Friday, November 30, 2007

A day of gifts

Today was a day full of gifts. =)

This morning, I picked up a parcel from the post office that my mom sent us. Inside were some random things that she noticed we needed when she was here (the pot holders, wooden spoons, spatulas etc..), and she wanted to have Keenan try the Arrowroot cookies, since when she was here, he wouldn't eat anything else. She also sent a cute book for Keenan and a little tool for Philip. The big bag of "Fuzzy Peach Slices" is probably my favorite item... but it was all really good stuff, and soo nice of her to send it to us!
Yay Mom! =)

I had made cupcakes for the lunch, and had a bunch left at home, so I took some down the street to the Sheridans, the family that we met recently. Laura was making cinnamon rolls for tomorrow morning when I got there, and she had more than she needed, so she sent some home with me to bake in the morning! Sweet! (Makes me miss you, Andrew!)

Mmmm...

Hudson Daniel

Our nephew is named! =)

Here's some pictures of our sweet new nephew:

Beautiful mom and baby

Cute family of four
Matt, Reagan, Jessica and Hudson

Precious little bundle


Proud Grandma

Third time uncle, Isaac

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cajun Night Before Christmas

Our MOPS meeting today was about Christmas traditions, and our coordinator, Loree (from Louisiana) read us one of her favorite childhood books, Cajun Night Before Christmas. I got such a kick out of it, I looked it up and stole it from some random person's blog to share with you.

Cajun Night Before Christmas
by "Trosclair"
Published by Pelican Publishing Co. 1988

'Twas the night before Christmas
An' all t'ru de house
Dey don't a t'ing pass
Not even a mouse
De chirren been nezzle
Good snug on de flo'
An' Mamm pass de pepper
T'ru de crack on de do'.

Den Mama in de fireplace
Done roas' up de ham
Stir up de gumbo
An' make bake de yam.
Den out on de by-you
Dey got such a clatter
Make soun' link old Boudreau
Done fall off his ladder.

I run like a rabbit
To got to de do'
Trip over the dorg
An' fall on de flo'.
As I look out de do'
In de light o' de moon
I t'ink "Manh, you crazy
Or got ol' too soon."

Cuz dere on de by-you
W'en I stretch ma' neck stiff
Dere's eight alligator
A pullin' de skiff.
An' a little fat drover
Wit' a long pole-ing stick
I know r'at away
Got to be ole St. Nick.

Mo' fas'er and fas'er
De 'gator dey came
He whistle an' holler
An' call dem by name:
"Ha Gaston!
Ha, Tiboy!
Ha, Pierre an' Alcee'
Gee, Ninette!
Gee Suzette!
Celeste and Renee!"

"To de top o' de porch
To de top o' de wall
Make crawl, alligator
An' be sho' you don' fall."

Like Tante Flo's cat
T'ru de treetop he fly
W'en de big ol' houn' dorg
Come a run hisse'f by
Like dat up de porch
Dem ole 'gator clim!
Wit' de skiff full o' toy
An' St. Nicklus behin'.
Den on top de porch roof
It soun' like de hail
W'en all dem big 'gator
Done sot down dey tail.

Den down de chimney
I yell with a bam
An' St. Nicklus fall
An' sit on de yam.
"Sacre!" he axclaim
"Ma pant got a hole
I done sot ma'se'f
On dem red hot coal."

He got on his foots
An' jump like a cat
Out to de flo'
Where he lan' wit' a SPLAT!

He was dress in musk-rat
From his head to his foot
An' his clothes is all dirty
Wit' ashes an' soot.
A sack full o' playt'ing
He t'row on his back
He look like a burglar
An' dass fo' a fack.

His eyes how dey shine
His dimple how merry!
Maybe he been drink
De wine from blackberry.
His cheek was like a rose
His nose like a cherry
On secon' t'ought maybe
He lap up de sherry.

Wit' snow-white chin whisker
An' quiverin' belly
He shook w'en he laugh
Like de stomberry jelly!
But a wink in his eye
An' a shook o' his head
Make my confi-dence dat
I don' got to be scared.

He don' do no talkin'
Gone straight to his work
Put playt'ing in sock
An' den turn wit' a jerk.

He put bot' his han'
Dere on top o' his head
Cas' an eye on de chimney
An' den he done said:
"Wit' all o' dat fire
An' dem burnin' hot flame
Me I ain' goin' back
By de way dat I came."

