Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving was a blast

Thanksgiving 2009 has come and gone and we had an enjoyable day. We started off with me and the kids heading to downtown Dallas for the annual YMCA Turkey Trot. Keith made a huge sacrifice and stayed home to cook the bird and the much anticipated Monkey Bread (not the dessert version but flour, yeast and butter heaven). Everyone knows how he hates to miss a 5k.

37,000 people registered to walk or run in the 5K or 8 mile. We carpooled with Kim, Cathy and Kym and our bestest friend Toni in spirit. Kim met Kevin and showed us all up by running the 8 mile trot after training since August. Way to go KIM & KEVIN!

Then me and my kids, Cathy, Kym, Ellaina and Gavin hit the 5k and walked. It was fun but so very crowded, 37,000 people will do that.

When we got home the Oklahoma Crew had arrived. Keith's brother Steve, girlfriend Vicki and Grace. Keith' sister Susan, hubby Jeremy, son Justin and wife Jacqulin and Keith's mom Becky. Steve and Becky picked up Granny Gunn in Plano and brought her over. Later, my brother Brad and his wife Kym and two kids came and dear friends Greg & Cathy Hodges and their two cute kiddos.

Kym was generous enough to take some family photos for us. We walked down to the pool area in our subdivision where there are lots of trees and she took a group shot and some individual family photos. I'm so excited to have a group shot as it's not often enough we are all together and it will be treasured by all. After pictures it was time to eat. There was SO MUCH FOOD! It was insane, we can eat for weeks off the sides and desserts. The desserts, oh boy, we had pumpkin pies, cherry pies, sopapilla cheesecake, pumpkin crisp and lemon ice box pie. Seriously, it was nuts.

After stuffing ourselves silly some went upstairs to watch the cowboys and others stayed down to chat and nibble on leftovers. The kids went outside to enjoy a beautiful Thanksgiving day.

Keith's Aunt Coda, Uncle Jon, Cousin Tori and second cousin Kelsey popped in to say hello. Tori has been in China with a missionary group and we got to hear some about her travels. God is working in incredible ways in her life.

It was a great day. I wish the Okalhoma crew could have stayed longer but several had to work today. I look forward to seeing everyone for Christmas.

(Pictures to come...Kym's computer crashed but we should have some to share at the end of the week. I HATE to wait but they say patience is a virtue.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm thankful

Psalm 107:1 (NIV) "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."

As I sit and reflect on the last year it has made me realize all the blessings in my life. This year has had more than it's share of heartache but we have so many blessings to be thankful for.

I'm thankful for my husband of 16 years. I'm thankful for having two beautiful and healthy children. I'm thankful that my husband has a job. I'm thankful to be able to run my own business with my sister. I'm thankful for my mom who taught me what it is to be a good parent. I'm thankful to have a home. I'm thankful to have an amazing brother and sister and their spouses and kids. I'm thankful for all of my husbands family. I'm thankful for my dad and his wife. I'm thankful for our health. I'm thankful we can put food on the table. I'm thankful for friends. I'm thankful for our Church and our special ABF class. I'm thankful for a God who loves us unconditionally.

It's easy to sit and complain about all the things we don't have but when you stop and think about all you are blessed with it's easy to see there is plenty to be thankful for.

I wish everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Early Birthday party

So we celebrated Courtney's 12 birthday early. She and her friends are into Twilight and we all know, or those who follow the series, that New Moon came out on Friday.

We started out the evening with pizza and gifts:

Taylor had a unique way of giving her gift, she had a puzzle that had to be put together to find the location of the gift

It turned out to be in the sleeping bag, very cute.

After cake and gifts the girls did girly things upstairs which involved a lot giggles and screams.

Since it was opening day of the movie we knew to get to the theatre early. I had bought tickets a month before so we went early to get in line for decent seats. Keith and I stood in line while the girls played video games and talked.

The movie got out after midnight so we headed home and the girls got out all their sleeping bags and put out in the gameroom. I think they finally stopped talking about how hot Jacob is around 2:00 a.m.

It was a fun night and party. Can't believe my baby will be 12 in December 15th, wow!

P.S. Mason is finally getting his appendix out at 6:30 tonight. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

McKinney Food Drive Goal Reached

Monday, November 16, 2009

There's a neck in the bird?

Yesterday, we had an early Thanksgiving Dinner with my dad and the Arlington crew. My sister-in-law, Kym, hosted at her home. We had a lot of fun and some good laughs.

I especially enjoyed hearing the story of Kym making her first turkey. It is never fun cleaning out the bird and she had a rough time but she pulled it off, even if the neck remained in during the cooking.

Jessica even managed to hang in until the end even though she wasn't feeling well. It had something to do with her night out on Saturday. LOL!

