Sunday, November 15, 2009

Showin' Up the Old Men

Yep, that's what Hunter did this weekend. Opening day, he kills one at 8:00 and then another at 8:45. Not too bad....especially since Daddy or Papa didn't get one!

While they were out hunting, Ty and I hit the road and went shopping. We went to Holiday House and then I think we hit every store in the Commons! We managed to buy a few Christmas presents and the rest of the decorations for the Christmas tree (I'll have to tell you about that later...we're going to do something a little different this year). We were exhausted by the time we got home Saturday night.

This is how Ty entertains himself in the car. He takes pictures and videos with my phone. lol
Clay gave me an early Christmas present Friday night...I haven't taken any picutres of it yet, so I'll tell you all about later!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is a special day set aside to honor the millions of men and women who've served their country in the military. All over America people who care gather together to honor veterans, those men and women who served to protect our land, sacrificing their own dreams to preserve our nation, keeping America the land of the free for more than 200 years.

My Papa served in the military from 1943-1946 during WWII. He was a military policeman. While I have always been very proud of him, I have to stop and think on days like today, what life must have been like for him during that time. I think about all of the things he had to sacrifice in order to protect our country.

This is a picture of me and the boys with my Papa last year on Veteran's Day.

I think Veteran's Day is my Papa's favorite day of the year. He gets to dress up in his military uniform and talk and reminisce all day about his experiences in the war. And he also gets to be on t.v. Every year channel 11 goes to Ed's Bakery where my Papa and all his buddies have coffee every morning and interview them and talk about what Veteran's Day means to them. It is a great honor for him and he loves it!!!

Just an interesting side note I found:
This holiday was not always called Veterans Day, it was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson as Armistice Day because World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1911. It wasn't until 1945 that Congress changed the name for this holiday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

How Long Has It Been?

I have become a major slacker these days in the blogging department. I have a good excuse though...I mean I AM taking 20 hours...that's 7 classes right now. It's not like I have an abundance of free time on my hands!

Actually, because I have been so busy with school lately, we haven't done anything exciting. Other than going to school daily, I also had to have 22 hours of outside field experience, not to mention the countless (25...of course I counted them!) papers I have had to write. I am happy to announce that I am now officially finished with my field experience and I only have 2 more papers to write this semester. (Then I can breathe for a few weeks!)

Let's see...where to start...

A few weeks ago Clay and my dad built a box stand for Clay and the boys to hunt out of. It's one of the nicest box stands I've ever seen! I guess that's good though, because apparently someone has the idea that I'm going to be going hunting with them this year! :) He even bought me (yeah, right) my own gun!

Here's Ty and Hunter with their cousin, Billy Wayne. Just fyi...Billy Wayne just turned 6 this summer (yes, that means he's younger than Ty and bigger than Hunter!)


A couple of weeks ago we had a house guest for a few days...

Archie stayed with us for a week while mom and dad went on vacation. Needless to say, Archie and Charlie did not get along very well. Charlie is used to ruling the roost around here and he did not appreciate having to share the attention with someone else! I think Charlie got more exercise that week than he has his entire life! That dog chased him all over this house. We loved having Archie, but I think Charlie was ready to see him go!!!


Here's a picture of Ty with his friend, Niles, at their Halloween Party at school

After the Halloween festivities...just me and my Momma's boys

Clay started back at the Fire Department full time a few weeks ago. That's taken a little adjustment getting used to again. He loves it though and that's all that matters! He had to work on Halloween...but the good news is he got to go in his first fire that night! He was so pumped...he even has a scar to commemorate the experience...the ceiling fell down on him and cut the side of his face (he's fine).


I decided to take the boys to mom and dad's neighborhood to trick-or-treat this year. We only ended up going up and down their street, and the boys had to stop off once and dump their candy becuase their buckets were overflowing! Needless to say we have been on sugar overload this week!

The Evil Warlock and Wolverine

And on one last final note...I went for my third check-up last week since starting my weight loss journey and I lost another 7lbs. Woo-hoo!!!
It is so nice to be able to get up in the morning and put on anything I want to and it actually fits (and looks good)! I haven't felt this good since before I had my kiddos. I'm not trying to brag about my success, becuase Lord knows I have failed many, many times, and I still have a loooong way to go. I just want to encourage anyone that is in the same boat I was in and let them know if I can do it, they can too!
(Sorry if I sounded a bit like a Jenny Craig commercial!)