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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Time is Here!

I can't believe Christmas is only 3 days away!  We have had a super busy week getting ready and celebrating already!

Sunday we had Christmas with the Rozell side of the family.  Pretty much everyone got to come so we all had a good time playing with the new baby, talking about the new babies coming, and making plans for a wedding in the family as well.  It is going to be an exciting spring for sure.
Sweet baby Jude!

Playing Doc McStuffins with Becky Blue

Karen and Andy trying to take a family picture of the whole group!
Monday was an exciting day as well!  I went with Laura Leigh to find out what baby Terry is!  The baby made it pretty hard for the tech to be able to see what he/she was but eventually cooperated and we were told she was 100% sure it was a GIRL!!!!  We are going to have so much fun with three little girls!  Lots of spend the night parties, dress up, and baby dolls in our future!!

Thursday we went to the Botanical Gardens to see the Christmas lights with Mimi and Papa.  Hadley loved it!  Not sure if she liked the lights or just being able to get out of her carseat in the car but overall she had a good time. 

Friday night we went to the Mee Mee and Nancy's house for "County Line Christmas" with all of their neighbors.  They have pretty much had the same neighbors for 40+ years out there.  My dad and Nancy grew up together with them and we all used to play together when we were kids to.  It was really good getting to see them all and catch up.  Hadley had a good time playing with Ellis and showing out for the others.  MeeMee's new renter also joined us to.

Today, we had practice for the kids' Christmas program at church.  Hadley is supposed to be a lamb.  Not sure if she will actually do it or not but she says she wants to stand by Baby Jesus on the stage so hopefully she will.  After that, she went to Donna's to play with the girls while Jarrod and I went to pick out paint for me!  I have been wanting to paint ever since we have moved in here so for Christmas that is what I am getting.  We are having a lazy evening at home tonight since we will be going pretty much non-stop for the next three days!  I even let Hadley go ahead and open up a Christmas present tonight so she could actually play with it some before she gets the billion other presents from everyone else the next few days!  And she picked out her doctor kit to open.  She has been taking care of Jarrod and I and her baby dolls all night!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Matthew 19:14

:But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

My heart is absolutely broken as I watch this tragedy unfold on my tv.  A gunman entered a Connecticut Elementary school this morning and shot and killed 26 people... 20 of those being sweet innocent children.  I will never understand how someone could do something so horrific.  20 sweet babies won't get to go home from school today to enjoy their weekend, they won't get see what Santa brings in a few weeks, they won't get to grow up and fulfill all of their little dreams.  I can not even begin to imagine what these parents are going through right now.  There is nothing in this world more sweet and innocent than a little child and I will never understand how someone could harm a sweet baby like that. 

I sit here praying for all of these victims.  The only comfort I can even begin to find with this tragedy is knowing that those little angels are in Heaven now and won't ever have to be hurt again.  They won't have to see violence or heart ache in this world anymore.  I know God has a plan for everything and he knew this awful tragedy would happen today but I just can't help but ask myself why?  This country needs Jesus now more than ever!

I am so thankful for my precious little girl sleeping peacefully in her bed right now.  Every single night when Hadley and I say our prayers, we say "please watch over us and keep us safe."  Now, more than ever, I pray this for my baby girl.  Please watch over her and keep her away from harm.  Lord, be with these parents who won't get to hold their babies tonight.  Comfort the children and the people of Newton, Connecticut who lost their family and friends today.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Catching Up

I've been lazy the last few days and haven't had a chance to catch up on my blog...

Thursday night was the Athens Christmas Parade.  Babu always dresses up like Santa at a friends house so the kids can go see him before the parade.  Last year Hadley wanted absolutely nothing to do with him!  So this year, I had really been talking up going to see Santa at the parade.  It didn't work... she sat outside on the porch the whole time!  She even knew it was Babu but still refused to go in and see him.
So we met Amy, Alli, and Whit outside for the parade.  The weather was sooo nice!  I don't ever remember going to a Christmas parade that it was not freezing cold.  It always seems like the first Thursday in December was the coldest one of the year but this year we hardly even needed a jacket!

