Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Food Art

We seem to have started a new thing to do after meals....a little food art!
Here are a few the boys created on the cruise.
Our wait-staff loved it!
It's really a lot of fun!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Day

We started Christmas Day at home opening our presents to each other. We did manage to sleep until 9...I'm liking this kids getting older thing because we're not up at the crack of dawn to open presents. After having some family time, we headed over to Munner & Pawpaw's to open presents with them. In years past, we've gone out to eat Chinese food on Christmas Day but this year, Mom wanted to cook. We all missed Thanksgiving together, so we had the traditional holiday feast complete with turkey, ham, dressing, broccoli rice, twice baked potatoes just to mention a few things. After lunch, the boys played some games then we headed back home. We spent the day watching A Christmas Story & playing with Christmas presents! It was a great day! One to relax, remember the reason we're celebrating this time of year & reflect on life. I hope your day was as blessed as ours!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Eve Pizza Party

Christmas Eve was spent doing a little running around & finding stocking stuffers. Tom & I went to the mall and several stores before coming home to start the home-made pizza party. We set up all of the ingredients in the kitchen & started the dough and loading the pizzas. They also were delicious! After pizza we went to the movies! It was a fun time & maybe we've started a new Christmas Eve tradition....we'll see!

The Endless Pizza Buffet....as Chandler put it!

Us making Pizza
Tom putting on the sauce!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Happy 10th Birthday Clay!

Wednesday, December 23 was Clay's 10th birthday. He wanted a small party with just a few friends and a Nerf Gun War. The weather here has been crazy & Wednesday started a two-day rain storm that dropped over 10 inches of water in Central AR causing extreme flooding. But Clay didn't care....this was his day, & he played in the rain anyway. The boys started with a little guitar hero, then presents, then a little cake. Clay said..."Mom, this is the best birthday I've ever had!" That about summed it all up!

Clay is a great young man. Very funny, smart & extremely charismatic. We are so blessed that God gave him to us! Happy Birthday Clayman!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Cruise 2009

Our Christmas trip this year was a cruise. It started out as a big family trip, but everyone backed out on us except us & my parents. So we set out to have a great time. We drove to Mobile, AL, to set sail. A huge storm came in and brought in major fog. The ship was stuck out in the ocean, the port was closed, & we lost a day on our cruise thereby losing a port of call. A day late we boarded the ship & finally set sail in the remaining fog and rain.

Our only port of call was Cozumel, and we had a wonderful time exploring. We hired a driver, Freddy, & a limo. He took us shopping & exploring & to a remote private beach where we were able to snorkel, have lunch & lay on the beach. Freddy then brought us back to the pier where we were able to shop a little then board the ship. Freddy was a God-send & definitely made our day better.

We had some extremely rough seas one day, and we were all seasick staying in the bed the most of one day. We've never experienced a ship swaying like this one did. All of the plates fell off the counter in the dining room & while cabin was on one of the upper decks, the water & spray was hitting our windows. It was really unbelievable. On our way back into Mobile, we were delayed again because the storm we were in with the rough seas had detached the bouys from their stabilizers so the pilot in Port of Mobile had closed the port again.

All in all we had a great time because I think that's just our way of life....making the best out of any situation; good or bad.

Christmas in Cozumel

Chandler & Clay @ Three Amigos Dad Sleeping on Beach

Clay acting goofy....too funny Our Limo in Cozumel

The boys beach massage!

Snorkeling in Cozumel

Seasick......not fun..................

The boys on formal night!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


At lunch the other day, the boys decided to be a little creative..........
pretty funny!

Happy & Shocked!

Sad & Indifferent!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Tom

Today is Tom's birthday! He couldn't decide what he wanted to do. He didn't want anything big and really wanted to kick back & chill at home. I asked him about a small get together at the house, He was good with it so in 3 hours I planned a quick party. We went to the store, got the appetizer ingredients he requested & had a party. I think a good time was had by all. Tom's Cake!
The Old Man Remote! Took them forever to program it!
Jerri's card was the hit! Tom about fell out of the chair laughing at it!

Happy Birthday Tom!
We love you!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Backyard Beauty

I have this gorgeous Japanese Maple tree in my backyard.
It's beautiful all during the year, but the fall is particularly nice!

Genesis 2:8‑9

Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground‑‑trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Razorback Game

Greg got Papa tickets for a Razorback game for his birthday. It was an exciting day because it was Papa, Chandler, & Clay's first Razorback game. What fun it was to be in War Memorial Stadium! The day started early, but we had limo service and lunch served when we arrived! A great day....and the Razorbacks won...they are undefeated in Little Rock!
Papa taking over Greg's office at Mems!
Final score of the game with Mississippi State!
Chandler & Clay...ready to watch some football!
Papa & Tom during the game!
Tom, Papa & Greg at the game!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving '09

We spent Thanksgiving in Oklahoma at Tom's sister's house.
We had a fun time visiting with everyone.
It's always fun to see everyone and catch up on life!

Sandy & Janean at Deryl's mom's enjoying the Thanksgiving feast!
Clay, Preston, & Katrina enjoying the farm!
Chandler, Logan, & Parker....the sports gurus...basketball, football, & baseball galore!!!

Random family members...perhaps cloned! Just for fun....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pensacola '09

We took a work trip with Tom to Pensacola.
We were hoping to get some beach time in, but it was actually colder there than back at home.
We had a great time anyway!
Thought we'd share some pics!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pensacola 09

The boys on the beach on our first night in Pensacola!
We love the beach!
Even if it's cold!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom

Happy Birthday Mom, a.k.a. Munner!

We hope your day is great!
The world is a better place because you're here!

We love you bunches and bunches and lots!

Farmer Clay & Dog Whisperer Chandler

Clay got to drive the tractor while we were at the cabin this time! Doesn't he look so sweet?
Chandler discovered that he could make the neighbor's dog do tricks. She would sit, lay & speak. Here she's speaking for some Apple Jacks!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Fireside Chats

We put a fire pit on our deck at the cabin, and we used it every night we were there. It was great to sit around, look at the millions of stars, listen for the animals, & have great conversation. It was a time to share with the boys. We talked of life, and it's successes and disappointments. The expectations of life and of people. How sometimes life is good and sometimes bad. How sometimes people let us down or don't follow through. But in all those times in life we can count on the One we should put all of our trust and expectations. Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. People and life will fluctuate and may or may not always turn out as we wish, but the God of the Universe is always mindful of us and is always there for us! On Him we can depend!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Horses at the Cabin

We arrived to the cabin on Tuesday night to find a white horse grazing in our field. He took off running across the property because he was spooked but when he returned, he brought a friend. They continued to return & graze on the freshly mowed grass and the corn we put out for the deer. Clay said is "Jesus on it with the sword in His mouth ready to slay the wicked so the birds can come eat their flesh?" He's such a hoot. Funny he can remember all of those action scenes! At least he listens when we read it. We did find out that the horses do belong to people, although they don't seem to care that they wonder about the area. I suppose not, they're eating someone elses' grass & corn & pooping in someone elses' yard and drinking someone elses' water...oh well...when we get our fence up, they'll either be gone our ours. LOL!