Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas

You thought I was never coming back didn't you! Well to say the least the last couple of months have been very busy. I accepted a promotion at work, and I am enjoying my new position. But as with any new job, it has required a lot of my attention. Ruston has been pretty sick lately. Over the last two months he has been sick more than well. He is on anitbiotics once again. This time for Strep throat. Fortunately, Ani has done well. She has remained well and is doing great in school. She is now reading stories to us. We are really proud of her. Virgel is hanging in there. With the hours I have worked and Ruston being sick he has had his hands full. He does manage to escape to his favorite room whenever possible! The kids are very excited about Christmas coming and Ruston knows that Santa is bringing him presents!. We are all home today, as a result of the ice storm that hit us last night. With the temperatures the snow and ice we have now isn't going anywhere, so a white Christmas for us.

We miss you all and hope to see you all soon. Take care and have a wonderful Christmas and New Year! I hope to blog more frequently in the coming year!!! ;)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas Pagent

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What would be Christmas without a Christmas concert. The elementary class put on a concert and Ani had a great time. She did a really good job and knew all the words to the songs. I was surprised at how many songs they sang.

Christmas songs

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Ani got to play the bells for the class songs.

Christmas Cookies

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Ani and I were making cookies for her Christmas party. She rolled out the cookie dough, made the cookie shapes, and helped decorate them. She is such a big girl.


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Ani likes squishing the dough the best!


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We don't go too far without Ruston playing with a train. He has a train table in his room, but he really liked having it in the living room. He played with this little track for hours! (Yes, it was cold outside)

My choo choo

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Ruston LOVES his trains.


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Ani is putting up her icicles. I know if Mom could see the kids putting these up, she would have a huge smile!


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Ani loves the tree. Picking it out, decorating it, and looking at it. This is the first year that Dad has even helped out!


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Mom use to make beaded ornaments with us when we were little. We made icicles and hung them all over the tree. I still have a lot of them and they are still the last ornaments that I put on the tree. Ruston helped me put them on the tree this year. He doesn't know it, but he grapped a piece of my childhood, my heart and my memories all in that on little beaded icicle.

Our tree.

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I have a new helper with the tree. Ani loved helping me decorate the tree this year. Of course, what Ani does, Ruston is not far behind.

Ready, Aim

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My Turn!

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Oh, boy! I don't think I was ready for this. Dad on the other hand has been waiting for this for a long time. Finally, Dad has one of his babies old enough to shoot his guns with. Ani was just as excited. She did very good at listening, not so good at hitting the target, but I am sure Dad will work on that! I know that Papaw would have loved to have seen this.

Too cute

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Army toys, I guess I better get use to this!

Army dude

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Having fun at Aunt Alicia's house and playing with all of Dakota's cool toys!

A pirate and a mermaid

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Time for trick or treating. We didn't go far, just down to mamaw's house and back, but it was just enough.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The carvings!

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So, what did we do with those pumpkins, carve them of course. Ani is going to be Ariel and Ruston is going to be a pirate, so that is what are pumpkins are. If you have ever seen those pumpkin carving kits - here is proof they work. O.k . we had ariel's eye wrong, but other than that, these are pretty darn good. I carved Jack Sparrows! The kids love them, I just hope they last another week!


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Daddy's little helpers were making sure he could get the pumpkins all the way to the front gate!

In the field

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Pumpkin pickin. We were glad that Jim and Alicia could come up and visit us. We really had a nice visit with them and the kids really enjoyed seeing them again.

Ani's pumpkin

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This is it. The perfect, Ani size pumpkin! She couldn't have been happier - or more tired!

Ani's pumpkin

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The search for Ani's pumpkin wasn't an easy one! She is that little pink speck out there. They were searching the whole field for the right one. We found it, finally!

Uncle Jim?

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Uncle Jim was helping Ruston carry his pumpkin.

Ruston's pumpkin?

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He wanted this one, but couldn't figure out how to carry it!

sleepy girl

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Ani wasn't the only one to get sleepy at the pumpkin patch. Ruston didn't have a nap all day. They were ready to go for our hay ride and get the Perfect Pumpkin!

Slide 2

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Ani was able to get out a little bit easier! We are still trying to decide who screamed more!

Down the slide

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Ani made it down the slide, but she also made Aunt Alicia come down too!

