Thursday, December 31, 2009

One year....I did it.

And now....a confession.

On the morning of December 14, at about 12:45, I turned to the Big Man
in bed and said, "I forgot to blog." Yes, it's true. I came that
close to the end...and forgot!!!! Once. However, due to the beauty
of technology and time changes, I altered the time on my blog to show
that I did blog.

That's right...I'm a cheater.

So, I guess my New Year's Resolution for 2010 will be "blog every day,
include a picture....and no cheating."

Happy New Year!!!

His name is "Tiny!"

Fear the snowman

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

See MK sleep

This is how I found MK this morning.

I waited all day to post a picture. I went out with some friends of
mine from high school. We had such a fun time! I was planning to
post a picture of that, but no one thought to take one. Oh well. It
was a great night...lots of laughs and memories!

So that's it for tonight. Hope you had a great day!

The end is near

If I remember to post tomorrow, I will have kept a New Year's Resolution: I will have blogged something every day for an entire year.

I seriously don't think that I thought I would do it.

But I did.


There were times that I just didn't think I would do it. More than once, I had to get out of bed to post. I'd think that I should just give up, but I kept going.

I followed other blogs in which people said that they were going to do it. But, they didn't make it to February.

It isn't like I cured cancer...but it is a feeling of accomplishment.

A lot happened this year; now I'm thinking about next year.

Maddie will get her learner's permit in May. That is impossible to believe, but it's true.

Ty will start first grade...another reminder of how quickly time passes.

We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to.

The question is: will I do it again next year? I kind of assume that I will. It has become a part of my everyday life. I'm not great at keeping in touch, so for some, this is how they keep track of our lives.

Now your part: since later in January, I also added posting a picture every day. What should I do in 2010? I would appreciate feedback.

So, that's it for now. I'm off to enjoy the day.


P.S. The Tooth Fairy found her way to Delaware...and the going rate for a top tooth is $1.87!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Fun Day!!

We're in the car leaving the city. DC was a blast. We walked and
froze and did a lot of sightseeing and Metro riding. We ate lunch at
Ben's Chili Bowl and then went to the Holocaust Museum. The museum was
more than we expected. What an amazing day! Now pictures:

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Snow? No snow.

It rained yesterday, so the snow is just about gone. There are a few
piles left here and there, so Ty and Maddie were able to play in it a
little bit. Pictures!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Since we've no place to go....

We are sitting on the runway in Memphis...delayed due to rain in
Philadelphia. So, I'll post some pictures.

Santa brought Ty a hula hoop, but Maddie is enjoying it more than

Maddie's gifts from Santa. He framed some posters of New York City
for her room.

And Maddie and her friend, Chris, made cookies for us.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009


We have had the tradition of opening one gift on Christmas Eve for
quite some time. One year we gave Maddie a DVD, and that has become a
tradition as well. This year we combined the gift and gave both kids
one video. It was "Elf."

Since Ty has been old enough to get out of his own bed, he gets to
spend Christmas Eve in Maddie's room. She doesn't let him do it too
often, and he views it as a real treat. They are locked in now with
strict rules not to get out till 7:00 am. They can watch their DVD
together, and it's turned into something fun.

The cookies and milk are out along with celery and water for the I think Santa needs to get to work. Good night.

Christmas Eve

Here is our day:
Erik went to work. Maddie had her friend, Chris, over. I put them to
work baking cookies. Ty and I hung around and did some last minute
Christmas preparations. Then we all went to Chris's church to see him
play in the praise band. It was so nice to worship together as a
family and to take a break in the middle of this busy time.

Then we came home and had our traditional appetizer dinner and watched
"A Christmas Story." Actually, we're just finishing it now.

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!! We're looking forward to
seeing some of you very soon!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pics from the Big Man

Erik and Ty spent some time together at Bass Pro Shop last night so
that Maddie and I could do a bit of shopping. They had all kinds of
activities set up for kids, and here are pictures that Erik took for us.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Big night

We came to Destin to do some last minute shopping and to see the
sights. We're having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Just me and my gal

Maddie loves to do makeup, so I was her willing subject tonight. Here
we are after the glamour session.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Just trying to stay safe!