So he run out de do'
An' he clim' to de roof
He ain' no fool, him
For to make one more goof.
He jump in his skiff
An' crack his big whip.
De 'gator move down
An' don' make one slip.

An' I hear him shout loud
As a splashin' he go
"Merry Christmas to all
'Til I saw you some mo'!"

(It's really much better seeing the pictures in the book along with the story, seeing the eight alligators pulling Santa along..funny 'tuff).

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

He's Here!

Our new nephew decided to join the rest of us in the big world at 1:51 this morning! He weighed 8 lbs, 1 oz, is doing well, and is very cute, but hasn't yet decided on a name. We don't have pictures yet either, but I'll be sure to post an update when I know more!

I don't have too much to say about the day.. I made two lasagnas, as well as some of the desserts for our Christmas party and put them in the freezer.

The weather is interesting... in the morning when I drop Philip off at work, and in the evening when I go to pick him up, it's usually fairly chilly and I crank the heat in the car. However, in the middle of the day, I use the air conditioning in the car and am still going outside in t-shirts and capris! Weird...

Here's Keenan and Philip fighting over the paci tonight:
Awww...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tuesday happenings

The book club meeting last night was really fun. The majority of the conversation had nothing to do with the book (because none of us really liked it that much), but, since we were six females, there was no shortage of things to talk about. It was nice to have time without kids to keep track of and just be able to relax and eat and chat.

Today I've been working on finishing the Christmas decorating, writing in and putting pictures in cards, and trying to keep up with my little "elf".

Here's a picture of him with our Santa hat on:

About a tenth of a second before he tore it off...


And here's one from Photo booth that I took a while ago that I don't think I ever posted:Keenan and his conjoined twin

After our walk this afternoon, Keenan and I stopped in to see Frank and Myrtle. They are always Thrilled to see him, and see how he has changed. He let Myrtle hold him, and I even convinced him to sit on Frank's knee for a while (while Frank told him funny stories). When I left, Myrtle sent me home with a jar of her (excellent) iced tea, a piece of cream cheese cake, some wedding cookies, two baked sweet potatoes and some turnip greens! =) She is soo sweet!

Exciting news... Philip's sister Jessica, (who was due to have her baby on Sunday) is going in to the hospital tonight at 7, and they'll get her ready to have the baby tomorrow hopefully! Yay!

On a random note... I just discovered today that there are multiple websites out there that you can order a "Call from Santa" for your child... You tell his "elves" your child's name, eye color, hair color, best friend's name, what the child wants for Christmas, what they got last year, etc... and they will (ideally) be ecstatic that they got to talk to the REAL Santa on the phone (for the low, low price of $15 US dollars for five minutes!) What people won't do to keep the "magic" alive...

Monday, November 26, 2007

Puttering around the house...

Keenan and I have spent the day at home, getting settled back in, and decorating the house for Christmas. He is getting SO mobile I really have to watch him now! He can get into everything! =)

Here's him in his new play area in the family room:He loves to pull these bins out and dump them everywhere! =)

And here's some more pictures from our visit to Merritt Island that I didn't get a chance to post:
Uncle Isaac and Keenan

A sleepy Philip with Isaac and Keenan

Matt and Reagan

Mom, Jeff and Isaac

Keenan and Philip
(notice how their shirts match?) =)

I'm headed out this evening with the girls to a Greek restaurant for our second book club meeting... it should be fun!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Home Sweet Home

After another great trip, we are back in our own "nest" today. We got home at about 6:00, had dinner, put Keenan to bed and then decided to set up our Christmas tree.

After hearing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas", multiple times the last few days, I figured it's about time it DID! =)

Shortly after we started, Philip had an idea, so he sent me off to check my email while he worked on a surprise... When he came and got me, I had to shut my eyes, and then he led me into the family room and sat me down on the couch. When I opened my eyes, he had started the fire going, made two mugs of hot chocolate, and had put on my favorite Christmas cd, Christmastime, by Michael W. Smith! How sweet! Even with the lack of snow, it really Is starting to feel "Christmassy" now.

The tree is up and lit, but has no decorations yet.. I'll do that tomorrow. Right now, Philip is working on getting the train track set up underneath it. He has a train set that he and his dad made years and years ago that still works, and looks really cool under the tree. =)

Well, it's been a long day, so we're heading to bed. Goodnight all!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

'Nother day in paradise

Sorry, I haven't taken any pictures for the blog today.

