Monthly Archives: December 2013

Yellow Belt

Walt fully recovered from the flu on Wednesday (after being diagnosed on Monday), and he was ecstatic that he was able to attend the belt testing at his Tae Kwon Do studio that night.  He advanced from orange to yellow belt.  The boy is serious about his karate skills and plans to have his black […]

Fabulous Forty & the Flu

I was able to make a quick trip back home during mid-December to celebrate Bess’s 40th birthday with the girls.  Sadly I didn’t take any quality photos, but among the five of us, we did get a few of pics on our phones.   Brandi is the official party planner, and she did a fabulous […]

Thanksgiving 2013

The kids got out of school early on the Friday before Thanksgiving.  So we loaded up and headed to Mississippi.  Shannon worked through the following Wednesday, so the kids and I stayed in Tupelo until Wednesday evening and met him in the Delta at his folks’ house that night. About three days before leaving, Shannon […]

Decking Our New Halls

While some folks would be terribly upset with us, I will go ahead and admit that we decorated our home for Christmas BEFORE Thanksgiving.  That’s right.  I said it.  Knock me down.  Spit at me.  But in the spirit of thankfulness, peace, good tidings, and Christmas love, I say just embrace it.  Some like to […]


Walt turned seven on Thanksgiving Day this year.  I couldn’t help but think about Thanksgiving Day in 2006 when I was a very rotund girl with a face that glowed something like a full moon.  I felt if someone stuck a pin in me I just might pop and go flying through the air.  Well, […]

Christmas Break Begins

So Christmas break officially started two hours ago.  Actually school gets out at 1:30 today, but the teachers “encouraged” parents to take their children home following the class Christmas parties this morning.  I remember fonder time when parties were at the end of day.  Now they have breakfast for their parties.  My middle child volunteered […]