Wednesday, November 28, 2007
This is the oldest niece - Karlealyn Marie. She turned three the day this picture was taken. She's very smart and fun, and is finally getting hair.
Also pictured is her sister - Ryleann Renee. She'll be two in February. She's our little spitfire, maybe to make up for her tiny size. She's less than twenty pounds (Still not legal in her forward facing carseart!) and about twenty-two inches tall, which puts her at about 3% on the growth charts.
Now, I am not one of those "Every child must be home schooled to succeed in life because public school systems absolutely cannot help anyone at all and are the root of all evil" people. I do believe, however, that homeschooling is a very viable option that should be considered, and is best, for some children. Alex is definitely one of those children. I know I was, and am thankful my parents acted on that.
I kind of consider myself a picky public school supporter. I would never send my kids to Oklahoma City Public Schools. The only two exceptions to this rule are Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School (where Tony works) and Classen School of Advanced Studies (the high school version of Belle Isle). Moore, on the other hand, has a very successful school system, where I will gladly and most definitely send my children.
Well, enough of that - we finally got a tree topper, and Tony let me put it on the tree. It'll be his turn next year :D Hope everyone is having a great last week of November!
Monday, November 26, 2007
So here's the deal: there's a jewelry store in town that has played the SAME jingle, on the SAME day, every year for over 50 years now. It's called the B.C. Clark anniversary sale jingle, and it starts playing every year on Thanksgiving... How is this relevant? you may ask. Well... growing up, Tony wasn't allowed to listen to Christmas music until after his dad heard the B.C. Clark jingle, because his dad got tired of hearing Christmas music all year long. So - when Tony and I got married, he decided his household would have that tradition too. I have a love-hate relationship with the rule... I love it when someone else wants to listen to annoying Christmas music in July... I hate it when I want to listen to annoying Christmas music in July :)
But anyhow, Thanksgiving went well, ate too much as usual, listened to Christmas music, etc. etc. Friday we went shopping at 5 in the morning... Yes, you heard that right - little miss I don't get up until at least 8 in the morning ever got up at 5 to go shopping. It was kinda fun, but I still don't like getting up that early :) We got out house mostly decorated for Christmas later that day... Great fun!
I made our tree skirt this summer - our theme is mooses and John Deere tractors. This was my first attempt at a major sewing project, and it went better than I expected.I'm going to gradually start posting pictures of my very adorable nephews and neices. We have 5 nephews (and one due in February) and 3 neices.
This is our next to youngest nephew - Joshua Jr. He just turned 1 this month.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
*Please don't feel obligated to read the whole thing... its rather long :)*
Friday the 16th - Saturday the 17th: Tulsa for Thanksgiving with Mommy* and family
Monday the 19th: Blood drive 3:30 (Which I totally forgot about and therefore did not go to) Tony had to do the lights for the play at his school so we went up to Belle Isle at 6:30 and I sat and watched Alice in Wonderland while he worked (poor guy)
Today: Christmas shopping! But before that we have to get his '66 Mustang out of the garage and make sure the last tinkering fixed the water lead so he can put it back together tomorrow - it runs great, but last time they left off some sealing, so they had to take it back apart to fix that.
Wednesday: 10:00 Help Mom with the grandkids' projects. Every year she had all the grankids and their cousins (So this year there will be about 8 kids) make a project for their parents for Christmas. While I'm doing that, Tony will change the oil in the truck and put the Mustang back together.
Thursday: Sometime in the morning we'll go over to Grandma Chancellor's and eat lunch, then the girls will go to Garden Ridge and the guys will do whatever till we get back... then we'll eat leftovers and go home.
Friday: Leave at 5:00 AM to go shopping with the girls... Tony will hang out and get some much needed sleep. Evening - help Mom decorate 7:00 - Young people are getting together to practice the Christmas Play
Saturday - Meet at 10:00 to pass out Revival invitations. THEN FREE DAY!
Tuesday the 27th: Tony's Jazz Band will probably play at a basketball game.
Wednesday - Sunday: Bro. David will be bringing a revival nightly.
Saturday the 1st: Maybe go to Tulsa to help Stef and John fix their bathroom.
Friday the 7th - Saturday or Sunday: Christmas in Texas with Mom's Family
Monday the 10th: Tony's Jazz Band plays at another basketball game
Somewhere in here: Tony's string quartet plays at the mall with the Choir
Thusday the 13th: Either a band or orchestra winter concert (can't remember which)
Friday the 14th - Saturday: Christmas in Tulsa with Mommy's Family (probably)
Tuesday the 18th: The other of the band or orchestra has their winter concert
Thursday the 20th: Tony's jazz band plays at yet another basketball game - probably the last this year
Friday the 21st: Children and young people's Christmas play at church
Monday the 24th: Christmas at Grandma Chancellor's - About 50 people opening presents one at a time... you can guess how long that takes....
Late that night: Go to Tulsa
Christmas morning: Christmas with my immediate family
Christmas afternoon: Back to Moore for Christmas with Tony's immediate family
Somewhere in here: Game night with Tony's siblings
January the 5th: (I think its this weekend) Christmas with the Newberry's (Mommy's Mom's Family)
Whew! Then we get to rest from the holidays!
Hope you guys** are having a slightly less chaotic but just as fun holiday season.
*Mommy is my mom, Mom is Tony's mom... just a bit of code there :)
** Except Jill - too many baby preps and trabel plans for less chaotic!