Thursday, December 22, 2016

Feeling Better

Me and Harry are feeling soooooo much better!  No more coughing for me!  Antibiotics are the shiz!

Yesterday, Harry had a follow up at the dentist to make sure everything was healing up okay (it was) and they taught him how to flush out the pockets where his wisdom teeth used to be.  It was gross, but he only has to do it for a week or two until the pockets seal completely.  He can eat whatever he wants now with the exception of super sharp things like chips.  All good on that front.

Me and the boys got our flu shots yesterday.  Hoping a little prevention takes care of any flu bugs floating around out there.

We are heading to Bama this morning.  The car will be loaded down with lots of gifts and goodies and probably some grouchy folks!  It always feels so festive to pack the car and head out of the cul de sac with the family on a new adventure.  We usually start out with a stop at our favorite breakfast joint to fill up on breakfast tacos - smiles all around.  We comment on the beautiful sunrise.  Chat about this and that.  Then about five hours in you want to shoot yourself and you still have nine more hours to go!  It really isn't that bad and we will share some laughs, catch some naps, celebrate when we cross into a new state, argue about where to eat and whether to play the radio or not.  Typical road trip.  Then about nine o'clock tonight we will pull into The Bad Farm, stagger out of the car and into the warmth of a wonderful Christmas.  Totally worth. Can't wait.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Twenty

And… much for the nice play!  Dang Batman, what is your problem?  

Poor Buddy is going to be Elf Juice! 

It is only a tiny bit disturbing that my fourteen year old son came up with this.  Just a wee bit.  
He must hate juice!

In other news:
  • I SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT!!!!!!!  Thank you Baby Jesus and antibiotics and propped up pillows and weighted blanket and perfect temperatures and stomach for not staging a protest against too many drugs.  When my eyes opened at 5:47 and I knew I had slept through the night, I almost wept.  Hooray!  I am on the mend!  Just in time for Christmas. 
  • Time to kick it into high gear and get lots of things done.  None of which involve my normal activity for the last four or five days of sitting on the couch trying not to die!
  • We ordered Olive Garden To Go for dinner last night and Hubby picked it up on his way home from work.  We have never ordered from Olive Garden, but Chip had a hankering for Italian and I thought lasagna would be something easy and soft that Harry could eat. I had the soup.  It was so good.  Even came with breadsticks.  
  • Christmas Vacation was the movie of choice last night and it never disappoints.  Can we talk for a minute about how early Clark's company comes to his house for the holiday?  They show up on the 18th!  That is a full week before Christmas!  That is a long time! 
That is all for today!  Things will probably get slow around the old blog for a while as we get started with our Christmas festivities.  Hope to pick back up with it after the new year and really try to be more consistent.  I also have a laundry list of other things to also be more consistent about, so we shall see!  

I sincerely hope that at some point during the chaos of wrapping gifts, baking cookies, opening presents, cooking family favorites, laughing and sharing the fun of the season with your family you can find a quiet moment or two to think about Jesus.  To marvel at the wonder of His short time on earth that changed everything.  His perfect love, grace, kindness, healing and ultimate sacrifice on the cross to take on the sins of the world so that we can be free, forgiven and live forever in His presence.  Oh, how he loves us.  Every single one of us.  I mean, He loves us beyond any love we have ever known or can even imagine. Accept His love…it is yours for eternity.  Just sit for a moment in that truth and let it wash over you.  That is good stuff. 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!     

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Eighteen and Nineteen

Buddy took it easy on us for the last couple of days! 

He played nicely by himself.

And also with his friends. 

He must know Santa is coming soon! 

