Friday, November 30, 2007

A "Merry Christmas" Poem

'Twas a month before Christmas
When all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying
Nor taking a stand.

Why the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.
The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say
December 25th is just a 'Holiday'.
Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!
Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down At Lowe's
the word Christmas - was no where to be found.
At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.
Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.
And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith
Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace.

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.
So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say
Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS...!!!! not Happy Holiday!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Brother & Sister

Little Drummer Boy

Happy Family

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I'll try to get some pictures of all of us together. I can't believe that we don't have one nice picture of all four of us yet...that's pathetic!
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite things that I am thankful for:

 husband (getting cuter by the minute!)

 kids (who love each other so much)

...Abby is finally smiling and laughing at me!

...Clay made us crepes last night words can describe them...just simply amazing!

The crepes are great too! : )

Monday, November 19, 2007

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Last night we were watching television when a commercial came on. Cody pointed to the screen and exclaimed "Mommy!". I looked to see who he was calling Mommy and it was a Victoria's Secret commercial. My first thought was "Oh great, that's what he thinks a mommy should look like." Then Cody turned to me and pointed and said "Mommy!" It was like he was telling me that I look like the lady on TV. Maybe you just had to be there or maybe you just have to have my sense of humor....but I thought that it was the BEST compliment that a son could ever give his mommy. Especially when she doesn't feel pretty most of the time!

In case you are wondering about the resemblence...
here is a quick side-by-side. Its scary how much we really do look alike.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

A Week in Review

I haven't had a lot of free time to write on the blog lately. Plus, Cody seems to think that Elmo lives in my computer. Every time I sit down to type, he comes over and insists on seeing Elmo. Its all my fault because I thought it would be fun to show him the Sesame Street website....big mistake!
Also, I have completed the 1,000th reading (today) of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?" I'll add this to Cody's recommended reading list.

Our evenings are pretty much the same each night. Abby drinks a bottle as soon as we get home then sleeps until about midnight. She must be worn out from having such a big day at school. Then she wakes up at 12, 3 and 6am EVERY night! We are trying to adjust her eat/sleep pattern to help with this. my goal is to have her sleeping through the night by next week.

I think she weighs a little over 13 lbs now and is growing like a weed. She wears 3 - 6 month clothes and is actually outgrowing some of the 3 month thngs (in length).

Cody's evenings are a whirlwind of playing ball, reading books, watching TV, jumping on the couch and making messes (in general). And I can't forget... reading the "Brown Bear" book over & over again!

Cody has been practicing putting on shoes...any shoes. He'll try on all of his shoes and then anyone else's that he can find. I think its cute, but Clay doesn't like it when Cody tries to walk in my heels. He looks so cute when he is in Daddy's shoes...he looks like a little man.
His new phrase that he has picked up is "oh no!" He says it for anything. He saw a leaf that had fallen off of my plant and he was saying "oh no, oh no, oh no!" I thought something was terribly wrong....but no. I'm assuming this too is "just a phase" he's going through. : )

Oh yeah, he got bit again at school. This time on the cheek! They wouldn't tell me who did it - only that "a child" went to hug Cody but ended up biting him instead. Talk about tough love!
It just so happened to be the day before "picture day" at school, so I hope it doesn't show too bad.
It really looks like someone with lipstick kissed him on the cheek. He doesn't act like it bothers him though.

Clay and I are still working on losing weight. He has lost 25 lbs already! (He's hot!) I'll put up some pictures on the blog later so you can see the difference.
Our refrigerator looks so different than it did a couple of months ago. We have soy milk, bean sprouts, tofu and tons of fresh fruit and vegetables in there now. Its like we've been abducted by aliens! : )

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

A Visit to Stuckey, SC

We loaded up the kids and went to the Indiantown Presbyterian Church 250th Anniversary last Sunday. Here are some pictures from visiting family in Stuckey, SC . Yes, there is an actual place called Stuckey! Here is a picture of the watertower to prove it. There is also a picture of the Town Hall (the trailer) and Uncle Bill (who I think is the Mayor?). I also had to get a picture of little Clay's "finger" picture. (It isn't photoshopped!)

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Daylight Savings Scandal

This morning I woke up mad at my alarm clock...
"Why didn't you go off? I remember setting you last night and then double-checking again around midnight so that I wouldn't oversleep."

Now it is 7:15am and no alarm has gone off..."Hello Mr.Alarm clock. Did you enjoy your little nap this morning? Well, now I'm late for church and its all your fault!"

No one is going to beleive that my alarm didn't go off. Who really believes that excuse anyway. Why would an alarm clock choose not to go off? They don't have brains.

So, I grab my phone to call Scott to tell him I'm on my way. My phone says it is 6:15am...(that's weird). I must have messed up the time somehow. Maybe Cody got ahold of it and changed the settings to Central Time?

OK, the brain is starting to have some synapsis firing off in there. I start thinking, "maybe there is a reason that the phone changed time on its own and the clock didn't...what would that be?" Then it hits me. I remember that daylight savings is today. Yep, it all makes sense now. Although now I'm wide awake and not taking advantage of this extra hour of sleep.

Thanks Benjamin Frankin for that gift of time. Next year, I'll try to use it a little better than trying to implicate my alarm clock in a malicious act that he had nothing to do with in the first place.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Trick-or-Not to Treat

We went to the neighborhood get-together and got a few pictures. Both Cody & Abby were fussy the whole time, so it was a little more challenging than we had hoped for. You can see in the picture below how thrilled both Cody & Abby were about the whole thing. I did manage to get a picture of Abby with a couple of her girlfriends from the neighborhood.

We decided to not go trick-or-treating and opted to stay at home and hand out candy. I think we only had about 10 kids come by the house, definitley not as many as I thought we would have. Cody changed clothes and Abby went to was pretty uneventful, but that was actually kind of nice for a change.