Monday, November 28, 2011

We are sooo not in Kansas

We are somewhere in the south, en route home, and could live here.

- Chic Fil A: 'nough said

- Christian radio station playing in Chic Fil A

- make that: there's actually Christian radio here

- Get this: the young people at Chic Fil A actually looked me in the eye while I ordered; called me "mam"; and...AND they said "my pleasure" when they handed me my order!! Really!??!

- There were a group of women having a bible study meeting right there at their the middle of the restaurant... and no one gave them the hairy eyeball!

We are soooo not in New England right now.

Friday, November 25, 2011

A different kind of Thanksgiving

Last year I blogged about how we started our own Thanksgiving traditions.  This year we're doing something new again, although I'm pretty sure it won't become tradition.  

This year we are in Florida, at Disney, for Thanksgiving week.  This is actually our second week here.  We're staying at a time share condo and have room a plenty for guests so Nana, Big T, Auntie Janet and Uncle Ed all came (they live in Florida this time of year). Here in the condo we have a full kitchen so we actually cooked a big traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings.  And as the turkey cooked, we did something a little out of the ordinary for us - to work up our appetite.

Check it out....


 Thomas even went under water.  1st time ever!! And all by himself..we weren't even in the pool with him. 
After dinner we played a few rounds of Left, Right, Center - one of Thomas' favorite games.

Today is our last day in Orlando.  Full day for us - a little packing, a little pool, a little Disney park.  Tomorrow we leave - but not Florida.  Oh no people - we still have 3 more days here in the sunshine state.  Tomorrow we are heading to Nana and Big T's winter home!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Guess where we are??


Sunday, November 13, 2011


So Thomas - what do you want to be for Halloween this year?
"A skeleton!!" 
Really?  Don't you want to be something cute and fuzzy and sweet?
"Nope - I want to be a skeleton!" 
Are you sure?  Skeletons are scary, and you're so sweet.
"Mama!  I said...I be...a skeleton...and be scary"!

Scary? be the judge....

Sorry Thomas - your adorable sweetness always wins out.  Believe me, someday you will come to appreciate that.   

 But don't tell him that....we told him he was Super Scary

PS - It glowed in the dark

PPS -  no four year old should have this much candy.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thomas' 4th birthday - 1st party

Yet another blessing of our new home (not so new anymore) is that we finally have room to have a proper party!  Our yard is large for the kids to run and play, the big deck is a great place for the adults to congregate, and the house itself is spacious enough for everyone inside should the weather not cooperate.

However, the weather did in fact cooperate and we had an AWESOME birthday party for Thomas big boy 4th birthday!  Up until now, we have done just small parties each year, with just our families. And I'm quite glad we waited until this age, because I do believe it would have been lost on him any younger.

Not this year though.  This year we finally went whole hog: nine little friends, a gigantic bouncy house, full-on Lightning McQueen / race cars theme, and lots of fun decor!  Needless to say, Thomas loved every bit of it - as did mama and daddy.  Enjoy the pics!


  Sooooooo worth it!

 **shirt made by my wonderful talented friend busyBdesigns

Friday, November 4, 2011

No I haven't given up blogging...

But thanks for asking.

They say the #1 rule in blogging is don't make excuses for not blogging. Which is too bad...cause I have a lot of great excuses:

We're crazy busy - what with soccer, our annual columbus day weekend trip up north, back to back house guests, Thomas 4th bday, Daddy's bday (no numbers please), halloween.  All really good excuses right?

Then there's the one about the new computer that arrived 3 weeks ago but we just booted up this weekend and are still trying to load with all our stuff - pics, programs, know, our whole life.

Not to mention my dad had a stroke.  He is  And I wasn't planning on posting about it at all but since he 1) gave me guff about the blog being so out of date, and 2) he's posting about it on facebook, I figure its fair game.  He was very very lucky God was full of grace and mercy in healing my dad, who had a brain bleed stroke on Sept 22.  The only real damage was to his vision, which is still pretty well impaired.  They were delayed in migrating south for the winter, and he was certainly not allowed to fly.  As you might imagine, its been an emotional few weeks with worry, appointments, tests, waiting...  However, with the doctor's blessing, they left at the beginning of this week, with gratitude to my kind and wonderful aunt and uncle who are chauffering the 3 day pilgrimage.

But really, my main excuse...the real reason I haven't been blogging lately....

I've been wrestling with some stuff these past few...well months actually.

And while I want my blog to fun and inspiring and uplifting and funny...I just haven't had it in me. 

My posts weren't going to be perfect....

so I just stopped posting.

Because I was afraid.  Afraid that if I didn't post enough cute pics of the boy, or share the happy stories, or write too much about God, that I'll lose you readers.  And to be honest, I'm not even sure how many of you out there really read this (I promise you this is not a ploy to get you to leave a comment).

I write this blog in hopes that I can share our stories, our life, and inspire someone, anyone, just like the many blogs I follow inspire me. But I realize the blogs that inspire me the most...the ones I read most faithfully are the ones where the blogger is honest..all the time. 

And that's what I want to be.  And while I can't always share the details of some particular situations, I can be honest about how I'm feeling, and how I'm trying to turn it over to God, and how I'm trying to follow all that I do.

So, I'm not ready to leave this bloggy world yet.  And I've got loads to share with you all -

like Thomas's first big birthday party with friends.

and his first season of soccer.


and random things I'm loving right now.

And most especially our very rapidly approaching dream family vacation!!!  I will keep a surprise for now but expect lots and lots of pics!!

So I hope you will come back soon and read all about our adventures, big and small, wonderful and hard. 

Thanks readers...friends.