In other news….
  • I finally went to the doctor yesterday afternoon.  Possibly walking pneumonia.  Super similar to Chip's sickness a couple of weeks ago.  Twelve days of coughing will hopefully be cured by the antibiotics he prescribed.  Last night, after my first dose I had a horrible night of coughing, tossing and turning, ugh, ugh, ugh.  So glad I already had the antibiotics in my system or I might have just amputated my own throat.  Please be the last bad night.  Need sleep.  
  • Harry has been eating mashed potatoes like a maniac.  He loves them.
  • I made Chipped Beef and Cream over toast last night for Harry and he ate it.  Who is this guy? 
  • Chip has no interest in mashed potatoes or anything with gravy.  He is missing out. 
  • I just told Chip he had to do something with the Elf today.  I am too tired and sick to worry about that Elf.  Chip is thrilled.  I could already see the wheels turning.  Unfortunately, I crushed his spirit when he asked me if we had a giant Godzilla laying around anywhere that he could use.  This ought to be a good one.  
My hope for you is a cough free day….or maybe that is my hope for myself.  You just go out and be awesome.  I am going to hang out in my fleece robe, do some reading for work and celebrate every cough free hour I get. 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Seventeen

Snowball fight!!! 

Barbie took one right to the kisser!  Ouch! 

In other news:
  • Harry is recovering.  Mouth is still sore, but yesterday was supposed to be the worst day and it wasn't too bad. 
  • I went 18 hours yesterday without any cough medicine.  I keep thinking I have turned the corner with this cough and then I cough for two hours trying to fall asleep.  Doctor or no doctor?  So far this morning I have not coughed, so I think I am on the mend.  Please, let it be so! 
  • I went to Lester's memorial service on Saturday with a few of my Lakeside friends.  It was amazing.  It was a celebration of his life and that church was rocking.  I have never been to a church service in a predominately black church and when I tell you that it was filled with the spirit…it was filled to the absolutely brim with the spirit.  Lester was well loved by many and the church was packed.  Heard lots of funny story about him that just made me smile.  There were no tears.  The pastor said…Don't say we lost a great man.  He is not lost.  We know exactly where he is.  So, if you know where something is, it is NOT lost.  I thought that was great.  It was a lovely tribute to a sweet, sweet man.  So glad that I went.
  • Trying to get some good work done over the next couple of days and then I am taking some time off.  First time in a long time that I don't have any deadlines or big projects around the holidays so I can take time off and not worry about work. Looking forward to time away to get recharged and energized.
  • It is cold here in Central Texas.  It is 20 degrees with a feels like down to 10 degrees.  Holy Moly!  Good thing I get to stay in my fleece robe and slippers all day if I want to!  Excellent perk of working from home.
I hope you are warm and cozy wherever you are today! 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Sixteen


That precious little igloo Elf came out of his shell! 

A metallic bikini?  

Who does he think he is….Miley Cyrus?  

In other news:
  • Chip is out of school for the holidays.  Is there anything better? 
  • Harry is recovering from his wisdom teeth being removed.  Eating warm soft foods has been no problem. Six scrambled eggs, three servings of mashed potatoes, four bowls of chicken soup, along with some pasta with butter.  No problem with the eating.  He is not that swollen and honestly feels pretty good….outside of the hallucinations he was having last night.  He did not enjoy that.  Did not sleep a wink.  Might try backing off the pain pills and see if Tylenol and Motrin can do the trick. 
  • Lots of Office reruns happening around here as we camp out on the couch take it easy.  
  • We watched DieHard last night.  Not sure it classifies as a Christmas movie.  Surely, use of the F work precludes it being classified as appropriate holiday viewing.  
  • Not much else on the agenda for the weekend.  Watching the temperature drop about 35 degrees.  Baking some cookies, wrapping a few gifts. Easy Peasy. 
Hope your weekend is excellent.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Fifteen

Look at this little sweet Elf, sitting criss cross applesauce in his igloo right in front of a cozy fire! 

He is precious! 

Friday, December 16, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Fourteen

Buddy must be super hungry! 

