Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

Is Santa coming???

Kade wasn't really sure what to do with all of these gifts Santa brought him. Isn't this just the best gift?

Spending time with my cousins. Notice he has a cell phone in each hand. He loved, loved, loved the Benny Hill theme song ringer on my cousin Scott's phone. Just look at his face....priceless. Mommy is more like, "Benny who?"

I think I'll go for a ride on my new dump truck...

Nah, maybe not!

I'll let Daddy play with it instead!

He finally saw the wagon....Bingo!

More to come!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Eve 2009

Here are some short videos from Christmas Eve with the Killian's/Reese's. Kade loved Aunt Lisa's gift so much that he didn't want to open anything else after it. He just wanted to play.

Nope, still not interested in opening any gifts. Here you can see Mawmaw, Aunt Lisa, PawPaw, Uncle David, and Dawson (who wasn't feeling well). We missed Uncle Nate (who had to work) and Alex!!!!!!

Here Kade is playing catch with Aunt Lisa. He loved the wooden eggs from MawMaw and PawPaw. He always plays with them while visiting their house, and MawMaw found some this week and wrapped them up.

As you can see here, the eggs were a big hit...literally!

Dawson: We hope you are feeling better!

Nate & Alex: We missed you! We hope you had an amazing Christmas!

Thank you all for the wonderful gifts.

Much Love,

Kyle, Elaine, & Kade

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Eight maids a milking....

It is eight days until Christmas. EIGHT DAYS! Fortunately, I am finished with the Christmas shopping mayhem, but I have tons and tons of gifts to wrap. I.hate.wrapping.presents. Have I ever told you that I am a little Obsessive Compulsive? Okay, a lot. I strive to be a perfectionist (which is both a blessing and a curse). It's a blessing because I always try my best, but it's also a curse because I am never quite satisfied with my results. I'm not a great wrapper, and it drives me crazy. I want the paper edges folded perfectly; I want the bows fluffy. Sounds easy enough, huh?

We took Kade to see Santa last night. I think he left traumatized. I assumed this was the reaction he would have, and I even felt a little guilty after it was over, but he had to see Santa on his first Christmas, right?

Or, we could blame his crying on the fact that he has another ear infection. (Actually, that sounds better. We'll go with the ears as to why he cried. Oh, just humor me!) He's had tubes for seven weeks now, and he has had ear infections the entire time. I thought tubes were suppose to fix that problem, but what on earth was I thinking?

I am officially out of school until Jan 6. I have really enjoyed the past few nights giving my undivided attention to my family. I'm still reading (which surprises even me). Do you have a good suggestion for me? What's your favorite book, and who is its author? It may just end up as my next review over here.

Did I mention that Christmas is only eight days away?

Monday, December 14, 2009

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

Here is our tree. We cheated this year, as if you can't already tell, and we put it up on the coffee table (out of Kade's reach).

But just so you know, he doesn't seem to mind.

And, just to be sure, we let him open his first Christmas gift.

He wanted to eat the bow!

Daddy's Little Helper

Kade in Action:

Friday, December 11, 2009

Letter to Cathy

Dear Aunt Cathy,

We miss you so much! When this song came out, Momma said it reminded her of you, and now when I hear it, I can't help but think of you too.

I wish you could have met Kade. You would have loved him so much. He has my pouty lip (or at least that's what Daddy says, anyway). Jason came to see him when he was born. He held him, and it reminded me of when Kenleigh was little. Remember how he held her that Christmas and wouldn't let anyone else? That was so funny...

Dean still comes to visit us. He is doing well, considering you have been gone almost a year now. You can tell you were his soul mate, and that he will never love another person as deeply as he loved you. He still wears his wedding ring on a necklace around his neck. I missed him at Thanksgiving, but I got to talk to him on the phone. He sounded good, really good.

And Jamie, well, she's part of our family too now. Donna and her have became really close, and she and I keep in touch too. We all secretly hope Jason will come to his senses and marry that girl! But, it is what it is. The last words you spoke to me were about her. You said, "When her and Jason broke up, it almost killed me, but I still love her." I can see why. She's a very sweet person and she still looks out for Jason after all their history together. She checks up on Dean too. You couldn't have asked for a better best friend.

You would be so proud of David, and how he has turned his life around. He and Susan are still together. No, they haven't managed to kill each other yet. I know, amazing! They live in SC now and take care of Swai and Oddysea full time. Tewsdai is running wild god-knows where (so if you could haunt her, we would all appreciate it! Just kidding!) Seriously, she needs a good kick in the rear--but, she misses you too, I'm sure.

Donna is still doing good too. She has good days and bad days. I can always tell when she's missing you. She loved you so much. I think she's finally forgiven you for slamming her car door after Zane was born (I know you know what I'm talking about). I begged her to quit smoking after you passed away. I don't know if she has or not, but she said she would. Zane and Shonda aren't married yet.

I miss your laugh. I can still hear it, clears as day, inside of my head. I live really close to where you are buried. Every time I drive by there, I think of you, and I wonder what you are doing in Heaven. I know that's where you are. I wonder if Jesus is fussing at you for smoking. I bet Grandma Granny is! I wonder what kind of trouble you and Danita are causing, because we all know Cathy + Denita = nothing good.

I'm just thinking of you today. I love you so much!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


I am so aggravated. *Insert frustration here* I have been trying to delete my profile from My.Space for over 3 weeks now. The site continues to tell me I will receive an email to finalize my request, but the email never comes! Grrr...guess it's not My.Space...it's Theirs.

Moving on...

I took my final for my statistic's class last night. I have never been so happy to finish a class in my entire life (and when you stop to think about all the classes I've taken--and there have been tons---that's pretty amazing!) I have a presentation tonight for my Adolescent literature class and that course will be over as well. On the other hand, I have really enjoyed this class. I must say, I didn't realize how much I enjoyed reading!?! There was a point at the beginning of the semester when I was completely defeated once I found out I had to read 15 novels by the end of the semester; however, most of them were really, really good. I will even go as far as to say, I have somewhat been inspired. It has led me to create a new blog if any of you are looking for good reads over Christmas vacation. As you can tell, I decided to begin blogging late into the semester, so there are only 2 reviews so far. But, it is slowly coming together, and I hope it keeps me reading.

Wow, books have really changed from when I was a kid!! Some of these books should never, ever be used in the classroom because of content or language. It's sad that many of them have really great life lessons in them, but because of the content/language students' aren't exposed to them. Instead we shove the classics down kids throats and hope it turns them on to reading. So, if you have children in school, especially upper middle grades or high school, I really encourage you to research novels that your children are reading.

The only class I will have left is my Foundations of Education course (this is the class my teacher called me an overachiever in). This semester has been so stressful. Remind me to never commit to 9 credit hours EVER again.

That's about all that is going on my way! I hope you have a great week!
I began blogging several years ago in search of new friends who, like me, were having a difficult time getting pregnant. Five years, 2 miscarriages, 4 failed IUI's, and a doctor who told us "It will never happen" later, we are the proud parents of Kade and Kohen. They are each an example of God's absolute perfection. We thank God where medical intervention stops, Divine intervention begins.