Monday, December 24, 2007

Best Two Out of Three...

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What Do YOU Think???

So Beau and I have been having some friendly debates. =)

-I say Brett Favre is gray-headed. He says he has some gray hair, but he's not completely gray.

-Beau doesn't put powdered sugar on his french toast, because he says people just do that so it will look pretty...but then in basically the same breath he said that it's "too sweet". I say he contradicted himself by saying those two things. He says he didn't.

Soooooo...YOUR part of this is to comment and give us YOUR opinions!!!!

Our Christmas So Far...This is for YOU Amy!

Well, we headed out on Friday...Beau, Asher, Dusty, and me. Dusty's family is in Livingston, so he rode with us - which was a great entertainment to Asher! We arrived around 8:30 or so that night and had fun watching Asher get used to his Grammie and Grandad's house again. We were here four months ago, but it generally takes him just a little bit to warm up.

Saturday I talked about taking a shower all day and finally did late in the afternoon. It was nice lounging around in our pjs all day long. However, we did play outside a little bit - before it got really chilly. It's SO pretty here - with Lake Livingston out back and tall pine trees everywhere. I love it! Asher and Grammie went on a walk like they always do, but this time Asher actually walked - as opposed to riding in the stroller. They went down and looked at the water and saw lots of birds...and Cooper (the dog - not the cousin) went along too. And Asher loves Cooper! =) He likes to make dog sounds - and they sound more like Tim the Tool-Man Taylor than barks. He's pretty cute...if I do say so myself. Saturday evening, Barbara and I had a girls' movie night and left the boys here to do their own football I think. We went to Livingston's very unique and small-town Fain Theater and watched the 2nd "National Treasure". It was really good - just as good as the first one, which I was surprised about. The theater has made lots of improvements over the past few years as I understand it, but it was pretty funny as we had to wait outside until the movie before ours let out (there's only one theater), then our 7:00 movie didn't start until about 7:15. It was fun.

Yesterday morning Tyler came in to see us for a couple of hours before he had to fly out of Houston. It was great to see him! We love him so much and wish we could see him more!!! Asher likes his Uncle Tyler, and he just might grow up to love airplanes just like he does! Tyler gave him a little WWII style bomber jacket, and it is SO CUTE!!! I LOVE it! But I will say that it's QUITE funny, because what Tyler thought looked just the right size for Asher will probably actually fit him when he's five or six. He looks like ET right now when he's walking away from us with it goes down to the floor, and the arms go just about as far. It's hilarious! Anyway, we loved seeing Tyler, and we look forward to seeing him on the 26th when he's finished with his holiday flights. (He's a pilot for Continental Express for those of you who don't know.) Then yesterday afternoon we all made a trip to Nacogdoches to see Beau's Mom's side of the family. It's also SUCH a GORGEOUS place!!! They have lots of land with tons of tall pine trees and ponds. It just SMELLS good there! Beau and I took Asher on a ride on the Mule (a heavy-duty "golf-cart" type vehicle just in case you don't know). He LOVED it! And we got out and looked at a couple of ducks who have made their land their home for a long time now. And he loves ducks, so that was really fun. =) And we had a GREAT Christmas meal...I think THE BEST mashed potatoes I've EVER had. They were DELICIOUS!!! Granny's secret? A stick of butter and PET milk. Yum!!! Asher even got to enjoy a lot of the good food! And PawPaw fried a turkey - which was equally as yummy! We loved seeing everyone there - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and even a little 2nd cousin for Asher who is six months younger than he is. We enjoyed meeting little Rafi! He's a sweety! We drove home last night, and Asher slept the whole way. Yea! I love it when that happens! And we even drove through a neighborhood in Lufkin to look at Christmas lights. The most creative home we saw...or maybe I should say "unique" was one with a large picture window in front FILLED with DOLLS looking out at us. It was kind of creepy looking. =)

Today, Asher chose to make his appearance at an ungodly hour once again! I don't know what his deal is, but he got up at 5:00 or so and wouldn't go back to sleep - the little turkey! So Beau was up with him for a while, but he started saying, "Mamom, Mamom!" (which is new, by the way - and I love it!) we've all been up since way too early in my opinion. But now he's sleeping. Barbara fixed french toast and bacon, which was delightful! =) I love french toast ("which was created in England", Beau says)! Tonight we will go to the Christmas Eve service then to show Asher a park in town that has great lights. And those are our big plans for the day. It's been very relaxing so far, and I'm glad we're here for a few more days!!!

I hope you're all having a very MERRY Christmas!!! Lots of love to you my family and friends!!!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Happy Anniversary to Us!

