool place. What a cool gift and a cool way to show their appreciation. We are very blessed.

Here are some more pics. Our chef was awesome. He was really cool and gave Claire extra food. Almost everyone tried to catch scrambled egg in their mouths. Um....not me. Sorry to disappoint you.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Everyone left unscathed

Well, Christmas was wonderful. We had 11 people in our home spending the night and it was great. I think everyone had room. Our moms slept up in Matthew's room with our younger three children. The kids were beside themselves. They drew names to see who would sleep with whom. One (lucky/unlucky) person who drew the couch "had" to sleep by themselves. Hmmmm.

Santa brought a few various happies, but the big present was the Wii from our moms. They went together and got a Wii and Wii fit with some other games. It is totally awesome. I had no idea it could be so much fun. Matt is back on Wii Fit skiiing right now. I have actually broken a sweat for the first time in a while. (OK, I am badly out of shape.) I acknowledge that. We did have a few brave souls who would get on the Wii Fit and do the body test in front of everyone. It checks your BMI, etc.

I did mine yesterday after everyone left. is super cool. Very motivating. I have done yoga, balancing games like hula hoop, etc. skiiing, running with Matt, etc. Oh, I forgot step. I am in love. I have a pretty cute trainer, too. I was a little jealous when Matt picked the computer lady to be his trainer, so I picked the dude. (I am kidding....well, not really.) I call him Richard Simmons. We do yoga together.

My balance has gotten better since yesterday. I can tell. I also feel muscles that I forgot I had. My "core" is a little more toned. :)

Here are some pics:

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

It's the most wonderful time of the year......

This week is so glorious. I am home with my family, getting ready for Christmas. Beginning to wrap presents..... planning for Christmas Eve with our families.

The musical at church was wonderful. Amber and Jontyler from church did so great putting drama with the choir. We had a great group in the choir. The children had part in it, too. It was such a blessing. I could barely sing, but managed to croak out some notes. I basically just stood in the choir loft and watched everything around me and thought of what it all means. I just stood there almost crying several times. After the musical we had a great time of fellowship with the deacons, their wives and our pastor and his wife. Someone kept all of the children at church while we went to another person's house. :)

Now the kids are watching "It's a Wonderful Life". I need to get up and keep cleaning for our company. Remember, I said it was my Christmas present? It is coming together. I told Matt that I didn't want to stress this holiday, so I am trying to lower my expectations a little. I mean I want it all perfectly clean and organized....that's all. Is that unreasonable? :)

Tomorrow we are going to try to get out and get the whole family to do something for someone else. We are praying about what we need to do. The kids have been making a little origami, so maybe we can go to a nursing home with those and sing. There isn't a soup kitchen in Oxford that I know of. We are so blessed, we need to be doing for others.

Our good friend, Amber, was sweet enough to take our family Christmas picture. We are blessed because she is a professional photographer. It was great (sarcastic...) . You may know how it is. "Kids, you better sit there and act like you are happy!!!!!!!!" "Nobody move....and SMILE." OK, it wasn't quite that bad. Almost. I think it turned out pretty good, though. Not everyone's best, but the best of the whole group.

Hope your holiday is the most blessed ever. Take care.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Another thing that I don't take for granted anymore. We are so blessed here in America to have access to medicine. I did finally go back to the doctor and was told that I have walking pneumonia and pleurisy. I was given about 10 prescriptions. (a little exaggeration) I feel better now. Yea!

Monday night was supposed to have been our Kindergarten program, but it was canceled because of the incoming ice storm. Thank goodness we missed the worst of the weather, but if it hadn't been for that, I would have had to wait until Tuesday night to go to the doctor. I was so grateful to get to get that taken care of. The program has been moved to tomorrow night. Only 2 more days of school................

Today was Claire's program at school. I took off at 11:00 to get to Oxford. The program was great. Her teacher is the choreography queen, so I steal a lot of ideas from her (being a music teacher myself). Claire was an elf. :)

We are going to have Matt's mom and brother, my mom and fiance' and my brother all with us Christmas Eve and then Christmas morning. Wow! We have never done this. Should be fun. I do get something for myself in the process. (Actually, subconsciously I think I did this on purpose.) Our house has to be cleaned from top to bottom. Yea!!!!! I have wanted this since we moved here. :)

Hope the rest of your week is wonderful. Merry early Christmas!

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