Thursday, November 20, 2008

Baby Joshua

Kelly, Jim and Joshua got home from the hospital this afternoon. This evening we took the kids over to see their new baby cousin for the first time. Abbey has been bouncing off the walls the last few days waiting for the big moment. The kids of course were head over heals in love, as we all are! He is such a beautiful baby. I'm sorry the video of the kids holding Joshua is so dark, that's what you get for using a digital camera that really isn't designed to take videos. But at least you can hear what they are saying. I've also included some cute photos of Joshua at the hospital and from tonight too.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A busy month!

So the temperatures down in Florida have been unseasonably cooler than usual. Which has helped to put people in the holiday spirit early! I, Miss Procrastinator, am actually going out today to tackle holiday shopping! I do believe this is the earliest I have attempted this daunting task. Please take into consideration that I do not enjoy shopping typically and I especially don't enjoy fighting crowds of rude people during the holidays, so this is a huge step for me. Plus we've got lots going on this month with Deacon ordination, Joshua's arrival, The Johnson Family has a little mini vacation planned the second week of December...I just didn't see me actually getting it all done in December (like I normally do) so I have dedicated the entire day to shopping. So I leave you with pictures of the kids that were actually taken during our cold spell in October and send you Happy HO HO HO wishes with little Happy SNOW SNOW SNOW wishes!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Better Late than Never!

So, I totally forgot to post pictures from Kelly's baby shower. We had a great time and everything turned out perfect. The weather started off kind of gloomy, but turned into a beautiful day before it was over. We played an intriguing game of "guess that baby food." And, Kelly got a lot of really nice gifts. We are so excited to see Joshua. The countdown is now 11 days give or take a few!

The Grandma's to be: above - Jim's Mom, Val and below - our Mom aka Borrowed Gramma, Beverly!

All the "Milla Girls" together (and for those of you who don't know, that's what we were referred to back in high school by our drama teacher).

This is our wonderful British friend/realtor/Kelly's boss who could say the meanest nastiest thing (but doesn't) and it sounds like roses rolling off her tongue! She is a hoot!

Now these are the Wells girls below(aka Aunt Carolyn, Debra and Denise) - Denise was a wonderful help, not only did she clean up my kitchen after the party but she vacuumed my carpets! I told her for as much work as she did cleaning up, she may as well of had the party at her house and gotten her house cleaned up by others for free! :-)

My Mom's youngest sister, Sandee and her daughter know the one who asked Brady to be in her wedding. This is a competitive game of name that baby food. And Ashley was the winner with the tie breaker guess of "Guava"!

These are the duck and turtle cupcakes I made, they were both adorable and yummy!

This was the hit gift of the party along with the singing/dancing duck. Both the duck and the turtle entertained us immensely. Each person had to test out the toys when they went around the room. These were given by Val's cousin Grace who is pictured below. Grace also made these beautiful lollipops to give out as party favors. As you can see we had a blast and are looking forward to our next party!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

It's an "Obamanation"

(picture of me and U.S. Congressman Adam Putnam, who will run for president in the near future...mark my words).

Matthew coined a new phrase yesterday and I would like to give him full credit. We just heard a very powerful sermon on Sunday about the abominations in this world (homosexuality and abortion to name a few). So we have now been shown a new "obamanation." It has been a long political year and the country has made a decision. And, as you all know, this was not the decision I was hoping for, but as a God Fearin' Woman, I will now pray for the Lord to give President Elect Obama the wisdom and the strength to run this country.

As some of you know, I had the pleasure of attending one of the Sarah Palin Political Rallies held at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City. This was my first rally and truly an enjoyable experience. Sis. Sheila and Joan invited me and I invited my Mom. So it was just a couple of us "uneducated white women" that went, because according to a Tampa news channel this morning, the reason Obama won the state of Florida was due to the "Educated White Folks along the I-4 corridor." Could that be more insulting? Anyway, I digress. We had a wonderful time, listened to some inspiring speeches and had a great time fellowshiping as well.

My children, the young republicans that they are, were disappointed that they did not get to go, but watched a little bit of it on TV and cheered the Republican party on! Abbey is very interested in politics right now. Danielle and I had a very in depth conversation with her about the 2 candidates. We showed her with real money how the tax system worked under both candidates. We gave her 4 one dollar bills and told her this is what she makes for working. Under McCain's tax plan, she will have to give $1 back to the government to help pay for the things the country needs. Then we showed her how under Obama's tax plan that she would have to give $2 to the government to not only pay for what the country needs, but to also pay for the people who can work but choose not to. This morning when the kids woke up, I broke the news to them about Obama. Abbey was really quiet for a moment, then she got all teary eyed and said "Well I guess we will have to start giving him $2!" I tried to explain to her that the Lord will protect us and keep us safe. She perked up a little bit and said "well, only 3 more elections and then I will be able to vote!" My heart is beaming!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Happy Halloween!

I wanted to share our fun Halloween with everyone. Since Brady is in Kindergarten this year (and according to Abbey: "Kindergartners have all the fun") I spent the day up at school on Friday to help out with their "Fall Celebration," because as you all know we can't say the word Halloween in the public school system. They had a scavenger hunt in the Pine Wood Flats right outside their classroom. They had to find a brown string among all the pine needles. A little brown acorn and a number of other things. They also got to make spider hats to wear for the whole day. And of course, what is a celebration without some snacks? They got to make a spider snack and pumpkins on rice cakes...yummo!
This is Brady and his friend Peyton showing off their spider hats!

I procrastinated a bit on purchasing our pumpkin this year, so on Thursday afternoon (yes the day before Halloween) I ran into Publix to pick up a pumpkin. Unfortunately, all they had left was pumpkins that already had faces painted on them. So to avoid running all over creation to find a pumpkin that wasn't already decorated, the kids opted for the painted pumpkin with the stipulation that we would carve the back of the pumpkin. They chose the pig face. That way we could have a cute face that wouldn't scare people and a carved face that would! Hence our scary Dracula carving! And boy were our roasted pumpkins seeds gooood!
Halloween night we went over to the Abernathy's haunted house party and Trick or Treating in their neighborhood. All the kids were so cute in their costumes. Abbey was in a Sharpay (from High School Musical) dress, but decided since she didn't have long blond hair like the girl in the movie, that she would just be another girl from the movie who "would probably have liked to have that dress too." Brady, as if you couldn't tell was Optimus Prime from Transformers. This is his newest fancy right now. He is so observant. He has several Transformer books that show all of the characters both good and bad and he pointed out to Matthew yesterday that all the bad Transformers have red eyes and all the good Transformers have blue eyes! So if you ever come face to face with a Transformer, now you know how to tell if he is a good guy or a bad guy!

I also have some very interesting shots of our Pastor in his Halloween costume, but I was strongly advised that posting such pictures could adversely affect Matthew's deacon ordination in 2 weeks!