It has been another pretty laid back and relaxing day here in Merritt Island. Philip has been fulfilling his dream of watching as much football as he wants, and being able to truly relax. He deserves this!

Jeff has been putting up Christmas lights, and Matt and Jessica came over to visit again (this morning and this evening). Philip and I took a brief trip to Target while Keenan was napping, and then he watched Keenan while Mom and I went out and did some shopping and went to Starbucks.

For dinner we had some Delicious pot roast, oven roasted potatoes, and salad (which will be followed up soon with some more cheesecake and pumpkin pie). In a little while, we're all going to play some fun games and enjoy our last night here.

We head home in the morning.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Family Fun

Today has been a fun day spent with family. This morning I helped Philip's mom in the kitchen, getting food ready, and then we all ate at around 1:00. Everything was sooo good! We had deep fried turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole, and pumpkin pie and peanut butter cup cheesecake for dessert.

Here's Jeff, the Fry Master himself

The whole crew
Jeff, Mom, Isaac, Erik, Philip, Keenan, Matt and Jessica (and baby)

No, he didn't actually eat this whole leg...

Philip and Keenan chillin'

Keenan with the toy lizard he's been playing with (and chewing on) the entire time we've been here

Still young at heart...

Philip and Isaac with one of their creations

Awww...

Keenan and I went for a walk with Matt, Jessica, Reagan, Mom, Jeff and Isaac this afternoon. We visited some pretty ritzy neighborhoods and looked at all the nice houses. The weather here is beautiful (it was 74 today), but has also cooled off nicely (which is why we had the fireplace going).

Origin of Black Friday

Here you go Cheryl:

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the United States, where it is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season. Since Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday may be as early as the 23rd and as late as the 29th of November. Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employers give the day off, allowing consumers to get a head start on their Christmas shopping. Retailers often decorate for the Christmas season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open very early (typically 5am) and offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores. Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term "Black Friday" has been traced back only to the 1970s. "Black Friday" was originally so named because of the heavy traffic on that day, although most contemporary uses of the term refer instead to it as the beginning of the period in which retailers are in the black (i.e., turning a profit).
The news media frequently refer to Black Friday as the busiest retail shopping day of the year, but this is not always accurate. While it has been one of the busiest days in terms of customer traffic,
[1][2] in terms of actual sales volume, from 1993 through 2001 Black Friday was usually the fifth to tenth busiest day.[3] In 2002 and 2004, however, Black Friday ranked second place.[4] The busiest retail shopping day of the year in the United States (in terms of both sales and customer traffic) usually has been the Saturday before Christmas.[5] In 2003 and 2005, however, Black Friday actually did reach first place.[6]
In some cities it is not uncommon to see shoppers lined up hours before stores with big sales open. Once inside, the stores shoppers often rush and grab, as many stores have only a few of the big draw items. Electronics and popular toys are often the most sought-after items and may be sharply discounted. Because of the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, many choose to stay home and avoid the hectic shopping experience. The local media often will cover the event, mentioning how early the shoppers began lining up at various stores and providing video of the shoppers standing in line and later leaving with their purchased items. Traditionally Black Friday sales were intended for those shopping for Christmas gifts. For some particularly popular items, some people shop at these sales in order to get deep discounts on items they can then resell, typically online.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm sooo sorry it has taken me so long to get blogging today! =0/

Our trip down here went really well last night. We made good time, because except for eating once, Keenan slept the Entire way! What a blessing! We got in just before 2 a.m. and fell into bed.

This morning, Philip's sister, Jessica and her husband Matt, and their (almost three year old) son Reagan (and unborn baby boy) came over to visit with us for a couple hours. I made "The Cheesecake" for tomorrow while we chatted.

Around 1, we headed over see Mom and Jeff, who were helping out on the dish crew at the free Thanksgiving dinner their church puts on every year. It was quite the production! We also got to eat there, and the food was Amazing!!

The afternoon was spent just hanging out here. I took a nap, and Philip watched the Detroit Lions game. This evening we went with Mom and Jeff down the street to their neighbors house for a dessert party, had some amazing desserts, and met some of their neighbors.

Right now, Philip is researching camera deals online for the big Black Friday sales, and then I think we'll watch a Christmas movie or something with Mom and Jeff.

Hope all of you (Americans) had a wonderful Thanksgiving today!

I found this in my random searches this past week and thought I'd include it. (I just copied and pasted it, so any spelling errors were already in it). =)



THE FIRST THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION - JUNE 20, 1676:


"The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord's mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God's Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ."


Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Heading "home" for Thanksgiving

Tomorrow I will be blogging for the first time from... the Space Coast!!

We are heading out this evening (straight from the hospital as soon as Philip gets off work) on the seven hour drive to be with his family in Merritt Island, FL for Thanksgiving. We'll be there until Sunday.

We are really excited to have the time off to celebrate with family. Even though they have been here twice, we have not been there in six months!

Other exciting news, is that Philip's sister, Jessica, is due to have her baby any day now, so we are REALLY hoping that our new (second) nephew decides to make an appearance while we are around to see him! Hopefully he doesn't follow in his big brother, Reagan's, footsteps, and decide to be born the day After we leave!! (Come on out, little guy!) =0)

I should go so Keenan and I can finish up the last minute packing...

Turkey Facts

It seems I have run out of goofy Thanksgiving videos... =0/

Now, I'm not sure if all of this is Really true... but it's interesting anyway. =)


Here turkey, turkey, turkey
  • Turkeys are able to adapt to a wide variety of habitats. However, most turkeys are found in hardwood forests with grassy areas.
  • The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain.

They what?

  • Turkeys have heart attacks. When the Air Force was conducting test runs and breaking the sound barrier, fields of turkeys would drop dead.
  • Turkeys can drown if they look up when it is raining.

Eat, sleep, gobble

  • Turkeys spend the night in trees. They fly to their roosts around sunset.
  • Turkeys fly to the ground at first light and feed until mid-morning. Feeding resumes in mid-afternoon.
  • Gobbling starts before sunrise and can continue through most of the morning.
Eyes in the backs of they're heads?
  • A wild turkey has excellent vision and hearing. Their field of vision is about 270 degrees. This is the main reason they continue to elude some hunters.

And they're fast too!

  • A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.

So close, yet so far

  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Some recent pictures

Here are the pictures that I couldn't upload last night...

While I was working on cards the other night, I looked up, and Keenan was peeking at me between the cushions sitting on the edge of the fireplace.. =)

Too cute..

Here's us with our stylish masks on, working on the bathroom...

Oh ya, we know we're hot! =)

Philip spraying the evil concoction on the walls

Me scraping the paper off
(I'm pretty sure this is the universal most hated job ever)

Since "his" bathroom is unusable for baths right now, Keenan had a "shower"
(Contrary to his expression, he really liked it!)

National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

I don't know how many of you out there knew this.. I didn't until a minute ago, but November 20th is Peanut Butter Fudge Day! =)

Mmmm..

I'm not really sure what else I can say about this day, but here's a recipe.. I'm definitely going to make some! =) (this is not the recipe for the fudge pictured above, I just stole that off the internet somewhere).

THE EASIEST PEANUT BUTTER FUDGE
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup peanut butter
Put sugar and milk in pan and bring to a boil. Boil two and a half minutes. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Stir just until mixed well.

Pour into greased pan (the smaller the pan, the thicker the fudge will be). Cool and cut.

(I just tried this recipe and thought it was quite good! I added chopped peanuts to mine as well)

...and more turkeying around...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Updates

#1. (I'm actually a little nervous to even be saying this, lest I jinx it but..) I had Great success getting Keenan to eat solids yesterday and today! He still doesn't like the spoon, but I've been giving him food with his medicine syringe and it works fabulously! He seems to like rice cereal mixed with applesauce pretty well. Yay!! He's also getting his Eight tooth in!

#2. Philip and I started to work (for real) on the guest bathroom today. It looks like there are actually two layers of wallpaper on it, making it a much bigger job than I had anticipated. My hopes of having it all done before we have people over in a couple weeks are quickly fading... Oh well, maybe it'll be our new year project. =)
We bought some wallpaper remover, and had already started spraying it around before we realized it said to wear a mask while using it! Oops! =0/ I have pictures of us in our stylish masks, but Blogger isn't letting me upload pictures right now...

I think that's about it for now.

Monday's turkey video

Okay, so yes, I seem to have a theme going with these Jennie O commercials, but they crack me up!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

I'm DONE!!

Woohoo! I just now finished making my Christmas cards! Philip is on a 24 hour call today, and Keenan has been Really good, and has allowed me to work on cards for a good part of the day... Phew! I'm so glad to be done! Here's the finished product(s):

"EnJOIAble Cards"
No two are the same...

