Friday, December 30, 2011

The Holidays

Where to begin...

Blogging...  I'm beginning to think i'm just not cut out for it.  my stress level is too high trying to maintain an up to date photo journal of our family's happenings.
but but BUT - trying to keep it up because this (it seems) will be our family scrapbook.  edward, 2 1/2, is yet to have a 1 year scrapbook, so i'm thinking if i ever get around to it i'll print this off and voila!  one year scrapbook, every year scrapbook, family journal - check!

 i hesitate to even post these pictures because now (1+  month post the event) i gag a little thinking about it - but, this is jeff frying a turkey.  yum yum.  no sarcasm there.  he did a fantastic job, the turkey was enjoyed by all but me, and this fryer became a permanent fixture at our house.  yippee!

Moving on, and quickly...
Christmas Decorating

taking a break

what an angel!
jeff picked her up at the home depot (anyone's choice for christmas decor), and langston fell in love at first sight.
looks like our gaudy angel is here for the long haul

The Memphis 1/2
 So so glad it's over, i did it, way to go me; but, this was not fun.  i went from being in relatively good shape to no shape.  i had increased my mileage speed, running was really pleasant, and then - i hit this wall.  in about a two week span i fell out of shape.  probably mental, but at mile 2 i was ready to call this race.  i persevered, i finished, and i can say i ran a 1/2 pregnant!  the wave below was to my family (and yes, i felt as rough as i looked).  what a treat seeing them on the course.

let's minimize to small, really small

Our First Memphis Snow in our new back yard

and, shrinky dink fun

more to come, but now i must quit neglecting my children and run them to the bourlands for a play date

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Langston's Birthday and The Wonderful World of Disney

part ii

favorite moments

i could divide this up as i did in the last post, but really - what's not to love in disney world?  it's a magical place (if you ignore the pocket book for a week).  we got lost in the joy our family was having which i think is the point here.
great trip and great memories captured in some pretty adorable pictures of the kids!  

we stayed at the jamba house - a newer hotel in disney's animal kingdom.
here is the view from our room's balcony.  where, aside from disney or an african safari, do you wake to giraffe, zebra, and gazelle grazing at your stoop??? 

 what's not to love

Where, other than disney, can your angel prance around dressed in her finest of fairy fineries?

i swore i wouldn't allow this, but i caved.  it was langston's birthday, right?
the bibbity bobbity boutique - we were patrons!

What an awesome week!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Langston's Birthday and The Wonderful World of Disney

part i...

Sometime around January of last year an unintended (was it?) promise slipped!

Jeff:  "Langston, what do you think about a visit to Disney World on your 5th birthday."

A promise like this can neither be forgotten nor topped.  At that instance,  a weeklong vacation to Disney was fixed in our daughter's mind.  Which week was the only detail left to be made permanent, and as luck would have it Langston's birthday week was free on the calendar.  Now, to make this dream happen...
(not too difficult when you have quite the persistent reminder in the form of a precious girl.  from this point on langston informed all friends, acquaintances, and even strangers that she was indeed 4 when asked and would turn 5 at disney world on her next birthday.  many of these informed where even invited on our trip)

Disney, It's a Wonderful World!

especially for a princess on her birthday!
thanks jeffrey!  you are too too good.  we love you!

favorite moments...

The Pose

The Memorabilia 
Everything Disney

and, not to be outdone
autograph pen and pad
a must!
and mouse ears, of course
(edward would take no part) 

a trip wouldn't be complete without them

Get me AWAY from the characters!
Edward's first and last correspondance with anything in costume

our "in line" edward

to be continued...