We all had a good time... especially enjoying the $2 cotton candy!!

Jarrod went down to Auburn to the high school football state championship games on Friday and Tanner won!!  This was their first state championship in football.  They always are so good and get so close to winning it all, so I was proud of them for finally winning!  Go Rattlers! So since Jarrod went to the game, Hadley and I had a girl's night with Chelsey shopping!  I am afraid I bought more stuff for me than I actually did Christmas presents but Belk had some things on sale that I REALLY needed so I don't feel too bad about it.  Plus I did get a few presents.

Saturday, we slept in until almost 9:00!  It was sooo nice to sleep in!  After we got up, I wrapped presents until I ran out of tape and had to go to Walmart. After that, we went to Bradson's birthday party at Laura Leigh's house.  Hadley was so excited to go.  She loves birthday parties and loves playing with Bradson so of course she loved going to Bradson's birthday party.
I can't believe he is 5!!

Please notice Hadley going for the cake!

Hadley went home from the party with MeeMee and Nancy to spend the night since I had our Sunday school Christmas outing.  We went to the Melting Pot at Bridgestreet.  It is a fondue restuarant where you pretty much have to cook your own food.  It is a neat experience and the dessert is absolutely AMAZING!!  They mix up a chocolate and marshmellow creme fondue dip and bring out all kinds of goodies to dip in it like marshmellows, strawberries, rice krispies, and cheesecake.  I think next time I go back, I will just get dessert!
Sunday afternoon, I went to pick Hadley up from Mee Mee and Nancy's after church.  She always has a big time when she goes over there and pretty much gets to do whatever she wants.  She even got to wear all her Christmas jewelry to church!
We had a lazy afternoon when we got home and Hadley took a really good nap so I finished up my wrapping while Jarrod went hunting.  I only have a few more gifts to go and I will officially be finished with my Christmas shopping!  Hopefully I can finish that up this weekend.  Today has been a cold and rainy day.  I am definitely going to miss the nice weather we have had.  I am not a fan of the cold! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Class Dismissed!

Tonight was my last class for this semester. I took two classes this fall, one online and one in class. I finished up all of my assignments last week so all I had to do was turn my test in tonight. It's such a relief to scratch another class off my list! I am very ready for a break from classes for a few weeks. I only have 3 more and I will finally be finished with my masters! I have signed up for one in the spring. Not sure if that was the smartest thing to do on my part but I think I'll be fine... especially since I won't be working for most of it!

Anyways we had a family dinner at McDonald's and then went to Eli's ballgame last night. I'm so proud of him for playing on varsity but it stinks that his games don't usually start until almost 8! We hardly ever make it through a whole game. Hadley loves to watch the cheerleaders way more than she cares about the ballgame but she usually has a big time! Last night she decided she really needed to wear her pearls to the game... must have wanted to impress the boys!

Tomorrow we are planning to go to the Athens Christmas parade. I think Hadley will love it! She has been so excited about all the Christmas lights this year. We are also going to try our first attempt with SANTA (aka Babu). So we will have to see how that goes! Last year's attempt was not successful at all! Pray she doesn't have a complete come apart again!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hello Monday

We had a very busy weekend.  Saturday, we got up and went to Keenum Christmas at Mee Mee and Nancy's church.  Aunt Betty had a basket full of presents for the kids and Hadley picked a jump rope.  Not sure why in the world Hadley thought she wanted a jump rope but that's what she chose! 
I love this little Christmas outfit with Santa on the bottom.  Someone gave it to Hadley last year and it didn't fit so I saved it for this year.  However, I am not sure it is going to last the whole season.  Mudpie always makes their shirts so short.  I am afraid after I wash it, she will be looking like Honey Boo Boo with her belly hanging out in the front!