Keenan's hair

Just wanted to post this because I think his hair is so cute, now that it's long enough on top to play with! =)

Turkey fun

I dedicate this to all of you awesome people out there who will be the ones preparing the bird for others this Thanksgiving.. =)

How I became a Christian

As winner of the "Visitor number 1000" contest, Rebekah was allowed to choose the topic for today's blog. She asked if I would share about how I became a Christian. So here it is:

I grew up in a home with Christian parents, who, from the very beginning, had taught me about God, the Bible, and the way to heaven. Several of my brothers had also accepted Christ, but I put it off a long time. I would often think/worry about the future, and what would happen after I died, but never enough to do anything about it. It seemed like there would always be time "later". (Such a foolish way to go through life, since we all know, any of us could go at any time).

One night, in a gospel meeting (on March 3rd, 1997), the speaker was talking about some 17 year old boys that he knew, who had been in a car accident the week before, and, in an instant, had gone into eternity without ever accepting Christ. That story was particularly shocking to me, because I was 16 at the time. I knew that if I had been one of the people in that car, I would have definitely been in hell that night. As I thought about the way I had been going through life for the past 16 years with No assurance of being in Heaven when I died, I was overcome with more fear than I had ever known before. How many times I had been in harm's way in my life, and yet I was still here, with the chance to make that decision Now. On the way home in the car, this verse came to my mind, "That if you confess with your mouth "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 God has made it So simple! Right then and there, I confessed that I was a sinner, that I could no longer do this on my own, and that I needed His salvation. At that point I became a new person in Christ (with a desire to live differently and honor Him with my life) and finally had the peace and assurance that I would be with Him when I died.

That was ten years ago now, and I can't say that it has always been an easy road. The Lord never promised us it would be easy. Christianity isn't just about having "fire insurance" for after we die, it's so much more than that. Our Heavenly Father wants to have a personal relationship with us, and be involved in our every day life. That is so exciting to me! It has been such a rewarding journey as I have sought to follow His way for my life. I have definitely made lots of mistakes along the way, and haven't always chosen His best, but His way is So much better than mine, and I can always be sure that He has the very best in store for me, if I will just do what He says.

The most amazing thing is being able to look back and see so many ways that God has worked in my life since I let him take the wheel. He is a real and active God, and He is still Very much in the business of miracles! Just give Him a chance, and see what He can do in Your life!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

VERY random Thankgiving-ish video

Here's the random bit for today... (my apologies to anyone who's not into Star Wars...)



Oh, also, Philip and I just watched an Amazing movie called, "Amazing Grace", about the abolition of slavery... I totally recommend it!

Go Michigan!!

The "Big Game" (at least in this house) is on today. Michigan vs. Ohio State.

We are all dressed and ready to cheer on the Wolverines to an awesome win, we hope!

Keenan can't tear his eyes from the TV
(since this is the first time we've actually let him watch it)

I'm pretty sure the look on Keenan's face means, "You're goin' down Ohio State!"

Our flag proudly waving out front

And a look back...

This is Philip and I (and Keenan in utero) at the Michigan/Northwestern game last October
(it was Very cold and rainy!)

Congratulations, Rebekah!!!

My friend and sister in law, Rebekah Woodford, is the winner of the "Visitor number 1000" contest!

In honor of this memorable event... your prize will be:

You can choose Any topic you wish, and I will blog about it tomorrow!

Visitor number 1,000

(My friend, Wendi has done this with her blog, and I thought it was a cool idea...)

I put a hit counter on my blog on October 24th, and we're coming up on the one thousandth hit, so when you log on, check the counter, (at the very bottom of the blog) and if you're visitor number 1, 000, leave a comment and let me know who you are! =)

Friday, November 16, 2007

A wee bit chilly...

The temperature was 38 this morning when we left the house. I think that's the coldest I've felt it here yet... Brrr... it's nice though, because that means it's hoodie weather! =)

Keenan and I spent the afternoon with Sarah and Della. Sarah and I were hoping that the babies would both take long naps, so we could work on "crafty" stuff, but neither of Them thought that was a great idea. =) Oh well, I did get some work done, and Sarah and I had a good visit. Della (being a sociable girl) was quite interested in everything Keenan was doing, but he just sort of ignored her the whole time! =)

After Philip put Keenan to bed tonight, he went back in to get him to sleep, and found that Keenan can now get into a sitting position from laying down, and can pull himself to a standing position on the bars, so we need to move his mattress down NOW. Man, he's growing so fast!!