53, 53, 53….I made it to 53 posts this year.  As my two remaining readers are well aware, my blog posting has dropped off substantially over the last few years.  I love doing it.  Not sure why it is so hard to make it a priority.  So anyway, the last two years by pure coincidence I posted exactly 53 times.  I was way behind for this year and worried that I would have a new low for this year!   

But, with this Buddy head sticking out of a Cocoa Puffs box nonsense post, I have hit 53 for this year.  Whew!  
Thanks, Buddy! 

I am going to keep going, finish out the year strong and try to keep up the daily habit of posting.  Don't hold me to that.  My record isn't that good. 

Wisdom Teeth Update:

Surgery went well and we made it through Day One!   Harry was an awesome patient and true to his upbringing said some pretty funny and inappropriate things during his time coming out of anesthesia.  We have watched the videos multiple times and are still cracking up.  Totally inappropriate for broadcasting online - but just to give you a snippet, he was extremely concerned about the whereabouts of Kevin Durant.  Not sure why, but it was paramount on his mind and we discussed it at length.  He also enjoyed his Sonic chocolate shake way beyond anything he has ever eaten before.  My hilarious Harry. 

We are staying on top of the pain meds and will keep a strict routine until about Sunday.  Harry goes back to the doctor on the 21st for a follow up and then hopefully he will be released to get on with this life and eat all the food…hot, cold, soft, sharp etc. 

Have a beautiful day! 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Thirteen

These kids. 

Today, I am taking Harry in to get his wisdom teeth removed.  Hopefully, I will have an awesome and funny video to post of him being super cute and adorable after anesthesia.  We actually think he will more likely be cussing a blue streak because he is his mother's son.  Pray for us.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Twelve

Harry has only been home for five minutes and already Buddy is rifling through his wallet and hijacking his keys!   Elves can be a nightmare! 

Speaking of nightmare….there was a  HUGE wasp in our house last night.  One of those big red ones. Me and the boys went into high tracking mode to get bring that sucker down!  He was hanging out behind the Christmas tree and up in the ceiling and then he headed upstairs.  We tracked him upstairs and he vanished.  Like into thin air.  We hustled up the stairs as he was flying up and we lost him.  He disappeared.  Never to be found. We looked EVERYWHERE!  It was a mystery that left us all checking over our shoulder all night.  And with an overabundance of caution, we checked our beds just in case he was hiding under any covers!  Still nothing.   

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Eleven

It is warming up again.  

Super cold…then nice…then kinda warm….then humid….then chilly and humid.  Texas weather continues to change almost hourly.  

Last night, Buddy must have been locked outside by accident! 

Look where we found him this morning! 

He was looking through the window, trying to find a way in!   Poor Buddy!

In other news….
  • My cough is getting better.
  • This is the current situation in my dining room.  

Wrapping station gone bad. 

  • We watched Moneyball last night.  It was so good!  I might be an A's fan. 
  • Three more days of school left for Chip.  And they are only half days, so that is a bonus!  
  • Harry had a great semester at school. Awesome grades.  Super proud. 
  • He only has three semesters left of college.  I can't believe how fast it has gone.
  • Going to read to my little pumpkins today.  I love Tuesdays. 
Hope yours is awesome!  

Monday, December 12, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Ten

Can you even see Buddy?  He is in a predicament! 

Someone has tied him up and dangled him over the railing!  

Who could it be?    

Oh no, you again? 
Batman, you are supposed to be locked up!   The drama continues with these two! 

In other news….

Harry is home!  Harry is home!  Woo Hoo!  Harry is home!  He pulled in about 10 pm last night and it was great!   Funny stories were shared, fried rice was eaten and it was time for bed.  We have him home for almost a month so there will be lots and lots of good family time.  I slept great last night with my boys both sleeping just down the hall.  It's the best.  Let the holidays begin! 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Nine

Batman, you are under arrest for Attempted Murder!  
No one tries to take out Buddy the Elf without paying the price! 

Buddy and his team of superheroes were able to track Batman down and take him into custody. 

Don't even think about calling your sidekick to help you! 

