it's become a tradition for us to put the tree up the day after thanksgiving. we have so many decorations and stuff that we try and make the most of it by putting it up and keeping it up a while :-) bless nate's heart, he got EVERYTHING down from the attic and put the tree up, fixed all the lights, and decorated half of it by himself. he was a man on a mission! i love him :-) and i really do love christmas but was so tired from thanksgiving traveling and being sick that i was not looking forward to decorating! nate was such a trooper, and trace was all up0 in the middle of the chaos! he was amazed by all the lights and ornaments, i LOVE the look on his face, such a look of wonder, so excited by the tree. and that was before there were even presents underneath :) since nate did so much, all i basically did was finish decorating the rest of the tree and then nate transformed the rest of the house into a winter wonderland while i was wrapping a few presents! so christmastime is officially here. and i love it!!! i've done most of my shopping but still have a few more gifts to buy. i knew that this big belly would really keep me tired and i am so thankful i started shopping early! i tend to do things way ahead of time, and i am very glad i have already braved a lot of the crazy crowds, parking lots and shopping malls. so starting monday, we already have a busy busy busy december lined up... christmas parties, zoolight safari, pictures with santa (if trace cooperates!!) all sorts of family get togethers, i can't wait! i'm sure there will be more christmas pictures and updates soon. hope you are having fun with the beginning of all the christmas festivities as well! and may we all remember the real reason for the season... i write this to remind myself as well. too many times i get caught up in all the gifts and parties and whatnot and i get so stressed out. but i doubt that is what god wants! so may we give to those who are in need, spend quality time with family and friends, and truly find joy in the small things this christmas season.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Posted by Trace Car Driver at 4:26 PM
Friday, November 28, 2008
well it has been a rough few weeks... but still i have so much to be thankful for! terri (meme) got sick with pneumonia 2 weeks ago, so we have been out of schedule as far as who's been keeping trace. thanks to mom and dad, aunt nae nae and uncle josh, and my work for being understanding, and most of all god for getting us thru! then my great grandmother mama ott got very sick (she was 97) and passed away. then trace became sick, and we took him to the dr a week ago sunday and he had pink eye, an ear infection, and a horrible cough! they loaded him down with 2 medicines and EYE drops. yes, eye drops for a 20 month old. NOT FUN! then monday i finally decided to give in... i had been fighting what i thought was just a head cold for about a week, and everyone knows to just take tylenol sinus when you are prego for a cold. well after 7 days it was obvious that didn't work. and after going to the dr on monday, i found out i had bronchitis, sinusitis, and pharyngitis. basically, 3 infections in my head, throat, and chest. i was lucky they gave me an antibiotic, which is helping to fight the infections, but it makes me feel very yucky thru out the day. soooo YEAH, it's been a looonnng and trying week. but again, i am so thankful for my wonderful family who has helped take care of trace while i was sick and also take care of me! we finally made it to thursday and traveled all of thanksgiving day. we went to see my granny in warrior then to see nate's mamaw, pawpaw, nanny, and cousins in huntsville. again, it was a very very long day but we made it thru! it was great to finally see meme too, we are so thankful that she is feeling much better, and i know she is thankful for that as well! so that's what's been keeping us busy the past couple of weeks. all in all, i'm aboslutely exhausted. trace has been the biggest mama's boy EVER this week, esp while he's been sick. and with mama being 30 weeks pregnant and sick too, i'm just whooped. but when i look around me, i realize how blessed we really are, and no matter what, god is right here with us every step of the way. life has been crazy here lately, but i think it's only trying to prepare me for what's to come in the very near future :)
so here are a few pics from thanksgiving... i didn't take many at all, i guess i was too busy wiping snotty noses and giving medicine to trace. and oh yeah, eating! i'm thankful for all the wonderful food that was prepared by family. i think thanksgiving might be my new fav holiday!!
"GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD. HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!!!!"
Posted by Trace Car Driver at 7:50 PM
Monday, November 10, 2008
we had a nice weekend... we had small groups at church friday nite and enjoyed a steak dinner as a thank you for helping with d-now a few months ago. we played the best game ever, called boxers or briefs. anyone ever played it?? it was lots of fun! then saturday morning, trace and i went to walmart... obviously we were out of eggs and other things! after walking around the store for 1 1/2 hours, i was more than ready to be home and rest! we put trace down for a nap, then i actually went to get a massage! THANKS BONNIE!!!!!! a friend of ours from church is a massage therapist at the blue orchid in trussville... if anyone is interested, she makes a GREAT gift. 1/2 hr, 1 hr, just tell her what you want and she'll do it. i can get you her info if you are interested! anyways, she has the coolest wedge thing that allows me to lay on my big belly and get a massage while i'm pregnant. oh it was HEAVENLY! i am hurting a little from it now, b/c i was so tense and had a few knots in my neck/shoulders. but i'm telling you what, i could def. use one of those weekly! i told nate i would buy him one for christmas if he would buy me one in return. sounds like a good deal to me!
and this one makes me laugh too... b/c this is a SAND toy that trace thinks is a RIDING toy. he always gets on this dump truck and rides it around. silly boy!!
the kids were wearing me out so we came in and let them play in trace's room. they had a good time but it was hard to keep them contained! they wanted to run in and out of the living room where the boys were watching multiple ball games... yeah, we ended up putting the baby gate up which made all the babies mad! sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do :) florida state and bama both won though, so the grown ups were happy!
sunday we went to church, then nate had to go out of town with a few guys from his work. he is in toccoa, georgia and will be back tuesday nite. we miss him already!! so after trace's nap the 2 of us went to terri's for a tupperware party. now i know why you don't take kids to parties like that... trace saw a disney/pixar CARS sippy cup and snack bowl set and HAD to have it. i'm talking he grabbed it off the table and started sucking on the juice cup like it was his. so i ordered a new set for the tupperware lady and she let me take that set home. trace was happy!! btw, i am having a FUND-RAISER tupperware party this sunday, 40% of the sales will go to our church's (Argo Christian Fellowship) building fund. if you are interested in, you can join the fun on sunday, 11/16, at 3 pm in the fellowship hall at ACF.
well that wraps up our semi-lazy weekend... hope this finds all of you doing great.
Posted by Trace Car Driver at 12:54 PM
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Posted by Trace Car Driver at 3:07 PM
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
so halloween is over! i have to say it, but i'm kinda glad... we had so many fun things leading up to the actual day that by time it was here and gone, it was ok with me! trace wore his scary (not really!) halloween shirt on friday at meme's. they had lots of sugar, i mean, a party, with all sorts of goodies! then nate picked trace up early and brought him to my work to show off our cute lil monkey. let's just say he was in no mood to be shown off. he was cute, but threw a few fits at my office. i think nate got embarrassed, so we made a quick exit! then we took him to nana and papaw's for a halloween hello, then off to the house to rest before the big nite! the kids were cute of course... but i think they were just as ready to retire the costumes as we were. i didn't get that many good pics, but i am prefectly ok with that. like i said, just glad it's over with :)
4 lil MONKEYS jumping IN the bed! can we say TOO MUCH SUGAR??????
since the whole family was already all together, and things are so busy these days, we decided to go ahead and celebrate my bday (which is actually today... ) a few days early, on halloween. mom made a delicious 4 layer cake, with my favorite icing (rainbow chip) in b/w each layer. it was soooo sweet and yummy! thanks everyone for a great birthday and fun presents too. being 26 isn't so bad after-all :)
Posted by Trace Car Driver at 8:07 AM