Keenan wearing Philip's hat

Here's today's random Thanksgiving item:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Seven days of Thanksgiving

Today has been pretty much spent doing things around the house (washing sheets, cleaning bathrooms, and other fun stuff...), but we did get out of the house for a little bit. We went and had a nice visit and (delicious) lunch with Wendi. Keenan actually slept the whole time, so Wendi and I were able to have a really good chat! We hadn't really seen a whole lot of each other lately, since she's been so busy, and hasn't been able to make it to a couple of the lunches etc... I also got to see Scrubs' updated list of tricks. =)


Okay, so Thanksgiving is a week away, and in honor of that, I'm going to have a week of "Random Thanksgivingy Stuff"... here's the first one...


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Finally got there

(Okay, I posted this last night, and for some reason, it didn't show up this morning... I promise you all, I didn't skip a day!!)

Philip and I Finally made it to the home fellowship "care group" that our friends, John and Wendi, have been going to with several other couples. Today was actually their last group until January, so we just "squeaked in at the last minute." There were only four other couples there tonight besides us (and only two couples that we didn't know), so it was a nice small group to be with for the first time. This week, the topic was communication, so we played the Newlywed Game. It was a lot of fun! Out of five couples, we got second place (and we've been married the shortest amount of time!)

Everyone was really nice, and they had Great food at the end too! (That's always a bonus!) =) We also got invited to their Christmas party, and did I mention Keenan slept the Whole time?? It was an amazing evening! =)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

What the Doctor ordered...

While Keenan and I were at the hospital to pick Philip up from work, we found out two things:

1. Keenan has an ear infection. =0( The only way we knew to check was because he wouldn't eat (which has Obviously never happened before). Other than that, it doesn't seem to be bothering him much, he's still in a pretty good mood. (We did get him some medicine, though)

2. Our doctor, (when she heard that he was still not eating any solids), said to give him some CHOCOLATE PUDDING in a bowl and let him play in it and see if he eats any. Can you believe a Doctor said I could give my eight month old baby pudding??? She also said we could try ice cream on him! (I don't mind, because I can eat the extra!)

Here's a few pictures of how that went:

I'm really allowed to do this?

Woohoo, Chocolate!

Mmmm... this is so good...
(I love how his eyes are crossed, LOL!)

"Like my moustache and goatee?"

Yay Pudding!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Pictures at the beach

Since Philip had the day off, we headed to the beach in Destin with Rob and Sarah. We took pictures of each other to put in our Christmas cards. Other than the nasty smell from the recent "red tide", and the remains of some dead fish, we had a great time! =) I think we both got some great pictures. The weather and the water were beautiful.
After, we headed to the Crab Trap for lunch. (Just a note, folks, I'm pretty sure their garlic mashed potatoes come from a box...I don't recommend them).

Here's a couple pictures from the many, many we took:

A candid one of the boys

I love this one!

It was sooo sunny!

Sarah and I

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Lovin' the long weekend...

Today has been a nice, relaxing day in the middle of our long weekend. Since tomorrow is Veteran's day, Philip gets the day off, so we are totally enjoying being home together so much this weekend!

I was out pretty late last night hanging out with Sarah and Jodi, so Philip let me sleep in this morning.. isn't he wonderful? =)

The weather continues to be gorgeous, and we took a nice long walk with Keenan this afternoon. He turned eight months old yesterday and is getting his seventh tooth!

We just watched Back to the Future. I had never seen it before, and Philip decided that I needed to, since it's a classic. =) It was pretty good!

This has been pretty random, but we haven't done a whole lot today.. and it's been awesome!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Date on a kayak

Philip and I had Jodi come babysit Keenan this afternoon so we could have a date. We decided to kayak the Turkey Creek. It was a ton of fun! Philip is a very patient man, and was really nice to me, even when I got us into quite a few bushes and trees along the shore! =)

A two person kayak makes our civic look pretty small..

It's in!

Ready to go (I think)

Very clear water

The half of this team that actually knows what he's doing

Okay, I could like this

Pretty fall colors

This was one of the most fun parts, the water was moving fairly quickly, and just carried us right through the culvert

Inside the culvert

One of several bridges we went under

Taking a short break

Finally out into the open

Aahh...this is the life...

A small park near our home, where we ended up

After carrying the kayak several blocks, we resorted to dragging it up the (rather steep) hill the last part of the way on the grass =)

Here's some video of us on the kayak...