Today is Beau's and my 4th anniversary! It's been a special day so far. Every year we give each other the traditional gift for that particular year. The first year was paper, then cotton, then leather...and this year is fruit or flowers (yikes for Beau's gift!). I got up to put Asher back to sleep at 4:30 this morning, and when I came back to bed there was something "glowing" underneath the comforter. It was a digital picture frame. And the last picture on it was a picture of an APPLE. =) Very creative. And I gave Beau an assortment of FRUITY candy and a gift card to Wal-Mart. The gift card has a bride (holding FLOWERS) and a groom...the only one that I could find with flowers on it. =) Asher actually decided not to go back to sleep, so he was basically awake from 4:30 this morning! Crazy kid! So, Beau, being the good hubby and daddy that he is, stayed up with Asher. And I slept until 8:00. Yea! Asher went down for a nap around 9:00, and I fixed breakfast - pancakes, BANANAS (fruit...see the theme?) with brown sugar, and sparkling white GRAPE juice. It was a nice little breakfast at the table (unlike where we normally sit for meals) with a candle and a "Country Love" =) CD playing. We talked about some things that we enjoyed from the last year. Beau likes it when Asher and I surprise him with little visits during the day when we're out on a walk or something. And I like his creative gifts (like the picture frame with a picture of an apple). Those were just two little things, but it's interesting that the things we remember are just the simple things. It seems like it should be easy to keep each other happy. =) Unfortunately, I'm a little too much of a "woman" at times!!! Anyway, then while we were cleaning up after breakfast, Beau stopped me and we danced in the kitchen to one of our favorite country songs. Other than that, we've just been taking it easy and hanging out together. I'm about to go get ready for the day, because he's taking Asher and me somewhere special for lunch. So...ta-ta for now. More to come later...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007


I wasn't going to do this. I had a whole long post written, and I clicked "Publish Post", and it got lost somewhere in cyber-space. That makes me so mad! =) Anyway, after reading the sisters' and the mom's blogs, I feel somewhat inspired, so here goes...

I don't think I've told the blog-world about my Christmas quilt that Dina made for me. I LOVE it!!! It's one of my favorite things this Christmas season. I'll have to take a picture of it, so you can see it. =) I love to cuddle up with it, a cup of hot chocolate (two packets in one cup...mmmm) topped with marshmallows, and watch a Hallmark movie. It's the best at night, after Asher's asleep, the lights are off except for the Christmas tree, and Beau is in our room playing football on the Playstation. Although, I tried that last night, and I was in a deep sleep in about two minutes, then when the movie was almost over, I realized where I was, stumbled into our room, and into our bed in a huff. You know that kind of sleep where you're kind of awake but really not? Beau told me this morning that after he had gotten up to go watch tv, he searched high and low for the remote and finally found it on the floor in our room. I don't know if that's funny to anybody else, but it's kind of funny that I was so out of it, that I brought the remote to our room with me. Maybe you woulda had to have been there. =) But he was mad at me about the remote, and I was mad at him for leaving the light on. I think I slept with the light on until almost 1:00 this morning. Weird.

A couple of quick comments to my blogging sisters since my computer is as slow as Christmas, so I don't leave "comments". Amy, yes, YOU are most definitely a drama queen...just like the rest of us! =) Emily, those vests are hideous and HILARIOUS...and it makes it even better that Allan's is a woman's!!! =) Hahaha!!! And THANK YOU BOTH for your sweet posts and beautiful pictures of my baby boy on his birthday. I loved them!!! For those of you who want to see them go to: and

Asher and I went on a "hike" today to explore here at the camp...he in his wagon and me pulling him through tall grass, up and down hills, and over rocks. It was so fun as he bounced along and spotted birds and a plane in the sky, and it made me excited that he's growing up at such a neat place. We've got so much more to explore on these almost 550 acres!!!

The baby boy has been QUITE needy today...still his happy self a lot of the time, but also very sad at the drop of a hat. It was sad to see his big crocodile tears spill out of his eyes. I don't know what was up, but we had some good cuddle time on the couch. He pretty much always falls asleep on his own in his bed, but tonight he fell asleep laying beside me on the couch, and I loved it!!! He's so sweet. And I loved that as he lay there, he looked just like the little baby I had one year ago. I hope that we'll have special moments like that forever. I know things will change dramatically as he grows up, but he will always be my baby boy!!!

There's more to say, but for now, I must say good night!

Monday, December 3, 2007

Hello World!

Hi All! I can't believe I haven't posted in almost a MONTH! Yikes! We went without any internet at all at our house for almost that long, but I'm back. It's still slow...but I'm here. I'll try to catch you up.

