Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Busy December
The Elf is not the only active being in the house!! Emaline has kept us running!! She played in the piano recital, sang in the choir concert, and danced in the Christmas Showcase. All of this in the past couple of weeks!! We are so proud of her!! She played "Ave Maria" like a pro, sang her first solo, and danced short notice. We think Harry's little friend, Ginger, is really cute!! We are really enjoying the season!! Today was our first day of Christmas break!! Whewwww!! We are ready to play for a few days!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Elfcapades 2011

Our friend Harry showed up the day after Thanksgiving!! He has given us a lot of laughs!! He brought along Snowflake, his pet reindeer, and a new little gingerbread girl showed up yesterday!! We are not quite sure where she came from, but she is cute!! We call her Ginger!! More pics to come with ginger included!!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Busy Fall

Emaline is certainly keeping us busy!! Since school started, we have been dancing, singing, piano playing, and simply running all over the place!! Becky's younger sister got married earlier this month!! It was so awesome to see our children playing together!! Emaline and her dance class danced at the fall festival at MVES this past weekend. She has also been singing with the children's choir at church and getting ready for the Christmas piano recital. Our time is a little more limited this school year because I have started teaching in another county, and our schedules are not quite the same. We are having fun though!! Happy fall!!. . .and ROLL TIDE!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

1st Day of 3rd Grade

Emaline started third grade today!! She is so excited that she has been up since about 3:00 this morning!! I hope she doesn't fall asleep at her desk!! Everything starts so quickly!! Piano starts today and both dance and choir start next week. I sure will miss her during the day!! My sweet girl is growing up so quickly!! We plan to have another great school year!!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Montgomery Tourists

Today Emaline, her friend Rachel and I played tourists in Montgomery. Sadly, Emaline had never seen our state capital. We visited the Capitol building, the First White House of the Confederacy, Old Alabama Town, and a few other places along the way. Emaline's favorite thing was a resident cat we met at Old Alabama Town. Rachel really liked a beautiful pot-belly stove we saw in the Senate chamber. We all really liked the old dresses we saw. My favorite thing was the First White House. The furniture was incredibly beautiful. We had a great time!!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Kitties and Barbies

Of course Emaline has been playing with the kitties!! They cuddle and play together a little every day!! Emaline has been playing with her Barbies quite a bit lately. She has tons of clothes and accessories for her dolls. She surprised me today when showing me her favorite Barbie dress. It is a long gold and black evening gown. I can't describe the feeling of seeing her doll in that dress! I told her that it is a very special custom couture gown designed by Vicki Bacon!! Vicki made tons of clothes for my Barbies many years ago! They are beautiful and extremely well made!! They still look new thirty years after their design and fabrication!! It means so much to see Emaline enjoying them as much as I did!! Thanks Vicki!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Driving and Playing Fetch

Uncle Lavelle is very brave!! He has been allowing Emaline to chauffeur him around the field behind Grandaddy's house!! I guess learning early is good, right!!

Midnight has become quite an interesting little fella!! His new favorite game is fetch!! He started bringing a little toy puff ball to me while we were at Daddy's. Now it has grown into full games of fetch!! We throw a little puff ball, and he will dart after it and bring it back. It is the funniest when he play-growls and tries to keep you from taking it. We have never had a cat who fetches before. The more puff balls he has, the better. He will horde them and meow at you!! We have always felt blessed to have such a great kitty like Linus!! Now we have two!! When Midnight is not crazy and playful, he is quite a loving little guy!! Emaline picked a great one!!:)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Summer Fun

We are having a great time at Grandaddy's house!! We have enjoyed swimming, swinging, driving the golf cart, and celebrating Grandaddy's birthday!! The garden is great, and we are also enjoying the fresh vegetables!! Summer is awesome!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Sweet Kitty

Midnight has two speeds!! He is either crazy kitty or sweet cuddly baby!! As a crazy kitty he provides hours of entertainment!! As a sweet cuddly baby he gives us lots of joy!! He loves to snuggle up and sleep as close as possible!! Also notice that he tries to play Angry Birds!! He is a great kitty!!:)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Canine Visitor

We have had a little cuddly visitor the past few days!! Her name is Teacup!! She is a cute little miniature Dachshund.  It has been like a familiar cartoon in our house. Midnight has played the tiny playful crazy little fella, Teacup has played the relentless chaser, and Linus has played the domineering king of the jungle. Teacup is completely fascinated with Midnight, and doesn't understand why he will not play with her. She gets so upset and whines when Midnight runs away. Linus lords over everyone and everything and growls his orders when necessary. James has started calling him Mufasa, because he is definitely a king who rules by fear!! We have had a very interesting and entertaining few days!! Emaline has even played the role of ring leader. We will miss Teacup!! She is a sweet and loving little dog!! I am sure, however, that she will be glad to get back home to single-pet status!!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Cuddly Critters

Just some cute pictures to share!!:)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Last Day of 2nd Grade

Yesterday, 5/26, was the last day of 2nd grade!! Emaline has had a GREAT year!! We will certainly miss Mr. Byrne!! Em has also been having a lot of fun with Midnight!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Michelle's Wedding

After the dance recital, we jumped in the truck and raced to Harvest for my cousin Michelle's wedding!! It was one of the most joyous weddings I have ever seen. Michelle and Russ were so happy that they literally danced down the aisle!! I don't think there was a dry eye in the crowd. They are such a beautiful and sweet new family!! We wish them all of the happiness in the world!!!

Dance Recital 2011

Check out these little divas!! Emaline had her dance recital yesterday!! The girls did a great job!! Emaline dances with some of the sweetest little girls!! I think they had a great time!! They danced great too!! We are proud of each and every one of them!! You go girls!!!

Kitty Friends

I think we have friendship!! Aren't they cute!! Linus is about to turn 13 years old, and Midnight is six weeks old. They are two precious balls of fur!!!:)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Little Midnight

Emaline adores Midnight!! He is such a loving and sweet little guy!! We are all enjoying him!! Linus is even becoming his friend!!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Meet Midnight

Emaline's wish finally came true. Her kitten, Midnight, got to come home with us today. He is a cute little furball!! He is all black with green eyes. They almost have the same birthday!! Midnight's is April 7th, only four days before Emaline's. He is a sweet loving little thing!! Of course he is adorable too!! As you can see, Linus is not very concerned. He is currently laying in the floor staring at Midnight. We hope they will become good friends!!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prayers for the Southeast

Please join us in praying for all of the victims of the widespread outbreak of tornadoes that hit Alabama and other southeastern states this past week. It is an amazing catastrophe for many, many people. The destruction is completely unbelievable. We have friends that have lost absolutely everything. We are, however, extremely fortunate!! We can still talk to those friends and help them rebuild their homes and workplaces. There are SO many that will not have that chance. Please reach out to help in any way that you can!! We can all get through this with help from each other and our Father.

Spring Piano Recital

Emaline had her spring piano recital today!! She did a great job!! We are excessively proud of her!! She has worked very hard!! Great job Em!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter 2011

Happy Easter!! It has been a beautiful day!! We had all of our services in the new building today!! Our church has been so blessed this past year!! Emaline was honored to be an acolyte for Easter today!! We hope all of you have had as great an Easter as we have!!:)

Field Day

Field day was so much fun!! Emaline and her class had such a good time!! Of course their favorite part was getting wet!! It was such a beautiful day to be outside!!

Happy 8th Birthday!!

Happy 8th birthday Emaline!! She had a great birthday. We really enjoyed a visit from Harry and Snowflake!! They left the day after her birthday!! We miss them already!!

Sunday, April 10, 2011