Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas Day

We started out the day bright and early with breakfast at my grandmother's house. She is 92 years old and has a birthday right around the corner. All of my mother's sisters and most of their families were there for breakfast, so the house was full.

After breakfast, we drove to my older sister's house for lunch and to enjoy the rest of Christmas day. We spent the day chatting, eating, catching up with everything that is going on with my nieces and opening gifts. My brother-in-law was working, so unfortunately, we had to open gifts without him. :(

Sophie got a couple of Christmas gifts again this year. My family is always so sweet to remember her, even though she is not with us yet. My older sister and her family gave Sophie the book, The Mitten. I had never heard of the book, but I read it when we got home. It is a very cute book, and I know we will enjoy reading it to Sophie. My parents and younger sister gave Sophie her very first jewelry, a silver cross necklace. It is beautiful, and we just love it! Thanks to all of you for thinking of her and us.

We really enjoyed getting to spend the day with my sister and her family, and we hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the pics!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

May I Open A Present Pleeeeeease?

Last night we had Christmas with Tim, Michele, Nicholas, Anna Kay, Michael, and Jessica in Spanish Fort. We started out by going with Michele to take Nicholas and Anna Kay to see Santa Claus. Michele was afraid that Nicholas would not sit in Santa's lap, but to our surprise, he did! He was such a big boy and told Santa what he wanted for Christmas and had his picture made. Anna Kay liked Santa too! They are both getting so big.

After we got back from seeing Santa, Nicholas wanted to start opening presents. We told him we had to wait until after dinner to open gifts. He could hardly stand the wait. He begged and begged. Well, since we couldn't open presents, we played with them. We made a Christmas present train, and we shook and squeezed the presents to see if we could guess what was inside. We even tried to peak into some to see if we could catch a glimpse of what they were. Anna Kay stole some of the bows and decided to chew on a couple, but who doesn't love a little baby chew on their gifts? Especially such a cute baby at that!

After everyone finally finished their dinner, which was quite delicious, we opened gifts. The wait was definitely worth it! We had a blast!

Thanks to Tim and Michele for having us over! It was great spending time with everyone.

Enjoy the pics!

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Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Christmas Carol the Musical

As we continued to celebrate my Dad and sister's birthdays, today we went to the Shakespeare Festival to see A Christmas Carol the Musical. It was terrific! The actors and actresses did a wonderful job. I am ashamed to say that at the age of 40, this was the first time I have ever visited the Shakespeare Festival, although it is only an hour and a half away from where we live. There are several really good plays scheduled, so I hope to get to go again soon. If you have never been and want to know more about the Shakespeare Festival, click here.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December Birthdays

December is full of birthdays!

Our oldest grandson, Tyler, turned 6 on December 9. Bo and I went to visit them last weekend, and Bo, Tyler, and Lee went to see the movie, BOLT, in 3D. Tyler was so excited and had a blast. So did Bo and Lee!

My dad, whom I will let you guess his age, had a birthday on the 12th. We took him to dinner at a Mexican restaurant, after which we went to my sister's to open gifts and have birthday cake.

My sister Brenda had a birthday on the 18th. We celebrated last night with a birthday dinner and her favorite red velvet cake. We will continue my dad and sister's birthday celebrations tomorrow with a family trip to the Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery to see A Christmas Carol and lunch at the Olive Garden. Yum!

Our youngest granddaughter, Anna Kay, turned the big 1 yesterday, the 19th. She was supposed to have her birthday party today, but her big brother, Nicholas, got sick, unfortunately. We are going to celebrate her birthday as soon as everyone is all better.

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Lastly, but certainly not least, we will celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Christmas day. Let's all remember the true reason for the season!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

It Was Fun While It Lasted

This weekend, Bo and I went to the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, Georgia. We started the season by going to Atlanta to watch our team, Alabama, play Clemson, so we thought it only appropriate to close our season of traveling to see the Tide play by going back to Atlanta to watch Alabama play Florida. The Tide started out the season ranked 24th. No one expected us to have a good season, nor did they ever expect us to go undefeated and ranked #1 going into the SEC Championship game.

As most of you probably know, we did not beat Florida, but we are so very proud of our team and all they have accomplished this year. We have so much to look forward to next year, and can't wait for the 2009 football season to arrive.

Enjoy the pics from the weekend.

Roll Tide!

My sister, Beth, and I on the MARTA

Having fun with the Chick-fil-A cow at Fanfare

Bo and I with the SEC Championship trophy

Bo and Beth

Our brother-in-law, Shannon, trying to win a prize

Leigh Tiffin warming up

Offensive line warming up

Do you think this guy might have been an Alabama fan?

The press waiting for Alabama to run out of the tunnel

Not many press waiting on Florida to run out

The coin toss

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A Great Raffle-Way!

What is a raffle-way, you may ask? It's a combination of a raffle and giveaway.

If you notice, there is a "Rebel for a Cause" button on my sidebar. If you click that button, it will take you to a blog post on My Charming Kids blog telling you about this raffle/give-a-way for 3 great charities. One is for the charity, String of Pearls, and the other two are charities benefiting China adoptions, No Hands But Ours and the Elison project. In this Raffle-Way you could win a wonderful Canon Rebel digital camera, zoom lens, memory card, camera bag, custom-made camera strap, a 16X20 canvas, and blog make-over! Wow, that's a lot of really cool stuff! For a suggested donation of $10, you can be entered to win all of this! If you donate $20, your name goes in twice, $30, 3 times! You see how it works.

Well, go check it out. It's for 3 great causes!