We typically leave town on long weekends, but this year I don't think we've left town on ANY weekend. Totally unusual for us not to travel. But as the kids get older and get busier...I really didn't think they could get busier...we tend to stay in town. So this was our first year to experience our annual Memorial Day outdoor church service. And boy am I glad we did.
After setting up the chairs, the youth had their Sunday school class while the Worship team warmed up.
It was amazing to see how many people filed in after service started. Everything was full about 15 minutes after I took this picture. Largest crowd yet!
We were honored to welcome back Hack Bartholomew from New Orleans. He plays a mean trumpet!
THIS is how we have an outdoor church service! Feeling the music!
Our youngest visitor with Grandpa Mike. I will make sure we're in town next year. What an awesome day!
I didn't take a lot of pictures over the holidays, but I did snap a sweet picture of my niece and my youngest looking at a book. Great-grandma always sent my boys books for Christmas. I really loved that she would do that, especially since the kids get so many toys. So in honor of grandma, I gave my niece books for Christmas. I hope she comes to love books as much as we all do.
Each year I think about all the pictures I've ever taken, trying to will one to come to mind as a tribute to the daddy of my boys...and this year this one was The One for some weird reason. I'm not sure why this is the picture that came to mind (there are many better ones, but I do love this one, with my little nakey boy.) Taken back in 2002 with film (through a dirty/kid printed storm door), I somehow scanned it in long ago and found it on one of my many hard drives (that I really need to organize!)...put a sweet frame around it and bingo...just what I was thinking about. Funny how your brain know what you're looking for before you do! :)
The boys were able to spend spring break at the lake since their uncle isn't working at the moment. I didn't get much argument out of them. And why is it that when we have a week to ourselves, we're too busy to do anything?! :)
I really hate taking pictures in full sun. I know sometimes you just have to do it, but the harsh shadows really irritate me! I tried to soften them with some haze, but I'm still not happy about it. (I've been told I'm too picky ;)
This hawk dove into the water near us and came up with his lunch...and then flew right over us. Unfortunately I did not have my zoom on, so this was as close as I could get.
We've never been big on Valentine's day. It's just something we've never been hung up over. It's one day. As long as you show your love EVERY DAY, I think Valentine's is just an over priced Hallmark holiday. :) And my biggest pet peeve...don't buy me a card. Really. I don't need material things to know that you love me. My idea of a great gift...getting my hair done...which is what I spent Valentine's doing. I go so long between hair cuts that's it is a treat for me not to have to hack on my bangs. ;) So imagine my surprise when I came home to this...
Which is funny in itself, because that meant he had to go into the store HIMSELF to buy them. "Mr Social" does not like going to the store...FOR ANYTHING! :)
This isn't the greatest picture, but I love the bokeh & colors.
And I did receive a card...my FAVORITE kind of card to receive!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day, no matter how you chose to celebrate it.
I finally found a few minutes to take some holiday pictures before putting the Christmas decorations away for the year. It is "supposed" to be bad luck to not have them down by New Years...I'm not tempting fate...everything is down and put away! :)
Cocoa anyone? It's way too warm, so the picture will have to do.
I can't help but hope that 2012 is a better year than 2011. More downs that ups, but we take one day at a time and it has made us stronger.
Our 1st Christmas ornament from many years ago...together, anything is possible!
A year later we added this one...
And as long as we have this...ALL things are possible.
Wishing everyone a safe, happy, healthy and PROSPEROUS New Year!
I'm checking off things one by one and I'm starting to see the light. Packages shipped, shopping done, handmade gifts finished...sorta..., school's ALMOST out and the spirit is slowly returning. I'm heading out of town to go meet my new niece/nephew, so hopefully new baby pictures to come!
I love holiday bokeh...need to try some more before taking down the lights.
I have lost my Christmas Spirit. I am trying hard to find it or regain it, but it's tough. I'm tired and emotionally beat up. This is a hard holiday after a hard year. I hate that the kids can tell, but I love all the hugs they randomly give me. It's what keeps me going. But I try to remember...
Sometimes it's hard to get into the Christmas spirit. We try, because we know at the end of this tough year, we've survived it...and we're looking forward to a brighter and better 2012. So, since I forced Mr Social (not really) to drive me up to Bass Pro for some Christmas shopping, I wanted to walk thru Opryland to look at their decorations. Mr Social stayed in the car. :) It was worth it...some of it has changed due to the flooding, but it's still beautiful and worth a look see if you get the chance.
To our Soliders, past and present, Thank You for keeping
the 'free' in Freedom!
Our local celebration was held 2 nights ago. We had some
drama earlier in the day, so I wasn't sure I'd get to
watch the fireworks with the kids or not. Everything
calmed down for a moment and I sat with the kids at our
local park and enjoyed our time together. It was nice to
see so many people come out and enjoy them. Small
town American at it's finest!
Prior to arriving, the weather had been cold and
rainy, which equals a cold lake! I'm not one to swim
in a lake...there's a bad childhood memory of a lake,
some ski's and a huge slimy rock that I cannot shake.
Not to mention the things I can't see that like to
nibble. Nope, I'm content to just watch the kids. And
they didn't disappoint. They are always good for a
Riding the waves...if you can find them!
Day 2 brought us a little midnight boat launch
adventure. Never to be forgotten! Everyone was glad
the boat was finally launched and we were ready to
cool off with a ride...although it was still pretty
hot, the breeze helped.