We had a great Thanksgiving in Waco with my side - including my grandparents, Aunt Maxine, and two cousins. It was great to all be together. And we even had a little birthday party for Asher (with a TERRIBLE "allergy-friendly" cake!!!). One of my favorite parts of the time we spent there was when the guys kept the kids, and the girls went to the movie! It may sound shallow, but I had not been to a movie without Asher since he was born. It was GREAT! And so was the movie..."Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium". I loved it.

Speaking of Asher. He is officially ONE YEAR OLD! I can't believe it! We had a great day on his birthday, and I only got a little teary-eyed when I was about to put him to bed for the night. I can't believe a YEAR has come and gone! It's very difficult learning how to be a mommy and wife...and person...all at the same time, but it's been the BEST experience of my life!!! I love Asher more than I could EVER describe!!!

Another "exciting" event was that he ate a cricket yesterday. Yes, he actually ATE it! GROSS!!! I'd like to say that I kept my composure, but I found it beyond disgusting! And there was NOTHING I could do about it. It was already on its way down when I realized what was happening! NASTY!!!

I guess this update will be a tad unorganized, because we're back to his birthday now. He got a very cute rocking horse from his Poppie and Gibbie, and he loves it. Although, once he figured out how to rock back and forth by himself, he then had to figure out how not to rock TOO far...because he fell off twice...once going forward, once backward. It was actually pretty funny.

And his Grandad and Grammie sent him a Radio Flyer red wagon in the mail. And he loves that too. I haven't taken a picture yet, because my camera's full, but he's so cute in it. He just gets the biggest smile on his face, because he thinks it's so fun! And today when we were on a walk he spotted birds in the sky while he was riding...which he thought was pretty cool. =)

Thank you to the rest of you who gave him gifts as well. He's having a blast with all of them! =)

One of his favorite new things is BOOKS!!! He's pretty darn cute with them! He likes to bring us books to read to him, and then he'll go get another one...and another one...and another one. I love it!

AND he asks nicely for things now too. Oh, many times he'll whine first, and we'll tell him not to whine or "How do you ask?" or "What do you say?", and he'll sign "please". I'm so proud of how polite he can be. I love the little guy!

Let's see...what else??? We've got a busy month ahead of us! Thursday, Asher and I will leave for Dallas. Amy's birthday is Wednesday, so we'll have dinner for her birthday that evening. Actually, Asher will either stay with Allie and one of her friends or Uncle Joe (Allan), which will be nice...and fun for him too! Then Friday starts the girls' (and Asher) weekend. We're going to stay in a hotel in Grapevine, go to Six Flags, shop, eat, sit in the hot tub, and have fun. I can't wait. Then Monday morning Asher has one last appointment with his doctor in Waco. How pathetic is that? I can't give him up! We've taken him to the doctor once here, and we just didn't like the guy NEARLY as much as Dr. Nesmith! So...since we're going to be in the area, and he needs his one-year checkup, we're going to complete his first year with Dr. Nesmith...who knows Asher and we trust! I know, I'm a little crazy. =) Then, at some point on Monday I hope to see my friend Julie who just had her baby (Jay) and possibly my friend Robin (who is expecting a baby in January). They both live in Austin. But we'll see if that can be figured out. BECAUSE...on Tuesday, Emily, Amy, our babies, and I are flying to CHICAGO for the DAY!!! Again...CRAZY!!! But the reason we're doing it is because Beau and I had passes that we were going to use to go see Lee and Chance (Beau's sister and her hubby) in Florida, but come to find out the closest we could've flown with those passes was New Orleans. We were SAD to have to cancel that trip!!! BUT...the passes expire on the 19th of this month, so we're going to use them to go explore in Chicago for the day on Tuesday. Brrrrrrr!!!! It will be cold, but a fun adventure no doubt!!! I've never done THAT before, but I love random "adventures"!!! =) Anyway...then Asher and I will head home on Wednesday. Friday is my birthday!!!! Our anniversary is the 20th!!! And we will leave for our Christmas week in Livingston on the 21st or 22nd....which we're excited about! It will be GREAT to be with Beau's family for several days!!!!! We miss them!!! And then my family will come here for the last weekend in December so that we can celebrate Christmas together as well. That should be lots of fun...but I've got LOTS to do to this house between now and then. It's GREAT motivation! The kind of motivation I need! And THEN...Beau's birthday is the 31st...aka New Year's Eve! =) Ay-ya-ya!!!

That's us in a nutshell. I MUST go for now! This computer sucks me in, and I don't have time for this. =)