Quit looking in the mailbox...we did not get Christmas cards sent out this year. I think every year it gets harder and harder for me to accomplish the things I plan to do. But we hope you enjoy this Christmas card!
My friend Nicole, who is an awesome blogger, reminded me of something so I'm going to take you down memory lane for a bit... Dec 16th, 1989 was Phil and my first date. We went to see Christmas Vacation at the Almonte theater in SOKC. Phil has a whole other side to this story about the events that led to him asking me out but I doubt I can get him on here to tell about them. Anyway, Phil picked me up at my house and knew right away that my dad liked him because he put his hamburger down to shake his hand (Phil's words). I still find that so funny. I can still remember what I wore...a cream colored shirt with burgundy flowers that I borrowed from my best friend Beth, thanks Beth!! Ha!! After the movie, another friend of mine, Shonda, apparently was there watching it too. Okay, let me just preface this story with ~if you know Shonda you'll understand the hilarity of this~ as Phil and I were walking out of the movie I see Shonda and she runs up screaming laughing that she was once attacked by a squirrel and that part of the movie reminded her of that. This was Phil's first encounter of many with Shonda. I guess if that didn't scare him off my spell must have worked...ha!! But really that was probably the most accurate picture of how my friends and I were. We were pretty crazy. Later on we found out that Phil's best friend Jason and his girlfriend were sitting behind us during the movie, spying! I guess that's a friend who truly "has your back!" Okay, moving on...Phil decided to drive around to look at Christmas lights. While we were in the car it became extremely hot. Phil kept telling me that if I was hot I could turn the heat down. I was about to melt but I AM NOT going to mess with the controls in his car...HELLO!! it was our first date!! He thought I was cold because I held my coat in my lap. After the Christmas lights we went to Braums for a drink. The only thing I really remember about that was I was trying to talk to him and drink at the same time and I ended up sticking my straw up my nose. That was embarrassing but I'm not even sure he saw that! Looking back on our first date really floods in a lot of good memories. I'm sure I'll share more with you later on down the road. I still give him a hard time for not taking me to dinner...hehe. This reminds me of who Phil is and how in a lot of ways he's still the same 'ole Phil. We've had some great times and some not so great times but I'm so blessed and thankful for Phil and our life together. I pray we grow old together and are that cute little couple who you always see holding hands. I hope you all have a Very Merry Christmas and look back on the blessings of your life.
Well, I have finally finished the last of three books in the Mark of the Lion series, As Sure as the Dawn. I loved all three of these books. I truly feel like my faith has increased through these books. The first two, A Voice in the Wind and An Echo in the Darkness were definitely my favorites...I gave them both 5 stars. As Sure as the Dawn I gave 4 stars. I think the only reason I didn't give this one as high of a rating was because of the element of the supernatural. Don't get me wrong, I believe anything can happen where God is concerned but the ending of this book did not fit with the beginning or the previous books in the series. This book has a more dark tone that was a little distracting for me. I would still recommend this book, especially if you've already read the first two. To sum it up, it's about an ex-Roman Gladiator who wins his freedom, finds his child who is now in the care of a Christian woman he has never met, and decides to take his new "family" back to his home in Germania. A lot of the book is their travel. The last half is their life with his family with extremely different value system who have never heard of Jesus. It is very inspirational and will change your strength in your faith!
This year our church had its first ever Christmas Program. Some of the adults and children sang a contemporary collection of Christmas music. It was really beautiful. They performed it Friday evening and during Sunday morning worship. We had several people representing our families...my mom, Easton, Olivia, and Sawyer. They all did a really good job. Easton had a verse to read~~He Rocked!! Olivia, well there's always a story that goes along with one of my kids and it's her this time. Apparently while they were warming up Olivia started having a fight with her panty hose. My mom was back with her not sure if she would go out and perform. Well, we got her out there and she was miserable. I have some video of it...you'll have to check it out. She finally came around the second half. Easton is the performer in the family. He is very into what he's doing!! Papa Jim bribed Livie for the Sunday program...$10 if she could stand still and sing. She came through but couldn't wait to get her hands on that money!! Ha!! Here are a few pics; I'll have to post the video tomorrow...Enjoy!!! Liv & Aub--Beautiful Girls
Easton giving his speaking part! He did so good!
Olivia and Easton
Easton's friend Alyssa came to watch him on Friday!
Representing the Family!!
This is the girls for the Sunday performance. Notice Liv's dress, Nancy made it...Beautiful!!
SEVEN!!!! My little boy is seven years old today!! He is his own person and I love that about him. I think that's where he gets his charm from. Easton decided to have his birthday party at The Warren Theatre in Moore; we saw Bolt in 3D. We had a good time and the movie was cute.
I made a REALLY yummy and easy dinner last night. I kind of made it up but I'm sure someone out there has made it before. Whatever...I'm going to share it anyway!! Hehe!!
Pesto Chicken Chicken breast, pounded; how ever many you need to feed your family 3 oz cream cheese 1 cup Pesto, I used Sauces'n Love from Sams Pound the chicken flat. Cut about 1/4" thick piece of cream cheese and lay on the chicken. Spread the prepared Pesto over the cream cheese and chicken. Roll the chicken up and secure with a tooth pick. Place in the bottom of a lightly greased baking dish. Cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. I added mozzerela cheese on top but if you do make sure you don't put it on until there is about 5 minutes left in baking.
Let me know if you try this...it is so yummy and the family really liked it as well!!