He's going to the slammer with you! 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Eight

The accident in the Batmobile really did a number on poor Buddy.  He is laid up in the hospital with all kinds of injuries.

Leg, arm, head injury. 

Tubes everywhere. 

What's wrong Buddy?  What are you looking at? 

Batman, you are an ass!  Get off the oxygen line!!!  

In other news….

I started coughing yesterday evening.  Not the same kind of cough as Chip had last week, but something that definitely made me want to chug a jug of NyQuil before I went to bed last night.  An annoying tickle that is sitting on the right side of my throat. You just want to reach down your throat and grab it.  Not sure what "it" is, but make it stop!  Slept great.  Hail, NyQuil!  Now to see how this plays out today.  Tonight is Ms. Beth's annual Christmas Party and I do not want to miss it!  Always a great time!   And her famous bacon wrapped dates are one of my favorite holiday treats!   Get it together throat and let's make this a great Saturday! 

You know what else is great?  
  • Harry is heading home today!  He won't get here until tomorrow, but he will be in his truck driving towards his mom today!  Hooray! 
  • I am pretty much done with my Christmas shopping.  So happy about that!
Hope your weekend is awesome! 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Seven

Uh oh Buddy…you don't mess with Batman!

That's gotta hurt! 

This one did get a laugh from my guys. 

In other news….

Let's talk about the annoying high pitched warning beep of a low battery signal from a fire alarm.  Why does that ALWAYS happen at 4:00 in the morning?  Is it a manufacturer's setting?  Do batteries get a universal test each morning at 4:00 to check to see if they are low?  A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G!  Better than being on fire, I guess.

Can we also talk about "This Is Us"?  It is the BEST show on television.  I love it so much.  The acting is superb.  I am so invested in those characters.  I laugh, I cry, my heart breaks and then explodes.  It is so, so good!  Favorite hashtag of the week #PrayforToby.

You know what else I love?  Reading to those two little first grade pumpkins on Tuesday mornings.  They are just precious!  Unfortunately, I may have scarred them for life last Tuesday.  It all started out fine.  We read a book called SeaPark Adventure where a cute little class of animals dressed in people clothes went on a field trip to an aquarium with big fish, little fish, pretty fish, ugly fish, whales, seals and sharks.  It was super cute and there was a little hidden frog on each page the kids tried to find while we read through the book.

Well that book about sea life was a perfect lead in for the Shark Fact book I had in my bag.  It was a Level 2 book, a little too hard for them to read themselves but I thought they might find it interesting.  It started with a diagram of a shark's dorsal fin, tail, gills, etc.  Then went on to show a shark as big as a boat and one as small as a school desk.  It talked about camouflage in nature.  Tiger sharks have stripes, leopard sharks have spots, nurse sharks are the color of sand, some sharks are deep blue like the ocean.  Then it talked about shark babies.  Then it talked about shark food.

Then it destroyed their childhood with this….

Why?  We don't need to know this.  Nature is tough.  Sharks are the worst. 

Then a page later it hit us with this…..


These kids may never step a foot in the ocean.  

Thankfully, they are boys.  They thought it was awesome. Actually, they were peppering me with more facts about sharks and where they live and how you can see them.  Not sure where two six year olds get their information, or if it was even close to correct.  

I just acted casual and smiled while trying not to scream out in my mom voice "No sir!  You guys should not ever, ever, ever go into the ocean with the intention of seeing a shark!  That is crazy talk!  You stay up close to the shore. Always.  One of you can play and ride waves and the other should be a lookout.  Always swim with a buddy. And never get in the ocean in the early morning or near dusk.  That is their feeding time and no sense antagonizing nature's eating machine."   

I am so proud that I held my neurotic mom self in check.  It was hard.  
Anyone feel sorry for my two boys?  

