Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year 2014

Happy New Year! We rang in 2014 in Chattanooga at the Southern Scuffle cheering on Uncle G and the Duke Blue Devils wrestling team. The boys are always so excited to spend time with Uncle G. Even though it was a very busy day, he made time to hang out with them for a bit. It was a great way to start the new year. We hope your new year is off to a great start as well. May your 2014 be filled with love, hope and peace and may you be blessed as you share the Light of the World with those around you. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Indoor Drive In and Homemade Ice Cream

We have had quite the heat wave here in East Tennessee. Temperatures were over 100 several days, breaking multiple records. Needless to say, it was hot! Too hot to go outside. So we brought the fun indoors.

We used a lawn mower box to make a "car," added some cushioning to make it comfy, popped some popcorn and turned on a movie. Bring on the fun!

Then to continue the cool down, we made homemade ice cream in a ziploc bag. We simply combined one cup of milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 1.5 tsp of vanilla in a sandwich bag. Then we put ice and large granules of salt in a gallon bag and shook it up for 5-7 minutes. Of course E was tired of shaking after about 30 seconds, but mommy and daddy finished it up, and then he ate it. He said it was delicious!

What is your favorite way to beat the heat?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We're Back

After a long absence from blog world, I am happy to say that we have returned with some very exciting news. Our family of 3 has become a family of 4!

And I now have the blogger app on my phone, so hopefully we can be much more regular posting updates!

Friday, July 8, 2011

So far behind...

I am embarrassed by how long it has been since my last post! So much has happened during that time, and I won't be able to do most of it justice. However, I will try to give you at least a few glimpses into what has been happening around our household during that time.

Resurrection Day Celebrations
On Good Friday, we took a trip to Bristol for a visit with E's cousins. E helped me decorate a bunny cake to share with everyone, and the kids had a great time playing and hunting eggs. E also got to meet the chickens which were living in D and Z's backyard.

Coloring Eggs
Coloring eggs is one of my favorite Easter traditions, and I was hoping that Elijah would love it just as much as I do. And he does! He had a great time coloring eggs with Papaw on the Saturday before Easter. Here are a few pics of the fun.

Church Egg Hunt
What a difference a year makes! At last year's church egg hunt, E wasn't walking and the idea of placing eggs in the basket was a little much for him to grasp. This year he was running around with the big kids and collecting as many eggs as he could find! And then he couldn't wait to open the up to find what kind of surprises were hiding inside!

Empty Tomb Cookies
I am all about traditions and creating memories that will last a lifetime. This year we started a very meaningful new tradition: making empty tomb cookies on the Saturday night before Easter. These cookies tell the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. I hope that making these cookies will plant seeds in E's heart that will one day lead to him accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior.

Resurrection Day
The morning began by opening the sealed oven to discover that the empty tomb cookies were hollow inside, just like Jesus' tomb was empty on the first Easter morning. Then we got dressed for church and did our annual photo shoot. Each Easter we have taken a picture of E with his bunny. It is amazing to see how much he has grown! We also take a family photo each year. This year I think it only took about 50 shots to get one that turned out ok. Then we came home from church and enjoyed a delicious dinner, explored fun new treasures in Easter baskets, and did some more egg hunting a hiding. It was a great time!

Friday, April 29, 2011

I LOVE a good giveaway!

I bet many of you do, too! Run on over to Frugalissa Finds and enter for a chance to win a Petros reusable mug and 2 coupons for free Petro's! Their hint of orange tea is spectacular and so is their food, so hurry and enter now! The giveaway ends at noon today, so don't waste any time.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Go Tenn-ssee!

This weekend was the annual Orange & White game. We had been looking forward to this weekend for a long time and were very excited to take E back to Neyland Stadium for his second spring game. He loves football, and Mommy's love for UT has recently really started rubbing off on him! Just last week we were having an indoor picnic in the sunroom. I had spread a UT blanket out on the floor for us to sit on. In the middle of our meal, E stood up, walked over to the "Power T", and announced, "I sit on the Tenn-ssee!" Then he sat down right on top of the T.

We went down to campus on Friday to purchase tickets for the game. We didn't purchase our tickets ahead of time last year, and we waited in line for a very long time! I took E with me of course, and he was very disappointed when we realized the game wasn't right away. He actually cried when we got back in the car and headed home. I tried to explain to him that the game would be the next day. He talked about the game the rest of the day.

Game day rolled around, and his excitement continued. We got dressed in our Orange and headed to the stadium. He was so ready to cheer for "Tenn-see" and "The Big O-wange."

He wore an adorable hand painted shirt that I found at consignment for $2! And of course he wore his Tennessee hat that we bought for him last year at his first Orange and White game.

It was nice to see football action again, even if it was only a scrimmage. Oh how we have missed it!

Several minutes into the game, he discovered the jumbotron. He was quite enthralled and kept calling it the big TV. It's definitely big!

Papa S got some popcorn for him. I think he probably ate a whole box by himself.

He figured out that he could lay his head on Papa S's arm and shovel the kernels right in.

And he also discovered that he could use one hand to eat and the other hand to make sure the popcorn holder didn't go anywhere.

There were countless smiles.

And laughs.

And lots of cheering! Daddy bought him a new shaker. He had so much fun with it.

It was a really cold day, so we ended up leaving early. But we certainly had lots of fun while it lasted. I think E will definitely be looking forward to next year!