Jan 6, 2018

Building a Life Together

Okay, maybe not a life, but some nifty perpetual date calendars at the Home Depot kids' workshop...
Poor Watts was sick and home with Daddy, so this was a girl power construction zone...
That afternoon, we headed to Slidell for a New Year with Old Friends!  Lots of our favorite former LaPlace residents were there.  Together, we have 15 children split among 5 families in this photo.  Two boys were missing from the photo, so we really have 17 kids!  Wow!  Have we been productive!
Stella could not get enough of sweet Brooks...he's a cuddler just like her!

Mom friends...I love this group of ladies.  They have mentored, sharpened, and ministered to me as a mother.  I am so blessed to count them as friends...
In my opinion, God gives you two families: the family you are born into, and the family of your heart.  We found many members of our heart family during our time in LaPlace.  Even though we have been spread from Saudi Arabia, to San Antonio, and lots of places in between, I am so thankful that God allowed us to build our lives and families together, and I treasure the times we are able to reunite and feed our souls together.

Dec 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

We were able to spend our last few hours of 2017 surrounded by friends we love.  We joined the Chambley's and the Guillory's for food, laughs, and lots of play time! 

Staci made sure the kids had the appropriate gear to ring in the new year...

The Guillory's escaped before we took any photos, and I don't think any of us actually made it to midnight, but we still had a great time hanging out with great friends...

Dec 25, 2017

Christmas Morning, Part 2

I love that this kid is SOOOO into her multiplication workbook...



Checking out their matching bracelets from Grandma Tonie.  Corinne accidentally opened hers earlier...
Corinne was not at all sure about Pusheen the Cat...
She has an earring in her hand...
And finally the big reveal!  For Christmas we gave our kids the gift of DELAYED GRATIFICATION!!!  Whoohoo!
Seriously, the kids had been asking for a playhouse for a while, so we finally found one that a company would come out and build on-site in our backyard...the only problem was that they couldn't build it until February.  Oops!  But instead of looking at this as a parenting fail, I am spinning it as a life lesson.  I believe there is some research out there that says that kids that can delay gratification grow up to be more successful, or something like that, so we were not giving a late gift, we were building character!  Stella and Watts were excited about the playhouse, and Cille was confused for some reason...
The girls went shopping with Mawmaw and their father's credit card again this year, but this time we learned our lesson and gave them a budget!  Pawpaw was thrilled with the hand warmers they chose for him...


Mawmaw loved the jewelry Watts and Corinne picked out for her...


Only in Louisiana are flip flops an appropriate Christmas gift...
And we saved the consolation prize for last.  Since the playhouse was going to be late, Damon wanted them to have something on Christmas morning, so we got a basketball goal...

They were pumped up.  Even the ones that don't play basketball!

We spent the rest of the day playing with baby dolls and shooting hoops...
Watts is gonna be a great dad some day.  He loves babies...
His dad was pretty worn out after all that basketball...
But he got a second wind later and went back for more...
We hope your Christmas was as full of fun and family as ours!

Christmas Morning, Part 1

The stockings reclined by the chimney with care...
...but there were no hopes that St. Nicolas would be showing up, because we don't play that game with our kids.  Everything was ready to go under the tree, and most of the adults had thawed out after spending most of the night in the driveway assembling a last minute gift in sub-zero temperatures...
Corinne did not look too impressed by her chair, but at least she can quit fighting the older kids over theirs...

She was pretty pumped about her Supergirl outfit...
And put it on immediately...

Supergirl and her sidekick...



We all like to try on our presents...
Stella got a French baby that moves and talks...


We were all excited about the family s'mores maker from Mawmaw and Pawpaw...
Corinne got a baby that looks and feels real...honestly, it's a little creepy...

See what I mean?
The kids made some gifts for us.  Damon loved his homemade squishy...

Shout out to my Christmas jammies that were celebrating their 10th anniversary.  Best Target purchase of my life...
Apparently that hair bow was also a pretty good purchase, because here's Stella wearing it on Christmas morning 2009.  Apparently no jammy photos were taken on Stella's first Christmas...
We're only halfway done!  More Christmas morning to come!