I do feel like I need to write the publisher of this child's book a little note….Hey publisher guys….Take it easy on the eating of baby animals and people.  How about a little more…see the rows and rows of teeth and how their eyes roll back in their head.  Also, you could take this opportunity to answer the question on everyone's mind…do fish sleep?  

That is all. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Six

This little jokester built a swing out of an old toilet paper roll.  He's so cute. 

I need to confess that I do this Elf business entirely for myself.  No one is racing through the house looking for the Elf.  No one in this house really cares whether the Elf moves or not.  I secretly plant Elf staging supplies all through my house and have planned out nearly the entire month.  And no one really cares.  Isn't that kinda sad?  I set my alarm to get up super early in the morning and when it goes off a message pops up on my phone that says "Elf Hiding Time".   I have some pretty sketchy ones coming up soon that I think will make some boys around here laugh.  And, if not I will laugh, because Elf on the Shelf just makes me happy. 

I obviously have issues.  

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Five

Do you want to build a snowman? 

Be still my heart….

These boys. 

Wasn't it just yesterday?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Four

Buddy must have watched the SEC Championship with us!  


More of these pumpkins…

Monday, December 5, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Three

We found Buddy with a blow dryer this morning.  

Guess where it was pointed? 

Right at my snowman collection!! 

What a turd blossom! 

In other NOT "Buddy the Elf" news…..
  • It rained all weekend.  I loved it. 
  • Christmas shopping in person, in an actual store, is a foreign experience to me.  
  • I made two crockpots full of yumminess this weekend.  Ham and string beans with potatoes and Pioneer Woman's Hot Drip Beef Sandwiches. 
  • Tree is up and lit, but no ornaments are on it yet.  Not sure what we are waiting on, but until we get the ornaments unboxed and hung on the tree I sincerely enjoy just the tree with lights.  Makes me want to have Christmas lights in my house year round.  Nothing better than a dark quiet house in the morning with just the Christmas Tree lights on.  And rain falling outside?  Bliss.
  • I miss this.  So much. 

Have a great day! 

Hell Week

The week after Thanksgiving will be known as HELL Week around here.  

Chip was sick. 

He missed three and a 1/2 days of school. 

There are 168 hours in a week. 

Chip coughed for 162.75 of those hours during HELL Week. 

I medicated him with over the counter products.  He coughed anyway. 

I built mountains out of pillows to keep him propped up while he slept.  He coughed anyway. 

I tried every bed, couch and chair in this house.  He coughed anyway. 

He coughed and coughed and then coughed a little more.  

We missed our Brian Regan comedian Mom/Son date because he could not stop coughing! 

Finally, five days in we were exhausted, desperate and out of options so he went to the doctor.  

Antibiotics, steroids and an inhaler were prescribed.

He slept.  I slept.  

It was on the couch, but we slept for more than three hours.  

It was glorious.  

He went to school today.  


He is on the mend!! 

Hubby was out of town for all of it.  

Lucky man.    

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Buddy the Elf - Day Two

Buddy working on Santa's Monster Truck in case the reindeer thing falls through. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

He's Back - Buddy the Elf - Day One

Elf Shenanigans!  

Friday, December 2, 2016


My most favorite Lakeside friend passed away unexpectedly yesterday.  He was such a treasure.  I developed a relationship with Lester about six years ago when I started volunteering with ACF as the craft lady at Lakeside apartments where Lester lived.  I want to share a few Lester stories with you to celebrate what a beautiful soul he was and to cement him in my memory forever.

In the early years, he was always manning the coffee pot in the community room when we showed up. I love coffee, so automatically I had a soft spot in my heart for him.  Plus, he was so friendly and so sincere.  You couldn't help but like him. 

Lester always made a point to sincerely thank me (and others) for coming to Lakeside to love on the residents there.  Once, he said I was a ray of sunshine blasting through that place when they needed some sunshine.  Won't that make you feel like a million bucks?  It sure did make me feel special. Especially, when I first started volunteering as the craft lady and desperately wanted my time with the residents to bring them some joy. 

