Wednesday, December 29, 2010

First Tooth!



Luke has lost his first tooth! And yes he really lost it. First thing when he woke up we realized his tooth was super loose. I wanted to try and pull it but he was scared it would hurt so I thought I would let him eat breakfast first and then pull it. He asked for a bowl of cereal, because "it is soft." Curiously, while he was eating his cereal Luke remarked that there was something hard in his cereal. I didn't think anything about it. Thirty minutes later, Luke is playing and I notice a space between his teeth. I take a closer look and yes his tooth is gone. Luke pipes up, "That must have been the hard thing I ate in my cereal." We will have to do better with tooth #2.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thanksgiving

I know this is late, but I wanted to share our Thanksgiving.



First we had a delicious meal at Big A's parent's house. MIL-Ann is skilled at decorating and cooking.



YUM!




Family picture time


So thankful for these guys!


Foxy, Lukey, and Me


So funny, the guys were watching the Cowboys-Saints game and Big A and his dad were sitting the same way on the couch with their arm behind their head. Caleb and Luke quickly joined in for me to snap this picture.


Then craziness began. The boys spent the night at with Granna and PawPaw's house so we could go out and go shopping. Toys R Us was opening at 10 p.m Thanksgiving night. We thought we would go by Toys R Us first, then to Walmart at midnight and possibly HEB at 4 am. Yes, we were crazy. We ended up having a failure at one store and some successes at other stores. Here is the rundown. At 9:30 we leave to drive to Toys R Us. We get there and cannot even enter the parking lot. There were people everywhere. The line of people went around the the back of the building, through the parking lot, and all the way to the road. After a few minutes of discussion we decided it would be crazy to get in line. Did I mention a cold front had come through that night? It was in the 40s and windy and rainy.


So at 10 p.m we arrive at Walmart. Now here was our strategy. The Walmart in our town is extremely busy and a bit rough around the edges. There is a nice new Walmart in the next town over. We drove to that Walmart and expected the sale items to be brought out at midnight. But when we arrived all the sale items were out on the floor. We just couldn't purchase them until midnight. Big A and I seperated and I loaded up on toys and he collected some DVDs and video games on sale. At 11:30 p.m. we get in line with our loaded cart. The line is extremely long. A manager lets us get in a lane and we are the first people to check out! We leave Walmart at 12:05. Big A and I kept saying ,"Yes, firstness!!" Early in the week we saw on the news a lady camped out at Best Buy and she said she was doing it to experience firstness. We were perplexed and wondered about the allure of firstness. Well now we know and firstness rocks!

We stopped by Walgreens and picked up some of their sale items, then took all of our purchases home. At 2 a.m. we head to HEB to wait for them to open at 4 a.m. We wanted to buy some toys on sale and Aaron was interested in a tv that was on sale for an amazingly low price.

Big A waited outside in the rain and cold for two hours while I sat in the van and stayed warm with the snuggie. Man I love snuggies so much!
At 4 a.m. we go in and make all of our purchases, yes including a tv. We head home and go to bed.
We made out really good, we got almost all of our Christmas shopping done in one night and Aaron scored a new tv. And we got to experience firstness!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Pumpkinpalooza

Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin. We have been enjoying pumpkinpalooza at our house. First we had pumpkin pancakes topped with pecans and caramel sauce from IHOP. So delicious!


My sister raved about the pumpkin pie shake from Jack in the Box. We tried it and it did not disappoint. This may be the best shake ever!



