Smile for the Joy of Others

Smile for the Joy of Others

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009

I haven't had much time to blog. I DO NOT recommend moving and remodeling in December for obvious reasons. However, I am taking a moment to wish y'all a Merry Christmas. We have so much to be thankful for and to be Merry but the most is the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ!
PS. Several asked how did a get such a good pic...well, it all started in early November:
I thought since being in the Delta, I would attempt some pics in a cotton field. 5 minutes we were there and a cotton picker drives up and runs us out of the field. And the few pics I got of the boys...they are more interested in looking at the machine than the camera. And none of the pics show any sign of smiles and "good will toward men". It took 3 different photo sessions for me to finally get a decent pic. And the one I finally got was a "happen stance" out of about 20. They accidentally bumped heads and I happened to snap the pic at the right time to catch them both smiling. The other 19 are of them crying with huge tears and snot b/c they are too cold to smile. I have to admit, it was one of the coldest days we had but I was determined, come pneumonia or colds, we were gonna have a Christmas picture. So to those that got a card, you better frame and hang that picture and have it displayed when I visit. The trouble I went through to get that pic...I'm just saying.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9, 2000

JB and I have been married 9 years today. It's an understatement to just say that much has changed and happened within these past 9 months. However, our love continues to grow stronger as the years continue to pass.

I am blessed to be married to such a godly man that has taken care of me for 9 years and trust him even more as we grow in the years to come.

We spent this past weekend in Birmingham to celebrate. This was only our 2nd time to actually celebrate our anniversary doing something other than just a local dinner. I new it would be hard to celebrate in years to come when I decided to get married in December. But this year has brought about so much change to our family...that JB insisted we get away for a few days and it couldn't have come at a better time than now.

We had planned to go to the zoo for their Christmas light display but the weather changed that idea. Instead we visited the Birmingham Museum of Art to view their Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness Exhibit. It was actually really good despite my un-appreciation of art.

JB made reservations at Satterfields. A childhood friend of mine is the Executive Chef. Thanks to him, we had a delicious meal with alot of extras. If you live in the Birmingham area or visiting and like a quaint intimate setting with fabulous food, I highly recommend Satterfields.

Later that night we caught the late showing of The Blind Side at the Summit. We both enjoyed the movie very much...especially since it's the first time we've gone to the movies in years. We walked out of the movie to our surprise, it was snowing. Kinda neat since it snowed where we spent our honeymoon.

The next morning we did a little shopping at the Galleria. That afternoon we visited with JB's brother and his wife who live in B'ham. We watched the SEC championship game with them and then headed back to Demopolis that night where the boys were staying with JB's parents.

Thank you, Lord, for the man you created for me. Thank you for the love he has for me through you. I pray that you continue to lead him as my husband, as a father, a business manager, and as a soldier for you.

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.

Monday, December 7, 2009

First Tennis Lesson

It just so happens that the seller, Shawn, of our soon-to-be house was the tennis pro at Cypress Hills here in G'ville.

When signing the contract, he invited the boys to participate in his last night to teach tennis lessons to their age group. He was even so kind to let them participate for FREE! So we definitely took advantage of it. Furthermore, it was so cold that evening, they boys ended up with a private lesson due to no other participants.

I wish I had known about him before they moved. He offered lessons 2 nights a week for 1 hour at only $5.00 per child. I hope the next Pro they hire offers the same. There is no commitment nor registration fees. You just show up, pay then play. I like this arrangement as you don't have to commit which allows room for flexibility due to weather conditions, illness, or prior engagements.

The boys loved it. It was their first time to actually participate in an organized sporting event. And Shawn was really good with them. Within the only hour of lesson, they boys never grew disinterested. I hope this a good sign to come. JB and I agree that we would like for the boys to try tennis at some point. And with such an arrangement, it might be even more possible.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

What to Cook?

If you are looking for some new recipes for your upcoming holiday parties and family gatherings...

Stop by and visit Taste and See for some delicious tried and true recipes.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Why the Delay?

Ok, when there is a delay in blog postings, it's usually due to the lack of time. So I interrupt this busy schedule of mine for a moment of blogging

Here's currently why I haven't posted much lately:

I am monogramming lack mad trying to get Christmas orders done and my own personal gifts

We are trying to close on a house

We have to be out of the apartment before Dec. 31st.

Everything has to be out of storage by Dec 31st.

JB only has a few days off which is taken up by traveling to visit his family in Alabama for Christmas.

We are out of town 2 of 4 weekends in December which was planned long before we found a house.

Now, I must get back to my regularly scheduled business.