For Christmas from my in laws, Lance and I got tickets to the Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day. We are going with my SIL and her husband, so we all decided to stay in Vegas and drive to the game. What a great idea. I am stoked. Lance and I are going tomorrow night and we are coming home on Sat. night. WOO HOO!!!! I can't wait. We have never been. Nana and Big Daddy are keeping the kids for us, and I just know that will be a blast. So, I just wanted to post and say FAREWELL until I get back. I will post pics as soon as I can. Happy New Year EVERYONE!!
Lance taking a nap with Rachel in the princess tent
Well, Saturday was our last Christmas. It was a TON of fun too. We went to Nana and Big Daddy's to spend Christmas there. Rachel and her cousin Drew play so well together so that was wonderful. She got a new Tag reading system, and LOVES it. It is so neat. I must admit that I was a bit sceptical, but it is AWESOME!!!!
This was Lance and I's first year really having to sneak to play "Santa". So, we learned a few VERY IMPORTANT lessons.
NEVER wait to get the presents until the 22. Buy them as soon as she puts them in writing!!
Wrap before Christmas Eve
Pray a little harder that she is not sick so she is not up and down A LOT before we turn in. (We ended up having to hide the presents behind the couch so she couldn't see them)
Buy more than one roll of "Santa" paper.
More stocking stuff so she can see there is something in it and REALIZE that "Santa" had been there. HAHA
Which makes me think about a question that I always wonder about other people's traditions. As a child ALL of Santa's presents were wrapped, and Lance had them sitting out open. What is your thoughts on that. We have combined the two for our family, but I am alwayscurious as to what others do.
He new digital camera. Look for the pictres from her next!
After we got up and going, opened presents, and relaxed it was time to go to Mimi & Poppy's. We opened presents FOREVER!!!!! My favorite was my new CHI!!!! WOO HOO!!!! So pumped, and then here are some pics of Rachel.
We got up with Rachel and amazingly enough, I think she forgot that Santa was supposed to come. So, as we went into the living room, she passed all the presents and way just walking around. So, we asked about the presents on the couch, and she thought nothing of them. So, I said "Rachel, someone took the stockings down and put them on the floor." Still nothing, she just said "Oh, no". Then I asked her what happened to the cookies that she had left, and then it hit her. So, she looked in her stocking, and was going through it when it caught her eye that there were toys sitting out. That is when she Screamed "JUST WHAT I WANTED" and the rest is history.
Well, this round got canceled due to Rachel getting Bronchitis. So, we didn't want to get any of the other kids sick, so we stayed home and got ready for Santa to come on Christmas morning. Lance took her outside to take some trash out and next thing I knew she was coming in screaming that she saw Santa flying in the sky and the reindeer noses were blinking. She was so excited that she couldn't even speak. It was so cute.
We got a call today saying that Santa was going to be driving up and down all the streets in Jacksboro giving stockings to all the boys and girls. So, we missed him coming by our house, but we met him at a friend's house. It was so neat. We found out that the Fire Department has been doing that every year since 1951 (AT LEAST). WOW, this is just another thing that confirms that we love this little town. So, I took pics and thought I would post them!
Well, as anyone who knows us knows that we have 4 families, and that does not include our grandparents. So, when the Christmas season is over and done, we will have had 5 Christmas celebrations, one being just the 3 of us. I figured the best way to blog these was to do them in Rounds. So, here we go. We first went to my Grandparents in Taylor, TX and had Christmas with them and my mom. It was nice to see them and my nieces that we never get to see. Rachel had fun, and we really enjoyed seeing the family we only see 1 time a year.
Well, our first set of family Christmas gatherings are this weekend. I am making gifts for a lot of people, and it is not going well. I am 1 short for Thursday, and 1 short for Friday. Then, 2 short on Sat. So, I have tried to do one a night, and that has not gone so well with the Twilight Sagas I am ADDICTED to. I can't stop reading, and I can't think of ANYTHING else besides sitting down to read. So, now I am taking a break and venting. Then back to work!!!
My sister-in-law Lauren graduated on Saturday. She then had a graduation party with a live band and Rachel was watching the guy playing the drums from the window in the bedroom and her kept smiling at her and she just loved watching them play. So after a few songs he help up some extra drum sticks to her and she jumped down and ram outside to play with him. She loved it. She played with him until they left. Then even invited her to join them at the Rockin' P, but they didn't have a car seat so I wouldn't let her go. The rest of the band was turned around watching her play with them. It was so neat. She LOVED it. After they played their last song, she ran up and hugged him and thanked him for letting her play. It was so sweet. He told me that she had made his night. Just thought I would share. We may have a drummer on our hands.
She waited for so long to see the car that was as long as a bus!!! Check out Santa on vacation with his camper and flamingos!!!
