Sunday, May 20, 2018

February fun

February brought a few daily-life celebrations my way. The month started with a blazer fitting for Cambridge's juniors. This is a special class, and it was surreal to see them wearing senior blazers!

Valentines' Day wasn't much of a celebration, but I did make some tasty heart-shaped cookies and shared them with my furry fella. 

I was more interested in celebrating the Winter Olympics. Brodie and I dressed in our red, white, and blue and had a watch party for the Opening Ceremonies. Ashley was supposed to come over to watch with us, but she ended up at school until after 9pm, so that didn't happen. But I love watching the Olympics, so I made the most of it. 

Super Bowl weekend brought the 14th Annual Scrap-the-Superbowl party with Genny. I spent the weekend with her, and we scrapbooked Saturday evening and all day Sunday after church. We were both working on trip books, which are our favorite events to scrapbook.  

I also enjoyed a visit from my Eli at school one day. We ran around in the gym for a little while, and I wrangled him into taking a couple of selfies. As you can see from the second one, he wasn't all that interested.  

Thursday, May 17, 2018

January Adventures

January held a variety of different daily-life adventures:

January 2, driving back to Texas with Colton and Brodie

January 8, watched Alabama football win National Championship #17 after quite an exciting game and free football in overtime

January 20, Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo with the Genny, Jeff, and Genny's sister and her family

January 23, turned 41 by shopping with Genny, taking a canal walk with Brodie, and playing marbles via FaceTime with my family

Throughout the month I spent several lovely afternoons on the balcony with Brodie, spent mild afternoons at the dog park, used When Calls the Heart season 1 to ease the pain of taking down my Christmas decorations, had fun celebrating Spirit Week at Cambridge in my dad's old Army uniform jacket, and enjoyed God's creation in the form of frosty mornings and brilliant sunsets.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

My family has a New Year's Eve tradition that we go to an early dinner (usually Japanese or German food), then comes home and plays games until the ball drops. Well this year Ben and I really wanted Mom to make schnitzel - my favorite! - and she agreed to do so for New Year's Eve. So we didn't go out to eat, but had an even better dinner! And even better, there was enough left over for sandwiches the next day and for me to bring some back to Texas. Yay!
Brodie stayed right by her side as she prepared the meat.

After dinner we drove up the road to the Gaddy's Christmas Light Extravaganza, since we hadn't been to see it all season. They had added many more features this year, since they were on the Great Christmas Light Fight. They didn't win, but it still got them a lot more exposure. My favorite was the "potty line" with Santa on the porta potty. Only in the south!
The Gaddy's are Bama fans - ROLL TIDE!
After we got back home, we broke out the marbles board for several intense games, then relaxed on the couch until it was time for the ball to drop. We enjoyed our fake bubbly and rang in the new year, then quickly headed off to bed.  

The next day, New Year's Day, was all about football. We all dressed for our teams, since both Georgia and Alabama were playing in playoff games that day, hoping to make it to the National Championship game. Kathy, David, and Colton arrived in time for the Georgia game, and we spent the day in front of the tv. The Georgia game vs. Oklahoma was so good! It was a nail-biter that went into overtime, and we were all excited that Georgia won. As for Bama vs. Clemson, well, we never even let them score a touchdown! My Bama boys had revenge for their loss last year in the National Championship game, and made sure Clemson knew who the better team was! 
My Nana always said that you don't do laundry on New Year's Day, because if you do you'll spend the whole next year doing laundry. In other words, whatever you do on New Year's Day is what you'll do for the whole next year. Well, that means there's a lot of college football in store for 2018, and a lot of Bama (and Georgia) wins!