At the building where Aaron works, all last week they were giving away several pies a day. Aaron put his name in the pot and later got a call that he had won a pie. He went down to pick up his pie. It was a pumpkin pie from Rao's Bakery, and who wouldn't be pleased to win a pie from there? But his happiness was short lived. A pie controversy erupted at his place of work. Another worker, whose name also starts with "A" received a call that she had won a pie. She went down to pick it up later in the day and they told her someone else had already picked the pie up. She came back to work pie-less. Aaron said several people came up to him asking him was he sure he won a pie and did he really get a call. He was round about accused of stealing his co-workers pie. Aaron stood firm in the face of accusations and walked out of the office with his head held high and his pumpkin pie. We anticipated having a slice of pumpkin deliciousness. Later that evening we cut a piece and took a bite. Something was wrong with this pie. Too many spices or missing something, but it just did not taste right. The rest of the pie was not eaten and ended up in the trash. I'm not sure what the moral of this story is. A pie in the hand.........?





Have you seen this ice cream from Blue Bell? Spiced Pumpkin Pecan. Yum!!


The 5th entry in Pumpkinpalooza is Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies courtesy of $5 Dinners. These are so delicious warm. Sorry no picture, they were eaten up too quickly.



I love anything pumpkin! Happy Thanksgiving friends!




Monday, November 22, 2010

An Update & Football

Dear Blog,

I'm sorry I have only visited you 12 times in the last four months. This semester if flying by. I have so much to share with you, trips to the park, Luke dressing up, field trips, history projects, family night, and so more. But I am laboring on my college classes, trying to get everything done. Sadly, no time is left in the day to blog. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Classes end Dec. 6th and I will have a whole month of no school!

The boys have a new passion- football. They play it and watch it whenever they can. It's not much dear blog, but enjoy these pictures of the boys playing football in the front yard.





Juggling it all,
Lori

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Make A Difference Tour

Aaron and I had quite the date night all thanks to my Dad. He was offered two free VIP tickets to the Make a Difference Tour. But the tour was not coming to his city, it was coming to mine. Beaumont! My Dad called me up and said, "I signed you and Aaron up for these free tickets." The tickets included a dinner with special guest Max Lucado. Aaron's parents kindly took the boys for the evening, and we headed to the dinner.

We were served a yummy dinner with dessert and enjoyed the talk by Max Lucado. Then on to the concert. Do you know who was a part of this tour? Try Toby Mac, Third Day, and Michael W. Smith. Yes, all together. We had great seats near the front.

7:00 p.m. came and Jason Gray opened the show, then Toby Mac came on stage. I think he had 9 people on stage with him. He is the ultimate performer! The music, the lights, the bass, the video screen- it was quite an experience.


Our seats were off to the side, so we could see a timer on the corner of the stage. Do you see the clock with the red numbers? Each performer had 40 minutes and we would watch the clock count down for each performer. Back to the music, my favorite song from Toby Mac was "Jesus Freak". Loved it!


Next, on a smaller stage in the back of the auditorium Michael W. Smith and Mac Powell from Third Day came out and did 20 minutes of worship. Then Toby Mac came out and all together they sang another of my favorite DC Talk songs, "In The Light".


Next was back to the main stage with Third Day. I love, love their song, "Give Me Revelation".
Give me revelation,
Show me what to do,
I'm just trying to find my way,
I haven't got a clue
Tell me should I stay here,
Or do I need to move,
Give me revelation,
I've got nothing without you


Next Max Lucado came out and he got twenty minutes on the clock. He spoke about helping others and asked people to sign up to sponsor children through World Vision. Then we had a 15 minute intermission. The following picture is during that time.



The concert then started back up with Michael W. Smith. He sang some of his new songs, Secret Ambition, but what I enjoyed the most was his worship songs. He sang Breathe, Above All, Draw Me Close, and more.

I had never seen Michael W. Smith play the guitar before, but he played the guitar and the keyboard.
Wait, the concert is not over! Then Toby Mac and Mac Powell came out on stage and joined Michael W. Smith. Together they sang, "City on its Knees" and "God of This City". It was amazing!