Ani and her Aunt Alicia

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Ani enjoyed the visit from her Aunt Alicia.


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The kids wanted to take their picture with this scary pirate! Yikes!

Pumpkin Patch day

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So, we decided to go to the pumpkin patch to get out pumpkins. Now, you are thinking the field of pumpkins, right - wrong! I had been to the pumpkin patch before, but Virgel, Alicia, and Jim had not. So, they were a little surprised to find out how big it was - 152 acres!

Sunday, October 12, 2008


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Ruston actually pulled Ani over closer to him and kept his arm around her while they watched a movie last night. They are really lost without each other.


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I am so glad these two get along like they do. I just pray it lasts through out their lives!

Take my picture

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When I took Ruston's picture Ani wanted me to her picture. She is such a pretty girl.


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Ani decided that Ruston needed to be a pirate today. Amazingly he tolerated it. Pretty cute huh!

Piano Man

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Play it Ruston! Of course, the fingers are in his mouth!!

Sally walker

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They played a couple of games in the beginning. One was sally walker. As you can see, Ani really likes it. Unfortunately, this didn't last long. The college girls ran the camp like a real camp, no breaks or down time. Ani became too tired and wanted to go home, so after an hour and a half we left. It was too bad because she would have enjoyed the game, but there is always next year.

Cheercamp 2

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Peru State college had a cheer camp on a Saturday for 4 year olds through 12 year olds. After a morning of practice the kids were going to perform at the college game. Ani was excited to get to cheer again. So, off we go. She listened and did what they said, but she didn't want me to leave. Even with 4 year olds there, she was still one of the smallest!

Best dressed

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She may not be the fastest, but she is cute! It didn't take too long to loose the sweater.

Soccer Time!

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Ani is playing soccer this year. Of course, she is the littlest one on the field. She is the best dressed one too. We tried to tell her to wear, shorts, T-shirt, but she thought what she had on what better! She is a girl through and through!

Go, Go, GO!

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We don't watch sports at all, but when we were watching the scrimmage game, this little guy picked up the spirit of things by yelling, GOOOO! Virgel's mom was standing at the top rail of the bleachers and thought it was another guy yelling he was yelling so loud!! Boy do we have our hands full!

Bulldog Power!

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When I say bulldog you say Power. As you can see - she got this one!!!

Who rocks the house?

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The bulldogs rock the house, they rock it all the way down! She really likes this one. Of course, she doesn't have nearly as far to go to get to ground as the other kids!


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"Mom, Girls are cheerleaders, so I am going to be a cheerleader!" It makes perfect sense, so how am I suppose to argue with it. They had a cheercamp at the high school. K- 5 practiced for a couple of hours on a Friday afternoon and then performed the following Friday at the high school scrimmage game. She had SO much fun. She practiced the cheers all week and could not wait for the game.

Good Morning Ruston!

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Doesn't he look so grown up. I tried to get a picture without the Poptart and juice, but he wasn't having any part of it. It is getting pretty cool here in the mornings so the kids have been wearing jeans to school. When I put these on him, he looked so grown up I couldn't believe it. Time is going by so fast!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Through my Children's Eyes

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With work, house cleaning, dinner, and day to day life it is easy to forget to stop and remember to look at life through my children's eyes. I love taking pictures of the kids all the time, fortunately, I happen across a few like these that help me remember!

They call me Mr. Blue

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They decided they needed to lay in our bed and watch TV. How cute is that.

Cake time

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Ani wanted to make a cake and of course, they had to do it together. Ani is so funny. She is always showing Ruston how to do stuff. She explained to Ruston what we had to do each step. She was helping him stir.


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These two are inseparable. They just don't know what to do when the other one isn't around. They were sitting in the basket watching sponge bob.


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What is more fun than playing in a million bubbles first thing in the morning. According to Ruston - nothing. He loved it. When the rest of the kids finally rolled out of bed it took them a while to think the bubbles would be fun.

Growing up

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I can't believe how big Tobias has gotten. He is 4 years old now and getting bigger every day. He sure did miss his big sister while she was with us for two weeks.

Monkey see. . .

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Ani and Syrina had so much fun playing together during Syrina's two week visit. When we went school clothes shopping they had to have Hannah Montana shirts, of course they had to match!