We even survived Kevin picking up the wrong pie, no pumpkin during this first Thanksgiving meal of the season but some did enjoy the sweet potato pie he brought instead. Although, Courtney came over and whispered in my ear that the pie was icky and tasted like sweet potatoes. She was under the impression it was pumpkin.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What a great day!

Weekends are so busy! Connor had three soccer games this weekend due to a tournament he was in. Our soccer team couldn't get enough boys together to participate so Connor and another teammate were able to play on another team as guest players. They played Friday night and tied, this morning they lost and during the afternoon game they won. Connor had a great time and played well.

This evening we had my Aunt Sandy, Uncle Jim and Grandpa Jackson over for dinner. Many thanks to my great sister-in-law, Kym, for setting this all up. Unfortunately, the Jackson family is not good at getting together with one another but thanks to Kym we were able to have a great visit. It's only been 6 years! My Aunt and Uncle have been down the past week visiting with my grandmother who is in a rehabilitation hospital the last few months after a very nasty fall that caused a brain injury and many physical injuries. She has been making progress and hoping she will be released by the end of the year. Jim and Sandy also helped my grandad out with some things around the house.

I really enjoyed spending the evening with them all. We had a lot of laughs and a great visit.

Let's try and not wait another 6 years for a visit.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Compassion....Need I say more?

Wow! I've been following Kelly this week and her journey to El Salvador with Compassion. The pictures and stories she shares are certainly an eye opener. It is so easy to get wrapped up in our own lives but there is so much more going on out in the world that really matters. Not that our day to day life doesn't matter but we have a roof over our heads, we both have jobs, our kids are healthy, we know we will have our next meal, a warm bed to sleep in and a car to take us where we need to go.

There are people, men, women, children who don't have those same luxuries. Things that WE and I take for granted. What can we do to help? We can donate food to a food drive like I posted about earlier, we can sign up to sponsor a child. If you have an extra $38 a month it could make a WORLD of difference to a child in a 3rd world country. Volunteer in your community, Give to a child at Christmas who might otherwise not have one, there are so many things you can be involved in. One that touches my family deeply is become an organ donor, help save a life! They don't all have to cost money, you can volunteer your time, your most precious commodity.

My family and I sponsored a child after we went to see Avalon at our Church this past year. They spoke about World Vision which is similar to Compassion and showed a video clip about a trip they took. It really touched our hearts and I think it is good to teach our kids that we should help out our fellow man, in whatever way will work for your family.

I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone today and get involved in helping others.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

McKinney Food Drive

I saw the news last night and saw that a local Pastor was fasting and collecting non perishable food items to help fight hunger. It really touched me and I feel the need to help.

I would like to offer to help pick up non perishable food items from you if you are unable to deliver yourself. Call or text me: Laura Barron 214-415-5329

Let's fight hunger together!
Click on the link above to go to the website to get more details.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Lego Your Organs

Repost from Nate @

Family Pictures

I am so excited because we have not had a "Family" picture since Courtney was about 4 and she will be 12 next month. Keith and I don't like pictures of ourselves and over the years we usually just get the kids pictures taken for Christmas. But, we surprised my sister-in-law and all came in tow for pictures at Adriatica on Saturday. My favorites of us are the ones at the beginning sitting down. The ones standing up, my smile looks forced. Anyhow, I love them and my sister-in-law for taking such amazing shots.

Now just to decide on a couple for the Christmas card:

Thank you Kym!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Trick or Treat

What a fun halloween. After a day of pumpkin carving, volleyball and soccer we enjoyed the evening with neighbors. A good friend, Allison, and her sweet husband Grant hosted their second annual halloween party, affectionately referred to as "Boo in the Brooke". Our neighborhood is Stone Brooke Crossing, hence the name of the halloween festivities. They have the perfect house to host said party, the live at the end of a street that backs to the middle school football field and tennis courts so lots of run for kids to run and play and to set up pizza, drinks and of course CANDY! It's alot of fun to socialize with neighbors and get to see all the fun costumes in kids both young and old. My favorites this year were done by Stephanie. She created costumes for her family and her neighbors and they were the flintstones. It was super cute.

I volunteered to take my kids and Katie and Mason around the neighborhood. We headed out at 7:00 and returned home at 9:00 with about 100 lbs of candy. Way more than any household should have especially one where the mom loves just about ALL candy. I'm trying to talk the kids into sending it to the troops overseas and keeping a handful of their favoirtes but they aren't biting. I also told them that the "Great Pumpkin" would come halloween night and take their candy but I guess I waited to long to spring that on them as they just rolled their eyes at me. Like really mom, we are 9 and 11 and there is so not a Great Pumpkin. Let alone some of those other characters you try to pass off on the holidays. Ha Ha!

Anyway enjoy the photos of our day and evening:

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