Maddie went to a birthday party last night for one of her dearest
friends. She always has a great time with this group, and last night
did not disappoint. Last year she won a mousetrap in one of the
games. This year's prize was just as fun: a potato.

The picture is of Maddie and some friends during the party...just
another example of what makes the party fun.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The elf and his dad

Here are Ty and Erik before the program the other night.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Maddie and Callie

Two sweet girls in the house. Tomorrow is the last day of school
before the break!!! We're almost there.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

About this shirt...

We are at Ty's school waiting for his Christmas program to begin. The
students made shirts for their moms to wear tonight and here it is. I
promise, I was not wearing it when they applied the antlers.

Monday, December 14, 2009

What an elf looks like....

When his mother is not crafty.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

What a day!

We had a great day! MK has a new "friend," and he plays drums in the praise band at his church. So, we visited his church this morning to see him play. He then came to our house for lunch. It was a fun afternoon.

We didn't send Ty to the kids' class since he was visiting the church, so he came to "big church" with us. He played with my iPhone to keep busy and drew this picture for me.

I'm exhausted and up way too late. Good night!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

The view from here.

After a long and fun day of Christmas shopping with the kids, Erik and
I are settling down to watch a movie. This is a rare luxury for us.
He also brought me a grilled chicken salad. Life is good!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Overheard by Maddie.

Ty was talking to the cat. He said, "Callie, you just ate some food.
How do you still have so much hungry?"

I've got class...

A few actually. But this is a picture of one of them.

And yes, one student is holding a doll. He was babysitting for one of
the flour baby mommas.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


It is hard to get a 5 year old to pose for a so hard.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Busy and Fun

We had a very busy day: school, a meeting after school, orthodontist
appointment, out to dinner and church! We had such a great time,

Maddie had a chance to practice with her friend's color guard rifle,
and she's completely hooked. So I think we'll be looking for one very
soon. The picture is similar to what she'll be getting.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Party time

I'm posting from the parking lot at Cracker Barrel with hot chocolate
in hand. They're having their Christmas party. The theme is
tailgating. Cars are parked in the back, and they grilled all kinds
of good food. There are fire pits all around, and everyone seems to
be having a great time. I know I am!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Flour Babies!

The Life Skills classes at school are doing flour babies. They are
each given a sack of flour to carry around and care for in the next
two weeks. Some of the girls put doll heads, arms and legs on them.
Here is one that belonged to my student. I had the most fun
"babysitting" during class. They're weighted perfectly, and I haven't
held a baby in a long time. I definitely do not want a baby...I'd just
like one to play with.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

A Junie B Jones moment.

Ty recently overheard us talking about graduations. We mentioned that
Maddie would be graduating in 2013. Then we quickly did the math and
figured that he would graduate in 2022.

So, we were in the car, and he brought it up. He said, "I'm
congraduating in 2022."

We thought it was cute and commented on how he said the word. His
reply was, "I'm not too smart of that word." If you've read Junie B.
Jones, you would realize how much that sounds like she sounds.

Then...Maddie has a new "friend." He came to church with us tonight.
He wore jeans for which I'm sure he paid good money. They had
intentional holes in them. Ty looked at him and asked, "Chris, why are
your pants broken?"

Did you see those Saints?

Maddie has long been programmed to like the teams that we like. She
likes the Saints, Steelers and Eagles, because we like them. She
dislikes the Cowboys for the same reason. Her friend, Chelcie, spent
the night with her last night, went to church with us this morning,
and then stayed to watch the most amazing Saints game. She isn't much
of a football fan, but she kindly watched with us and even wore my
Saints jacket graciously to share our enthusiasm.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Maddie and Chelcie

Chelcie is spending the night, and the girls are making cookies to

Maddie and Taylor