Well, Rachel sat down and wrote a letter to Santa and I video taped some of it, but I can't get it to work. So here are the pictures. Then on Sunday we went to see him. We then went to see the Christmas lights in Arlington. It was fun because we got to go in a Limo with some of my in-laws. It was a ton of fun. The kids loved it.
Well, Amber and I did it. We finished a 5 K (3.2 miles). It was a blast. People everywhere and even some SERIOUS runners. I mean SERIOUS, spandex and all. There were several things that happened while we were in route. We had about a 1/2 mile to go and we cam across a TON of smoke. I thought (was wishing) we were closer to the finish, and thought it was them with smoke machines for the finish. Nope, it was a parking garage. The closer we bot we realized that it was the garge we parked in. It was crazy. The smoke was horrible. It was so hard to breathe as we went by. But, we did get past it. Then a little further we went by this little old man, who was running the whole way I think, and he was with a police officer and I saw him holding his head and the officer was saying "Sir, that is what they are here for, you have a really bad gash on your head!" Oh my goodness, I was so sad for that man. So then we turned the corner and say the finish and we wanted to sprint trough the finish. Boy there were TONS of people there waiting. It was so neat. They had also placed people throughout the route to cheer you on, so that was neat. So, I know you all want to know this, we finished under our goal of 45 minutes and made it in 42. We were so pumped to do it. We can't wait to find another to do . It was so fun to go from not running at all, to running so much it hurt. It was AWESOME!!! After we just knew they were not going to let us in the garage to go home (HOPEING IT WAS NOT AMBER'S CAR), but by the time we got there we were able to get right in and leave. So, there it is, now it is over and I am sad. Can't wait to do another. If you hear of any, let me know.
Amber and I are going to do the Jingle Bell Run on Sat. It is our first 5K!!! WOO HOO!!! We can't wait. I will try to get pics of us and post them. I can't wait. It is a run for arthritis. I am stoked. We have been training on and off for about 5 months. So, I will let you know how it goes. Wish us luck and keep us in your prayers. Here is my website if you want to donate to our fundraising!
Ok, I want to get on the 101 Things I am Thankful for bandwagon. It is after Thanksgiving, but I just would like to write them down and think about them!!
1. My God above 2. My wonderful hubby, Lance 3. My beautiful daughter, Rachel 4. My families (all 4 of them) 5. All my super close wonderful friends 6. My job 7. My students 8. My house 9. My car 10. The smell of rain 11. The smell of flowers 12. Mrs Kim 13. Rachel's laughter 14. After bath Rachel smell 15. Good health 16. Good food 17. Music 18. Christmas traditions 19. Warm bed 20. My computer 21. My school computer 22. My NEW cell phone 23. All the girls @ Mrs Kim's 24. Movies with Lance 25. My Ninny teaching to quilt 26. Daisy(our dog) 27. JH/HS Football 28. Blogs 29. My space 30. Face book 31. Hotmail e-mail 32. Candles 33. Christmas lights 34. Books 35. Soldiers fighting for us 36. Blessings 37. Softies 38. Sewing machine 39. DVR 40. Couches 41. Pictures 42. Magazines 43. Microwaves 44. Days of our Lives 45. Coffee 46. Creamer 47. Sugar 48. Walking with a friend (not enough, but I LOVE it when we do) 49. Talks with friends 50. Snow 51. Gloves 52. Hair clips 53. Shopping 54. Walmart 55. Wipes 56. 44oz. Vanilla Cream DP (I wish I could have one EVERY day!) 57. New recipes 58. Lance's Job 59. Sport's bras 60. Unexpected gifts 61. My bible 62. Watching Rachel learn something new every day 63. My trip to Vegas & the Rose Bowl 64. The Cowboys (that one is for you Lance) 65. Reality shows 66. Remote controls 67. Texting 68. Jeans day at work 69. Laughing 70. Hugs 71. Kisses 72. Road Trips 73. School e-mail 74. Hummingbirds 75. Nap time w. Rachel 76. Rachel still taking naps 77. Manners 78. Rachel being so loving and thoughtful 79. Lance always taking out the trash 80. HOT showers 81. Ice cream 82. Hamburgers 83. Erasers 84. Comfortable clothes 85. Quilts 86. Big Red 87. Starfall.com (Thanks Laura) 88. Jewelry 89. Lotion 90. Razors 91. Cute panties 94. Changing seasons 95. Central Heat/Air 96. Tom Tom (GPS) 97. Michael Bridges 98. The sound of Lance's truck when he gets home 99. DVD player in the car 100. Car seats 101. JH/HS sports event food
Ok, I know this is the third post today, but a lot happened over the Weekend. While we were in San Antonio, we went to Ashlyn's second birthday. It was so fun to watch the girls play together. They enjoy eachother's company especially at bath time. So after they had a bath, and ate, they washed thier hands together and boy did they make it look fun. Just wanted to share the pics. HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY SWEET GIRL!!!!