Even though Lester would have probably preferred not to do my silly crafts he always participated.  Always.  And I would gush over them, not only because I was thrilled that he was participating but because he was really a creative soul.  Never could he just follow the directions. He did things his way with a spin and twist - but super cool.  I appreciated that so much.  He sometimes made the craft I brought and gave it to me as a gift.  I have a couple of painted picture frames upstairs that I will keep forever.  

As the years rolled on, I would look forward to seeing him.  He was a great story teller.  I remember showing up one time and he was holding a book and grinning like a kid.  Turns out he played football at Baylor in 1972 and the old Baylor coach Grant Teaff had called Lester out by name in his book.  Apparently, Lester was playing football at a junior college and Coach Teaff had to really give him a hard talking to about working hard and coming to Baylor to play.  He had the page marked in the book with his name on it and I read it out loud to everyone within earshot at Lakeside.  Lester could have busted with pride.  He said he sure was hard headed as a young man but so glad that coach believed in him.  

When he became my very, very favorite was the first time I was there for the FREE Yardsale.  We bring donations of all kinds and the residents get to pick a certain number of items for FREE.  Big hit at Lakeside, but it is a community of many underprivileged and underserved individuals and a very small fraction of those individuals sometimes take more than their fair share.  I was working the door to police the number of items each resident was getting and told Lester I was worried about it.  I hated to think about calling out someone or making them put something back.  I am not cut out for shoplifting patrol.  After we got set up, Lester ask our organizer if he could lead the prayer before we got underway.  And did he ever.  He said something along the lines of "Lord, you have filled this room with such bountiful gifts from these wonderful people.  There will be some people today who take advantage of their kindness and generosity.  Please Lord, be sure that any item that goes out of this room and into an apartment is covered in your blessing.  I mean, please use every single item, no matter how it leaves this room, to cause a person to see you and know that you are God."  His prayer was way better than that and just thinking of that day can give me the goosebumps.  It was perfect and just what I needed to hear.  I glanced through bags at the door, but I didn't make that my focus.  God was on it and I was just free to love on those folks and celebrate all the great things they were getting at the yard sale that filled a need or a want. 

Another favorite story is when Lester went back to Community College to be a counselor.  He was so proud of himself and I was too.  He would tell me about his assignments and share texts from his professors giving him encouragement and telling him what a great job he was doing.  All A's and B's for Lester.  So, he was telling me about his first day to go over to the downtown campus.  He was not in terrific health and struggled with heart issues. He often was out of breathe and always trying to stay away from the sweets!  Anyway, he said he arrived at the college and there in front of him was a giant obstacle.  Many, many, many flights of stairs to get up to his classroom.  He said "Right then and there, I knew only God could get me up those stairs.  I looked up and said Lord, if you want me to get into that classroom you are first going to have to get me up these stairs."  He said "I often had to stop a couple of times on the way up, but once I got there I knew that was exactly where God wanted me to be.  No way, I could have done those stairs without him.  I am just going to keep showing up at the bottom of those stairs and if it is God's will I will make it up and have a seat in the classroom."

Don't you just love him. 

I sure did.  

We were at Lakeside just a few weeks ago for our Thanksgiving celebration and Lester again had the opportunity to pray for a building full of people.  It was so moving.  More moving than ever.  I had the privilege of holding his hand during his prayer.  He was very emotional, voice cracking many times,  and at one point in his prayer said "Lord, please give a special blessing to these two holding my hands as they are special to me."  I cried.  Hugged him hard when he was done. I will treasure that memory.   