Easton is in the first grade at Briarwood and they were invited to attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State Capitol last night. Easton was so excited about getting to go; he kept saying he was going to "meet the government." The kids brought ornaments they had made to decorate two 3' Christmas trees. Then they made Christmas cards for the troops overseas. We went as a family and it was definitely something to remember. The Governor and his wife along with Santa Claus walked around to each school and took pictures. It was pretty exciting. Well, leave it to Olivia to find the limelight. She made it into the Daily Oklahoman this morning! I think it's in the local section but I'm going to post the pic and the caption that was with it! I have other pics that I took, I'll post them soon! Publication:The Oklahoman; Date:Dec 10, 2008; Section:Local & State; Page Number:11 Kindergartners from Briarwood Elementary in Moore make greeting cards Tuesday near a Christmas tree at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. From left, Olivia Thompson, Sabrina Durley and Natasha Helm joined students from across the state in decorating 40 trees. PHOTO BY JOHN CLANTON, THE OKLAHOMAN
Olivia learned this song from school and it just cracks me up. She walks around the house singing all the time and it's fun to hear the different songs she sings. I talked her into letting me record her to share on our blog. I think she likes the notoriety! Ha!!
We have been blessed so much this past year that we wanted to share some of those things we're thankful...
Phil: "I'm thankful for you (Kelly)." Kelly: "I'm thankful for a God of second chances. I'm thankful for my family who loves me in spite of it all. I'm thankful for my friends...who are still my friends! :):) And I'm thankful for a wonderful job that has allowed me to be home more with my family." Parker: "I'm thankful for my family, friends, God and Jesus." Easton: "My Webkins." Olivia: "I'm thankful for my friend Aubree."
There are so many more things but these are only a few. We hope you have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!
Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. 1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Mostly wrap but an occasional bag 2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial 3. When do you put up the tree? Usually when I find time 4. When do you take the tree down? New Years 5. Do you like egg nog? YUMMY!!! 6. Favorite gift received as a child? i loved them all 7. Hardest person to buy for? Men 8. Easiest person to buy for? the kids 9. Do you have a nativity scene? Fisher Price :) 10. Mail or email Christmas cards? mail, usually hand made cards with family picture 11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? We play Dirty Santa twice every year... 12. Favorite Christmas Movie? NL Christmas Vacation (Mine & Phil's first date) 13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Not as early as I'd like 14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yep, remember Dirty Santa!!! 15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? goodies Nancy makes 16. Lights on the tree? clear 17. Favorite Christmas song? God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Barenaked Ladies 18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? stay home 19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen and of course Rudolph--Thanks Becky! Hehe!! 20. Angel on the tree top or a star? star 21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Both 22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? All the "rudies" come out 23. Favorite ornament theme or color? It changes every year 24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Honey baked ham 25. What do you want for Christmas this year? a clean/organized house! Ha!! I need to talk to the "Miracle Man" on this one!!
We went to our first OKC Thunder game Monday night with a group from our chuch. The atmosphere was very energetic and we had a great time. I think Easton might have enjoyed it the most. He made a sign to hold up, he got an OKC Thunder tattoo (temporary), he kept yelling at the camera men so he could get on tv, and he danced and cheered to all the music. He was a lot of fun to watch. The only thing he didn't get that he wanted was to see the Thunder Girls close up!! I'm sure it made his dad proud!! Olivia with her "tat" Our church family--I'm not sure how we got the seats in front of all of them...the kids were part of the entertainment!! Parker with his Peeps... Easton, Olivia and Aubree watching the game This is my favorite picture! It pretty much sums up the night!!
This post is a little late, like most of mine are. Don't worry, I already wished her a Happy Birthday which was on Nov 12. Becky and I surprised Pam with a much needed "Girls Night Out"this past Saturday! First, we stopped in at The Paper Crown, a scrapbook store on the north side. We probably could've stayed there all night. Then we moved on to the main event, a night of personal pampering at a spa. It was so relaxing. We decided it was something we need to do at least for each of our birthdays! Last, we went to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner and of course cheesecake...YUMMY!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAM!! Notice I didn't mention "age" anywhere! :):) Pam, Kelly, Becky enjoying some chocolates after the facial massage! Enjoying our foot massage!! Aaaahhhh!!!
Every year our church has a Fall Family Retreat. We've been many times but missed the past two years so I was exicted we were able to go this year. We had a good time and the weather was BEEEE-U-TIFUL!!! We went to Robbers Cave State Park in southeastern Oklahoma. We went down Friday evening without incident, which is a miracle in itself when you travel with a group...especially ours! It's like a weekend of church camp. We stay in cabins that sleep about 16 people on bunk beds with things they were calling mattresses. I think having a little "girly" girl has taken some of the adventurousness out of me...things that sicked me out this weekend didn't seem to bother me before. You should have heard me and Olivia in the shower. Pretty good stuff! Hehe!! I'll try to sum up a few of the funnier stories from the weekend: Easton threw a rock that skipped off Parker's chest then hit him in the chin, Easton fell off the top bunk in the middle of the night, Phil was tackled and put in the scissors by a high-schooler in the annual teenager vs. adult football game...btw the adults are undefeated, I got a migraine on Saturday that led to throwing up...nice!! If I think of anything else I'll add it later. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pics and hug your kids today!! :):)
Parker with his friends Jake and Zack.
Parker in the door of our cabin.
Phil and Jason
Easton and Olivia at the top of Robbers Cave
We had a pumpkin decorating contest and our family came up with the idea of a mummy-pumpkin...I thought it was very creative...but we didn't win!!
Some of the "contestants" of the American Idol skits.
Brian and Shannon Plumb (My personal idols..hehe!!!)
We had a hodge podge Halloween this year. On the 25th we spent the day at Grandma and Papa Gary's watching football with friends and family. Later we all went to our church for the annual Fall Family Festival. Parker was Jason from the Friday the 13th Movies, Easton was a Ninja and Olivia was a flapper. Nancy made her costume and did another great job. I'm already excited to see what we come up with for next year and Olivia has already started planning. Here are a few pics of our day.