Sunday, December 20, 2009
I love Christmas --- mostly because of the beautiful decorations, food and every ones generally "merry" attitude... At the same time; I'm so excited that Christmas will be over this time next week! There is so much pressure that comes along with Christmas. I really have tried to avoid that pressure and realize that its not the amount of money that you spend on any one gift - its your desire to be blessed with those that you love at this very special time of year.
I'm so excited for my children and am truly Thankful for the family and friends that I have!
Merry Christmas! May your days be Merry and Bright!!!!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Isabel is a lot like I remember her daddy being as a little boy. She is so quiet and reserved - in addition to that she is beyond beautiful....
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This beauty belonged to my dear mamaw. My aunt Judy was gracious enough to let me have it. Well, its been in my possession for months and I just got around to getting it out. It makes me kinda sad because I wish that I would have asked my mamaw how to use it...
Brandon's aunt Deena came down to show me how to thread it. It wasn't as hard as I had anticipated but now I'm struggling with the tension. Does anyone have any suggestions? I really want to create something great!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
For Drew's big gift - he is getting an art easel. He loves to do "projects" so I think he will really like that. We may even get both boys "big boy" beds so that we can redecorate their bedroom but that just doesn't seem like a very good Santa gift.
I do know that felt food is something that I'm going to start working on for them as they do have a kitchen set and love to play with it. I'm thinking of making them some kind of race track type thing for their million hotwheels. A handmade chalkboard is something that I know that Drew will love!
Are you seeing the pattern here??? What can I get for Sam? We have leggos, blocks, riding toys and every little people set that exist. Drew has cleaning supplies, musical instruments, workbench, indoor pup tent with a tunnel and a TON of hee-man toys that Brandon had as a child. Drew even has a digital camera!
They need to know the reason behind the gifts - I know they're young but I feel like we put so much into the "gift" part of Christmas and not enough behind the meaning. I want to pour my love into my children by making many of their gifts. They are so little. I don't want to buy gifts that they won't use or appreciate.
Any ideas would be appreciated!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Rachel and Regina, you both mean so much to us! We love you and are so proud that you agreed to be Sam's Godparents!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
First of all, my husband bought me this beautiful painting. I picked it out at a peddlers mall - that's just our style! I LOVE it! I don't really know where I'm going to put it but I can't wait to hang her!
Saturday, October 24, 2009
This little cemetery sits right before the entrance of the camp ground at O'Bannon Woods. I've always wondered about those who were buried there so today, curiosity got the best of me... I had my camera so I decided to photograph some of the headstones. Hopefully, that is not considered sacrilegious.
Some of these stones are old.... VERY old and the writing just wasn't legible. These photos were taken through he openings of an iron fence that protects this sacred place. My camera fit fine I just couldn't turn very easily.
While tying to ward off my maternal guilt - I thought of my sweet grandmother who feel ill a couple of years ago at about this time. I began to think of her life and all of the pain that she felt toward the end. It is only natural as a human being to miss those who are closest to us once they are gone.
If found a very interesting article on Americancatholic.org. Below, I have pasted a paragraph from the article.
What a blessed family we are... I love that my boys are able to appreciate the beauty of nature at such a young age. Sam caught a leaf that fell from the tree and was clearly amazed by its beauty. He kept saying "pretty, pretty". He pointed at the trees all day and would giggle each time that the wind would gust.
That leaf kept my baby occupied for more than five minutes. That is an eternity with a one year old - their attention span is like a nano second or something.
Here's Drew during our hike in the beautiful Tulip Valley. He looked down the valley in amazement. Drew is fascinated by the fact that the woods are "the houses of all the animals and bugs". As most you know, my dear sweet husband is a hunter and loves every minute of it. Naturally, some may think that he has a low respect for animals and other living things but it is actually the exact opposite. Brandon has taught Drew that when he is outside that he shouldn't kill the bugs or damage trees because we are in "their house". He teaches him all about nature and I am so thankful for that.
Oh my.... How things change in one months time. We had such a great time today! The day was beautiful! The fall colors were breathtaking!
I really couldn't believe the difference in less than 30 days! It seems that fungus does grow when its cold. There were mushrooms and green moss growing all over the place!
This is a hiking path at O'Bannon Woods. I took these photos on September 26th! Everything was still very summery and green.
The ground always looks like fall because of the natural way that the leaves fall and stay on the forest floor each year. As a part of the eco system - the decaying leaves put nutrients back into the forest so that trees, plants and animals can all live there. This is the exact reason that you aren't supposed to take anything - not event the dead leaves out of the park as even though they have fallen from the trees they still have a very important purpose.
I wonder if this rock will still be "mossy". There has been some rain and all of the leaves are starting to change around us. Fungus and how/where it lives is not something that I know a lot about - I just know that it will be beautiful!