After every visit we share amongst our team any special God sightings or things that blessed us on that visit.  Here is what I wrote to our team:

I LOVED Lester's prayer.  In all my years of serving at Lakeside, this sweet man has found a special place in my heart.  He is an interesting fellow and a great story teller, whether he is talking about his glory days playing football for Baylor or the A+ he got on his latest college assignment (he is attending ACC to be a counselor) or the physical challenge he faces every time he has to walk up the giant flight of stairs to take a seat in his class.   Yesterday was different.  I am not sure I have ever seen him down in the dumps, but he was definitely at a low place.  I hugged his neck as usual and asked him if everything was okay.  He said he was doing alright.  I am not sure where his sadness was coming from but I do know that he has battled with addiction and has health issues….because everyone has something.  Something that hurts or a burden that feels heavy.  I loved on him with some encouraging words, but the sweetest thing ever was when Tonya asked him to lead us in prayer.  Lester loves God and is a powerful prayer.  He needed that.  He laid his heart out…voice cracking with emotion…I was blessed to hold his hand and squeeze it with encouragement.  Praying out loud in front of a crowd terrifies me, but I think it was healing for Lester. So YAY God and thank you Tonya for always having such a heart for people and seeing them in their happiness and pain and reaching out in just the right way. 

So, today I just want to thank God for putting Lester in my path and letting me be a part of his story and him a part of mine.  I know that he is in Heaven, relieved of all his burdens and hardships and experiencing JOY the likes of which we cannot even begin to imagine.  That just makes me so happy. 

Rest in peace, dear Lester.   You will be missed.  

Thanksgiving Recap

We arrived in Bama on Wednesday afternoon and and were greeted by Bob and Lana and their extra car!  Thank you to Mer and Grandpa Rental Car for sponsoring our weekend!  We had a few hours to burn before Harry's plane arrived so we took Bob and Lana to Cracker Barrel for coffee and a snack while we waited.  Harry rolled in right on time and before we knew it we were all together again.  Yay!   Look how much can change in just a few years. 



Not sure Harry has gotten any taller - but Chip sure has!  Ladies and Gentlemen….that right there is my heart walking outside of my body.  Love them so. 

We arrived at the Bad Farm and got caught up with the family and enjoyed some delicious Pork Barbecue.  Miss that in Texas. 

The next morning we were off to Tennessee to eat lunch with the Lucas clan.  Six of the seven grandchildren were in attendance.  Look how they have grown!  

The Magnificent Seven (Minus One)

Hubby got a little carried away with the hay out in the field.  He was all over it! 

This is one of his 27 poses.  We should really make a calendar.  We can call it Hay and the Hubby. 

Then, I started a massive selfie shoot - grabbing anyone who would stand with me. 

How many pictures do you need?  A lot.  It takes a lot of pictures to have this much fun and make this many memories.  As per usual, after lunch I became the game coordinator and my camera was put away never to be seen again. 

Well, I did get a few good game shots.  Maybe, not good for the person in the picture but I am cracking up just looking at them. 

Doesn't everyone celebrate Thanksgiving by putting on a hockey mask with a blindfold and holding a basket between their legs while someone tries to hike pinecones into the basket?

Seriously, you don't do that?  

How about holding a tennis racket in between your legs while trying to roll a marble into the marked square on the web?  

No, still not ringing any bells? 

Well, surely you at least played relay tic-tac-toe!   No. 

Did you run with a plunger between your legs to retrieve a roll of toilet paper from between your brothers legs?  Almost wetting your pants in the process because F U N N Y!!!  

How about….roll a sweet potato across a blacktop only using a plastic spoon in your mouth?  

Well, maybe outdoor games aren't for you.  How about some of these indoor gems? 

Left - Right - Center for dollar bills?   Big money at stake here people.  Judy won the pot! 

Team pyramid building with cups and a rubber band? 

If not, I do hope you will work on that for next year.  It was really a lot of fun. 

It will make you want to celebrate all the time! 

In fact, we went back to the Bad Farm and played it all again!!!!  

May all your family celebrations be Dab worthy!  

It was a great weekend and we ate to much, laughed a ton and generally just loved being around our people!  Also, BAMA beat Auburn so that was a sweet little bonus! 

Bring on Christmas!