After three and a half hours, sadly the concert was over. We had a super time! Thanks Dad!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

10-10-10

First an update. We are enjoying the milder weather, and spending lots of time outside. I joined Facebook, and am trying not to spend too much time on there. Whenever I have free time (free time what is that) I have to choose between the blog and facebook. Lately, facebook is winning. Sorry blog. I am super busy with my classes, but hooray I am at the halfway point of this semester. I got an A on my Philosophy midterm last week. This week I have a history test and film appreciation test and quizzes in my other classes. I have been so busy that housework and grocery shopping have been neglected. Yesterday I planned the menu for the week, wrote out my list, completed my shopping and put everything away. This morning I wake up and my refrigerator and freezer aren't working. What?! A repairman is coming this afternoon. Hopefully it will be an easy fix. Sadly, two half gallons of Blue Bell Ice Cream were melted this morning and are ruined.



On to 10-10-10, my birthday. I turned 34 and it was a lovely day and weekend. Saturday, Aaron and the boys took me to my all time favorite restaurant, Saltgrass and it cost us 50 cents plus the tip. Here is how: in the summer we ate at Saltgrass, they told us about their dining club. It cost $25 to join, but if you logged on and registered your card within 24 hours they put the $25 back on the card to use. Also, in your birthday month they give you $25. So we registered it within the 24 hours and under my name since my birthday comes first. October 1st we had $50 waiting to be used. I was so looking forward to this dinner. Aaron got ribs and shrimp and I got steak and coconut shrimp. Saltgrass really has the most delicious food. With all of our food and after using our card we owed 50 cents.


Sunday morning the boys delivered my birthday presents. I received a purse, a candle, and some new tennis shoes. I loved all of the gifts!


Sunday night Aaron grilled my favorite dinner, chicken fajitas. It was just as scrumptious as Saltgrass. Our after dinner pictures:


34 on 10-10-10 was pretty terrific!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kindness and Fish

One morning we felt the pull of nature and had to get out of the house. So we packed up our school books and headed to the Botanical Gardens with the intent to walk around some then sit down and complete some school work. We meandered around and had the place to ourselves. We found a shaded spot with benches and started on school work. Then a gardener came over to us with a bucket of fish food. He thought the boys might like to feed the fish in the pond. We put down the books and headed back to the pond. The boys loved feeding the fish and turtles, and even noticed a snake in the water. The boys didn't get much of their school work done that morning, but we had a delightful time at the gardens. Of course we stopped by the playground before heading home. I so appreciated the kindness of the gardener to us, it really made our morning special.












Thursday, September 9, 2010

It doesn't get much better than this...















How can I repay the LORD
for all his goodness to me?

Psalm 116:12

Monday, September 6, 2010

Still playing



I am still playing around with my new camera. It has an option to turn the picture into a drawing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Love of Aprons

I love aprons. I do. Last week my Mom sent me an apron in the mail. I loved it when I first saw it. The patterns on the fabric are so pretty, the apron is well made, and it is just a fun apron. When I first got it in the mail I put it on right away and didn't want to take it off.
A few days later my Mom told me the story of the apron. A lady at her church created different aprons to sell. She was trying to raise money so that her son could go on a school trip to Washington D.C. Yes, a class field trip from Texas to Washington D.C.- I'm sure it was a large amount of money to raise. This hard-working mom made dozens of different aprons, in her spare time, after working her full time job. From her apron sales, she was able to raise enough money to send her son on the trip to Washington D.C. This lady is an immigrant and about three years ago became a citizen of the United States. How wonderful for her son to travel to the nation's capitol and experience this special city.
The background of this story makes me love this apron even more. An apron represents work, cooking and cleaning, but work I choose to complete happily for my family. Just as this talented lady labored making aprons for her son, so I labor in my apron for my family.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

All Ready!

Luke recently earned his green belt in TaeKwonDo. Becoming a green belt is a big deal as green belts begin sparring. The instructor calls green belts "fresh meat", but really it is very safe and controlled. Luke wanted to try on his sparring gear right away.
Then Caleb and Luke proceeded to practice.