After lunch, Nancy and I rushed to my friend Haley's wedding.  I love Christmas weddings.  The decorations were just simple Christmas decorations but it was all so pretty.  After the wedding, we came home to watch the rest of the SEC championship game between Alabama and Georgia.  It was definitely one of the best games I have watched this year.  The score went back and forth the whole time but it was very exciting!  And it ended with Alabama winning so that made it even better! So now on to the National Championship!  Too bad the tickets are over $1200 or I might just think about going!  Yeah right!
Chelsey took this video of the guys.. they get a little excited watching the game!
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After the game, we went to Academy and to Olive Garden because I had a coupon that expired Saturday.  And guess who forgot to use their coupon when they paid for their meal?  That would be me!  I do that all the time!  We were glad to get home and in our beds after going non-stop all day Saturday.

Sunday we went to church and then the children had their Christmas party after church.  Hadley thought she was such a big girl sitting and eating pizza with all of the big kids, especially Alli!

After the party, we came home and took a nap before heading to meet Leslie at Walmart to buy a bike for our DHR child that we adopted at church.  Of course, Hadley thought it was hers and was pretty disappointed when Leslie put it in her car.  After that, we went to Heather's to try and take some pictures for a Christmas card.  We took a billion pictures and never did get any that I was just in love with but we did get enough to make a decent card!
Tonight we are being lazy.  Jarrod picked Hadley up so I came home and fixed supper while they played.  I am now working on Christmas Cards while Hadley plays with her train set and Jarrod plays the guitar.  Baths and jammies are coming real soon!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Nap Time!

This morning I had to get up and go get blood work done for my glucose screening.  I was very glad they let me go to Athens to do it instead of having to drive all the way to Huntsville but it still stunk.  I got there about 8:30, had to be admitted the the hospital, and then finally got to the lab and started at 8:55.  First, they took my blood and then made me drink that nasty super sweet drink.  It reminded me of the kool-aid my basketball friends used to make in high school.  They always used way more sugar than kool-aid so it was so thick and syrupy!  Anyways,  I thought it was only a one hour test but turned out they had to do a blood sample after one hour and then do it again after another hour.  It was pretty much 11:00 before I got out of there.  Luckily, I brought a couple of magazines with me because I had absolutely no service on my phone in there!  But after that, we went to Friday lunch and now we are back home and H is taking a nap.

Hadley has always been a pretty good napper.  I can usually count on a good 1 1/2 - 2 hours once I get her to sleep.  Nap time is usually my time that I can get some things done around the house like laundry and dishes and sometime even get a few minutes to watch Lifetime and have a small cat nap myself.  Today it is being spent making a grocery list considering I have not been the the grocery in almost 2 weeks now!  I don't know why I have been dreading it so much lately but I have pretty much put it off until we have nothing in our house to eat but a couple of canned goods and a thing of sliced turkey (that has no bread to go with it!).  So I am definitely dreading my grocery bill today! 

However, I did find some new recipes I am excited about trying.  They are all weight watcher recipes to! I am not trying to lose weight but trying to cook healthier for not only me but everyone in my house. I love weight watcher recipes because they are usually the same stuff you can usually cook but just with substituted ingredients. I am going to try a brocolli and cheese soup, mexican casserole, and parmesan chicken all this week! Here all the links...
Parmesan Chicken
Brocolli and Cheese Soup
Mexican Casserole

I have been trying to think of some better things for us to take for lunch.  I hate eating out at lunch all the time but I get so tired of the same old stuff.  I know Jarrod really gets tired of his turkey or bologna sandwich everyday to so I have been trying to find some new things to take. 

Jarrod has gone to Tanner's football game tonight with his dad and won't be home until real late so I have a feeling Hadley and I will have a lazy afternoon and an early night probably watching her new Little Einstein's movie or "HoHo Puppies" which is fine by me considering we have a super busy day tomorrow!